Austin http://kut.org en Can Ballot Placement Influence an Election Outcome? http://kut.org/post/can-ballot-placement-influence-election-outcome <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the 78 people running for Austin City Council and Mayor this fall, where their name is on the ballot can make a real difference on Election Day. And that was determined by a random drawing on Wednesday.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/164030614&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> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:29:45 +0000 Joy Diaz 11057 at http://kut.org Can Ballot Placement Influence an Election Outcome? Lack of Connections & Savvy Block Some Would-Be Candidates in Council Races http://kut.org/post/lack-connections-savvy-block-some-would-be-candidates-council-races <p>Now that the ballot is set for Austin City Council elections, we've got a clear picture of what the races will look like heading into November. Seventy-eight candidates will be featured on the ballot. Though that may seem like a crowded field overall, some districts have as many as 12 candidates, while other districts could only have a few candidates.</p><p>That kind of disparity has some asking whether the new, for-the-people-by-the-people ethos of the 10-1 system can help political neophytes overcome the hurdles and trappings of political campaigns.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/163983679&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, 20 Aug 2014 16:44:05 +0000 Joy Diaz 11053 at http://kut.org Lack of Connections & Savvy Block Some Would-Be Candidates in Council Races Here's Who's Running for Austin Mayor and City Council http://kut.org/post/heres-whos-running-austin-mayor-and-city-council <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><a href="http://kut.org/post/watching-returns-austinites-geographic-representation">Nearly two years</a></span> after Austinites passed the 10-1 plan – which allows voters to elect city council members from their respective geographic district while the mayor is still elected by all voters – the plan has arrived at its penultimate step: The ballot is set.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">In total, 78&nbsp;candidates submitted their names for voter approval ahead of the city and county elections in November. The ballot features some familiar faces, with current council members Chris Riley and Kathie&nbsp;Tovo pitted against each other in District 9 as well as a Sheryl Cole vs.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mike Martinez&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">match up in the at-large race for mayor.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1">Below you can find a full list of the candidates on the ballot listed by filing date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:19:42 +0000 Andrew Weber 11043 at http://kut.org Here's Who's Running for Austin Mayor and City Council PHOTOS: UT Students Gather in Support of Ferguson Demonstrations http://kut.org/post/photos-ut-students-gather-support-ferguson-demonstrations <p>Last night, <a href="http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-ferguson-overnight-unrest-20140818-story.html">31 protestors were arrested </a>in Ferguson, Missouri in the latest batch of demonstrations – some have turned violent – in the weeks following the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was unarmed, by Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson.</p><p>The event, and the controversy surrounding it, has inspired protests across the nation.</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:35:28 +0000 Andrew Weber 11042 at http://kut.org PHOTOS: UT Students Gather in Support of Ferguson Demonstrations Could the Hyperlocal Focus of 10-1 Reverse the Push to Make Austin a 'World Class' City? http://kut.org/post/could-hyperlocal-focus-10-1-reverse-push-make-austin-world-class-city <p>Today is the last day candidates can file to run in the next Austin City Council election. Those elected in November will represent one of Austin’s 10 new geographic districts.&nbsp; Some campaigns are already underway, and candidates are hearing about needs that are exclusive to their district.</p><p>A lot of those district-exclusive needs don't involve more international flights or starting another international festival in Austin.</p><p>So if the candidates, once they're elected, focus on solving the small-scale problems their constituents bring to their attention during the campaign season, Austin may experience radical changes over the next decade or so.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/163259412&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, 18 Aug 2014 15:14:18 +0000 Joy Diaz 11017 at http://kut.org Could the Hyperlocal Focus of 10-1 Reverse the Push to Make Austin a 'World Class' City? 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://kutpodcasts.org/category/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/163302068&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, 15 Aug 2014 18:46:23 +0000 Nathan Bernier 8495 at http://kut.org Listen to Our Weekly News Podcast! First Burn Ban of Summer Now in Effect for Travis County http://kut.org/post/first-burn-ban-summer-now-effect-travis-county <p>Travis County is under a burn ban for the first time this summer.