Erika Aguilar, KUT News http://kut.org en Top Morning Stories 2/17/12: Fracking and Groundwater, $90 Million More for F1 Track http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-21712-fracking-and-groundwater-90-million-more-f1-track <p><strong>UT Study Says Fracking Doesn&rsquo;t Directly Contaminate Groundwater</strong></p><p>A <a href="http://energy.utexas.edu/images/ei_shale_gas_reg_booklet1202.pdf">new report</a>&nbsp;by the University of Texas at Austin released this week says there&rsquo;s no direct link between groundwater contamination and <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/tag/fracking/">hydraulic fracturing</a> &ndash; a controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil from shale formations.</p><p>The research was done by <a href="http://energy.utexas.edu/">UT&#39;s Energy Institute</a>. The report&rsquo;s authors say contamination is often the result of above ground spills or mishandling of wasterwater, but not caused directly by fracking.&nbsp;</p><p>Fracking involves blasting water, mixed with sand and chemicals, underground to fracture rock and improve the flow of natural gas and oil. The practice is used at the North Texas Barnett Shale.</p><p>The federal Environmental Protection Agency is <a href="http://www.epa.gov/hfstudy/index.html">also studying the environmental effects</a> fracking may have on groundwater. Its preliminary results differ from the UT study.</p><p> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 14:54:25 +0000 Erika Aguilar, KUT News 3679 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories 2/17/12: Fracking and Groundwater, $90 Million More for F1 Track Honoring MLK With Community Service http://kut.org/post/honoring-mlk-community-service <p>Some Central Texas volunteers gave up their Saturday morning to clean bathrooms and move furniture at <a href="http://ageofaustin.org/">Austin Groups for the Elderly</a>. It was part of today&rsquo;s <a href="https://uwcapitalarea.secure.force.com/HOC__Special_Event_Details_Page?id=a0MA0000006O0PSMA0">MLK Day of Service</a>.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a great way to help the elderly because they&rsquo;ve done so much in the past to make it possible for us now,&quot; said Gwen Blackburn.</p> Sat, 14 Jan 2012 23:29:39 +0000 Erika Aguilar, KUT News 3455 at http://kut.org Honoring MLK With Community Service Top Morning Stories 1/4/12: Perry Comes in Fifth, Paul Moves to New Hampshire http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-1412-perry-comes-fifth-paul-moves-new-hampshire <p><strong>Perry Comes Back To Texas For Now</strong></p><p>Texas Governor Rick Perry is coming back home. After a disappointing fifth-place finish in yesterday&rsquo;s Iowa caucus, far behind Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, Perry told supporters that he is giving his bid for the White House a second look.</p><p>&ldquo;With the voters decision tonight in Iowa,&rdquo; Perry told supporters. &ldquo;I decided to return to Texas, assess the results of tonight&rsquo;s Caucus, determine whether there is a path forward for myself in this race.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 04 Jan 2012 15:12:57 +0000 Erika Aguilar, KUT News 3366 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories 1/4/12: Perry Comes in Fifth, Paul Moves to New Hampshire Some Homeless Start 2012 With New Thermal Underwear http://kut.org/post/some-homeless-start-2012-new-thermal-underwear <p>Austin&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.housethehomeless.org/">House the Homeless</a> is hoping to keep the homeless warm with its annual <a href="http://www.housethehomeless.org/thermal-underwear-drive/">Thermal Underwear Drive</a>. On Monday, the non-profit will hand out free thermal underwear to the homeless. Thermals are easier than blankets for homeless people to carry with them.</p><p>Richard Troxell, president of House the Homeless, estimates there are about 4,000 homeless people in the Austin metropolitan area.</p> Sat, 31 Dec 2011 23:36:24 +0000 Erika Aguilar, KUT News 3343 at http://kut.org Some Homeless Start 2012 With New Thermal Underwear City Welcomes 2012 at Auditorium Shores Tonight http://kut.org/post/city-welcomes-2012-auditorium-shores-tonight <p>Austin styled music, film screenings, hula-hooping performers and, of course, fireworks &ndash; that&rsquo;s what the city is offering tonight.</p><p>Mayor Pro-Tem Sheryl Cole revealed details in a Wednesday news conference of the city&#39;s <a href="http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/holidays/any.htm#info">Austin&#39; New Year&#39;s party</a> to ring in 2012.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 31 Dec 2011 21:08:06 +0000 Erika Aguilar, KUT News 3321 at http://kut.org City Welcomes 2012 at Auditorium Shores Tonight Getting Home Safe On NYE http://kut.org/post/getting-home-safe-nye <p>It&#39;s no secret: Downtown Austin on New Year&#39;s Eve is like Halloween all over again on Sixth Street. Austin public safety officials are urging New Year&#39;s Eve revelers to play it smart Saturday night.</p><p>&ldquo;If you have plans to go out drinking, be safe and be mindful of the alternative methods to get home,&quot; warned Assistant Police Chief Patrick Oclketree.