Sports
3:03 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

Report: Wisconsin's Chryst Offered Offensive Coordinator Job

Paul Chryst Has Been Offered the Offensive Coordinator Posiion at UT
Nick Ut ASSOCIATED PRESS

According to published reports from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and others, current University of Wisconsin offensive coordinator, Paul Chryst, has been offered the same position at Texas. 

The 45 year-old Wisconsin native and UW graduate would reportedly receive a steep salary increase if he joins the UT coaching staff.  Mack Brown and Texas are reportedly able to offer $1 million.  Chryst’s current annual compensation package is $361,094.

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Health
1:43 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

Top 21 Bars Where DWI Suspects Drank in Austin

Image courtesy Thomas Hawk http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/

The Austin Police Department has released its annual list of local bars where drunken driving suspects reported having their last drink before getting behind the wheel.

West 6th Street bars make up the top four establishments on the list, with J. Blacks coming in at number one for the second year in a row. Twenty-nine drunken driving suspects who were arrested told police they had come from J. Blacks in 2010.

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Politics
11:19 am
Wed January 5, 2011

Odessa Lawmaker Wants To Cancel Cesar Chavez Day

An image produced by the US Department of Labor to promote Cesar Chavez Day on March 31. One Texas lawmaker has filed legislation that would cancel Cesar Chavez Day and replace it with Texas Hispanic Heritage Day.
Image courtesy US Department of Labor

State Representative Tryon Lewis (R-Odessa) filed House Bill 505 yesterday, a piece of legislation that would eliminate an optional state holiday celebrating labor and civil rights Cesar Chavez on March 31. The optional holiday would be replaced with Texas Hispanic Heritage Day on September 16.

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Texas
10:05 am
Wed January 5, 2011

FLDS Leader Warren Jeffs Back In San Angelo Court On Child Rape Charge

Warren Jeffs, ecclesiastical head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, in a photo dated December 1, 2010. Jeffs is facing a pre-trial hearing today in San Angelo.
Image courtesy Reagan County Sheriff's Department

A pre-trial hearing is scheduled today in the West Texas town of San Angelo for Warren Jeffs, a spiritual leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS).

The FLDS practices polygamy, and its Yearning For Zion Ranch in West Texas was raided by Texas child welfare authorities in April 2008.  More than 400 children were seized by the state, but most were eventually returned to their families under a Texas Supreme Court ruling that found the state overstepped its authority by treating the entire community as a single family.

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Community Involvement
9:50 am
Wed January 5, 2011

Have Something to Say to Your State Lawmakers?

Photo by Callie Hernandez for KUT.

Here's your chance.  Texas is about to face one of its toughest legislative sessions ever.  What issues, concerns, opinions, or questions do you have? 

Send an email to news@kut.org and let us know.  Or leave us a voicemail at (512) 475-8079.  Be sure to leave us your name and phone number in case we need to contact you.

The 2011 Texas legislative session kicks off on January 11th.  We will air your "Letters to the Lege" later this month during Morning Edition on KUT 90.5.

This is your bullhorn!

Austin
5:19 am
Wed January 5, 2011

Top Morning Stories January 5, 2011

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Radioactive Waste Expansion Plan OK'd

A Texas commission has voted to allow up to 36 more states to dump their low-level radioactive waste in West Texas.  The Low-Level Radioactive Waste Commission approved the plan 5-2 Tuesday.  Initially, Texas and Vermont were the only states that were going to be allowed to dump at the site still under construction in Andrews County.  Some environmentalists are opposed to the expansion and may challenge it.  Here's what Lone Star Chapter Sierra Club Conservation Director Cyrus Reed said in a press release:

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Business
3:26 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

Macy's To Close Highland Mall Store In Latest Blow To Shopping Center

Highland Mall on a typically deserted day. The lack of customers is why Macy's says it is closing its location there this winter.
Image courtesy Kari Sullivan http://www.flickr.com/photos/ilovemypit/

Calling it an "underperforming" location, Macy's has announced it is closing its struggling Highland Mall location and eliminating 125 jobs.

"Associates displaced by the store closing may be offered positions in nearby Macy’s stores where possible," Macy's said in a statement you can read below. "Regular full-time and part-time associates who are laid off due to the store closing will be provided severance benefits and outplacement assistance."

Macy's says a final clearance sale at the Highland Mall store will begin on Sunday will run for about ten weeks.

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Austin
1:33 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

Austin Ranks First On List Of Top Spending Cities

Image by KUT News

Does a day go by without Austin ranking high on some cool list? Yesterday it was third place in a ranking for entrepreneurs, today we are number one on a list of top spending cities.

Bundle.com's list doesn't account for boring expenses like mortgage and rent. That's probably why New York City ranked number 53, and it's why relatively affluent towns with low housing costs fared better.

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Environment
12:23 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

Williamson County Extends Burn Ban

Image courtesy Dido http://www.flickr.com/photos/iyadtb/

Williamson County enacted a 30 day burn ban on the first Tuesday in December. That would have expired this week, but dry conditions prompted county commissioners to extend the ban for 60 days.

Here's an explanation of what you can and cannot do:

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Education
10:38 am
Tue January 4, 2011

Buyouts Of Tenured Professors In Texas And Across Nation

Image by Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

We're beginning to see the consequences of state budget cuts at Texas' public universities. The Chronicle of Higher Education's Katherine Mangan reports today how more than 130 tenured professors at the University of Texas and Texas A&M University have accepted buyouts.

While the early retirements are expected to save nearly $18 million annually, they also carry administrative consequences for their colleges, Mangan reports.

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News Brief
5:57 am
Tue January 4, 2011

Top Morning Stories January 4, 2011

More low-level radioactive waste may be allowed to be dumped in West Texas after a vote on the matter today.
Photo courtesy of J. Stephen Conn/via flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/jstephenconn/4163967885/sizes/m/in/photostream/

Judge Allows Radioactive Waste Vote Today

A Commission is scheduled to vote today on whether to allow up to 36 more states to dump their low-level radioactive waste in Andrews County in West Texas.  A federal judge yesterday lifted a restraining order that would have stopped today’s vote. 

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Environment
4:43 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

Lake Austin and the Hydrilla Plant

Austin has rejoined its battle against the invasive hydrilla plant
Image courtesy City of Austin Watershed Protection Department

Lake Austin is getting lower.  The Lower Colorado River Authority is drawing down the lake's level so that City of Austin crews can do battle with hydrilla, an invasive water plant that clogs the lake. 

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Arts and Culture
4:41 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

Emerging Artists Get Seven Extra Days To Apply For $65,000 City Contract

This is where the city will build a African-American Cultural & Heritage Facility. Emerging artists are encourage to apply for a grant to create a work of public art at the location.
Image courtesy City of Austin and Google Maps

Artists have an extra seven days to get their act together and write a proposal to create public art at the new the African-American Cultural & Heritage Facility. The building will be constructed at 912 East 11th Street near Branch Street.

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Austin
3:28 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

Missing Woman Found Dead In Greenbelt

Image courtesy APD

The body of an 81-year-old woman who went missing in South Austin last night has been found in the Greenbelt, according to the Austin Police Department.  KUT News reported earlier today that APD were trying to find Leona Wagoner Owen.

Austin
3:11 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

Austin Ranked Third Best City For Young Entrepreneurs

Image by Nasha Lee for KUT News

The Live Music Capitol of the World has topped another list of awesome cities. This time, it's the Under30CEO.com list of Top 10 Cities for Young Entrepreneurs in 2010.

Coming in third place right behind New York City and San Francisco, Austin is praised for all the familiar reasons:

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