Austin
5:31 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Town Lake Animal Center Hits 90% Live Outcomes For 1st Time

Photo by KUT.

Officials at Austin's Town Lake Animal Center have announced they've surpassed a 90% live outcome rate for the first time last month.  February saw 92% of animals that entered the shelter leave alive.

The milestone means the shelter is now officially "no-kill", as defined by an implementation plan approved by city council almost one year ago.

In a memo to the city council today, interim animal services officer Filip Gecic said the shelter's rescue partners get a big share of the credit, although there were many factors that contributed to the shelter's success...

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Politics
4:28 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Capitol Press Corps Twitter-pated Over Governor Perry's Block

Gov. Perry celebrates on Election Night
Picture by KUT News

Here's a story that's been around the world and back again in just a couple of days.  

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Austin
4:21 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Don't Panic Tomorrow If You See Cops Swarming Decker Creek Power Plant

A heavy police presence is expected tomorrow for an emergency exercise at Decker Power Station.
Photo by Caleb Bryant Miller for KUT News

An emergency drill involving a "hypothetical security issue" is scheduled for tomorrow at the Decker Creek Power Station in northeast Austin. Passers-by can expect to see fire trucks, ambulances, cop cars, even a bomb squad vehicle.  Do not panic, it is only a test.

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Health
2:22 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Got Flu Shot?

Health clinics around the region continue to offer flu vaccine into the spring
Photo by KUT News

Warmer weather...bright sunshine...trees starting to blossom...it's beginning to look a lot like spring!  But that doesn't mean that flu season's over.

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Health
12:25 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Infant Deaths Lead to Sleep Warning

Travis County officials are warning parents about the ABC's of safe sleeping for infants and toddlers.
Image courtesy D. Clow-Maryland http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidclow/

The Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating five infant deaths that have occurred in the past two weeks. Three of those deaths occurred while the child was sleeping with their parents in an adult bed. The other two deaths happened on what investigators call "unconventional sleep surfaces," like large pillow, couches or air mattresses.

Officials want to make sure parents know the ABC's of creating a safe sleeping environment for a child.

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KUT Membership Drive
10:21 am
Tue March 1, 2011

We Interrupt This Membership Drive...

KUT's John Aielli and Ida Maldonado, safe and sound, wait for the all clear from fire officials on UT Campus.
Image by KUT News/Mose Buchele

You may have wondered why you didn't hear our talented John Aielli on the radio asking you to support KUT for a brief part of this morning. That's because he was outside of the KUT studios along with a large crowd of people that were evacuated from our cozy home in Communications Building B on the UT-Austin campus.

A fire alarm went off before 10:00 a.m., less than an hour after Aielli took the airwaves. So he improvised.

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Texas
8:56 am
Tue March 1, 2011

Mexico Spring Break Warnings: The 2011 Edition

The DPS has released its annual "Don't Go To Mexico" campaign.
Map courtesy Google Maps

Like the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano...the middle of March in Texas sees the migration of college students to the coast for some fun,  sun and relaxation during spring break.  One other yearly tradition is the Department of Public Safety warning the young partiers to keep it all north of the boarder border.

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News Brief
5:22 am
Tue March 1, 2011

Top Morning Stories March 1, 2011

A Texas Senate Committee voted Monday in favor of keeping John Bradley as chair of the Forensic Science Commission.
Photo courtesy of the Texas Tribune.

Head of Controversial Science Commission Keeps Post, For Now

After a contentious hearing Monday, the Texas Senate Nominations Committee voted 4-2 to recommend approving Forensic Science Commission Chairman John Bradley's appointment.  Bradley is also Williamson County's district attorney.  He faced heated questioning yesterday, especially from Sen. Rodney Ellis D-Houston, over his handling of the high profile Cameron Todd Willingham case. 

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Education
1:43 am
Tue March 1, 2011

Austin School Board Declares Financial Exigency

AISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen and school board president Mark Williams during school board meeting Monday night.
Image by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

After a marathon board meeting, Austin School Trustees voted in the wee morning hours to declare the district to be in a state of financial exigency. The declaration will give Superintendent Meria Carstarphen more power to reduce AISD's projected budget deficit of $94 million.

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2012 Presidential Election
1:18 pm
Mon February 28, 2011

Gov. Perry Lags Behind in Tea Party 2012 Straw Poll

Gov. Perry talking at 2010 State GOP convention
Picture courtesy The Texas Tribune

The Houston Chronicle is reporting that Governor Rick Perry didn't fair very well in a Presidential straw poll taken over the weekend at a Tea Party event in Arizona. 

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Texas
12:08 pm
Mon February 28, 2011

Windy Conditions Heighten Fire Danger

Texas forestry officials warn that high winds and low humidity could make wildfires harder to control today.
Photo by KUT News

Breezy, dry conditions are setting up increased fire danger across Central Texas.  The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the region through 4:00 p.m. today.

Sunday, windswept wildfires in West Texas scorched a total of 120,000 acres, destroyed at least 80 homes and resulted in the death of one person.

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News Brief
5:58 am
Mon February 28, 2011

Top Morning Stories February 28, 2011

Tonight AISD trustees will vote on whether to declare the district in a state of financial emergency.
Photo by KUT News.

AISD Board to Vote on Financial Emergency Declaration

The Austin Independent School District’s Board will vote on a critical declaration tonight that could clear the way for over a thousand job cuts.  Trustees will decide whether to declare a state of "financial exigency" or a financial emergency.  That would give Superintendent Meria Carstarphen the power to make major staffing changes to help close a budget deficit currently around $94 million.  You can take a look at tonight's agenda here.

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news roundup
11:43 am
Sun February 27, 2011

Sunday News Roundup for February 27, 2010

Image courtesy evmaiden http://www.flickr.com/photos/44551921@N04/

Weekend traffic felt more like rush hour for many people who had to drive through South Austin on Saturday.  The Texas Department of Transportation closed I-35 at Ben White to work on completing an interchange.  KVUE reports this morning that everything has now been reopened. 

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Politics
10:37 am
Sat February 26, 2011

City Officials Release Revealing Email Exchanges

Austin City Hall
Photo by KUT News.

City officials released thousands of documents Friday under an Open Records Request, including unflattering email exchanges between Mayor Lee Leffingwell and city council members.

The emails expose what goes on behind the scenes and what city council members say and think about city staff members and residents.

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