</p><p>Fire Marshal Hershel Lee says the area has been getting drier over the past few months and yesterday’s rain just wasn’t enough to make a significant different in the soil moisture.</p><p>“There’s very little moisture in the top eight inches of soil for plants to grow so the plants have lost their fuel moisture and are more susceptible to fire starting easily," Lee said. "With all of these factors taken into consideration, long-term forecast of 10 to 12 days of 100 degree weather, we felt it was time to implement a burn ban.” Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:52:12 +0000 Laura Rice 11001 at http://kut.org First Burn Ban of Summer Now in Effect for Travis County Austin Could Create a Municipal ID Program http://kut.org/post/austin-could-create-municipal-id-program <p>Today, the Austin City Council could decide whether or not to move forward on municipal identification cards –&nbsp;cards which would allow undocumented immigrants to identify themselves without the fear of deportation.</p><p>The<a href="https://austin.siretechnologies.com/sirepub/cache/2/isiivqpbywy3dpew4yko40wy/81958608072014085954787.PDF">&nbsp;item on the council's agenda</a>&nbsp;(PDF) would permit the city manager to conduct a study of the ID program to be delivered to council 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/162101022&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, 07 Aug 2014 14:20:55 +0000 Ben Philpott 10970 at http://kut.org Austin Could Create a Municipal ID Program No One Dies Alone: Austin Program Ensures Patients Don’t Face Death By Themselves http://kut.org/post/no-one-dies-alone-austin-program-ensures-patients-don-t-face-death-themselves <p>When a loved one is near death, friends and family often rush to their side – saying their goodbyes and remembering a loved one before they pass.</p><p>Yet sometimes that’s not possible. Family members may be unable to travel, or some may have completely severed ties with their loved ones.</p><p>But a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.seton.net/about_seton/news/2013/04/10/special_volunteers_ensure_that_no_one_dies_alone">program at Seton and&nbsp;Brackenridge</a>&nbsp;medical centers ensures that patients don't face death alone – even if they were alone in life.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/161804925&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><img alt="Description: --break-&gt;" border="0" height="3" src="file://localhost/Users/wd285/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/msoclip/0/clip_image002.png" width="3" /></p><p> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 15:05:11 +0000 Joy Diaz 10949 at http://kut.org No One Dies Alone: Austin Program Ensures Patients Don’t Face Death By Themselves Beards Versus Drag Queens: Just a Typical Afternoon in Austin http://kut.org/post/beards-versus-drag-queens-just-typical-afternoon-austin <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Water, the outdoors, music: all things </span>Austinites<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> enjoy, especially when the weather is nice. And all three can go well with some type of beverage in hand.</span></p><p>That was the case during this weekend’s <a href="http://funfunfunfest.com/aqua_olympics" target="_self">Aqua Olympics</a>. The fourth annual family/tattoo/dog-friendly event, presented by <a href="http://funfunfunfest.com/" target="_self">Fun Fun Fun Fest</a>, took over Fiesta Gardens on Saturday afternoon. Events included classic outdoor games like a potato sack race, balloon toss and a ‘6-legged’ race. And, in typical Fun Fun Fun Fest fashion, there were activities like a paddleboard joust on Lady Bird Lake, a taco cannon, a belching contest, and a ‘lagoon launch’ where some of Austin’s best BMX bikers shot down a ramp, flew and flipped through the air, landing in the lake. For many, it could be considered a typical Austin afternoon.<br /> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 17:36:10 +0000 Tyler Pratt 10943 at http://kut.org Beards Versus Drag Queens: Just a Typical Afternoon in Austin Despite a Rate Cut, Travis County Could Still See a Property Tax Increase Next Year http://kut.org/post/despite-rate-cut-travis-county-could-still-see-property-tax-increase-next-year <p></p><p>Travis County residents could see a property taxes increase in the<a href="http://www.co.travis.tx.us/planning_budget/FY15/fy15-prelim-budget.pdf"> $901 million proposed budget</a> for 2015. The increase, however, isn’t because of rising property values, but because of the demand for countywide services.</p><p>The budget calls to build out integral services for the ever-expanding county, but may lower the tax rate. County officials will debate and hear public comment on the budget before the final Sept. 23 vote.