Austin http://kut.org en Running for Austin City Council? The Time to File is Here http://kut.org/post/running-austin-city-council-time-file-here <p>Austin City Council hopefuls are trickling into City Hall to file for a place on the ballot.</p><p>The application period, opened yesterday, goes through August 18. While currently just <a href="http://austintexas.gov/cityclerk/elections/ballotapplications2014.html">a handful of people have filed</a>, the election is generating excitement that's hard to come by in local politics</p><p>Jannette&nbsp;Goodall&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/department/city-clerk">is Austin's City Clerk</a>. But if you didn't know that, you'd think she's a wedding planner –&nbsp;for months,&nbsp;Goodall&nbsp;and her staff have been prepping for this moment.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">"You're kind of planning for the big ball, you know? It's kind of fun," she says.</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159780683&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Joy Diaz 10830 at http://kut.org Running for Austin City Council? The Time to File is Here Listen to Our Weekly News Podcast! http://kut.org/post/listen-our-weekly-news-podcast <p></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">KUT Weekend </strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">brings you our favorite stories from the </span>KUT<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> newsroom. Updated Fridays!</span></p><ul><li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/kut-weekend/id724557617"><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Subscribe in iTunes</strong></a></li><li><strong><a href="http://podcast.kut.org/category/news/weekly-podcast/feed/">Subscribe&nbsp;via RSS</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="https://soundcloud.com/kut-weekend">Subscribe via Soundcloud</a></strong></li><li><a href="http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/kut-news/kut-weekend"><strong>Subscribe in Stitcher</strong></a></li></ul><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159262889&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:40:14 +0000 Nathan Bernier 8495 at http://kut.org Listen to Our Weekly News Podcast! UIL Moves Basketball Championships to the Alamodome Because of SXSW Crowds http://kut.org/post/uil-moves-basketball-championships-alamodome-because-sxsw-crowds <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Believe it or not, s</span>ome young people in Austin during the second week of South by Southwest aren’t necessarily in town for free beer, live music and free (and <a href="http://kut.org/post/doritos-playtex-fader-fort-sxsw-question-what-brand-are-you-update">occasionally questionable</a>) promotional materials. Some brave the traffic and throngs of people in the hopes of winning a championship.</p><p>The <a href="http://uiltexas.org">University Interscholastic League</a> – the state’s host and organizer of high school academic and athletic competitions – has held its UIL Basketball State Tournaments in Austin for more than 90 years. But, because of waning attendance and the high cost of Austin hotels during South by, UIL has <a href="http://www.uiltexas.org/press-releases/detail/uil-state-basketball-tournaments-moving-to-san-antonio-alamodome">decided to move the championship </a>from the <a href="http://www.uterwincenter.com/">Frank Erwin Center </a>down I-35 to San Antonio’s <a href="http://www.alamodome.com/">Alamodome</a> starting next year.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:32:45 +0000 Ryan Kailath 10801 at http://kut.org UIL Moves Basketball Championships to the Alamodome Because of SXSW Crowds Chronicle 'Best of Austin' at 25: What's Changed, What's the Same & How It's Different Than Yelp http://kut.org/post/chronicle-best-austin-25-whats-changed-whats-same-how-its-different-yelp <p>If there’s one thing you hear consistently from Austinites, original and transplanted, it’s how much the city has changed over the years.</p><p>One interesting gauge of that might be the Austin Chronicle’s<a href="http://www.austinchronicle.com/best-of-austin/" target="_blank"> “Best Of Austin” poll</a>,&nbsp;which is now in its 25<sup>th</sup> year.</p><p>Chronicle Special Issues Editor Kate X Messer has been around for almost 20 of those years. She sat down with KUT to talk about what she's seen over that time.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158138481&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:14:56 +0000 Laura Rice 10770 at http://kut.org Chronicle 'Best of Austin' at 25: What's Changed, What's the Same & How It's Different Than Yelp Listen: Why Obama's Austin Fist Bumper Made a Call for Gay Rights http://kut.org/post/listen-why-obamas-austin-fist-bumper-made-call-gay-rights <p>By now, you've <a href="https://twitter.com/dougmillsnyt/status/487313545743179777/photo/1">probably seen the photo</a> from President Barack Obama's <a href="http://kut.org/post/president-obama-back-austin-today">recent Austin visit</a>: the president smiling and extending a fist bump to a cashier at Franklin Barbecue.</p><p>If you've followed the story further, then you may be familiar with what prompted the exchange: the cashier, comedian and performer <a href="http://www.thedanielwebb.com/">Daniel Webb</a>, exclaimed "Equal rights for gay people!" when the president approached the counter. When Obama asked Webb if he was gay, he answered, "Only when I have sex."