Fort Hood
3:59 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Fort Hood Update: Argument Likely Triggered Shooting

Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz visited Fort Hood today,and met with victims and first responders.
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Flags are still flying at half-staff in Fort Hood today, in remembrance of the three people killed and 16 injured by alleged shooter Spc. Ivan Lopez, who also took his own life.

Fort Hood officials held a press conference this afternoon on the status of their investigation into the shooting. Fort Hood commander Lt. Gen. Mark Milley backed away from statements he made yesterday describing Spc. Lopez's "unstable psychiatric or psychological condition" as "the fundamental underlying causal factor" in the shooting.

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Life & Arts
1:24 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

From East L.A. to Austin, Las Cafeteras Stomps Out Racism With a Beat

Las Cafeteras perform at the University of Texas.
Lynn Romero for KUT News

Los Angeles band Las Cafeteras came to UT-Austin yesterday to spread an anti-racism message of understanding.

After leading a group of students in a workshop called “Racism, Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That,” the band played to a crowd of around 100 students, staff and community members.

The group of young musicians pairs socially conscious lyrics with a melodic fusion of hip hop and Son Jarocho, a type of folk music born from a blend of cultures in Veracruz, Mexico. Band members played traditional instruments like the jarana jarocha, a small-guitar like instrument; the quijada, a donkey jaw-bone; and the marimbol, a plucked key box bass. 

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Education
11:42 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Former Board Presidents Oppose Eanes ISD Bonds

Al Cowan (left) and Clint Sayers, former Eanes ISD Board Presidents
Lynn Romero for KUT News

In Eanes ISD, two former board presidents oppose the district’s proposed $89.5 million bond initiative. Al Cowan and Clint Sayers say that the proposal is not specific enough, and it asks taxpayers to fund unnecessary projects. 

The past board presidents have formed the group Citizens for Academic Excellence in Eanes (CAEE). They say their biggest concern is the $35.5 million-plus that would be used to build a replacement elementary school. 

"When the dust settles, EISD will still have the same number of six elementary schools that we have today, but we will have spent millions to get to the same place," Cowan says.

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George W. Bush
10:29 am
Fri April 4, 2014

The Artist Formerly Known As President George W. Bush Unleashes His Inner Rembrandt

President Bush's portrait of Vladimir Putin, the Russian president.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 11:57 am

Since he left office, former President George W. Bush has devoted part of his free time to painting – everything from his dog Barney to self-portraits. A year after a hacker revealed some of his works-in-progress, Bush had his first real art show Friday at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas.

The exhibit, titled "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy," opens to the public Saturday. It features portraits of 24 world leaders, including Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin and the Dalai Lama.

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Two Guys on Your Head
8:52 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Why Meetings Feel Like They Take Forever - and How to Fight That

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Does size matter when it comes to meetings? 

Actually, yes. It’s not a myth. Contrary to popular belief, when it comes to meetings, it’s better to keep it on the small side. Short and sweet is best.

Efficiency of the shared time spent during a meeting is a primary determinant of its potential for effectiveness. The Two Guys, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke, break down the best practices to ensure that the meetings you call will achieve their intended purpose. 

Give it a listen.

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Fort Hood
8:34 am
Fri April 4, 2014

What It's Like in Killeen After the Latest Fort Hood Shooting

Crosses and flags representing victims of Wednesday's Fort Hood shooting are displayed at Central Christian Church in Killeen.
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At Fort Hood in Killeen, people are accustomed to the idea of death. At any given point, around ten percent of soldiers from the post are deployed overseas.

This week, soldiers, families and residents were reminded of how close to home tragedy can strike – when Ivan Lopez opened fire killing three others and wounding 16 before turning the gun on himself.

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Fort Hood
5:27 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

New Details Emerge in Fort Hood Shooting

Lt. Gen. Mark Milley gave an update to press last night on the Fort Hood shooting at the Fort Hood main gate.
Fort Hood Public Affairs Office

This post contains Day 2 developments in the Fort Hood shooting. See our initial report on the shooting here.

Summary: Family counseling centers are set up at Fort Hood and at a location off post to help people process yesterday’s shooting. A chapel on the post was open all night for people who wanted to pray.

Four are dead and 16 are injured from a shooting at the Army post. The suspected shooter, 34-year-old soldier Ivan Lopez, is among the dead. He was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Lopez was an Iraq war veteran and was in the process of being diagnosed for post-traumatic stress disorder

KUT reporter Kate McGee traveled to Fort Hood yesterday. She talked with KUT Host Jennifer Stayton about the shooting:

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Killeen
2:01 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Fake Explosive Found & Destroyed in Killeen; Police Say No Known Link to Fort Hood

The evacuation radius in Killeen, Texas, bounded from North Second Street east to North 10th Street and from East Dunn Avenue to East Harrison Avenue.
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Update: Device an 'Intentional Fake'

KWTX-TV News in Waco reports that what appeared to be an improvised explosive device was an "intentional fake:"

The device, a piece of pipe with wires attached, was intentionally made to look like a pipe bomb but was, in fact, inert and contained no explosive hazard, Carroll Smith, Killeen police spokeswoman said.

