Andrew Weber

Web Producer

Andrew Weber is a web producer 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
4:06 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

What Could Home Decor Say About Couples' Relationships?

A UT study will examine the implications of home decor choices can mean for couples living together.
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Moving in is a big step in any relationship. But once you cross that threshold, what you do with your home — design, spacing, the abundance of personal items like photos — could have larger implications for partners. 

UT graduate student Lindsay Graham and psychology professor Sam Gosling have begun a study that collects data from couples' homes to discover how choices can effectively create a sense of "home" for both partners and express their senses of self individually.

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Politics
2:42 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Survey Says Texas Tea Party Can't Be Ignored

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (pictured) has risen to Tea Party prominence nationally. A recent survey of Texas voters shows that the party is here to stay.
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A new poll suggests the Tea Party movement is more than a flash in the pan in Texas politics. 

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Austin
5:09 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

With Tube Rentals, East Austin Beach Not So 'Secret' Anymore

The word is getting out about Austin's "Secret Beach."
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Some secrets, it seems, are worth sharing.

This Memorial Day, a company called East Side Tubes began offering tube rentals and shuttle service just west of the Longhorn Dam on the Colorado River – services similar to those on the San Marcos River or the Comal River in New Braunfels. But new tubers may arrive to the chagrin of those frequenting the area colloquially known as “Secret Beach.”

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Texas
10:38 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Parole Could Come for Minors Convicted of Capital Murder

A Senate committee voted a bill that requires a mandatory life sentence for 17-year-olds convicted of capital murder. The bill would also require a possibility of parole after 40 years.
Liang Shi for KUT

Texas lawmakers have approved new mandatory sentencing for minors convicted of capital murder.

It would require a life sentence with the opportunity for parole for 17-year-olds convicted of the crime, after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down mandatory life without parole for minors last year.

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Austin
2:39 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

County Commissioners Say Maintaining Roads Costs Counties

Travis County Commissioners say a bill before the legislature could alleviate county maintenance of highways like US-183
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Gov. Rick Perry’s addition of transportation to the special session yesterday may mean more funding for Texas highways.

But Travis County Commissioners sent a letter today to the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House arguing the Texas Department of Transportation relies too heavily on Central Texas counties to fund improvements to the state highway system.

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Education
2:55 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Study Calls for Expansion of Texas' Summer Lunch Program

A new study says that expansion of summer lunch programs could rake in $47 million in federal reimbursements.
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A new report spotlights the success and shortfalls of summer lunch programs for Texas students.

The Food Research and Action Center found that the number of lunch programs across the state grew by 17 percent last year. However, these programs only reach about 11 percent of low-income children receiving school lunches.

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Austin
11:45 am
Fri June 7, 2013

COTA Continues Push for Austin X Games With Video Pitch

The Circuit of the Americas [COTA] and hordes of extreme sports enthusiasts are fighting hard to bring the Summer X Games to Austin next summer.  COTA has now produced a video showing just how extreme Austin can be.

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Technology
9:15 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Austin Bitcoiners Bring Online Currency Offline, Into Stores

Bitcoin is a web-based currency that uses transactions to create a finite, controlled number of bits that can be used as online credit.
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Bitcoin is blowing up, both in the successful and not-so-successful sense.

The currency is as volatile as a Texas summer is miserably hot. But the volatility’s not stopping Austin movers and shakers from capitalizing on the craze.

Last week, a Bitcoin startup that will help grow the online currency popped up in Austin. But some Austin Bitcoin’ers are trying to moving the currency offline and into the real world.

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Austin
4:42 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Update: 24-Hour Trails Open for Bikers, Not Hikers

The city's 24-hour hike and bike trail pilot program begins Saturday.
Andrew Weber for KUT News

Austin bikers will have the trails all to themselves for a few months, at night anyway.

The city clarified today that the 24-hour hike and bike trail is only open for those on bikes, not those looking to hike, walk or jog on the Butler Trail, Johnson Creek and Shoal Creek greenbelts.

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Austin
2:34 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

KUT News Tries Out Austin's 'Budget in a Box'

It's time to play everyone's favorite game!

The city's Budget in a Box gives folks outside city hall a chance to learn about the city's budgeting process, then try on the shoes of a city budgeter, cutting, padding and managing programs and agencies that keep the city humming along.

KUT News acquired a copy of the game and we gave a two reporters and a few interns the chance to give the budgeting process the old college try. Click the video below to see how we fared.

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Health
10:05 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Texas Ranks 39th in National Survey of Senior Health

According to a national study, Texas has one of the highest rates of poverty among senior citizens.
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Texas and its capitol city are increasingly touted as great retirement destinations. But according to a recent study, the state ranks 48th in money spent on senior healthcare and 39th overall, in a national survey by United Health Foundation.

The study from the health care giant found that 820,000 Texas seniors were physically inactive, which led to nearly 20 percent of seniors spending at least a week in intensive care in the final six months of their lives.

