Austin
10:30 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Map: In Austin, Noise Complaints are on the Rise

Austinite Kingston Arbor, 3 months old, hangs with his father Ryan Arbor at an Austin music festival in 2013.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT News

Despite the best efforts by Austinites to dissuade out-of-towners from moving here, they are. The city’s grown more than any other metropolitan area over the last five years, and with all that growth comes plenty of noise. That's not to mention the additional noise brought about by events like SXSW, which draw thousands of party-happy visitors from all over the world.

So it's not surprising that as Austin grows larger, it might also be growing louder. Over the past five years, noise complaints in Austin have gone up by 470 percent, from 2,782 total complaints in 2010 to 13,100 in 2014. Still, only 1.5 percent of those have faced citation – 515 out of 33,107, according to city data obtained by KUT. Below you can view the increase in noise complaints from 2010 to 2014 in an interactive map.

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Election 2016
9:25 am
Tue March 24, 2015

What Might Ted Cruz’s First and Only Run for Office Tell Us About his Presidential Campaign?

Ted Cruz celebrates on Election Night 2012.
Michael Stravato/Texas Tribune

Reporters and political pundits across the county are scrambling to handicap Ted Cruz's chances of winning the Republican Presidential nomination. But unlike most other expected candidates, Cruz has little campaign experience to review. He rose from relative obscurity to win his 2012 U.S. Senate race.

So what can that race tell us about Cruz’s Presidential chances?

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U.S. Supreme Court
4:52 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Justices Debate Place Of Offensive Language On License Plates

R. James George Jr., attorney for Sons of Confederate Veterans, meets with reporters outside the Supreme Court Monday.
Molly Riley AP

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 5:58 pm

Nazis, jihadis, racial slurs and even "Mighty Fine Burgers" all made cameo appearances at the U.S. Supreme Court Monday as the justices tackled a case of great interest to America's auto-loving public. The question before the court: When, if ever, can the state veto the message on a specialty license plate?

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Texas Women's History
2:56 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Texas Women's History Month (Week Four)

Mary Couts Burnett

This month, KUT is partnering with the Ruthe Winegarten Foundation to celebrate Women's History Month. Every day, we'll bring you a short feature spotlighting a historic woman, movement, or group of women in Texas. 

In our fouth week, we'll look at the Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII, philanthropist Mary Couts Burnett, musician, writer, and activist Maude Cuney Hare, and more.

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Life & Arts
2:55 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Watch: Timelapse Video Captures Austin From Sunset to Sunrise

Screenshot from 'Austin Nights.'
Andrew Takano

Self-taught photographer and producer Andrew Takano uploaded another high-quality timelapse video of Austin yesterday, and this one takes viewers through the city from sundown to sunrise.

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Election 2016
9:17 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Watch: Ted Cruz Announces Presidential Bid

Cruz announces his 2016 presidential run in Lynchburg, Va.
Screenshot from Washington Post

From the Texas Tribune: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz declared his candidacy for the White House on Monday in a speech heavy on faith and hard on President Obama, making him the first major party candidate to formally jump into the race.  

"I believe in you, I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to reignite the promise of America," Cruz said to a college basketball arena filled with students. "And that is why today I am announcing that I am running for president of the United States."

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Politics
4:32 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Republican Thorn Ted Cruz Announces Run For President

Sen. Ted Cruz, his wife, Heidi, and their two daughters Catherine (left) and Caroline practice waving on stage at Liberty University before Cruz's Monday presidential campaign launch.
Andrew Harnik AP

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 8:13 am

The 2016 presidential campaign has its first official candidate. Republican Ted Cruz jumped into the race for the presidency, announcing his intentions in a tweet at 12:09 am EDT Monday morning.

"I'm running for president and I hope to earn your support!" the firebrand Texas senator tweeted simply with an embedded video.

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Higher Ed
2:00 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

Higher Ed: How to Understand Deeply and Make Meaning

Remember "Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey," that spoof of affirmations and pithy sayings?  They're funny for sure, but the idea of understanding something deeply is a serious part of education during school and beyond. In this week's episode of KUT's podcast Higher Ed, Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger discuss how to understand something deeply and how that impacts learning. Sound intimidating? Listen on - it's really not!

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Election 2016
8:38 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Ted Cruz Set To Announce Presidential Bid

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz speaks with area business leaders during a Politics and Eggs breakfast, on March 16 in Manchester, N.H.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Sun March 22, 2015 6:10 pm

Updated at 9:10 a.m. ET

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will announce Monday he is running for the Republican nomination for president, a close aide of the lawmaker confirmed to NPR following a report first published by The Houston Chronicle.

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Energy & Environment
8:01 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Texans Can Expect Vibrant Spring Wildflowers, Expert Says, Though They May Arrive a Bit Late

Experts are anticipating a colorful wildflower season in Texas this year.
Callie Hernandez/KUT News

Experts say this wildflower season might be one of the best in years, but we’ll have to wait a little longer than usual to find out.

That's because a cooler-than-normal March has postponed the blooming season. 

SXSW 2015
5:22 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

How One Austinite Learned to Stop Being a Cynic and Love SXSW (Sort of)

The line at Fader Fort on 5th Street on Thursday afternoon.
Matt Largey/KUT News

You might have seen it on Buzzfeed.

An article called “Here’s what Austinites really think about South by Southwest.”

