News http://kut.org en Police Officer Deaths Are on the Rise Across the Country http://kut.org/post/police-officer-deaths-are-rise-across-country <p>The number of law officer deaths across the nation has risen dramatically so far this year, <a href="http://www.nleomf.org/assets/pdfs/reports/2014-Mid-Year-Fatalities-Report.pdf">according to a report</a> from the <a href="http://www.nleomf.com/">National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund</a>.</p><p>During the first half of this year, 67 law enforcement officers in the U.S. were killed while on duty – a 31 percent increase over the same period last year.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159932109&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:34:42 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10841 at http://kut.org Police Officer Deaths Are on the Rise Across the Country Fort Hood Memorial Moves Forward But Still Needs Money http://kut.org/post/fort-hood-memorial-moves-forward-still-needs-money <p>People trying to build a memorial for victims of the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood hope a ground breaking ceremony they held Tuesday will help raise the last amount of cash they need to complete the project.&nbsp;</p><p>It's been almost five years since Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan opened fire at the Army post, killing 13 people and wounding more than 30. Hasan, 43, was sentenced to death last year by a military jury.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:01:51 +0000 Nathan Bernier 10838 at http://kut.org Fort Hood Memorial Moves Forward But Still Needs Money Tomlinson Hill: Book Explores a Family History of Slaves and Slaveholders http://kut.org/post/tomlinson-hill-book-explores-family-history-slaves-and-slaveholders <p>Chris Tomlinson spent most of his life comfortable that he knew who he was and where he came from. After all, a small part of Texas was named after his ancestors. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomlinson_Hill,_Texas">Tomlinson Hill&nbsp;</a>is a small town community in Falls County. It's a place where generations of his family carved out a comfortable living from the land.</p><p>Before the Civil War, they also owned slaves. But Chris grew up believing what he'd been told: that the slaves his family owned were happy –&nbsp;so happy they took the family name and settled the land after they were free.</p><p>It was not until after he returned from 11 years in Africa as the Nairobi Bureau Chief for the Associated Press that Tomlinson&nbsp;decided to delve into his family history. What he learned not only changed his sense of family, it changed his sense of history as well. The result of his search is the book,&nbsp;"<a href="http://tomlinsonhill.com/the-book/">Tomlinson Hill</a>."</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159845849&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:31:23 +0000 Emily Donahue & David Brown 10836 at http://kut.org Tomlinson Hill: Book Explores a Family History of Slaves and Slaveholders Could Medicaid Expansion in Texas Boost State's Economy? http://kut.org/post/could-medicaid-expansion-texas-boost-states-economy <p>If Texas accepted federal funding to expand Medicaid, roughly 1.5 million more people would have health insurance. Now a new study suggests more than half of them are people who work in service industries that help fuel the state’s economy.</p><p>The report by <a href="http://familiesusa.org/" target="_blank">Families USA</a> says the people in Texas who’d benefit most from closing the coverage gap are cashiers, drivers, cooks and servers, hotel clerks and construction workers, for example.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:26:15 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10837 at http://kut.org Could Medicaid Expansion in Texas Boost State's Economy? Texas Sends National Guard Troops to Border, Despite Opposing Voices http://kut.org/post/texas-sends-national-guard-troops-border-despite-opposing-voices <p>Gov. Rick Perry is sending National Guard troops <a href="http://kut.org/post/perry-will-activate-1000-guard-troops">to the Texas-Mexico border</a>. He says the troops are needed, as the Border Patrol has been focusing on migrant children crossing&nbsp;the&nbsp;border illegally, and not criminal activity from drug and human traffickers.</p><p>Gov. Perry’s announcement comes a month after he directed the Legislature to spend millions of dollars increasing the number of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dps.texas.gov/">Department of Public Safety</a>&nbsp;officers near the border –&nbsp;a move Perry says it's working.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159796728&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:44:47 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10833 at http://kut.org Texas Sends National Guard Troops to Border, Despite Opposing Voices Running for Austin City Council? The Time to File is Here http://kut.org/post/running-austin-city-council-time-file-here <p>Austin City Council hopefuls are trickling into City Hall to file for a place on the ballot.