Andrew Weber

Freelance reporter

Andrew Weber is a freelance reporter and associate editor for KUT News. A graduate of St. Edward's University with a degree in English, Andrew has previously interned with The Texas Tribune, The Austin American-Statesman and KOOP Radio.

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Austin
3:59 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Could These Iconic West Campus Murals Be Lost to Vandalism?

The mural on the north wall of the University Co-Op was painted in 2003, but the co-op and artists say they don't have enough money to renovate the mural marred by graffiti.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon for KUT

In 1974, a group calling themselves the Austintatious Artists wanted to express themselves. So, they found a wall in West Campus and painted what would become a venerated piece of Austin public art. Since then, that mural has lived on. They even painted another one in 2003 on the south wall of the same building.

Now, younger graffiti artists are laying claim to the same walls in droves. While it's something that's happened a lot over 40 years, the University Co-Op and the artists say the murals desperately need repair or they could be lost. 

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Education
5:01 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Feds Say Minority Students Face Higher Rates of Punishment

Credit flickr.com/therefore

The federal government and the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education released guidelines encouraging school to use fairness and equity in their discipline policies and warning of potential punishment, if they don't.

The U.S. Department of Education says African-American students make up 15 percent of the nation’s population but account for more than one-third of those who have been suspended from school at least once.

Education advocate Deborah Fowler, with Texas Appleseed, says minority students, especially African-American students, are more likely to experience discipline more frequently, both from administrators and from school resource officers.

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Austin
11:27 am
Wed January 8, 2014

iHeartRadio Country Fest Will Head to Frank Erwin Center

Florida Georgia Line will play both Red Fest and iHeartRadio's Country Fest.
flickr.com/concerttour

Austin's got another music festival. 

Today, iHeartRadio announced a one-day country festival, featuring Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum, among others. 

The Clear Channel-sponsored, Bobby Bones-hosted festival will descend upon the Frank Erwin Center on March 29th, making it the second country music fest planned for May 2014, after Jeff Foxworthy's Natty Light-sponsored Red Fest at Circuit of the Americas. 

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UT Football
12:06 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Longhorns Welcome Charlie Strong as Head Coach

UT President Bill Powers and Athletic Director Steve Patterson welcome Charlie Strong to the 'Longhorn family' on Jan. 6, 2014.
Spencer Selvidge for KUT

The Longhorns welcomed new head football coach Charlie Strong today in a press conference at Darrell K. Royal Stadium. And if the presser had a theme, it was simple: Integrity. 

Strong told reporters he respected the foundation of Mack Brown's tenure, that the coach was a man with integrity, and that players must perform, both on and off the field, with integrity and accountability. Ultimately, Strong says his goal is to bring the Longhorns back into the national title conversation.

"The bricks are there," Strong said. "And I just need to put another brick on top of it." 

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Austin
3:42 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Activist, Attorney Andi Sloan Succumbs to Complications From Cancer (Update)

Andi Sloan died of cancer on Jan. 1 after battling the disease for over 7 years.
facebook.com/OfficialAndisArmy

Well-known Austin attorney and activist Andi Sloan has died of complications from pneumonia, after a 7-year battle with cancer. 

While Sloan worked as an attorney and executive director of the Texas Advocacy Project, she was best known for her work lobbying California-based pharmaceutical company BioMarin to release an experimental drug to treat breast and ovarian cancer with her group Andi's Army.

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Austin
10:01 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Here's What Austin Googled in 2013

Google released its Austin Zeitgeist 2013 report today.
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What do twerking, Sharknado and the government shutdown have in common? 

They're all some of the top trends in Google searches in Austin this year, according to the search giant's 2013 Zeitgeist report. Austin's searches didn't do much to keep it weird. For the most part, the searches were fairly nationalized, unlike previous years, with one exception.

