Politics
1:10 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

Don't Confuse Egypt With Tunisia Says UT Middle East Expert

The political unrest in Egypt has parallels with the Tunisian uprising, but Western observers should avoid conflating the two, according to one UT expert.
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The political unrest in Egypt has parallels to the recent uprising in Tunisia, but the two countries have their own unique set of political and economic conditions, according to University of Texas political scientist Clement Henry.

Henry is scheduled to chair the political science department at the American University in Cairo this fall. Henry still plans to visit Cairo in March.  He spoke to KUT News by phone.

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Business
12:49 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

Listen to Full 2011 Economic Forecast From Angelos Angelou

Couldn’t afford the $165 to attend Thursday’s presentation by Angelou Economics? Download the full audio here.

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Austin
11:58 am
Fri January 28, 2011

Construction Worker Who Died In South Austin Was On "Makeshift" Scaffolding

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A 35-year-old man who died this week on a construction site in South Austin was working on a "makeshift" scaffolding, according to the Austin Police Department.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation into the accident at the Village on Little Texas.

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Transportation
11:13 am
Fri January 28, 2011

Panel Calls For Switching I-35 With SH 130 In Central Texas And Increasing Rail Transport

This map shows one proposal from the I-35 Corridor Advisory Committee set up by TxDOT.
Image courtesy TxDOT

To ease congestion in Central Texas, the state should switch part of I-35 with SH 130, remove tolls on 130 and add two tolled lanes on I-35. That's the recommendation contained in a report by an advisory panel to the Texas Department of Transportation.

The I-35 Corridor Advisory Committee’s recommendation involves the following actions:

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News Brief
6:06 am
Fri January 28, 2011

Top Morning Stories January 28, 2011

The City of Austin has approved an agreement with TXDOT for some transportation improvements at the Y in Oak Hill.
Photo courtesy of the City of Austin.

City Green Lights Mobility Projects

Remember that transportation bond voters approved back in November? The Austin City Council has approved the first two projects from the $90 million dollar 2010 Mobility Bond.   

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Education
4:56 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

Greg Abbott Passes Financial Education Materials to UTSA

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott handed on Jan. 27 credit card and debt education materials to UTSA. Under a state law, Texas colleges and universities are required to educate their students about how to manage personal finances.
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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott relesed educational materials on to credit card and debt to the University of Texas at San Antonio.

The materials, created by the Attorney General’s Office, will be introduced during UTSA’s new student orientation.  In 2007, Texas lawmakers passed a law requiring state colleges and universities to educate students about managing personal finances and to prevent potential debt problems.

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Transportation
4:16 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

Avoid Oltorf Between I-35 And East Side Drive This Weekend

Heads up from the City of Austin. You won't be able to drive west on Oltorf this weekend from I-35. You will be able to drive east but traffic could be slower than usual.  Here's the full release.

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Education
4:05 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

AISD Proposes More School Closings

The Austin Independent School District is discussing four more options for possible school closures. Becker, Blackshear, Dawson and Govalle elementary schools have been added to the list of schools that could be considered for closure, and Garcia elementary could be re-purposed as school for 4th-8th graders.

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Business
7:55 am
Thu January 27, 2011

Live Blogging Angelou Economic Forecast

Can't afford the $165 registration to attend the annual forecast from Angelou Economics? Catch some of the details here.

Texas Legislature
5:57 am
Thu January 27, 2011

Texas Senate Approves Voter ID

Voter ID legislation has passed the Texas Senate.
Photo by KUT News.

Senate Approves Voter ID


The Texas Senate passed controversial voter ID legislation last night. The Senate speedily passed the bill that Democrats had blocked in previous sessions.   As expected, the vote came down along party lines. 

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Education
5:04 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

Q&A: Round Rock ISD Superintendent Jesus Chavez Talks Budget Cuts

Round Rock Superintendent Jesus Chavez is telling his district to prepare for $60 million or more in budget cuts.
Image courtesy Round Rock Independent School District

Round Rock Superintendent Jesus Chavez sent a letter to staff yesterday warning of looming budget cuts.  The letter estimates that RRISD, a  school district with the state's second highest rating of "

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Transportation
1:03 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

TxDOT Head Retiring

Amadeo Saenz, Jr. has been executive director of TxDOT since 2007
Image courtesy Texas Department of Transportation

TxDOT's executive director will retire later this year.

A spokesperson at the Texas Department of Transportation confirms for KUT News that Amadeo Saenz, Jr. will retire from the agency on August 31.  A three-member restructuring council of experts presented a report to the Texas Transportation Commission earlier this month.  In it, the group recommended sweeping executive changes at TxDOT, in an effort to regain the trust of the public and the legislature.  But the spokesperson did not say whether the report contributed to Saenz's decision.

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environment
10:57 am
Wed January 26, 2011

Las Brisas Permit Approved

The TCEQ has okayed a permit for a coke-fired power plant near Corpus Christi
Image by Nasha Lee for KUT News

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality approved an air permit for the $3 billion Las Brisas petroleum coke-fired power plant in Corpus Christi against the recommendations of two state administrative law judges and the Environmental Protection Agency. (Read the story from KUT.)

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Education
9:10 am
Wed January 26, 2011

Round Rock ISD To Lose Between $47 Million and $73 Million In State Cash

Image courtesy Steve Wampler http://www.flickr.com/photos/sgw/

The second largest school district in Central Texas is assessing the damage it anticipates as a result of projected state cuts to education. Here's the letter Superintendent Chavez sent to employees yesterday.

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News Brief
8:05 am
Wed January 26, 2011

Top Morning Stories for January 26, 2011

Senate Committee OKs Voter ID

For the third consecutive session, Texas GOP members are trying to get a Voter ID bill through the Senate. A Committee of the Whole Tuesday voted in favor of the bill, which would require voters to show photo ID, such as a driver’s license, military ID, personal ID card, or passport, before voting.

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