Kelsey Johnson http://kut.org en Interactive Project Map Featured on Bond Site http://kut.org/post/interactive-project-map-featured-bond-site <p>The<a href="http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/"> City of Austin</a> has launched a redesigned website that contains an interactive project map where users can see progress on projects.</p><p>Last year, Austin voters passed a $90 million transportation bond to pay for more bike paths, sidewalks, streets and trails with hopes of reducing commuters&#39; reliance on cars. Visitors of the site can view status reports, photos of projects and project updates.</p> Mon, 22 Aug 2011 15:01:02 +0000 Kelsey Johnson 2287 at http://kut.org Interactive Project Map Featured on Bond Site Texas Students Show Low College Test Scores http://kut.org/post/texas-students-show-low-college-test-scores <p>The majority of <a href="http://www.act.org/news/data/11/states/pdf/Texas.pdf">Texas students</a> who took the <a href="http://www.actstudent.org/">ACT</a> college entrance exam this year don&#39;t have the necessary skills for college.</p><p>According to a report done on the class of 2011, many Texas students tested below the national average in reading, English and science. 101,569 graduates in Texas, or about 36% of the class of 2011, took the ACT.</p><p>Texans were slightly above the national average in mathematics, which is 45 percent of students passing, with 48 percent.</p> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 20:48:17 +0000 Kelsey Johnson 2253 at http://kut.org Texas Students Show Low College Test Scores SXSW Panel Picker Voting Starts Today http://kut.org/post/sxsw-panel-picker-voting-starts-today <p>The <a href="http://sxsw.com/">SXSW</a> Panel Picker is back and voting and commenting starts at 2 p.m. today for 2012. The Panel Picker allows users to vote on panel and presentation topics for the SXSW Festival.</p><p>People can respond to different ideas and decide what topics will be represented at the event. Voters have until September 2 to cast their idea.</p><p>You can sign up at the <a href="http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/">Panel Picker website</a> to submit your idea. Mon, 15 Aug 2011 17:53:08 +0000 Kelsey Johnson 2229 at http://kut.org SXSW Panel Picker Voting Starts Today Drought Leads to a Rise In Animal Bites http://kut.org/post/drought-leads-rise-animal-bites <p>The number of venomous bites and stings has increased since last year as the drought sends snakes and other wild animals searching for food and water.</p><p>Kelly Conrad Bender, an urban wildlife biologist for <a href="http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/">Texas Parks and Wildlife</a>, came to the <a href="http://www.seton.net/locations/brackenridge/">University Medical Center Brakenridge</a> to explain the changes in wildlife.</p><p>&ldquo;Wildlife, these individual animals, has not experienced this kind of drought, but their species has. They are the result of thousands of years of adaptation to our climate and these droughts do happen occasionally, maybe once every 50 to 100 years. So the species, given appropriate habitat and given a good balanced stable habitat, they will survive and they&rsquo;ll come out stronger,&rdquo; Bender said. Fri, 12 Aug 2011 18:16:58 +0000 Kelsey Johnson 2208 at http://kut.org Drought Leads to a Rise In Animal Bites Bison Found at Lady Bird Wildflower Center http://kut.org/post/bison-found-lady-bird-wildflower-center <p>An unusual visitor has wandered its way to the <a href="http://www.wildflower.org/">Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center</a>: a bison. The animal escaped last Wednesday when its owner was unloading it out of a cattle trailer. The Wildflower Center&#39;s senior director and botanist, Damon Waitt, says the American bison traveled ten miles to the center when gardeners noticed her. Wed, 10 Aug 2011 18:42:17 +0000 Kelsey Johnson 2185 at http://kut.org Bison Found at Lady Bird Wildflower Center Austin Police Department Introduces the Real Time Crime Center http://kut.org/post/austin-police-department-introduces-real-time-crime-center <p>The Austin Police Department is implementing a new strategy to fight crime.</p><p>The Real Time Crime Center, a room filled with computers and TV screens at the police headquarters, will allow officers to monitor police radio traffic 24 hours a day and provide more information on handling a scene before officers arrive.