Education
2:35 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

UT Facing $100 Million Budget Cut Next School Year

UT could face a $100 million budget cut for 2012-2013 school year.
Image by Liang Shi for KUT News

Hard times may be coming to The University of Texas at Austin, based on projected spending cuts from the Legislature.

UT President Bill Powers told the campus that budget items in both the House and Senate versions of the 2012-2013 biennial budget cut funding to the school by $100 million.  Since 2009, UT has cut $14.5 million from its budget in response to state mandates, with the cuts primarily made to administrative operations.  Powers is scheduled to testify before the Senate Finance Ccommittee about higher education spending March 2.

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Transportation
1:59 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

Parts of Highways 130 & 45 Toll Free This Weekend

Traffic on I-35 could be a headache this weekend, because of work at Ben White Blvd. So TxDOT is making parts of the toll road network toll-free this Saturday to relieve the stress.
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The Texas Department of Transportation will waive tolls on segments of SH 130 and SH 45 this Saturday, while crews shut down I-35 at the Ben White Freeway (SH-71).

Tolls won't be collected on SH 45 Southeast, SH 130 and a portion of SH 45 North, near Round Rock and Pflugerville between 6:00 a.m. Saturday and 6:00 a.m. Sunday, according to TxDOT spokesman John Hurt. 

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Austin
11:45 am
Wed February 23, 2011

Gas Tops $3.00 a Gallon in Central Texas

Fuel prices cross the $3 per gallon mark in Central Texas.
Image by Eric Reyna for KUT News

Fuel prices are giving Central Texas drivers some gas pains again.

The Triple-A's "Fuel Gauge Report" puts the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded just under $3.02.  That's about it's about three cents cheaper than the statewide average.

Drivers who use diesel are being hit even harder, with that fuel running an average of $3.44 a gallon.

News Brief
6:03 am
Wed February 23, 2011

Top Morning Stories February 23, 2011

Graphic by Jacob Villanueva, courtesy of the Texas Tribune

Poll Shows Growing Support for Casinos in Texas

A majority of Texas voters are ready for full blown casinos in the state.  That's according to a new poll by UT and our political reporting partner The Texas Tribune. 

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AISD
4:27 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

AISD Adds to Job Cuts

Another 92 positions will be eliminated to recover the school district's 2011-12 financial shortfall.
Photo by KUT News

The Austin Independent School District has proposed cutting an additional 92 jobs, bringing to 1,104 the number of jobs that could be cut to close an expected budget shortfall.  AISD is bracing for a budget gap that could range from $94 million to $113 million.

"It’s hard to say exactly what the shortfall is, but when you have such a large percentage of your operation’s cost being paying for people, you’re not left with a lot of choices,” Trustee Robert Schneider told KUT News.

Texas
3:39 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

"Double-Dipping" Bill Filed in Legislature

A Fort Worth Republican lawmaker proposes bill aimed at tightening some campaign spending rules.
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State Rep. Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth), filed today an bill that takes aim at double-dipping by  Texas politicians.

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Education
3:06 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

BBB Warns of Bogus Financial Aid Assistance

The Better Business Bureau is warning students and parents about potentially-shady financial aid schemes.
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As students and parents struggle to fill out the FAFSA form to pay for college next year, the Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to be wary of some companies offering scholarship or financial aid money. The businesses reportedly claim that they will be able to provide help in securing some scholarships and potential financial aid. Last year, the BBB received nearly 400 complaints nationwide from students and parents by scholarship and financial aid companies.

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Austin
2:50 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

City to Seek Public Input on Rainey Street Development

The City of Austin will host an open house Wednesday, Feb. 23, to provide information and receive public input on the Rainey Street development plans.
Photo by KUT News

The City of Austin is seeking public input on urban growth issues surrounding the Rainey Street development project.

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It's All Politics
2:33 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

Indiana's Democratic Lawmakers Imitate Wisconsin, Flee State

Originally published on Tue February 22, 2011 2:30 pm

The Democratic "flu" (or should it be "flew?") is spreading.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Democrats in the Indiana state house have decamped the state to avoid voting on anti-union legislation just like their fellow Democrats in Wisconsin.

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It's All Politics
2:33 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

Indiana's Democratic Lawmakers Imitate Wisconsin, Flee State

Originally published on Tue February 22, 2011 2:30 pm

The Democratic "flu" (or should it be "flew?") is spreading.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Democrats in the Indiana state house have decamped the state to avoid voting on anti-union legislation just like their fellow Democrats in Wisconsin.

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It's All Politics
2:33 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

Indiana's Democratic Lawmakers Imitate Wisconsin, Flee State

Originally published on Tue February 22, 2011 2:30 pm

The Democratic "flu" (or should it be "flew?") is spreading.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Democrats in the Indiana state house have decamped the state to avoid voting on anti-union legislation just like their fellow Democrats in Wisconsin.

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It's All Politics
2:33 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

Indiana's Democratic Lawmakers Imitate Wisconsin, Flee State

Originally published on Tue February 22, 2011 2:30 pm

The Democratic "flu" (or should it be "flew?") is spreading.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Democrats in the Indiana state house have decamped the state to avoid voting on anti-union legislation just like their fellow Democrats in Wisconsin.

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It's All Politics
2:33 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

Indiana's Democratic Lawmakers Imitate Wisconsin, Flee State

Originally published on Tue February 22, 2011 2:30 pm

The Democratic "flu" (or should it be "flew?") is spreading.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Democrats in the Indiana state house have decamped the state to avoid voting on anti-union legislation just like their fellow Democrats in Wisconsin.

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It's All Politics
2:33 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

Indiana's Democratic Lawmakers Imitate Wisconsin, Flee State

Originally published on Tue February 22, 2011 2:30 pm

The Democratic "flu" (or should it be "flew?") is spreading.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Democrats in the Indiana state house have decamped the state to avoid voting on anti-union legislation just like their fellow Democrats in Wisconsin.

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It's All Politics
2:33 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

Indiana's Democratic Lawmakers Imitate Wisconsin, Flee State

Originally published on Tue February 22, 2011 2:30 pm

The Democratic "flu" (or should it be "flew?") is spreading.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Democrats in the Indiana state house have decamped the state to avoid voting on anti-union legislation just like their fellow Democrats in Wisconsin.

Read more

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