News http://kut.org en 4 Ways Texas Could Win Big Under New Climate Change Rules http://kut.org/post/4-ways-texas-could-win-big-under-new-climate-change-rules <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: transparent;">Earlier this year, the earth hit a frightening milestone: carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached its<a data-mce-="" href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/05/01/mauna_loa_atmosphere_measurements_carbon_dioxide_levels_above_400_ppm_throughout.html" style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(96, 120, 144); margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgb(153, 153, 153); background: transparent;">&nbsp;highest level since humans have inhabited the earth</a>. The last time there was this much carbon on the planet was nearly a million years ago.</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: transparent;">As the heat-trapping gas proliferates, the world warms, and the climate effects domino: droughts intensify, floods increase, ice melts and seas rise. The question now isn't whether human activity is changing the global climate; the question is what to do about it.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160845170&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, 29 Jul 2014 20:26:20 +0000 Terrence Henry 10900 at http://kut.org 4 Ways Texas Could Win Big Under New Climate Change Rules AG Files Brief Supporting Same-Sex Marriage Ban http://kut.org/post/ag-files-brief-supporting-same-sex-marriage-ban <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: 15.199999809265137px;">Attorney General&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/greg-abbott/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/greg-abbott/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Greg Abbott</a>’s office filed a brief on Monday arguing that Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage is constitutionally sound and a matter for voters, not courts, to decide.&nbsp;</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: 15.199999809265137px;">The brief was filed with the 5<span style="box-sizing: border-box; vertical-align: text-top;">th</span>&nbsp;U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, where the state is appealing a state district court judge’s February ruling that the ban is unconstitutional. The case pits two same-sex couples against 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);">Rick&nbsp;Perry</a>, state Health Commissioner David Lakey and Abbott, who is also the Republican nominee for governor.</p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:41:15 +0000 Eli Okun, Texas Tribune 10899 at http://kut.org AG Files Brief Supporting Same-Sex Marriage Ban The Nearest Detox Facility for Austin's Uninsured & Indigent is Now in Waco http://kut.org/post/nearest-detox-facility-austins-uninsured-indigent-now-waco <p>One challenge many homeless people face is fighting addiction. And t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">hat battle could get tougher for some, as an Austin nonprofit that helps people recover from addiction has closed its detox facility –&nbsp;meaning new hurdles for the homeless and uninsured who need detox services.</span></p><p>This month, nonprofit <a href="http://www.austinrecovery.org/">Austin Recovery</a> closed its detox facility. The detox process isn't pretty&nbsp;– in fact, it can be rather dangerous. Patients needed to be monitored around-the-clock by highly trained medical staff, just as if they were in a hospital setting.</p><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160810331&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:59:00 +0000 Joy Diaz 10897 at http://kut.org The Nearest Detox Facility for Austin's Uninsured & Indigent is Now in Waco Summer Stock Austin Celebrates Ten Years http://kut.org/post/summer-stock-austin-celebrates-ten-years <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the past decade, the folks at Summer Stock Austin have brought high school and college age theater students together with working professionals to stage multiple musicals in a short period of time.</span></p><p>Every summer, the kids and adults at Summer Stock rehearse, build sets, do publicity and technical work, and then put on a show in just a matter of weeks. And they do that for three shows at once. It's a bit of whirlwind, but the result is that the students learn a lot about the theater world and audiences get to see a few low-priced live musicals.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160803264&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, 29 Jul 2014 16:10:45 +0000 Mike Lee 10896 at http://kut.org Summer Stock Austin Celebrates Ten Years Austin Calls on TxDOT to Expand Public Comment, Revise Study on SH-45 http://kut.org/post/austin-calls-txdot-expand-public-comment-revise-study-sh-45 <p>Austin City Manager Marc Ott has asked the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to reconsider its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sh45sw.com/environmental/draft-eis.php">environmental impact study</a>&nbsp;on State Highway 45&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Southwest</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>proposed<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;extension would connect South </span>MoPac<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and FM-1626 in northern Hays County.</span></p><p>In a letter to TxDOT, Ott&nbsp;also asked the department to expand the public comment period ahead of <a href="http://www.sh45sw.com/environmental/publicinvolvement.php">tonight's final public input meeting</a> at Bowie High School.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160798706&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, 29 Jul 2014 15:10:08 +0000 Trey Shaar 10894 at http://kut.org Austin Calls on TxDOT to Expand Public Comment, Revise Study on SH-45 Just What Does the University of Texas System Chancellor Do? http://kut.org/post/just-what-does-university-texas-system-chancellor-do <p>University of Texas System regents plan to meet today and they could name a finalist in their search for a new University of Texas System chancellor. That's after UT's current chancellor announced in February that he would step down. But just what does a chancellor do?</p><p>The two candidates being considered for the University of Texas System are Richard Fisher – the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas – and Admiral William H.