Natalie Krebs http://kut.org en How These Austin Businesses Are Creating Jobs for Refugee Women http://kut.org/post/how-these-austin-businesses-are-creating-jobs-refugee-women <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Out of a small room in the Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Austin, a company called <a href="http://www.theopenarmsshop.com/">Open Arms</a> makes women’s clothing. It was started about three years ago, with idea of paying refugee women a living wage.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>More than 4,000 refugees have resettled in Austin since 2001 with many coming f<span style="line-height: 1.5;">rom&nbsp;Vietnam, Burma and Iraq with the newest group, which is expected at the beginning of next year from the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democratic Republic of the Congo.</span></div> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 11:05:00 +0000 Natalie Krebs 8602 at http://kut.org How These Austin Businesses Are Creating Jobs for Refugee Women Over 62,000 New STD Cases Estimated in Travis County http://kut.org/post/over-62000-new-std-cases-estimated-travis-county <p>Austin-Travis County Health and Human Services says sexually transmitted diseases are costing Travis County residents lots of money.</p><p>The department says more than 62,000 new cases of STDs were diagnosed in Travis County in 2011 alone. That’s estimated to cost over $83 million in lifetime medical costs.</p><p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 19:22:46 +0000 Natalie Krebs & Laura Rice 8505 at http://kut.org Over 62,000 New STD Cases Estimated in Travis County Activists: 'Mistrust Has Deepened' After Latest Austin Police Shooting http://kut.org/post/activists-mistrust-has-deepened-after-latest-austin-police-shooting <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F103298724" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Two local civil rights groups – the Austin Police Accountability Coalition and the&nbsp;<a href="http://peacefulstreets.com/">Peaceful Streets Project&nbsp;</a>– gathered in front of City Hall this morning to protest Friday’s <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/apd-detective-shoots-kills-man">fatal officer-involved shooting</a>.</p><p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 21:08:19 +0000 Natalie Krebs 8432 at http://kut.org Activists: 'Mistrust Has Deepened' After Latest Austin Police Shooting What You Should Know About Austin's Newest Neighbors: The Congolese http://kut.org/post/what-you-should-know-about-austins-newest-neighbors-congolese <p>Austin's already welcomed the Burmese, the Iraqis and the Bhutanese. But starting at end of this year, Austin will begin to welcome its newest round of refugees – the Congolese.</p><p>Over the next few years, the U.S. expects to resettle approximately 50,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the U.S. 10 percent of those refugees may end up in Texas, according to Erica Schmidt, the Austin-area director for <a href="http://refugeeservicesoftexas.org/">Refugee Services of Texas</a>.</p><p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 17:01:34 +0000 Natalie Krebs 8399 at http://kut.org What You Should Know About Austin's Newest Neighbors: The Congolese Austin's New Outpatient VA Clinic is the Largest in the Country http://kut.org/post/austins-new-outpatient-va-clinic-largest-country <p>Austin’s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.centraltexas.va.gov/locations/Austin.asp">new VA clinic&nbsp;</a>opened this week, becoming the largest free-standing VA outpatient clinic in the U.S. The new, state-of-the-art clinic will to help accommodate Central Texas’s fast growing veteran population across 39 counties.</p><p>The clinic currently serves 23,000 veterans. The VA hopes to increase that number to 30,000 by 2025 with the expanded facilities, according to Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System spokeswoman Deborah Meyer.</p><p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 13:53:37 +0000 Natalie Krebs 8321 at http://kut.org Austin's New Outpatient VA Clinic is the Largest in the Country 55 Blood Warrants Issued Over Austin's 'No Refusal' Weekend http://kut.org/post/55-blood-warrants-issued-over-austins-no-refusal-weekend <p>It was a long holiday weekend for Austin Police: &nbsp;APD made 99 arrests in an increased effort against drunk driving.</p><p>July 4<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</span>through the morning of July&nbsp;7 marked a <a href="http://austintexas.gov/news/apd-announces-%E2%80%9Cno-refusal%E2%80%9D-july-4th">no-refusal enforcement&nbsp;</a>for ​Austin Police.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5; ">DWI suspects who refused a breath or blood test had to submit a blood sample under a search warrant. T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">here were 55 warrants issued for blood samples over the weekend.</span></p><p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 20:44:57 +0000 Natalie Krebs 8309 at http://kut.org 55 Blood Warrants Issued Over Austin's 'No Refusal' Weekend Neighborhood Watch Goes Online: New App Links Austin Neighbors http://kut.org/post/neighborhood-watch-goes-online-new-app-links-austin-neighbors <p>The days of lost dog posters and last-minute babysitter scrambles may be coming to a close.</p><p><a href="https://nextdoor.com/">Nextdoor</a> is an app that connects neighbors via their smartphone to help organize neighborhood watches and community conversations. Over 200 neighborhoods in Austin have already signed up for the app, which is set to roll out this summer.</p><p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 17:35:00 +0000 Natalie Krebs 8270 at http://kut.org Neighborhood Watch Goes Online: New App Links Austin Neighbors Affordable Housing Advocates Call for Vote on $65 Million Bond http://kut.org/post/affordable-housing-advocates-call-vote-65-million-bond <p>Austin voters&nbsp;will likely be asked to approve bond dollars for affordable housing, after a similar proposition <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/map-how-prop-15-affordable-housing-bond-lost">was voted down</a>&nbsp;in last November.