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160793069&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, 29 Jul 2014 12:41:00 +0000 Nathan Bernier 10893 at http://kut.org Despite a Rate Cut, Travis County Could Still See a Property Tax Increase Next Year Under 10% of Austin Landlords Accept Vouchers. This Rule Could Change That. http://kut.org/post/under-10-austin-landlords-accept-vouchers-rule-could-change <p>The rental market in Austin is hot. The Austin Board of Realtors says&nbsp;<a href="https://www.abor.com/news_media/press_releases/2014/p9_14.cfm">more units are being leased&nbsp;</a>than last year and the prices are higher.</p><p>But the City of Austin says it can be hard for people who use housing vouchers to find a place to live. Now, some city commissions are considering adding&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=213609">“source of income” discrimination [PDF]</a> to a list of banned landlord behavior.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A study found fewer than 10 percent of rental units in Austin currently accept vouchers –&nbsp;a move that critics say contributes to a concentration of poverty in the northern and eastern parts of the city.</span></p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:36:43 +0000 Laura Rice 10884 at http://kut.org Under 10% of Austin Landlords Accept Vouchers. This Rule Could Change That. Don't Get it Twisted: Making Balloon Animals Takes Lots of Practice http://kut.org/post/dont-get-it-twisted-making-balloon-animals-takes-lots-practice <p>It’s time for another edition of KUT’s Summer School!&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every Friday this summer, we head out to learn new skills from people in Austin who are experts in their field. Today’s subject?&nbsp;Balloon Twisting. &nbsp;</span></p><p>KUT’s Kate McGee teaches us how to learns the squeaky, yet delicate art of creating shapes out of balloons.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160292443&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, 25 Jul 2014 21:32:01 +0000 Kate McGee 10875 at http://kut.org Don't Get it Twisted: Making Balloon Animals Takes Lots of Practice Why Kids' Summer Activities Could End Up Saving Parents Money http://kut.org/post/why-kids-summer-activities-could-end-saving-parents-money <p>For busy parents, the dog days of summer are less about beating the heat, and more about finding a way to keep the kids preoccupied.</p><p>Activities can range from summer camps to soccer leagues or stints at daycare, but they all have one thing in common: they cost money. But, while there's no such thing as a free summertime preoccupation, the money parents spend on their kids' activities could return later in the form of a welcome tax deduction.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160085307&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, 24 Jul 2014 14:20:21 +0000 Joy Diaz 10856 at http://kut.org Why Kids' Summer Activities Could End Up Saving Parents Money How Much Do Bad Roads & Texas Traffic Cost Drivers Every Year? http://kut.org/post/how-much-do-bad-roads-texas-traffic-cost-drivers-every-year <p>Believe it or not, the state of Texas needs to spend money every year just to maintain current and <a href="post/austin-traffic-slow-and-growing">ever-growing levels of traffic</a>.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.txdot.gov/">Texas Department of Transportation</a> needs at least $4 to 5 billion in additional funds to maintain roads and keep traffic from getting worse. In November, Texans will take to the polls to decide the fate of the agency's request via a <a href="http://movetexasforward.com/about-the-initiative/ballot-proposition/">constitutional amendment</a> for the roadway funding.</p><p>While the sticker shock of that may not sit well with some, <a href="http://www.tripnet.org/docs/TX_Statewide_Transportation_by_the_Numbers_TRIP_Release_072314.pdf">a new study</a> says shaky infrastructure has an annual statewide cost of over $25 billion and Austin drivers an average of $1,700 a year.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160081440&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, 24 Jul 2014 12:19:27 +0000 Ben Philpott 10855 at http://kut.org How Much Do Bad Roads & Texas Traffic Cost Drivers Every Year? Police Officer Deaths Are on the Rise Across the Country http://kut.org/post/police-officer-deaths-are-rise-across-country <p>The number of law officer deaths across the nation has risen dramatically so far this year, <a href="http://www.nleomf.org/assets/pdfs/reports/2014-Mid-Year-Fatalities-Report.pdf">according to a report</a> from the <a href="http://www.nleomf.com/">National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund</a>.</p><p>During the first half of this year, 67 law enforcement officers in the U.S. were killed while on duty – a 31 percent increase over the same period last year.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159932109&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> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:34:42 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10841 at http://kut.org Police Officer Deaths Are on the Rise Across the Country 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 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