Tolly Moseley http://kut.org en More Interested Students than Spots at IDEA Allan http://kut.org/post/more-interested-students-spots-idea-allan <p>Student registration for <a href="http://www.ideapublicschools.org/159910225154715383/site/default.asp" target="_blank">IDEA Allan</a>&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;the new<a href="http://www.austinisd.org/sites/default/files/dept/default/docs/03.09%20IDEA%20Allan%20--%20Updated%20FAQ.pdf" target="_blank"> in-district charter school</a> for the Austin Independent School District&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;ended at midnight. It will be housed in the current Allan Elementary School campus on Gonzales Street and serve kindergartners as well as students in first, second and sixth grade next school year.</p><p>Matthew Randazzo is IDEA&rsquo;s Chief Growth Officer. He says <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/aisd-extends-opt-out-deadline-idea-charter-program" target="_blank">registration</a> has been strong. In fact, there are more interested students than spaces. A lottery will have to be held for each grade level to determine which students will be able to attend.</p><p>Randazzo says the most popular grades for registration were kindergarten and sixth.</p><p> Fri, 11 May 2012 19:35:13 +0000 Tolly Moseley 4219 at http://kut.org More Interested Students than Spots at IDEA Allan AM Update: City Elections Tomorrow, Central Texas Weather Rundown, World's Longest Guitar Solo http://kut.org/post/am-update-city-elections-tomorrow-central-texas-weather-rundown-worlds-longest-guitar-solo <p><strong>City Elections Tomorrow</strong></p><p>Election Day is tomorrow for the Austin municipal elections. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/who-are-these-14-people-running-city-council">Fourteen candidates</a> are running for four seats on the Austin City Council, including mayor.</p><p>Perhaps the most closely watched aspect of the election is the challenge to Mayor Lee Leffingwell by former council member Brigid Shea. Shea accused Leffingwell earlier this week of <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/no-joy-bundle-shea-leffingwell-trade-fundraising-barbs">violating campaign finance laws</a>, and throughout the campaign, has maintained that Austin is <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/video-mayoral-candidate-brigid-shea">becoming more unaffordable</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>That&#39;s a common refrain among political challengers &ndash;&nbsp;that they will protect the citizenry&#39;s collective pocketbook better than the last guy.&nbsp; But in the case of Shea, currently a community strategist and consultant, the arrival of huge companies like Apple and Formula One cast her position in a different light.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 11 May 2012 12:54:49 +0000 Tolly Moseley, Carlos Morales & Laura Rice 4212 at http://kut.org AM Update: City Elections Tomorrow, Central Texas Weather Rundown, World's Longest Guitar Solo Today at UT: The 'Super Bowl' or 'Project Runway' of Business Pitches - Take Your Pick http://kut.org/post/today-ut-super-bowl-or-project-runway-business-pitches-take-your-pick <p>Rental maternity clothing? Malnutrition-fighting porridge? Dust compressors? Soon, one of these inventions could be part of your daily life.</p><p>Beginning today and running through Saturday, the <a href="http://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/Centers/Venture-Labs-Investment-Competition/2012-Global-Competition.aspx">Global Venture Labs Investment Competition</a> will evaluate business concepts from 40 teams around the world. Hosted by McCombs School of Business&#39; <a href="http://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/Centers/Texas-Venture-Labs/">Texas Venture Labs</a>, it&#39;s the longest-running competition for graduate student entrepreneurs &ndash; the &quot;Super Bowl of business plan competitions,&quot; as the school describes it in a press release.