Maria Roque http://kut.org en How Central Texas Cities Regulate (or Don't Regulate) E-Cigarettes http://kut.org/post/how-central-texas-cities-regulate-or-dont-regulate-e-cigarettes <p><strong>Update: </strong>The City of Kyle has banned the possession of e-cigarettes by minors.</p><p>The Kyle City Council voted unanimously to pass the ordinance – making it illegal for minors to use e-cigarettes and for businesses or individuals to sell or distribute them to anyone under 18.</p><p>The ordinance was researched and development by the Kyle Youth Advisory Council – made up of local high schoolers – who say they were concerned about the trend.</p><p>Those who break the rule could face a fine of up to $500 and be required to perform community service or attend a tobacco-awareness program. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:29:36 +0000 Maria Roque & Laura Rice 10207 at http://kut.org How Central Texas Cities Regulate (or Don't Regulate) E-Cigarettes Texas Youth in Crisis Can Now Chat and Text For Help http://kut.org/post/texas-youth-crisis-can-now-chat-and-text-help <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Youth_Hotline/Youth_Chat.asp">Texas Youth and Runway Hotline</a>&nbsp;has answered more than one million calls from youth and parents who are in crisis. Now youth and parents in crisis can access its services through <a href="http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Youth_Hotline/Youth_Chat.asp">text and chat</a>. (The text number is 1-512-872-5777.)</p><p>The hotline, a service of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/">The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services</a>, launched&nbsp;new features last month.&nbsp;Despite fielding over a million phone calls, calls have been declining since 2010 as communications habits change.</p><p> Fri, 02 May 2014 18:19:49 +0000 Maria Roque 10313 at http://kut.org Texas Youth in Crisis Can Now Chat and Text For Help Election Time: Early Voting For Municipal Elections Begins, Voter Registration Ends http://kut.org/post/election-time-early-voting-municipal-elections-begins-voter-registration-ends <p>Early voting starts today for the May 10 municipal elections in cities across Central Texas.</p><p>Voters in <a href="http://www.beecavetexas.com/city-government/departments/city-secretary/elections.289" target="_blank">Bee Cave</a>, <a href="http://blacklandreporter.com/manor-municipal-election-city-council-seats-voter-eligibility/" target="_blank">Manor</a>, <a href="http://www.nbtexas.org/index.aspx?nid=1221" target="_blank">New Braunfels</a>, <a href="http://www.roundrocktexas.gov/home/index.asp?page=1858" target="_blank">Round Rock</a> and <a href="http://www.westlakehills.org/index.aspx?nid=109" target="_blank">West Lake Hills</a> are choosing mayors and city council members.&nbsp;Several school districts are also holding bond elections.&nbsp;</p><p>Early voting continues through Tuesday, May 6. Election Day for the municipal elections is Saturday, May 10. A valid photo&nbsp;<a href="http://votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/need-id" target="_blank">identification</a>&nbsp;is required to vote&nbsp;in person. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:04:41 +0000 Maria Roque & Laura Rice 10308 at http://kut.org Election Time: Early Voting For Municipal Elections Begins, Voter Registration Ends Report: Central Texas Home to Some of the State's Most Established Gangs http://kut.org/post/report-central-texas-home-some-states-most-established-gangs <p>The Texas Department of Public Safety released its annual report on criminal gang activity in Texas this week.</p><p>This year’s <a href="http://www.dps.texas.gov/director_staff/media_and_communications/2014/pr041714.htm" target="_blank"><em>Texas Gang Threat Assessment </em></a>found that gangs continue to pose a substantial threat to public safety. Central Texas is home to some of the most established gangs in the state. The report estimates that with more than 4,600 gangs, overall gang membership in this state is more than 100,000.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:40:00 +0000 Trey Shaar & Maria Roque 10249 at http://kut.org Report: Central Texas Home to Some of the State's Most Established Gangs It's Good Friday – But Some Area School Districts Are Holding Classes http://kut.org/post/its-good-friday-some-area-school-districts-are-holding-classes <p>Most Austin area school districts are closed today for the Good Friday holiday. But some students will be attending class.</p><p>That’s because they’re making up days off for bad weather earlier in the school year.</p><p><strong>DO have school:</strong></p><ul><li><strong><a href="http://burnet.txed.net">Burnet ISD</a></strong>&nbsp;will have regular school hours today.</li><li><strong><a href="http://www.delvalle.tx.schoolwebpages.com/education/district/district.php?sectionid=1">Del Valle ISD</a></strong> is holding classes today.</li><li><strong><a href="http://www.dsisd.txed.net">Dripping Springs ISD</a></strong> is holding classes today and on Memorial Day to make up for canceled classes.