KUT Staff http://kut.org en Evan Smith on the Rick Perry Indictment: 'Nobody Knows Anything' http://kut.org/post/evan-smith-rick-perry-indictment-nobody-knows-anything <p>This week was a big week for Texas Politics. Evan Smith, editor-in-chief of <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/">The Texas Tribune</a>, joins Texas Standard host David Brown to talk about <a href="http://kut.org/post/governor-rick-perry-indicted-two-felony-charges">Rick Perry's indictment</a> and whether or not the controversy will be a political win for the self-described "awesome" governor.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"They sound serious, but we don’t know what they’re about," Smith says of the charges. "The reality is that nobody knows what they’re about."</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/164309206&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:47:18 +0000 KUT Staff 11073 at http://kut.org Evan Smith on the Rick Perry Indictment: 'Nobody Knows Anything' Perry Pleads Not Guilty to Felony Charges http://kut.org/post/perry-pleads-not-guilty-felony-charges <p>Gov. Rick Perry has pled not guilty to charges of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant, both felonies. The charges stem from Perry's threat to veto funding for the Travis County District Attorney's anti-corruption unit, unless DA Rosemary Lehmberg resigned.</p><p>The governor and his lawyers decided to waive Friday's scheduled arraignment at the Travis County courthouse. Perry's private lawyer David Botsford submitted the waiver of arraignment to the court yesterday when he was booked at the Travis County Criminal Justice Center on Tuesday.</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:15:37 +0000 KUT Staff 11054 at http://kut.org Perry Pleads Not Guilty to Felony Charges Here's What You Need to Know About Gov. Perry's Indictment http://kut.org/post/heres-what-you-need-know-about-gov-perrys-indictment <p>On Friday, special prosecutor Michael McCrum announced a Travis County grand jury decided to indict the Texas’ longest serving governor, with two felonies – one charge of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant.</p><p>When Gov. Rick Perry makes his first appearance in court (at a date to be determined) he will have the charges read to him, but likely won’t face booking in the Travis County Jail, fingerprinting or a mugshot.</p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:15:04 +0000 KUT Staff 11037 at http://kut.org Here's What You Need to Know About Gov. Perry's Indictment Governor Rick Perry Indicted on Two Felony Charges http://kut.org/post/governor-rick-perry-indicted-two-felony-charges <p><em>Editor's note: We are continuing to update this post with reaction and developments in this story.</em></p><p>A Travis County grand jury has indicted Texas Governor Rick Perry on <a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/documents/1275641/rick-perry-indictment.pdf">two felony charges </a>related to his 2013 veto of funding for the county's Public Integrity Unit.</p><p>He's charged with abuse of official capacity (a first-degree felony) and coercion&nbsp;of a public servant (a third-degree felony). The two felony charges are the first against a Texas governor in nearly a century, and carry possible sentences of up to 99 and 10 years respectively.&nbsp;</p><p>Since he's been charged with a felony, the governor will be booked and arraigned. The date for that is likely to be set Monday. The charges could lead to a trial.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The special prosecutor behind the case, Michael </span>McCrum<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, said he interviewed over 40 people and reviewed hundreds of documents and dozens of cases to make his case before the Grand Jury. "I looked at the law and I looked at the facts," </span>McCrum<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Governor Perry's office responded to the charges with a statement that "t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he veto in question was made in accordance with the veto authority afforded to every governor under the Texas Constitution." They maintain the governor acted within the law and power of his office.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00:36:28 +0000 KUT Staff 11025 at http://kut.org Governor Rick Perry Indicted on Two Felony Charges Watch: Gov. Perry's Border Announcement http://kut.org/post/watch-gov-perrys-border-announcement <p>Texas Gov. Rick Perry is ordering National Guard troops to the border with Mexico.</p><p>Gov. Perry says the U.S. Border Patrol is overwhelmed with the humanitarian needs of the tens of thousands of children coming in from Central America, and unable to devote enough of its resources to border security.