Nick Robertson http://kut.org en UT Students Hold "Die-In" To Mark Bhopal Gas Tragedy http://kut.org/post/ut-students-hold-die-mark-bhopal-gas-tragedy <p><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/17451557?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" frameborder="0" height="253" width="450"></iframe></p><p>UT students gathered at the West Mall today to commemorate the 26th anniversary of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhopal_gas_tragedy">Bhopal gas tragedy</a> that claimed the lives of 8,000 and affected over 100,000 others.</p> Fri, 03 Dec 2010 21:36:46 +0000 Nick Robertson 400 at http://kut.org UT Students Hold "Die-In" To Mark Bhopal Gas Tragedy Crazy UT Kids Celebrate Last Day of Class http://kut.org/post/crazy-ut-kids-celebrate-last-day-class <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="253" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/17449148?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" width="450"></iframe></p><p>KUT News intern Nick Robertson was returning from a protest marking the anniversary of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhopal_disaster">Bhopal gas tragedy</a> when he noticed a group University of Texas undergrads&nbsp;doing this over and over and over on Guadalupe Street.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 03 Dec 2010 21:31:05 +0000 Nathan Bernier & Nick Robertson 399 at http://kut.org Walkout and Protest at University of Texas Over Budget Cuts http://kut.org/post/walkout-and-protest-university-texas-over-budget-cuts <p>A group of students, faculty, and staff walked out of their buildings and held a loud marching demonstration this morning on the University of Texas campus. &nbsp;They were protesting existing and future budget cuts brought on largely as a result of the state's budget gap, a shortfall that could exceed $20 billion. Wed, 01 Dec 2010 18:41:21 +0000 Nathan Bernier & Nick Robertson 374 at http://kut.org Walkout and Protest at University of Texas Over Budget Cuts TABC Weighs in on Four Loko http://kut.org/post/tabc-weighs-four-loko <p>The Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission (TABC) has finally weighed in on caffeinated alcoholic beverages such as Four Loko, the soon-to-be-altered caffeinated alcoholic beverage that refuses to ride into the world of forgotten novelty. From the TABC’s press release on Friday:</p> Fri, 19 Nov 2010 22:41:13 +0000 Nick Robertson 308 at http://kut.org TABC Weighs in on Four Loko Texas Economy Added Almost 48k Jobs in October, Unemployment Steady http://kut.org/post/texas-economy-added-almost-48k-jobs-october-unemployment-steady <p>Texas total nonfarm employment was up by 47,900 jobs in October, according to a Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) press release. This number accounts for an impressive third of the 151,000 jobs the entire U.S. economy added in the same period.</p><p>“Every major industry added jobs in October with notable increases in Construction employment” said TWC Chairman Tom Pauken.</p><p>TWC also released that the unemployment rate stayed steady at 8.1 percent, a substantial percentage and a half less than the country’s, which is currently at 9.6.</p> Fri, 19 Nov 2010 21:44:43 +0000 Nick Robertson 305 at http://kut.org Texas Economy Added Almost 48k Jobs in October, Unemployment Steady Many Office Trash Cans at UT Are Starting to Look Like This http://kut.org/post/many-office-trash-cans-ut-are-starting-look <p>Office-dwellers at UT today let out a collective groan as plans to cut back on custodial services were announced. Laurie Lentz, the communications coordinator for UT Facility Services, explained that the changes will predominantly affect offices.</p><p>“Where you’re really going to see the change is in the individual offices. For those offices we are going to gradually phase in a monthly cleaning as opposed to a weekly cleaning schedule” said Lentz.</p> Fri, 19 Nov 2010 17:53:26 +0000 Nick Robertson 300 at http://kut.org Many Office Trash Cans at UT Are Starting to Look Like This U.S. Government Not Cool With Alcohol-Caffeine Combo http://kut.org/post/us-government-not-cool-alcohol-caffeine-combo <p>Four Loko-lovers may need to start looking for the next alcoholic fad as "blackout in a can" is changing its formula.&nbsp; The move comes in response to the considerable heat brought by the U.S. government following several incidents across the country involving the alcohol and caffeine-infused drink.