"Utter madness," they called it. "Crazy." "Thrilling."

I was suspicious.

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SXSW 2015
1:18 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

What is it About Swedish Pop Music? Searching for that 'Swedish Sound' at SXSW

Swedish duo The Magnettes perform at SXSW.
Ilana Panich-Linsman/KUT

You might be surprised to hear that Sweden is the world’s third biggest exporter of music. ABBA, Ace of Base, and the guy who invented Spotify are all Swedes.

And when Swedish musicians travel outside their country, one of their first stops is South by Southwest.

But what makes Swedish music so popular?

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Texas Standard
12:42 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Texas Leads Nation in Inappropriate Student-Teacher Relationships

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A Headline from the Dallas Morning News on Thursday read, "Irving high school teacher accused of having a romantic relationship with student, police say."

It might be a shocking headline, but it's sadly not a rare one. Texas leads all other states in the number of cases of teachers charged with or found guilty of inappropriate sexual relationships with students.

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Texas Standard
12:16 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

What SXSW Filmmaker Wants Texans to Know About Mexico’s Drug War

The documentary "Kingdom of Shadows" is showing at SXSW 2015.
Bernardo Ruiz

This story comes from Texas Standard.

A documentary at SXSW – “Kingdom of Shadows” – forces us to look at the ongoing violence south of the Texas-Mexico border.

The film is told through three people – a Mexican nun working to find answers about tens of thousands of disappearances, a U.S. drug enforcement agent and a former Texas drug smuggler. Bernardo Ruiz directed the film.

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Crime & Justice
10:26 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Can Texans Help Find the 43 Missing Students From Southwest Mexico?

Omar Garcia Velazquez, 24, a student survivor, gives an interview with Mexico's W Radio.
sopitas.com

Next week will be six months since 43 students from a rural teaching school disappeared in Southwest Mexico.

The government of Mexico says the students are dead.

But family members believe the government is misleading them. That's why some came to Texas hoping to keep their case alive.

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Austin
9:37 am
Fri March 20, 2015

In East Austin, A Shared Worship Space Brings Quakers and Muslims Together

Annie Holleman, 27, and Kathy Stanton, 29, sit with other parishioners before a Quaker service in Austin.
Ilana Panich-Linsman/KUT News

Churches are among the most segregated places in the country, according to a study by religious scholar Curtiss Paul DeYoung. He found that only five percent of churches in the U.S. are racially integrated.

But it happens that there's at least one integrated house of worship here in Austin: Muslims and Quakers have been sharing the same space on MLK Boulevard for a couple of years.

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Life & Arts
7:42 am
Fri March 20, 2015

The Invisible Thing That (Almost) All Your Music Has in Common

The Lemons perfrom at Spider House Ballroom during SXSW 2015.
Ilana Panich-Linsman/KUT

At South by Southwest Music you can hear everything from metal and rock to hip hop and electronic music.

Dozens of genres – but for the most part, they all have one very basic thing in common.

If you’re a musician, it might sound familiar to you:
The musical note A, above middle C, equals 440 hertz.

It’s the basis of virtually every piece of music you’ll hear today. And probably every piece of music you have ever heard, with a few exceptions.

It’s called reference pitch or concert pitch. It’s the note that every other note is based on.

Take a listen:

Every instrument in Western music – more or less – is tuned to this standard.

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Arts Eclectic
6:00 am
Fri March 20, 2015

See 'The Christians' at Hyde Park Theatre

Ken Webster in 'The Christians'
Credit Bret Brookshire

This month, the modestly-sized Hyde Park Theatre has been transformed into the smallest megachurch you're likely run across. That's because they're staging a production of The Christians, by Lucas Hnath, which is set in just such a church.

This is only the second worldwide production of The Christians; after a well-received premiere at the 2014 Humana Festival, several theaters clamored to get the rights, but Hyde Park beat the others to the punch.

The play centers around Pastor Paul (played by Hyde Park artistic director Ken Webster), who has come to the conclusion that he no longer believes in the existence of hell. This puts him at odds with Brother Joshua (Joey Hood), and their theological debate forms the heart of the play.

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SXSW 2015
3:42 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Slideshow: Scenes from SXSW Music

The crowd listens during The Lemons' show Wednesday at Spider House Ballroom during SXSW 2015.
Ilana Panich-Linsman/KUT

This year's South by Southwest Music festival features more than 900 bands – not counting those who play impromptu shows in clubs and houses and on the streets – and as usual, it's drawn swarms of visitors to Austin. KUT/KUTX photographers and multimedia producers are out in the field, capturing images of musicians, crowds and workers.

Click through the photos above for a slideshow.

SXSW 2015
11:30 am
Thu March 19, 2015

If Embraced by the Industry, Med Tech Showcased at SXSW Could Transform Health Care

People are developing social networks and medical technology that could help transform the fee-for-service health care system in the U.S.
KUT News

Mary Lou Brown has felt so lonely living in Austin. Since her diagnosis with lupus in 2003, she hasn’t found any support groups for people with the disease. She gets a lot of help from her husband and son, but she says no one gets what it’s like to be in pain all day long.

"[The pain] goes from your heel all the way to the scalp, where no one can touch you," Brown says.

Most of us have an immune system that protects us from germs. But if you have lupus, your immune system can’t tell the difference between the bad guys and healthy tissue, so it attacks the healthy tissue, causing inflammation and pain.

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