Mark Gwin http://kut.org en 112 Years Later, Seton Hospital Founders Daughters of Charity Are Moving On http://kut.org/post/112-years-later-seton-hospital-founders-daughters-charity-are-moving <p>The Daughters of Charity came to Austin in 1902, in response to a letter writing campaign by a group of local women. Their mission: to build and operate a first-class medical facility.</p><p>At the time, Austin’s existing hospital was decidedly less than first-class.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/136509742&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:03:57 +0000 Mark Gwin 9823 at http://kut.org 112 Years Later, Seton Hospital Founders Daughters of Charity Are Moving On Will Occupancy Limits Aimed at 'Stealth Dorms' Hurt Austin Affordability? http://kut.org/post/will-occupancy-limits-aimed-stealth-dorms-hurt-austin-affordability <p>A fight pitting affordable housing against neighborhood quality is headed to the Austin City Council.</p><p>Austin’s <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/planningcommission">Planning Commission</a> is recommending a reduction in the number of unrelated adults allowed to live together in single-family homes: the maximum would fall from six down to four.</p><p>Last night’s action was in response to complaints that neighborhoods were suffering from what opponents call “stealth dorms.”</p><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:35:21 +0000 Mark Gwin 9671 at http://kut.org Will Occupancy Limits Aimed at 'Stealth Dorms' Hurt Austin Affordability? Report: Austin Police Search Blacks 3 Times More Often Than Whites http://kut.org/post/report-austin-police-search-blacks-3-times-more-often-whites <p>The <a href="http://austintexas.gov/department/police-monitor">Austin Police Monitor's Office</a> finds racial disparity continued in police activity during 2012.</p><p>According <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/842141-austin-office-police-monitor-annual-report-2012.html">to a&nbsp;recent report</a>, almost 1,300 people contacted the independent Monitor’s Office to make a complaint, a decrease of 11 percent from 2011. But concern about racial profiling remains: African-Americans and Hispanics are still more likely to be searched by police, with blacks three times as likely to be searched as whites.</p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 18:35:18 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Mark Gwin 9237 at http://kut.org Report: Austin Police Search Blacks 3 Times More Often Than Whites Bastrop Student in Coma Days After Being Tased by Sheriff's Deputies http://kut.org/post/bastrop-student-coma-days-after-being-tased-sheriffs-deputies <p>Some Cedar Creek High School students walked out of class today in protest of the&nbsp;tasing&nbsp;of a fellow student on Wednesday. That student, 17-year-old&nbsp;Noe&nbsp;Nino de Rivera, has been in a coma ever since the incident.</p><p>Officials and Rivera’s family members are far apart in their descriptions of the incident.</p><p>Bastrop&nbsp;County Sheriff’s Deputies Randy McMillan and Timothy&nbsp;Stalcup, who work as school resource officers for the&nbsp;Bastrop&nbsp;school district, were called Wednesday morning to a fight between two female students.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 21:59:38 +0000 Mark Gwin 9250 at http://kut.org Bastrop Student in Coma Days After Being Tased by Sheriff's Deputies 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) Government Shutdown Freezes UT Research Projects in Antarctica http://kut.org/post/government-shutdown-freezes-ut-research-projects-antarctica <p>Science is another casualty of the federal government shutdown. But for Antarctic scientists the effects will linger even after the Congressional impasse is resolved.</p><p>University of Texas research associate and Antarctic geologist Joseph Levy was supposed to get on a plane Thursday headed south for the third and final year of a study about ancient ice.</p><p>But last week he was told to cancel his plans because of a lack of funding, and he says the government shutdown could jeopardize time sensitive scientific research.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F115520221&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 18:52:42 +0000 Mark Gwin 8946 at http://kut.org Government Shutdown Freezes UT Research Projects in Antarctica Shutdown Cancels Naval ROTC’s Long-Running Texas-OU Tradition http://kut.org/post/shutdown-cancels-naval-rotc-s-long-running-texas-ou-tradition <p>For 30 years the Naval ROTC unit at the University of Texas has run the Texas-OU game ball from Austin to Dallas. Their counterparts at the University of Oklahoma did the same.</p><p>But neither will be making the trip this year. It&rsquo;s not the death of a tradition &ndash; just another temporary casualty of the government shutdown.</p><p>The UT Naval ROTC unit is normally a part of the annual <a href="http://texasexes.org/get-involved/torchlight-parade.aspx">torchlight parade</a>, part of a huge pep rally in anticipation of the Red River Shootout in Dallas. As part of the ceremonies at the base of the UT Tower, Coach Mack Brown would normally hand the game ball to the commanding officer&nbsp; of the Naval ROTC student battalion.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F114602590&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;color=ff7700" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 22:24:16 +0000 Mark Gwin 8902 at http://kut.org Shutdown Cancels Naval ROTC’s Long-Running Texas-OU Tradition Should Auditorium Shores Move the Off-Leash Area for Dogs? http://kut.org/post/should-auditorium-shores-move-leash-area-dogs <p><strong>Update: </strong>A final public meeting on proposed changes to Auditorium Shores takes place tonight. And the plans have some dog lovers howling.