</p><p>To qualify for the competition, teams had to win regional competitions first, with competitors culled from 13 countries including Thailand, Brazil, Germany and Norway. UT&#39;s team has invented a product called eyeQ, which according to McCombs School of Business spokesperson Renee Hopkins, uses video-based technology to monitor consumer purchasing behavior. In other words: Stores get information about how their customers shop, and customers will get an Amazon.com-like retail experience in a brick and mortar store.</p><p> Wed, 02 May 2012 16:36:52 +0000 Tolly Moseley 4143 at http://kut.org Today at UT: The 'Super Bowl' or 'Project Runway' of Business Pitches - Take Your Pick AM Update: Tuition Rising at UT, A&M, Cameras Fail in Train Crash, Help Decide Bond Spending Tonight http://kut.org/post/am-update-tuition-rising-ut-am-cameras-fail-train-crash-help-decide-bond-spending-tonight <p><strong>Tuition Going Up at UT, Texas A&amp;M</strong></p><p>Tuition at schools in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.utsystem.edu/" target="_blank">University of Texas</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tamus.edu/" target="_blank">Texas A&amp;M systems</a>&nbsp;could have their tuition raised this week.</p><p>The University of Texas System regents will meet today to consider&nbsp;<a href="http://utsystem.edu/sites/utsfiles/offices/board-of-regents/board-meetings/agenda-book-full/5-12CompleteAgendaBook_forweb.pdf" target="_blank">increasing rates</a>&nbsp;(page 37 of agenda) at all nine of its campuses over the next two years. If the recommendations are approved, tuition for in-state residents at UT Austin would increase 2.6 percent annually for two years. Out-of-state tuition would increase 3.6 percent. The raise in tuition would raise an estimated $25 million. Rates at Texas A&amp;M&#39;s main campus in College Station&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tamus.edu/assets/files/bor/pdf/AgendaArchive/2012-05/AgendaBook%28May3-4,2012%29.pdf" target="_blank">would not go up</a>&nbsp;(page 14), but all other A&amp;M campuses would see a ten dollar per credit hour increase for undergraduate classes.</p><p> Wed, 02 May 2012 13:03:43 +0000 Laura Rice, Tolly Moseley & Carlos Morales 4140 at http://kut.org AM Update: Tuition Rising at UT, A&M, Cameras Fail in Train Crash, Help Decide Bond Spending Tonight AM Update: County Considers Apple Again, West Texas Wildfires, San Marcos Talks Alcohol in Parks http://kut.org/post/am-update-county-considers-apple-again-west-texas-wildfires-san-marcos-talks-alcohol-parks <p><strong>County Considers Apple Incentives, Again</strong></p><p>The Travis County Commissioners Court will review an economic agreement with computing giant Apple today.</p><p>The City of Austin has pledged an <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/fine-print-austin%E2%80%99s-86-million-deal-apple?nopop=1">estimated $8 million</a> in tax rebates to bring the company here, and the state&rsquo;s Texas Enterprise Fund is offering<a href="http://kutnews.org/post/apple-create-3600-texas-jobs-21-million-incentives"> another $21 million</a> in incentives. But in order for those to go through, the county must also approve a deal to bring Apple here. It would involve Travis County giving Apple between $5.4 and $6.4 million dollars in tax rebates over 15 years. So far, the agreement has been discussed at several Commissioners Court meetings, but hasn&rsquo;t been finalized yet.</p><p> Tue, 01 May 2012 13:01:42 +0000 Divya Darsi, Tolly Moseley & Laura Rice 4129 at http://kut.org AM Update: County Considers Apple Again, West Texas Wildfires, San Marcos Talks Alcohol in Parks AM Update: Romney Leads Obama in Texas, State Seizes Yassine Properties, Moontower Fest Kicks Off http://kut.org/post/am-update-romney-leads-obama-texas-state-seizes-yassine-properties-moontower-fest-kicks <p><strong>Romney Leads Obama in Texas</strong></p><p>Republican presidential candidate <a href="http://www.mittromney.com/s/mitt-ann-2012" target="_blank">Mitt Romney</a> would beat <a href="http://www.barackobama.com/splash/sms?" target="_blank">President Obama</a> in Texas if an election were held today. At least that&rsquo;s what a <a href="http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2011/PPP_Release_TX_424.pdf" target="_blank">recent survey</a> from <a href="http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/" target="_blank">Public Policy Polling</a> has found.