Mone Miller http://kut.org en Slideshow: 10 Breathtaking Visions for the Seaholm Intake Structures http://kut.org/post/slideshow-10-breathtaking-visions-seaholm-intake-structures <p><strong>Update</strong>: The city has named three finalists in its design contest reimagining the Seaholm Intake Structures. The three finalists are:</p><ul><li>“Link,” Gumbully</li><li>“The Lakehouse,” BOKA Powell + Design Workshop</li><li>“Intake,” Gensler</li></ul><p>Take a look at the three winning entries in the slideshow above, which are expected to inform the redevelopment of the structures. The Parks and Recreation Department says it will issue a proposal for public-private&nbsp;partnerships for the intake structures in the near future. &nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:53:48 +0000 Mone Miller & Wells Dunbar 8430 at http://kut.org Slideshow: 10 Breathtaking Visions for the Seaholm Intake Structures Seeing Smoke? The Reason Behind Austin's Prescribed Burns http://kut.org/post/seeing-smoke-reason-behind-austins-prescribed-burns <p>Smoke will be rising in southwest Austin today near Buda. <a href="http://austintexas.gov/rxfire">Austin Water</a> is performing a prescribed burn with help from the Austin and Buda Fire Departments.</p><p>The burn will cover over 600 acres of land west of Buda at the Onion Creek Management Unit. The area will burn for up to seven hours, or until around 5 p.m.</p><p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:59:29 +0000 Mone Miller 8410 at http://kut.org Seeing Smoke? The Reason Behind Austin's Prescribed Burns 24 Things Buzzfeed Didn't Mention that Austinites ALSO Love http://kut.org/post/24-things-buzzfeed-didnt-mention-austinites-also-love <p>Buzzfeed recently rounded up a list of "<a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/lauramichelle/34-things-austinites-love">34 Things Austinites Love</a>." While no list, no matter how long, will include all the things every Austin-dweller enjoys…&nbsp;&nbsp;Buzzfeed's list left off more than a few local favorites.</p><p><strong>1)&nbsp;&nbsp; <em>All</em> Animal Shelters</strong></p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 12:45:00 +0000 Mone Miller 8378 at http://kut.org 24 Things Buzzfeed Didn't Mention that Austinites ALSO Love Austin's Million-Dollar Plan to Restore Rundberg Underway http://kut.org/post/austins-million-dollar-plan-restore-rundberg-underway <p>Rundberg Lane is one of Austin’s &nbsp;highest-crime areas.</p><p>From 2007 to 2011, <a href="http://goo.gl/maps/zYOg4">the Rundberg area</a> accounted for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/restorerundberg">11 percent of violent crime</a>, which includes murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.</p><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 18:51:25 +0000 Mone Miller & Joy Diaz 8315 at http://kut.org Austin's Million-Dollar Plan to Restore Rundberg Underway UT-Austin Evacuates Study Abroad Students in Egypt http://kut.org/post/ut-austin-evacuates-study-abroad-students-egypt <p>The University of Texas at Austin has evacuated six students from Egypt, according to Dr. Richard Flores, Senior Associate Dean at the university. A <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/egyptian-president-morsi-ousted-military-coup" target="_blank">military coup there</a> ousted President Mohamed Morsi and the country is in a transitional stage.</p><p>Flores says the UT undergraduates were evacuated to Morocco late Sunday night or early Monday morning for security reasons. Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:58:12 +0000 Mone Miller 8291 at http://kut.org UT-Austin Evacuates Study Abroad Students in Egypt What Does UT Smell Like? Longhorns Launching Fragrance Line http://kut.org/post/what-does-ut-smell-longhorns-launching-fragrance-line <p></p><p>University of Texas students, alumni and fans already bleed orange. But soon, they will also be able to smell like it.</p><p><a href="http://www.utexas.edu/creative">University of Texas Creative Services</a>&nbsp;says UT will be partnering with&nbsp;<a href="https://masik.com/universities/">Masik Collegiate Fragrances</a>&nbsp;to launch a scent exclusive to the Longhorns. The fragrance representatives will meet with students and have them determine the final scent. A release date for the fragrance has not been set.