Texas http://kut.org en Snakes or No Snakes, Safety Tips for Texas Bluebonnet Pictures http://kut.org/post/snakes-or-no-snakes-safety-tips-texas-bluebonnet-pictures <p>With spring in full swing, it's time for wildflower pictures – including photos among Texas' iconic state flower, the bluebonnet.</p><p>But something's taking the bloom off this wildflower season: images of snakes among the flowers.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:54:22 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Trey Shaar 10142 at http://kut.org Snakes or No Snakes, Safety Tips for Texas Bluebonnet Pictures The Artist Formerly Known As President George W. Bush Unleashes His Inner Rembrandt http://kut.org/post/artist-formerly-known-president-george-w-bush-unveils-new-portraits-today Since he left office, former President George W. Bush has devoted part of his free time to painting – everything from his dog Barney to self-portraits. A year after a hacker revealed some of his works-in-progress, Bush had his first real art show Friday at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas.<p>The exhibit, titled "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy," opens to the public Saturday. It features portraits of 24 world leaders, including Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin and the Dalai Lama.<p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:29:27 +0000 Eric Aasen 10121 at http://kut.org The Artist Formerly Known As President George W. Bush Unleashes His Inner Rembrandt Texas Facing 'Judicial Vacancy Crisis,' Report Claims http://kut.org/post/texas-facing-judicial-vacancy-crisis-report-claims <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas is in a judicial vacancy crisis </span><a href="http://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/TexasJudges-brief.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">according to a report</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> released today by the liberal</span><a href="http://www.americanprogress.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;"> Center for American Progress</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Washington and Austin-based </span><a href="http://progresstexas.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Progress Texas</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>The report shows Texas has the most vacant federal judge seats of any state, with 10 spots open as of March 19. The report warns those 10 vacancies could grow to 13 if no action is taken, since three more seats are set to open up next year.</p><p></p><p>Those 10 vacant seats translate into backlogged cases, with especially high caseloads along the U.S.-Mexico border, the report notes. The majority of current and future vacancies also happen to be concentrated in the southern and western parts of the state.</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:04:50 +0000 Kelly Krupa 10088 at http://kut.org Texas Facing 'Judicial Vacancy Crisis,' Report Claims No More Cheap Margaritas? Why Lime Prices Are On the Rise http://kut.org/post/no-more-cheap-margaritas-why-lime-prices-are-rise <p>These days restaurants are spending obscene amounts of money on limes.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Think about what that means for Mexican food alone: limes are used in practically everything, from margaritas to </span>ceviche<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to guacamole.</span></p><p>Last week, the rising price of limes became personal for this reporter.</p><p>I stopped by La Moreliana, a small eatery in southeast Austin that serves up authentic tacos. The food was great – but the tacos were missing the citrusy, acidic bite only lime juice can add.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141297149&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:25:46 +0000 Joy Diaz 10027 at http://kut.org No More Cheap Margaritas? Why Lime Prices Are On the Rise After Oil Spill, Coast Guard Prepares To Open Houston Ship Channel http://kut.org/post/after-oil-spill-coast-guard-prepares-open-houston-ship-channel As the Coast Guard prepares to open the Houston Ship Channel after an oil spill over the weekend, environmentalists were trying assess the damage to a sensitive ecological system.<p><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/oil-spill-cleanup-impedes-major-texas-ship-channel/2014/03/24/736b73be-b30b-11e3-bab2-b9602293021d_story.html?tid=sm_fb">The Associated Press reports</a> the Coast Guard is hoping to reopen "one of the nation's busiest seaports Monday."