Austin
10:05 am
Thu December 23, 2010

Clarksville Tradition Lights up Holiday For Many

Willis Littlefield's annual Chrstmas Display lights up faces around Austin.
Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

Christmas Vacation's Clark Griswold meets his match in a dazzling Clarksville lights display.

Each December, there's one tradition that just sort of defines what it means to "Keep Austin Weird." And you can find it right in front of 66 year-old Willis Littlefield's Clarksville home on 12th street just west of West Lynn. If you stop by, you're sure to get a candy cane... and a tour of the dazzling light show from the man himself.

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Texas
5:55 am
Thu December 23, 2010

Texas Comptroller's Report on Economic Incentives and Jobs

Texas State Comptroller Susan Combs is out with a new report analyzing the impact of state economic incentive programs on job creation. The report says while incentives may be needed to compete with other states trying to attract businesses, those incentive programs need careful analysis.  Combs says the incentives are only responsible for a small part of Texas’ annual economic growth, and the state’s economy would grow with or without them.

Transportation
12:47 pm
Wed December 22, 2010

Economy Airport Parking Getting Scarce

As of 12:30pm Wednesday, four economy parking lots at ABIA were already full
Image courtesy Austin Bergstrom International Airport

With apologies to Clement Moore, "'Twas three days before Christmas, and all through the lots, not a creature was stirring, 'cause there weren't any spots."

The economy parking lots at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport are getting full fast.  As of 12:30 Wednesday afternoon, four of the six lots regular economy lots were already full.

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Austin
12:21 pm
Wed December 22, 2010

City Names Sole Finalist For Shelter Director

Photo courtesy Town Lake Animal Center

Austin City Manager Marc Ott has named Abigail Smith the sole finalist for the chief animal services officer position.  In a memo to the Mayor and City Council Members, Ott said the city received many positive comments about Smith -- who's currently the executive director of the Tompkins County SPCA in Ithaca, NY.

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Austin
11:58 am
Wed December 22, 2010

The Zilker Tree is Up through New Year's Eve

The Zilker Tree is an annual Austin tradition
Photo courtesy the City of Austin Website

The Trail of Lights has hit a wall...at least for this year and until the city's budget recovers.  But Austin’s Zilker Tree is lighting the Zilker hill side up, as it has since 1965. Each year, thousands of Austinites travel to the historic holiday display to take a spin, and then another, and another under its lights.

The city website says the Zilker tree is 155 feet tall and has 39 streamers. Each holds 81 multicolored, 25 watt bulbs, totaling 3,309 lights.

The Zilker Tree is lit every night through December 31. If you can’t make it there, take a spin here.

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Austin
10:07 am
Wed December 22, 2010

How To Find Out What Those Cops Are Doing On Your Block

Curious why those police cars are in your neighborhood? There are ways to find out.
Photo by Nasha Lee for KUT News

Ever see flashing red and blue lights of a police cruiser on your block and wonder what they are doing over there? Here's how to find out.

The Austin Police Departments' Public Information office is open during normal business hours. You can start by calling them directly at 512-974-5017.

If they are unable to help you, or it's after hours, try contacting the APD division that covers your neighborhood.  You can find that list here.

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Sports
10:02 am
Wed December 22, 2010

Longhorns Hire New O-Line Coach

Steve Adazzio is reported to be the next offensive line coach at UT
Photo Courtesy of the University of Florida

The job of rebuilding the Texas Longhorns' football coaching staff may be getting underway.

Chip Brown of orangebloods.com is reporting that former Florida offensive line coach Steve Addazzio has been hired as the Longhorns’ new offensive line coach.  Addazzio would take over for Mac McWhorter, who retired on December 6th.

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Texas
9:48 am
Wed December 22, 2010

Tuesday Morning Update

Fort Hood and other military posts prepare for implementation of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
Photo by KUT News/Erika Aguilar

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repealed

President Obama formally signed the bill repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."  In the signing ceremony, the President said, "valor and sacrifice are no longer defined by sexual orientation."  He also encouraged people discharged under the old policy against gays in the military to return to the armed forces. 