</p><p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 20:16:15 +0000 Mone Miller 8216 at http://kut.org What Does UT Smell Like? Longhorns Launching Fragrance Line Immigration Advocates Say Republicans 'Can’t Deny' Change http://kut.org/post/immigration-advocates-say-republicans-can-t-deny-change <p></p><p>Today, the U.S. Senate added amendments to its proposed <a href="http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/686558/immigration-bill.pdf">overhaul of immigration policy</a>, doubling the number of border patrol agents from 22,000 to 44,000.</p><p>Despite a pattern of illegal border crossings – which, according to a <a href="http://www.cbp.gov/linkhandler/cgov/border_security/border_patrol/usbp_statistics/usbp_fy12_stats/appr_swb.ctt/appr_swb.pdfhttp:/www.cbp.gov/linkhandler/cgov/border_security/border_patrol/usbp_statistics/usbp_fy12_stats/appr_swb.ctt/appr_swb.pdf">U.S. Border Patrol report</a>, occur more frequently in Texas than in any other state – some Texas advocates say that the added infrastructure and resources won’t make the border safer.</p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 21:21:57 +0000 Mone Miller & Ann Choi 8185 at http://kut.org Immigration Advocates Say Republicans 'Can’t Deny' Change Texas Receives $750,000 Federal Grant to Help Veterans Find Jobs http://kut.org/post/texas-receives-750000-federal-grant-help-veterans-find-jobs <p>Texas was given a $750,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to help U.S. veterans find jobs when they come home.</p><p>Along with Georgia, Illinois and North Carolina, the grant will reach out to active-duty soldiers within 90 days of their return from the Army, Texas Army National Guard and the Army Reserve.</p><p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 21:37:23 +0000 Mone Miller 8108 at http://kut.org Texas Receives $750,000 Federal Grant to Help Veterans Find Jobs Farm Bill Could Kick 170,000 Texans Off Food Stamps http://kut.org/post/farm-bill-could-kick-170000-texans-food-stamps <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. House is considering a version of a farm bill t</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">hat could heavily impact benefits for Texans receiving food stamps. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The change to state policy standards for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (</span><a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap" style="line-height: 1.5;">SNAP</a>)<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;could take away 482 million meals for the hungry, and could cut 171,000 people from food assistance statewide, according to the Texas Food Bank Network.</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 18:08:38 +0000 Mone Miller 8070 at http://kut.org Farm Bill Could Kick 170,000 Texans Off Food Stamps AISD STAAR Scores Inch Up – Still Well Below Future Standards http://kut.org/post/aisd-staar-scores-inch-still-well-below-future-standards <p>The Austin Independent School District <a href="http://www.austin.isd.tenet.edu/articles/aisd-students-achieve-gains-four-subject-areas-preliminary-2013-staar-grades-3-8-results" target="_blank">saw minimal gains </a>on this year’s STAAR tests compared to last year.</p><p>Reading, math, science and social studies passage rates each increased by three percentage points from the previous year. Students showed the best results in reading with 79 percent passing in all demographics – including racial minorities and the economically disadvantaged.</p><p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:19:47 +0000 Mone Miller 8066 at http://kut.org AISD STAAR Scores Inch Up – Still Well Below Future Standards Council Mulls $3.5M Donation for Auditorium Shores Improvements http://kut.org/post/council-mulls-35m-donation-auditorium-shores-improvements <p>The Austin City Council is meeting in a <a href="http://austin.siretechnologies.com/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=423&amp;doctype=agenda">work session </a>today. They could talk about accepting a $3.5 million donation from event production company C3 Presents to make improvements to Auditorium Shores.</p><p>C3 Presents is a concert promotion and management company that puts on events such as the Austin Food and Wine Festival at the park.&nbsp;The city approved C3 Presents’ <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/double-your-pleasure-mayor-makes-two-weekend-acl-official">request for a second weekend</a> for the popular Austin City Limits Festival in 2013 and later years. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 14:21:00 +0000 Mone Miller 7982 at http://kut.org Council Mulls $3.5M Donation for Auditorium Shores Improvements