Audrey White http://kut.org en Kangaroo Makes Austin Zoo Debut http://kut.org/post/kangaroo-makes-austin-zoo-debut <object height="349" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/IouHey-OIK0?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;showinfo=0" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/IouHey-OIK0?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;showinfo=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425"></embed></object><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://www.austinzoo.org/" target="_blank">Austin Zoo</a> has a new addition. His name is Jason, and he&rsquo;s learning to box.</p><p>The one-and-a-half-year-old <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Kangaroo" target="_blank">red kangaroo</a>, made his zoo debut this week. Georgetown animal control confiscated him from a man who bought the marsupial illegally. Head zookeeper Sara King says zoo staff are helping him adjust to his new home. Thu, 04 Aug 2011 22:30:50 +0000 Audrey White & Daniel Reese 2144 at http://kut.org Water Conservation Critical As Drought Worsens http://kut.org/post/water-conservation-critical-drought-worsens <p>Despite some recent light rain, the <a href="http://www.lcra.org">Lower Colorado River Authority</a> continues to urge Texans to conserve water. Central Texas&#39; rainfall levels are <a href="http://www.lcra.org/water/drought/index.html">17 and a half inches below average</a>.</p><p>LCRA meteorologist Bob Rose said it could be months before lake levels return to normal, if past droughts are any indication.</p> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 19:54:10 +0000 Audrey White 2016 at http://kut.org Water Conservation Critical As Drought Worsens Police Seeking Info on Radioactive Camera http://kut.org/post/police-seeking-info-radioactive-camera <p>The Austin Police Department is asking for help to find car burglars who counted a radioactive camera among their loot.</p><p>In a press release, APD&nbsp; said the theft occurred on South I-35. The stolen device is used to identify leaky pipes. It contains a radioactive material that could be dangerous to those who come into contact with it and the surrounding areas.</p><p>Police say there is no evidence that the suspect meant to steal the dangerous camera.</p><p>Anyone with information about this item is asked to contact Detective David Martin at (512) 974-4959.</p> Tue, 19 Jul 2011 22:20:27 +0000 Audrey White 1992 at http://kut.org Police Seeking Info on Radioactive Camera Stakeholders Pass Water Plan to LCRA http://kut.org/post/stakeholders-pass-water-plan-lcra <p>Farmers, business owners, environmentalists, power plant developers and homeowners have agreed on a set of changes for the next Lower Colorado River Authority Water Management Plan.</p><p>The committee finalized its suggested plan Tuesday. The LCRA board will vote on it at their August 24 meeting. Their approval would send it to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for a final decision.</p> Thu, 14 Jul 2011 18:32:15 +0000 Audrey White 1953 at http://kut.org Stakeholders Pass Water Plan to LCRA Power Grid Operator Asks Customers to Reduce Use This Afternoon http://kut.org/post/power-grid-operator-asks-customers-reduce-use-afternoon <p><a href="http://www.ercot.com/">The Electric Reliability Council of Texas</a> is asking consumers to reduce energy use from 3:00-7:00 pm today.</p><p>Unexpected power generating unit outages and high temperatures will lead to a shortage of power supply, ERCOT officials said in a news release this morning.</p> Thu, 14 Jul 2011 16:23:49 +0000 Audrey White 1949 at http://kut.org Power Grid Operator Asks Customers to Reduce Use This Afternoon Beaches Safe after Shark Bite Incident http://kut.org/post/beaches-safe-after-shark-bite-incident <p>A 12-year-old boy was bitten on the foot by a shark near <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=port+o%27connor+texas&amp;hl=en&amp;ll=28.440469,-96.411037&amp;spn=0.120906,0.154324&amp;client=firefox-a&amp;gl=us&amp;sqi=2&amp;z=13">Port O&rsquo;Conner</a> Thursday. It is the second shark bite incident in Texas year, according to the <a href="http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/">Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife</a>.</p> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 20:58:20 +0000 Audrey White 1937 at http://kut.org Beaches Safe after Shark Bite Incident Academy to Archive Alamo Drafthouse Posters http://kut.org/post/academy-archive-alamo-drafthouse-posters <p>The <a href="http://drafthouse.com/">Alamo </a><a href="http://drafthouse.com/">Drafthouse</a>&rsquo;s poster company, <a href="http://www.mondotees.com/">MONDO</a>, is partnering with the archiving arm of the <a href="http://www.oscars.org/index.html">Academy of Motion Picture Arts &amp; Sciences.</a></p> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 17:11:55 +0000 Audrey White 1934 at http://kut.org Academy to Archive Alamo Drafthouse Posters UT, ACC Make List of Top CPA Test Passing Rates http://kut.org/post/ut-acc-make-list-top-cpa-test-passing-rates <p><strong>CORRECTION: </strong>In the original version of this story, we said that David Quinn was Dean of Business Studies at ACC. In fact, the Dean of Business Studies is Charles Quinn.</p><p>The University of Texas at Austin and Austin Community College bookended a list of top ten Certified Public Accountant exam success rates among Texas colleges and universities.</p><p>ACC was the only community college to make the list.</p> Tue, 05 Jul 2011 20:21:23 +0000 Audrey White 1881 at http://kut.org UT, ACC Make List of Top CPA Test Passing Rates AFD Spends Quiet 4th of July Weekend http://kut.org/post/afd-spends-quiet-4th-july-weekend <p>The Austin Fire Department only responded to two fires on the 4<sup>th</sup> of July, compared to 50 on last New Year&#39;s Eve.</p><p>AFD Battalion Chief Thayer Smith attributes the reduction of fire to people complying with a statewide personal fireworks ban. He confirmed that personal fireworks were responsible for at least one of the two fires reported yesterday in Austin. The department never had to call out their 12 brush trucks to combat the fires outside of normal fire operations.</p> Tue, 05 Jul 2011 17:06:32 +0000 Audrey White 1876 at http://kut.org AFD Spends Quiet 4th of July Weekend Texas Attorney General Fights for Prayer During Grad Ceremonies http://kut.org/post/texas-attorney-general-fights-prayer-during-grad-ceremonies <p><a href="https://www.oag.state.tx.us/index.shtml">Attorney General Greg Abbott</a> is expected to file an amicus brief this afternoon challenging a court ruling that forbids prayer at a Medina Valley High School&rsquo;s graduation.</p> Thu, 02 Jun 2011 21:46:37 +0000 Audrey White 1622 at http://kut.org Texas Attorney General Fights for Prayer During Grad Ceremonies Texas Schools Eat Up MyPlate http://kut.org/post/texas-schools-eat-myplate <p>Texas school districts are responding to the newest innovation in nutrition guidelines from the The U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA today unveiled <a href="http://www.choosemyplate.gov/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">MyPlate</span></a>. It&#39;s a graphic rendition of suggested proportional portion sizes for fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy.</p> Thu, 02 Jun 2011 18:17:04 +0000 Audrey White 1619 at http://kut.org Texas Schools Eat Up MyPlate