</p><p>APD Commander Troy Gay, who&#39;s in charge of the new center, told KUT News that it was a &quot;force multiplier&quot;</p> Mon, 08 Aug 2011 15:28:12 +0000 Kelsey Johnson 2161 at http://kut.org Austin Police Department Introduces the Real Time Crime Center Firefighters Battle Brush Fire on Mopac http://kut.org/post/firefighters-battle-brush-fire-mopac <object height="319" width="425"><param name="flashvars" value="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fkutaustin%2Fsets%2F72157627239859089%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fkutaustin%2Fsets%2F72157627239859089%2F&amp;set_id=72157627239859089&amp;jump_to=" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=104087" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fkutaustin%2Fsets%2F72157627239859089%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fkutaustin%2Fsets%2F72157627239859089%2F&amp;set_id=72157627239859089&amp;jump_to=" height="319" src="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=104087" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425"></embed></object><p>Firefighters were called out just before 2:30 p.m. today to battle a brush fire on South Mopac (Loop 1) near the Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360) exit.&nbsp; The fire was controlled about 2:45 p.m. But Austin Police have temporarily closed the southbound onramp to Mopac from Barton Skyway because of the smoke put off by the fire. The onramp is expected to reopen after 3:30 p.m. Fri, 05 Aug 2011 19:38:43 +0000 Kelsey Johnson 2153 at http://kut.org ERCOT Asks Consumers to Conserve Electricity http://kut.org/post/ercot-asks-consumers-conserve-electricity <p>The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, (ERCOT), has asked consumers to conserve their electricity use from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. today and for the remainder of the week.</p><p>Kent Saathoff, vice president of system planning and operations for ERCOT, explained the need in a press release.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;At this time, we expect to be tight over the peak hours today between 4-5 p.m., which means that significant generation outages could make us short of operating reserves.&quot;</p> Mon, 01 Aug 2011 20:22:43 +0000 Kelsey Johnson 2105 at http://kut.org ERCOT Asks Consumers to Conserve Electricity Burn Bans in Place in a Record 249 Counties http://kut.org/post/burn-bans-place-record-249-counties <p>The <a href="http://tfsfrp.tamu.edu/wildfires/DecBan.png">Texas Forest Service</a> maintains a map of which counties in the state have outdoor burn bans, and notes them in red. As of this morning, the map makes Texas look like it&#39;s got a bad sunburn.</p> Mon, 01 Aug 2011 19:18:46 +0000 Kelsey Johnson 2102 at http://kut.org Burn Bans in Place in a Record 249 Counties Baseball Star Clemens Fights Double Jeopardy http://kut.org/post/baseball-star-clemens-fights-double-jeopardy <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Clemens">Roger Clemens</a>&nbsp;- the former UT-Austin, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankee star, is requesting a judge get rid of his indictment on charges of lying to Congress to prevent him from being tried twice.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 29 Jul 2011 17:30:16 +0000 Kelsey Johnson 2083 at http://kut.org Baseball Star Clemens Fights Double Jeopardy 1 in 4 Gay and Lesbian Teens are Homeless According to Study http://kut.org/post/1-4-gay-and-lesbian-teens-are-homeless-according-study <p>One in four gay, lesbian or transgender teens and 15 percent of bisexual teens are homeless, according to a study issued by the <em><a href="http://ajph.aphapublications.org/">American Journal of Public Health</a>. </em>This is in contrast to three percent of heterosexual teens who are homeless. The study was made up of 6,300 Boston, Mass. public high school students.</p> Fri, 22 Jul 2011 21:50:13 +0000 Kelsey Johnson 2033 at http://kut.org 1 in 4 Gay and Lesbian Teens are Homeless According to Study Austin Unemployment Rate Rises in June http://kut.org/post/austin-unemployment-rate-rises-june <p>The <a href="http://texasworkforce.org/">Texas Workforce Commission</a> puts the Central Texas jobless rate at 7.6 percent in June, up 0.8 percent over May.&nbsp; Despite that, the Workforce Commission reports that 1,400 new private sector jobs were created in Austin last month. Lisa Givens, a commission spokesperson, says it&#39;s not uncommon to see both the unemployment rate and the number of newly-created jobs rise at the same time.</p> Fri, 22 Jul 2011 19:30:53 +0000 Kelsey Johnson 2022 at http://kut.org Austin Unemployment Rate Rises in June Nolan Ryan Hospitalized for Chest Pain http://kut.org/post/nolan-ryan-hospitalized-chest-pain <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nolan_Ryan">Nolan Ryan</a>, the CEO and club president of the <a href="http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/news/index.jsp?c_id=tex">Texas Rangers</a>, was hospitalized in Houston after experiencing discomfort in his chest yesterday morning at his home in Georgetown, according to a<a href="http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110718&amp;content_id=21951358&amp;vkey=news_tex&amp;c_id=tex"> press release</a> on the team&#39;s website.