Wells Dunbar http://kut.org en Bill Clinton Speaks at UT Austin's LBJ Summit http://kut.org/post/bill-clinton-speaks-ut-austins-lbj-summit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former President Bill Clinton spoke Wednesday night </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">at </span><a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">the Civil Rights Summit</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;at the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.lbjlibrary.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">LBJ Presidential Library and Museum</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Austin. The summit, </span><a href="http://kut.org/post/four-presidents-will-be-austin-lbj-civil-rights-summit" style="line-height: 1.5;">gathering four U.S Presidents</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and dozens of other speakers, marks the </span>50th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> anniversary of </span><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Act_of_1964" style="line-height: 1.5;">Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson’s Civil Rights Act</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Clinton lamented last year’s decision from the U.S. Supreme Court to weaken another part of the </span>LBJ<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> legacy, the Voting Rights Act. Clinton singled out the Texas law requiring voters to show photo ID.</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:28:43 +0000 Trey Shaar & Wells Dunbar 10184 at http://kut.org Bill Clinton Speaks at UT Austin's LBJ Summit Snakes or No Snakes, Safety Tips for Texas Bluebonnet Pictures http://kut.org/post/snakes-or-no-snakes-safety-tips-texas-bluebonnet-pictures <p>With spring in full swing, it's time for wildflower pictures – including photos among Texas' iconic state flower, the bluebonnet.</p><p>But something's taking the bloom off this wildflower season: images of snakes among the flowers.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:54:22 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Trey Shaar 10142 at http://kut.org Snakes or No Snakes, Safety Tips for Texas Bluebonnet Pictures Fake Explosive Found & Destroyed in Killeen; Police Say No Known Link to Fort Hood http://kut.org/post/fake-explosive-found-destroyed-killeen-police-say-no-known-link-fort-hood <p><strong>Update: Device an 'Intentional Fake'</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KWTX-TV News in Waco reports that what appeared to be an improvised explosive device <a href="http://www.kwtx.com/home/headlines/Suspicious-Device-Found-In-Killeen-Neighborhood-253745881.html">was an "intentional fake:"</a></span></p><blockquote><div>The device, a piece of pipe with wires attached, was intentionally made to look like a pipe bomb but was, in fact, inert and contained no explosive hazard, Carroll Smith, Killeen police spokeswoman said.</div></blockquote><p></p><div><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Original story</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;(1:38 p.m.): </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The town of Killeen, Texas – on high-alert after&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kut.org/post/new-details-emerge-fort-hood-shooting" style="line-height: 1.5;">yesterday's shooting at nearby Fort Hood</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;left four dead – evacuated an area north of downtown after police found what they say "appears to be an Improvised Explosive Device."</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><a href="https://www.facebook.com/KilleenPD/photos/a.10150295981640168.335115.139802605167/10152001377655168/?type=1&amp;stream_ref=10" style="line-height: 1.5;">On Facebook</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Killeen</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Police shared initial details.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Police say "there is no known connection between this incident and the recent tragedy on Fort Hood."</span></div><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:01:43 +0000 Wells Dunbar 10115 at http://kut.org Fake Explosive Found & Destroyed in Killeen; Police Say No Known Link to Fort Hood After SXSW Tragedy, Austin Seeks 'Full Evaluation' of Crowds, Alcohol http://kut.org/post/after-sxsw-tragedy-austin-seeks-full-evaluation-crowds-alcohol <p>Questions raised by this year's South by Southwest festival and conference <a href="http://observer.com/2014/03/brand-vegas-sxsw-aint-what-it-used-to-be-and-neither-is-austin/">aren't restricted</a> to <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/14/us/car-slams-into-crowd-at-sxsw-festival.html?_r=0">think pieces</a>: The Austin City Council is now asking for "a full post-event evaluation" of the ever-growing event.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The findings could result in changes to the way Austin deals with safety, crowds, permits, and even alcohol during SXSW and other events.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Coming off its 27<sup>th</sup> year, the SXSW event itself generated as many headlines as its performers and conference breakouts.