Crystal Chavez, KUT News

Morning Edition Producer

Crystal Chavez has been at KUT since January 2007.  She currently produces the Central Texas content for Morning Edition and starts her day in the newsroom at 4:30 a.m.  Crystal is a 2005 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin’s College of Communication.  Her hometown is Corpus Christi, Texas.

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News Brief
6:15 am
Mon January 24, 2011

Top Morning Stories January 24, 2011

The Texas Senate is scheduled to debate voter ID legislation today.
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News Brief
5:26 am
Fri January 21, 2011

Top Morning Stories January 21, 2011

Fire expert Craig Beyler testifies before the Texas Forensic Science Commission at a meeting earlier this month. Today the Commission is reviewing testimony from Beyler and other fire experts on the Cameron Todd Willingham arson case.
Photo by Matt Largey for KUT News.

Willingham Probe Continues

The Texas Forensic Science Commission will once again take up the Cameron Todd Willingham arson case today.  The panel will consider testimony it heard earlier this month from fire experts who differed on whether the original investigation was sound.  Some experts say investigators relied on flawed science and that the fire should not have been ruled arson. 

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News Brief
5:09 am
Thu January 20, 2011

Top Morning Stories January 20, 2011

The Texas Senate has voted to keep its 2/3 rule in place.
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News Brief
5:36 am
Wed January 19, 2011

Top Morning Stories January 19, 2011

A draft state budget released Tuesday would make deep cuts to almost every area of state spending.
Photo by Erik Reyna for KUT News.

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News Brief
5:24 am
Tue January 18, 2011

Top Morning Stories January 18, 2011

Governor Rick Perry will be sworn-in to a third full term in office Tuesday.
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Austin
12:43 pm
Mon January 17, 2011

Central Texans Honor Civil Rights Hero

Crowds gather on the UT campus today to honor MLK, Jr.
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Hundreds gathered around the Martin Luther King, Jr. statue on the UT campus this morning for a ceremony before the community march to Huston-Tillotson University. Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, some state lawmakers and Austin school officials were there.

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News Brief
5:05 am
Mon January 17, 2011

Top Morning Stories January 17, 2011

Austin's first female council member, Emma Long, passed away over the weekend.
Photo courtesy of the City of Austin.

Funeral Services Pending for Emma Long

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News Brief
5:10 am
Tue January 11, 2011

Top Morning Stories January 11, 2011

The Texas legislative session kicks off today.
Photo by Erik Reyna for KUT News.

Watch the 2011 Legislative Session from Home

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News Brief
5:49 am
Mon January 10, 2011

Top Morning Stories January 10, 2011

Today is the first day of Tom DeLay's resentencing hearing.

DeLay's Sentencing Hearing Starts Today


Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay will be back in an Austin courtroom.  His sentencing hearing starts this morning.  DeLay was convicted in November on money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering charges.  Those charges were in connection to the 2002 Texas elections.  DeLay faces up to life in prison but his attorneys are asking for probation.


Texas Comptroller Announcing Revenue Estimate

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News Brief
6:07 am
Fri January 7, 2011

Top Morning Stories January 7, 2011

A state panel is reviewing the Cameron Todd Willingham arson case today.
Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Beall/via Flickr

Willingham Case Back in the Spotlight

A state panel in Austin today will hear from fire experts on the high-profile Cameron Todd Willingham arson case.  Willingham was convicted and put to death for an arson-ruled fire that killed his three daughters in 1991.  Some experts say the conviction was based on bad science.  The Texas Forensic Science Commission is examining the fire science used in the case, and how scientific practices have changed since the 90s. 

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News Brief
5:36 am
Thu January 6, 2011

Top Morning Stories January 6, 2011

Fire from the Deepwater Horizon explosion, April 20, 2010 that led to the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico
Image courtesy U.S. Coast Guard

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Community Involvement
9:50 am
Wed January 5, 2011

Have Something to Say to Your State Lawmakers?

Photo by Callie Hernandez for KUT.

Here's your chance.  Texas is about to face one of its toughest legislative sessions ever.  What issues, concerns, opinions, or questions do you have? 

Send an email to news@kut.org and let us know.  Or leave us a voicemail at (512) 475-8079.  Be sure to leave us your name and phone number in case we need to contact you.

The 2011 Texas legislative session kicks off on January 11th.  We will air your "Letters to the Lege" later this month during Morning Edition on KUT 90.5.

This is your bullhorn!

Austin
5:19 am
Wed January 5, 2011

Top Morning Stories January 5, 2011

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Radioactive Waste Expansion Plan OK'd

A Texas commission has voted to allow up to 36 more states to dump their low-level radioactive waste in West Texas.  The Low-Level Radioactive Waste Commission approved the plan 5-2 Tuesday.  Initially, Texas and Vermont were the only states that were going to be allowed to dump at the site still under construction in Andrews County.  Some environmentalists are opposed to the expansion and may challenge it.  Here's what Lone Star Chapter Sierra Club Conservation Director Cyrus Reed said in a press release:

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News Brief
5:57 am
Tue January 4, 2011

Top Morning Stories January 4, 2011

More low-level radioactive waste may be allowed to be dumped in West Texas after a vote on the matter today.
Photo courtesy of J. Stephen Conn/via flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/jstephenconn/4163967885/sizes/m/in/photostream/

Judge Allows Radioactive Waste Vote Today

A Commission is scheduled to vote today on whether to allow up to 36 more states to dump their low-level radioactive waste in Andrews County in West Texas.  A federal judge yesterday lifted a restraining order that would have stopped today’s vote. 

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Environment
3:01 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

Plastic Bags Could Be Banned In Austin

Plastic shopping bags will be banned in Brownsville this week. Austin is reportedly considering another attempt to do the same thing later this year.
Image by KUT News

Austin city leaders have been talking about banning plastic bags at stores for a while, but signs for such an ordinance look strong this year. 

“We have a report that we’ve been working on, on the cost impact of plastic bags. That study has been presented to City Hall, we hope to have that in the hands of city council within a couple of weeks,” said Bob Gedert, the City of Austin’s Solid Waste Services director.

That report has not been released to the public yet.

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