</p><p>The federal government warned four companies that manufacture caffeine-spiked booze products to stop selling the drinks or deal with the threat of litigation and seizure of assets. The companies have 15 days to comply with the Food and Drug Administration-penned (FDA) letter. Wed, 17 Nov 2010 22:36:13 +0000 Nick Robertson 285 at http://kut.org U.S. Government Not Cool With Alcohol-Caffeine Combo Austin-based Freebirds Burrito to Expand http://kut.org/post/austin-based-freebirds-burrito-expand <p>Traveling Austinites with a taste for “Monster” burritos can rejoice as <a href="http://www.freebirds.com/home.htm">Freebirds World Burritos</a> will be opening twenty more locations in Texas by the end of next year. The expansion of the Austin-based (although it was founded in Santa Barbara, CA) Mexican food chain will add in between 1,000 to 1,500 jobs to the state, the company stated in a press release.</p> Wed, 17 Nov 2010 21:03:25 +0000 Nick Robertson 283 at http://kut.org Austin-based Freebirds Burrito to Expand Meetings Over MoPac Traffic Set http://kut.org/post/meetings-over-mopac-traffic-set <p>Many Austin motorists have found themselves stopped on <a href="http://www.mopacexpress.com/">MoPac Expressway</a>, the North-South road that is intended to alleviate traffic on its cross-town alternative, Interstate 35.</p> Wed, 17 Nov 2010 18:21:26 +0000 Nick Robertson 281 at http://kut.org Meetings Over MoPac Traffic Set FunFunFunFest Starts Tonight http://kut.org/post/funfunfunfest-starts-tonight <p>The 5<sup>th</sup> annual <a href="http://funfunfunfest.com/">FunFunFunFest</a> is set to kick off tonight at Waterloo Park. The weekend long festival is a smaller, more eccentric alternative to the <a href="http://www.aclfestival.com/">Austin City Limits Music Festival</a>, and while it primarily focuses on music, other activities ranging from <a href="http://www.anarchychampionshipwrestling.com/">professional wrestling</a> to veggie hot dog eating contests to comedy acts give the event more of a rollicking, carnival-like feel than its heavily-sponsored big brother. Fri, 05 Nov 2010 21:41:31 +0000 Nick Robertson 215 at http://kut.org FunFunFunFest Starts Tonight Shuttle Launch Delayed Again http://kut.org/post/shuttle-launch-delayed-again <p>NASA has once again delayed the shuttle launch until the end of the month for repairs related to a hydrogen gas leak. As PC Magazine <a href="http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2372236,00.asp">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The hydrogen leak was discovered early this morning as the crew was fueling Discovery for a planned Friday launch. It occurred at the Ground Umbilical Center Plate (GUCP) that attaches to the external tank; the GUCP carries gaseous hydrogen safely away from the shuttle to a flare stack, where it burns off, according to NASA.</p> Fri, 05 Nov 2010 19:46:12 +0000 Nick Robertson 211 at http://kut.org Shuttle Launch Delayed Again Media from Perry's FED UP! Tour http://kut.org/post/media-perrys-fed-tour <p>As recently re-elected Governor Perry continues his promotional tour for his new book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Fed-Up-Fight-America-Washington/dp/0316132950"><em>FED UP! Our Fight to Save America From Washington</em></a>, we here at KUT thought it&rsquo;d be a good idea to see how the third-termer was faring out there in the non-Texas states.</p><p>First, a NPR interview with the man himself:</p> Fri, 05 Nov 2010 17:26:02 +0000 Nick Robertson 210 at http://kut.org Media from Perry's FED UP! Tour Libertarians Secure Place on Ballot http://kut.org/post/libertarians-secure-place-ballot <p>By garnering in excess of five percent of votes in several statewide races, <a href="http://lptexas.org/">The Libertarian Party of Texas</a> has guaranteed its candidates automatic spots on state election ballots throughout 2014. As <em>Independent Political Report</em> <a href="http://www.independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/11/libertarian-and-green-parties-retain-ballot-access-in-texas/comment-page-1/">reports</a>:</p> Fri, 05 Nov 2010 16:50:13 +0000 Nick Robertson 209 at http://kut.org Libertarians Secure Place on Ballot Rollergirls Make Move to Austin Convention Center http://kut.org/post/rollergirls-make-move-austin-convention-center <p><a href="http://www.texasrollergirls.org/">The Texas Rollergirls</a>, self-proclaimed &ldquo;godmothers of modern flat track roller derby,&rdquo; are leaving the Playland Skate Center and headed to the Austin Convention Center for the 2011 season. The group is hoping to roughly triple capacity, increase visibility for the organization, and enhance the fan-going experience with the move.