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:49:48 +0000 Wells Dunbar 10023 at http://kut.org After SXSW Tragedy, Austin Seeks 'Full Evaluation' of Crowds, Alcohol Man Shot by Austin Police Sgt. This Week Was Armed with BB Gun http://kut.org/post/man-shot-austin-police-sgt-week-was-armed-bb-gun <p><strong>Update</strong>:&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Austin Police made clear Thursday&nbsp;that the weapon in the hand of man who was shot this week by an APD sergeant was a pistol that fires BBs or pellets. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo spoke about that pistol in the hours after Tuesday’s shooting.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“When the sergeant sees it, he sees the suspect put it behind his back, allegedly, and then puts it back forward. The suspect at one point yells, ‘it’s a bb gun,’ or says, ‘it’s a bb gun, it’s a bb gun.’”</span></p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:35:46 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Trey Shaar 9989 at http://kut.org Man Shot by Austin Police Sgt. This Week Was Armed with BB Gun Two Victims of SXSW Crash, Including Critical Patient, Are Fort Worth Teens http://kut.org/post/two-victims-sxsw-crash-including-critical-patient-are-fort-worth-teens <p><strong>Update</strong>: Curtisha Davis has been released from University Medical Center Brackenridge, a hospital spokesperson says. <a href="https://twitter.com/BrandonToddFOX4/status/446024297283203072/photo/1">According to Fort Worth media</a>, she has returned home. Her boyfriend, DeAndre Tatum, remains in critical condition.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two other Brackenridge patients (</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gracie Nguyen, Evan West) remain in fair condition;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">at St. David's hospital,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mason&nbsp;Endres&nbsp;also remains in fair&nbsp;condition.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Another Brackenridge patient (</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Joseph </span>McCraney<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) remains in good condition.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong>Original story</strong> (1: 56 p.m.):&nbsp;KERA News in Dallas has details on two of the victims in last week's<a href="http://kut.org/post/sxsw-crash-update-third-victim-dies-injuries"> fatal South by Southwest crash</a>.</p><p>Two of the victims still hospitalized – 17-year-old Curtisha Davis and 18-year-old DeAndre Tatum – are current and former students at <a href="http://trimbletech.fwisd.org/pages/TrimbleTech">Trimble Tech High School</a> in Fort Worth. "Cheerleader Curtisha Davis is expected to leave the hospital in the next few days," <a href="http://kut.org/post/fort-worth-students-dealing-death-one-classmate-sxsw-injuries-two-others">KERA reports</a>."But DeAndre Tatum is still in a medically induced coma." The two are girlfriend and boyfriend.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:59:08 +0000 Wells Dunbar 9987 at http://kut.org Two Victims of SXSW Crash, Including Critical Patient, Are Fort Worth Teens SXSW Crash Update: Third Victim Dies From Injuries http://kut.org/post/sxsw-crash-update-third-victim-dies-injuries <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A patient injured</span><a href="http://kut.org/post/sxsw-crash-update-capital-murder-charge-rashad-owens-victims-remain-hospitalized" style="line-height: 1.5;"> in last week's car collision </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">with South by Southwest crowds has died.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Sandy Thuy Le, 26, died this morning at University Medical Center Brackenridge<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She was an Austin resident, according to social media.</span></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:26:41 +0000 Wells Dunbar 9980 at http://kut.org SXSW Crash Update: Third Victim Dies From Injuries SXSW Crash Update: Capital Murder Charge for Rashad Owens; Victims Remain Hospitalized http://kut.org/post/sxsw-crash-update-capital-murder-charge-rashad-owens-victims-remain-hospitalized <p><strong>Summary</strong>: 21 year-old Rashad Owens has been formally charged in this week’s <a href="http://kut.org/post/two-dead-after-driver-plows-sxsw-crowd-suspect-custody?nopop=1">crash that killed two people</a> and injured 23 on Red River Street during South by Southwest. As of Saturday, he remains in custody.</p><p>Court documents show Owens had a blood alcohol content of 0.114, above the legal limit of .08. <strong><a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1087372-owens-affivdavit.html">Read the entire charging affidavit here</a>.</strong></p><p>Owens was charged with one count of capital murder. His bail was set at $3 million.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">More charges could follow.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">South by Southwest concluded Sunday with a handful of events. A charity fund created for the crash victims and their families, </span><a href="https://www.austincommunityfoundation.org/?nd=donate_detail&amp;donation_id=2831&amp;return_nd=donate" style="line-height: 1.5;">SXSW Cares</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, has already netted tens of thousands of dollars.