KUT Staff http://kut.org en Get Ready for This Red River Street Closure That Lasts Into 2015 http://kut.org/post/get-ready-red-river-street-closure-lasts-2015 <p>You may want to take a drive along Red River Street this weekend: it’s your last chance before the street is realigned to make way for UT-Austin's <a href="http://kut.org/post/how-central-health-seton-uts-medical-school-want-change-health-care-forever">new Dell Medical School</a>.</p><p>Starting Monday, Red River Street will be closed from Martin Luther King Boulevard to 15<sup>th</sup> Street – and it’s not scheduled to re-open until January.</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:58:42 +0000 KUT Staff 10203 at http://kut.org Get Ready for This Red River Street Closure That Lasts Into 2015 Watch President Bush Address the Civil Rights Summit http://kut.org/post/watch-president-bush-address-civil-rights-summit <p><object height="315" width="560"><param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/AuGWme2bsk0?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/v/AuGWme2bsk0?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="560"></embed></object></p><p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; ">Former President George&nbsp;W. Bush &nbsp;is speaking this afternoon at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); ">the Civil Rights Summit</a>&nbsp;at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lbjlibrary.org/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); ">LBJ Presidential Library and Museum</a>&nbsp;on UT campus.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; ">The summit, which&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/post/four-presidents-will-be-austin-lbj-civil-rights-summit" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); ">gathers four U.S Presidents</a>&nbsp;and dozens of other speakers, marks the 50th anniversary of&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Act_of_1964" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); ">President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Civil Rights Act</a>.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:37:17 +0000 KUT Staff 10197 at http://kut.org Obama Celebrates 50 Years of the Civil Rights Act http://kut.org/post/obama-celebrates-50-years-civil-rights-act <p>President&nbsp;&nbsp;Obama delivered a speech today at the <a href="http://www.lbjlibrary.org">LBJ</a> Presidential Library and Museum&nbsp;at the <a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org">Civil Rights Summit</a>&nbsp;celebrating&nbsp;50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act.&nbsp;</p><p>Obama paid tribute to Johnson's tenacity and vision in fostering the passage of the Civil Rights Act — &nbsp;as well as other landmark legislation including the Voting Rights Act, the Immigration and Nationality Act and the Fair Housing Act. He characterized the Texan president as strong-willed -- but flawed, despite his successes -- and said that the fight for equality isn't &nbsp;over.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:29:55 +0000 KUT Staff 10195 at http://kut.org Obama Celebrates 50 Years of the Civil Rights Act Setting A New Standard, Texas Style http://kut.org/post/setting-new-standard-texas-style <p>In the 21st century, as Texas goes, so goes the rest of the country? &nbsp;Many think so. &nbsp;And not just Texans. &nbsp;As a recent <a href="http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2154995,00.html">Time magazine</a> story proclaimed, "(i)t's not an accident that three of the five fastest growing cities are in Texas. It's more like destiny."</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:25:10 +0000 KUT Staff 9756 at http://kut.org Setting A New Standard, Texas Style Fort Hood Update: Argument Likely Triggered Shooting http://kut.org/post/fort-hood-update-argument-likely-triggered-shooting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Flags are still flying at half-staff in Fort Hood today, in remembrance of the three people killed and 16 injured by alleged shooter&nbsp;</span>Spc<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Ivan Lopez, who also took his own life.</span></p><p>Fort Hood officials held a press conference this afternoon on the status of their investigation into the shooting. Fort Hood commander Lt. Gen. Mark Milley backed away from <a href="http://kut.org/post/new-details-emerge-fort-hood-shooting">statements he made yesterday</a> describing Spc. Lopez's "unstable psychiatric or psychological condition" as "the fundamental underlying causal factor" in the shooting.</p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:59:20 +0000 KUT Staff 10124 at http://kut.org Fort Hood Update: Argument Likely Triggered Shooting New Details Emerge in Fort Hood Shooting http://kut.org/post/new-details-emerge-fort-hood-shooting <p><em>This post contains Day 2 developments in the Fort Hood shooting. <a href="http://kut.org/post/four-dead-after-shooting-fort-hood">See our initial report on the shooting here.</a></em></p><p><strong>Summary</strong>:&nbsp;Family counseling centers are set up at Fort Hood and at a location off post to help people process yesterday’s shooting. A chapel on the post was open all night for people who wanted to pray.