</p><p><a href="http://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/gay-place/2014-07-11/fist-bumps-for-equal-rights/">Originally reported</a> by The Austin Chronicle, <a href="http://www.dailydot.com/politics/obama-fist-bump-franklin-barbecue-gay-rights/">the story</a> has <a href="http://gawker.com/obama-fist-bumps-texas-bbq-cashier-in-response-to-gay-s-1604591349">been written up</a> everywhere <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/14/obama-gay-sex-joke_n_5584378.html">online</a>.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:04:18 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Ben Philpott 10783 at http://kut.org Listen: Why Obama's Austin Fist Bumper Made a Call for Gay Rights How Long Will It Take to Finish the Onion Creek Buyout Demolitions? http://kut.org/post/how-long-will-it-take-finish-onion-creek-buyout-demolitions <p>Last Halloween at least 580 homes in Austin were damaged by floods in the Onion Creek area, causing nearly $30 million in <a href="http://kut.org/post/halloween-flooding-caused-more-30-million-damage-insured-properties">property damage</a>. So far, <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/Watershed/flood/onion_creek_buyouts_map.pdf">the city has purchased </a>116 properties that were either damaged by flood waters or are in danger of future flooding.&nbsp;</p><p>By the end of the year, demolition contractors plan on knocking down 105 homes in the area. But what happens to all the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">leftover </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">debris from those homes, and how long will the project take to complete?&nbsp;</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158640823&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:43:59 +0000 Joy Diaz 10780 at http://kut.org How Long Will It Take to Finish the Onion Creek Buyout Demolitions? Google Fiber's Slow Start to High-Speed Internet in Austin http://kut.org/post/google-fibers-slow-start-high-speed-internet-austin <p>“We hope to have services to our first customers by the middle of 2014.”</p><p>As recently as May 17, this message was posted on the&nbsp;<a href="https://fiber.google.com/cities/austin/support/">Google Fiber website for Austin</a>, according to the <a href="https://archive.org/web/">Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine</a>.</p><p>Well, July 2 marked the middle of 2014, and&nbsp;beside the&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/googlefiber/status/476054649636528130">announcement of a new employee</a>, Austinites hungry for the tech giant’s ultra-fast Internet service – first promised in April 2013 – have received nary an update. Except for a vague update to the website, that is: “We hope to have services to our first customers later this year.”</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158283464&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:41:08 +0000 Ryan Kailath & Joy Diaz 10744 at http://kut.org Google Fiber's Slow Start to High-Speed Internet in Austin Austin Says 'Thanks Obama!' for All the Traffic http://kut.org/post/austin-says-thanks-obama-all-traffic <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Normally </span><a href="http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/thanks-obama" style="line-height: 1.5;">the "Thanks Obama" meme</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is reserved for things beyond the president's control: </span><a href="http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/489998-thanks-obama" style="line-height: 1.5;">paper cuts</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span><a href="http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/489946-thanks-obama" style="line-height: 1.5;">infomercial disasters</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, to name a few.</span></p><p>But <a href="http://kut.org/post/president-obama-back-austin-today">Pres. Obama's visit to Austin</a> today –&nbsp;and its effect on morning traffic ­–&nbsp;has more than a few Twitter users directing their gridlocked ire at the president. To the surprise of no one stuck in traffic, <a href="https://twitter.com/TrendsAustin/status/487243021809774593">#ThanksObama is trending</a> in Austin this morning.</p><p>Here's a roundup of what's out there:</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:29:25 +0000 Wells Dunbar 10768 at http://kut.org Austin Says 'Thanks Obama!' for All the Traffic UT President Bill Powers Will Stay One More Year http://kut.org/post/ut-president-bill-powers-will-stay-one-more-year <p class="p1">University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers has announced his resignation, effective about a year from now on June 2, 2015.</p><p class="p1">Last week, U.T. System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa called on Powers to resign or face being fired at&nbsp;tomorrow’s&nbsp;meeting of the Board of Regents. Powers responded with a letter asking that he stay on until after the next session of the Texas Legislature. Cigarroa has accepted Powers' letter of resignation; the Board of Regents still needs to sign off on it.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">Below, you can listen to Powers' exclusive interview with Texas Standard's David Brown about what he wishes to accomplish in his remaining year and his future with the University of Texas.