&nbsp;McRaven, a 36-year Navy Seal who led the task force that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160714781&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, 29 Jul 2014 13:35:00 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10890 at http://kut.org Just What Does the University of Texas System Chancellor Do? Despite a Rate Cut, Travis County Could Still See a Property Tax Increase Next Year http://kut.org/post/despite-rate-cut-travis-county-could-still-see-property-tax-increase-next-year <p></p><p>Travis County residents could see a property taxes increase in the<a href="http://www.co.travis.tx.us/planning_budget/FY15/fy15-prelim-budget.pdf"> $901 million proposed budget</a> for 2015. The increase, however, isn’t because of rising property values, but because of the demand for countywide services.</p><p>The budget calls to build out integral services for the ever-expanding county, but may lower the tax rate. County officials will debate and hear public comment on the budget before the final Sept. 23 vote.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160793069&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> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:41:00 +0000 Nathan Bernier 10893 at http://kut.org Despite a Rate Cut, Travis County Could Still See a Property Tax Increase Next Year 'Two Step' Is An Intense Texas Thriller (Update) http://kut.org/post/two-step-intense-texas-thriller-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>Austinites have another chance to see "Two Step" on the big screen. After showing at SXSW and the Little Rock Film Festival, <a href="https://www.austinfilm.org/two-step" target="_blank">the Austin Film Society is screening</a> Austin-based writer/director Alex R. Johnson's dark feature.</p><p>KUT talked with Johnson about the film back in March.</p><p><strong>Original Story </strong>(March 10, 2014): The Texas drama "Two Step" debuts at <a href="http://kut.org/post/sxsw-film-preview-trends-ones-watch-and-avoiding-long-lines" target="_blank">SXSW Film</a>. It is Austin-based writer/director Alex R. Johnson's first feature-length film. It has a "No Country for Old Men" vibe<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;–&nbsp;</span>along with a memorable villain who you're better off not running into.</p><p>Johnson is pretty new to Austin. He talked with&nbsp;KUT&nbsp;about <a href="http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_FS15195" target="_blank">"Two Step" </a>and how moving here inspired him to make it.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/138906305&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:17:22 +0000 Laura Rice 9937 at http://kut.org 'Two Step' Is An Intense Texas Thriller (Update) In Black America Podcast: Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement: Views from the Front Line – Part II http://kut.org/post/black-america-podcast-heroes-civil-rights-movement-views-front-line-part-ii <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 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>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><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160725601&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, 29 Jul 2014 00:13:23 +0000 John L. Hanson Jr. 10891 at http://kut.org In Black America Podcast: Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement: Views from the Front Line – Part II Under 10% of Austin Landlords Accept Vouchers. This Rule Could Change That. http://kut.org/post/under-10-austin-landlords-accept-vouchers-rule-could-change <p>The rental market in Austin is hot. The Austin Board of Realtors says&nbsp;<a href="https://www.abor.com/news_media/press_releases/2014/p9_14.cfm">more units are being leased&nbsp;</a>than last year and the prices are higher.</p><p>But the City of Austin says it can be hard for people who use housing vouchers to find a place to live. Now, some city commissions are considering adding&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=213609">“source of income” discrimination [PDF]</a> to a list of banned landlord behavior.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A study found fewer than 10 percent of rental units in Austin currently accept vouchers –&nbsp;a move that critics say contributes to a concentration of poverty in the northern and eastern parts of the city.</span></p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:36:43 +0000 Laura Rice 10884 at http://kut.org Under 10% of Austin Landlords Accept Vouchers. This Rule Could Change That. Could Maker Culture Spark the Next Industrial Revolution? http://kut.org/post/could-maker-culture-spark-next-industrial-revolution <p>Everyone has ideas. Machines, inventions, and improvements to everyday products: things that bounce around in everyone's mind. But unless that someone is an engineer, inventor, or tinkerer, those ideas stay just that … ideas.</p><p>Until now that is. &nbsp;</p><p>A new, emerging "maker" culture encourages innovators to create as they wish with the help of 3D printers, laser cutters, and many other tools. The Obama Administration even recently hosted a nationwide "<a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/17/presidential-proclamation-national-day-making-2014">Day of Making</a>"&nbsp;for these creators.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155847351&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:33:31 +0000 David Brown 10667 at http://kut.org Could Maker Culture Spark the Next Industrial Revolution? Migrant Children Have State, Federal Foster Care Competing for Parents http://kut.org/post/migrant-children-have-state-federal-foster-care-competing-parents <p>The influx of <a href="http://kut.org/post/who-are-kids-migrant-crisis">children from Central America</a> arriving at the Texas-Mexico border has many people asking <a href="http://kut.org/post/how-austin-can-help-unaccompanied-minors-border">how they can help</a>.</p><p>One way people can help is by becoming foster parents –&nbsp;but acting as a foster parent for the federal government is different than being a foster parent for the state.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160661149&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, 28 Jul 2014 16:14:14 +0000 Joy Diaz 10885 at http://kut.org Migrant Children Have State, Federal Foster Care Competing for Parents Can National Guard Troops Make Arrests Along the Texas Border? http://kut.org/post/can-national-guard-troops-make-arrests-along-texas-border <p>Can the <a href="http://www.txarng.com/" target="_blank">National Guard</a> troops being deployed to the border arrest and detain people? Only if Gov. Rick Perry says they can. But experts do have some concerns about giving law enforcement powers to a reserve military force.