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 19:10:15 +0000 Wells Dunbar 9965 at http://kut.org SXSW Crash Update: Capital Murder Charge for Rashad Owens; Victims Remain Hospitalized Two Dead After Driver Plows Into SXSW Crowd; Suspect in Custody http://kut.org/post/two-dead-after-driver-plows-sxsw-crowd-suspect-custody <p><em>This post is no longer being updated. See more from&nbsp;KUT:</em></p><ul><li><a href="http://kut.org/post/sxsw-crash-raises-concerns-about-barricade-safety"><strong>SXSW Crash Raises Concerns About Barricade Safety</strong></a></li></ul><div><ul><li><a href="http://kut.org/post/how-you-can-help-sxsw-crash-victims"><strong>How You Can Help SXSW Crash Victims</strong></a></li></ul><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Summary: </strong>An Austin woman and a male visitor from the Netherlands&nbsp;are dead after a car plowed through South by Southwest crowds in Downtown Austin early this morning. The collisions took place along&nbsp;Red River Street near&nbsp;</span><a href="http://mohawkaustin.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Mohawk, </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a popular </span>SXSW<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> venue. N</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">early two dozen were injured.&nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><p>Austin Police have a suspect in custody, 21 year-old Rashad Charjuan Owens. He's been charged with&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">two counts of capital murder.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Austin victim is 27-year-old&nbsp;</span>Jamie Ranae West, according to several news reports, including<a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/news/breaking-news/authorities-identify-woman-killed-in-sxsw-crash/nfCZN/?ecmp=social20042424">&nbsp;one from the <em>Austin American-Statesman. </em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo told reporters Thursday morning that the incident started as a traffic stop (part of police efforts to crack down on drunk drivers) at the Shell Gas station at Ninth Street and the Interstate 35 frontage road. Chief Acevedo says the driver drove into the gas station parking lot, but then sped off and started driving the wrong way down Ninth Street.</p><p>APD pursued the driver, who then tried to strike one officer working barricade duty, and continued speeding onto Red River. Acevedo says the driver hit multiple pedestrians on the street, killing two on vehicles: an Austin female that was a passenger on a moped, and &nbsp;a male visitor from the Netherlands&nbsp;who was killed on his bicycle. (Initial police reports said both passengers on the moped were killed.)</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="99" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/139432720&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:52:37 +0000 Wells Dunbar & KUT Staff 9958 at http://kut.org Two Dead After Driver Plows Into SXSW Crowd; Suspect in Custody Mayor Leffingwell Hosts Reddit 'Ask Me Anything' Thread http://kut.org/post/mayor-leffingwell-hosts-reddit-ask-me-anything-thread <p><strong>Update</strong>: Mayor Leffingwell&nbsp;just<a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/20986e/i_am_austin_mayor_lee_leffingwell_ama/">&nbsp;finished&nbsp;fielding questions</a>&nbsp;in his Reddit&nbsp;"Ask Me Anything" session. Here's a sampling of his answers.</p><p><strong>A robust defense of South by Southwest: </strong></p><p>In response to a question describing the "burden" of hosting SXSW, <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/20986e/i_am_austin_mayor_lee_leffingwell_ama/cg0yots">he wrote</a>:</p><blockquote><p>"SXSW brought $218 million of economic impact in 2013. Austin benefits incredibly from being on the international stage due to the festival. I believe it's well worth a week's worth of minor inconvenience for all of the positive impacts it brings. It is also a tourism festival. People come here, spend all of their money and then go home. Not too shabby."</p></blockquote><p><strong>A dig at Austin's wage floor: </strong><br />In October, the Austin City Council approved <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/department/city-council/2013/20131024-reg.htm#056">a $11/hour wage floor</a> for companies receiving city incentives. Leffingwell used his IAmA <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/20986e/i_am_austin_mayor_lee_leffingwell_ama/cg0yodj">to take a swipe</a> at the requirement, in answer to what can be done about Austin's growing economic divide:</p><blockquote><p>"We collaborate with educational organizations, such as UT, ACC, etc. I believe increased training and education will help create more opportunities and a better quality of life. I support bringing manufacturing level jobs to our city, but this is challenging because of wage restrictions recently passed by council. I realize that this is an important issue."</p></blockquote><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:07:11 +0000 Wells Dunbar 9957 at http://kut.org Mayor Leffingwell Hosts Reddit 'Ask Me Anything' Thread In Time for SXSW, a Brief History of Austin's 'Don't Move Here' T-Shirts http://kut.org/post/time-sxsw-brief-history-austins-dont-move-here-t-shirts <p>The story of Austin's various "Don’t Move Here" t-shirts is, in many ways, the story of Austin itself: the transformation of an undiscovered secret into something much bigger.