</p><p>The application period, opened yesterday, goes through August 18. While currently just <a href="http://austintexas.gov/cityclerk/elections/ballotapplications2014.html">a handful of people have filed</a>, the election is generating excitement that's hard to come by in local politics</p><p>Jannette&nbsp;Goodall&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/department/city-clerk">is Austin's City Clerk</a>. But if you didn't know that, you'd think she's a wedding planner –&nbsp;for months,&nbsp;Goodall&nbsp;and her staff have been prepping for this moment.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">"You're kind of planning for the big ball, you know? It's kind of fun," she says.</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159780683&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Joy Diaz 10830 at http://kut.org Running for Austin City Council? The Time to File is Here Meet Two African Women at UT With Ideas for Improving Access to Some Basic Needs http://kut.org/post/meet-two-african-women-ut-ideas-improving-access-some-basic-needs <p>Some young people in Africa are struggling with problems that many Americans take for granted – including serious unemployment and access to basic needs.</p><p>A group of 25 young Africans from 18 different countries have been <a href="http://world.utexas.edu/features/yali" target="_blank">at UT-Austin this summer</a> to bring to life their business plans for addressing some of the challenges in their countries.</p><p>It’s part of President Obama’s <a href="https://youngafricanleaders.state.gov/" target="_blank">Young African Leaders Initiative</a>. The national program is in its fourth year but this is the first time participants have spent time at a university prior to a summit in Washington.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159779558&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:51:33 +0000 Laura Rice 10823 at http://kut.org Meet Two African Women at UT With Ideas for Improving Access to Some Basic Needs In Black America Podcast: Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement: Views from the Front Line – Part I http://kut.org/post/black-america-podcast-heroes-civil-rights-movement-views-front-line-part-i <p>On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents highlights of the <a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org">Civil Rights Summit marking the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964</a>.&nbsp; Featured on today’s program are three civil rights legends that looked back at the movement they helped to forge, and how it continues to resonate in America today, while exploring the civil rights issues of the 21st century.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:08:34 +0000 John L. Hanson Jr. 10826 at http://kut.org In Black America Podcast: Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement: Views from the Front Line – Part I Watch: Gov. Perry's Border Announcement http://kut.org/post/watch-gov-perrys-border-announcement <p>Texas Gov. Rick Perry is ordering National Guard troops to the border with Mexico.</p><p>Gov. Perry says the U.S. Border Patrol is overwhelmed with the humanitarian needs of the tens of thousands of children coming in from Central America, and unable to devote enough of its resources to border security.</p><p>Perry is also calling on the federal government to pay for another 1,000 guard troops at the border until more Border Patrol officers can be brought in. The announcement follows last month’s deployment of Texas DPS resources to the Rio Grande.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:55:00 +0000 KUT Staff 10824 at http://kut.org Watch: Gov. Perry's Border Announcement Perry Will Activate Up To 1,000 Guard Troops http://kut.org/post/perry-will-activate-1000-guard-troops <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;">Gov.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/rick-perry/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);" title="">Rick Perry</a>&nbsp;will announce Monday that he is activating up to 1,000 National Guard troops to help beef up security along the Texas-Mexico border, two people with knowledge of the decision have confirmed.</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;">Perry’s office announced Sunday that he would hold a news conference at 2 p.m. to “make an announcement regarding border security.” Perry will be joined at the briefing by Lt. Gov.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/david-dewhurst/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/david-dewhurst/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">David Dewhurst</a>, Texas Adjutant General John Nichols and Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, according to one of the people familiar with the plans. The Texas Tribune will livestream the announcement.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:32:28 +0000 Jay Root, Texas Tribune 10821 at http://kut.org Perry Will Activate Up To 1,000 Guard Troops Akins High School Summer Camp Offers Students a Bridge into Computer Sciences http://kut.org/post/akins-high-school-summer-camp-offers-students-bridge-computer-sciences <p>Instead of going to a typical summer camp, this summer Chris Folwick and Jorge Sepulveda are crunching some numbers.