Kenn Zuniga en House Committee Approves Tax Breaks For Yachts <p>Hold on to your yacht club officer hats! The Texas House Ways and Means Committee has approved a tax break for big yachts,<a href=""> the <em>San Antonio Express News </em>reports.</a></p><p>The bill, authored by <a href="">State Rep. John Davis</a>&nbsp;(R-Houston) would limit Texans&rsquo; sales tax on boats to $18,000, matching Florida&rsquo;s sales tax, regardless of the cost of the yacht. Fri, 29 Apr 2011 19:58:22 +0000 Kenn Zuniga 1345 at House Committee Approves Tax Breaks For Yachts UT Researchers Invent Dollar Diagnosis <p>Scientists at the <a href="">University of Texas at Austin </a>have developed a biosensor that costs as little as a&nbsp;&nbsp;dollar to help test for <a href="">acute pancreatitis</a>. The materials include a&nbsp;12-cent LED light, aluminum foil, gelatin, milk protein, and a few other inexpensive items.&nbsp;Brian Zaccheo, a graduate research assistant at UT&rsquo;s chemistry department,&nbsp;says that the development saves time, money, and lives by using this low-tech approach.</p> Tue, 26 Apr 2011 16:07:48 +0000 Kenn Zuniga 1303 at UT Researchers Invent Dollar Diagnosis First Night Austin Says Farewell <p><span style="display: none">&nbsp;</span>The family-friendly New Year&rsquo;s Eve celebration known as &ldquo;First Night Austin&rdquo; is no more, at least for the time being. Dewy Brooks, the group&#39;s president for the non-profit organization, says that funding was the main issue for the decision.</p> Fri, 22 Apr 2011 19:37:54 +0000 Kenn Zuniga 1287 at First Night Austin Says Farewell National Day of Prayer is Constitutional <p>The U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit dismissed a lawsuit last week claiming that the President&rsquo;s National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional. The lawsuit, filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, claims that the day violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The Establishment Clause provides that &ldquo;Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. &rdquo;</p> Tue, 19 Apr 2011 17:19:15 +0000 Kenn Zuniga 1257 at National Day of Prayer is Constitutional President Obama to Return to Austin <p>President Barack Obama is heading to Austin for a fundraiser. The visit is planned for May 10.&nbsp;</p><p>President Obama announced this week that he would run for <a href="">re-election in 2012</a>. It wasn&#39;t a huge surprise, but he is the first to announce his plans.</p> Fri, 08 Apr 2011 20:25:47 +0000 Kenn Zuniga 1074 at President Obama to Return to Austin Austin Gears Up for Texas Relays <p>City officials are working together on this year&rsquo;s <a href="">Texas Relays</a> to improve how visitors are welcomed to Austin. The track and field event is held on the University of Texas campus and attracts high school and college athletes from throughout Texas and across the country.</p> Tue, 05 Apr 2011 21:03:46 +0000 Ioli Campos & Kenn Zuniga 1052 at Austin Gears Up for Texas Relays Anti-Bully Pulpit <p>A Texas Senate committee looked at legislation that would change definitions and solutions for bullying and cyber bullying issues. <a href="">Sen. Wendy Davis</a> (D-Fort Worth) authored a bill that provides the removal of a bully to another classroom or campus at the request of the victim. Currently, the student-victim of the bullying is moved.</p> Tue, 22 Mar 2011 20:43:04 +0000 Kenn Zuniga 978 at Anti-Bully Pulpit If You Build It, They Will Come <p>Consider it just another Southby line? Think again! People queued up for hours outside Apple&rsquo;s &quot;pop-up&quot; store. The store opens today at 5 p.m. on the southwest corner of Congress Ave and 6th street. It&#39;ll only be open for two weeks and coincides with the release of Apple&#39;s iPad 2 and the beginning of the 2011 SXSW Conferences.</p><p>Austin resident John Muehlbauer postponed the start of his SXSW plans and was first in line at 6:30 this morning with his chair in hand hoping to be the first person to purchase the new iPad 2.</p> Fri, 11 Mar 2011 20:14:14 +0000 Kenn Zuniga 924 at If You Build It, They Will Come Texas Peace Officers Memorial Hopes to Get a Facelift <p><object height="349" width="425"><param name="movie" value=";hl=en_US" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="349" src=";hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425"></embed></object></p><p>You&#39;ll find the Texas Peace Officers Memorial, located on the northeast part of the Capitol.&nbsp; You&#39;ll also find it&#39;s in need of repairs. The memorial is dedicated to law enforcement officers and corrections personnel&nbsp;in the state of Texas who&#39;ve died in the line of duty. Tue, 08 Mar 2011 22:51:07 +0000 Kenn Zuniga & Ryland Barton 909 at Is There a Cost to the Abortion Sonogram Bill? <p>Last night the Texas House gave initial approval to the abortion sonogram bill by a 103-42 vote. <a href=";Bill=HB15">House Bill 15 </a>requires a woman seeking an abortion to receive a sonogram within 24-hours before the procedure. The bill would also require&nbsp;to show the image of the fetus while explaining to the patient what&#39;s on the screen and playing the audio of the heartbeat.