With that in mind, here's the list of Austin's 2013 top Google searches:

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UT Football
4:40 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Likely and Unlikely Replacements for Mack Brown as Longhorn Coach

Baylor coach Art Briles is an unlikely candidate for Brown's position, as he signed a 10-year contract extension
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Now that Mack Brown's officially resigning, Longhorn fans can breathe a sigh of relief, or of sorrow, after four years of lackluster play from UT football. But, despite latter day streakiness as a coach, Brown leaves the program second in all-time wins and an overall record of 158-47, including the 2005 BCS championship.

Brown's shoes won't be easy to fill, but there are plenty of high profile coaches in the running to do just that. Here's a list of the rumored replacements. 

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Texas Volleyball
11:42 am
Mon December 16, 2013

UT Volleyball Defeats Nebraska, Will Move on to the Final Four

UT Volleyball defeated Nebraska on Saturday to move on to the Final Four for the fifth time in six years.
University of Texas Athletics

UT fans might have missed the bit of good news from Longhorn athletics this weekend. With the bad news of Mack Brown's retirement comes a bit of good news: the Longhorns Volleyball team will head to the Final Four tournament. 

In an impressive shutout win against Nebraska, the top-ranked Horns extended their playoff match win streak to 23, the second longest in school history, according to UT Athletics

Mopac Improvement Project
10:37 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Construction Crews to 'Light and Stripe' MoPac From Parmer to Cesar Chavez

Construction crews will install lighting along MoPac between Parmer and Cesar Chavez
Courtesy of CTRMA

 

Construction crews will install temporary highway lighting along MoPac tonight, and will also remove existing light poles that in the way of the construction of the forthcoming MoPac express lanes. A full map of construction is available online.

The project will add North and Southbound express lanes between Parmer Lane and Cesar Chavez.  

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University of Texas
2:04 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Steve Patterson Named UT's Next Athletic Director

Former Longhorn Steve Patterson was named the new A.D. of UT athletics.
Photo by KUT News

After much speculation, University of Texas President Bill Powers confirmed that Steve Patterson will succeed DeLoss Dodds as athletic director of the university later this fall, who is retiring after 32 years as the school's A.D. 

Patterson's resume includes a stint with the championship-era Houston Rockets, the Houston Aeros hockey team, the Portland Trailblazers and played an integral role in helping bring an NFL franchise back to Houston in the Houston Texans. In a statement released this afternoon, however, Powers praised his most recent work at Arizona State University. 

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Traffic
2:26 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Map: Are These Austin's Worst Intersections?

The intersection around Sixth and Lamar got a nod as one of Austin's worst.
Callie Hernandez for KUT News

In Austin, it's a constant: Traffic.

There’s recent statewide and local efforts to mitigate congestion – which will take substantial investment and extensive construction. So despite proposals in the pipeline, traffic will continue to be a slow-going, fast-growing problem.

So, it got us wondering: What are the worst intersections in Austin? 

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Weird
2:51 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Coming Soon to Austin Parks: Brush-Clearing Goats?

A Swede Farm goat chows down on some poison ivy at the SFC East Market.
Courtesy of Sustainable Food Center

The Sustainable Food Center's East Austin farmer's market had a perennially irritating problem: Poison ivy was blocking a portion of the market's space. They couldn't use chemicals or herbicides — it wouldn't exactly jive with their goal of sustainability. 

So they got creative, turning to a four-legged, environmentally (and people) friendly alternative: Goats.

Now, Austin parks may be looking to adopt the strategy to beautify green spaces across the city, as well.

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Politics
1:43 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

San Antonio Republican Judge Joins Democratic Party

A Republican Bexar County judge who narrowly won his election in 2010 announced today that he will run next year as a Democrat. 

In a written statement, Judge Carlo Key of San Antonio, who is running for re-election to County Court Position 11 in San Antonio, cited ideological extremism as the reason for his departure from the Republican Party of Texas. 

