Ian Crawford, KUT News http://kut.org en Sunday Roundup for January 1, 2012 http://kut.org/post/sunday-roundup-january-1-2012 <p>Happy New Year! A warm start to 2012 brought crowds to Auditorium Shores for ring out the old year, it brought some warm news to Ron Paul&#39;s presidential aspirations just ahead of Iowa GOP caucuses and 2012 could bring some warmth to people living on Austin&#39;s streets.</p><p><strong>Austin Welcomes 2012</strong></p> Sun, 01 Jan 2012 18:45:08 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 3345 at http://kut.org Sunday Roundup for January 1, 2012 Romney & Paul Neck and Neck http://kut.org/post/romney-paul-neck-and-neck <p>With the Iowa Republican presidential caucuses four days away,<a href="http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20111231/NEWS09/111231024/Romney-leads-Paul-Des-Moines-Register-Iowa-Poll-Santorum-surges?odyssey=mod|breaking|text|Frontpage"> a new <em>Des Moines Register </em>poll</a> show a razor-thin margin between former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and Texas Congressman Ron Paul.</p> Sun, 01 Jan 2012 02:25:16 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 3344 at http://kut.org Romney & Paul Neck and Neck Court Grants Air Pollution Rule Delay http://kut.org/post/court-grants-air-pollution-rule-delay <p>A federal appeals court in Washington, DC granted the State of Texas a stay today against new EPA air pollution regulations that take effect next year.</p><p>The Cross State Air Pollution Rule would require some coal plants in Texas to retrofit their equipment or to switch to a higher-grade coal fuel, in order to meet new sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide emission rules.</p><p>The injunction sets the stage for an court hearing in April.</p> Fri, 30 Dec 2011 23:22:09 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 3339 at http://kut.org Court Grants Air Pollution Rule Delay Paul Running Second in New Poll http://kut.org/post/paul-running-second-new-poll <p>A <a href="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2011/images/12/28/topstate3.pdf">new opinion poll</a> of Iowa Republican voters shows an interesting shift, but no real gains for either Texas Congressman Ron Paul or Governor Rick Perry.</p> Wed, 28 Dec 2011 21:27:09 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 3322 at http://kut.org Paul Running Second in New Poll Court Ruling Restores SSI Benefits http://kut.org/post/court-ruling-restores-ssi-benefits <p>A ruling in a New York federal court is requiring the Social Security Administration to restore benefits to eligible people who may have a warrant out for their arrest.</p><p>According to the National Senior Citizens Law Center, an advocacy group for low-income seniors, as many as 100,000 people could benefit from the ruling in <em>Clark v. Astrue</em> that was issued earlier this month. The government had denied Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Supplemental Security Disability Income (SSDI) benefits to people with outstanding warrants for alleged parole or probation violations.</p> Wed, 28 Dec 2011 20:46:37 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 3320 at http://kut.org Court Ruling Restores SSI Benefits Need A Winter Car? http://kut.org/post/need-winter-car <p>Ah, the plethora of year-end lists, the Top-Ten this and that for 2011. Top stories, top trends, top celebrities, you know the lot.</p> Wed, 28 Dec 2011 18:04:09 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 3318 at http://kut.org Need A Winter Car? Hackers Warn of Reprisal http://kut.org/post/hackers-warn-reprisal <p>Stratfor, the Austin-based intelligence think tank whose website was hacked over the weekend, <a href="http://techland.time.com/2011/12/27/speak-out-and-you-may-be-targeted-warns-breached-security-firm-stratfor/">is warning</a> that people who are rallying to the company&#39;s defense on Facebook may become hacking targets, themselves.</p><p>On <a href="http://www.facebook.com/stratfor">the company&#39;s Facebook page</a>, officials write:</p> Tue, 27 Dec 2011 17:52:49 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 3311 at http://kut.org Hackers Warn of Reprisal Boat Fires Labeled Arson http://kut.org/post/boat-fires-labeled-arson <p>Austin fire officials believe that yesterday&#39;s boat fires on Lady Bird Lake were intentionally set.</p><p>Investigators don&#39;t know the specific cause of the fire that destroyed three boats--including a two-story party barge--and part of a dock near the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge just after 2:00 on Christmas Day afternoon. They do say that someone was seen running from the area about the same time the fire broke out.</p> Mon, 26 Dec 2011 17:57:34 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 3308 at http://kut.org Boat Fires Labeled Arson Top Morning Stories, December 26, 2011 http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-december-26-2011 <p><strong>Intelligence Company&rsquo;s Website Hacked</strong></p><p>Austin-based security company Stratfor says its website has been hacked. The site was down Monday morning. In an email, Stratfor says it believes the names of some of its corporate clients have been placed onto other websites. Stratfor&rsquo;s clients include Apple and the U.S. Air Force.</p><p><strong>Boat Fires on Lady Bird Lake</strong></p> Mon, 26 Dec 2011 15:37:26 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 3306 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories, December 26, 2011 Boat Fires on Lady Bird Lake http://kut.org/post/boat-fires-lady-bird-lake <p>Two boats caught on fire on Lady Bird Lake Christmas Day afternoon, near the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge.</p><p>The first fire was reported shortly after 2:00 p.m. AFD dispatches indicate the fire grew quickly. Another boat nearby also caught fire, bringing bringing in more firefighters and limiting traffic on the bridge. The fires were reported contained just after 3:00, but firefighters were remaining on the scene to extinguish any hot spots left over. No injuries have been reported. Investigators don&#39;t know how the fires started yet.</p> Sun, 25 Dec 2011 21:13:44 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 3305 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories, December 25, 2011 http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-december-25-2011 <p>Best wishes for this Christmas Day! There was a Christmas homecoming at Fort Hood, the loss of a house in East Austin this morning, and a look into the Hill Country home of America&#39;s 36th President.