development
12:37 pm
Mon October 25, 2010

Once Controversial Wal-Mart Opens Wednesday in North Austin

The new Wal-Mart in north Austin will fall under the "Neighborhood Market" brand, similar to this location in Louisville, KY.
Image courtesy Alex Leung. http://www.flickr.com/people/sixsteps/

A proposed Wal-Mart that was fiercely opposed by neighborhood groups in North Austin will open on Wednesday.  But the store has been sharply scaled down from the original 225,000 square foot plan.

The original plans also called for the construction of a 300,000 square foot parking garage, and would have seen the store operate 24/7.

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weather
10:23 am
Mon October 25, 2010

5 Homemade Videos of Tornadoes in Northeast Texas

Tornadoes touched down near Dallas over the weekend, according to the Dallas Morning News and the AP.

A tornado is believed to have touched down in Rice, near Interstate 45, about 45 miles south of Dallas.

The weather service also believes a second tornado hit near the Hunt County city of Lone Oak, about 60 miles northeast of Dallas near Lake Tawakoni.

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news brief
8:50 am
Mon October 25, 2010

Morning News Update, Monday Oct. 25

The Texas Longhorns dropped from the rankings after losing to Iowa State Saturday.
Photo by KUT News

Historical Club Burns Down

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news brief
10:38 am
Sun October 24, 2010

Sunday News Roundup

Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi was in Austin yesterday for a human rights event. She was the reporter imprisoned in Iran on charges of espionage. KUT’s Erika Aguilar managed to score an interview with Saberi. You can hear it here.

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economy
1:57 pm
Fri October 22, 2010

Austin Jobless Rate Dips in September

Using a Texas Workforce Solutions computer to search for work. Austin's jobless rate dipped to 6.8% in September
Photo by Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

The Central Texas unemployment rate dipped a little in September, falling to 6.8%.  

The Texas Workforce Commission says the government, education and health services sector added the most jobs in the Austin area last month.  But unemployment is still a subject of deep concern for the Austin metro area.

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business deal
12:29 pm
Fri October 22, 2010

Austin-based Integra Sold for $213 Million

Austin-based Wintegra Sold to California-based PMC-Sierra for $213 Million
Photo Courtesy of Wintegra, Inc.

PMC-Sierra Inc., a California-based semi-conductor company, has agreed to buy Austin-based Wintegra, Inc. for $213 million the companies announced Thursday.

PM-Sierra will pay the initial $213 million in cash, but has promised to pay an additional $60 million if Winetegra can match certain financial goals by the end of 2011.

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2010 midterm elections
11:25 am
Fri October 22, 2010

Claims of Voter Intimidation Arise

As many Texans go to vote early, there have been reports of voting intimidation.
KUT News

As Texans across the state continue to hit the polls this week for early voting, several reports have surfaced of voter intimidation. The Houston Chronicle reports the most recent allegations have been in Harris County:  

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news brief
8:38 am
Fri October 22, 2010

Morning News Roundup, Friday Oct. 22

Early Voting Turnout High

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2010 midterm elections
3:04 pm
Thu October 21, 2010

Casual Voting

People cast ballots at Travis County Mega-Voting Site
Photo by KUT News

It always comes as something of a shock to political junkies this time of year that not everyone’s a political junkie! (You may actually know people like this, yourself.)

Those in the political world (and those covering it) find themselves living from campaign claim to opposition counterclaim in the weeks leading up to Election Day.

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2010 midterm elections
12:03 pm
Thu October 21, 2010

HD 47 Candidate Workman Has Cancer

HD 47 Candidate Paul Workman (R)
KUT News

House District 47 candidates Paul Workman says he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.  In an e-mail from his campaign the 58-year-old Republican said the cancer was discovered during a recent routine  physical, and that he's been given an optimistic prognosis because the cancer was detected early.  He also says he's not dropping out of his race against Democratic incumbent Valinda Bolton.

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Austin police
10:46 am
Thu October 21, 2010

Fired APD Cop Gets Job Back

Update 10:58 am: KUT has confirmed that Austin Police Officer Leonardo Quintana will return to work.

An independent arbitrator decided Quintana should not have been fired for a DWI arrest.