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Mar 2011 22:29:39 +0000 Kenn Zuniga 891 at Is There a Cost to the Abortion Sonogram Bill? Got Flu Shot? <p>Warmer weather...bright sunshine...trees starting to;s beginning to look a lot like spring!&nbsp; But that doesn&#39;t mean that flu season&#39;s over. Tue, 01 Mar 2011 20:22:21 +0000 Kenn Zuniga 864 at Got Flu Shot? Infant Deaths Lead to Sleep Warning <p>The Travis County Medical Examiner&rsquo;s Office is investigating five infant deaths that have occurred in the past two weeks. Three of those deaths occurred while the child was sleeping with their parents in an adult bed. The other two deaths happened on what investigators call &quot;unconventional sleep surfaces,&quot; like large pillow, couches or air mattresses.</p><p>Officials want to make sure parents know the ABC&#39;s of creating a safe sleeping environment for a child.</p> Tue, 01 Mar 2011 18:25:25 +0000 Kenn Zuniga 863 at Infant Deaths Lead to Sleep Warning BBB Warns of Bogus Financial Aid Assistance <p>As students and parents struggle to fill out the <a href="">FAFSA</a> form to pay for college next year, the <a href="">Better Business Bureau </a>is warning consumers to be wary of some companies offering scholarship or financial aid money. The businesses reportedly claim that they will be able to provide help in securing some scholarships and potential financial aid. Last year, the BBB received nearly 400 complaints nationwide from students and parents by scholarship and financial aid companies.</p> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 21:06:02 +0000 Kenn Zuniga 834 at BBB Warns of Bogus Financial Aid Assistance UT Defines Operational Emergency Terms <p>In response to feedback about how the University of Texas can better inform students, faculty, and employees about emergency situations, <span data-scayt_word="U.T.'s" data-scaytid="1">U.T.'s</span> <a href="">Office of Campus Safety and Security </a>has developed a webpage and will distribute posters that clarifies the definition between “shelter in place” and <span data-scayt_word="“lockdown.”" data-scaytid="2">“lockdown.”</span></p> Tue, 15 Feb 2011 21:14:06 +0000 Kenn Zuniga 803 at UT Defines Operational Emergency Terms Texas State Whittliff Collections Acquire More From Sam Shepard <p><span _fck_bookmark="1" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span>Texas State University in San Marcos is adding to their <a href="">Whittliff Collections </a>on Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Academy Award-nominated actor Sam Shepard. The new Sam Shepard/Johnny Dark Correspondence Collection will include personal letters, photographs, taped conversations and a homemade film which documents the friendship between the two men over many years.</p> Tue, 08 Feb 2011 20:30:24 +0000 Kenn Zuniga 760 at Texas State Whittliff Collections Acquire More From Sam Shepard Austin Film Festival and Texas Book Festival Come Together in 2011 <p>Aficionados of books and film will have a golden opportunity to meet authors and screenwriters at the same time throughout the year and culminating in a joint festival this fall. The <a href="">Austin Film Festival</a> (AFF) will run October 20-27 in conjunction with the <a href="">Texas Book Festival</a> (TBF) October 22-23. Barbara Morgan, Executive Director of the Austin Film Festival, says both nonprofit organizations will benefit writers in the Austin community.</p> Tue, 01 Feb 2011 23:23:13 +0000 Kenn Zuniga 710 at Austin Film Festival and Texas Book Festival Come Together in 2011 CASA Day at the Capitol <p>Today was <a href="">CASA</a> Day at the Capitol.&nbsp;&nbsp;A memorial was also displayed at the Capitol today, showing the names and ages of the Texas children that died of abuse and neglect in 2010.&nbsp; Funding for CPS workers and services for children in foster care was the most pressing issue at today’s event for the CASA volunteers.</p> Tue, 01 Feb 2011 21:02:39 +0000 Kenn Zuniga 708 at CASA Day at the Capitol Austin Falls Behind San Marcos In Multifamily Recycling <p>If you were asked which Central Texas city was offers the best recycling service, what would your answer be? If you answered Austin, then you could be wrong.</p><p>As of February 1<sup>st</sup>, San Marcos residents living in multifamily units will become the first in Central Texas&nbsp; to receive a single-stream recycling service. Single-stream recycling allows residents to mix recyclable paper, aluminum cans, glass and plastic in one 90-gallon bin. &nbsp;Each apartment unit in San Marcos will be billed an extra $5.53 a month for the weekly service.</p> Fri, 28 Jan 2011 22:29:25 +0000 Kenn Zuniga 695 at Austin Falls Behind San Marcos In Multifamily Recycling