News http://kut.org en Austin Restoring Banks, Paving Trails Along Shoal Creek http://kut.org/post/austin-restoring-banks-paving-trails-along-shoal-creek <p>After years of erosion, Austin is shoring up the downtown banks of the Shoal Creek trail starting Monday. Running <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Shoal+Creek+Trail/@30.2896106,-97.7508344,16z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x8644b57079fea8f3:0x8b0bd8c05d893fe6">from 15th Street to 28th&nbsp;Street</a>, the project includes the eastern boundary of Pease Park.</p><p>According to Morgan Byars, supervising engineer for the project at the Watershed Protection Department, the erosion hasn’t only caused safety hazards, but an overall loss of greenspace.</p><p>“Severe bank erosion [is] affecting large heritage trees that potentially will fall into the creek,” Byars says. “We’ve got erosion very close to the trail system which presents a safety hazard for pedestrians and bikers, but also it’s just a general loss of parkland.”</p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:16:54 +0000 Andrew Huygen 10289 at http://kut.org Austin Restoring Banks, Paving Trails Along Shoal Creek On the Bard's Birthday, Who Wrote It: Shakespeare or a Rapper? http://kut.org/post/bards-birthday-who-wrote-it-shakespeare-or-rapper <p>It's happened to all of us: just when you're ready to deliver the perfect rebuttal, &nbsp;last word or final point, your tongue trips up and you slaughter your English.</p><p>Don't fret about it, says author Ammon Shea. The man who&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/02/arts/02iht-idbriefs2C.14946374.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0">spent a year reading the Oxford English Dictionary</a>&nbsp;is taking on grammarians and nitpickers alike.</p><p>Shea's new book "<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Bad-English-History-Linguistic-Aggravation/dp/0399165576">Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation</a>" (out this June) is an eye-opening look at how language mistakes have become accepted as correct usage.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146123452&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:22:37 +0000 David Brown & Emily Donahue 10286 at http://kut.org On the Bard's Birthday, Who Wrote It: Shakespeare or a Rapper? ACL Fest Organizers on What's In Store for 2014 http://kut.org/post/acl-fest-organizers-whats-store-2014 <p>In Austin, many see live music not just as an opportunity, but as a way of life.</p><p>Every day brings the possibility to see a variety of talents – both from music’s biggest and brightest, to up-and-coming acts in Austin’s live music scene.</p><p>For many outside Central Texas, Austin’s “Live Music Capital of the World” status is summed up by two of the city’s biggest music festivals:&nbsp;South by Southwest&nbsp;and the Austin City Limits Music Festival.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The latter, now in its </span>13th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> year, carries the brand of the historic Austin City Limits television show, which has a rich and storied history all its own.</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:43:26 +0000 Tyler Pratt 10281 at http://kut.org ACL Fest Organizers on What's In Store for 2014 Governor Perry Facing Possible Grand Jury Indictment http://kut.org/post/governor-perry-facing-possible-grand-jury-indictment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Travis County grand jury is considering whether or not to indict Gov. Rick Perry over his veto of funding for the county's Public Integrity Unit.</span></p><p>Gov. Perry could be charged with several offenses, including bribery, coercion of a public servant, and abuse of power after vetoing more than $3 million in state money for the unit that investigates political corruption.</p><p>Perry's veto came as the result of an ultimatum given by Perry to Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last April, </span>Lehmberg<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was arrested for drunk driving. She </span><a href="http://kut.org/post/travis-county-da-lehmberg-pleads-guilty-gets-45-jail-days-0" style="line-height: 1.5;">pleaded guilty</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and served jail time, but </span><a href="http://kut.org/post/judge-allows-lehmberg-stay-district-attorney" style="line-height: 1.5;">refused to step down</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:48:58 +0000 Ben Philpott & Kelly Krupa 10282 at http://kut.org Governor Perry Facing Possible Grand Jury Indictment Investigation: Disaster at West Fertilizer Plant Was 'Preventable' http://kut.org/post/investigation-disaster-west-fertilizer-plant-was-preventable <p><em><a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2014/04/22/investigation-fire-and-explosion-at-west-fertilizer-plant-was-preventable/">From StateImpact&nbsp;Texas:</a></em></p><p>A year after a deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas, a federal agency is releasing a&nbsp;<a data-mce-="" href="http://www.csb.gov/assets/1/19/West_Preliminary_Findings.