A spokeswoman with the City of Austin says Quintana’s firing has been reduced to a 15 day suspension.

Update 12:30 pm: The Austin Police Department just issued this statement expressing dismay at Quintana's reinstatement.

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podcast
8:52 am
Thu October 21, 2010

The Texas Tribune Weekly TribCast: Ep 51

In this week's Tribcast, KUT's Ben Philpott, and the Texas Tribune's Evan Smith, Ross Ramsey and Elise Hu discuss early voting trends, the Perry/White interviews, third party candidates for governor and the youth vote.

 

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news brief
8:41 am
Thu October 21, 2010

Morning News Roundup

The Fort Hood trial of Major Nidal Hasan continues today. Hasan is accused of murdering 12 army personnel and one civilian in a shooting rampage last November.
KUT News

A roundup of some of the stories worth checking out this morning.

Fort Hood Testimony Continues

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2010 midterm elections
4:36 pm
Wed October 20, 2010

Bill White Channels Mr. October, Swings for the Fences

Bill White held a press conferance in front of the Teacher Retirement System in downtown Austin.
Photo by Ian Dille KUT News

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White lobbed more allegations of cronyism and corruption at incumbent Republican Governor Rick Perry. On Tuesday, Mayor White launched what his campaign dubbed their “October Surprise.”

The former Houston mayor spoke on the steps of the Teacher Retirement System building. TRS is the largest pension fund in the State, valued at over 100 billion dollars.

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homelessness
12:26 pm
Wed October 20, 2010

Update: APD Cop Backs Away From Statement on Homeless

An APD officer who said, "We're gonna chase them out of town," in reference to homeless people is now backing off his remarks in an interview with KUT News.

"I don't want to say it was totally taken out of context," Christ told KUT. "I said, 'We can't chase them out of town, but we may be able to chase them out of a particular neighborhood.'"

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homelessness
11:22 am
Wed October 20, 2010

APD Cop on Homeless: "We're gonna chase them out of town."

An unidentified homeless person sits on Guadalupe Street in Austin.
Photo by Erik Reyna for KUT News

Homeless advocates are reeling this morning after comments made by an APD police officer to KVUE TV.  TV cameras followed APD officers as they shut down a homeless camp near Ben White and South Congress.  Police told KVUE that they were acting on complaints from local businesses.

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don't ask don't tell
4:55 pm
Tue October 19, 2010

Gay Advocate Says "Don't Tell" Despite Pentagon Rule Change

An unidentified man at a Washington, DC rally in March 2010 calling on Congress to repeal "don't ask don't tell"
Image courtesy Flickr user M.V. Jantzen http://www.flickr.com/photos/mvjantzen

A Pentagon spokesperson is telling media that military recruiters can now accept openly gay and lesbian applicants. The order follows a ruling by a federal judge that struck down the military's "don't ask don't tell" rule. CNN talked to the spokesperson:

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local media
4:23 pm
Tue October 19, 2010

Texas Tribune Joins Forces With New York Times

The articles you read on the Texas Tribune website will soon be found in the pages of America's most influential newspaper, the New York Times. (The Trib is a reporting partner with KUT and our own Ben Philpott spends close to half his time there.)

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2010 midterm elections
3:26 pm
Tue October 19, 2010

White Accuses Perry of Funneling Teacher Retirement Funds to Political Donors

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White delivered his campaign's "October surprise" from the front steps of the Teacher Retirment Systems building in downtown Austin.
Photo by Ian Dille for KUT News.

Today, in an event trumpeted by his campaign as its "October surprise," Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White held a press conferance on the front steps of the Teacher Retirement Systems (TRS) building in downtown Austin. The TRS manages a trust fund valued at over $100 billion on behalf of 1.3 million current and former Texas teachers.

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EDUCATION
3:19 pm
Tue October 19, 2010

Local Educators Respond To "Waiting For Superman"

Waiting For Superman

The latest documentary by the guy who made "An Inconvenient Truth" has been in theaters almost a month, but it is still sending reverberations throughout the local education community. The reaction has been most defensive among proponents of traditional public schools, which the filmmaker skewers.

"Waiting for Superman" follows several children, mostly in urban school districts, who are not getting the education they need and are trying to enroll in charter schools.

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