Jessica Mahoney http://kut.org en State Looks to Cut Medicaid Payment to Therapists http://kut.org/post/state-looks-cut-medicaid-payment-therapists <p>The cuts could take effect on January 1<sup>st</sup> and would make Texas&rsquo; Medicaid spending on par with other states. But therapy providers worry it could leave many patients without services.</p><p>According to Stephanie Goodman, spokesperson with the <a href="http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/">Texas Health and Human Services Commission</a>, the organization reviews its rates from time to time.</p><p>&quot;Recently we looked at our therapy rates and found out that in Texas, for some reason, we&rsquo;re paying substantially higher than other states.&rdquo;</p><p>Physical, occupational, and speech therapy services would all be affected, including both out-patient and in-home care. Mary Hennigan with the <a href="http://www.tota.org/">Texas Occupational Therapy Association</a> says it should come as no surprise that those types of treatment are expensive.</p><p> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 21:01:17 +0000 Jessica Mahoney 3200 at http://kut.org State Looks to Cut Medicaid Payment to Therapists Top Morning Stories 11/29: New City Website, Holiday Season at the Capitol http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-1129-new-city-website-holiday-season-capitol <p><strong>Try Out the City&#39;s Website</strong></p><p>The City of Austin is <a href="http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/austingo/austingo_news.cfm">unveiling</a> its <a href="http://kut.org/2011/11/city-wants-input-on-data-priorities/">new website</a>. The site isn&rsquo;t live yet, but interested Austinites can attend a user testing session to try it out. The city wants to hear what you like, and what you don&rsquo;t like about its new website. The sessions start today at 811 Barton Springs Road from 6 to 8 p.m.</p><p><strong>Tour of WTP4</strong></p> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 12:56:08 +0000 Jessica Mahoney 3080 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories 11/29: New City Website, Holiday Season at the Capitol Top Morning Stories 11/28/11: AISD Public Hearing, Primary Ballot Filing Begins http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-112811-aisd-public-hearing-primary-ballot-filing-begins <p><strong>AISD Public Hearing</strong></p><p>The Austin Independent School District is holding a <a href="http://www.austinisd.org/fmp/community">public hearing</a> on its <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/268246-aisd-facility-master-plan-framework-nov-21-2011.html">Facilities Master Plan</a> tonight. Last week the AISD Board <a href="http://kut.org/2011/11/aisd-board-adopts-facility-master-plan-framework/">adopted the framework</a> to guide how it manages its facilities, but the Board still hasn&rsquo;t decided on a few key issues. There has been <a href="http://kut.org/2011/11/in-district-charter-school-proposal-faces-opposition/">opposition</a> to some parts of the plan, including a proposal to add in-district charter schools at some struggling campuses. Tonight&rsquo;s hearing runs from 6 &ndash; 8 p.m. at AISD&rsquo;s headquarters on West 6<sup>th</sup> Street. Speakers are limited to two minutes each, and can sign up in the Board Auditorium until 6:15 p.m.</p><p><strong>Primary Ballot Filing Begins</strong></p><p> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 13:29:49 +0000 Jessica Mahoney 3067 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories 11/28/11: AISD Public Hearing, Primary Ballot Filing Begins Top Morning Stories for November 21, 2011 http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-november-21-2011 <p><strong>School Board Meeting</strong></p><p>The <a href="http://www.austinisd.org/">Austin Independent School District</a> is meeting <a href="http://www.boarddocs.com/tx/austinisd/Board.nsf/Public">tonight</a>. The Board will vote on whether or not to adopt the <a href="http://kut.org/2011/09/aisd-board-ready-to-move-quickly-on-facilities-plan/">Facility Master Plan</a>. KUT <a href="http://kut.org/2011/09/aisd-to-unveil-facility-proposal-tonight/">has</a> <a href="http://kut.org/2011/10/aisd-board-wrestles-with-overcrowding-skepticism/">reported</a> <a href="http://kut.org/2011/09/aisd-board-ready-to-move-quickly-on-facilities-plan/">extensively</a> on the FMP Framework in the past. Other items on the agenda include&nbsp; budgetary approval, a discussion of how the new statewide testing system (<a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/staar/">STARR</a>) will be used to determine students&#39; end of year grades, and some school facilities improvements.</p><p>KUT News recently <a href="http://kut.org/2011/11/in-district-charters-carstarphen%E2%80%99s-big-idea-2/">spoke with</a> Superintendent Carstarphen about the possibility of adding in-district charter schools. The Board will vote on whether or not to partner with IDEA Public Schools, a Texas charter school operator, on December 12.</p><p><strong>Longhorns vs. Aggies - The End of an Era?</strong></p><p> Mon, 21 Nov 2011 13:17:19 +0000 Jessica Mahoney 3031 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories for November 21, 2011 Texas Head Coach Reacts To OSU Tragedy http://kut.org/post/texas-head-coach-reacts-osu-tragedy <p>Last night, a private plane carrying Oklahoma State Women&#39;s Basketball Head Coach Kurt Budke and Assistant Coach Miranda Serna crashed in Arkansas, <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=142507561">killing everyone on board.