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(96, 120, 144); margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgb(153, 153, 153);">report</a>&nbsp;saying the disaster was preventable.</p><p style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;">The&nbsp;<a data-mce-="" href="http://www.csb.gov/" style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(96, 120, 144); margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgb(153, 153, 153);">Chemical Safety Board</a>, which investigates chemical accidents and issues recommendations to ensure public safety, is presenting its preliminary findings tonight in the town of West, Texas, where the fire and subsequent explosion last year took 15 lives, injured hundreds, and destroyed homes and schools.</p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:12:40 +0000 Terrence Henry 10278 at http://kut.org Investigation: Disaster at West Fertilizer Plant Was 'Preventable' Mayor Leffingwell Gets a Breakfast Taco Intervention http://kut.org/post/mayor-leffingwell-gets-breakfast-taco-intervention <p></p><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><p>Mando&nbsp;Rayo, a self-described “<a href="http://tacojournalism.blogspot.com/">taco journalist</a>” in a city that takes its breakfast tacos very seriously, decided to press the issue. On Tuesday,&nbsp;Rayo&nbsp;picked up breakfast tacos from one of his favorite Austin taco spots, Veracruz All Natural, and hand-delivered them to Mayor&nbsp;Leffingwell’s&nbsp;office.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:40:25 +0000 Ilana Panich-Linsman 10277 at http://kut.org Mayor Leffingwell Gets a Breakfast Taco Intervention Mental Health Support for Texas Inmates on Lawmakers' Agenda http://kut.org/post/mental-health-support-texas-inmates-lawmakers-agenda <p>Texas lawmakers are looking into whether more should be done to provide mental health services for inmates at state prisons.</p><p>Prison officials say inmates already have access to medication and individual or group counseling for mental illness. <a href="http://tdcj.state.tx.us/" target="_blank">Texas Department of Criminal Justice</a>&nbsp;Executive Director Brad Livingston says the legislature has provided enough mental health funding in recent years for prisoners and parolees. And, he says, it shows.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:22:23 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10276 at http://kut.org Mental Health Support for Texas Inmates on Lawmakers' Agenda 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 See 100 Comedians at the Moontower Festival http://kut.org/post/see-100-comedians-moontower-festival <p></p><p>Now in its third year, the Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival is quickly becoming one of the largest comedy festivals in America. For this year's fest, around 100 comedians will come together from Austin and around the world to perform dozens of shows, including sketch, improv, and lots of standup comedey.</p><p>Headliners include The Kids in The Hall, Hannibal Buress, Mike Birbiglia, Maria Bamford and more. They'll perform at the Paramount Theatre, while several smaller venues host shows nearby.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:23:19 +0000 Mike Lee 10269 at http://kut.org See 100 Comedians at the Moontower Festival Superintendent Meria Carstarphen Says Goodbye to Austin http://kut.org/post/superintendent-meria-carstarphen-says-goodbye-austin <p>Wednesday will be Austin School Superintendent Meria Carstarphen’s last day with the district before she leaves for <a href="http://kut.org/post/austin-school-superintendent-carstarphen-leaving-atlanta">the same position in Atlanta</a>.</p><p>Carstarphen attended her final school board meeting in Austin Monday night, where she was recognized for her contributions to the district over the past five years.