Filipa Rodrigues http://kut.org en Map: Texas Relays and Urban Music Festival Street Closures http://kut.org/post/map-texas-relays-and-urban-music-festival-street-closures <p>If it's springtime in Austin, it’s festival season.</p><p>Austin will be busy again this weekend with the return of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texassports.com/sports/2013/10/24/relays_1024134950.aspx/">Texas Relays</a>&nbsp;and more activities around town, That also meaning several street closures and traffic delays.&nbsp;</p><p>The 87th annual&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austintexas.org/includes/events/Clyde-Littlefield-Texas-Relays/81792/#mapView">Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays&nbsp;</a>return to the University of Texas today.&nbsp;More than 6,000 college and high school athletes from all over the country will be at the <a href="https://www.utexas.edu/maps/main/buildings/mms.html">Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium&nbsp;</a>from Wednesday through Saturday.</p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:05:00 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 10039 at http://kut.org Map: Texas Relays and Urban Music Festival Street Closures APD Chief Apologizes for Sexual Assault Comment After Jaywalking Jogger Arrest (Update) http://kut.org/post/apd-chief-apologizes-sexual-assault-comment-after-jaywalking-jogger-arrest-update <p><strong>Update:</strong> Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo <a href="http://www.citizenobserver.com/cov6/app/alert.html?id=37291&amp;utm_source=twitterfeed&amp;utm_medium=twitter">apologized Saturday</a> for comments he made during a press conference about the arrest of a jogger for jaywalking near the UT campus. During that press conference, Acevedo&nbsp;said that <span style="line-height: 1.5;">"In other cities there's cops who are actually committing sexual assaults on duty, so I thank God that this is what passes for a controversy in Austin, Texas."</span></p><p>In his apology statement Saturday, Acevedo said that<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;"the comparison was a poor analogy, and for this I apologize." You can<a href="http://www.citizenobserver.com/cov6/app/alert.html?id=37291&amp;utm_source=twitterfeed&amp;utm_medium=twitter"> read the full apology here</a>.</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Original Story (Feb. 21, 4:58 p.m.):&nbsp;</span></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Austin Police arrested a woman jogging by the UT Campus Thursday morning for not providing identification after being stopped. The incident was caught on video by a UT student, Chris&nbsp;Quintero</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who witnessed the woman being taken into custody.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 03:03:43 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 9829 at http://kut.org APD Chief Apologizes for Sexual Assault Comment After Jaywalking Jogger Arrest (Update) Travis County Employees Could Lose Individually Reserved Parking http://kut.org/post/travis-county-employees-could-lose-individually-reserved-parking <p><em>This story has been corrected. See below.</em></p><p>The Travis County Commissioners Court discussed a proposal Tuesday that could cut individual permit parking for some downtown employees, replacing it with open, or "zoned," parking lot parking.&nbsp;</p><p>The county aims to eliminate a three year-long&nbsp;waitlist for parking that has 320 employees still angling for a spot.</p><p>Travis County auditor&nbsp;Nikki Riley&nbsp;told&nbsp;the commissioners the county pays $120,000 a year for additional spaces so certain employees can have reserved spots.&nbsp;"We are firmly convinced that if we go to zoned parking, we would be able to eliminate the waiting list," she said.</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:41:34 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 9801 at http://kut.org Travis County Employees Could Lose Individually Reserved Parking SXSW is Due $755K Worth of City Waivers & Payments - Here's a Breakdown http://kut.org/post/sxsw-due-755k-worth-city-waivers-payments-heres-breakdown <p>This year, the City of Austin is planning to cover <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1016239-city-of-austin-fiscal-note-for-sxsw-waivers.html">over $750,000 worth of fees and services</a> for South by Southwest .&nbsp;</p><p>The proposal, which the Austin City Council <a href="http://austin.siretechnologies.com/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=515&amp;doctype=agenda&amp;itemid=30483">is set to vote on</a> Thursday, includes up to $274,320&nbsp;worth of fee waivers – ranging from $30 sound permit fees to $89,000 worth of litter control services. Any fees already paid by SXSW would be reimbursed to the company.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city would also authorize payments for $481,324 worth of city services – the bulk of which is $340,000 in additional police costs.</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:15:26 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 9750 at http://kut.org SXSW is Due $755K Worth of City Waivers & Payments - Here's a Breakdown Tiny Apartments Could Be Big Answer to Austin's Housing Crunch http://kut.org/post/tiny-apartments-could-be-big-answer-austins-housing-crunch <p>Micro-units – apartments of 500 square feet or less – might be Austin's next big building trend.</p><p>As the city's population continues to climb, troubles have mounted with providing affordable&nbsp;housing. To address the issue, the Austin City Council is asking the city manager to study the feasibility of micro-unit projects.</p><p>"Micro-units will allow people to live closer to downtown at a more affordable cost," says council member Bill&nbsp;Spelman.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 16:30:55 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 9626 at http://kut.org Tiny Apartments Could Be Big Answer to Austin's Housing Crunch UT Names Dean for Dell Medical School http://kut.org/post/ut-names-dean-dell-medical-school <p>The Dell Medical School has a dean.</p><p>Ending<a href="http://kut.org/post/now-hiring-inaugural-dean-uts-new-medical-school"> a months-long search</a>, UT President Bill Powers announced this morning that Dr. S. Claiborne “Clay” Johnston&nbsp;has been named inaugural dean of the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin.&nbsp;</p><p>Dr. Johnston, a neurologist who currently serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor of Research at&nbsp;the University of California, San Francisco, says that he is excited to have the rare opportunity to&nbsp;build a medical school from the ground-up.