Robb Jacobson http://kut.org en Will ACL Go To Two Weekends Next Year? http://kut.org/post/will-acl-go-two-weekends-next-year <p>The release of the 2012 Austin City Limits Music Festival&rsquo;s <a href="http://lineup.aclfestival.com/events/2012/10/12/?utm_campaign=2012_grid&amp;utm_source=facebook&amp;utm_content=20120726_grid">schedule grid</a> wasn&rsquo;t the only big Austin City Limits news today: Music festival&nbsp;producers are in talks with Austin officials to&nbsp;extend the popular three-day event&nbsp;by an extra weekend starting next year.</p><p><a href="http://www.c3presents.com/">C3&nbsp;Presents</a>, the company that produces&nbsp;<a href="http://www.aclfestival.com/">ACL Fest</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.c3presents.com/concerts.php">other big events nationwide</a>, would also donate some of the increased revenue it would gain each year, in addition to the amounts they already give, to help improve Austin parks.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been discussing working with Auditorium Shores for almost two years,&rdquo;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/department/parks-and-recreation">Austin Parks and Recreation</a>&nbsp;Director Sara Hensley tells&nbsp;KUT&nbsp;News. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s dusty, it&rsquo;s truly muddy, there&rsquo;s no grass there. For me, it&rsquo;s just an opportunity to take a park area that&rsquo;s just heavily used and make it a lot better and a lot more vibrant for the community and visitors.&rdquo;</p><p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 21:20:34 +0000 Robb Jacobson 4767 at http://kut.org Will ACL Go To Two Weekends Next Year? Meeting Tonight on Wood Ridge Apartments' Repairs http://kut.org/post/meeting-tonight-wood-ridge-apartments-repairs <p>After the&nbsp;<a href="http://kutnews.org/post/are-wood-ridge-apartments-safe-commission-decides-tonight">collapse of a second-floor walkway</a>&nbsp;at the&nbsp;Wood Ridge Apartments&nbsp;on Burton Drive in Southeast Austin, the city ordered several residents to evacuate. Residents say apartment management failed to respond to complaints of deterioration.</p><p>As a result, the City of Austin&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://stevieray.ci.austin.tx.us/event/building-and-standards-commission-3">Building and Standards Commission</a>&nbsp;ordered certain parts of the Wood Ridge building exteriors be brought up to code in a 75-day window.</p><p>Though today isn&rsquo;t the&nbsp;75th&nbsp;day, <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=171754">a meeting tonight</a>&nbsp;will contain an update on the status of the repairs.&nbsp;<br /> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 21:35:24 +0000 Robb Jacobson 4566 at http://kut.org Meeting Tonight on Wood Ridge Apartments' Repairs UT Athletic Director Dodds on College Football Playoffs http://kut.org/post/ut-athletic-director-dodds-college-football-playoffs <p>A committee of university presidents, including&nbsp;<a href="http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/8094689/bcs-leaders-confident-ahead-playoff-presentation-university-presidents">University of Texas President Bill Powers</a>, stood together on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. and said &lsquo;No more.&rsquo; The committee <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/bcs-presidents-approve-four-team-college-football-playoff">approved a plan&nbsp;</a>from <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowl_Championship_Series">Bowl Championship Series</a> (BCS) leadership &nbsp;<a href="http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/blog/brett-mcmurphy/19392518">calling for a</a> four-team playoff system in college football, set to start in two years.</p><p>The move completes a&nbsp;<a href="http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/7442352/bowl-championship-series-officials-discuss-possible-format-changes">six-month process</a>&nbsp;for the BCS commissioners, who have been working on a new way to determine a major college football champion after years of griping from college football fans.<br /><br /> What does this mean for the Texas Longhorns?</p><p> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 17:07:32 +0000 Robb Jacobson 4562 at http://kut.org UT Athletic Director Dodds on College Football Playoffs Will Crime Rates Continue to Go Down? http://kut.org/post/will-crime-rates-continue-go-down <p>Crime rates in Texas, and particularly in Austin, have been&nbsp;<a href="http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/preliminary-annual-ucr-jan-jun-2011/data-tables/table-4/table-4-oklahoma-wisconsin">in decline over the past few years</a>.</p><p>Most Texas jurisdictions saw declines in reported violent and property crime in the first six months of 2011 compared to 2010.