</p><p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nolan_Ryan">Ryan</a> is also part owner of the <a href="http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/index.jsp?sid=t102">Round Rock Express</a>. The 64-year-old received a double-bypass surgery in 2000.</p><p>He is currently undergoing tests for his reoccurring heart condition and&nbsp; is expected to be released from the hospital sometime this week. Mon, 18 Jul 2011 18:46:33 +0000 Kelsey Johnson 1973 at http://kut.org Nolan Ryan Hospitalized for Chest Pain Chance of Tropical Rain Looks Slim http://kut.org/post/chance-tropical-rain-looks-slim <p>In case you haven&#39;t noticed, it is hot, hot, hot outside and <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/feds-declare-213-texas-counties-drought-disaster-zones">Central Texas</a> is in need of some showers. Late July and early August are normally the driest and hottest parts of the summer, so the chance of rain is slim.</p> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 16:55:48 +0000 Kelsey Johnson 1971 at http://kut.org Chance of Tropical Rain Looks Slim Austin Places in Worst-Dressed Cities By GQ Magazine http://kut.org/post/austin-places-worst-dressed-cities-gq-magazine <p>What are you wearing today?&nbsp; Are you in business attire? Is it &quot;Casual Friday&quot; where you work? Or are you just wearing a ratty old t-shirt, shorts and a pair of flip-flops? Well...someone noticed.</p> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 16:26:15 +0000 Kelsey Johnson 1957 at http://kut.org Austin Places in Worst-Dressed Cities By GQ Magazine Weekend Road Closure Round-Up http://kut.org/post/weekend-road-closure-round-july-9-10 <p>It&#39;s another busy weekend in Austin, but before you hit the roads here&rsquo;s a round-up of road closures and other traffic news for this weekend.</p><p><a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/i-35ben-white-closures-nearly-done">Construction continues</a> this evening on several connecting fly-over ramps at the intersection of<strong> I-35 and Ben White Boulevard.</strong> The southbound I-35 frontage road <a href="http://www.dot.state.tx.us/project_information/projects/austin/ben_white_i35/default.htm">will be closed</a> between the intersections of the eastbound and westbound US 290 frontage roads.</p><p>Traffic will be diverted down the US 290 frontage road to the turnaround at Congress Avenue. Ben White Boulevard will also be narrowed between Burleson Road and South Congress Avenue to allow one lane of traffic in each direction. Fri, 08 Jul 2011 19:04:33 +0000 Genna Eneman & Kelsey Johnson 1907 at http://kut.org Weekend Road Closure Round-Up What Do Stage Four Water Restrictions Mean For Fredricksburg? http://kut.org/post/what-do-stage-four-water-restrictions-mean-fredricksburg <p><a href="http://kut.org/2011/07/drought-blamed-for-city-pipe-leaks-2/">Extreme drought</a> conditions and continued high <a href="http://kut.org/2010/07/water-conservation-in-the-summer/">water usage</a> have prompted the <a href="http://www.fbgtx.org/">City of Fredericksburg</a> to implement <a href="http://www.fbgtx.org/press/Stage 4 Water Restrictions.htm">Stage Four water restrictions</a>. They take effect tomorrow.</p><p>If you were wondering what that means, here are the details: Wed, 06 Jul 2011 17:16:51 +0000 Kelsey Johnson 1892 at http://kut.org What Do Stage Four Water Restrictions Mean For Fredricksburg? $4 Adoptions on the 4th http://kut.org/post/4-adoptions-4th <p>Pets usually aren&#39;t big fans of the <a href="http://kut.org/2010/12/animal-shelter-warns-fireworks-can-prompt-pets-to-flee/">4th of July</a>(&quot;Fireworks are loud, can I have a dog biscuit,&quot; one local canine said). But with&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/2011/06/judge-declares-disaster-bans-fireworks/">fireworks banned this year</a>&nbsp;why not bring home a furry critter to call your own?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/health/pets/default.htm">The Town Lake Animal Center</a> is offering this bargain adoption fee &nbsp;of just $4 until 5 p.m. on Independence Day. Mon, 04 Jul 2011 15:25:01 +0000 Kelsey Johnson 1866 at http://kut.org $4 Adoptions on the 4th Drought predicted to worsen http://kut.org/post/drought-predicted-worsen <p><a href="http://kut.org/2011/06/drought-leads-to-limits-on-fireworks/">Fireworks displays </a>have been banned, <a href="http://kut.org/2011/06/water-fight-as-texas-lake-levels-fall-residents-fret/">lakes drying</a> up and <a href="http://kut.org/2011/06/water-fight-texas-rice-farmers-livelihoods-at-stake-in-water-talks/">crops scorched</a>. It&#39;s safe to say the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/19/us/19ttwater.html">drought</a> in Central Texas is bad. And it&#39;s <a href="http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/expert_assessment/seasonal_drought.html">not over yet</a>.</p> Fri, 01 Jul 2011 20:05:37 +0000 Kelsey Johnson 1860 at http://kut.org Drought predicted to worsen