salamanders http://kut.org en Feds OK 20-Year Plan to Protect Barton Springs Salamanders, Keep Pool Open http://kut.org/post/feds-ok-20-year-plan-protect-barton-springs-salamanders-keep-pool-open <p>Swimmers and salamanders can continue their peaceful coexistence at Barton Springs Pool.</p><p>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is granting the City of Austin a new 20-year permit, keeping the pool open to the public while protecting the habitats of both the Barton Springs Salamander and the Austin Blind Salamander.</p><p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 20:52:37 +0000 Trey Shaar 8695 at http://kut.org Feds OK 20-Year Plan to Protect Barton Springs Salamanders, Keep Pool Open Austin Salamanders Protected Under Endangered Species Act http://kut.org/post/austin-salamanders-protected-under-endangered-species-act <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Meet two of the newest creatures to receive federal Endangered Species Act protection: the Austin Blind Salamander and the </span>Jollyville<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Plateau Salamander.</span></p><p>The <a href="http://austintexas.gov/department/austin-blind-salamander">Austin Blind Salamander</a> – sightless, due to living deep in the Edwards Aquifer that feeds Barton Springs – was listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jollyville_Plateau_salamander">Jollyville Plateau Salamander</a>, native to streams and <a href="http://water.usgs.gov/ogw/karst/aquifers/trinity/index">karst formations</a> in Travis and Williamson Counties, was listed as threatened this week.</p><p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 15:02:40 +0000 Wells Dunbar 8516 at http://kut.org Austin Salamanders Protected Under Endangered Species Act $29 Million: The Cost of Protecting Central Texas Salamanders http://kut.org/post/29-million-cost-protecting-central-texas-salamanders <p>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it <a href="http://www.fws.gov/southwest/docs/4TXsalamanderEANRfinal.pdf" target="_blank">would cost $29 million</a> over the next 23 years to designate critical habitat land for four central Texas salamanders.</p><p>The service <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/feds-propose-designating-four-more-endangered-salamanders" target="_blank">wants to list the Austin blind salamander</a> and three other species as endangered. It also wants to designate more than 6,457 acres of land in Travis, Williamson and Bell counties to help protect them. That acreage is up from 5,983 acres in a previous proposal. Fri, 25 Jan 2013 13:54:51 +0000 Laura Rice 6344 at http://kut.org $29 Million: The Cost of Protecting Central Texas Salamanders City Council Considers Same-Sex Marriage Resolution http://kut.org/post/city-council-considers-same-sex-marriage-resolution <p>The Austin City Council is scheduled to discuss a few hot-button issues at <a href="http://austin.siretechnologies.com/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=303&amp;doctype=agenda" target="_blank">its work session today</a>.</p><p>Council members will <a href="http://austin.siretechnologies.com/sirepub/cache/2/kbfwbifgbkbtwt45us4rwxjx/32587109252012075735397.PDF" target="_blank">discuss a resolution</a> that would declare the City Council’s intent to support what the agenda refers to as “marriage equality” or <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/mayor-leffingwell-speaks-out-support-gay-marriage" target="_blank">same-sex marriage</a> in the state.</p><p>The council will also consider filing a legal document that shows their support for area school districts who have filed school finance lawsuits in Travis County.</p><p>Council members will also consider a request to the city manager to seek more information on two types of salamanders that <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/feds-propose-designating-four-more-endangered-salamanders" target="_blank">could be placed on the Endangered Species list</a>.</p><p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 14:38:14 +0000 Laura Rice 5152 at http://kut.org City Council Considers Same-Sex Marriage Resolution AM Update: Armstrong Bombshell, Charter School Hearing, Cedar Park on Salamanders http://kut.org/post/am-update-armstrong-bombshell-charter-school-hearing-cedar-park-salamanders <p>A high of 93 under partly cloudy skies <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Austin&amp;state=TX&amp;site=EWX&amp;lat=30.267&amp;lon=-97.743">is forecast for Austin today</a> but it will feel more like 98 degrees with the humidity. Here are your top morning stories.</p><p><o:p></o:p></p><p><b>Lance Armstrong To Be Stripped of Titles?<o:p></o:p></b></p><p>Austin cycling legend Lance Armstrong is about to have his Tour de France victories “obliterated” from the record books, World Anti-Doping Agency boss John Fahey <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/19369375">tells the BBC</a>. As <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/lance-armstrong-says-he-wont-fight-doping-charges">we posted last night</a>, Armstrong said he was giving up his court battle with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) over allegations he used performance-enhancing drugs since 1996. <o:p></o:p></p><p>Shortly thereafter, the USADA chief said that means <a href="http://kut.org/2012/08/usada-says-it-will-strip-armstrong-of-tour-de-france-wins/">Armstrong will be stripped of his titles</a>. Armstrong <a href="http://lancearmstrong.com/news-events/lance-armstongs-statement-of-august-23-2012">says USADA doesn’t have the authority</a> to do that, but NPR’s Mike Pesca reports this morning that it does. "Greg LeMond is [now] the only American" to have officially won the world's most prestigious bicycle race, Pesca told <i>Morning Edition</i> host Steve Inskeep.<o:p></o:p></p><p> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 13:12:55 +0000 Nathan Bernier 4945 at http://kut.org AM Update: Armstrong Bombshell, Charter School Hearing, Cedar Park on Salamanders