Bobby Blanchard

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Transportation
4:21 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Weekend Road Closures, Events: Longhorn Run, Art City Austin

Art City Austin is this weekend. Some roads will be closed for the festival.
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Road closures this weekend will keep drivers away from city hall and a few roads surrounding the University of Texas at Austin. Art City Austin and the Longhorn Run are both this weekend.

Art City Austin is pitched as a hybrid of an art festival and a block party. The festival features an outdoor art fair, local food trailers, live music and more. Volunteers are still needed.

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Business
5:50 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Casinos in Texas? It Might Happen Sooner Than You Think

John Carona speaks to members of the media Monday afternoon at the Capitol.
Bobby Blanchard, KUT News

Texas voters would decide whether or not casinos would be allowed in the state, if state lawmakers approve a referendum that would amend the state Constitution.

State Senator John Carona (R-Dallas) said his proposal would allow 21 casinos to be distributed throughout the state, and would create a gambling commission. Carona, the author of the bill, said it is time Texas allows for casinos and slot machines, so the state doesn't fall behind other states economically.

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Arts and Culture
1:01 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Harry Ransom Center Names New Director

Stephen Enniss will be the seventh director of the Harry Ransom Center.
Julie Ainsworthulie Ainsworth Folger Shakespeare Library

The University of Texas announced Stephen Enniss, the current head librarian of the Folger Shakespeare Library, has been named the new director of the Harry Ransom Center.

“The Ransom Center is among the finest research libraries in the country with unparalleled holdings and a storied past,” Enniss said in a statement.  "I am honored to join my new colleagues there in helping to extend further its important and ongoing cultural work.”

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Environment
9:29 am
Sat April 6, 2013

'Texas Trash-Off' This Weekend

Groups like one in Crane, TX plan to get out this weekend for the 'Texas Trash Off.'
facebook.com/keepcranebeautiful

This weekend, Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation are joining together for 'Texas Trash-Off', which is Texas's "largest single-day litter cleanup" event.

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Sports
4:39 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

UT Volleyball Celebrates National Championship

Gregory Gym will open its doors to the Texas Volleyball team this weekend, who will be celebrating their national championship.
flickr.com/wallyg

To celebrate its 2012 national championship, the Texas Volleyball team will play again in Gregory Gym this weekend.

The Longhorns will play an exhibition match against Wichita State. It is free and open to the public. It starts at noon.

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Transportation
11:50 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Weekend Road Closures: Capitol 10k, 4th Street Detour

Eastbound traffic on 4th Street is getting detorued to 5th Street as vonstruction on the southwest corner of 4th andColorado Streets begins.
flickr.com/tina_kolesnik

The Austin-American Statesman's Capitol 10k run will result in many road closures downtown and around the Capitol this Sunday. 

Some road closures will begin at 3 a.m. and last at late as 12 p.m. and include part of Congress Avenue. For a more details, check out this map by the Statesman.

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Politics
6:56 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Senate Panel Votes to Limit Power of UT Regents

The struggle between UT administration and the Board of Regents continues at the Capitol.
Liang Shi, KUT News

A bill making progress at the Texas Capitol would limit college governing boards like the University of Texas Board of Regents, whose members have been criticized for “micromanaging” UT in Austin and President Bill Powers.

The bill approved today by the Senate Committee on Higher Education assigns to universities themselves all duties not specifically assigned to regents.

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Education
8:10 am
Tue April 2, 2013

15,000 Already Registered for UT Austin's edX Classes (Update)

edX course registration has opened up for UT-Austin classes, including "Ideas of the 20th Century."
edx.org

Update: The University of Texas System says nearly 15,000 people from around the world have signed up for free, online classes offered by the University of Texas at Austin in just the first three days of enrollment.

The most popular edX class offered by UT so far is Energy 101  –  with more than 5,000 registrants.

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Transportation
5:05 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Map: Texas Relays, Austin Urban Music Fest Cause Road Closures

The Texas Relays could cause some heavy traffic around UT and downtown Austin this weekend.
Matt Largey, KUT News

Austin is keeping busy this weekend — which means there are a few road closures event and non-event goers alike should look out for.

The Austin Urban Music Festival is coming back to Auditorium Shores this weekend. This year, the two-day festival is featuring musical guests such as Brandy and Anthony Hamilton. Tickets are still available online.

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Austin
3:48 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Time to Start Hoarding the Breakfast Tacos: North Korea Wants to Strike Austin?

Kim Jong Un has announced his placing rockets on standby to strike Austin.
courtesy flickr.com/zennie62

Update: UT Politics and East Asia expert Patricia Maclachlan says nuclear weapons are North Korea’s only way to get the U.S. to the negotiating table.

“It has nothing else going for it. It’s the only negotiating card that it really has to get what it wants from the outside world," she says.

But the threat does beg the question: Why Austin?

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Transportation
1:24 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Map: Traffic Speeds to Increase on US 183, SH 130

The Texas Department of Transportation is increasing speed limits on some highways outside of Austin.
Wikimedia Commons, bit.ly/173mBPJ

Traffic just got a little faster on some highway roads outside of Austin.

The Texas Department of Transportation announced Thursday the increase of speed limits on a few segments of U.S. Highway 183 and State Highway 130 frontage roads.

