bastrop isd en Bastrop ISD 'Welcomes' Look Into Discrimination Charges <p>In a <a href="">letter to parents titled "BISD Welcomes OCR"</a>, Bastrop Independent School District Superintendent Steve Murray says his school district welcomes an investigation from the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR).</p><p>The investigation is over allegations that Bastrop ISD has practiced "class-wide discrimination" against African-American and Hispanic employees and students. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Bobby Blanchard 6619 at Bastrop ISD 'Welcomes' Look Into Discrimination Charges Top Morning Stories September 12, 2011 <p><strong>Update 9:04 AM:</strong></p><p>The Texas Forest Service says the Bastrop County Complex fire is now 60 percent contained.</p><p><strong>Bastrop Officials Revise Missing Persons List</strong></p><p>While firefighters continue to battle the Bastrop County Complex&nbsp;fire, officials are trying to make sure everyone is accounted for.&nbsp;Bastrop County officials say as of last night&nbsp;eight people were still unaccounted for.&nbsp; They&rsquo;re asking these people to check in with them:</p><p>Barbara Bunklage</p><p>Mark and Ethel Ehato</p><p>Steve Ingram</p><p>Arlene Paige</p><p>Ted and Loraine Regan</p><p>Lindsey Walker</p><p> Mon, 12 Sep 2011 10:59:38 +0000 Crystal Chavez, KUT News 2476 at Top Morning Stories September 12, 2011 Central Texas Wildfire Updates September 7, 2011 <p><strong>Update Thursday, September 8:</strong></p><p>You can find the latest fire updates <a href="">on today&#39;s post. </a></p><p><strong>Update at 6:50 p.m.</strong></p><p>Here&#39;s where we stand this evening:</p><p>Public safety officials have released the name of one of the victims of the Bastrop fire. His name was Michael Troy Farr and he was 48 years old. The identity of the second victim has not been released.</p><p>Farr was a City of Austin employee. Mayor Lee Leffingwell has issued is condolences.</p><p>&quot;I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of a City of Austin employee. Our sympathies go out to the friends and family of Troy Farr,&quot; Leffingwell said in a statement. &quot;As a member of the City of Austin family since 2003, Troy will be greatly missed.&quot;</p><p>Some Bastrop residents learned whether their homes has been destroyed after the county released<a href=""> a partial list of addresses</a> of burned out structures.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;The list says our house has structural loss so, we don&rsquo;t know what that means, but at least it&rsquo;s better than not knowing I guess &ndash; hopefully we&rsquo;ll be able to get up there soon and find out what&rsquo;s still there,&quot; Jenna Munion told KUT News.</p><p>Fire officials have not provided any update on the degree to which the Bastrop Complex fire under control since this morning. At that point, they had said it was 30 percent contained.</p><p>Evacuated Spicewood residents are back home and evaluating the damage. Between 65 and 75 homes were touched by the flames. Some people lost everything. (<a href="">Story</a>)</p><p>President Obama called Governor Perry to talk about the Texas wildfires today. According to <a href="">a statement from the White House</a>, Obama extended his condolences and said the federal government was here to help. Governor Perry is scheduled to debate GOP presidential contenders tonight in Simi Valley, California. One of the core themes of Perry&#39;s campaign is that the size and scope of federal power needs to be reduced.</p><p>NPR&#39;s John Burnett reports on how Texas&#39; historic drought and record-breaking wildfires have not affected Perry&#39;s skepticism of climate change, potentially an important issue if Perry seeks to win a general election. (<a href="">Story</a>)</p><p><strong>Update at 4:54 p.m.</strong></p><p>Texas is requesting a major disaster declaration from the United States government, which would allow access to federal disaster relief funds. (<a href="">Story</a>)</p><p> is compiling <a href="">a list of disaster relief benefits</a> and asking people to submit any events not already on the list.</p><p><strong>Update at 4:34 p.m.</strong></p><p>Bastrop County Judge Ronnie McDonald said he expects the count of destroyed homes to &quot;double&quot; when people are allowed back into the burn zone.&nbsp; Bastrop County officials currently count 576 structures destroyed. The Texas Forest Service says the number is <a href="">closer to 800.&nbsp; </a></p><p>McDonald said last night was the first night that no additional structures were lost. He says additional resources are helping firefighters get a handle on the blaze.</p><p>The superintendent of Bastrop ISD says schools are still tentatively scheduled to open Monday.</p><p>The Union Chapel fire, which started in the Cedar Creek area, is now 90 percent contained.</p><p>Meanwhile, Bluebonnet Electric has been surveying the damage to electrical lines and will begin restoration work Thursday morning. It aims to post estimated restoration times on <a href="">its website</a>. This is only for the top part of the disaster area. Bluebonnet crews are not allowed into the burn zone between highways 21 and 71. Wed, 07 Sep 2011 23:54:12 +0000 Crystal Chavez, KUT News & Nathan Bernier 2437 at Central Texas Wildfire Updates September 7, 2011 Bastrop Man Alleges Racial Bias at School District, BISD Denies <p>A Bastrop man is planning a rally and prayer service this Saturday to bring attention to what he says is &quot;potential discriminatory hiring and unethical employment standards&quot; at <a href="">Bastrop ISD</a>.</p> Mon, 25 Oct 2010 21:17:20 +0000 Nathan Bernier 110 at Bastrop Man Alleges Racial Bias at School District, BISD Denies