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Police
4:51 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Austin Police ID Lt. Clay Crabb as Officer Involved in Fatal Crash

Lt. Clay Crabb was killed this morning in a fatal crash on his way to work.
Austin Police Department

An Austin Police officer was involved in a fatal crash this morning on U.S. Highway 290 near Sawyer Ranch Road.

In a written statement, APD identified the officer as Lieutenant Clay Crabb, a veteran officer who began his tenure with the Austin Police Department in 1998 after four years with the San Angelo Police Department. Crabb, 42, was on his way to work when a truck struck the driver's side of his vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle was not seriously injured.

Crabb was awarded 16 commendations in his service including the Superior Service Citation and the Master Peace Officer Ribbon.

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SXSW
2:21 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

SXSW Music Announces First Bands for 2014

SXSW hopes to be bigger and better than ever when the fest begins on March 7.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

South By Southwest Music announced the first salvo of artists gracing the badge-laden official stages.

The list includes just over 180 bands from all over the world, including 26 Austin acts including Whiskey Shivers, Shakey Graves, The Sour Notes and Wild Child.

The festival will begin on March 7 and all three phases — Film, Interactive and Music — will wrap up on March 16.

Austin City Limits Fest
4:33 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

At ACL, Austin Sign Language Interpreters Deliver Music to the Deaf

Lucy Brotherton is one of six interpreters for performances at ACL this year.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon, KUT News

If you’ve been to Austin City Limits Music Fest, you’ve seen them. And while they’re not the band, they are on stage and they are very talented, in their own way.

They've worked with everyone from Wu-Tang Clan to Green Day, from Black Sabbath to Jack White. They even braved the harsh cold of President Obama’s 2012 inauguration this past January.

They’re the sign language interpreters of LotuSIGN, and you can find them emphatically interpreting bands' lyrics and sounds at performances across the country. And while there’s plenty of air guitar and air piano, LotuSIGN means business.

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Veterans
9:00 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Interactive: Hearing on Prescription Drug Epidemic Among U.S. Veterans

A new report says that U.S. veterans are more likely to be prescribed addictive, and potentially lethal, opiates after returning home.
KUT News

According to a new report, the number of prescriptions veterans received for powerful opiates has surged since the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Central Texas veterans' prescriptions have jumped by nearly 340 percent, leading to increased risk of abuse, drug overdose and death, according to a report from the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the agency charged with helping veterans recover from war [the Department of Veterans Affairs]instead masks their pain with potent drugs, feeding addictions and contributing to a fatal overdose rate among VA patients that is nearly double the national average.

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Texas
1:10 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Photos: Six Outrageous Fried Foods at the State Fair of Texas

Fried King Ranch Casserole is one of the nominees for the Big Tex Choice Awards at the 2013 State Fair of Texas in Dallas.
facebook.com/statefairoftx

Update: The Associated Press reports a deep fried Cuban roll took top honors at the State Fair of Texas’ “Big Tex Choice Awards” this year: That's shredded pork, ham, cheese, pickles and sauce, rolled in dough and thrown in a deep fat fryer.

Another foodstuff profiled below – Fried Thanksgiving Dinner (which is exactly like it sounds) – took the prize for “Most Creative” entrée. The State Fair opens Sept. 27.

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Austin
12:05 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

UT Halts Partnership With Controversial Austin Aquarium

The Austin Aquarium is set to open this November despite two citations from the city and allegations of illegal animal trafficking surrounding one of the owners.
Facebook.com/AustinAquarium

After construction violations from the city's code compliance office last month and a recent guilty plea to animal trafficking charges from one of the owners of the new Austin Aquarium, the University of Texas' Texas Advanced Computing Center has put a potential partnership with the effort to bring an aquarium to North Austin on hold. 

Brothers Vince and Ammon Covino have been embroiled in legal squabbles since opening up aquariums in Portland, Oregon and Boise, Idaho in 2012 and 2011, respectively.

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