</p><p>The decline comes despite a&nbsp;faltering economy and rising wealth disparity; despite&nbsp;increased gun ownership; despite&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=3505" target="_blank">lofty drop-out rates</a>&nbsp;in high schools; despite&nbsp;depopulating Texas youth prisons, reducing their inmate numbers from&nbsp;<a href="http://brokenchains.us/tdcj/prison-issues/budget.html">5,000 to 1,100 since 2007</a>; despite Texas&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texasfirstfoundation.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/PuttingTexasFirst_CriminalJustice.pdf">releasing more than 70,000 adult inmates per year</a>&nbsp;from prison back into their home communities.</p><p>To the surprise of some criminologists, none of these factors have prevented crime rates from going down nearly across the board. Wed, 13 Jun 2012 18:47:19 +0000 Robb Jacobson 4472 at http://kut.org Will Crime Rates Continue to Go Down? Wal-Mart Employees Honored for Conduct During Padron Shooting http://kut.org/post/wal-mart-employees-honored-conduct-during-padron-shooting <p>Today, family members of&nbsp;<a href="http://kutnews.org/post/apd-officer-killed-another-injured-separate-officer-involved-shooting">Austin Police&nbsp;Officer&nbsp;Jaime&nbsp;Padron&nbsp;</a>joined Police Chief Art&nbsp;Acevedo&nbsp;in paying tribute to Wal-Mart employees whose quick reaction likely prevented further bloodshed in the incident that claimed Officer Padron&rsquo;s life.</p><p>Chief Acevedo&nbsp;gave certificates of recognition to several Wal-Mart employees before recognizing Archie&nbsp;Jordy&nbsp;and Lincoln Le Mere specifically for stepping in and&nbsp;helping tackle the shooter.&nbsp;<br /><br /> The two were presented with glass trophies which included Officer&nbsp;Padron&#39;s&nbsp;badge number. <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/service-apd-officer-jaime-padron-concludes">Since the shooting</a>,&nbsp;Acevedo&nbsp;has called the actions of the two men the silver lining in a tragic event. Tue, 12 Jun 2012 22:01:22 +0000 Andy Uhler & Robb Jacobson 4462 at http://kut.org Wal-Mart Employees Honored for Conduct During Padron Shooting How the Homeless Deal With the Heat in Austin http://kut.org/post/how-homeless-deal-heat-austin <p>As the Texas heat rolls in, some local organizations are trying to figure out how to help the elderly and homeless weather extreme temperatures.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;Water shouldn&rsquo;t be a luxury,&rdquo; says Steve&nbsp;Luteran, Executive Director of Front Steps, which provides assistance for the homeless. &ldquo;Hydration is a fundamental need of the human body. Without it, Austin&rsquo;s homeless face heat exhaustion, stroke and permanently disabling conditions.&rdquo;</p><p><a href="http://www.frontsteps.org/">Front Steps</a>&nbsp;will begin distributing roughly 76,000 bottles of water to the homeless on Wednesday.</p><p>And what of the elderly?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.familyeldercare.org/">Family Eldercare</a>&nbsp;has a different method to help them stay cool. They&rsquo;re planning to deliver around 7,000 fans and 100 air-conditioners to individuals and families in need.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 21:00:31 +0000 Robb Jacobson 4452 at http://kut.org How the Homeless Deal With the Heat in Austin Texas Helping Out with New Mexico Wildfires http://kut.org/post/texas-helping-out-new-mexico-wildfires <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; background-color: white; line-height: 12pt; ">A little more than nine months after wildfires devastated parts of Central Texas, new fires are spreading through New Mexico, burning over 278,000 acres of forest. Twenty-five states, including Texas, have sent support to help fight the blaze.</span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 12pt; background-color: white; vertical-align: baseline; "><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); ">April&nbsp;Saginor&nbsp;with the Texas Forest Service says some cities in Texas like San Antonio can afford to send firefighters and aid because the state has fewer fires to battle themselves.</span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 12pt; background-color: white; vertical-align: baseline; ">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 12pt; background-color: white; vertical-align: baseline; "><span style="background-color: white; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 12pt; ">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s happening, but they&rsquo;re much smaller than they were last year, and we were able to contain them rather quickly,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;So we&rsquo;re in good shape right now, but we&rsquo;re waiting to see what kind of rain we get later this month.