</p><p>Perry is also calling on the federal government to pay for another 1,000 guard troops at the border until more Border Patrol officers can be brought in. The announcement follows last month’s deployment of Texas DPS resources to the Rio Grande.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:55:00 +0000 KUT Staff 10824 at http://kut.org Watch: Gov. Perry's Border Announcement Can Democrats Really Keep Up With Republicans in the Fundraising Race? http://kut.org/post/can-democrats-really-keep-republicans-fundraising-race <p>Both candidates in the race for governor have raised $11 million since late February. In the race for lieutenant governor, the Democratic candidate beat out the heavily-favored Republican nominee in fundraising over the last campaign finance reporting period. To some that could appear to be a watershed moment in Texas politics for red state Democrats, but The&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Austin American-Statesman's chief political writer <a href="https://twitter.com/JTiloveTX">Jonathan Tilove</a> says the moment is a bit misleading, if not one-sided.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>Tilove spoke with <a href="http://kut.org/topic/coming-soon-texas-standard">The Texas Standard</a>'s <a href="https://twitter.com/DavidBrownKUT">David Brown </a>about whether the Democrats' historic fundraising efforts will be enough to defeat their Republican opponents in November.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158978599&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:59:41 +0000 KUT Staff 10800 at http://kut.org Can Democrats Really Keep Up With Republicans in the Fundraising Race? President Obama is Back in Austin Today http://kut.org/post/president-obama-back-austin-today <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Note: This post initially contained the White House&nbsp;livestream&nbsp;of Obama's speech. As the speech has concluded and is not yet archived, we have removed the embed.</em></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">A recap:</strong></p><p>President Obama is flying back to Washington DC after spending the night in Austin. This morning, Obama attended a round table discussion at the home of Democratic activist Aimee Boone Cunningham and then drove the Paramount Theater to deliver a speech – the first time a president has spoken at the Paramount since it opened in 1915.</p><p>The president's speech focused on economic opportunity and the middle class. Obama attacked Congressional Republicans for not agreeing to increase the minimum wage, extend unemployment insurance benefits or pass equal pay laws.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:55:25 +0000 KUT Staff 10767 at http://kut.org President Obama is Back in Austin Today UT President Bill Powers Will Stay One More Year http://kut.org/post/ut-president-bill-powers-will-stay-one-more-year <p class="p1">University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers has announced his resignation, effective about a year from now on June 2, 2015.</p><p class="p1">Last week, U.T. System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa called on Powers to resign or face being fired at&nbsp;tomorrow’s&nbsp;meeting of the Board of Regents. Powers responded with a letter asking that he stay on until after the next session of the Texas Legislature. Cigarroa has accepted Powers' letter of resignation; the Board of Regents still needs to sign off on it.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">Below, you can listen to Powers' exclusive interview with Texas Standard's David Brown about what he wishes to accomplish in his remaining year and his future with the University of Texas.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158018369%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-d1WG9&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:09:30 +0000 KUT Staff 10764 at http://kut.org UT President Bill Powers Will Stay One More Year Dais Gets Renovated Ahead of Changes at City Council http://kut.org/post/dais-gets-renovated-ahead-changes-city-council <p>Come November the Austin City Council is going to look a bit different. The council will expand from six at-large-elected &nbsp;members to 10 members elected by citizens within their district — plus the mayor, naturally. In anticipation of the change, the city is revamping the council's dais.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:36:30 +0000 KUT Staff 10763 at http://kut.org Dais Gets Renovated Ahead of Changes at City Council Texas Militias Plan to Patrol the Border Near Laredo http://kut.org/post/texas-militias-plan-patrol-border-near-laredo <p>Militia groups are planning their own response to the recent flood of Central American immigrants across the Texas-Mexico border, according to a <a href="http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Anti-government-citizen-militia-groups-want-to-5604303.php">San Antonio Express-News</a> report. The initiative called Operation Secure Our Border says it is recruiting armed volunteers to bolster law enforcement and border patrols near Laredo as soon as next week, but that they will not directly engage any so-called "illegals."