Ryan Groves http://kut.org en Holiday Safety: Tips For Not Getting Your Car Stolen or House Set on Fire http://kut.org/post/holiday-safety-tips-not-getting-your-car-stolen-or-house-set-fire <p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The holiday season is here. For many that means traveling, shopping and celebrating</span></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;–&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">all of which can pose certain safety issues. Here’s a rundown of holiday safety tips, and info about city services offered over the winter holidays:</span></em></p><p><strong>Auto-Burglary Awareness Program</strong></p><p>In Texas, a vehicle is broken into every 2.5 minutes, and auto-burglaries escalate during the holiday season.&nbsp; With the holiday season upon us, local law enforcement is raising awareness over auto burglaries. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Austin Police Department's Auto Theft Interdiction Project</span>&nbsp;suggests that you take the following actions to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of auto burglary:</p><ul><li>Lock your car and take your keys</li><li>Park in well-lit areas</li><li>Don’t leave valuables in plain view</li><li>Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>Avoid carrying a large amount of cash or credit cards Thu, 19 Dec 2013 14:53:25 +0000 Ryan Groves 9394 at http://kut.org Holiday Safety: Tips For Not Getting Your Car Stolen or House Set on Fire MAP: Austin Redistricting Commission OKs Final Council Districts http://kut.org/post/map-austin-redistricting-commission-oks-final-council-districts <p>After some last minute changes, the <a href="http://www.austinredistricting.org/">Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission</a> unanimously approved a map for Austin’s new City Council districts last night.</p><p>Most changes to the map were relatively minor, especially <a href="http://kut.org/post/austin-holds-its-last-input-meeting-geographic-council-districts">compared to previous revisions</a>. South Austin District Five, for instance, was extended to reach up to Lady Bird Lake.</p><p></p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:35:46 +0000 Ryan Groves 9215 at http://kut.org MAP: Austin Redistricting Commission OKs Final Council Districts Truck By Truckwest Highlights Austin's Mobile Food Movement http://kut.org/post/truck-truckwest-highlights-austins-mobile-food-movement <p><strong>Update</strong>: And the results are in. <a href="http://www.trailercrawl.com/">Truck By Truckwest</a>, Austin’s first ever food truck taste-off, has a winner.&nbsp;</p><p>After 1,400 votes were cast, Texas-inspired sandwich joint <a href="http://www.heyyougonnaeatorwhat.com/HEY%21_You_Gonna_Eat_Or_What/Trailer_Food.html">Hey! … You Gonna Eat or What?</a> and chef/owner Eric Regan took home a $10,000 prize. Over 60 food trucks, showcasing a wide array of culinary creations, took part in the five-day event.</p><p><a href="http://austinfoodforlife.org/">Austin Food for Life</a>&nbsp;founder Brian Stubbs will also be presented a check for $3,100.&nbsp;Ten percent of the event’s proceeds were donated to the nonprofit, which helps Austin’s food and beverage service community access health care.</p><p><strong>Original story</strong> (Oct. 31): It seems like you find them on almost every street in Austin: Airstreams, buses and trailers surrounded by chairs and picnic tables – a movable feast tucked away in whatever alleyway, vacant lot or convenience store that can hold them.</p><p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 21:03:19 +0000 Ryan Groves 9071 at http://kut.org Truck By Truckwest Highlights Austin's Mobile Food Movement Austin's Nonprofit Breast Milk Bank Needs Donations http://kut.org/post/austins-nonprofit-breast-milk-bank-needs-donations <p>A report this week in the journal&nbsp;<a href="http://www.jpeds.com/">Pediatrics&nbsp;</a>on the risks of&nbsp; unregulated breast milk – covering sharing between friends, but also Internet sales – found three-fourths of the study samples were contaminated with bacteria.</p><p>The populations most at risk from such milk are newborns with significant health issues. They’re children like Nina DeGuire. Now a year old, she was born with a serious heart problem that required a series of surgeries and made it hard for her to take formula. Her mother&nbsp;Lani says she had no choice but to find donated breast milk.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/117051008" width="100%"></iframe> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 18:06:08 +0000 Emily Donahue & Ryan Groves 9019 at http://kut.org Austin's Nonprofit Breast Milk Bank Needs Donations Travis County Commissioners Support Long-Delayed SH 45 SW http://kut.org/post/travis-county-commissioners-support-long-delayed-sh-45-sw <p>Travis County Commissioners have <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;ved=0CCsQFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.co.travis.tx.us%2Fcommissioners_court%2Fagendas%2F2013%2F10%2Fbackup%2Fitem_backup_20131022%2Fvs20131022_item_03.pdf&amp;ei=PG1mUpuAAYn32wWLrIGIDw&amp;usg=AFQjCNECMjRUHYsVlL4LgAHeOe7xh9o5zA&amp;bvm=bv.55123115,d.b2I">approved a resolution</a>&nbsp;by a vote of 4-to-0 supporting the construction of State Highway 45 Southwest. &nbsp;Commissioner Gerald Daugherty pushed for the resolution, after&nbsp;<a href="http://archive.kut.org/2012/11/candidates-battle-over-transportation/">campaigning on getting the roadway built</a>. He says population growth and traffic congestion demands action. And he believes the road could be built while protecting natural resources, despite a pending <a href="http://www.sh45sw.com/about/">environmental review from TxDOT</a> and push-back from environmentalists and stakeholders in the area.