Audrey White

KUT News Intern

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

 

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

Photo courtesy Stormy Dog at http://www.flickr.com/photos/the-lees/

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo by Harley Pebley http://www.flickr.com/photos/hpebley3/

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.

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.