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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Downtown
4:22 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Planning Commission to Discuss Rainey Street Development

Lustre Pearl, one of the first bars to open on Rainey Street. A proposal would require new bar to apply for a conditional use permit before opening.
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In the past few years, once quaint and quiet Rainey Street has become a haven for the hip, with businesses ubiquitously flipping the neighborhood's historic bungalows into bars.

Tonight, the City of Austin Planning Commission will discuss two possible changes along Rainey Street: one that would encourage the relocation of historic homes, and another measure that would require new bars to seek permits, including public hearings.

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Texas
1:01 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Today Marks the 40th Anniversary of LBJ's Death

LBJ in the Oval office shortly after assuming office in 1963.
LBJ Presidential Library at the University of Texas

It was 40 years ago today that Lyndon B. Johnson passed away at his family ranch in Stonewall at his family ranch.  

Johnson served as the 36th President of the United States, Vice President to John F. Kennedy, and served in both houses of Congress as well. 

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Politics
10:19 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Inauguration Wrap-Up: Bring on the Weirdness

President Obama was sworn in Monday amidst a flurry of activity
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Inauguration day is a day of pomp and circumstance. It’s when the president assumes the position of Commander-in-Chief to resounding applause and throngs of admirers. For some presidents it’s a breeze. Yet, even on his second go of an inauguration, President Barack Obama still managed to draw a frenzy of action, insanity, and triviality to accompany his second Oath of Office.

Obama’s speech clocked-in at just over 2,400 words, which was almost equal to his 2008 word count (but nowhere near as brief as George Washington’s second inauguration at 135-words). But for Obama's second inauguration, the weirdness ran long.

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Arts and Culture
12:02 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Circuit of the Americas Opening Music Venue in Spring

The Tower Amphitheater will have a capacity for over 15,000 fans
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The Circuit of the Americas announced today that they will debut their shiny new music venue, the Tower Amphitheater, this spring with a concert featuring country music star Kenny Chesney on April 5.

COTA officials say the festival will bring new opportunities to the complex largely known for motorsports, and that they plan on scheduling 15 to 20 shows a year to keep the circuit occupied between race days.

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Arts and Culture
3:50 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Frontera Fest Celebrates 20th Year

Hyde Park Theatre

Good news, theater junkies.  Frontera Fest 2013, the festival that exhibits veteran and up-and-coming playwrights of Austin, began yesterday.

The festival features plays, choreography, comedy improv, monologues, avant-garde, and all creative utterances of over 250 performers on the “fringe” of the theater world.

Rest assured, it’s friggin’ fringe-tastic. 

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Health
1:56 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Possible EMS Program Would Expand Coverage

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The Commissioners Court didn’t renew an Austin/Travis County EMS contract last night. They’ll wait until next week to do that. But county commissioners did show some love for a new proposal that would create a unit of paramedics roaming the city in trucks tending to those sick and injured Austinites in need of assistance.

Sounds familiar right? Strangely enough, they’re not ambulances. 

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Business
12:59 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Survey: Texas an 'Oasis' for Businesses, Austin Shows 'Overall Friendliness'

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Texas has been courting businesses for some time now, attracting job creators and corporations to the state in droves.

State and city officials have lured corporations in with sales tax incentives. That's prompted accusations of corporate welfare and ill-gotten subsidies, but the state’s dance card is full when it comes to reeling in businesses. In fact, the state’s attracted more businesses than most.

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Politics
3:29 pm
Mon May 30, 2011

Texplainer: How Does a Special Session Work?

Photo by Callie Hernandez for KUT News

Hey, Texplainer: How does a Legislative special session work?

Consider a special session the legislative overtime in Texas. If both the House and Senate reach a stalemate on key issues or if the governor decides the legislative show must go on, he or she can call for a special session. 

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