</p><p>The group surveyed nearly 600 Texans and 400 Republican primary voters and found that 50 percent would vote for Romney.&nbsp; Forty-three percent said they would choose Obama. &nbsp;The seven-point spread is a significant drop from the last presidential race in Texas when, in 2008, republican nominee John McCain captured the state by <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/tx.htm" target="_blank">13 points</a>.</p><p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 13:25:28 +0000 Carlos Morales & Tolly Moseley 4094 at http://kut.org AM Update: Romney Leads Obama in Texas, State Seizes Yassine Properties, Moontower Fest Kicks Off Earth Day Weekend Roundup http://kut.org/post/earth-day-weekend-roundup <p>Once a hippie holiday, now a fully mainstream observance (especially in Austin), Earth Day 2012 is coming this Sunday.&nbsp; Get your credit card and your Djembe drum ready, because here in town, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Mother Earth, and give a little something back.</p><p><strong>SHOPPING</strong></p><p><a href="http://austingive5.com/businesses/">Over 110 Austin businesses</a> will donate five percent of their profits to environmental causes, such as Friends of Barton Springs Pool and the Hill Country Conservancy.&nbsp; That makes Sunday a great time to do grocery shopping (Whole Foods and Wheatsville Food Co-Op are participating), go to the cleaners (at Eco Clean Garment and Laundry), or take your pet to the vet (at Austin Vet Care), to name a few participants.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 22:16:43 +0000 Tolly Moseley & Era Sundar 4074 at http://kut.org Earth Day Weekend Roundup AM Update: Willie Nelson Immortalized, Cap Metro Fatality, LCRA Reduces Staff http://kut.org/post/am-update-willie-nelson-immortalized-cap-metro-fatality-lcra-reduces-staff <p><strong>Willie Nelson Statue Unveiled</strong></p><p>A statue of famed country musician <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_Nelson" target="_blank">Willie Nelson</a> will be unveiled today.<br /><br /> The eight-foot tall, one-ton statue will stand on the plaza located on Willie Nelson Boulevard (aka Second Street) and Lavaca&nbsp;Street, at the foot of the Austin City Limits Live Theater. Capital Area Statues has worked on the project over the past several years and as board president Lawrence Wright <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/news/willie-nelson-cast-bronze-gift-music-capital" target="_blank">describes it</a>, the statue will be another fixture of Austin&rsquo;s culture.</p><p>&ldquo;This gift to Austin will become an instant, iconic representation of our great city and its love affair with music.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 13:14:41 +0000 Tolly Moseley, Carlos Morales & Laura Rice 4072 at http://kut.org AM Update: Willie Nelson Immortalized, Cap Metro Fatality, LCRA Reduces Staff Tonight: 'Party Down' at the Bob Bullock http://kut.org/post/tonight-party-down-bob-bullock <p>In June 2010, cable channel&nbsp;<a href="http://starz.com">Starz</a> canceled&nbsp;<em>Party Down</em> after just two seasons.&nbsp; The critically revered but little seen show, which depicted Hollywood hopefuls working dreary day jobs for a catering company, was co-created and co-written by UT grad (and former San Antonio high school teacher) Rob Thomas.</p><p>Tonight, Thomas returns to Austin to screen the show&#39;s unaired pilot.</p><p>Shot at Thomas&#39; house, the pilot was used to sell the show to Starz network.&nbsp; Besides Lizzy Caplan, the spot included the whole original cast, including Jane Lynch (who would eventually leave to join the cast of&nbsp;<em>Glee</em>) and Adam Scott (who got snatched up by <em>Parks &amp; Recreation</em>).