Mario Carrillo http://kut.org en Texas House Passes Anti-Bullying Bill http://kut.org/post/texas-house-passes-anti-bullying-bill <p>An anti-bullying bill has cleared a major hurdle towards becoming law. House Bill 1942 cleared the Texas House by a final vote of 94-41.</p><p>The bill, authored by State Rep. <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/diane-patrick/">Diane Patrick</a> (R-Arlington), hopes to, according to the bill&#39;s analysis, &quot;take a preventive approach to reducing bullying in Texas public schools and to provide a minimal framework for schools to use in adopting and implementing a bullying policy, while being cognizant of the local control independent school districts should have in developing policy reflective of their respective communities.&quot; Wed, 04 May 2011 21:24:09 +0000 Mario Carrillo 1398 at http://kut.org Texas House Passes Anti-Bullying Bill Business As Usual for Austin Despite Bin Laden Death http://kut.org/post/business-usual-austin-despite-bin-laden-death <p>Austin city officials say have no plans to ratchet up security following the death of Osama Bin Laden and concerns that Islamist radicals could stage reprisal attacks against the United States. But Police Chief Art Acevedo is urging people to report any suspicious activity. He said that over the next week or two, residents should expect more uniformed police officers patrolling the city&#39;s streets.</p> Mon, 02 May 2011 21:16:25 +0000 Mario Carrillo 1366 at http://kut.org Business As Usual for Austin Despite Bin Laden Death Grocery Prices on the Rise http://kut.org/post/grocery-prices-rise <p>A survey by the Texas Farm Bureau&#39;s <a href="http://www.txfb.org/newsmanager/templates/TXFBTemplate.aspx?articleid=5301&amp;zoneid=98">&quot;Grocery Price Watch&quot;</a> found that Texans are paying more for some food staple items.</p><p>The report shows an increase in prices for pork chops, lettuce and tomatoes between Q4 2010 and Q1 2011. According to Gene Hall, director of public relations for the Texas Farm Bureau, <a href="http://www.fruitnet.com/content.aspx?cid=9608">a hard freeze in Mexico earlier in the year</a> was part of the cause, but only a part.</p> Wed, 13 Apr 2011 16:11:38 +0000 Mario Carrillo 1203 at http://kut.org Grocery Prices on the Rise Leander High School Evacuated http://kut.org/post/leander-high-school-evacuated <p>Students at Leander High School got out a little early today.</p><p>According to the Leander ISD website, Leander High School evacuated its students at about 2:30 this afternoon on the advice of Leander Police. According to websites for both the school and the district, the evacuation was only a precautionary measure. District officials say there is no reason to believe that the evacuation is related to an incident that happened on the Leander High campus an hour earlier.</p> Mon, 04 Apr 2011 20:07:58 +0000 Mario Carrillo 1047 at http://kut.org Leander High School Evacuated ACC Welcomes First African-American in Space http://kut.org/post/acc-welcomes-first-african-american-space <p>The first African-American to fly aboard the Space Shuttle was in Austin today.</p><p>In honor of Black History Month, Austin Community College invited Dr. Guy Bluford to speak to ACC students and community members today.&nbsp; He talked about his experiences of traveling to space and his work on the International Space Station. After his talk, Bluford talked to KUT News about the Space Shuttle&#39;s pending retirement.</p> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 22:23:38 +0000 Mario Carrillo 842 at http://kut.org ACC Welcomes First African-American in Space House Committee Holds Sonogram Bill Hearing http://kut.org/post/house-committee-holds-sonogram-bill-hearing <p>The House State Affairs Committee is taking invited testimony on a bill that would require women considering an abortion to receive a sonogram and have a doctor explain what they&#39;re seeing.</p><p>The bill, authored by Rep. Sid Miller (R-Stephenville), is similar to a bill already passed by the Senate.&nbsp;</p><p>Becky Turner, a woman who had an abortion over 25 years ago, agrees with the bill.</p><p>&quot;I&#39;m hoping that you guys also consider it important and valuable enough to tell others, what&#39;s inside the womb. Because we can&#39;t see it,&quot; Turner said.</p> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 20:48:34 +0000 Mario Carrillo 841 at http://kut.org House Committee Holds Sonogram Bill Hearing Super Bowl XLV's Local Flavor http://kut.org/post/super-bowl-xlvs-local-flavor <p>This <a href="http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/45">Sunday's Super Bowl</a> will showcase two of the league's premier quarterbacks: Green Bay's <a href="http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/45">Aaron Rodgers</a> and Pittsburgh's two-time champion <a href="http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/Ben-Roethlisberger/54dda34e-9e43-4c57-9397-1143ddced5d6">Ben Roethlisberger</a>. But along with that, Super Bowl XLV will also feature former <a href="http://www.mackbrown-texasfootball.com/">Texas Longhorns</a> and players who made names for themselves in the Lone Star State. Sunday's big game, played in <a href="http://stadium.dallascowboys.com/">Dallas Cowboys Stadium</a> (or "Jerry World", as some people refer to it)&nbsp;will be a homecoming for some of the players.</p><p>Here's our list of Texas football players looking forward to the game of their lives this Sunday. Fri, 04 Feb 2011 18:34:35 +0000 Mario Carrillo & Ben Philpott 724 at http://kut.org Super Bowl XLV's Local Flavor Cold Weather Could Slow Afternoon Traffic http://kut.org/post/cold-weather-could-slow-afternoon-traffic <p>Cold weather and power outages could snarl rush hour traffic this afternoon.&nbsp; Some intersections, like the one at 6th and Lamar, were backed up for blocks because traffic lights went out.&nbsp; City official recommend driving with caution.</p><p>"They're going to come across some signals that are dark," City of Austin Public Works spokesperson Sarah Hartley told KUT News. "Maneuver them the same way they would a four way stop sign. It's going to be just like your good old traffic education that you learned when you got your license. If it's a four-way stop, the people on your right are the first to go and just alternating turns."</p><p>As the power gets restored in each intersection, the stoplight initially flashes red before returning to its normal light cycle.</p><p> Wed, 02 Feb 2011 20:25:42 +0000 Mario Carrillo 726 at http://kut.org Cold Weather Could Slow Afternoon Traffic And they’re off! The Race to Succeed Kay Bailey Hutchison in 2012 is Underway. http://kut.org/post/and-they%E2%80%99re-race-succeed-kay-bailey-hutchison-2012-underway <p>Since U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s announcement last week that she will not seek re-election to the in 2012, names of several possible candidates, from both major parties, are beginning to surface. And while it’s still early, the GOP appears to be in prime shape to keep the seat regardless of who runs, according to a recent <a href="http://publicpolicypolling.blogspot.com/2011/01/gop-in-good-shape-to-hold-kbh-seat.html">Public Policy Polling poll.</a></p> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 17:39:55 +0000 Mario Carrillo 645 at http://kut.org And they’re off! The Race to Succeed Kay Bailey Hutchison in 2012 is Underway.