</p><p>On Monday, city council&nbsp;members Sheryl Cole, Bill&nbsp;Spelman&nbsp;and Chris Riley, along with housing advocates from&nbsp;<a href="http://keepatxaffordable.org/">Keep Austin Affordable</a>, announced their support for a $65 million bond program on the November 2013 ballot. They said the spending could finance more affordable housing – without raising the tax rate.</p><p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 21:17:14 +0000 Natalie Krebs 8213 at http://kut.org Affordable Housing Advocates Call for Vote on $65 Million Bond At UT's Ransom Center: Sports, Literature, and Why a 60 Year Old Baseball Game Still Matters http://kut.org/post/uts-ransom-center-sports-literature-and-why-60-year-old-baseball-game-still-matters <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F97466060" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.willacather.org/">Willa Cather</a> and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_DeLillo">Don DeLillo</a> are literary names not primarily associated with sports writing.<br><br>However, Cather, who attended the University of Nebraska and was an avid football fan, penned in 1894 a short ghost story about football titled "The Fear That Walks at Noonday." In 1997, DeLillo’s “<a href="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11761.Underworld">Underworld</a>” was famously framed by the 1951 National League Championship game between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 21:57:33 +0000 Natalie Krebs 8148 at http://kut.org At UT's Ransom Center: Sports, Literature, and Why a 60 Year Old Baseball Game Still Matters Video: Hip East Austin Church Gets Nod from 'New York Times' http://kut.org/post/video-hip-east-austin-church-gets-nod-new-york-times <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="360" id="nyt_video_player" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://graphics8.nytimes.com/bcvideo/1.0/iframe/embed.html?videoId=100000002268970&amp;playerType=embed" title="New York Times Video - Embed Player" width="445"></iframe></p><p>An East Austin church&nbsp;is evolving to match the way Austin worships.</p><p><a href="http://voxveniae.com/">Vox&nbsp;Veniae</a>,<span style="line-height: 1.5; ">&nbsp;which is affiliated with the <a href="http://www.covchurch.org/">Evangelical Covenant Church</a>, began as part of the Austin Chinese Church for Asian Americans and Asian immigrants to worship. But it has since grown into a very diverse environment. It now has worshipers come to its Sunday service that are white, Latino and African American.</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:02:40 +0000 Natalie Krebs 8079 at http://kut.org Austin Youth Council Warns of Dangers of Texting While Driving http://kut.org/post/austin-youth-council-warns-dangers-texting-while-driving <p>A group of Austin high school students is calling on fellow teens not to text and drive.</p><p>The<a href="http://speakupaustin.org/projects/austin-youth-council"> Austin Youth Council </a>is teaming up with AT&amp;T to raise awareness about the dangers of driving while texting, with a car simulator that demonstrates how distracting texting can be.</p><p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 20:25:00 +0000 Natalie Krebs 8076 at http://kut.org Austin Youth Council Warns of Dangers of Texting While Driving After Barton Springs Drowning, Austin Pools Open as Scheduled http://kut.org/post/after-barton-springs-drowning-austin-pools-open-scheduled <p></p><p>Austin’s summer swimming season is underway, despite a recent drowning.</p><p>The first drowning at&nbsp;<a href="http://austintexas.gov/department/barton-springs-pool">Barton Springs pool</a> in 23 years happened&nbsp;last Wednesday, when lifeguards failed to resuscitate a 21-year-old at the popular swimming pool.&nbsp;Thirteen lifeguards were on duty when Andrew Guerra, who had been racing with friends, went under.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 20:39:34 +0000 Natalie Krebs 8061 at http://kut.org After Barton Springs Drowning, Austin Pools Open as Scheduled Austin Marathon to Change Sponsor from Livestrong to Freescale in 2014 http://kut.org/post/austin-marathon-change-sponsor-livestrong-freescale-2014 <p>The <a href="http://www.youraustinmarathon.com/">Austin Marathon</a>&nbsp;will be changing tracks next February, metaphorically speaking.</p><p><a href="http://www.freescale.com/">Freescale Semiconductor</a>, a technology company based in Austin, announced this morning that it will sponsor the 2014 race, which takes place on Feb. 16.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.livestrong.org/">Livestrong</a> has sponsored the race for the previous three years.</p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 21:55:05 +0000 Natalie Krebs 7989 at http://kut.org Austin Marathon to Change Sponsor from Livestrong to Freescale in 2014 Judge Overturns Ruling Reeling In Texas' Red Snapper Season http://kut.org/post/judge-overturns-ruling-reeling-texas-red-snapper-season <p>A federal district judge <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/708064-southerbn-dist-of-texas-red-snapper-opinion.html">has overturned</a> a federal emergency rule that would shorten the red snapper fishing season to as few as 12 days in Texas – down from a projected 22 days.</p><p><a href="http://www.environmenttexas.org/">Environment Texas</a> Director Luke Metzger says that he is disappointed in the ruling. The federal decision that would have shortened the season was put in place to stop the overfishing of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico.</p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 17:08:52 +0000 Natalie Krebs 7985 at http://kut.org Judge Overturns Ruling Reeling In Texas' Red Snapper Season