Kelsey Sheridan is a news intern at KUT. She currently studies religion and journalism at Northwestern University.

Arts and Culture
10:06 am
Mon June 27, 2011

Austin Man Buys Michael Jackson “Thriller” Jacket For $1.8 Million

Local entrepreneur Milton Verret bought the jacket worn by Michael Jackson in the iconic video for "Thriller" (above) at auction yesterday for $1.8 million, Reuters reports. Verret plans to put the black and red calf leather jacket on display at Dell Children’s Medical Center and then send it around the world for charity events.

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Top Stories
9:12 am
Mon June 27, 2011

Top Morning Stories for June 27, 2011

Photo by KUT News

Cap Metro Board Nears Bus Operation Vote

The board of directors of the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority will vote today on whether to abolish StarTran, the subsidiary company it formed in 1991 to manage its bus driver and maintenance crews.

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Texas
8:16 am
Sun June 26, 2011

Sunday Morning Round-Up: June 26, 2011

Your round up of the day's news from KUT. (Now with Coffee!)
Photo by KUT News

Another hot day ahead in Central Texas. Not that you needed me to tell you that. The forecast will remain pretty much the same until....hmmm....maybe October?

So why not sit back, stay cool and read this round up of the day's news.

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Austin
5:40 pm
Sat June 25, 2011

Inspirational Athletes Compete in Central Texas

People from around the nation were in New Braunfels this weekend for an annual extreme sports event for athletes with amputations. Athletes participated in competitions including skateboarding, kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking.

Austin-based Hanger Orthopedic Group was the title sponsor of this year's Extremity Games.  It's organized by the Athletes with Disabilities Network.

Check out all of the talent in this video produced by Hannah Jones and KUT's Crystal Chavez:

 

Politics
11:57 am
Sat June 25, 2011

The Week in Texas Politics: June 20 - June 24

Want a quick recap of some of the happenings this week in the Texas Legislature? Our political reporting partner the Texas Tribune has made it easier for you with a weekly video rundown of the action under the dome.

 

Justin Dehn is a multimedia producer at the Tribune whose focus is videography and television production. He's been shooting TV news for more than a decade, most recently as a staff photojournalist at Austin's KVUE-TV from 2006 to 2010. At the Tribune, Dehn has been behind the camera for Tribune franchises Stump Interrupted, Face-Off and all the TribLive conversations, as well the stories we've produced each week for our dozen TV partners around the state.

Photo courtesy The Texas Tribune
Austin
11:38 am
Sat June 25, 2011

New Hotel Planned Near Convention Center

Rendering of Manchester Financial Group's planned hotel in downtown Austin, near the Convention Center.
Image courtesy of Gensler Architects.

A San Diego developer plans to build a 50-story convention center hotel just east of the Austin Convention Center. It would be on the northeast corner of Cesar Chavez and Red River Street.

Perry Lorenz, who owns the site, and his partner have entered into a 99-year lease agreement with the developer, Manchester Financial of San Diego.

The hotel would be off of Waller Creek, which the city is redeveloping.

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traffic
4:58 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Weekend Construction Will Shut Ben White, Not I-35

This is the area where a Ben White Blvd./US 290 closure begins this evening.

Work on a flyover ramp will require shutting Ben White Blvd. this weekend, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. But unlike previous weekends, the closure will not affect I-35. You can see the affected area in the map above. For a more detailed view, check out TxDOT’s map here.

The Ben White Blvd/US 290 closure is scheduled to start around 8 o’clock tonight. Everything is supposed to return to normal by Sunday morning.

Politics
3:41 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Castro To Take On Doggett for New Congressional Seat

Photos by Caleb Bryant Miller & Justin Dehn, Texas Tribune

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, the nine-term, liberal Austin congressman, foiled Republicans’ efforts to redistrict him out of office in 2003 and intends to do it again in 2012, living “in a Winnebago, if that’s what it takes,” to vie for a newly-drawn district that encompasses San Antonio’s most Democratic and Hispanic neighborhoods and spreads up to southern Travis County.

The Republican Legislature drew him a bad map again this year, and getting through March’s Democratic primary could be a doozy. At a minimum, Doggett will face State Rep. Joaquin Castro, a 36-year-old rising star in his party who has politics in his DNA — his identical twin brother Julián is San Antonio’s mayor — and grew up in one of the San Antonio neighborhoods central to the new district.

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