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158018369%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-d1WG9&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:09:30 +0000 KUT Staff 10764 at http://kut.org UT President Bill Powers Will Stay One More Year Dais Gets Renovated Ahead of Changes at City Council http://kut.org/post/dais-gets-renovated-ahead-changes-city-council <p>Come November the Austin City Council is going to look a bit different. The council will expand from six at-large-elected &nbsp;members to 10 members elected by citizens within their district — plus the mayor, naturally. In anticipation of the change, the city is revamping the council's dais.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:36:30 +0000 KUT Staff 10763 at http://kut.org Dais Gets Renovated Ahead of Changes at City Council A New Proposal For a Coal-Free Austin Could End the City's LCRA Partnership http://kut.org/post/new-proposal-coal-free-austin-could-end-citys-lcra-partnership <p>Today, <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/content/austin-generation-resource-planning-task-force">the group</a> tasked with figuring out how to wean Austin off carbon dioxide-emitting coal power is scheduled to vote on <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=212795">its recommendations</a>, and some members of that group think they &nbsp;have found a new approach to the biggest road block between Austin and a coal-free future: the <a href="http://kut.org/term/fayette-power-plant">Fayette Coal Plant</a>.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Austin Energy owns the plant along with the <a href="http://www.lcra.org/Pages/default.aspx">Lower Colorado River Authority</a>, and gets about 20 percent of its electricity from it. While selling off the plant or retiring it completely has been <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2011/11/17/if-austin-goes-coal-free-could-the-rest-of-texas-follow/">a long held dream </a>of city officials and environmentalists, city staff has warned that it could be prohibitively expensive and legally tricky.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Previous plans to sell off that stake,&nbsp;or shut down the plant have also been opposed by the&nbsp;LCRA.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157984891&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></span></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:04:27 +0000 Mose Buchele 10761 at http://kut.org A New Proposal For a Coal-Free Austin Could End the City's LCRA Partnership How Math and Memory Can Make or Break Your DJ Skills http://kut.org/post/how-math-and-memory-can-make-or-break-your-dj-skills <p>It’s time for another class in KUT’s Summer School series!</p><p>So far, our reporters have learned how to glass blow, make wooden bowls and become a knight!</p><p>KUT’s Veronica Zaragovia visited some of Austin’s most talented DJs -- <a href="https://twitter.com/dj_orion" target="_blank">Orión Garcia</a> of <a href="http://www.peligrosablog.com/" target="_blank">Peligrosa</a> and <a href="http://www.dubacademy.com/about1.html" target="_blank">Lorenzo Villareal</a> of <a href="http://www.dubacademy.com/" target="_blank">Dub Academy </a>-- to learn what it takes to get behind the turn tables.</p><p>And as she learns, it takes far more than loving music to be a DJ. For starters, DJs are really good at math and have a vast memory. Find out if Veronica stands a chance.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157307081&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><br /> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 18:15:37 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10737 at http://kut.org How Math and Memory Can Make or Break Your DJ Skills Photos: ABIA Celebrates the Fourth of July with a Showcase of WWII Bombers http://kut.org/post/photos-abia-celebrates-fourth-july-showcase-wwii-bombers <p>The Texas Raiders have descended upon Austin. No, it's not a football team. It's the codename for a group of &nbsp;B-17 pilots who have brought four renovated World War II-era planes to&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Austin-Bergstrom International Airport&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">this weekend to celebrate the Fourth of July. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The exhibition of rare planes including the P-51, a C-47 and a B-25. Tours and low-altitude flights over Austin are open to the public all weekend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.at <a href="https://www.atlanticaviation.com/location/AUS">Atlantic Aviation</a>.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Check out our gallery above for a view from KUT's flight on the "Flying Fortress."</span><br /> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 14:31:59 +0000 Andrew Weber & Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon 10731 at http://kut.org Photos: ABIA Celebrates the Fourth of July with a Showcase of WWII Bombers 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 Could a Law Meant to Keep Animals Safe Actually Let More of Them Die? http://kut.org/post/could-law-meant-keep-animals-safe-actually-let-more-them-die <p>It's another busy day at the City of Austin's Animal Center.</p><p>This Monday there were 1,149 animals in inventory. About 600 were on site, the rest are in foster homes.