</p> Fri, 05 Nov 2010 15:31:24 +0000 Nick Robertson 208 at http://kut.org Rollergirls Make Move to Austin Convention Center Plant Near Kyle Leaks 100,000 Gallons of Wastewater into Creek http://kut.org/post/plant-near-kyle-leaks-100000-gallons-wastewater-creek <p>Environmental experts are currently monitoring Plum Creek after 100,000 gallons of wastewater leaked from a plant in <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&amp;q=kyle,+tx&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=Kyle,+Hays,+Texas&amp;ll=30.092861,-97.863464&amp;spn=0.819847,1.234589&amp;z=10">Kyle</a>, a town 20 minutes south of Austin. Per a City of Kyle <a href="http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/blotter/entries/2010/11/02/sewage_spill_at_kyle_treatment.html">press release</a>:</p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 19:58:40 +0000 Nick Robertson 201 at http://kut.org Plant Near Kyle Leaks 100,000 Gallons of Wastewater into Creek FDA Confirms Presence of Listeria at Texas Food Plant http://kut.org/post/fda-confirms-presence-listeria-texas-food-plant <p>The <a href="http://www.fda.gov/">FDA</a> confirmed earlier today that they have found the presence of the bacteria <em>listeria monocytogenes </em>at the SanGar Produce &amp; Processing Plant in San Antonio.</p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 19:18:39 +0000 Nick Robertson 200 at http://kut.org FDA Confirms Presence of Listeria at Texas Food Plant Keep Austin Beautiful Awards To Be Given Today http://kut.org/post/keep-austin-beautiful-awards-be-given-today <p>The 25<sup>th</sup> annual <a href="http://www.keepaustinbeautiful.org/">Keep Austin Beautiful</a> awards will be handed out today at a luncheon at the Sheraton Austin. The awards are intended to &ldquo;honor the efforts of businesses, individuals, and community groups, both large and small, that serve as inspirations for greater environmental stewardship.&rdquo; The awards will acknowledge the contributions of eight different people and organizations, as well as a name a &ldquo;best of the best&rdquo; for the organization that has contributed most to the beautification of the city. Wed, 03 Nov 2010 15:34:09 +0000 Nick Robertson 197 at http://kut.org Keep Austin Beautiful Awards To Be Given Today Central Texas Election Night Results http://kut.org/post/central-texas-election-night-results <p>Here are results from the important Central Texas elections we&#39;re following:</p><p><strong>Governor:</strong></p><p><em><strong>WINNER: Rick Perry (REP)- Incumbent: 55.06%</strong></em></p><p>Bill White (DEM): 42.18%</p><p>Kathie Glass (LIB):2.19%</p><p>Deb Shafto (GRN): .0.39%</p><p>Andy Barron (W-I): 0.16%</p><p><em>Precincts Reporting: </em>8,437 of 8,461</p><p><strong>State Representative, District 45:</strong></p><p><em><strong>WINNER: Jason A. Isaac (REP): 53.9%</strong></em></p><p>Patrick M. Rose (DEM)-Incumbent: 46.1%</p><p><em>Precincts Reporting: 73 of 73</em></p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 05:19:10 +0000 Nick Robertson 181 at http://kut.org Mayors Show Support for Proposition 1 http://kut.org/post/mayors-show-support-proposition-1 <p>A collection of mayors old and new congregated at City Hall today to show their support for the passage of <a href="http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/news/mobility_bond.htm">Proposition 1</a>. With early voting concluding at day’s end and the general election a mere four days away, the group hoped to leave a lasting impression on voters that will lead to the Proposition's passage.</p><p>Proposition 1 is a bond proposal that if passed would allocate $90 million to 45 mobility projects across the city.</p> Fri, 29 Oct 2010 20:56:32 +0000 Nick Robertson 156 at http://kut.org Mayors Show Support for Proposition 1 Rally to Restore Sanity Comes to Austin http://kut.org/post/rally-restore-sanity-comes-austin <p><a href="http://www.rallytorestoresanity.com/">The Rally to Restore Sanity</a> will is not only happening in the nation&rsquo;s capital this Saturday, but it&#39;s also going down in Austin. The uncharacteristic move to rally behind political moderatism will happen at the State Capitol.</p> Fri, 29 Oct 2010 17:35:48 +0000 Nick Robertson 152 at http://kut.org Rally to Restore Sanity Comes to Austin