<p>The AP adds:<p><blockquote><p>"Authorities are still trying to determine how much oil spilled Saturday, when a barge carrying about Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:19:35 +0000 Eyder Peralta 10024 at http://kut.org After Oil Spill, Coast Guard Prepares To Open Houston Ship Channel Awash In Cash, Drug Cartels Rely On Big Banks To Launder Profits http://kut.org/post/awash-cash-drug-cartels-rely-big-banks-launder-profits The Sinaloa Cartel, headquartered on Mexico's northern Pacific Coast, is constantly exploring new ways to launder its gargantuan profits. The<a href="http://www.state.gov/j/inl/rls/nrcrpt/2013/vol2/204066.htm" target="_blank"> State Department</a> reports that Mexican trafficking organizations earn between $19 and $29 billion every year from selling marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines on the streets of American cities. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:55:53 +0000 John Burnett, NPR 10011 at http://kut.org Awash In Cash, Drug Cartels Rely On Big Banks To Launder Profits Big Hoss, The World’s Biggest HD TV Screen, Debuts At Texas Motor Speedway http://kut.org/post/big-hoss-world-s-biggest-hd-tv-screen-debuts-texas-motor-speedway Oh, those boys and their video toys.<p>Move over, Dallas Cowboys and AT&T Stadium: Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth says it has the bigger and better video screen. And it's way bigger than whatever fancy screen you have in your living room.<p>The speedway on Wednesday night unveiled its giant high-definition video board. TMS says it’s the world’s biggest HD screen at a sporting venue.<p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:36:50 +0000 Eric Aasen 10009 at http://kut.org Big Hoss, The World’s Biggest HD TV Screen, Debuts At Texas Motor Speedway Questions Still Surround Decades-Old Murders at Lake Waco http://kut.org/post/questions-still-surround-decades-old-murders-lake-waco <p>In 1982, a grisly triple homicide in Waco shook residents faith in their community. Three teenagers were killed, and local police struggled with the investigation. The murders were just the beginning of a story that spans decades and involves dozens of characters, many of which became obsessed with both the murders and how the case was prosecuted. Now a<a href="http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/investigating-the-lake-waco-murders"> new story</a> in&nbsp;<em>Texas Monthly</em> by Michael Hall raises troubling questions about how the state handles justice.</p><p>"If there's one thing for certain, it's that the Lake Waco murder case does stand on its own," Hall writes in the story, '<a href="http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/investigating-the-lake-waco-murders">Murders at the Lake</a>,' in the April issue of <em>Texas Monthly</em>.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/140425407&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Terrence Henry 10002 at http://kut.org Questions Still Surround Decades-Old Murders at Lake Waco Fort Worth Students Dealing With Death Of One Classmate, SXSW Injuries Of Two Others http://kut.org/post/fort-worth-students-dealing-death-one-classmate-sxsw-injuries-two-others <div>Students and teachers at Trimble Tech High School in Fort Worth are coping with a pair of tragedies. Just before spring break, junior Jocelyn&#160;Saucedo&#160;was fatally stabbed. And last week, a cheerleader and her boyfriend were among the two dozen injured in Austin when a car plowed into a crowd at the South by Southwest festival.</div><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:30:45 +0000 9986 at http://kut.org Fort Worth Students Dealing With Death Of One Classmate, SXSW Injuries Of Two Others 'Promotoras' Help Texas Border's Poorest Seniors Make Healthy Choices http://kut.org/post/promotoras-help-texas-borders-poorest-seniors-make-healthy-choices <p>Some of the poorest seniors in Texas live in Hidalgo County in the Rio Grande Valley.</p><p>Many only speak Spanish and don’t have access to the basics, like food or medical care. But a&nbsp;Texas A&amp;M professor and his team of&nbsp;community health workers – or "promotoras&nbsp;de&nbsp;salud”&nbsp;– are trying to find ways to help seniors along the border improve those conditions.&nbsp;</p><p>They're working in places like the colonia&nbsp;border town of&nbsp;Progreso, near the Mexican border. Progreso is &nbsp;one of the poorest places in the one of the poorest counties in the United States. The unemployment rate is more than 10 percent.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/138125551&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:39:34 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9899 at http://kut.org 'Promotoras' Help Texas Border's Poorest Seniors Make Healthy Choices Texas' First Gay Sports League Provides a Safe Place to Play http://kut.org/post/texas-first-gay-sports-league-provides-safe-place-play <p>Last May, Jason Collins – a 12-year veteran of the NBA – made history when he penned an editorial in Sport Illustrated revealing he was gay. "I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport," he wrote. "But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation."</p><p>The issue of homosexuality in sports has certainly become a topic of discussion, from the politics of the&nbsp;Sochi&nbsp;Olympics to NFL hopeful Michael Sam <a href="http://kut.org/post/openly-gay-nfl-prospect-michael-sam-texas-native">coming out as gay</a>. But many athletes feel there is still a long way to go before gay players are fully welcomed into sports.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/136561190&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 17:59:59 +0000 David Brown 9839 at http://kut.org Texas' First Gay Sports League Provides a Safe Place to Play Rep. Castro And Former Bush Press Secretary Back Same-Sex Marriage Push Across The South http://kut.org/post/rep-castro-and-former-bush-press-secretary-back-same-sex-marriage-push-across-south <span style="line-height: 1.5;">A national same-sex marriage rights group has launched an effort across several states in the South to campaign for marriage equality</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span><p>Southerns for Freedom to Marry, a branch of the New York-based group Freedom to Marry, has mounted a $1 million campaign across nine states including Texas.<p>Chuck Smith, the executive director for Equality Texas, is heading up Freedom to Marry’s efforts in Texas and said recent polling shows Republican attitudes toward same-sex marriage have changed in recent years.<p>"The concept Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:18:20 +0000 Ryan Poppe 9846 at http://kut.org Rep. Castro And Former Bush Press Secretary Back Same-Sex Marriage Push Across The South 'Crypto-Jews' In The Southwest Find Faith In A Shrouded Legacy http://kut.org/post/crypto-jews-southwest-find-faith-shrouded-legacy <em>Code Switch has been writing about some overlooked cultural interactions that have helped shape what Jewish identity is today, and </em><em>we continue the series with this post about the murky and fascinating history of crypto-Jews in the Southwest. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:57:13 +0000 9808 at http://kut.org 'Crypto-Jews' In The Southwest Find Faith In A Shrouded Legacy Rundberg's 'Running Man' Looks to Take His Message Beyond Austin http://kut.org/post/rundbergs-running-man-looks-take-his-message-beyond-austin <p class="p1">He's everyone's favorite cardio-loving community activist — a relatively new emissary of Austin weird.</p><p class="p1">His name is Broderick James, but he's better known as the Rundberg Running Man, a local fixture you can find dancing, running and freestyle rapping&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">on the corner of Lamar and</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Rundberg on a daily basis<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. While many </span>Austinites<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;know him for his daily exploits</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, most people outside the city would simply peg him as a typical fitness freak.</span></p><p class="p1">James wants to change that, only there's a problem: money.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 19:01:30 +0000 Andrew Weber 9791 at http://kut.org Rundberg's 'Running Man' Looks to Take His Message Beyond Austin Infographic: Texas Leads the U.S. in Technology Exports, Jobs http://kut.org/post/infographic-texas-leads-us-technology-exports-jobs <p>In a neverending battle of one-upmanship it seems&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">—&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">for now at least&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">—&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas has the upper hand over the rest of the nation in the tech game. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A report from the <a href="http://www.techamericafoundation.org/">Tech America Foundation</a> found that <a href="http://www.techamerica.org/Docs/TechAmerica%20Foundation%20-Tech%20Trade%20in%20the%20States%20Updated%202.10.14.pdf">Texas surpassed</a> long-time tech export leader California with a total $45.1 billion in tech exports, compared to California's $44.8 billion in exports in 2012. Texas and California also led the nation in tech jobs with 330,977 and 328,301 jobs — 22 percent and 21 percent of the 1.4 million tech jobs in the U.S.</span></p><p>To illustrate the data, we've created an infographic you can see below.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:13:28 +0000 Kelly Krupa 9768 at http://kut.org Infographic: Texas Leads the U.S. in Technology Exports, Jobs