</p><p>But Folwick and Sepulveda couldn't be happier. The two Akins High School students are a part of the STEMbridge program, which allows students to learn coding and develop useful computer science skills in a comprehensive four-week course.</p><p></p><p></p><p>This is the first summer the school has partnered with Austin nonprofit <a href="http://www.stemedlabs.org/">STEMed Labs </a>to bring comprehensive, year-round computer science courses to the high school. It's put on with the help of a grant from the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kdk-harman.org/">KDK Harmon Foundation</a>.</p><p>Folwick and&nbsp;Sepulveda&nbsp;are playing Connect Four, but you won’t hear them playing with pieces. They’ve developed the game on the computer – by writing code.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the past four weeks, the students have learned the basics of coding, but they say there were less computers than they thought there would be.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159626724%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-R6W1z&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:25:58 +0000 Kate McGee 10818 at http://kut.org Akins High School Summer Camp Offers Students a Bridge into Computer Sciences A South Padre Man Dies in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict http://kut.org/post/south-padre-man-dies-israeli-palestinian-conflict <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This past weekend was the deadliest of the two-week-long combat operations in the Gaza Strip. Yesterday, 95 Palestinians were killed in fighting along with 13 soldiers fighting in the Israeli Defense Force, according to the Associated Press.</span></p><p>One of those soldiers killed in the conflict was 21-year-old South Padre, Texas native Sean Carmeli. Carmeli moved to Israel four years ago after finishing high school and was a member of the country's elite <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golani_Brigade">Golani Brigade</a> along with California native Max Steinberg, who also died in fighting on the Gaza Strip. Both held American-Israeli citizenship. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:18:57 +0000 Andrew Weber 10820 at http://kut.org A South Padre Man Dies in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Is America Over the Tour de France? http://kut.org/post/america-over-tour-de-france <p>This year's World Cup tournament captivated tens of millions of people around the country. Television ratings soared, prompting many to ask whether it was finally soccer's moment in America.</p><p>But there's another global sporting event taking place right now –&nbsp;one that years ago had folks saying the same thing about cycling.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.letour.com/us/">Tour de France</a>, a three-week, 2,200-mile bike race through Western Europe, is past the halfway mark of its 21 stages –&nbsp;and headlines surrounding the event seem to have fallen off the sports pages of most American newspapers.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159291940&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:05:00 +0000 David Brown & Rhonda Fanning 10816 at http://kut.org Is America Over the Tour de France? A Vegan Turned Butcher Explains How To Cure Your Own Meat http://kut.org/post/vegan-turned-butcher-explains-how-cure-your-own-meat <p>It’s time for another edition of <a href="http://kut.org/term/summer-school">KUT’s Summer School</a>. Every Friday this summer, we head out to learn new skills from people in Austin who are experts in their field. Today’s subject? Meat curing.</p><p>Our instructor is a butcher who used to be a vegan for almost ten years:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.saltandtime.com/">Salt and Time Butcher Shop and Salumeria</a>&nbsp;co-owner Ben Runkle.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:50:00 +0000 Nathan Bernier 10809 at http://kut.org A Vegan Turned Butcher Explains How To Cure Your Own Meat 'Industry Night' Is an Old-School Variety Show http://kut.org/post/industry-night-old-school-variety-show <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Chris Gibson is, by his own admission, obsessed with Dean Martin. And he has a particular interest in Martin's work in television, where he hosted a popular variety show for nine years beginning in 1965. It's shows like <em>The Dean Martin Show</em> and the later, slightly more kid-friendly <em>The </em></span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Muppet</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em> Show</em> that inspired the new live theater variety show Industry Night.</span></p><p>Hosted by Gibson and his fellow Rat Pack fans Cami Alys and Kenny Redding Jr., <em>Industry Night</em> is a throwback to the old school variety show format, where the hosts and the audience all have a couple of drinks and enjoy the show together. There's always sketch comedy and songs from Cami and Kenny, and each show features guest performers including singers, dancers, comics, improvisers, jugglers, and more.