News http://kut.org en Novelist Elizabeth Strout Talks About 'The Burgess Boys' http://kut.org/post/novelist-elizabeth-strout-talks-about-burgess-boys <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The novel</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;"</em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Burgess-Boys-Elizabeth-Strout-ebook/dp/B009MYAWIA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1397594376&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Burgess+Boys" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Burgess Boys</a>"<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> took the nation by storm last year. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">This month, the novel is available in paperback.</span></span></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:49:53 +0000 Emily Donahue 10225 at http://kut.org Novelist Elizabeth Strout Talks About 'The Burgess Boys' Castro-Patrick Immigration Debate Offers Plenty of Attacks, Few Solutions http://kut.org/post/castro-patrick-immigration-debate-offers-plenty-attacks-few-solutions <p>Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor <a href="http://www.danpatrick.org/home/">Dan Patrick</a>&nbsp;has been making headlines for taking what some consider a hard line on immigration in his campaign. Last night, he squared off against San Antonio Mayor&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sanantonio.gov/mayor">Julian Castro</a>&nbsp;over the topic.</p><p>The genesis of the debate was a&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/JulianCastro/statuses/425846445455859712">squabble on Twitter</a>&nbsp;between the two –started in large part because of State Sen. Dan Patrick's comments calling undocumented immigrants entry into Texas an "<a href="http://www.danpatrick.org/donate-stop-illegal-invasion/">invasion</a>." In the debate, Mayor Castro quickly revisited that topic.</p><p>“I want to break news to the Senator, that we’re about to celebrate San Jacinto Day, but Texas is not being invaded by Mexico. I can assure you of that," Castro joked.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144971927&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:52:52 +0000 Ben Philpott 10231 at http://kut.org Castro-Patrick Immigration Debate Offers Plenty of Attacks, Few Solutions 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>On an ordinary day last November, Austin was split <a href="http://kut.org/post/map-austin-redistricting-commission-oks-final-council-districts">into 10 pieces</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>For decades, members of the&nbsp;<a href="http://austintexas.gov/government">Austin City Council</a>&nbsp;have been elected to represent the city as a whole. They all ran citywide campaigns. But this November, for the first time, geographic representation will create a council elected to represent specific parts of town.</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? Austin School Board Names Paul Cruz Temporary Superintendent http://kut.org/post/austin-school-board-names-paul-cruz-temporary-superintendent <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Austin school trustees unanimously appointed Paul Cruz as interim superintendent Tuesday night. They also accepted Superintendent </span>Meria<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Carstarphen's<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;resignation, as she heads to Atlanta to lead that city's public school system.</span></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:08:24 +0000 Kate McGee 10230 at http://kut.org Austin School Board Names Paul Cruz Temporary Superintendent Amber Alert for Missing Teen from Montgomery County http://kut.org/post/amber-alert-missing-teen-montgomery-county <p>A 14-year-old girl is missing from <a href="http://goo.gl/maps/iJhbu">Magnolia, Texas</a>. The&nbsp;Montgomery County Sheriff's Office has <span style="line-height: 1.5;">issued <a href="http://www.missingkids.com/poster/AMBER/11533/7778">an Amber Alert </a>for Elizabeth</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Rex. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here's her description.</span></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:48:08 +0000 Nathan Bernier 10229 at http://kut.org Amber Alert for Missing Teen from Montgomery County REWATCH: Dan Patrick and Julian Castro Immigration Debate http://kut.org/post/rewatch-dan-patrick-and-julian-castro-immigration-debate <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="326" scrolling="no" src="http://new.livestream.com/accounts/4773527/events/2922167/videos/48165610/player?width=580&amp;height=326&amp;autoPlay=false&amp;mute=false" width="580"></iframe></p><p></p><p>State Senator and GOP Lt. Governor candidate Dan Patrick faced off against San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro in a televised debate over immigration tonight at 6pm.</p><p>The debate was moderated by the Texas Tribune's Evan Smith.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:20:04 +0000 Matt Largey 10228 at http://kut.org Calculator Directive for 8th-Graders Draws Concerns http://kut.org/post/calculator-directive-8th-graders-draws-concerns <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">As the state integrates a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/news_release.aspx?id=25769810227" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">directive</a>&nbsp;that requires eighth-graders in Texas public schools to have graphing calculators&nbsp;for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/staar/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);" target="_blank">STAAR testing</a>, some poorer Texas school districts say that such mandates ignore the financial crunch that many districts are already facing.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">In February,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);" target="_blank">Texas Education </a><a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);" target="_blank">Agency</a>&nbsp;Commissioner&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/michael-williams/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/michael-williams/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Michael Williams</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=25769809313" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">wrote to</a>&nbsp;Texas superintendents to instruct them that they must ensure that eighth-grade students have graphing calculators for STAAR assessments, starting in the 2014-15 school year. The directive comes after the State Board of Education increased the algebra content on the exam, said Debbie Ratcliffe, a TEA spokeswoman.