Mark Dewey http://kut.org en Nonstop Flights to Europe Coming to Austin (Update) http://kut.org/post/nonstop-flights-europe-coming-austin-update <p><strong>Update</strong>: Austin is getting regular, nonstop service to Europe.</p><p>British Airways announced today that it will begin offering transatlantic Boeing 787 flights five days a week, beginning March 2014. The company says it plans to offer daily flights later in the year.</p><p>You can read <a href="http://press.ba.com/?p=3260">more from British Airways</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 14:52:21 +0000 Mark Dewey 6492 at http://kut.org Nonstop Flights to Europe Coming to Austin (Update) Whole Foods Reviews Its Language Policy http://kut.org/post/whole-foods-reviews-its-language-policy <p>Austin-based Whole Foods Market says it will revisit its&nbsp;policy on speaking foreign languages after&nbsp;two Albuquerque employees claimed they were suspended for speaking Spanish to each&nbsp;other while on the job.</p><p>Whole Foods said,<a href="http://media.wholefoodsmarket.com/news/whole-foods-markets-responds-to-ap-story-about-spanish-speaking-team-member/"> in a bilingual statement on the company's website</a>, that the two&nbsp;were not suspended&nbsp;for speaking Spanish. Instead,&nbsp;the company claims&nbsp;they were actually disciplined for "rude behavior."&nbsp; The company says the two erroneously believed that they had been told not to speak Spanish by a manager, and became upset.</p><p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 21:49:45 +0000 Mark Dewey 8047 at http://kut.org Whole Foods Reviews Its Language Policy Komen Cutting Back Fundraisers, but Austin's Event Is Still On http://kut.org/post/komen-cutting-back-fundraisers-austins-event-still <p>The <a href="http://ww5.komen.org/">Susan G. Komen Foundation</a> says it is canceling many of its three-day fundraising walks next year, because of low participation, but the Austin one-day run scheduled for November will go on. In fact, Jenn Hatch of the <a href="http://www.komenaustin.org/about-us/news/komen-austin-kicks-off-race.html">Austin Race for the Cure</a> says registrations and fundraising here are both strong for the 15th annual race. Registration opened Monday.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 22:51:05 +0000 Mark Dewey 8012 at http://kut.org Komen Cutting Back Fundraisers, but Austin's Event Is Still On After Apparent Suicide, Austin Financial Advisor Investigated http://kut.org/post/after-apparent-suicide-austin-financial-advisor-investigated <p>Financial advisor S. Mark Powell ran the Austin office of money management firm <a href="http://www.atlantictrust.com/">Atlantic Trust</a> until his death on May 16.</p><p>Powell's body was found in a cemetery in Mason County, where the cause of death has not been determined.&nbsp; Sheriff Buster Nixon says that a final ruling will be made after toxicology tests come back, but that "everything (he's) seen is consistent with a self-inflicted wound."</p><p> Thu, 30 May 2013 19:41:21 +0000 Mark Dewey 7933 at http://kut.org After Apparent Suicide, Austin Financial Advisor Investigated 19th Century Windmill Company Seeks 21st Century Customers http://kut.org/post/19th-century-windmill-company-seeks-21st-century-customers <p>Windmill farms that generate electric power are now a familiar site across west Texas. But before the giant turbines took over, their little cousins ruled the plains. Small windmills pumped water to settlers, pioneers, and ranchers in the Lone Star state. The biggest windmill company, <a href="http://www.aermotorwindmill.com/">Aermotor</a>, started in Chicago in the 1800s, and now pumps out windmills from its San Angelo headquarters and factory.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Mark Dewey 7870 at http://kut.org 19th Century Windmill Company Seeks 21st Century Customers Computerized Rifle Makes Anyone an Expert Marksman - Should It? http://kut.org/post/computerized-rifle-makes-anyone-expert-marksman-should-it <p></p><p>An Austin-based company, <a href="http://tracking-point.com">TrackingPoint</a>, has developed a high-powered, long-range computerized rifle that can turn anyone into an expert marksman. But some wonder whether putting that technology in the hands of everyday people is a wise idea.&nbsp;</p><p>At shooting range just outside of Austin, I’m holding one of TrackingPoint’s top-of-the-line, $22,000 rifles. I have some shooting experience. But I’ve never shot a big rifle before. Three company representatives walk me through it.</p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Mark Dewey 7546 at http://kut.org Computerized Rifle Makes Anyone an Expert Marksman - Should It? Blackstone Pulls Dell Offer http://kut.org/post/blackstone-pulls-dell-offer <p></p><p>Michael Dell may be the last man standing as he fights to take his company private.&nbsp; Today, rival bidder <a href="http://www.blackstone.com/">The Blackstone Group</a> dropped out.</p><p>It was David Johnson, formerly Michael Dell’s key turnaround executive, who led the Blackstone offer.&nbsp; Johnson left Dell in January.&nbsp; Today his group withdrew its bid, saying in <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2013/04/19/blackstones-letter-to-dell-we-will-not-be-pursuing-a-deal/">a letter obtained by the Wall Street Journal</a> that Dell’s outlook and finances are worse than they thought.