Audrey White

KUT News Intern

Audrey White is a news intern at KUT. She is currently studying at the University of Texas at Austin.

5:30 pm
Thu August 4, 2011

Kangaroo Makes Austin Zoo Debut


The Austin Zoo has a new addition. His name is Jason, and he’s learning to box.

The one-and-a-half-year-old red kangaroo, made his zoo debut this week. Georgetown animal control confiscated him from a man who bought the marsupial illegally. Head zookeeper Sara King says zoo staff are helping him adjust to his new home.

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2:54 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Water Conservation Critical As Drought Worsens

Levels in Lake Travis are at record lows. That's just one symptom of a drought that could push Austin into tighter water restrictions.
Photo courtesy of Lower Colorado River Authority

Despite some recent light rain, the Lower Colorado River Authority continues to urge Texans to conserve water. Central Texas' rainfall levels are 17 and a half inches below average.

LCRA meteorologist Bob Rose said it could be months before lake levels return to normal, if past droughts are any indication.

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5:20 pm
Tue July 19, 2011

Police Seeking Info on Radioactive Camera

Some cameras used to inspect pipes contain radioactive materials. One such camera was stolen from a car on South I-35 Tuesday.
Photo Courtesy of Austin Police Department

The Austin Police Department is asking for help to find car burglars who counted a radioactive camera among their loot.

In a press release, APD  said the theft occurred on South I-35. The stolen device is used to identify leaky pipes. It contains a radioactive material that could be dangerous to those who come into contact with it and the surrounding areas.

Police say there is no evidence that the suspect meant to steal the dangerous camera.

Anyone with information about this item is asked to contact Detective David Martin at (512) 974-4959.

1:32 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

Stakeholders Pass Water Plan to LCRA

As Texas faces one of the driest years on record, a team of people with a stake in water from the Highland Lakes have agreed on a plan for Lower Colorado River Authority's water management over the next 10 years.
Photo by Daniel Reese for KUT News

Farmers, business owners, environmentalists, power plant developers and homeowners have agreed on a set of changes for the next Lower Colorado River Authority Water Management Plan.

The committee finalized its suggested plan Tuesday. The LCRA board will vote on it at their August 24 meeting. Their approval would send it to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for a final decision.

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11:23 am
Thu July 14, 2011

Power Grid Operator Asks Customers to Reduce Use This Afternoon

The state's power grid operator is asking consumers to cut back on power use again this afternoon.
Photo by Daniel Reese for KUT News

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is asking consumers to reduce energy use from 3:00-7:00 pm today.

Unexpected power generating unit outages and high temperatures will lead to a shortage of power supply, ERCOT officials said in a news release this morning.

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3:58 pm
Tue July 12, 2011

Beaches Safe after Shark Bite Incident

A 12-year-old boy was bitten by a shark in Galveston Bay last week, but Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials say such incidents are rare in Texas.
Photo courtesy Stormy Dog at

A 12-year-old boy was bitten on the foot by a shark near Port O’Conner Thursday. It is the second shark bite incident in Texas year, according to the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife.

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Arts and Culture
12:11 pm
Tue July 12, 2011

Academy to Archive Alamo Drafthouse Posters

The Alamo Drafthouse's poster company, MONDO, created posters for the Rolling Roadshow series, including one based on "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." The company's posters will soon join the archives of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
By Jeff Proctor, courtesy MONDO/Alamo Drafthouse

The Alamo Drafthouse’s poster company, MONDO, is partnering with the archiving arm of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

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3:21 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

UT, ACC Make List of Top CPA Test Passing Rates

Austin Community College's Rio Grande campus downtown. ACC was the only community college to rank in the top ten for CPA test success.
Photo by KUT News

CORRECTION: In the original version of this story, we said that David Quinn was Dean of Business Studies at ACC. In fact, the Dean of Business Studies is Charles Quinn.

The University of Texas at Austin and Austin Community College bookended a list of top ten Certified Public Accountant exam success rates among Texas colleges and universities.

ACC was the only community college to make the list.

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12:06 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

AFD Spends Quiet 4th of July Weekend

Austin Fire Department only had to fight two small brush fires this Fourth of July, drastically less than other fireworks holidays.
Photo by Callie Hernandez for KUT News

The Austin Fire Department only responded to two fires on the 4th of July, compared to 50 on last New Year's Eve.

AFD Battalion Chief Thayer Smith attributes the reduction of fire to people complying with a statewide personal fireworks ban. He confirmed that personal fireworks were responsible for at least one of the two fires reported yesterday in Austin. The department never had to call out their 12 brush trucks to combat the fires outside of normal fire operations.

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4:46 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Texas Attorney General Fights for Prayer During Grad Ceremonies

Photo by Harley Pebley

Attorney General Greg Abbott is expected to file an amicus brief this afternoon challenging a court ruling that forbids prayer at a Medina Valley High School’s graduation.

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1:17 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Texas Schools Eat Up MyPlate

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's new nutrition icon, MyPlate, replaces the food pyramid after 19 years.
Graphic courtesy USDA

Texas school districts are responding to the newest innovation in nutrition guidelines from the The U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA today unveiled MyPlate. It's a graphic rendition of suggested proportional portion sizes for fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy.

Melanie Konarik, director of child nutrition services for Spring Independent School District, called the design "excellent," saying that teachers and parents can use it to educate young people about the importance of balanced meals.

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