Austin Feldman http://kut.org en Work Begins on MoPac Toll Lane Expansion http://kut.org/post/work-begins-mopac-toll-lane-expansion <p>Overnight lane closures on MoPac between Lady Bird Lake and Parmer Lane have begun. They'll last from now until the end of July as roadway designers begin a plan to add toll lanes.</p><p>The<a href="http://www.mopacexpress.com/"> MoPac Improvement Project</a> will expand the highway by adding one express lane in each direction.</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 23:15:09 +0000 Austin Feldman 7796 at http://kut.org Work Begins on MoPac Toll Lane Expansion After Attacks Are Reported, Kyle Asks Pet Owners to Be Cautious http://kut.org/post/after-attacks-are-reported-kyle-asks-pet-owners-be-cautious <p>After three reports of smell pets being attacked in the last month, the <a href="http://www.cityofkyle.com/police/animal-control">City of Kyle Animal Control Department</a> is asking pet owners to be extra cautious as the area's predators become more active.</p><p>Three attacks, occurring at night and the early morning within fenced in back yards, have left three pets dead in the Kyle area. The neighborhoods of Amberwood, Steeplechase, and The Trails are all involved.</p><p> Tue, 07 May 2013 21:22:47 +0000 Austin Feldman 7648 at http://kut.org After Attacks Are Reported, Kyle Asks Pet Owners to Be Cautious Early Voting on AISD Bonds? Here’s What You Need to Know http://kut.org/post/early-voting-aisd-bonds-here-s-what-you-need-know <p><strong>Update</strong>: Early voting ends today for the AISD bond election.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Original post</strong>: Early voting starts today for the Austin Independent School District bond election.</p><p>Voters will make a decision on a $892 million bond for AISD. The bond is split into four parts and would go towards things such<a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/aisd-bonds-money-aims-relieve-overcrowding">&nbsp;relieving overcrowded schools</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://kutnews.org/post/aisd-bonds-prop-2-earmarks-money-school-security">increasing security</a>, technology upgrades and more. You can view a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/694191-may-11-2013-joint-general-and-special-elections.html#document/p2">sample ballot</a>&nbsp;provided by the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.traviscountyclerk.org/eclerk/Content.do?code=Home">Travis County Clerk's Office</a>&nbsp;listing each proposition.</p><p> Tue, 07 May 2013 17:37:28 +0000 Austin Feldman 7541 at http://kut.org Early Voting on AISD Bonds? Here’s What You Need to Know President Obama to Visit Austin Thursday (Update) http://kut.org/post/president-obama-visit-austin-thursday-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>President Barack Obama will visit <a href="http://www.manorisd.net/apps/news/show_news.jsp?REC_ID=309024&amp;id=0" target="_blank">Manor New Technology High School</a> this Thursday during his trip to Central Texas. The Associated Press reports he'll also speak at Applied Materials in Austin.</p><p>Obama's visit is the first in a series of trips that will push for new models of economic growth. The President will look at which skills are driving America's economy.</p><p>The President will be speaking at Manor New Technology High School at 1:05 p.m. and Applied Materials at 4:30 p.m. Tue, 07 May 2013 11:48:43 +0000 Trey Shaar & Austin Feldman 7622 at http://kut.org President Obama to Visit Austin Thursday (Update) Despite Viral Video Notoriety, UT's Foam Sword Friday Continues (With Nary a Bus in Sight) http://kut.org/post/despite-viral-video-notoriety-uts-foam-sword-friday-continues-nary-bus-sight <p>It’s the last day of regular classes for the spring semester at the University of Texas. And as it happens every last day of class on UT campus, some students are celebrating with&nbsp;<a href="https://www.utexas.edu/universityunions/node/6922">Foam Sword Friday</a>, helping students relieve stress before finals.</p><p>The campus tradition used to consist of students charging at one another from either side of Guadalupe Street in front of the University Co-Op. That is, until <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7o8oJDVfvTM">one student was hit by a bus</a> last spring.</p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 19:23:26 +0000 Austin Feldman & Filipa Rodrigues 7613 at http://kut.org Despite Viral Video Notoriety, UT's Foam Sword Friday Continues (With Nary a Bus in Sight) 'Bike to UT Day' Kicks Off Bike Month Festivities http://kut.org/post/bike-ut-day-kicks-bike-month-festivities <p>In celebration of Bike Month, the University of Texas at Austin is hosting <a href="http://www.utexas.edu/parking/bike/day/">Bike to UT Day</a>.</p><p>Those biking to UT today can stop by one of the many Bike to UT Day kiosks throughout campus between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. to pick up a complimentary light breakfast. From noon until 3 p.m. today, Gregory Plaza will be celebrating with free pizza, t-shirts, tote bags, bike lights, maps and even a keg of root beer.</p><p> Wed, 01 May 2013 13:22:26 +0000 Austin Feldman 7571 at http://kut.org 'Bike to UT Day' Kicks Off Bike Month Festivities APD Launches Bike Safety Push http://kut.org/post/apd-launches-bike-safety-push <p>The Austin Police Department is launching the first phase of a bike safety initiative today.</p><p>As Austin’s bicycling community grows – <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/what-will-it-take-austin-become-bicycling-capital">two percent of commuters </a>are getting to work by bike – so does the need for increased education and awareness. Especially after a <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/city-investigation-aims-reduce-traffic-deaths">record year of traffic deaths</a>.</p><p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Austin Feldman 7563 at http://kut.org APD Launches Bike Safety Push Travis County DA Lehmberg Issues Public Apology for Drunk Driving http://kut.org/post/travis-county-da-lehmberg-issues-public-apology-drunk-driving <p>District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg released a public apology on <a href="http://rosemarylehmberg.com">her website</a> over the weekend.