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159282131&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:33:17 +0000 Mike Lee 10815 at http://kut.org 'Industry Night' Is an Old-School Variety Show Is the News Too Scary for Your Kids? Here's What You Can Do http://kut.org/post/news-too-scary-your-kids-heres-what-you-can-do <p>The 24-hour-news cycle is ingrained into most adults' lives. Global conflict, natural disasters and crime make their way into in our daily discussions with a sense of normalcy. But for the young and impressionable, the news can paint a rather grim portrait of the world. So how do you go about explaining disturbing world events to your children?</p><p><a href="http://kut.org/topic/coming-soon-texas-standard">The Texas Standard</a>'s David Brown speaks with <a href="http://myhealingplace.org/">licensed family and children’s counselor</a> Khris Ford, who gives us some insight on how children perceive the events in the news.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159278034&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:38:34 +0000 David Brown & Alain Stephens 10814 at http://kut.org Is the News Too Scary for Your Kids? Here's What You Can Do Listen to Our Weekly News Podcast! http://kut.org/post/listen-our-weekly-news-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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How To Deal With Jerks http://kut.org/post/how-deal-jerks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Don’t we all hate having to deal with jerks? Everyone has some unpleasant person that they encounter frequently in life and would rather not.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Fact is, we constantly encounter an endless variety of people with an endless variety of attitudes, perspectives and beliefs that – in all realistic possibility – will differ from the attitudes that we carry for the moment.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, the Two Guys On Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke, will toss around the topic of jerks –&nbsp;and provide some insightful, doctor prescribed strategies for handling difficult people in our lives.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159241894&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:19:48 +0000 Rebecca McInroy & Alicia Choina 10812 at http://kut.org How To Deal With Jerks The Texas Abortion Debate Continues a Year After HB 2 Was Signed Into Law http://kut.org/post/texas-abortion-debate-continues-year-after-hb-2-was-signed-law <p>Last legislative session, <a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=832&amp;Bill=HB2">House Bill 2</a> proved to be a landmark moment for the abortion debate in Texas. It further politicized the issue both sides of the aisle, garnered national media attention, boosted political profiles and launched campaigns.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When the debate was over and it finally passed,&nbsp;HB&nbsp;2&nbsp;established a ban on abortions&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kut.org/post/texas-bill-would-ban-abortion-20-weeks-pregnancy" style="line-height: 1.5;">after 20 weeks of pregnancy</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, required clinics to be certified as&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kut.org/post/issue-texas-abortion-debate-whats-ambulatory-surgical-center" style="line-height: 1.5;">ambulatory surgical centers</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">,&nbsp;and forced abortion doctors to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kut.org/post/what-it-takes-texas-abortion-doctors-get-admitting-privileges" style="line-height: 1.5;">have admitting privileges</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;at a nearby hospital.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today marks the one-year anniversary of </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Rick Perry signing the bill into law.</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159236004&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:05:15 +0000 Ben Philpott 10811 at http://kut.org The Texas Abortion Debate Continues a Year After HB 2 Was Signed Into Law Austin Recovers From Overnight Rains http://kut.org/post/austin-recovers-overnight-rains <p>Half a foot of rain pelted the city of Austin and the surrounding area last night, with rainfall totals topping out at seven inches in the Walnut Creek area and Downtown Austin receiving a bit less than five inches of rain.</p><p>The National Weather Service’s flash flood warning for Travis and Williamson Counties expired before 5 a.m., but the city’s still tackling flooded roadways in Spicewood Springs. Additionally, Austin-Travis County EMS used a helicopter to evacuate 13 campers stranded on the Colorado River, dropping them safely near Webberville Road. Below, you can view the latest flood updates, and a list of downed trees, delayed public transportation and power outages in Austin. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:59:45 +0000 Audrey McGlinchy 10810 at http://kut.org Austin Recovers From Overnight Rains