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While the "Don’t Move Here" meme certainly predates its first recorded t-shirt printing – not to mention the concept of a "meme" itself – modern history posits spring 1997 as the time it was first put to cotton.</span></p><p>It was then that Austin pop-rockers <a href="http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/AMDB/Profile?oid=oid:71540">The Wannabes</a> minted a batch of merch bearing the slogan.</p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:45:31 +0000 Wells Dunbar 9915 at http://kut.org In Time for SXSW, a Brief History of Austin's 'Don't Move Here' T-Shirts Travis County's Clerk is Confident Gay Couples Will Marry Soon in Texas http://kut.org/post/travis-countys-clerk-confident-gay-couples-will-marry-soon-texas <p>The ruling this week calling <a href="http://kut.org/post/texas-same-sex-marriage-ban-unconstitutional">Texas' ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional</a> prompted plenty of reaction from politicos.</p><p>One of the lesser-known politicians to sound off: Dana DeBeauvoir. As <a href="http://www.traviscountyclerk.org/eclerk/Content.do?code=Home">Travis County Clerk</a>, she's decidedly downballot of the state's top races. But DeBeauvoir is also uniquely affected by the decision, since the county clerk's office is responsible for issuing marriage licenses in Austin and Travis County.</p><p>When the ruling was announced, DeBeauvoir offered a ringing endorsement:</p><blockquote><p>“Because of the stay order in the ruling, the County Clerk cannot issue marriage licenses to gay couples at this time. This is a joyous day, but we will have to wait a little longer to actually deliver the justice and equal rights gay couples so deserve.”&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:50:44 +0000 Wells Dunbar 9871 at http://kut.org Travis County's Clerk is Confident Gay Couples Will Marry Soon in Texas Live Blog: Mayor Leffingwell's 2014 State of the City Address http://kut.org/post/live-blog-mayor-leffingwells-2014-state-city-address <p><strong>Update</strong>: Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell&nbsp; delivered his final "State of the City" address today at noon.</p><p>Leffingwell's office billed the 40-minute speech as an overview of the mayor's two terms in office. Leffingwell was elected mayor in 2009 and 2012; Austin will elect a new mayor this November. Read below for a real-time report on the mayor's remarks. Video of the mayor's speech will be included in this post once it is available.&nbsp;</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">That's a wrap: </strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Leffingwell ends his speech with a call for interconnectedness going forward into single-member districts. On to a Q&amp;A session with the crowd.</span></p><p>Not many major proclamations coming out of the mayor's address: calls for a medical school innovation district and urban rail were big moments from the mayor's speech last year. Still, the address can be viewed as doubling down on initiatives Leffingwell wants to accomplish before leaving office; as soon as his speech ended, his office <a href="http://us5.campaign-archive2.com/?u=1861810ce1dca1a4c1673747c&amp;id=60a9617df7&amp;e=abd658caa4">issued a statement</a> titled "Mayor defines focus for
 final&nbsp;10 months in office."</p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 19:06:29 +0000 Wells Dunbar 9844 at http://kut.org Live Blog: Mayor Leffingwell's 2014 State of the City Address Weather Delays Have Austin Asking: Why Are We So Bad at Winter? http://kut.org/post/weather-delays-have-austin-asking-why-are-we-so-bad-winter <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Morning delays at Austin schools are receiving some ribbing online.</span></p><p>Austin ISD, the University of Texas, the City of Austin and dozens of other school districts and government agencies <a href="http://kut.org/post/winter-weather-worries-lead-austin-school-delays">postponed start times</a> until 10 a.m. this morning.</p><p>Some districts, like Round Rock ISD, also posted <a href="https://www.roundrockisd.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=32799&amp;pageId=2985204">through explanations of their thinking</a> in making the decision to issue late starts.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 18:37:50 +0000 Wells Dunbar 9730 at http://kut.org Weather Delays Have Austin Asking: Why Are We So Bad at Winter? Is Capital Metro's New MetroRapid Service Leaving Bus Riders Behind? http://kut.org/post/capital-metros-new-metrorapid-service-leaving-bus-riders-behind <p><em>Disclaimer: Capital Metro is a sponsor of KUT.</em></p><p>Capital Metro's new <a href="http://www.capmetro.org/metrorapid2.aspx">MetroRapid</a> bus service launched on Sunday. And with the new route came additional service changes some say give short-shrift to existing riders on Cap Metro's most popular lines.</p><p>MetroRapid line 801 travels from Southpark Meadows to the Tech Ridge area in North Austin. Its route through the urban core – along South Congress Avenue and Guadalupe Street – parallels Cap Metro's 1L and 1M bus lines, the routes with the highest ridership in Austin. And another route – the 101 Express – traveled largely along the same line. (<a href="http://www.capmetro.org/news-item.aspx?id=3107">Read more about service changes</a>.)</p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 23:04:10 +0000 Wells Dunbar 9693 at http://kut.org Is Capital Metro's New MetroRapid Service Leaving Bus Riders Behind?