Original story (1:38 p.m.): The town of Killeen, Texas – on high-alert after yesterday's shooting at nearby Fort Hood left four dead – evacuated an area north of downtown after police found what they say "appears to be an Improvised Explosive Device." On Facebook, Killeen Police shared initial details. Police say "there is no known connection between this incident and the recent tragedy on Fort Hood."

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Fort Hood
11:22 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Four Dead After Shooting at Fort Hood

Lieutenant General Mark Milley talks to reporters about the shooting at Fort Hood that left four people, including the shooter, dead and 16 wounded on April 2, 2014.
Kate McGee, KUT News

Four are dead and 16 are injured from a shooting today at the Fort Hood Army post. The accused shooter is among the dead, killed by a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. Just outside of Killeen, Texas, Fort Hood is about an hour north of Austin. 

Army officials have not released the identity of the shooter because his next-of-kin has not yet been notified, Lieutenant General Mark Milley said at a news conference Wednesday night. But NPR has confirmed his identity as 34-year-old soldier Ivan Lopez. 

"The events of the past have taught us many things at Fort Hood," Milley said. "We will get through this."

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Texas Abortion Law
6:18 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Abortion Rights Advocates File Second Federal Lawsuit Against Texas Law

Hundreds of demonstrators rallied inside the Texas Capitol on July 12, 2013, as the Texas Senate approved new abortion restrictions. Abortion rights advocates have filed a new lawsuit challenging provisions of the law.
Gabriel Cristóver Pérez for KUT News

A new federal lawsuit is challenging provisions of Texas' newest abortion law. This latest suit comes less than a week after a federal appeals court ruled certain provisions of the law were constitutional and could stand.

Abortion rights advocates are seeking an immediate court order that would block the requirement that abortion doctors receive admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of a clinic. But in this lawsuit, the challenge to that provision only applies to two clinics: one in McAllen and one in El Paso.  

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SXSW Crash
4:43 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

SXSW Crash Survivor Hopes To Walk At High School Graduation

South by Southwest crash victim Mason Endres speaks with reporters about her recovery at St. David's Rehabilitation Hospital.
Jon Shapley for KUT News

One of the victims of the car crash into South by Southwest crowds is now in the rehab stage of her recovery. 

Mason Endres can now hop on one leg and push herself in a wheelchair. But she’s still learning to walk again.

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Austin
4:32 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

PHOTOS: Disaster Response Drill at Austin-Bergstrom Airport

Ilana Panich-Linsman for KUT News

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport held a full-scale disaster response exercise on its airfield today, allowing first responders to practice their skills using an actual airplane.

The drill involved aircraft, firefighters, EMS responders, medical service vehicles and more. Several volunteers played the role of plane crash victims, complete with simulated injuries. Responders even tagged volunteers' bodies via a triage system, ranking them by the medical attention required.

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Views and Brews
3:10 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

The Great War and Its Legacy, 100 Years Later

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In partnership with the Harry Ransom Center, Views and Brews discussed the recent exhibition "The World at War, 1914–1918." The exhibit marks the centenary of the start of World War I, and seeks to recover the deeply personal experience of the war.

Listen back as Rabbi Neil Blumofe and Ransom Center curators Elizabeth Garver and Jean Cannon join KUT’s Rebecca McInroy to explore the layered causes, complicated effects and penetrating propaganda of a war that forever changed our relationship to grief, industry, faith and one another.

Texas Death Row
1:46 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Federal Judge Orders Execution Drug Disclosure

Texas Tribune

A federal judge in Houston on Wednesday blocked two Texas executions, deciding that the state prison system’s refusal to disclose detailed information about drugs that will be used to kill them violates the inmates' constitutional rights.

U.S. Judge Vanessa Gilmore issued a preliminary injunction that effectively blocked the Thursday execution of Tommy Lynn Sells and the execution of Ramiro Hernadez Llanas, which was scheduled for April 9.

The Attorney General’s office notified the inmates' attorneys and the court that the state's attorneys will appeal Gilmore’s decision.

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War and Poetry
12:37 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

With Poetic Intensity, Kevin Powers Tackles The Terror Of War

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Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 6:03 am

"I am home and whole, so to speak," writes Kevin Powers in his debut poetry collection. "But I can't remember / how to be alive." At its most striking, Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting finds Powers — an Iraq veteran and the author of the acclaimed war novel The Yellow Birds — contending with conflicts endemic to the home front, struggling to "remember how to be alive" after having known so much death.

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