Texas to Pick Up Four Congressional Seats

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The Two-Way
9:10 am
Wed December 22, 2010

Obama: Repeal Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Will Strengthen National Security

Update at 9:58 a.m. ET: Saying that the action will strengthen the nation and end a practice that forced some members of the military to lie about themselves, President Obama this hour signed legislation that repeals the "don't ask, don't tell" law that bars openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. military.

We updated this post with news from the ceremony, which was held at the U.S. Department of Interior to hold a large crowd. Read through to see how the event unfolded (or scroll down and "read up" if you want to see things in chronological order).

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The Two-Way
9:10 am
Wed December 22, 2010

Obama: Repeal Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Will Strengthen National Security

Update at 9:58 a.m. ET: Saying that the action will strengthen the nation and end a practice that forced some members of the military to lie about themselves, President Obama this hour signed legislation that repeals the "don't ask, don't tell" law that bars openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. military.

We updated this post with news from the ceremony, which was held at the U.S. Department of Interior to hold a large crowd. Read through to see how the event unfolded (or scroll down and "read up" if you want to see things in chronological order).

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The Two-Way
9:10 am
Wed December 22, 2010

Obama: Repeal Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Will Strengthen National Security

Update at 9:58 a.m. ET: Saying that the action will strengthen the nation and end a practice that forced some members of the military to lie about themselves, President Obama this hour signed legislation that repeals the "don't ask, don't tell" law that bars openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. military.

We updated this post with news from the ceremony, which was held at the U.S. Department of Interior to hold a large crowd. Read through to see how the event unfolded (or scroll down and "read up" if you want to see things in chronological order).

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The Two-Way
9:10 am
Wed December 22, 2010

Obama: Repeal Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Will Strengthen National Security

Update at 9:58 a.m. ET: Saying that the action will strengthen the nation and end a practice that forced some members of the military to lie about themselves, President Obama this hour signed legislation that repeals the "don't ask, don't tell" law that bars openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. military.

We updated this post with news from the ceremony, which was held at the U.S. Department of Interior to hold a large crowd. Read through to see how the event unfolded (or scroll down and "read up" if you want to see things in chronological order).

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The Two-Way
9:10 am
Wed December 22, 2010

Obama: Repeal Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Will Strengthen National Security

Update at 9:58 a.m. ET: Saying that the action will strengthen the nation and end a practice that forced some members of the military to lie about themselves, President Obama this hour signed legislation that repeals the "don't ask, don't tell" law that bars openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. military.

We updated this post with news from the ceremony, which was held at the U.S. Department of Interior to hold a large crowd. Read through to see how the event unfolded (or scroll down and "read up" if you want to see things in chronological order).

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The Two-Way
9:10 am
Wed December 22, 2010

Obama: Repeal Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Will Strengthen National Security

Update at 9:58 a.m. ET: Saying that the action will strengthen the nation and end a practice that forced some members of the military to lie about themselves, President Obama this hour signed legislation that repeals the "don't ask, don't tell" law that bars openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. military.

We updated this post with news from the ceremony, which was held at the U.S. Department of Interior to hold a large crowd. Read through to see how the event unfolded (or scroll down and "read up" if you want to see things in chronological order).

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The Two-Way
9:10 am
Wed December 22, 2010

Obama: Repeal Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Will Strengthen National Security

Update at 9:58 a.m. ET: Saying that the action will strengthen the nation and end a practice that forced some members of the military to lie about themselves, President Obama this hour signed legislation that repeals the "don't ask, don't tell" law that bars openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. military.

We updated this post with news from the ceremony, which was held at the U.S. Department of Interior to hold a large crowd. Read through to see how the event unfolded (or scroll down and "read up" if you want to see things in chronological order).

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