Austin http://kut.org en Austin: What's the One Thing That Would Make Life On Your Block Better? http://kut.org/post/austin-whats-one-thing-would-make-life-your-block-better <p>What's the one thing that would make life&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">on your block</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;better? </span></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Matt Largey 10226 at http://kut.org Austin: What's the One Thing That Would Make Life On Your Block Better? After Report Faults Halloween Flood Response, Is More Accountability Needed? http://kut.org/post/after-report-faults-halloween-flood-response-more-accountability-needed <p>In Austin, it’s almost certain a flood will hit in the future. What we don’t know is when.</p><p>In preparation for the next flood, the City of Austin evaluated the last one <a href="http://kut.org/post/austin-travis-county-works-rebuild-devastating-halloween-floods">– the deadly 2013 Halloween flood</a> that hit the Onion Creek neighborhood the hardest. Travis County and the City of Austin emerged from that report with <a href="http://kut.org/post/report-lists-over-100-lessons-austins-deadly-halloween-floods">a list of over 100 items</a> deserving greater scrutiny.</p><p>The report,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1112954-city-of-austin-amp-travis-county-2013-halloween.html">available here</a>,&nbsp;cites dozens of instances of miscommunication among flood responders.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144714838&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:40:06 +0000 Joy Diaz 10220 at http://kut.org After Report Faults Halloween Flood Response, Is More Accountability Needed? Austin Post Offices Won't Be Open Late for Tax Day 2014 http://kut.org/post/austin-post-offices-wont-be-open-late-tax-day-2014 <p>Today is the IRS tax filing deadline. &nbsp;</p><p>But, like last year, Austin area U.S. Post Offices will not stay open until midnight. Post offices across the country are cutting down on late hours for tax day.&nbsp; That’s because most people now file online.</p><p><span>"According to the Internal Revenue Service, this year over 90 percent of tax returns nationwide have already been electronically filed online," USPS said in a press release. "Of the 148 million returns the IRS expects to be filed this year, only 23 million will be paper returns, down seven percent from last year."</span> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:55:43 +0000 Larissa Liska 10217 at http://kut.org Austin Post Offices Won't Be Open Late for Tax Day 2014 Report Lists Over 100 Lessons From Austin's Deadly Halloween Floods http://kut.org/post/report-lists-over-100-lessons-austins-deadly-halloween-floods <p>It’s taken the City of Austin and Travis County almost six months to finalize a report detailing <span style="line-height: 1.5;">emergency response to the 2013 Halloween floods:&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">what worked, what needs improvement and what – flat out – did not work.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/edims/pio/document.cfm?id=208521" style="line-height: 1.5;">See the full report here [PDF].</a></p><p>The report repeatedly highlights communication problems: between agencies, then between first responders, then with the general public. There was no clear channel of communication. There was no awareness about the kind of people who lived in the affected area either: a majority-minority community that does not primarily communicate using English.</p><p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:33:58 +0000 Joy Diaz 10205 at http://kut.org Report Lists Over 100 Lessons From Austin's Deadly Halloween Floods Listen to Our Weekly Podcast! http://kut.org/post/listen-our-weekly-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. 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'I Gotta Keep Going:' Boxing Has Dove Springs Students Pushing Ahead http://kut.org/post/i-gotta-keep-going-boxing-has-dove-springs-students-pushing-ahead <p>For the past seven months KUT has <a href="http://kut.org/topic/dove-springs-turning-corner">focused on the Dove Springs neighborhood</a> in southeast Austin. We’ve been looking at issues facing this largely poor, immigrant community: access to healthcare, educational issues, affordable housing –&nbsp;and how organizations and individuals are trying to bring change.</p><p>In October, we went to <a href="http://kut.org/post/video-dove-springs-students-find-discipline-inside-boxing-ring">a boxing ring at Mendez Middle School</a>.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">An after-school program there is teaching the kids boxing as a way to provide some structure after classes let out.</span></p><p>We went back to the ring recently – and found quite a few things had changed.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144189176&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:50:17 +0000 Kate McGee 10198 at http://kut.org 'I Gotta Keep Going:' Boxing Has Dove Springs Students Pushing Ahead Obama Celebrates 50 Years of the Civil Rights Act http://kut.org/post/obama-celebrates-50-years-civil-rights-act <p>President&nbsp;&nbsp;Obama delivered a speech today at the <a href="http://www.lbjlibrary.org">LBJ</a> Presidential Library and Museum&nbsp;at the <a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org">Civil Rights Summit</a>&nbsp;celebrating&nbsp;50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act.&nbsp;</p><p>Obama paid tribute to Johnson's tenacity and vision in fostering the passage of the Civil Rights Act — &nbsp;as well as other landmark legislation including the Voting Rights Act, the Immigration and Nationality Act and the Fair Housing Act. He characterized the Texan president as strong-willed -- but flawed, despite his successes -- and said that the fight for equality isn't &nbsp;over.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:29:55 +0000 KUT Staff 10195 at http://kut.org Obama Celebrates 50 Years of the Civil Rights Act Artists Restore Iconic Guadalupe St. Murals, Despite Limited Funds http://kut.org/post/artists-restore-iconic-guadalupe-st-murals-despite-limited-funds <p class="p1">The original artists behind two iconic murals in West Campus are restoring their work after the <a href="http://kut.org/post/could-these-iconic-west-campus-murals-be-lost-vandalism">murals were defaced with graffiti</a>.