</p><p>She offers her "deepest regret and most sincere apology" for the April 12 drunk driving incident which <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/travis-county-da-arrested-drunk-driving-update">led to her arrest</a> and <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/travis-county-da-lehmberg-pleads-guilty-gets-45-jail-days-0">subsequent guilty plea</a>. Lehmberg announced on her <a href="https://www.facebook.com/RosemaryLehmberg">Facebook page</a> that she had posted the letter, calling it the "<span class="userContent">only form of communication available to [her] at this time."</span> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 12:24:18 +0000 Austin Feldman 7536 at http://kut.org Travis County DA Lehmberg Issues Public Apology for Drunk Driving Bill Addressing UT Regents Reaches the House http://kut.org/post/bill-addressing-ut-regents-reaches-house <p>A bill codifying and clarifying the roles and responsibilities of Texas' higher education governing boards, regents, systems and institutions has reached the Texas House of Representatives after passing the Senate.</p><p>House Rep. Don Branch, R-Dallas, gave his take on <a href="http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&amp;Bill=SB15">SB 15</a>&nbsp;to the Higher Education Committee.</p><p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 19:25:00 +0000 Austin Feldman 7480 at http://kut.org Bill Addressing UT Regents Reaches the House Man Identified in Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting (Update) http://kut.org/post/man-identified-fatal-officer-involved-shooting-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>Austin Police have identified the man killed by police last night as 54-year-old Herbert Babelay.</p><p><strong>Original Story</strong> (April 24, 8:23 a.m.):<strong> </strong>Four Austin Police Officers involved in a fatal shooting last night are on paid administrative leave. The officers shot and killed a man who they say pointed a rifle at them.</p><p>It happened in southeast Austin – in the 700 block of Valdez. Police were called to that address at 8:40 p.m. on a report of a homicidal or suicidal man. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 16:21:11 +0000 Austin Feldman 7474 at http://kut.org Man Identified in Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting (Update) West Schools Resume Classes After Fertilizer Plant Explosion http://kut.org/post/west-schools-resume-classes-after-fertilizer-plant-explosion <p>Students at <a href="http://www.westisd.net/index.jsp" target="_blank">West Independent School District</a>, in West, Texas, returned to school today for the first time since the <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/officials-14-dead-200-injured-west-texas-explosion?nopop=1" target="_blank">fertilizer plant explosion</a> that killed fourteen people and wounded about 200 others.</p><p>Counselors and therapy dogs are on hand to support students struggling to deal with the aftermath of the blast.</p><p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 17:54:59 +0000 Austin Feldman 7446 at http://kut.org West Schools Resume Classes After Fertilizer Plant Explosion Got Property Tax Questions? http://kut.org/post/got-property-tax-questions <p>Own some property in Travis County? Want to know how it's taxed?</p><p>Chief Appraiser Marya Crigler and Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant are hosting a series of property tax forums.</p><p>The Travis County tax officials will present information about the appraisal process, exemptions and deferrals, payment plans and the deadlines that all those paying property tax should know. They will also be available to answer questions. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 14:19:00 +0000 Austin Feldman 7441 at http://kut.org Got Property Tax Questions? UT Police Seek Renewed Public Safety Accreditation http://kut.org/post/ut-police-seek-renewed-public-safety-accreditation <p>The University of Texas Police Department is undergoing a review of its services. Assessors with the <a href="http://www.calea.org/">Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies</a> (CALEA) are examining all UTPD operations to determine whether the department deserves accreditation.</p><p>Accreditation isn't mandatory but is seen as a representation of public safety excellence.</p><p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:14:37 +0000 Austin Feldman 7440 at http://kut.org UT Police Seek Renewed Public Safety Accreditation Coming Soon: Standardized Tests for College Students, Universities? http://kut.org/post/coming-soon-standardized-tests-college-students-universities <p>Some Texas lawmakers are looking to create an academic assessment tool to measure and compare the teaching abilities of the state’s public universities.</p><p></p><p>Today, members of the Senate Committee for Higher Education took up&nbsp;<a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&amp;Bill=SB436">SB 436</a>. The bill would make it a requirement for Texas universities to issue students a learning assessment before the first day of class, and during the last semester before graduation. The assessment would act as a tool to monitor student growth.</p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 19:16:32 +0000 Austin Feldman 7391 at http://kut.org Coming Soon: Standardized Tests for College Students, Universities? Meet 8 People Who May Decide the Fates of Some City Employees http://kut.org/post/meet-8-people-who-may-decide-fates-some-city-employees <p>The City of Austin is hosting a community meeting tonight to introduce the top eight applicants to serve on the Municipal Civil Service Commission.</p><p>The commission, <a href="http://kut.org/2012/10/props-10-and-11-wider-civil-service-job-protection-2/">approved in November</a> by voters as Proposition 10, will propose personnel rules for most City of Austin employees. They will also make final decisions in the cases of city employees who are appealing disciplinary action such as being suspended or demoted. Wed, 17 Apr 2013 13:41:02 +0000 Austin Feldman 7382 at http://kut.org Meet 8 People Who May Decide the Fates of Some City Employees