</p><p><a href="http://kut.org/post/four-dead-after-shooting-fort-hood">Four are dead and 16 are injured</a>&nbsp;from a shooting at the Army post. The suspected shooter, 34-year-old soldier Ivan Lopez, is among the dead. He was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Lopez was an Iraq war veteran and was in the process of being diagnosed for post-traumatic stress disorder</p><p>KUT&nbsp;reporter Kate McGee traveled to Fort Hood yesterday. She talked with&nbsp;KUT&nbsp;Host Jennifer&nbsp;Stayton&nbsp;about the shooting:</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142851455&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:27:20 +0000 KUT Staff 10113 at http://kut.org New Details Emerge in Fort Hood Shooting State and National Leaders' Statements on Fort Hood Shooting http://kut.org/post/state-and-national-leaders-statements-fort-hood-shooting <ul><li><em><a href="http://kut.org/post/four-dead-after-shooting-fort-hood">See KUT's initial report on the Fort Hood shooting.</a></em></li><li><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://kut.org/post/new-details-emerge-fort-hood-shooting">See KUT's Day 2 developments in the shooting here.</a></em></li></ul><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Barack Obama:</span></strong></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:59:07 +0000 KUT Staff 10114 at http://kut.org Four Dead After Shooting at Fort Hood http://kut.org/post/four-dead-after-shooting-fort-hood <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Four are dead and 16 are injured</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;from a shooting today at the Fort Hood Army post. The accused shooter is among the dead, killed by a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. Just outside</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;of Killeen, Texas, Fort Hood is&nbsp;</span><a href="http://goo.gl/maps/4HzSG" style="line-height: 1.5;">about an hour north&nbsp;</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">of Austin.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Army officials have not released the identity of the shooter because his next-of-kin has not yet been notified, Lieutenant General&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mark Milley&nbsp;said at a news conference Wednesday night. But&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">NPR has confirmed his identity as 34-year-old soldier Ivan Lopez.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"The events of the past have taught us many things at Fort Hood," Milley said. "We will get through this."</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 04:22:44 +0000 KUT Staff 10111 at http://kut.org Four Dead After Shooting at Fort Hood PHOTOS: Scenes from the 2014 Texas Relays http://kut.org/post/photos-scenes-2014-texas-relays <p>The 87th annual&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austintexas.org/includes/events/Clyde-Littlefield-Texas-Relays/81792/#mapView">Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays&nbsp;</a>returned to the University of Texas late last week.&nbsp;More than 6,000 college and high school athletes from across the country converged at the <a href="https://www.utexas.edu/maps/main/buildings/mms.html">Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium&nbsp;</a>from Wednesday through Saturday.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:24:28 +0000 KUT Staff 10072 at http://kut.org PHOTOS: Scenes from the 2014 Texas Relays PHOTOS: Scenes From SXSW 2014 http://kut.org/post/photos-scenes-sxsw-2014 <p>KUT's&nbsp;multimedia team has been documenting South by Southwest 2014 since its kickoff last week. Take a look at their street scenes below. And check out more pics on our sister station <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kutxaustintx/">KUTX's Flickr page</a>.</p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:34:18 +0000 KUT Staff 9971 at http://kut.org PHOTOS: Scenes From SXSW 2014 Two Dead After Driver Plows Into SXSW Crowd; Suspect in Custody http://kut.org/post/two-dead-after-driver-plows-sxsw-crowd-suspect-custody <p><em>This post is no longer being updated. See more from&nbsp;KUT:</em></p><ul><li><a href="http://kut.org/post/sxsw-crash-raises-concerns-about-barricade-safety"><strong>SXSW Crash Raises Concerns About Barricade Safety</strong></a></li></ul><div><ul><li><a href="http://kut.org/post/how-you-can-help-sxsw-crash-victims"><strong>How You Can Help SXSW Crash Victims</strong></a></li></ul><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Summary: </strong>An Austin woman and a male visitor from the Netherlands&nbsp;are dead after a car plowed through South by Southwest crowds in Downtown Austin early this morning. The collisions took place along&nbsp;Red River Street near&nbsp;</span><a href="http://mohawkaustin.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Mohawk, </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a popular </span>SXSW<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> venue. N</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">early two dozen were injured.&nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><p>Austin Police have a suspect in custody, 21 year-old Rashad Charjuan Owens. He's been charged with&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">two counts of capital murder.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Austin victim is 27-year-old&nbsp;</span>Jamie Ranae West, according to several news reports, including<a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/news/breaking-news/authorities-identify-woman-killed-in-sxsw-crash/nfCZN/?ecmp=social20042424">&nbsp;one from the <em>Austin American-Statesman. </em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo told reporters Thursday morning that the incident started as a traffic stop (part of police efforts to crack down on drunk drivers) at the Shell Gas station at Ninth Street and the Interstate 35 frontage road. Chief Acevedo says the driver drove into the gas station parking lot, but then sped off and started driving the wrong way down Ninth Street.