Economy
12:15 pm
Mon February 21, 2011

Austin Home Sales Up 14 Percent

Photo by KUT News

The Austin Board of Realtors reports sales of existing single family homes were up 14 percent in January compared to January 2010.  975 homes were sold last month.

“The latest figures show that we are seeing the economic recovery continue in Austin,” said Judith Bundschuh, Chairman of the Austin Board of Realtors, in a press release today.

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Austin
10:59 am
Mon February 21, 2011

Guns for Groceries, Part II

APD is bringing back "Guns4Groceries".
Image by KUT News/Erika Aguilar

Austin Police are planning a second "Guns-for-Groceries" effort this Saturday at Oak Meadows Baptist Church, 6905 South IH-35.

The first effort last June saw more than 300 guns given to police, in exchange for grocery vouchers and gift cards.  The big selling point was that police asked no questions about where the gun came from or how the person turning it in got it. 

APD is working with the Greater Austin Crime Commission and the Jastrow Family Foundation to set up the second effort.

 

Top Stories
8:58 am
Mon February 21, 2011

Top Morning Stories for February 21, 2011

Courtesy the Texas Tribune.

TT/UT Poll: Texans Want Budget Cuts, But Unsure Where to Cut

A new poll from the Texas Tribune and the University of Texas finds that most Texas voters back spending cuts as a way to balance the state's budget in the next biennium. But voters are divided when it comes to identifying what specific programs they would cut.

From the Tribune's write-up:

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Sunday News Roundup
9:22 am
Sun February 20, 2011

Sunday Morning News Roundup for February 20, 2011

Austin
3:21 pm
Fri February 18, 2011

Echelon Building 1: One Year After The 2010 Attack

It was one year ago today that Joseph Stack flew a single-engine plane into Echelon Building 1 in North Austin. The attack killed one man, in addition to Stack, and wounded many more. 

Ray Hubner works at the building right next door. He was there on the day of the attack.

"I think about it a lot, having the FBI in this building. I thought they were aiming for this building and missed. It was quite a day," Hubner said as he smoked a cigarette outside during a work break. 

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Austin
12:43 pm
Fri February 18, 2011

Austin's Hispanic and Asian Populations are Booming

Traffic on East 11th Street.
Photo by Eun Jeong Lee for KUT.

Minority populations are booming across Texas and Austin, according to new Census numbers released Thursday.  Austin City Demographer Ryan Robinson says Austin’s population grew just over twenty percent during the past ten years, giving us a total of 790,390 people.  That's a faster rate of growth than the city was expecting.  

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Austin
12:33 pm
Fri February 18, 2011

Muny Lease to Expire in 2019

Austin Council Member Mike Martinez speaks at a "Save Muny" rally in 2008. UT Regents will allow the lease on the Lions' Municipal Golf Course to expire in 2019.
Image by Audrey Morton for KUT News

Statesman.com is reporting that University of Texas Regents voted unanimously this morning allow the lease for a city-owned golf course in West Austin to expire in 2019.  One regent abstained from the vote.

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Education
9:43 am
Fri February 18, 2011

Official Says 2,500 UT-Austin Students Could Be Affected By Financial Aid Cuts

House lawmakers are hearing from higher education leaders this morning.
Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

Financial aid for graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin could be slashed because of state cuts to higher education, UT Austin's chief academic officer Steven Leslie testified this morning.

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News Brief
6:37 am
Fri February 18, 2011

Top Morning Stories February 18, 2011

Graphic courtesy of our political reporting partner the Texas Tribune.

Census Shows Boom in Minority Populations

We all know Texas is growing, but new Census figures released yesterday give us a clearer picture of exactly how and where Texas is growing. Figures show minorities accounted for much of the state's growth over the past ten years.

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Politics
4:47 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

Sonogram Bill Passes Senate

A bill passed in the Texas Senate would require doctors to conduct a sonogram before performing an abortion.
Image courtesy Daquella Manera at flickr.com

The Texas Senate passed a bill this Thursday that would require doctors to perform a sonogram at least two hours before an abortion takes place.

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Arts and Culture
4:10 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

Treasure Trove of Dashiell Hammett Stories Unearthed at Ransom Center

A portrait of author Dashiell Hammett by Edward Biberman hangs in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Image courtesy cliff1066 at flickr.com

Fifteen previously unknown short stories by Dashiell Hammett have been found in the archives of UT's Harry Ransom Center.  Hammett, who penned such classics as "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Thin Man" is considered by many to be the father of the American "hard boiled" detective fiction.  The discovery of the new stories by Andrew F.

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Texas, Census
3:48 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

Census Data Breakdown from the Texas Tribune

Image courtesy of the US Census Bureau

Our good friends and political reporting partners, The Texas Tribune, have started breaking down the U.S. Census data released today.  

The new numbers show the Hispanic population in Texas increased by 42 percent since 2000, and the group now makes up 38 percent of the population.

Texas’ population is now 25,145,561. That's a 4,293,741 increase from 2000’s figure, a 20.6 percent change.

Governor's Mansion
2:35 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

DPS Releases New Details of Governor's Mansion Suspects

Texas DPS released these sketches of the man that investigators believe threw the cocktail that set the Governor's Mansion on fire. Investigators says this vehicle was seen four days before fire taking pictures of the building.
Courtest of Texas DPS

Officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety are looking for three "persons of interest" and one suspect in their ongoing investigation into the 2008 the Governor's Mansion arson.  A sketch of a potential suspect and new video has been released.

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Austin
1:59 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

Police Make Arrest in Hyde Park Tire Slashings

Police charge a 56-year-old men in connection with tire slashing incidents in Hyde Park
Image Courtesy by Austin Police Department

Austin police think they've solved a case that's seen hundreds of tires slashed in the Hyde Park neighborhood.

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Austin
11:59 am
Thu February 17, 2011

Dogs Must Remain On-Leash At Bull Creek District Park

Austin Parks and Recreation decides to make Bull Creek District Park an "on-leash" park
Image by KUT News

Austin's Parks and Recreation Department has decided that Bull Creek District Park will continue to be an on-leash facility for dogs.

A leash requirement was put in place on a trial basis last summer, after fecal contamination was discovered in Bull Creek.  After analyzing results, they concluded that the off-leash dog use was the most likely source of the contamination.

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