</p><p><strong>Troops Return to Fort Hood</strong></p> Sun, 25 Dec 2011 16:13:08 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 3304 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories, December 25, 2011 Top Morning Stories, December 24, 2011 http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-december-24-2011 <p>Happy Christmas Eve! Parts of Texas are looking at an honest-to-goodness white Christmas, Virginia puts a lump of coal in Rick Perry&#39;s stocking and a Justice Department ruling could affect a law taking effect in Texas in 2012.</p><p><strong>Snow blankets West Texas, Rain Dampens Central Texas</strong></p> Sat, 24 Dec 2011 16:14:16 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 3303 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories, December 24, 2011 No VA for Perry, Paul Makes Ballot http://kut.org/post/no-va-perry-paul-makes-ballot <p>Texas Gov. Rick Perry won&#39;t be on the ballot in the Virginia Republican primary on March 6.</p><p>Several media outlets are reporting that the Perry campaign failed to get the needed 10,000 valid petition signatures to qualify for the Super Tuesday contest.</p><p>The <em>Washington Post </em>reports that Perry&#39;s campaign chairman in Virginia didn&#39;t know how many signatures they gathered, But former Virginia Attorney General Jerry Kilgore described the process of qualifying for the state&#39;s GOP presidential ballot as &quot;a daunting task.&quot;</p> Sat, 24 Dec 2011 01:41:16 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 3302 at http://kut.org No VA for Perry, Paul Makes Ballot Top Morning Stories December 22, 2011 http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-december-22-2011 <p><strong>Governor Rick Perry Wraps Up Bus Tour Second Leg Today</strong></p><p>Today is the last day of Governor Rick Perry&#39;s eight-day bus tour through Iowa. Tomorrow Perry will return to Texas for a brief Christmas break, then it&#39;s back to campaigning. KUT&#39;s Ben Philpott <a href="http://kut.org/2011/12/perry-hopes-bus-tour-will-turn-around-caucus-fortunes/">reports from the Iowa bus tour</a> on whether this tour has helped his chances in the state.</p><p><strong>Trinity River Defies Drought</strong></p> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 14:56:55 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 3281 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories December 22, 2011 Amber Alert Canceled for Yoakum County Child http://kut.org/post/amber-alert-canceled-yoakum-county-child <p>Police in Denver City have canceled an Amber Alert for Devin Iban Tobar after the boy was found early Wednesday evening.</p><p>Devin is 2&frac12; years old. Authorities say he went missing at about 2:20 p.m. Wednesday.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 22:53:34 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 3278 at http://kut.org Amber Alert Canceled for Yoakum County Child Doggett to Run in District 25 http://kut.org/post/doggett-run-district-25 <p>Longtime <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/lloyd-doggett/">U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett</a>, D-Austin, has decided to run for reelection in Texas&#39;s 25th Congressional District.</p><p>That&#39;s the district he represents now, but the boundaries were dramatically shifted by the 2011 Texas Legislature to favor a Republican candidate.</p><p>The lines were altered again by a three-judge federal panel late last month. Then the U.S. Supreme Court stayed use of those maps, pending a hearing before the high court January 9.</p><p> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 23:23:18 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 3259 at http://kut.org Doggett to Run in District 25 Briscoe Center Gets Dunne Papers http://kut.org/post/briscoe-center-gets-dunne-papers <p>The Dolph Briscoe Center for American Studies at UT-Austin has acquired the papers of writer, journalist and frequent Court TV host and contributor Dominick Dunne.</p> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 20:26:14 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 3258 at http://kut.org Briscoe Center Gets Dunne Papers AG Lets Committee Rule on Bikes at the State Cemetery http://kut.org/post/ag-lets-committee-rule-bikes-state-cemetery <p>Authorities at the Texas State Cemetery have become increasingly concerned with bicycles that stray off the paved roadway and onto walking paths or across grave sites. So much so that the cemetery&#39;s governing committee asked Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott whether they had the authority to put the kibosh to bikes at the historic site in East Austin.</p><p>Officials saw an upswing in bike traffic through the cemetery after road construction started along E. 7th Street and cyclists reportedly started cutting through the cemetery to avoid it.</p> Thu, 15 Dec 2011 22:55:54 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 3229 at http://kut.org AG Lets Committee Rule on Bikes at the State Cemetery Study Ranks Austin 10th Most Secure City http://kut.org/post/study-ranks-austin-10th-most-secure-city <p>A national insurance company places Central Texas among the most secure places to live in the United States.</p><p>Farmers&#39; Insurance ranked the Austin-Round Rock area 10th most secure area with a population over 500,000. El Paso placed third in the survey conducted by <a href="http://www.bestplaces.net">www.bestplaces.net</a>. Pittsburgh, PA topped the chart.</p> Thu, 15 Dec 2011 22:00:17 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 3228 at http://kut.org Study Ranks Austin 10th Most Secure City Fewer Execution, Death Sentences in Texas http://kut.org/post/fewer-execution-death-sentences-texas <p>The state of Texas executed 13 people in 2011. A report issued by the Austin-based Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty this morning says that&rsquo;s the fewest since 1996 and well below the record of 40 executions set in 2000.</p><p>Kristin Houlé is the coalition&rsquo;s executive director. She says one reason for the decreased number of executions is that five death row inmates received stays of execution this year.</p> Thu, 15 Dec 2011 17:50:31 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 3225 at http://kut.org Fewer Execution, Death Sentences in Texas