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:48:05 +0000 Ryan Groves & Laura Rice 8990 at http://kut.org Travis County Commissioners Support Long-Delayed SH 45 SW TxDOT Pressuring Toll Offenders: Pay Up or Be Named (Update) http://kut.org/post/txdot-pressuring-toll-offenders-pay-or-be-named-update <p><strong>Update</strong>: Central Texas residents owe the state more than $27 million in unpaid tolls, and Texas is trying out a new method to collect the dough.</p><p>On Thursday, the Texas Department of Transportation released its list of <a href="http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/media-room/news/statewide/051-2013-violators.html">the top 25 toll violators</a> in the state. Topping the list was a Pflugerville resident who had 14,358 unpaid toll transactions, which totaled $236,026. Second place went to a Hutto resident with 10,566 unpaid tolls that added up to $217,619.</p><p>Violators were from six cities: Pflugerville, Hutto, Round Rock, Austin, Taylor and Leander. If violators do not pay up, Senate Bill 1792, which passed earlier this year, gives TxDOT the authority to possibly deny the offender&rsquo;s vehicle registration and ban them from using TxDOT toll roads.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 17:19:07 +0000 Ryan Groves, Mark Gwin & Jody Serrano 8909 at http://kut.org TxDOT Pressuring Toll Offenders: Pay Up or Be Named (Update) Another Casualty of Government Shutdown: Texas-Bound Refugees http://kut.org/post/another-casualty-government-shutdown-texas-bound-refugees <p>A way station for immigrants the world over, New York&rsquo;s Ellis Island is arguably the truest symbol of American identity.&nbsp;But the island is closed today &ndash; along with the Statue of Liberty and all other national monuments, memorials, libraries and parks &ndash; all as a result of <a href="http://kut.org/post/no-end-sight-shutdown-showdown-enters-week-two">the ongoing government shutdown</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Here in Texas, the shutdown&rsquo;s made an immediate impact on incoming immigrants: it has forced the State Department and the <a href="http://www.state.gov/j/prm/">Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration</a> to delay the arrival of refugees from Sudan, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Eritrea, Burma, Bhutan, Cuba and <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/what-you-should-know-about-austins-newest-neighbors-congolese">the Democratic Republic of Congo</a>.&nbsp; And approximately 10 percent of these immigrants come to Texas.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 16:39:55 +0000 Ryan Groves 8881 at http://kut.org Another Casualty of Government Shutdown: Texas-Bound Refugees Austin's Urban Farm Proposals Have Some Neighbors Crying Foul http://kut.org/post/austins-urban-farm-proposals-have-some-neighbors-crying-foul <p>After dishing the dirt for months, new regulations are in the offing for Austin&#39;s urban farms.</p><p>Last week, Austin&rsquo;s Planning Commission recommended a set of revisions to the city&rsquo;s urban farm ordinance. And while the proposed changes would establish stricter criteria on raising some livestock, some East Austin residents say the proposals don&rsquo;t go far enough.</p><p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:48:20 +0000 Ryan Groves 8807 at http://kut.org Austin's Urban Farm Proposals Have Some Neighbors Crying Foul Seven Awesome Things For Sale in Richard Garriott’s Auction http://kut.org/post/seven-awesome-things-sale-richard-garriott-s-auction <p></p><p>There’s many ways to describe Richard Garriott de Cayeux: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Garriott#Game_design_career">computer gaming pioneer</a>, <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/cinema-weekend-cows-drugs-deep-space-and-non-sparkling-vamps">sometime astronaut</a> and Austin resident. And now you have the chance to bid on items from Garriott’s one-of-a-kind collection.</p><p>This Saturday, the <a href="http://www.austinauction.com/default.htm">Austin Auction House</a> is offering over 500 items and collections from Garriott’s estate – presumably housed at <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Britannia_Manor">Britannia Manor</a>, Garriott’s <a href="http://www.realtor.com/news/richard-garriott-lists-britannia-manor-ii-photos/">ornate home</a> overlooking Lake Austin.</p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 16:58:38 +0000 Ryan Groves 8713 at http://kut.org Seven Awesome Things For Sale in Richard Garriott’s Auction