</p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:08:21 +0000 Kate McGee 10270 at http://kut.org Superintendent Meria Carstarphen Says Goodbye to Austin 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 Eminem, Outkast, Pearl Jam and Lorde Top 2014 ACL Music Festival Lineup http://kut.org/post/eminem-outkast-pearl-jam-and-lorde-top-2014-acl-music-festival-lineup <p>Calling it one of their most energetic lineups to date, the <a href="http://www.aclfestival.com/">13<sup>th</sup> annual Austin City Limits Music Festival</a> also includes a blast of nostalgia.</p><p><a href="http://pearljam.com/" target="_self">Pearl Jam</a> is headlining and <a href="http://thereplacementsofficial.com/pages/home" target="_self">The Replacements</a> are top billed. Major hip-hop acts of the 2000s, <a href="http://www.outkast.com/" target="_self">Outkast</a> and <a href="http://shadyrecords.com/artist/eminem-2/">Eminem</a> are also headliners. The festival also sees a significant number of electronic music acts with <a href="http://www.calvinharris.co.uk/" target="_top">Calvin Harris</a> and <a href="http://alientalk.skrillex.com/" target="_self">Skrillex</a> headlining – and groups such as <a href="http://majorlazer.com/" target="_self">Major Lazer</a>, <a href="http://www.zedd.net/">Zedd</a>, <a href="http://www.phantogram.com/" target="_self">Phantogram</a>, <a href="http://chromeo.net/" target="_self">Chromeo</a> and <a href="http://chvrch.es/" target="_self">CHVRCHES</a> in the big font. <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/02/24/280248837/becks-long-balancing-act" target="_self">Beck</a> rounds out the list of this year’s headliners.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last year’s festival <a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/05/24/no_women_allowed_summer_music_festivals_are_dudefests_again/" target="_self">drew some criticism </a>for a lack of female performers. However, this year’s top billing includes international superstars, <a href="http://lanadelrey.com/" target="_top">Lana Del Rey</a> and </span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlcIKh6sBtc" target="_top">Lorde</a> (<span style="line-height: 1.5;">though the latter will be for the second weekend only). Female acts such as <a href="http://ilovestvincent.com/">St. Vincent</a>, </span><a href="http://iggyazalea.com/" target="_self">Iggy</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://iggyazalea.com/" target="_self"> Azalea</a>, <a href="http://www.jennylewis.com/home" target="_self">Jenny Lewis</a>, <a href="http://www.nikkilane.com/" target="_self">Nikki Lane</a>, </span><a href="http://tune-yards.com/" target="_self">tUnE<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>-yArDs</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and <a href="http://www.mybrightestdiamond.com/" target="_self">My Brightest Diamond</a> also made the cut.</span> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Tyler Pratt 10271 at http://kut.org Eminem, Outkast, Pearl Jam and Lorde Top 2014 ACL Music Festival Lineup Black Stats: How African-Americans Measure Up in the 21st Century, Part II http://kut.org/post/black-stats-how-african-americans-measure-21st-century-part-ii <p>On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Monique W. Morris, Ed.D. Co-founder/President of <a href="http://blackwomensjustice.org">The National Black Women’s Justice Institute</a>, and author of "Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-first Century."</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/145860667&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 03:05:52 +0000 John L. Hanson Jr. 10260 at http://kut.org Black Stats: How African-Americans Measure Up in the 21st Century, Part II 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 The Contradictory Message David Dewhurst Needs to Beat Dan Patrick http://kut.org/post/contradictory-message-david-dewhurst-needs-beat-dan-patrick <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/145784537&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Texas is about five weeks away from several runoff elections that will set the final ballot for November. That includes the hard fought Lieutenant Governor's race between incumbent&nbsp;<a href="https://www.daviddewhurst.com/">David&nbsp;Dewhurst</a>, who's held the office since 2003, and state Sen. <a href="http://www.danpatrick.org/">Dan Patrick</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>From the very beginning, this was a race about who was the most conservative candidate. So when Sen. Patrick launched his campaign last year, his first move was to paint himself as the conservative standard-bearer – while putting Lt. Governor Dewhurst's own conservative credentials in doubt.</p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:07:14 +0000 Ben Philpott 10266 at http://kut.org The Contradictory Message David Dewhurst Needs to Beat Dan Patrick