</li><li><strong>Eanes ISD</strong> is holding classes today. The rest of the school year will continue as planned.</li><li><strong><a href="http://www.lockhartisd.org">Lockhart ISD</a></strong>&nbsp;will hold regular school hours today and on Memorial Day.</li><li><strong>Manor ISD</strong> is holding classes today as a make-up. There will not be classes on Memorial Day.</li><li><strong><a href="http://www.tsd.state.tx.us">Texas School for the Deaf</a> </strong>will have regular school hours today.</li><li><strong><a href="http://www.wimberleyisd.net">Wimberley ISD</a> </strong>is also holding classes this Good Friday.</li></ul><p><strong>DO NOT have school:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Austin ISD</strong> is off today. AISD has no make-up days scheduled for the rest of the school year. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:38:50 +0000 Laura Rice & Maria Roque 10247 at http://kut.org It's Good Friday – But Some Area School Districts Are Holding Classes Fort Hood Update: Obamas to Attend Memorial Service Wednesday http://kut.org/post/fort-hood-update-obamas-attend-memorial-service-wednesday <p>President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are expected to attend a memorial service Wednesday to honor the three soldiers killed in last week’s <a href="http://kut.org/post/four-dead-after-shooting-fort-hood" target="_blank">shooting at Fort Hood</a>.</p><p>Obama visited Fort Hood in November 2009 under similar circumstances following the shooting by Maj. Nidal Hasan that left 13 dead and 32 wounded. Hasan was convicted in August 2012 of those killings and was sentenced to death.</p><p>The Obamas were already planning to travel to Texas this week. On Thursday, the President will speak at the LBJ Presidential Library’s Civil Rights Summit to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:25:39 +0000 Maria Roque & Laura Rice 10137 at http://kut.org Fort Hood Update: Obamas to Attend Memorial Service Wednesday In Austin and Across the Country, It's Deadline Day for Obamacare http://kut.org/post/austin-and-across-country-its-deadline-day-obamacare <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Austin nonprofits are trying to sign up as many people as possible before tonight’s deadline to apply for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.foundcom.org/get-financially-stable/insure-central-texas">Insure Central Texas</a> has four enrollment centers in the Austin area. Program director Elizabeth Colvin says the demand for their services is exceeding their capacity; this morning they had 100 people lined up by the time they opened at 6 a.m.</p><p>The deadline to begin signing up is 11 p.m. tonight. Colvin advises people to at least start the application this evening, as those who do start then can finish the process at a later time.</p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:50:45 +0000 Maria Roque 10068 at http://kut.org In Austin and Across the Country, It's Deadline Day for Obamacare Speed Skater Jordan Malone Only Texan to Medal at Sochi http://kut.org/post/speed-skater-jordan-malone-only-texan-medal-sochi <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="683" scrolling="no" src="//instagram.com/p/ksszskONuR/embed/" width="585"></iframe></p><p><em>Speedskater Jordan Malone waves the Texas flag in Sochi. (Via Instagram)</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Four Texans represented</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Team USA&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kut.org/post/four-texas-athletes-representing-us-sochi-games" style="line-height: 1.5;">at the 2014 Winter Olympics</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;in&nbsp;</span>Sochi<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, but only one athlete came back with a medal.</span></p><p>Denton native Jordan Malone clinched the silver in the speed skating&nbsp;5,000-meter relay along with teammates, J.R.&nbsp;Celski, Chris&nbsp;Creveling&nbsp;and Eduardo Alvarez on Friday. The team finished behind Russia.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:36:09 +0000 Maria Roque 9834 at http://kut.org Weekend Closures for the Austin Marathon, Presidents Day http://kut.org/post/weekend-closures-austin-marathon-presidents-day <p class="p1">City of Austin offices and some other city-run facilities will be closed Monday, Feb. 17 for Presidents' Day. The <a href="http://www.youraustinmarathon.com/">Austin Marathon</a> will also cause street closures from Saturday afternoon to Sunday after the marathon ends. You can find a full list of closures on <a href="http://austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/Transportation/Special_Events/OSE_SCD_AustinMarathon2014_Rev2_02122014.pdf">the city's website</a>.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">Trash, recycling and yard trimmings collection for City Austin Resource Recovery customers will remain the same. Below you can find a full list of closures.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:18:07 +0000 Maria Roque 9789 at http://kut.org Weekend Closures for the Austin Marathon, Presidents Day