</p><p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 19:42:42 +0000 Mark Dewey 7429 at http://kut.org Blackstone Pulls Dell Offer Longhorn MVP Kabongo to NBA http://kut.org/post/longhorn-mvp-kabongo-nba <p></p><p>Longhorn basketball star&nbsp;Myck&nbsp;Kabongo&nbsp;is leaving school to join the NBA,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texassports.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/041213aaa.html">the University announced today</a>, making himself eligible for the 2013 draft.</p><p>The point guard played in the team's last 11 games, after serving an NCAA suspension for the season's first 23 games.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/public/NCAA/Resources/Latest+News/2012/December/Kabongo+suspended+for+unethical+conduct,+accepting+benefits">According to the NCAA</a>,&nbsp;Kabongo&nbsp;broke the rules by accepting a trip to Cleveland that he didn't pay for, and then lied about it twice while speaking with investigators.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 20:43:33 +0000 Mark Dewey 7346 at http://kut.org Longhorn MVP Kabongo to NBA Bill Would Seal Court Records of GPS Tracking Warrants http://kut.org/post/bill-would-seal-court-records-gps-tracking-warrants <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas law enforcement could be tracking you right now.&nbsp; And you might never know.</span></p><p>Complex and fast-changing laws regulating how law enforcement can monitor people’s locations have legislators working to close loopholes and perhaps get ahead of new technologies, while advocacy groups warn of the dangers of secrecy.</p><p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:06:02 +0000 Mark Dewey 6779 at http://kut.org Bill Would Seal Court Records of GPS Tracking Warrants The Austin Startup That Says You’ll Never Touch Snail Mail Again http://kut.org/post/austin-startup-says-you-ll-never-touch-snail-mail-again <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Update </strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">(Jan. 21. 2013): Outbox has announced it is ceasing operations. </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://kut.org/post/austin-snail-mail-scanners-outbox-shutting-down">Read more here</a>.</strong></p><p>An Austin company is expanding its concept of undoing the work of the United States Postal Service.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.outboxmail.com">Outbox</a> picks up its customers’ mail, scans it, and makes it available online. The company announced today that it will start serving San Francisco and parts of Silicon Valley, after testing its service in Austin since 2011.</p><p>Outbox workers open and scan letters, catalogs and flyers. Customers log in to Outbox’s website to see their – now-digital – mail. You never have to go to your mailbox. The cost? About 5 bucks a month.</p><p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 11:25:00 +0000 Mark Dewey 6737 at http://kut.org The Austin Startup That Says You’ll Never Touch Snail Mail Again Why is Dell Stock Rising? http://kut.org/post/why-dell-stock-rising <p>Shares of Dell stock closed today at $13.92.</p><p>That’s 27 cents per share higher than the price Michael Dell and his co-investors have offered, in their efforts to <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/michael-dell-taking-company-private-updated">purchase the computer and IT services company</a>. Why would anyone pay more for the stock than Dell has offered?</p><p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 23:53:48 +0000 Mark Dewey 6727 at http://kut.org Why is Dell Stock Rising? Half of All Construction Workers May Be Undocumented http://kut.org/post/half-all-construction-workers-may-be-undocumented <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As many as half of Texas construction workers could be undocumented immigrants, according to <a href="http://workersdefense.org/IMMIGRATION%20wdp%20color%20FINAL.pdf">a study</a> released today.</span></p><p>In the study, the <a href="http://www.workersdefense.org/">Workers Defense Project</a> examined building permits in five big markets across the state, including Austin. They visited random residential and commercial building projects to survey 1,200 construction workers during lunch breaks or after their shifts.</p><p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 21:44:50 +0000 Mark Dewey & Matt Largey 6694 at http://kut.org Half of All Construction Workers May Be Undocumented Gas Prices Rise 14 Cents From Last Week http://kut.org/post/gas-prices-rise-14-cents-last-week <p>Gas prices are up. Across Texas, regular is up 14 cents this week, according to <a href="http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com/?redirectto=http://fuelgaugereport.opisnet.com/index.asp">AAA's Fuel Gauge Price</a> Report. In Austin, average prices were up by almost 15 cents to $3.36.</p><p>Oil analyst Tom Kloza says prices often rise and fall with the seasons, but these are the highest gas prices Americans have seen for this time of year.</p><p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 23:42:32 +0000 Mark Dewey 6513 at http://kut.org Gas Prices Rise 14 Cents From Last Week Dell Inc. Comes With Pile of Cash http://kut.org/post/dell-inc-comes-pile-cash <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you’re spending $24 billion to buy a company, it’s important to know that that company also has $14 billion in cash. That’s Dell’s situation exactly, according to its most recent financial filings. But there’s a catch: it’s in overseas accounts. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Company founder Michael Dell, who’s </span><a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/michael-dell-taking-company-private-updated" style="line-height: 1.5;">trying to buy the company</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, can touch that money, but he’ll pay a steep price, according to Lillian Mills, chairwoman of the </span><a href="http://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/departments/accounting/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Accounting Department</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at UT’s McCombs School of Business. She says that money was earned outside the United States, and if it comes home, it’s subject to U.S. taxes.</span></p><p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 22:06:08 +0000 Mark Dewey 6506 at http://kut.org Dell Inc. Comes With Pile of Cash Pflugerville Debates Fire Protection Levels http://kut.org/post/pflugerville-debates-fire-protection-levels <p>There’s an ongoing dispute in and around Pflugerville about how much fire and emergency services protection the area wants, and how much it’s willing to pay. The <a href="http://www.iafflocal4137.org/">firefighters local</a> wants to meet a number of national standards for service levels.</p><p>“We’re just trying to meet those standards and possibly exceed them,” said firefighters association spokesman Trevor Stokes. “We’re not doing that currently.”</p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 00:32:06 +0000 Mark Dewey 6497 at http://kut.org Pflugerville Debates Fire Protection Levels Eleven Recruits Commit to UT Football http://kut.org/post/eleven-recruits-commit-ut-football <p>Today was college football’s nationwide signing day. All 11 expected Longhorn recruits signed letters of intent to play at UT, Coach Mack Brown said at an afternoon news conference. Those players, along with four who enrolled midyear, make up this year’s recruiting class of 15 new players.</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 22:27:16 +0000 Mark Dewey 6489 at http://kut.org Eleven Recruits Commit to UT Football Toll Break to Pull Big Rigs Off I-35? http://kut.org/post/toll-break-pull-big-rigs-i-35 <p>If you drive on I-35, state transportation officials hope you’ll see fewer big trucks next month than you do today.</p><p>The state <a href="https://www.txdot.gov/about_us/commission/">Transportation Commission</a> approved a substantial toll reduction for 18-wheelers that circumnavigate the city on the <a href="http://kutnews.org/term/sh-130">Texas 130</a> and Texas 45 toll roads. Instead of paying $33 to bypass Austin, trucks will pay $11 or less.</p><p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 01:23:24 +0000 Mark Dewey 6428 at http://kut.org Toll Break to Pull Big Rigs Off I-35? UT Professor Wins Chemistry Prize http://kut.org/post/ut-professor-wins-chemistry-prize <p>A University of Texas chemist has been honored with a $500,000 <a href="http://www.japanprize.jp/en/prize_past_2013_prize01.html">prize</a> for inventing a key technology used to produce virtually all modern computer chips. The Japan Prize is awarded annually to people who make major contributions to the fields of science and technology.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://willson.cm.utexas.edu/">C. Grant Willson</a>, along with a colleague and a grad student, figured out how to print complex computer circuits on silicon wafers. Chris Mack, an expert in lithography, says Willson’s work is everywhere.</p><p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 00:22:37 +0000 Mark Dewey 6409 at http://kut.org UT Professor Wins Chemistry Prize Service Businesses Getting Less Optimistic http://kut.org/post/service-businesses-getting-less-optimistic <p>The <a href="http://www.dallasfed.org/">Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas</a> sees some signs that the Texas economy could be softening. The Dallas Fed’s <a href="http://www.dallasfed.org/microsites/research/surveys/tssos/index.cfm">monthly report on service businesses</a> shows a decline in expectations about business growth.</p><p>Dallas Fed economist Jesus Canas says that there’s less optimism among service business owners than there was a year ago, and that’s mostly because of conditions in the national economy.</p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 00:08:03 +0000 Mark Dewey 6408 at http://kut.org Service Businesses Getting Less Optimistic Poll Finds Texas Support for Ban on Assault Weapons http://kut.org/post/poll-finds-texas-support-ban-assault-weapons <p>A new <a href="http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2013/01/texans-support-assault-weapons-ban-mixed-on-cornyn.html">survey of Texas voters</a> reveals support for a ban on assault weapons: 49 percent of those surveyed supported a ban on military-style rifles, while 41 percent opposed a ban, according to an automated telephone survey of 500 Texas registered voters, conducted by the North Carolina firm Public Policy Polling.</p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 23:32:38 +0000 Mark Dewey 6405 at http://kut.org Poll Finds Texas Support for Ban on Assault Weapons