<span class="s1">&nbsp;But the costly repairs to the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">University Co-op mural</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;could be delayed, due to a steep price tag. &nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1">While the Co-op pitched some money towards repainting the murals, they couldn't provide enough for the entire $30,000 overhaul.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">So the murals' artists have taken to the Web, starting <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mural-restoration">an online campaign</a> to fund the restoration&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">– although a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> fast-approaching deadline could sideline the effort.</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Andrew Huygen 10191 at http://kut.org Artists Restore Iconic Guadalupe St. Murals, Despite Limited Funds Historic Architects Look to Preserve a Rapidly Changing Austin http://kut.org/post/historic-architects-look-preserve-rapidly-changing-austin <p>Austin's growth has been fast and furious. And due to the speed with which the city is growing, many historic structures have disappeared.</p><p>That's why all this week, <a href="http://www.sah.org/conferences-and-programs/2014-conference-austin">historic architects from across the world are in Austin</a>, focusing on the city as a sort of case study: what’s OK to demolish and what deserves to be preserved.</p><p>Historic architecture can range from churches to bridges and businesses. One historic business is Anthony’s Laundry &amp; Dry Cleaners off of West Lynn Street, in the Clarksville neighborhood.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143884827&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:00:37 +0000 Joy Diaz 10177 at http://kut.org Historic Architects Look to Preserve a Rapidly Changing Austin SXSW Crash Survivor Hopes To Walk At High School Graduation http://kut.org/post/sxsw-crash-survivor-hopes-walk-high-school-graduation <p>One of the victims of the <a href="http://kut.org/post/two-dead-after-driver-plows-sxsw-crowd-suspect-custody">car crash into South by Southwest crowds</a> is now in the rehab stage of her recovery.&nbsp;<br /><br />Mason Endres can now hop on one leg and push herself in a wheelchair. But she’s still learning to walk again.<br /> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:43:09 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10108 at http://kut.org SXSW Crash Survivor Hopes To Walk At High School Graduation PHOTOS: Disaster Response Drill at Austin-Bergstrom Airport http://kut.org/post/photos-disaster-response-drill-austin-bergstrom-airport <p>Austin-Bergstrom International Airport held a full-scale disaster response&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">exercise on its airfield today, allowing first responders to practice their skills using an actual airplane.</span></p><p>The drill involved aircraft, firefighters, EMS responders, medical service vehicles and more. Several volunteers played the role of plane crash victims, complete with simulated injuries. Responders even tagged volunteers' bodies via a triage system, ranking them by the medical attention required.</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:32:59 +0000 Ilana Panich-Linsman 10110 at http://kut.org PHOTOS: Disaster Response Drill at Austin-Bergstrom Airport Accused Driver in SXSW Crash Faces 20 Aggravated Assault Charges http://kut.org/post/accused-driver-sxsw-crash-faces-20-aggravated-assault-charges <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The man charged with capital murder in the </span><a href="http://kut.org/post/two-dead-after-driver-plows-sxsw-crowd-suspect-custody" style="line-height: 1.5;">crash into a crowd</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at South by Southwest is now also charged with 20 counts of aggravated assault.</span></p><p>21-year-old Rashad Owens has been jailed since the March 13 crash. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Police say Owens was speeding away from a traffic stop when he drove through a barricade onto a street crowded with pedestrians.</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:31:45 +0000 Trey Shaar 10080 at http://kut.org Accused Driver in SXSW Crash Faces 20 Aggravated Assault Charges Austin Toy Museum Looks to Open Next Year http://kut.org/post/austin-toy-museum-looks-open-next-year <p>A new museum is getting ready to open in Austin, but this one doesn't focus on art or state history.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">This one <a href="http://www.austintoymuseum.com/">is all about toys</a>.</span></p><p>A group of Austin collectors are creating a home to display vintage toys, ranging from the 1900s to the 1980s.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Caleb Zammit is part of the group putting together the museum. He's been collecting toys for years. Right now, his collection of over 200,000 toys is neatly arranged in almost every room of his house.</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142463106&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:08:08 +0000 Joy Diaz 10073 at http://kut.org Austin Toy Museum Looks to Open Next Year Austin Area Under Severe Thunderstorm Watch Until 7pm http://kut.org/post/austin-area-under-severe-thunderstorm-watch-until-7pm <p>The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Bastrop, Burnet, Blanco, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis and Williamson counties until 7 p.m.&nbsp;</p><p>The watch means conditions are right for strong winds and large hail, if storms develop.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:42:54 +0000 Matt Largey 10056 at http://kut.org Austin Area Under Severe Thunderstorm Watch Until 7pm Austin's Rent is the Most Expensive in Texas http://kut.org/post/austins-rent-most-expensive-texas <p><em>This story was co-reported with <a href="http://reportingtexas.com/">Reporting Texas</a>, a project of UT Austin's School of Journalism.</em></p><p>Once again, Austin has landed at the top of another list. But this one doesn’t put the city in the best light.</p><p>In Austin, the fair market rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,074 per month – the highest in Texas. That amount is $202 more than the average fair market rent for the state.</p><p>The figure comes from the <a href="http://nlihc.org/">National Low Income Housing Coalition</a>'s annual <a href="http://nlihc.org/oor/2014">“Out of Reach” report</a>, which details how much it costs to live in different metropolitan areas around the United States.</p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:45:02 +0000 Andrew Huygen 10044 at http://kut.org Austin's Rent is the Most Expensive in Texas