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UT Longhorn Football
5:11 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Mack Brown Suspends WR's, Says Horns Have 'Another Run' Left in Them

At a press conference on June 3, 2013, UT Football Coach Mack Brown said the Longhorns will look to bounce back from last year's 9-4 season.
Andrew Weber for KUT News

As summer heats up, the Texas Longhorns are taking to the practice fields.

Today, UT Football Coach Mack Brown said, this year, the team is looking to rebound from last year’s lackluster season, that the team will move forward with Quarterback David Ash firmly at the helm and that wide receivers Cayleb Jones and Kendall Sanders will be suspended for the Horns' first game against New Mexico State.

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Austin
3:05 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

7 Arrested in Central Texas Drug Busts

U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman (center) and Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo (left) at a press conference on May 30, 2013.
Andrew Weber for KUT News

Austin is no longer a “sleepy college town,” according to Police Chief Art Acevedo.

Austin Police and the U.S. Attorney's office say as Austin grows, so does the risk of drug trafficking. Today, they announced two big busts – one involving a year-and-a-half investigation into a cartel-connected cocaine ring and another that yielded over 20 pounds of methamphetamine.

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Education
4:47 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Group Rallies Against Possible Eastside Memorial Plan

Johnston High School alumni say Johns Hopkins may not be able to serve the students of Eastside Memorial because they are unfamiliar with the community.
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Alumni from Johnston High School, now known as Eastside Memorial High School, are voicing concern over the likely takeover of their former campus by John Hopkins University. Austin ISD signed a contract with Johns Hopkins as part of a state-mandated effort to revive sagging test scores at the school. But Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams still has to approve the plan, or shut down the campus.

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2013 Legislative Session
4:27 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Legislature Debates Drones, Guns and Money as Special Session Looms

Lawmakers are gearing up for a likely special session, but that hasn’t stopped them from trying to squeeze as many bills as they can out of the regular session.

But as the Sine Die bell nearly tolls, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has gone as far to personally ask the state’s highest executive for a special session.

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Austin
12:38 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

City Looks for Feedback on Austin's Food Scene

Austin's food scene may be booming, but the city is looking for input on how to combat food deserts and develop urban agriculture.
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For the uninitiated, Austin food isn’t exactly orthodox. Like any big city, the culinary range is vast and eclectic – from tapas to tandoori, gourmet donuts to the ubiquitous breakfast taco.

But while Austin’s food scene may be a draw for taste buds here and abroad, it’s also a preeminent moneymaker – with an economic impact of over $4 billion, according to a study released last month. The city may savor that tax revenue, but it’s also asking citizens for ideas to improve Austin’s food culture as foodies look forward.

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Austin
1:54 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

How Many 'Austin Bashing' Bills Made It Out of the Lege? (Update)

With five Austin-centric bills this session alone, lawmakers are keeping a keen eye on the Austin City Council this legislative session.
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Update: The legislative session adjourns Monday – and Austin City Council members can breathe a collective sigh of relief.

All of the bills below disappeared into the legislative black hole – that is, they either never made it out of committee, or were never cleared for a vote.

Update (March 26): Here’s some additional bills that meet the Austin City Council’s definition of “Austin bashing” – legislation that would defang local policies.

  • HB 1858, Rep. Paul Workman (R-Austin)

The bill would ban cities from restricting the removal of trees if a developer or land owner deems the tree to be a fire hazard. Opponents worry the bill provides a work-around the city’s Heritage Tree Ordinance, and point to an additional piece of Workman legislation, HB 3087, as creating additional development loopholes for removing trees.

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Austin
4:41 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

City Council OK’s COTA Bid to Lure X Games to Austin

The Circuit of the Americas Track could be the next venue for the Summer X Games. The games are currently held across multiple venues in Los Angeles, like L.A. Live.
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Update: Today the Austin City Council gave the go-ahead to the Circuit of the Americas’s attempt to secure a three-year Summer X Games contract.

The city approval allows COTA to seek state money and incentives under the Events Trust Fund during the bid process for the games. It also includes $150,000 in fee waivers for police overtime and trash clean-up.

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Austin
6:05 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Photos: Boardwalk Trail at Lady Bird Lake

A Public Works employee speeds by the under-construction boardwalk trail.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

The city’s Public Works department has given a midterm progress report on the Boardwalk Trail at Lady Bird Lake. 

It’s over a mile of extensions and renovation to the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail east of Congress Avenue, including newly-created boardwalk sections that will extend over the lake on concrete piers. 

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2013 Legislative Session
5:45 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Perry, Interrupted, Meets With Medicaid Advocacy Group

Reynaldo Gutierrez, center, was one protester who got a meeting with Gov. Perry earlier today.
Andrew Weber for KUT News

A Texas advocacy group took some less than subtle steps today to get a meeting with the governor.

Members from the healthcare advocacy group Texas Organizing Project interrupted Gov. Rick Perry multiple times during a speech at the Texas Global Business Summit this afternoon, repeating a call for Texas to accept federal Medicaid dollars.

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