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Education
5:16 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Senate Panel Hears Bill to Limit Higher Ed Governing Boards

A bill filed in the Texas Senate would limit the power of higher education govrning boards in Texas.
Liang Shi, KUT News

The Senate Committee on Higher Education held a public hearing on Wednesday about a bill that would limit the power of higher education governing boards in Texas — including the UT System Board of Regents.

The bill comes amid accusations that the UT System’s Board of Regents has been micromanaging UT President William Powers Jr. and the University of Texas.

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Water
4:31 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Purple Pipe Goes Burnt Orange as UT Welcomes Reclaimed Water

Purple pipes at UT-Austin carry reclaimed water, which is recycled wastewater used for non-drinking purposes.
Bobby Blanchard, KUT News

The normally burnt orange University of Texas campus is looking a little more purple.

Today, campus and city officials celebrated the completion of a project that installed purple pipes on campus. The university is estimating these pipes, connected to Austin Water’s reclaimed water system, will save the campus 70 million gallons of drinking water annually.

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Education
5:21 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

UT Votes Against Fall Break

The general faculty voted against a fall break proposal Monday afternoon.
KUT News

At a special meeting Monday afternoon, the general faculty of the University of Texas at Austin voted "no" on a proposal that would have given students a "fall break" of two more days off in October.

The proposal was fueled by student support, including from UT's Student Government and UT's Graduate Student Assembly. Diane Bailey, chair of UT's Academic Calendar Committee, said the proposal would have started the fall semester two days earlier to give students two days off in the middle of the semester. 

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Transportation
11:56 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Texas Business Signals Concern Over Air Traffic Tower Closures

Georgetown and San Marcos are losing their air traffic control towers, and some are concerned this will impact the private aviation industry.
courtesy city of San Marcos

With Georgetown and San Marcos losing their air traffic control towers due to sequestration-related budget cuts, one private aviation business owner is concerned the impact could be harmful to Austin and Central Texas.

Last week, the FAA announced 149 air traffic control towers across the country would be closed down. This does not mean entire airport closures. But Jay Carpenter, secretary of the Texas Aviation Association, told KUT News last week that the closures just make the airports less safe. 

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Austin
6:13 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Mighty Texas Dog Walk Celebrates 15th Anniversary This Weekend

The Mighty Texas Dog Walk is happening this weekend, where dog owners will try and break world recorders.
Texas Hearing and Service Dogs

On Saturday, pups, canines and pooches will swarm Auditorium Shores and Riverside Drive in the 15th annual Mighty Texas Dog Walk.

Dog owners will gather this weekend at Auditorium Shores in order to try and catch some world records, including "Most Dogs Eating the Same Treat” and “Most Dogs Wearing the Same Bandana”. There will also be dog food samples, a "dog psychic" and advice from veterinarians.

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Health
1:04 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Tuberculosis Rates Falling in Travis County, Texas and Nation

Scanning electron microscope image of mycobacterium tuberculosis, responsible for tuberculosis.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sanofi-pasteur/

This Sunday is World T-B Day, a day to help raise awareness about the health and economic affects of tuberculosis.

The rate of tuberculosis cases in Texas is going down by an average of 4 percent annually. In Travis County, the number of cases has dropped steadily over the past few years after a recent rise in cases.  There were 37 cases in 2012, 52 cases in 2011 and 67 in 2010.

Travis County Clinic Manager Rosalinda Castaneda says tuberculosis is treatable, as long as the proper medication is taken.

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Sports
10:11 am
Fri March 22, 2013

March Madness Comes to Austin

The Frank Erwin Center is hosting games from the second and third round of the NCAA tournament this weekend.
flickr.com/photos/cavalierhorn

The UT Men's Basketball team may have lost their last game of the season Wednesday following a season resulting in a NCAA shutout, but that does not mean Austin residents have to miss out on March Madness fun.

UT's Frank Erwin Center is hosting second and third-round games of the NCAA tournament Friday and Sunday. The University of Miami is playing the University of the Pacific Friday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. Following the end of that game, the University of Illinois will play the University of Colorado. 

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Austin City Council
6:20 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Council Delays Vote on Project Duration Ordinance (Update)

At a press conference on Wednesday, Save Our Springs Alliance director Bill Bunch said repealing expirations could harm Austin.
KUT News

Update: The Austin City Council decided to delay their vote Thursday night, citing concerns that they did not have enough information.

City staff will return next week with a sampling of how many properties repealing the Project Duration Ordinance would affect. Mayor Lee Leffingwell was the only council member against the delay last night.

Original Story (March 20, 7:22 p.m.): Permits for building projects may lose their expiration dates, depending on a vote at Thursday’s City Council Meeting.

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Texas
4:57 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

50th Anniversary of Court Appointed Legal Council Celebrated at Capitol

Gideon v. Wainwright determined courts have to supply legal counsel in criminal cases when requested.
flickr.com/safari_vacation

The Texas Capitol celebrated the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright today, the Supreme Court case that determined courts have to supply legal counsel in criminal cases when requested.

Bruce Jacob, a professor at the Stetson University College of Law, presented the history at the Capitol Monday. Jacob was the Assistant Attorney General of Florida during the Gideon v. Wainwright case. He argued against Gideon, on behalf of Wainwright.

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