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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2013 Legislative Sesssion
1:15 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

House Votes to Limit Drone Use

As drones become more prevalent outside the military, Texas lawmakers want to regulate their use.
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The Texas House passed a bill last night that could limit the use of aerial drones by both law enforcement and private citizens.

Rep. Lance Gooden, R-Terrell, points out that police need a warrant to enter private property, and says his bill would provide the same requirement for law enforcement using drones.

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Austin
12:42 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

A Timeline of Obama’s Visits to Austin (Photos)

President Obama, speaking outside the State Capitol in 2008.
KUT News

President Barack Obama’s got a thing for Austin.

The President is kicking off his “Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour” in the Capitol City today. The White House says Austin was picked as the place to start the tour, because it leads the country in manufacturing and tech job growth. (And we’re sure Austin’s reputation as a Democratic city in a solidly Republican state doesn’t hurt either.)

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Austin
2:03 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Austin's Jails Get Slammed on Yelp

In Austin and abroad, citizens have taken to Yelp to review jails and prisons.
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With the news that Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg may be leaving the hoosegow, corrections officers may be looking over their shoulders, hoping that the county’s highest ranking law officer doesn’t write them a bad review.

But Lehmberg wouldn’t be the first to leave a jail bad feedback on Yelp.

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Austin
12:52 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

May the 4th Be With You, Austin: Star Wars & Free Comics Collide

A stormtrooper idles outside the Texas Capitol. This May 4th, comics fans and Star Wars aficionados will both find cause for celebration.
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Obi-Wan Kenobi lied.

When the Jedi Master said “The Force will be with you, always,” he wasn’t exactly correct. Around the country, the force get its own special day: May the 4th.

Yep, that’s right, young Padawans. Tomorrow is National Star Wars Day. And this year it falls on the first Saturday of May, which – as any devotee of pulp yarns will tell you – is another storied celebration in the pantheon of nerddom: Free Comic Book Day.

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College Football
8:59 am
Thu May 2, 2013

A&M OKs $450M Remodel of Kyle Field Into Texas' Biggest Stadium

The Texas A&M Board of Regents voted to expand Kyle Field into the most "expensive" and "extensive" field in college football.
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Update: The Texas A&M Board of Regents approved the university’s $450 million plan to redevelop Kyle Field into the biggest stadium in Texas (by seating capacity). Demolition work on the existing stadium is slated to begin in November this year, with plans for a grand opening in time for the 2015 football season.

You can read a press release, and view a photo gallery here.

Original post (May 1): Football is big at Texas A&M and it could be getting bigger – even bigger than it is at UT Austin.

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Austin
8:15 am
Thu May 2, 2013

'Trash Dance:' Documentary Puts Austin Waste Workers in Limelight

A scene from the climactic, nighttime performance in "Trash Dance."
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If the film "Trash Dance" has a mantra, it’s simple: Power to the people. Those people and that power, however, don’t conjure up the familiar themes of power through politics but, strangely enough, dance.

And garbage trucks. 

The film follows choreographer Allison Orr’s work with Austin Energy and Solid Waste Services to make meticulously synchronized dance routines featuring everyday utility service vehicles. So it’s power to the people, who give you power and haul your trash.

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Austin
12:34 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

The X Games Could Come to Austin Next Summer

Motocross jumping could become a familiar sight at the Circuit of the Americas, if Austin secures a three year X Games contract.
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Update: It's official: The X Games are coming to Austin. Read more here from KUT News.

Original post: Austin could be getting extreme in the summer of 2014.

The Circuit of the Americas announced yesterday that the 1500 acre racetrack and concert venue is on a list of four finalists to host the 2014 Summer X Games and enter into a three-year contract with ESPN, the event’s sponsor.

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Texas
3:35 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

It's Willie Nelson's 80th Birthday

Willie Nelson celebrates his 80th birthday today.
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It’s official: the Red Headed Stranger is an octogenarian.

Willie Nelson, the Crown Prince of Texas Country, turns 80 today. And it seemed as mellow an affair as one would expect from Willie – despite a busy week.

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Austin
3:29 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

New Hike & Bike Trail Toilet Celebrates With a First Flush

Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Runners and bikers can breathe a sigh of relief – now that they can relieve themselves in a brand new, site-specific restroom on the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail.

The new restroom features stylized concrete and carefully placed rebar. But it’s also sited on one of the most populated sections of the trail – the Johnson Creek trailhead, just below the MoPac bridge.

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West Plant Explosion
2:39 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

How Austin is Helping West, TX – And How You Can Too (Update)

As citizens from West continue to rebuild, events and charities in Austin continue to contribute to victims' relief efforts.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

As families begin the long rebuilding process in West, Texas,  relief efforts are still in full swing. But while the community of West may no longer need blood or clothes or supplies – for the moment, at least – they still need money. The town incurred an estimated $100 million in damages following the fertilizer plant explosion.

To continue our coverage of ways Austinites can help those in West, here is an updated list of some West charities, events and benefit programs:

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Austin
5:46 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Spring Showers: More Oak Wilt?

Austin live oaks and red oaks could see higher levels of oak wilt infection this summer.
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Austin live oaks have benefited from recent rains, but that rain could also put them at risk for oak wilt, a fungus that spreads quickly through trees’ root systems and can kill them in as little as six weeks. 

Chris Dolan, head of oak wilt prevention for the City of Austin Arborist’s office, said oak wilt enters a tree through open wounds from pruning and forms “fungal mats,” which infect trees and make them susceptible to parasites.

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West Plant Explosion
1:57 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Looking for West, TX Benefits in Austin?

Benefits this week will go to organizations like the American Red Cross to support relief efforts following the explosion in West last week.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

For now, those rebuilding the community in West, Texas following last week’s fertilizer plant explosion don’t need clothing or blood donations – they’ve received a massive outpouring of support from the Central Texas area and beyond.

What they need is money.

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Austin
11:00 am
Wed April 24, 2013

City Conference Looks to End Unfair Housing Practices in Austin

Texas Workforce Commission investigator Robert Sumner said that these seminars benefit those fighting unfair housing practices in Austin and across the state.
Andrew Weber for KUT News

The City of Austin investigates about a hundred claims every year of so-called “unfair housing.” That’s when people are denied a place to live based on their race, disability or other factors.

The City of Austin and the Texas Workforce Commission held a conference yesterday in an effort to prevent that.

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Austin
9:37 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Grass is Greener for Austin's Zero Waste Future

The City of Austin looks to reduce waste in the city to 90 percent by 2040.
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Austin’s one of the few cities in Texas where you might start composting to avoid being ostracized by friends.

Whether its groundwater, tap water, urban farming, salamander saving or the bag ban, the city’s got a whole slew of unique, environmentally-friendly idiosyncrasies. Even some of the trucks that haul trash to the landfill are green, running on natural gas.

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Texas
5:34 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Texas Joins Suit Against EPA

Attorney General Greg Abbott is one of 12 attorneys general who want the Supreme Court to review the EPA's regulation of greenhouse gasses
Filipa Rodrigues, KUT News

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott was among the state AG's with an Earth Day gift for the Environmental Protection Agency: A lawsuit.

Abbott is one of 12 attorneys general asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case that claims the agency created “absurd” regulations of greenhouse gasses under the Clean Air Act.

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