&rdquo;</span></p><p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 20:32:34 +0000 Robb Jacobson 4456 at http://kut.org Texas Helping Out with New Mexico Wildfires Business Offers Shared Office Space, Childcare Under One Roof http://kut.org/post/business-offers-shared-office-space-childcare-under-one-roof <p>One problem many freelancers, the self-employed and&nbsp;would-be entrepreneurs face is the challenge of balancing child care and a productive work life.</p><p>When Amy Braden had her son three years ago, she struggled with the same issues until hitting upon a solution of her own: creating a &ldquo;coworking&rdquo; space that also offers child care.</p><p>&ldquo;Our tagline is: Make your life work,&rdquo; Braden said of her new work-life center,&nbsp;<a href="http://plugandplayaustin.com/">Plug &amp; Play</a>. &ldquo;I thought that there had to be a better way for working parents with young children to enjoy their children while they&rsquo;re young and also be committed to their careers.&rdquo;</p><p> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 21:01:56 +0000 Robb Jacobson 4438 at http://kut.org Business Offers Shared Office Space, Childcare Under One Roof ERCOT Predicts No Power Outages This Summer http://kut.org/post/ercot-predicts-no-power-outages-summer <p>Since its creation in 1970, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ercot.com/">Electric Reliability Council of Texas</a>&nbsp;(ERCOT) has experienced blackouts (or in its vocabulary, rolling outages,) only three times. With the majority of that burden falling on residential properties, the community has cause for interest &ndash; but not concern &ndash; according to&nbsp;ERCOT&rsquo;s&nbsp;leaders.</p><p>&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t expect this summer to have to resort to rotating outages,&rdquo; said ERCOT Director of System Planning Warren Lasher. But, he says, &ldquo;if we have another&nbsp;<a href="http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/texas-summer-2011-officially-the-emhottestem-in-us-history.html">summer like 2011</a>, the most extreme summer we&rsquo;ve experienced, then we&rsquo;re likely to have at least one day in which we start running short on reserves.&rdquo;<br /><br /> Reserves are generators dedicated to picking up the slack when other generators fail, or when there is a greater electrical demand.&nbsp;ERCOT&nbsp;has enough reserves to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/367334-img-607115524-0001.html">generate over 3,000 megawatts (MW)</a>. To put that in perspective, one megawatt of electricity can power about 200 Texas homes during the hottest day of the year. Overall,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/367335-img-607115538-0001.html">ERCOT&nbsp;has a 74,000 MW capacity</a>. Thu, 07 Jun 2012 20:41:24 +0000 Robb Jacobson 4422 at http://kut.org ERCOT Predicts No Power Outages This Summer Bridging the Digital Divide: Conference Aims to Bring Broadband Internet to All Texans http://kut.org/post/bridging-digital-divide-conference-aims-bring-broadband-internet-all-texans <p>In Texas, nearly&nbsp;one million households still are not using the Internet. More than 38 percent of Texans are still not connected to high-speed Internet at home, even though they could be.&nbsp;And with 11 percent of the Texas population completely unconnected, a lack of digital literacy is a real issue.</p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.connectedtx.org/broadband-summit">Connected Texas Broadband Summit</a>, being held today in Dallas, is for anyone who wants to address those issues.&nbsp;<br /><br /> &ldquo;We want to help plan to create initiatives and momentum behind expanding broadband in areas where it remains gapped, and in areas where digital literacy and broadband adoption lag behind,&rdquo; explained&nbsp;<a href="mailto:jditto@connectednation.org">Jessica Ditto</a>, Director of Communications for Connected Nations. Tue, 05 Jun 2012 20:05:51 +0000 Robb Jacobson 4401 at http://kut.org Bridging the Digital Divide: Conference Aims to Bring Broadband Internet to All Texans Are the Wood Ridge Apartments Safe? Commission Decides Tonight http://kut.org/post/are-wood-ridge-apartments-safe-commission-decides-tonight <p>A city commission may determine the fate of over 150 residents of a dilapidated apartment building tonight &ndash; and issue orders to &ldquo;vacate, repair, demolish or secure&rdquo; the complex.</p><p>After the collapse of a second-floor walkway at the Wood Ridge apartments on Burton Drive in Southeast Austin, the city ordered several residents to evacuate.&nbsp;Residents say apartment management failed to respond to complaints of deterioration.