</p> Fri, 30 Dec 2011 19:42:52 +0000 Erika Aguilar, KUT News 3337 at http://kut.org Getting Home Safe On NYE Judge Denies Perry's Requests in Virginia Primary Ballot http://kut.org/post/judge-denies-perrys-requests-virginia-primary-ballot <p>Governor Rick Perry lost a bid to get his named added to the Virginia Republican presidential primary ballot. He needed 10,000&nbsp; signatures, with at least 400 signatures from the state&#39;s 11 congressional districts to qualify.</p><p>Governor Perry filed an emergency motion Wednesday in the <span class="headlines" id="storyText">U.S. District Court in Richmond for an injunction to get his name on the ballot or to stop the state from printing them. </span>He argued the signature requirements were burdensome and unconstitutional.</p><p> Thu, 29 Dec 2011 22:57:11 +0000 Erika Aguilar, KUT News 3335 at http://kut.org Judge Denies Perry's Requests in Virginia Primary Ballot Top Morning Stories for Wednesday, December 21th http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-wednesday-december-21th <p><strong>Occupy Austin Protesters Sue the City of Austin </strong></p> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 15:08:49 +0000 Erika Aguilar, KUT News 3271 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories for Wednesday, December 21th Austin's Traditional Holiday Events This Weekend http://kut.org/post/austins-traditional-holiday-events-weekend <p>Austin is getting a good steady soaking this weekend. Light rain showers and patchy drizzle started this morning and have continued this afternoon. Downtown Austin got <a href="http://austin.ynn.com/content/weather/">about half an inch of rain</a> over the last 24 hours. A cold front arrives in Central Texas overnight. We&rsquo;ll wake up to temperatures in the 50s tomorrow morning with a greater chance for isolated thunderstorms.</p> Sun, 04 Dec 2011 00:00:02 +0000 Erika Aguilar, KUT News 3137 at http://kut.org Austin's Traditional Holiday Events This Weekend Occupy Austin Expands To State Capitol http://kut.org/post/occupy-austin-expands-state-capitol <p>Although some larger cities have cleared Occupy protesters out of public spaces, people with Occupy Austin say they are trying to expand. Some Occupiers at a march and rally Saturday told KUT News they are planning on having daily protests at the south steps of the State Capitol.</p><p>Occupy Austin continues to take place in the city plaza at City Hall.</p><p>Saturday, Occupy Austin demonstrators slowed traffic for a short time, as they marched on Guadalupe Street to protest bank bailouts. The march ended at the State Capitol. Debbie Staat is a nurse who participated.</p> Sat, 03 Dec 2011 23:10:19 +0000 Erika Aguilar, KUT News 3136 at http://kut.org Occupy Austin Expands To State Capitol City Wants To Returf Auditorium Shores http://kut.org/post/city-wants-returf-auditorium-shores <p>The wet weather turned Auditorium Shores a muddy pit this weekend, but it was good demonstration of why the city of Austin wants to returf the park. Marty Stump is a landscape architect with the city&rsquo;s Parks and Recreation Department. They held public meeting Saturday on the <a href="http://kut.org/2011/11/city-wants-to-finish-developing-butler-park/">Town Lake Park Master Plan</a> to finish developing Butler Park and Auditorium Shores.</p> Sat, 03 Dec 2011 22:59:27 +0000 Erika Aguilar, KUT News 3135 at http://kut.org City Wants To Returf Auditorium Shores APD Chief Delays Disciplinary Action Against Officer http://kut.org/post/apd-chief-delays-disciplinary-action-against-officer <p>Local civil rights activists want Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo to fire Nathan Wagner, an APD officer who <a href="http://kut.org/2011/05/officer-shoots-kills-one/">shot and killed</a> 20-year old Byron Carter, Jr. May 2011.&nbsp;Carter was a passenger in a car that struck and injured a police officer. The teen driver was shot in the arm but survived.</p><p>Chief Acevedo has 180-days from the incident to make a decision. That deadline is Saturday. Acevedo today notified the State Attorney General that he is delaying a disciplinary decision until a criminal investigation into Wagner&rsquo;s actions is completed.</p><p>In a press release, Acevedo said the delay was intended to protect &ldquo;the ongoing criminal investigation and the integrity of the criminal justice process.&quot;</p><p> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 18:43:16 +0000 Erika Aguilar, KUT News 3042 at http://kut.org APD Chief Delays Disciplinary Action Against Officer Money To Build Boardwalk For Hike and Bike Trail http://kut.org/post/money-build-boardwalk-hike-and-bike-trail <p>The planned 1.1 mile <a href="http://www.thetrailfoundation.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&amp;subarticlenbr=65">boardwalk </a>to be constructed over Lady Bird Lake received a $2.4 million dollar commitment today from<a href="http://www.townlaketrail.org/"> the Trail Foundation.</a></p><p>The organization announced it&rsquo;s almost done raising $3 million needed as part of the construction cost to build the boardwalk in one phase. The City of Austin will spend another $14.4 million in mobility bond money approved by Austin voters last year to build the boardwalk.