</a> The cause of the crash is not yet known.</p><p>Both the Longhorns and the OSU Cowgirls are in the Big 12. The Longhorns <a href="http://www.texassports.com/sports/w-baskbl/recaps/030511aaa.html">last played</a> the Cowgirls in early March of last year, losing 37 - 52.</p><p>Texas Head Coach <a href="http://www.texassports.com/sports/w-baskbl/mtt/goestenkors_gail00.html">Gail<span class="fn"> Goestenkors </span></a>posted this message of condolences on her <a href="http://twitter.com/intent/user?screen_name=TexasCoachG">Twitter</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The Texas Women&#39;s Basketball family sends our condolences to Oklahoma State. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cowgirls more than ever.</p></blockquote><p>&nbsp;The next scheduled game between the two teams is scheduled for <a href="http://www.texassports.com/sports/w-baskbl/sched/tex-w-baskbl-sched.html">January 7th</a>.</p><p> Fri, 18 Nov 2011 18:57:23 +0000 Jessica Mahoney 3024 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories for November 10, 2011 http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-november-10-2011 <p><strong>Rick Perry&#39;s Reaction to &quot;Oops&quot; Moment</strong></p><p>Rick Perry&#39;s <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/rick-perrys-oops-moment">&quot;oops&quot; moment</a> last night has <a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/gop-presidential-primary/192795-perry-has-debate-oops-crowd-cheers-cain">provided</a> <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/11/rick-perry-tries-to-fundraise-off-his-oops-moment/248233/#">plenty</a> of <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/11/oops-he-did-it-again-can-rick-perry-recover-the-note/">fodder</a> for the <a href="http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/10/does-perrys-meltdown-finally-clear-path-for-romney/">pundits</a>.&nbsp; In a rare post-debate appearance, the candidate appeared to be in deep <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/perry-makes-unexpected-post-debate-appearance">damage control</a>.</p><p>Perry tweeted to his followers on <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/GovernorPerry">Twitter</a> last night saying:</p><p> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 12:30:42 +0000 Jessica Mahoney 2961 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories for November 10, 2011 New Series on Air Pollution http://kut.org/post/new-series-air-pollution <p>Today, NPR, the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) and StateImpact launched a new series investigating air pollution and regulation across the country. The series is entitled, &quot;Poisoned Places: Toxic Air, Neglected Communities.&quot; StateImpact has more on the project on its <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2011/11/07/stateimpact-npr-poisoned-places-a-special-investigative-report/#more-1184">website</a>.</p> Mon, 07 Nov 2011 21:48:46 +0000 Jessica Mahoney 2931 at http://kut.org New Series on Air Pollution Appeals Court Stays Skinner Execution http://kut.org/post/appeals-court-stays-skinner-execution <p>The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has granted a request to stay the execution of death row inmate Henry &#39;Hank&#39; Skinner. The decision comes after two letters were filed on Skinner&#39;s behalf.</p><p>Skinner&#39;s defense attorneys sent a letter to Governor Rick Perry, requesting he hold off Skinner&#39;s execution long enough to conduct DNA testing. The Innocence Project sent a similar letter to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.</p> Mon, 07 Nov 2011 20:35:31 +0000 Jessica Mahoney 2929 at http://kut.org Appeals Court Stays Skinner Execution Oklahoma Earthquake Recharges Fracking Debate http://kut.org/post/oklahoma-earthquake-recharges-fracking-debate <p>An earthquake hit outside of Oklahoma City on Saturday night. The magnitude 5.6 quake was the strongest in Oklahoma history. The US Geological Survey has released an <a href="http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eqinthenews/2011/usb0006klz/#details">initial report</a> on the quake, but has not yet given an official cause.</p> Mon, 07 Nov 2011 18:16:13 +0000 Jessica Mahoney 2928 at http://kut.org Oklahoma Earthquake Recharges Fracking Debate Emergency Alert System Test http://kut.org/post/emergency-alert-system-test <p>This Wednesday, don&#39;t be alarmed if you turn on your radio or TV and hear an <a href="http://www.fema.gov/eastest/">Emergency Alert System test</a>. The test will be run by the <a href="http://www.fema.gov/">Federal Emergency Management Agency</a>, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.fcc.gov">Federal Communications Commission </a>and the <a href="http://www.noaa.gov">National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association</a>.</p> Mon, 07 Nov 2011 17:34:49 +0000 Jessica Mahoney 2927 at http://kut.org Emergency Alert System Test The Texas Drought, One Year In http://kut.org/post/texas-drought-one-year <p>The Texas drought has been in effect for about a year now, give or take a month <a href="http://blog.chron.com/sciguy/2011/11/weekly-weather-drought-hits-one-year-anniversary-but-modest-relief-may-come/">depending</a> on <a href="http://www.kvue.com/news/state/One-year-anniversary-of-drought-130626658.html">whom</a> you ask.