</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:08:07 +0000 KUT Staff 10747 at http://kut.org Texas Militias Plan to Patrol the Border Near Laredo Texas Bats Help Deliver New Sweetener http://kut.org/post/texas-bats-help-deliver-new-sweetener <p>A new organic sweetener has hit the Texas market. Well, certain&nbsp;<a href="http://www.centralmarket.com/Home">Central Markets</a>&nbsp;around Texas for now anyway.</p><p>Villa de Patos, a family-run business in Mexico, is hoping to push its sweetness into other stores this side of the border soon.&nbsp;<a href="http://villadepatos.com/en/products/maguey-sap/">Maguey Sweet Sap</a>&nbsp;is made from the nectar of a Maguey plant –&nbsp;an agave plant that grows chiefly in the Mexican dessert without the use of pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.</p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:20:00 +0000 KUT Staff 10688 at http://kut.org Texas Bats Help Deliver New Sweetener For Trailblazing Texan Oveta Culp Hobby, a Long Overdue Biography http://kut.org/post/trailblazing-texan-oveta-culp-hobby-long-overdue-biography <p>From the small Texas town of Killeen, Oveta Culp Hobby grew up into a remarkable woman, serving her country and opening doors for women in the military. &nbsp;</p><p>She helped establish the Women’s Army Corps and received a distinguished service medal – the first woman in the army ever to do so. She also served as Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare under President Dwight D. Eisenhower.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156173570&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:05:54 +0000 KUT Staff 10687 at http://kut.org For Trailblazing Texan Oveta Culp Hobby, a Long Overdue Biography Texas Volunteers Turn Out to Aid Migrant Children http://kut.org/post/texas-volunteers-turn-out-aid-migrant-children <p style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 20.15999984741211px;">The U.S Border Patrol says <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/central-american-migrants-overwhelm-border-patrol-station-in-texas/2014/06/12/7359534e-2e1b-4a6b-b010-f622f1cac3f0_story.html">it has been overwhelmed&nbsp;</a>with the massive influx of migrant children crossing into Texas from Central America. Many of them are arriving with nothing but the clothes on their backs. The Border Patrol turned for immediate emergency relief to a group well-versed in emergency relief efforts, including the&nbsp;<a href="http://sbtexas.com/evangelism/disaster-relief/">Southern Baptists of Texas Convention</a>&nbsp;disaster relief effort.</p><p style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 20.15999984741211px;">"We provide temporary solutions. We come in during the crisis,” says director Jim Richardson. The organization just wrapped up its work at the border near Brownsville, where volunteers provided food, safe shower facilities and clean clothes.</p><p style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 20.15999984741211px;"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154246456&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:02:48 +0000 David Brown & KUT Staff 10607 at http://kut.org Texas Volunteers Turn Out to Aid Migrant Children Severe Thunderstorms Roll Through Austin http://kut.org/post/severe-thunderstorms-roll-through-austin <p><strong>Update: </strong>The National Weather Service will be out in Burnet County today to investigate reports of a possible tornado. There are reports of damage in Briggs – which is off of U.S. 183 between Leander and Lampasas.</p><p>Last night’s storms brought high winds, hail and heavy rain in some places. Here are some of the highest 24-hour rain totals:</p><ul><li>Downtown Austin: 2.54</li><li>Marble Falls: 2.34</li><li>Burnet: 1.58</li><li>Manchaca: 1.52</li><li>Elgin: 0.98 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:56:01 +0000 KUT Staff 10591 at http://kut.org Severe Thunderstorms Roll Through Austin What Pill Was I Supposed to Take? A New App Remembers For You http://kut.org/post/what-pill-was-i-supposed-take-new-app-remembers-you <p>Eat this, not that. Exercise daily –&nbsp;but don’t overdo it. Go easy on the salt. Limit your caffeine. Take the white pills in the morning with food and the yellow ones in the evening with water.</p><p>Wait –&nbsp;what?</p><p>Following the doctor’s orders isn’t always so easy –&nbsp;especially for people with chronic conditions, who often have multiple medical providers. Sometimes it's just plain confusing. Bur now a new app's come along to help with all that – and it could be a lifesaver.