Central Texas http://kut.org en Here's Where You Can Celebrate the 4th of July in Central Texas http://kut.org/post/heres-where-you-can-celebrate-4th-july-central-texas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Fourth of July is upon us once again. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's a time for fireworks, parades, barbecues and, of course, plenty of red, white and blue. So, in honor of America's birthday,&nbsp;</span>KUT<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;has compiled a list of Independence Day parades featuring the best fireworks, food and festivities near you in Central Texas.</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:38:46 +0000 Joseph Baucum 10707 at http://kut.org Here's Where You Can Celebrate the 4th of July in Central Texas 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 Soaking Rains, Flash Flood Watch for Central Texas http://kut.org/post/soaking-rains-flash-flood-warning-central-texas <p><strong>Update</strong>: Heading home? Public safety officials remind Austinites to drive safely, and turn around at all high water crossings.</p><ul><li>A few streets are closed due to low water crossings. <strong><a href="http://www.atxfloods.com/">View street closures in an interactive map</a></strong>.</li></ul><ul><li>You can also keep track of traffic hazards and crashes before you head out. <strong><a href="http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/qact/default.cfm?sort=0.">View the Austin-Travis County Traffic Report Page</a>.</strong></li></ul><p>Rain is expected to continue into tomorrow, keeping the area under a Flash Flood Watch at least until 7 a.m. tomorrow.</p><p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 21:08:17 +0000 KUT Staff 8739 at http://kut.org Soaking Rains, Flash Flood Watch for Central Texas Today's an 'Ozone Action Day' – What You Need to Know http://kut.org/post/todays-ozone-action-day-what-you-need-know <p><strong>Update: </strong>Today's the third Ozone Action Day of the year. Austin remains dangerously close to falling out of attainment of the clean air standard of 75 parts of ozone per billion. At last check, Austin was at 72.</p><div><p>“Being a non-attainment area it’s much harder to recruit business. It also accounts for a lot of absenteeism in schools because a lot of children have asthma and air pollution has been found to directly exacerbate asthma in children," Deanna Altenhoff, Executive Director of Clean Air of Central Texas, said. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 09:34:26 +0000 Rachel Adams-Heard & Laura Rice 8275 at http://kut.org Today's an 'Ozone Action Day' – What You Need to Know Seeing Smoke? The Reason Behind Austin's Prescribed Burns http://kut.org/post/seeing-smoke-reason-behind-austins-prescribed-burns <p>Smoke will be rising in southwest Austin today near Buda. <a href="http://austintexas.gov/rxfire">Austin Water</a> is performing a prescribed burn with help from the Austin and Buda Fire Departments.</p><p>The burn will cover over 600 acres of land west of Buda at the Onion Creek Management Unit. The area will burn for up to seven hours, or until around 5 p.m.</p><p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:59:29 +0000 Mone Miller 8410 at http://kut.org Seeing Smoke? The Reason Behind Austin's Prescribed Burns New Branch of Texas A&M Could Shake up Fort Hood's Economy http://kut.org/post/new-branch-texas-am-could-shake-fort-hoods-economy <p></p><p>The Army announced recently that it plans <a href="http://http//www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=195799319">to eliminate combat brigades</a>&nbsp;at 12&nbsp;military bases. That’s a total of 80,000 soldiers. The cutbacks come as communities are already dealing with government furloughs. But military towns are trying to keep the old boom and bust economy a thing of the past.</p><p>Fort Hood is like a city. When it became a base in the 1940s, it cleared out 1,200 farms. Now it’s home to more than 40,000 assigned soldiers and tens of thousands of civilian workers. The base brings $25 billion to the Texas economy each year.</p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 14:40:00 +0000 Luke Quinton 8370 at http://kut.org New Branch of Texas A&M Could Shake up Fort Hood's Economy Could Bergstrom Expressway Be Cure-All for Airport Congestion? http://kut.org/post/could-bergstrom-expressway-be-cure-all-airport-congestion <p>A new expressway between US Highway 183 and Ben White Boulevard could “eliminate” traffic between the two congested roadways.</p><p>But it’ll cost you.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) hopes to complete the <a href="http://www.bergstromexpressway.com">“Bergstrom Expressway”</a> by 2020 – complete with a six-lane toll road, quicker access to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and shared-use paths for walkers and cyclists. But before the transit agency puts work boots on the ground, they want your opinion.</p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 21:41:18 +0000 Andrew Weber 6854 at http://kut.org Could Bergstrom Expressway Be Cure-All for Airport Congestion? Central Texas Election Results http://kut.org/post/central-texas-election-results <p>Check back here for results from all the races in Central Texas, except local elections including city propositions and bonds, Central Health, and school board races.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="2900" src="http://www.texastribune.org/election-2012/scoreboard/embeds/90f593c3c7a048a68703c800185cdc64/" width="100%"></iframe></p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:55:00 +0000 KUT Staff 5540 at http://kut.org Ozone Watch Sees Central Texas Nearing Non-Compliance http://kut.org/post/ozone-watch-sees-central-texas-nearing-non-compliance <p>Central Texas is under an <a href="http://cleanairforceofcentraltexas.cmail2.com/t/ViewEmail/y/675E830B37B21E4C/D1573AB304ABE6B82C69F821C9DCC086">Ozone Watch</a> today and tomorrow.</p><p>Watches are usually issued during the summer months when the temperatures are higher and humidity is lower.&nbsp; And so far this year the area is already dangerously close to exceeding <a href="http://www.capcog.org/divisions/regional-services/ozone-standards">EPA standards</a>. Austin sits at a 74 parts-per-billion average for ozone. If that average jumps to 75 PPB, the area will be in non-compliance.&nbsp;</p><p>“If we get one day at one site in particular, like our Northwest Austin site which has a 79 parts-per-billion eight-hour average …&nbsp;one more at that level will throw us into non-compliance," says Bryan Lambeth, senior meteorologist at <a href="http://www.tceq.texas.gov/">Texas Commission on Environmental Quality</a>.</p><p>Deana <span>Altenhoff</span>, Executive Director of the<a href="http://www.cleanairforce.org/index.html">&nbsp;CLEAN AIR Force of Central Texas</a>, agrees. "Ozone season ends October <span>31st</span>," <span>Altenhoff says</span>. "This is our most critical time of the year because historically this is when we see our highest levels of ozone."&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 22:16:09 +0000 Tyler Pratt 5120 at http://kut.org Ozone Watch Sees Central Texas Nearing Non-Compliance