&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 16:21:20 +0000 Tolly Moseley 4056 at http://kut.org Tonight: 'Party Down' at the Bob Bullock AM Update: APD's Cisco Statement, Houston Baby Abduction, Trader Joe's (Finally) Comes to Austin http://kut.org/post/am-update-apds-cisco-statement-houston-baby-abduction-trader-joes-finally-comes-austin <p><strong>APD&#39;s&nbsp;</strong><strong>Official Statement on Cisco the Dog&nbsp;</strong></p><p>The Austin Police Department has issued a <a href="http://www.citizenobserver.com/cov6/app/alert.html?id=25497&amp;utm_source=twitterfeed&amp;utm_medium=twitter">statement</a> regarding the controversial <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/details-emerge-police-shooting-cisco-pet-dog">shooting of Cisco the dog</a> on Saturday.</p><p>The incident, which drew national press and inspired a<a href="http://www.facebook.com/JusticeForCisco"> Justice for Cisco Facebook page</a> that currently holds over 60,000 likes, led both Cisco&#39;s owner Michael Paxton and APD Chief Art Acevedo to <a href="http://www.klbjfm.com/dudleyandbob/Blogentry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10371751">speak with </a><a href="http://www.klbjfm.com/dudleyandbob/Blogentry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10371751">KLBJ-FM</a> yesterday. In the interview, Paxton says: &quot;Obviously there&#39;s a breakdown of training here.&nbsp; You don&#39;t approach an unarmed man in his driveway with weapons drawn.&quot; (In March, KUT News <a href="http://kut.org/2012/03/apd-to-increase-weapons-training/">reported</a> on ramped up weapons training at APD, set to start in April).</p><p>Acevedo said: &quot;I&#39;m sorry on behalf on all the members of the department.&nbsp; We know the pain&#39;s real.&quot;</p><p> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 12:55:18 +0000 Tolly Moseley & Carlos Morales 4055 at http://kut.org AM Update: APD's Cisco Statement, Houston Baby Abduction, Trader Joe's (Finally) Comes to Austin AM Update: APD Officer Killed, More Abuse Allegations at State Hospitals, First TV Fest Comes to ATX http://kut.org/post/am-update-apd-officer-killed-more-abuse-allegations-state-hospitals-first-tv-fest-comes-atx-0 <p><strong>APD&nbsp;Officer Killed</strong></p><p>An Austin Police Officer&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/2012/04/two-apd-officers-caught-in-line-of-fire/" target="_blank">is dead</a>&nbsp;after being shot while trying to arrest a suspect early this morning.</p><p>The officer was called to&nbsp;<a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;source=embed&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=12900+N+Ih+35+Austin,+TX+78753&amp;aq=&amp;sll=30.414557,-97.678757&amp;sspn=0.042709,0.084801&amp;t=h&amp;gl=us&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=12900+N+Ih+35,+Austin,+Texas+78753&amp;z=14&amp;ll=30.413642,-97.675888" target="_blank">the Wal-Mart on&nbsp;Parmer&nbsp;and I-35</a>&nbsp;at around 2:20 a.m. When the officer arrived, police say he made contact with the suspect and the man immediately began to fight with the officer. Police say the suspect then pulled out a semi-automatic pistol and shot the officer at point-blank range in the neck area.</p><p>In a press conference, Austin Police Chief Art&nbsp;Acevedo&nbsp;said that two Wal-Mart employees tackled the suspect after he shot the police officer.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 13:59:06 +0000 Carlos Morales & Tolly Moseley 3988 at http://kut.org AM Update: APD Officer Killed, More Abuse Allegations at State Hospitals, First TV Fest Comes to ATX AM Update: Baylor Takes NCAA Title, Ron Paul's Primary Results, Texas Book Fest Name New Director http://kut.org/post/am-update-baylor-takes-ncaa-title-ron-pauls-primary-results-texas-book-fest-name-new-director <p><strong>Baylor Women&#39;s Win NCAA Championship</strong></p><p>Baylor University&#39;s women&rsquo;s basketball team clinched the NCAA national championship last night, besting Notre Dame <a href="http://stats.ncaa.org/game/index/966316?org_id=51" target="_blank">80 to 61</a>.</p><p>The win sent the Lady Bears into the history books, topping off their undefeated season and making them the first NCAA basketball team ever <a href="http://www.baylorbears.com/sports/w-baskbl/stats/2011-2012/teamcume.html" target="_blank">to win 40 games in a season</a>.