</p><p>From a legal standpoint, the National Guard has no authority to enforce federal immigration law, because the troops will be operating under the governor’s authority. In this case,&nbsp;Gov. Perry has called them up, and not President Barack Obama.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160643845&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> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:02:40 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10883 at http://kut.org Can National Guard Troops Make Arrests Along the Texas Border? How Much Has Texas Shaped Modern Art? http://kut.org/post/how-much-has-texas-shaped-modern-art <p>When you think of modern art, does Texas come to mind? According to Katie Robinson Edwards, curator of Austin's <a href="http://umlaufsculpture.org">Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum,</a> it should.</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:23:00 +0000 ChinLin Pan, David Brown & Rhonda Fanning 10822 at http://kut.org How Much Has Texas Shaped Modern Art? How Can You Measure the Success of National Guard Troops on the Border? http://kut.org/post/how-can-you-measure-success-national-guard-troops-border <p>The eyes of the nation are focused on the Texas-Mexico border, due to the humanitarian crisis involving undocumented and unaccompanied minors. This week, Gov. Rick Perry announced the deployment of 1,000 Texas National Guard Troops to the border.</p><p>Politically speaking, Gov. Perry’s message is that the Federal Government is failing in its duties. But in a story set to be published in Sunday’s Austin American-Statesman, investigative reporters Jeremy Schwartz and Eric Dexheimer pose a question: just what constitutes “mission accomplished?”&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:40:00 +0000 David Brown & Josie MacLean 10872 at http://kut.org How Can You Measure the Success of National Guard Troops on the Border? Don't Get it Twisted: Making Balloon Animals Takes Lots of Practice http://kut.org/post/dont-get-it-twisted-making-balloon-animals-takes-lots-practice <p>It’s time for another edition of KUT’s Summer School!&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every Friday this summer, we head out to learn new skills from people in Austin who are experts in their field. Today’s subject?&nbsp;Balloon Twisting. &nbsp;</span></p><p>KUT’s Kate McGee teaches us how to learns the squeaky, yet delicate art of creating shapes out of balloons.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160292443&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, 25 Jul 2014 21:32:01 +0000 Kate McGee 10875 at http://kut.org Don't Get it Twisted: Making Balloon Animals Takes Lots of Practice How Austin Can Help Unaccompanied Minors at the Border http://kut.org/post/how-austin-can-help-unaccompanied-minors-border <p>Unaccompanied minors and other immigrants continue to arrive at the border, creating a national dialogue on immigration reform.</p><p>President Obama is expected to meet with the presidents of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras today to discuss the humanitarian crisis along the border.</p><p>Organizations and faith-based groups around the country are doing what they can to assist the minors. Austin is no exception –&nbsp;several organizations and churches are currently accepting donations. Here’s a roundup:</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:58:13 +0000 Reynaldo Leanos 10874 at http://kut.org How Austin Can Help Unaccompanied Minors at the Border See 'Bright Now Beyond' at Salvage Vanguard Theater http://kut.org/post/see-bright-now-beyond-salvage-vanguard-theater <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Starting July 31, Salvage Vanguard Theater will present the world premiere of the new musical </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Bright Now Beyond</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. It's an adaptation of L. Frank Baum's 1904 book </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Marvelous Land of Oz</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (which was the second in the author's long-running series of Oz books).</span></p><p><em>Bright Now Beyond </em>is set decades after the events of <em>The Wizard of O</em>z, and features a few characters &nbsp;from that story&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">(the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Glinda</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;the Good all make&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">appearences</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">)&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">along with many &nbsp;new characters not seen in the classic film. Co-writer Daniel Alexander Jones sees all the characters — the familiar and the new — as being at a crossroads in their life; that's one of the things that drew him to the story.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160280137&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, 25 Jul 2014 20:23:26 +0000 Mike Lee 10873 at http://kut.org See 'Bright Now Beyond' at Salvage Vanguard Theater 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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UT System Expected to Name New Chancellor on Tuesday http://kut.org/post/ut-system-expected-name-new-chancellor-tuesday <p>The University of Texas System Board of Regents has <a href="http://utsystem.edu/board-of-regents/meetings/board-meeting-2014-07-29">scheduled a meeting</a>&nbsp;for Tuesday, when they are expected to name the sole finalist to be the system's next chancellor. Sources with knowledge of the search told the Tribune that Admiral William H. McRaven is likely to be chosen.</p><p>McRaven is a Navy Seal best known for coordinating the successful operation to kill Osama bin Laden. He is currently the&nbsp;commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, which is headquartered in Florida. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:45:42 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune 10868 at http://kut.org UT System Expected to Name New Chancellor on Tuesday