</p><p>Several mishaps have occurred in the evacuation process. City officials have <a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/local/city-official-blames-wood-ridge-management-for-confusion-2366829.html?cxtype=rss_ece_frontpage">since told the&nbsp;<em>Austin American-Statesman</em>&nbsp;</a>apartment managers failed to adequately supply residents with resources following their displacement. The City of Austin&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/bsc">Building and Standards Commission</a> is holding a public hearing this evening.</p><p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 19:10:48 +0000 Robb Jacobson & Kelly Connelly 4392 at http://kut.org Are the Wood Ridge Apartments Safe? Commission Decides Tonight Red-Light Cameras Reducing Accidents While Revenue Shrinks http://kut.org/post/red-light-cameras-reducing-accidents-while-revenue-shrinks <p>The city of Austin has cut the number of car crashes at ten of its most dangerous intersections in half. But how?<br /><br /> Red-light cameras that electronically photograph cars running red lights have been set up all over Austin. Over the past three years, these cameras have provided means to give almost&nbsp;<a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/365309-redlight-ticket-totals-austin-tx.html">35,000 citations</a>&nbsp;to those dangerous drivers.</p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 15:42:51 +0000 Robb Jacobson 4371 at http://kut.org Red-Light Cameras Reducing Accidents While Revenue Shrinks Newest Downtown Tenant: A Tech Start-Up Space http://kut.org/post/newest-downtown-tenant-tech-start-space <p>The 16<sup>th</sup> floor of the Omni Hotel will now be a shared workspace for start-up technology companies.</p><p>The Austin Chamber of Commerce <a href="http://www.austinchamber.com/monkeewrench/files/news_items/Austin_TechLive_--_Final.pdf" target="_blank">announced the initiative</a> today. They&rsquo;re calling it <a href="http://www.austinchamber.com/technology/tech-partnership/austin-tech-live.php" target="_blank">Austin TechLive</a>.</p><p>The facility will provide entrepreneurs with office, meeting and event space in exchange for monthly membership. And with over 4,000 tech companies responsible for over 100,000 jobs in the Austin area &ndash; and that number expected to grow by 5,000 jobs this year&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;the city&#39;s tech community is burgeoning.&nbsp; Thu, 31 May 2012 20:35:01 +0000 Laura Rice & Robb Jacobson 4366 at http://kut.org Newest Downtown Tenant: A Tech Start-Up Space iPhone App Might Make It Easier To Find Parking http://kut.org/post/iphone-app-might-make-it-easier-find-parking <p>On some days, you might have more success finding buried pirate treasure than a parking spot in downtown Austin. Enter: iPhones.</p> Wed, 30 May 2012 21:03:15 +0000 Robb Jacobson 4359 at http://kut.org iPhone App Might Make It Easier To Find Parking Cheap Dining Till Thursday For Bike-to-Eat Week http://kut.org/post/cheap-dining-till-thursday-bike-eat-week <p><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Biking this week will save you more than just gas money.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"><a href="http://www.biketoeatweek.org/">Bike-to-Eat Week (BTEW)</a> is a project giving cyclists discounts at certain locally owned restaurants in Austin. All you have to do is show up on a bike to automatically receive a 10 percent discount on any of </span><a href="http://www.biketoeatweek.org/"><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#1155cc;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">these</span></a><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> restaurants.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">&ldquo;The idea is to bring restaurants which are part of the local community, the Austin community, on the radar of the cycling community,&rdquo; says </span><a href="mailto:Christopher.Stanton@GhisalloFoundation.org"><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#1155cc;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">Christopher Stanton</span></a><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">, executive director and founder of the&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); background-color: transparent; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; "><a href="http://www.ghisallofoundation.org/">Ghisallo Foundation</a>,</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 19px; ">&nbsp;which created Bike-to-Eat Week. &ldquo;This will as a result bring the idea of engaging with that cycling community at large to the restaurant.&rdquo;</span></p><p> Tue, 29 May 2012 18:22:28 +0000 Robb Jacobson 4343 at http://kut.org Cheap Dining Till Thursday For Bike-to-Eat Week