</p><p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 20:01:31 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues & Lynn Romero 9602 at http://kut.org UT Names Dean for Dell Medical School Academy Awards, Sundance Film Fest Feature Plenty of Austin Auteurs http://kut.org/post/academy-awards-sundance-film-fest-feature-plenty-austin-auteurs <p>The 2014 awards season marks another great year for the Austin film community on the festival circuit.&nbsp;</p><p>The 86th Academy Award nominations, announced this morning, featured plenty of Texas talent. And the Sundance Film Festival, which kicks off in Park City, Utah today, also features a few Austin auteurs in this year's lineup. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 19:59:06 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 9569 at http://kut.org Academy Awards, Sundance Film Fest Feature Plenty of Austin Auteurs Higher Fees Coming to Austin Area Parks http://kut.org/post/higher-fees-coming-austin-area-parks <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><a href="http://www.co.travis.tx.us/commissioners_court/agendas/2014/01/vs140114.asp" target="_blank">The Travis County Commissioners Court</a>&nbsp;has approved a park-use fee hike, raising entry fees at Hamilton Pool&nbsp;and Hippie Hollow, as well as increasing field reservation fees. </span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Travis County's Park fees were last raised in 2009.</span></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:09:37 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 9547 at http://kut.org Higher Fees Coming to Austin Area Parks APD Stepping Up Drunk Driving Enforcement for New Year's http://kut.org/post/apd-stepping-drunk-driving-enforcement-new-years <p class="p1">Several law enforcement agencies across Central Texas will be on patrol looking for drunk drivers during the upcoming holiday. <a href="http://austintexas.gov/department/police" target="_blank">The Austin Police Department </a>will start the <span class="s1">third phase of its safety initiative next week.</span></p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 21:16:12 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 9443 at http://kut.org APD Stepping Up Drunk Driving Enforcement for New Year's Austin Crowds Welcome Trail of Lights' Return (PHOTOS) http://kut.org/post/austin-crowds-welcome-trail-lights-return-photos <p>With the Yuletide season in full swing, Austin turns into a wonderland of lights.</p><p>This holiday season, KUT&nbsp;made the trek to the Trail of Lights to ask Austinites&nbsp;what makes <a href="http://kut.org/post/should-austin-outsource-trail-lights">the recently-revived</a> light show a family tradition.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/125629553&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:30:00 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 9408 at http://kut.org Austin Crowds Welcome Trail of Lights' Return (PHOTOS) Austin, This Weekend is Your Chance to Try Google Glass http://kut.org/post/austin-weekend-your-chance-try-google-glass <p class="p1">Google has been traveling the U.S., showing off&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">its w</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">earable&nbsp;computing device&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.google.com/glass/start/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Google Glass</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 20:05:00 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 9357 at http://kut.org Austin, This Weekend is Your Chance to Try Google Glass These Are the Austin Area's 8 Richest, Most Educated Zip Codes http://kut.org/post/these-are-austin-areas-8-richest-most-educated-zip-codes <p>Do you live in one of the Austin-area’s "Super&nbsp;Zips?"</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 15:56:07 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 9280 at http://kut.org These Are the Austin Area's 8 Richest, Most Educated Zip Codes Austin Holiday Weekend: Zilker Tree Lighting, Chuy's Kids Parade (MAP) http://kut.org/post/austin-holiday-weekend-zilker-tree-lighting-chuys-kids-parade-map <p>With Thanksgiving over, Austin turns to the winter holidays this&nbsp;weekend.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://austintexas.gov/zilkerholidaytree">The Zilker Holiday Tree</a>&nbsp;returns for the holiday season on Sunday. Celebrating&nbsp; its&nbsp;47th&nbsp;lightning ceremony, the Holiday Tree will remain lit nightly, from 6 p.m. until midnight, until Dec. 31.</p><p>Taking place on Saturday is the&nbsp;annual&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chuysparade.com/parade_info.html">Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade</a>. The parade, benefiting <a href="http://www.bluesanta.org/">Operation Blue Santa</a>, begins at 11 a.m. in downtown Austin.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">That means street closures from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday. (See a map below.)</span></p><p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 17:50:00 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 9287 at http://kut.org Austin Holiday Weekend: Zilker Tree Lighting, Chuy's Kids Parade (MAP) Where Were You? Austin Recalls the JFK Assassination http://kut.org/post/where-were-you-austin-recalls-jfk-assassination <p>As the country marks the&nbsp;50th&nbsp;anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, KUT asked&nbsp;Austinites&nbsp;to share their personal stories about where they were on that day.</p><p>From Boulder, Colorado to Tripoli, Lebanon,&nbsp;Austinites&nbsp;remembered precise details from what could have been another normal Friday in November, fifty years ago.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">KUTX's John&nbsp;Aielli&nbsp;</strong>was a 17-year-old DJ at a local station in&nbsp;Killeen&nbsp;when he had to break into programming to announce the president had been shot in Dallas.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">"<em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">I'll never forget it</em>."&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/121260597" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:37:05 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues & Fauzeya Rahman 9224 at http://kut.org Where Were You? Austin Recalls the JFK Assassination Immigration Theme Gets Strong Role in Austin Film Festival http://kut.org/post/immigration-theme-gets-strong-role-austin-film-festival <p class="p1"><em><strong>Disclosure: KUT is a media sponsor of the Austin Film Festival.&nbsp;</strong></em></p><p class="p1">Although it's featured through different film genres, the topic of immigration has a solid presence in the lineup of this year's Austin Film Festival.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 03:02:44 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 9072 at http://kut.org Immigration Theme Gets Strong Role in Austin Film Festival