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Patient IO is being developed by Texas-based Filament Labs, a healthcare technology company headquartered in Austin. The new app promises to bridge the gap between patients and doctors.&nbsp;</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153001284&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 15:02:06 +0000 David Brown & KUT Staff 10549 at http://kut.org What Pill Was I Supposed to Take? A New App Remembers For You Plea for Party Unity as Texas Republican Convention Opens http://kut.org/post/plea-party-unity-texas-republican-convention-opens <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, kicked off </span><a href="http://www.texasgop.org/convention/" style="line-height: 1.5;">the state GOP convention</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Fort Worth today.</span></p><p>In a speech to the party faithful, Gov. Perry addressed the state's shifting demographics that Democrats hope will help them win big in election cycles to come –&nbsp;the "fight to keep Texas red" in the words of convention materials. "The national Democrats think Texas is the new battleground," Perry told the crowd. "Well let's be really clear, Texas will be their political burial ground."</p><p>Though <a href="http://kut.org/post/gov-perry-i-will-not-seek-reelection">he isn't seeking re-election</a> in November, Perry has left the door wide open to a second presidential run in 2016. He told thousands of delegates gathered in Fort Worth that grassroots conservatives have already "changed Texas for the better" and urged them to do the same for America.</p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:32:20 +0000 Ben Philpott & KUT Staff 10551 at http://kut.org Plea for Party Unity as Texas Republican Convention Opens Texas Primary Runoff Election Results & Analysis http://kut.org/post/texas-primary-runoff-election-results-analysis <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Polls across Texas are now closed in the 2014 Democratic and Republican primary runoff elections.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Since the start of early voting May 19, voters have </span><a href="http://kut.org/post/six-races-todays-primary-runoff-ballot" style="line-height: 1.5;">selected six candidates</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that will run in November's general election.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Republican runoff voters cast ballots in four contests:</p><ul><li>The bitter battle for <strong>Lieutenant Governor</strong> nominee, pitting incumbent David Dewhurst against State Sen. Dan Patrick. <strong>Patrick has won the nomination.</strong></li><li>The <strong>Attorney General</strong> battle between State Rep. Dan Branch and State Sen. Ken Paxton. <strong>Paxton has won the nomination.</strong></li><li>The <strong>Agriculture Commissioner </strong>contest between former state Reps. Tommy Merritt and Sid Miller. <strong>Miller has won the nomination.</strong></li><li>The <strong>Railroad Commissioner </strong>runoff between former state Rep. Wayne Christian and oil and gas consultant Ryan Sitton. <strong>Sitton has won the nomination.</strong></li></ul><p>On the Democratic side, two contests:</p><ul><li>The nominee for <strong>U.S. Senate</strong>, between establishment favorite David Alameel and outsider Kesha Rogers.&nbsp;<strong>Alameel&nbsp;has won the nomination.</strong></li><li>The <strong>Agriculture Commissioner </strong>runoff between entertainer Kinky Friedman and unknown Jim Hogan.&nbsp;<strong>Hogan has won the nomination.</strong></li></ul><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 02:57:04 +0000 KUT Staff 10503 at http://kut.org Texas Primary Runoff Election Results & Analysis Construction of UT's New Dell Medical School Kicks Off http://kut.org/post/construction-uts-new-dell-medical-school-kicks <p><strong>Update: </strong>Among the speakers at today's dedication: UT-Austin President Bill Powers, Dell Medical School Dean Dr. Clay Johnston, and State Sen. Kirk Watson, who helped lead the push for the medical school.</p><p>“Make no mistake. Today isn’t just about three new buildings on our skyline," Sen. Watson said. "Our community will be different – healthier and stronger – thanks to this project we’re launching today."</p><p>Johnston said that the school's launch offers the chance to design everything from the ground up.</p><p>"We have a responsibility to take advantage of our newness, to test out different ways of doing things that could become models for the rest of the country."</p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:09:27 +0000 KUT Staff 10262 at http://kut.org Construction of UT's New Dell Medical School Kicks Off 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