</p><p>On her desk, Chief Animal Services Officer Abigail Smith has what looks like a police badge. It's there because she's a chief. But beyond that, Smith says it gets her access she couldn't get otherwise. "For example," Smith says, "it came in handy when we were responding to the Bastrop fires … Those were federally protected lines and you needed credentials to get through."</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156834362&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Joy Diaz 10713 at http://kut.org Could a Law Meant to Keep Animals Safe Actually Let More of Them Die? How to Become a Medieval Knight, in 7 Easy Steps http://kut.org/post/how-become-medieval-knight-7-easy-steps <p>It’s time for another edition of <a href="http://kut.org/term/summer-school">KUT’s Summer School</a>.</p><p>Every Friday this summer, we head out to learn new skills from folks in Austin who are experts in their field. We’ve already learned about glass blowing, wood turning and beekeeping. Today’s subject? Medieval Studies.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156333549&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:12:55 +0000 Mose Buchele 10697 at http://kut.org How to Become a Medieval Knight, in 7 Easy Steps How an Intervention Changed 12th & Chicon, Austin's Most Infamous Intersection http://kut.org/post/how-intervention-changed-12th-chicon-austins-most-infamous-intersection <p>It's a pretty uneventful morning at the corner of <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/@30.273774,-97.719782,3a,75y,309.53h,90.4t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sG3_Joy2inukRxqL4RlFfMQ!2e0!6m1!1e1">12th and Chicon</a>. Buses are running smoothly and on time. There's even a new art gallery in the area.</p><p>But there was a time – not too long ago – when prostitution, drugs, and other illegal activities were going down in the open, in the middle of the day.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156277118&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:15:16 +0000 Joy Diaz 10693 at http://kut.org How an Intervention Changed 12th & Chicon, Austin's Most Infamous Intersection Council Holds Key Vote on Austin Urban Rail: A Look at What's at Stake http://kut.org/post/council-holds-key-vote-austin-urban-rail-look-whats-stake <p>A proposal to build a $1.4 billion urban rail line in Austin faces a key vote today in the city council. The 9.5 mile urban rail line would run from Riverside Drive and Grove, through downtown to Highland Mall.</p><p>Supporters of the plan say that route is going to see a lot of growth over the next few years. Opponents wonder why it’s not going in where things are already happening. Like, along Lamar or Guadalupe.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156132940&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:48:29 +0000 Nathan Bernier 10683 at http://kut.org Council Holds Key Vote on Austin Urban Rail: A Look at What's at Stake Hotel or Grocery Store? Two Visions to Redevelop East Austin's Plaza Saltillo http://kut.org/post/hotel-or-grocery-store-two-visions-redevelop-east-austins-plaza-saltillo <p><strong>Update</strong>: Capital Metro has chosen a developer for its Plaza Saltillo project, spanning 11-acres that used to be a downtown rail yard.</p><p>The team led by Austin-based Endeavor Real Estate and Dallas’s Columbus Realty was awarded the project at the Capital Metro Board of Directors meeting yesterday.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Capital Metro will have the final say on the design. Read below for more.</span></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Original story </strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">(May 21):&nbsp;</span>What does the future hold for East Austin's Plaza Saltillo? This week, the city came a few steps closer to finding out.&nbsp;</p><p>For years, Austin's <ins cite="mailto:wd285" datetime="2014-05-21T14:03"><a href="https://www.capmetro.org/">Capital Metro</a></ins> has held 11 acres of land in central east Austin.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Plaza Saltillo region – bound by Interstate 35 on the west, Comal Street on the east, and between E. Fourth and E. Fifth Streets – sits adjacent to Cap Metro's commuter MetroRail line.</span></p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:39:26 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Alanah Patterson 10467 at http://kut.org Hotel or Grocery Store? Two Visions to Redevelop East Austin's Plaza Saltillo Listen: The Worst Yelp Reviews of Barton Springs and Mount Bonnell http://kut.org/post/listen-worst-yelp-reviews-barton-springs-and-mount-bonnell <p>Mount Bonnell and Barton Springs are two of Austin's eternal treasures –unblemished reminders of Austin's natural beauty.</p><p>But to a handful of reviewers on Yelp, they're totally overrated.</p><p>Mount Bonnell's scenic overlook <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/mount-bonnell-austin">rates a solid four stars</a> on Yelp; Austin's crown jewel, Barton Springs Pool, clocks in <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/barton-springs-pool-austin">at four-and-a-half</a>.&nbsp; But proving you can't please everyone, a collection of contrary reviews offer an antithetical take on these two Austin institutions.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:00:36 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Matt Largey 10656 at http://kut.org Listen: The Worst Yelp Reviews of Barton Springs and Mount Bonnell