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 17 Nov 2011 22:34:40 +0000 Erika Aguilar, KUT News 3018 at http://kut.org Money To Build Boardwalk For Hike and Bike Trail Jollyville Salamander Could Be Adapting To Drought http://kut.org/post/jollyville-salamander-could-be-adapting-drought <p>A city biologist told the Austin City Council yesterday that the Jollyville Plateau Salamander has the potential to delay construction on the city&#39;s Water Treatment Plant Four.</p><p>At its work session Tuesday, city staff briefed the Council on what the construction and planning team of WTP4 is doing to lessen environmental impacts caused by the Jollyville transmission main and the four access shaft sites.</p> Wed, 09 Nov 2011 17:06:22 +0000 Erika Aguilar, KUT News 2951 at http://kut.org Jollyville Salamander Could Be Adapting To Drought College Bound, But Debt Bound? http://kut.org/post/college-bound-debt-bound <p>Some Austin parents such as Norma Sanchez worry a college education will be the most costly expense for their families. A college fair Saturday at Travis High School was hosted by <a href="http://conmimadre.org/">Con Mi Madre</a>, a non-profit active in Austin schools that encourages Hispanic mothers to seek a college education for their daughters.</p> Sat, 05 Nov 2011 22:30:47 +0000 Erika Aguilar, KUT News 2919 at http://kut.org College Bound, But Debt Bound? Dog Park Etiquette Lessons Coming To A Park Near You http://kut.org/post/dog-park-etiquette-lessons-coming-park-near-you <p>Austin area dog trainers are volunteering to help give free training and park etiquette lessons. The first one was held Saturday morning at <a href="http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/zilker/">Zilker Park</a>. It&rsquo;s an initiative from the new citizen-led <a href="http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/offleashareascommittee.htm">Off Leash Area Advisory Committee (OLAAC)</a>.</p> Sat, 05 Nov 2011 22:02:20 +0000 Erika Aguilar, KUT News 2918 at http://kut.org Dog Park Etiquette Lessons Coming To A Park Near You Andy Rooney's Papers In Austin http://kut.org/post/andy-rooneys-papers-austin <p><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" background="#333333" flashvars="si=254&amp;&amp;contentValue=50114012&amp;shareUrl=http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7387242n" height="279" salign="lt" scale="noscale" src="http://cnettv.cnet.com/av/video/cbsnews/atlantis2/cbsnews_player_embed.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425"></embed></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 05 Nov 2011 20:45:58 +0000 Erika Aguilar, KUT News 2917 at http://kut.org Revived Group Aims To Coordinate Regional Public Transit http://kut.org/post/revived-group-aims-coordinate-regional-public-transit <p>As if awaking from a two year hibernation, a sub-committee of the <a href="http://www.campotexas.org/">Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization</a> (CAMPO) held its<a href="http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/edims/document.cfm?id=159546"> first meeting</a> this afternoon with a new leader and new members. The Transit Working Group (TWG) was restored in time to prepare for Austin&rsquo;s soon-to-come vote on an <a href="http://kut.org/2011/05/place-one-the-case-for-and-against-urban-rail/">urban rail system</a>.</p><p>The working group was first established in 2007 under Austin Mayor <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_Wynn">Will Wynn</a>. He decided the city needed an urban rail or street car system. But nothing really came out of it. Now, Mayor Lee Leffingwell is leading the TWG.</p><p>&ldquo;The big difference between this group and the one of that before is our focus is going to be regional,&rdquo; Leffingwell said.</p><p> Fri, 04 Nov 2011 20:46:26 +0000 Erika Aguilar, KUT News 2914 at http://kut.org Revived Group Aims To Coordinate Regional Public Transit Immigration Changes Get Mention at Citizenship Workshop http://kut.org/post/immigration-changes-get-mention-citizenship-workshop <p>Austin residents looking to become U. S. citizens got some help Saturday navigating the system. <a href="http://isnaustin.org/">Immigrant Services Network of Austin</a>, a coalition of immigrant service organizations, hosted a free workshop.</p> Sat, 22 Oct 2011 22:17:20 +0000 Erika Aguilar, KUT News 2806 at http://kut.org Immigration Changes Get Mention at Citizenship Workshop Sunday Morning Roundup for October 16 http://kut.org/post/sunday-morning-roundup-october-16 <p><strong>Texas Loses to Oklahoma State</strong></p><p>The Longhorns lost to the Cowboys Saturday afternoon in Austin, 38-26. This is the first time Head Coach Mack Brown has lost following the OU game.</p><p>QB David Ash took all the snaps. It was the first game that offensive coaches did not rotate quarterbacks throughout of the game. Longhorn running backs DJ Monroe and Malcom Brown carried the running game in the first half. Freshman Malcom Brown &nbsp;had 135 yards on 19 carriers with two touchdowns.</p><p>Texas doesn&#39;t have a game this week. They&rsquo;ll play Kansas Oct. 29.</p> Sun, 16 Oct 2011 15:48:08 +0000 Erika Aguilar, KUT News 2743 at http://kut.org Sunday Morning Roundup for October 16