</p> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 13:15:59 +0000 Tolly Moseley & Carlos Morales 3969 at http://kut.org AM Update: Baylor Takes NCAA Title, Ron Paul's Primary Results, Texas Book Fest Name New Director AM Update: Whole Foods Sinks 'Red-Rated' Fish, More Apple Incentives, UT Tower Darkens for Cause http://kut.org/post/am-update-whole-foods-sinks-red-rated-fish-more-apple-incentives-ut-tower-darkens-cause <p><strong>Whole Foods Bans Unsustainable Seafood</strong></p><p>Announced today and beginning on Earth Day (April 22), Whole Foods Market will no longer carry red-rated wild-caught fish, making it the first national grocer to enact such a move.&nbsp;</p><p>Just what is a &quot;red&quot; rating? Using guidelines issued by <a href="http://www.blueocean.org/home">Blue Ocean Institute</a> and <a href="http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/cr_seafoodwatch/sfw_recommendations.aspx?c=ln">Monterey Bay Aquarium</a>, the designation describes marine life afflicted by overfishing, or invasive fishing methods that harm surrounding species.&nbsp;</p><p>Many of the usual suspects appear on the <a href="http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/cr_seafoodwatch/content/media/MBA_SeafoodWatch_SoutheastGuide.pdf">red-rated list</a> for the Southeast region, which includes Texas: Albacore tuna, bluefin tuna, and imported shrimp. But Whole Foods will also say goodbye to mahi mahi, shark, red snapper, and tilapia &ndash; at least until those fish rebound in numbers.</p><p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 12:50:43 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Tolly Moseley 3941 at http://kut.org AM Update: Whole Foods Sinks 'Red-Rated' Fish, More Apple Incentives, UT Tower Darkens for Cause Meet the Artist Behind the Tejano Monument Tonight http://kut.org/post/meet-artist-behind-tejano-monument-tonight <p>The Tejano Monument &nbsp;will be <a href="http://www.utexas.edu/news/2012/03/27/tejano_monument/">unveiled tomorrow</a> on the south lawn of the Texas Capitol.&nbsp;</p><p>Over a decade in the making, the work is a monument honoring the contributions of Texas&rsquo; early Spanish-Mexican settlers and their descendants. The work was developed by Laredo artist <a href="http://armandohinojosa.com/">Armando Hinojosa</a>.&nbsp; He was <a href="http://www.tejanomonument.com/the-artist/">commissioned</a> in 2001 to create the multi-statue piece.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 13:31:26 +0000 Tolly Moseley 3927 at http://kut.org Meet the Artist Behind the Tejano Monument Tonight AM Update: Downtown Wayfinding Takes Off, 'Daily Texan' Trayvon Martin Cartoon, New Lifeworks Campus http://kut.org/post/am-update-downtown-wayfinding-takes-daily-texan-trayvon-martin-cartoon-new-lifeworks-campus <p><strong>Weigh In on Downtown&nbsp;Wayfinding</strong></p><p>The City of Austin is hosting a community forum tonight on the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/department/downtown-austin-wayfinding-program">Downtown Austin&nbsp;Wayfinding&nbsp;Program</a>, asking residents to sound off on the &ldquo;draft philosophy&rdquo; of the plan.</p><p>What is&nbsp;wayfinding? It&rsquo;s an effort to better direct commuters and visitors through downtown, pointing pedestrians and cyclists to the best travel paths, and drivers to parking spots.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/news/pubic-input-sought-downtown-wayfinding-draft-recommendations">The city states</a>:</p><blockquote style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><p>Over the past few months, the Downtown&nbsp;Wayfinding&nbsp;Project team has analyzed existing conditions in and around Downtown Austin and interviewed stakeholders in the community to gain an understanding of how commuters, residents, visitors, and tourists move through downtown. From that, the team has drafted a philosophy for navigating Downtown Austin that will serve as a foundation for developing acomprehensivewayfinding&nbsp;system.</p></blockquote><p> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 12:55:40 +0000 Tolly Moseley, Carlos Morales & Wells Dunbar 3926 at http://kut.org AM Update: Downtown Wayfinding Takes Off, 'Daily Texan' Trayvon Martin Cartoon, New Lifeworks Campus