</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:49:18 +0000 Aamena Ahmed, Texas Tribune 10227 at http://kut.org Calculator Directive for 8th-Graders Draws Concerns Be a Part of the Latest Version of 'The Intergalactic Nemesis' http://kut.org/post/be-part-latest-version-intergalactic-nemesis <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There have been many incarnations of </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Intergalactic Nemesis </em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">over the years. The </span>1930s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> era science fiction story started life as a live radio serial staged in a coffee shop, then became an actual radio serial that ran right here on </span>KUT<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> many years ago. Then there was a revised version of the stage show, then&nbsp;a comic book series, and finally a live action graphic novel, which combines all the previous elements into a large-scale show that has toured the world.</span></p><p>But it’s never been captured for the screen until now. This Saturday at the old <em>Austin City Limits</em> Studio, <em>The Intergalactic Nemesis</em> will tape its newest incarnation before a live audience. The show will go back to its radio serial roots in a way, as it becomes a series of short web videos produced by KLRU and PBS. It'll also be available as a TV broadcast and a DVD.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144851027&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:52:16 +0000 Mike Lee 10223 at http://kut.org Be a Part of the Latest Version of 'The Intergalactic Nemesis' 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? Bill Powers on Regents Drama, Civil Rights Summit & Those Mysterious Maroon Bluebonnets http://kut.org/post/bill-powers-regents-drama-civil-rights-summit-those-mysterious-maroon-bluebonnets <p>Reports over the past week suggest that the screws are tightening on one of the biggest critics of William Powers,&nbsp;Jr., President of the University of Texas at Austin.</p><p>University Regent Wallace Hall <a href="http://kut.org/post/report-cites-possible-grounds-halls-impeachment">likely committed impeachable offenses</a>, according to a 176-page report prepared for legislators looking into Hall's campaign to oust Powers. Among the charges: that Hall leaked confidential student information in apparent violation of state and federal law, that he attempted to coerce UT administrators to alter testimony to investigators, and that he abused his position as regent.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144700374&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:08:56 +0000 David Brown 10212 at http://kut.org Bill Powers on Regents Drama, Civil Rights Summit & Those Mysterious Maroon Bluebonnets Soubrette Productions Presents 'Assassins' http://kut.org/post/soubrette-productions-presents-assassins <p>For only their second outing, young theater company Soubrette Productions is taking on a challenging show: Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s <em>Assassins</em>, a musical that examines the motivations behind the actions of attempted and successful assassins of American presidents. It's long been a controversial work, as it examines the history of and parallels between the men and women who were convinced that their violent actions were justified or even necessary.</p><p>The subject matter isn't the only difficult aspect of <em>Assassins</em>. It's also a pretty elaborate production, with a large principal cast and detailed costuming, sets, and props. All of this makes the production a challenge for the folks of Soubrette, but a challenge they were eager to undertake.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144689338&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:35:27 +0000 Mike Lee 10219 at http://kut.org Soubrette Productions Presents 'Assassins' 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 Austin Author's New Thriller Links Love, Mystery and World War I http://kut.org/post/austin-authors-new-thriller-links-love-mystery-and-world-war-i <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A young man about to go to war meets a young woman. They fall in love. A reckless, passionate affair follows. It lasts just a week, but it reverberates through six lifetimes.</span></p><p>That's just one layer of the narrative in a new novel by Austin author Justin Go. “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Steady-Running-Hour-Novel/dp/1476704589">The Steady Running of the Hour</a>” includes a race against time and crosses two centuries and multiple continents – from the drawing rooms of London to the horror of <a href="http://www.ww1battlefields.co.uk/">World War I battlefields</a> – through Europe, Asia and the U.S.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144672187&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Emily Donahue 10209 at http://kut.org Austin Author's New Thriller Links Love, Mystery and World War I UT Engineering School Receives $5M from ExxonMobil CEO http://kut.org/post/ut-engineering-school-receives-5m-exxonmobil-ceo <p>Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, <a href="http://corporate.exxonmobil.com/en/company/about-us/management/rex-w-tillerson" target="_blank">Rex W. Tillerson</a> and his wife, Renda, are donating $5 million to the Cockrell School of Engineering. The money is slated to go toward the <a href="http://www.engr.utexas.edu/eerc" target="_blank">Engineering Education and Research Center</a> which is expected to open in 2017.</p><p>It's a 430,000 square-foot facility that will allow UT Austin to expand its teaching, research and student project space.</p><p>Tillerson&nbsp;graduated from UT Austin in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in&nbsp;civil engineering and serves on the school's Engineering Advisory Board and UT Development Board. &nbsp;His sons, Robert and Michael, are also graduates. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:35:18 +0000 Kate McGee 10214 at http://kut.org UT Engineering School Receives $5M from ExxonMobil CEO Paul Cruz to Lead Austin Schools As Interim Superintendent http://kut.org/post/paul-cruz-lead-austin-schools-interim-superintendent <p><strong>Update: </strong>KUT has learned from multiple sources that&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">AISD&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Chief School&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.austinisd.org/community/hispanic-almanac/paul-cruz" style="line-height: 1.5;">Paul Cruz</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is expected to be named interim s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">uperintendent</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;at Tuesday's school board meeting.</span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 01:03:22 +0000 Kate McGee & Nathan Bernier 10211 at http://kut.org Paul Cruz to Lead Austin Schools As Interim Superintendent