</p><p>APD pursued the driver, who then tried to strike one officer working barricade duty, and continued speeding onto Red River. Acevedo says the driver hit multiple pedestrians on the street, killing two on vehicles: an Austin female that was a passenger on a moped, and &nbsp;a male visitor from the Netherlands&nbsp;who was killed on his bicycle. (Initial police reports said both passengers on the moped were killed.)</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="99" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/139432720&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:52:37 +0000 Wells Dunbar & KUT Staff 9958 at http://kut.org Two Dead After Driver Plows Into SXSW Crowd; Suspect in Custody Edward Snowden Speaks at SXSW Interactive http://kut.org/post/edward-snowden-speaks-sxsw-interactive <p><strong>Update</strong>:&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Edward Snowden made the case for online privacy in his South by Southwest video appearance today.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Speaking via Skype, and superimposed over an image of the Constitution, Snowden said it needs to be easier for people to interact with secure data.</p><p>"If any journalist in the world gets an email from somebody saying, 'Hey, I have something that the public might want to know about,' they need to be able to open it, they need to be able to access that information, they need to be able to have the communication," Snowden said. "Whether they’re a journalist, or an activist, or even your grandma."</p><p>NPR has a live blog of Snowden's remarks <a href="http://kut.org/post/live-edward-snowden-speaks-sxsw">you can read here</a>.</p><p></p><p><strong>Original story</strong> (10:55 a.m.): Edward Snowden is scheduled to speak via video from Moscow this morning at South by Southwest Interactive.</p><p>Snowden, the former contractor facing felony charges for leaking classified documents revealing <a href="http://kut.org/term/nsa">National Security Agency surveillance</a>, will speak to SXSW's tech community today at 11 CST. The conversation will be moderated by Ben Wizner, director of the ACLU's <a href="https://www.aclu.org/free-speech-technology-and-liberty/about-aclus-project-speech-privacy-and-technology">Speech, Privacy &amp; Technology Project </a>and Snowden’s legal advisor.</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:02:53 +0000 KUT Staff 9928 at http://kut.org Edward Snowden Speaks at SXSW Interactive WATCH: Julian Assange Speaks at SXSW via Skype http://kut.org/post/watch-julian-assange-speaks-sxsw-skype <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="315" scrolling="no" src="http://new.livestream.com/accounts/4773527/events/2823109/player?width=560&amp;height=315&amp;autoPlay=true&amp;mute=false" width="560"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.25px;">Watch live as WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange speaks via satellite video at SXSW Interactive. Livestream is courtesy the Texas Tribune.</span></p> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 18:11:13 +0000 KUT Staff 9919 at http://kut.org Texas & Travis County Primary Live Blog: Who Won, Who's In a Runoff http://kut.org/post/texas-travis-county-primary-live-blog-who-won-whos-runoff <p><strong>Update: The Results Are In</strong></p><p>Election results are now in with between 99.95 and 100 percent of precincts counted statewide. <strong><a href="http://kut.org/post/november-winners-2014-texas-primaries">Click Here </a></strong>for KUT's&nbsp;rundown of election night winners.&nbsp;<strong><a href="https://team1.sos.state.tx.us/enr/results/mar04_169_state.htm" target="_blank">Click Here</a></strong> to check out how Republicans voted across the state. <a href="https://team1.sos.state.tx.us/enr/results/mar04_170_state.htm" target="_blank"><strong>Click Here</strong></a> to see results from the Democrats.&nbsp;</p><p>One hundred percent of Travis County precincts have also reported results. But the final tallies might change just a tad because votes cast after 7 p.m. have not yet been included. The polls in Travis County were open late on Tuesday because of bad weather. <strong><a href="http://www.traviscountyclerk.org/eclerk/Content.do?code=E.393" target="_blank">Click Here</a></strong> for the latest from Travis County.</p><p>Overall, the night turned out to be a good one for many Tea Party candidates. KUT's Ben Philpott takes a look at that:</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/138032286&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:29:54 +0000 KUT Staff 9893 at http://kut.org Texas & Travis County Primary Live Blog: Who Won, Who's In a Runoff Winter Storm Delays Schools, Primary Voting in Central Texas http://kut.org/post/winter-storm-delays-schools-primary-voting-central-texas <p><strong>UPDATE: </strong>The National Weather Service curtailed the <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=ewx&amp;wwa=winter%20storm%20warning">winter storm warning</a> issued Monday. It is now in effect until 9 a.m. for Bastrop, Burnet, Travis, and Williamson Counties.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>K-12 SCHOOL DELAYS:</strong></p><p>School districts in the Austin area are announcing delayed starts for Tuesday morning, due to the winter weather.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:07:42 +0000 KUT Staff 9889 at http://kut.org Winter Storm Delays Schools, Primary Voting in Central Texas