Austin http://kut.org en Mayor Leffingwell Gets a Breakfast Taco Intervention http://kut.org/post/mayor-leffingwell-gets-breakfast-taco-intervention <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last month Austin Mayor Lee&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Leffingwell</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;made a much-debated statement&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/post/mayor-leffingwell-hosts-reddit-ask-me-anything-thread">while answering questions on&nbsp;Reddit</a>.&nbsp;He said Taco Cabana makes some of his favorite breakfast tacos.</span></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:40:25 +0000 Ilana Panich-Linsman 10277 at http://kut.org Mayor Leffingwell Gets a Breakfast Taco Intervention A Little League Sports Complex is Causing a Major Ruckus in Westlake http://kut.org/post/little-league-sports-complex-causing-major-ruckus-westlake <p>After three years,&nbsp;Eanes school officials and residents are still deadlocked over a proposed sports complex.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>In 2011,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.eanesisd.net/">Eanes&nbsp;ISD&nbsp;</a>board members agreed to lease 50 acres of district land to the nonprofit Western Hills Little League. The league agreed to pay $10,000 annually for the first four years, and then $50,000 annually (adjusted for inflation)<em>,</em> for the remainder of the 50-year lease.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:34:47 +0000 Lynn Romero 10274 at http://kut.org A Little League Sports Complex is Causing a Major Ruckus in Westlake Cine Las Americas Brings Films to Austin You Won't See Anywhere Else http://kut.org/post/cine-las-americas-brings-films-austin-you-wont-see-anywhere-else <p>The 17th <a href="http://www.cinelasamericas.org" target="_blank">Cine Las Americas</a> film festival gets underway today.</p><p>The nearly week-long fest focuses on films by or about Latinos, indigenous peoples of the Americas and those from Spain and Portugal.&nbsp;They’re films you probably won’t see making the rounds later on in theaters.</p><p>KUT sat down with the festival’s Executive Director – Eugenio del Bosque to learn more.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/145911089&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:13:00 +0000 Laura Rice 10253 at http://kut.org Cine Las Americas Brings Films to Austin You Won't See Anywhere Else This Austin Biker Club Gave Kids an Easter They Won't Forget http://kut.org/post/austin-biker-club-gave-kids-easter-they-wont-forget <p>Members of the Bad Boyz and Girlz 4 Ever motorcycle club gathered in East Austin Saturday for their fourth annual Easter celebration.</p><p>The motorcycle club, with the help of <a href="http://www.bgcaustin.org/">Boys and Girls Club of Austin</a>, put on a family-friendly celebration including an Easter egg hunt, an Easter bunny, and a toy and bicycle give-away. Almost 70 children, most from nearby neighborhoods, came to participate.</p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:55:06 +0000 Jon Shapley 10268 at http://kut.org This Austin Biker Club Gave Kids an Easter They Won't Forget Austin Runner Returns to Finish Boston Marathon http://kut.org/post/austin-runner-returns-finish-boston-marathon <p>Nearly 300 runners from the Austin area will be participating in the Boston Marathon today. It’s a group undeterred by two explosions that ripped through the crowds at the race last year, killing three spectators and wounding more than 260 others.</p><p>For many runners, the marathon ended abruptly. Race organizers invited most of those athletes back to run again this year. One Austinite isn’t passing up that chance.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/145754508&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:48:08 +0000 Gretch Sanders 10261 at http://kut.org Austin Runner Returns to Finish Boston Marathon 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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Austin Police File More Charges Against SXSW Crash Suspect http://kut.org/post/austin-police-file-more-charges-against-sxsw-crash-suspect <p>The Austin Police Department has filed four more charges against the suspect <a href="http://kut.org/post/fourth-person-dies-sxsw-crash">accused of killing four people </a>and injuring more than 20 people <a href="http://kut.org/post/two-dead-after-driver-plows-sxsw-crowd-suspect-custody">in downtown Austin on March 13</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Roger Wade with the Travis County Sheriff's Office confirms that 21-year-old Rashad Charjuan Owens now has 25 aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges filed against him as of April 17. He's also been charged with capital murder.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:54:43 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10252 at http://kut.org Austin Police File More Charges Against SXSW Crash Suspect Council Withdraws Mid-Year Evaluation of City Manager http://kut.org/post/council-withdraws-mid-year-evaluation-city-manager <p><em>This story comes to us from our city hall reporting partner, the <a href="http://austinmonitor.com">Austin Monitor</a>.</em></p><p>It seems that some City Council members were planning on giving&nbsp;City Manager Marc Ott&nbsp;– and perhaps others – a piece of their minds in private Thursday, but due to the absence of&nbsp;Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole,&nbsp;Mayor Lee Leffingwell&nbsp;was able to at least postpone that confrontation.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The executive session agenda for Thursday included four unusual items, each to do a mid-year evaluation of one of the Council’s appointees: </span>Ott<span style="line-height: 1.5;">,&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">City Auditor Kenneth Mory, Municipal Court Clerk Rebecca Stark&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">and</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;City&nbsp;Clerk&nbsp;Jannette Goodall.</strong></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:27:35 +0000 Mike Kanin & Jo Clifton 10250 at http://kut.org Council Withdraws Mid-Year Evaluation of City Manager It's Good Friday – But Some Area School Districts Are Holding Classes http://kut.org/post/its-good-friday-some-area-school-districts-are-holding-classes <p>Most Austin area school districts are closed today for the Good Friday holiday. But some students will be attending class.</p><p>That’s because they’re making up days off for bad weather earlier in the school year.</p><p><strong>DO have school:</strong></p><ul><li><strong><a href="http://burnet.txed.net">Burnet ISD</a></strong>&nbsp;will have regular school hours today.</li><li><strong><a href="http://www.delvalle.tx.schoolwebpages.com/education/district/district.php?sectionid=1">Del Valle ISD</a></strong> is holding classes today.</li><li><strong><a href="http://www.dsisd.txed.net">Dripping Springs ISD</a></strong> is holding classes today and on Memorial Day to make up for canceled classes.</li><li><strong>Eanes ISD</strong> is holding classes today. The rest of the school year will continue as planned.</li><li><strong><a href="http://www.lockhartisd.org">Lockhart ISD</a></strong>&nbsp;will hold regular school hours today and on Memorial Day.</li><li><strong>Manor ISD</strong> is holding classes today as a make-up. There will not be classes on Memorial Day.</li><li><strong><a href="http://www.tsd.state.tx.us">Texas School for the Deaf</a> </strong>will have regular school hours today.</li><li><strong><a href="http://www.wimberleyisd.net">Wimberley ISD</a> </strong>is also holding classes this Good Friday.</li></ul><p><strong>DO NOT have school:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Austin ISD</strong> is off today. AISD has no make-up days scheduled for the rest of the school year. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:38:50 +0000 Laura Rice & Maria Roque 10247 at http://kut.org It's Good Friday – But Some Area School Districts Are Holding Classes 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 '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