</p> Mon, 07 Nov 2011 16:31:48 +0000 Jessica Mahoney 2926 at http://kut.org The Texas Drought, One Year In How Would You Improve Loop 360? TxDOT Wants To Know http://kut.org/post/how-would-you-improve-loop-360-txdot-wants-know <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="350" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?vpsrc=6&amp;ctz=300&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;msa=0&amp;msid=205748662895390239901.0004b09c4c0137e9562ac&amp;t=m&amp;ll=30.327842,-97.761841&amp;spn=0.207437,0.291824&amp;z=11&amp;output=embed" width="425"></iframe><br /><em>This map shows the areas of Loop 360 that would be affected by any 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many commuters know well, traffic can be miserable in Austin. In 2010 <a href="http://scorecard.inrix.com/scorecard/">INRIX</a>, a traffic and congestion software research company, <a href="http://scorecard.inrix.com/scorecard/MetropolitanDetails.asp?ID=26">ranked</a> the Austin metro area 26th for worst congestion nation-wide. Here is one commuter&#39;s video of sitting in traffic on Texas State Highway Loop 360:</wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></p><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><p> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 21:18:57 +0000 Jessica Mahoney 2868 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories October 31st, 2011 http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-october-31st-2011 <p><strong>Occupy Austin</strong></p><p>More than 30 members of Occupy Austin were arrested on Saturday night for disobeying a new city law prohibiting the distribution of food from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. All were released on Sunday. Occupy Austin has released a <a href="http://occupyaustin.org/2011/10/occupy-austin-statement-on-apd-city-hall-%e2%80%9ccleanup%e2%80%9d/">statement</a> on their website. They plan to hold a <a href="http://occupyaustin.org/general-assembly/">benefit concert</a> tonight at 9 p.m. by City Hall to raise money for bail bonds.</p><p>The Texas Civil Rights Project has come out against the arrests, saying they were an &quot;overreaction&quot; and a &quot;waste of tax payers&#39; money.&quot;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texascivilrightsproject.org/blog/archives/89">Here</a> is their full response.</p><p><strong>Court Redistricting </strong></p><p><a href="http://www.tlc.state.tx.us/redist/pdf/2011_105_House_Congress_Plans.pdf">Today</a> three federal judges in San Antonio will hold a hearing on the new state redistricting maps. The maps were created last spring by the legislature and signed into law this summer by Governor Perry. The state of Texas is being represented by Attorney General Greg Abbot, who says the new district lines should bolster minority representation. Opponents to the maps say they are discriminatory and will stifle minority representation.</p><p> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 14:13:30 +0000 Jessica Mahoney 2863 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories October 31st, 2011 Top Morning Stories October 28, 2011 http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-october-28-2011 <p><strong>World Series</strong></p><p>The Texas Rangers lost to the St. Louis Cardinals, 10-9 in 11 inning last night. The two are now tied in the World Series, 3-3. That forces a Game 7 of the World Series tonight in St. Louis. This is the first time in nine years that a World Series has gone gone to a seventh and deciding game.</p><p><strong><span style="font-weight: bold;">Execution of San Antonio Man</span></strong></p> Fri, 28 Oct 2011 12:50:33 +0000 Jessica Mahoney 2851 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories October 28, 2011 Top Morning Stories October 25th http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-october-25th <p><strong>Perry to Push for Balanced Budget Amendment</strong></p><p>Just a day before delivering a speech on his proposal for a flat income tax and plan to balance the federal budget, Gov. Rick Perry has released <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204777904576651330270547222.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop">details in an Op-Ed</a> in the Wall Street Journal. Perry will reveal more about the plan in a South Carolina speech today. KUT&#39;s Ben Philpott is on the road with the Perry campaign.</p><p><strong>AISD Meeting </strong></p><p>The <a href="https://www.austinisd.org/">Austin Independent School Board</a> met last night to discuss issues of overcrowding in some North Central Austin schools. The Board also announced its unanimous decision to join a lawsuit against the state regarding how public education is funded in Texas. KUT&#39;s Nathan Bernier has <a href="http://kut.org/2011/10/aisd-board-wrestles-with-overcrowding-skepticism/">more</a> <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/aisd-board-get-some-specifics-facilities-proposals">here</a>.</p><p> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 12:05:43 +0000 Jessica Mahoney 2817 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories October 25th