</p><p>With a $3.5 million donation, the city plans to realign the hike and bike trail, put in new turf grass and redesign the off-leash area for dogs &ndash; moving it along the shoreline and adding a series of &ldquo;dog launches&rdquo; into Lady Bird Lake, but shrinking it in the process.</p><p>The donation comes from C3 Presents, the entertainment company that puts on the ACL Music Festival and the Austin Food and Wine Festival. (Its 2012 edition of the Food and Wine Fest, held at Auditorium Shores, <a href="http://kut.org/post/love-and-dust-scenes-austin-food-and-wine-fest">was marred by dust</a>.)</p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 21:40:09 +0000 Mark Gwin 8816 at http://kut.org Should Auditorium Shores Move the Off-Leash Area for Dogs? MAP: Here's the Rough Draft of Austin's New City Council Districts (Update) http://kut.org/post/map-heres-rough-draft-austins-new-city-council-districts-update <p><strong>Update</strong>: The group of Austinites in charge of drawing geographic city council districts is <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=198180" target="_blank">meeting this evening</a> for the first time since approving a preliminary map.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.austinredistricting.org/" target="_blank">Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission</a> is splitting the city into ten parts &ndash; each will be represented by a city council member.</p><p>But some people have expressed concerns that the <a href="http://www.austinredistricting.org/maps/interactive-preliminary-map/" target="_blank">districts the commission has drawn so far</a> don&rsquo;t accurately represent communities. For example, right now, District 7 runs along Mopac from North of Parmer Lane to Lady Bird Lake. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 12:25:17 +0000 Mark Gwin & Laura Rice 8821 at http://kut.org MAP: Here's the Rough Draft of Austin's New City Council Districts (Update) America's Oldest Veteran Lives in Austin. What Happened to Him Yesterday Will Make You Smile http://kut.org/post/americas-oldest-veteran-lives-austin-what-happened-him-yesterday-will-make-you-smile <p>A diverse group of volunteers braved the heat Thursday to upgrade the residence of <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/honor-flight-austin-departs-today-texas-oldest-living-vet-aboard">107-year-old World War II veteran</a> Richard Overton &ndash; the country&rsquo;s oldest living World War II veteran.</p><p>The East Austin house has been&nbsp;Overton&#39;s&nbsp;home since he built it in 1945, when he returned from war. And though he&rsquo;s done some upgrades over the years, it was beginning to have some serious issues: broken windows, a failing refrigerator and more.</p><p>But then a team of several dozen volunteers came to fix it all.</p><p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 14:28:11 +0000 Mark Gwin 8855 at http://kut.org America's Oldest Veteran Lives in Austin. What Happened to Him Yesterday Will Make You Smile Why Are Texas Children Suing Environmental Regulators? http://kut.org/post/why-are-texas-children-suing-environmental-regulators <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F112585445" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Texas children are suing the <a href="http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/">Texas Commission on Environmental Quality</a>, claiming the TCEQ should have to protect the quality of the air the same way it&rsquo;s required to protect the quality of water.</p><p>As part of a&nbsp;<a href="http://ourchildrenstrust.org/">nationwide movement</a>, the youth are asking the agency to protect water under the public trust doctrine &ndash; the historic idea that the state is responsible for the quality of a shared resource.</p><p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 13:24:56 +0000 Mark Gwin 8789 at http://kut.org Why Are Texas Children Suing Environmental Regulators? County Commissioners Approve Some Proposed Roads Near F1 Racetrack (Update) http://kut.org/post/county-commissioners-approve-some-proposed-roads-near-f1-racetrack-update <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="375" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&amp;msid=201079182274657105434.0004e6a9c8c4df667ade0&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=h&amp;ll=30.162494,-97.628632&amp;spn=0.055657,0.077248&amp;z=13&amp;output=embed" width="451"></iframe><br><em><small>View <a href="https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&amp;msid=201079182274657105434.0004e6a9c8c4df667ade0&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=h&amp;ll=30.162494,-97.628632&amp;spn=0.055657,0.077248&amp;z=13&amp;source=embed" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">Proposed Roads Near F1 Racetrack</a> in a larger map</small></em></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Update:</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Travis County Commissioners have agreed to fund the construction of a new road in Del Valle near the Circuit of the Americas track using non-taxpayer approved bonds. Commissioner Margaret Gomez, who represents the area where the road will be built, says the project is critical for economic development.</span></p><p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:56:57 +0000 Phoebe Flanigan & Mark Gwin 8731 at http://kut.org