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.


News Brief
4:54 am
Mon January 3, 2011

Top Morning Stories January 3, 2011

Austin police are searching for missing 81 year-old Leona Wagoner Owen. She was last seen Sunday in South Austin.
Photo courtesy of the Austin Police Department.

APD Searching for Missing Woman

Update at 3:30 pm: 81 year-old Leona Wagoner Owen has been found dead in South Austin.

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12:44 pm
Fri December 31, 2010

Four Ways People Get Depressed Over the Holidays

For some, the holiday season can be anything but merry and jolly.
Image courtesy Photography

People have a lot going on this time of year. Party planning, family and friends in town, plus thinking about work next year and meeting those New Year’s resolutions.

For some, all of this can be too much. Michelle Magid calls it the holiday blues. She’s a psychiatrist at Seton Shoal Creek Hospital and an assistant professor at UT Southwestern in Dallas.

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3:41 pm
Wed December 29, 2010

Warren Jeffs Pleads Not Guilty To Child Rape In West Texas

Warren Jeffs, ecclesiastical head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, appeared in a San Angelo courtroom today.

The Associated Press reports the polygamist sect leader stood silently during a hearing in a West Texas court Wednesday. The court entered the not guilty pleas on his behalf.

The 55-year-old Jeffs faces charges of bigamy and sexual assault of a child.  He’s scheduled to stand trial for the aggravated sexual assault charge January 24th. The AP reports says he plans to hire a Texas attorney but doesn’t have one yet.

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News Brief
5:05 am
Fri December 17, 2010

Top Morning Stories December 17, 2010

If you're headed to Austin's airport be advised, today's expected to be one of the busiest days of the year.
Photo by KUT News.

Busy Day at Austin's Airport

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News Brief
5:35 am
Thu December 16, 2010

Top Morning Stories December 16, 2010

Senior Juliann Faucette helped the Longhorns reach the NCAA's Volleyball Championship Final Four.
Photo courtesy of

City May Support Payday Lending Legislation

The City of Austin will consider a resolution today to endorse state legislation to regulate payday and auto title loan lenders.  These lenders often have high interest and fees that consumer advocates say can trap people in a spiral of debt.  Right now there is a loophole that allows these stores to run without oversight.  If the resolution is passed, the city would officially endorse Rep. Eddie Rodriguez's House Bill 212. 

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News Brief
5:02 am
Wed December 15, 2010

Top Morning Stories December 15, 2010

Republican John Kuempel won yesterday's special election for the House seat vacated by his father.

Kuempel's Son Wins HD 44

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News Brief
5:16 am
Tue December 14, 2010

Top Morning Stories December 14, 2010

Logo courtesy of the Austin Independent School District.

AISD Changes Class Rank Calculation

Last night the Austin School Board approved changes to the way class rank is determined.  Class rank will now be calculated using a student's highest grades in 16 core classes such as math and science, plus two foreign languages.  That means electives such as home economics will no longer count for class rank. The

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News Brief
6:09 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Top Morning Stories December 10, 2010

Photo courtesy of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.

Teacher Retirement System Earns 12.6% Return Rate

The Teacher Retirement System of Texas Trust Fund earned 12.6 percent this year.  TRS says it ranks first among its pension fund peers across the nation.  The fund's total value is more than $100 billion, up about $9 billion from September 2009.  The return meant a big pay out for the TRS' investment team.  They were awarded $9.7 million in performance bonuses.

Prison System Bracing for Cuts

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City Council
12:57 pm
Thu December 9, 2010

Council Approves New Library Funding, Considers Housing Projects

Callie Hernandez, KUT News

Austin City Council members are voting on some big items today.

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News Brief
6:55 am
Thu December 9, 2010

Top Morning Stories December 9, 2010

The Texas Film Commission has denied Robert Rodriguez incentives for his film 'Machete'.
Photo by KUT News

Machete Film Incentives Denied

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News Brief
5:24 am
Wed December 8, 2010

Top Morning Stories December 8, 2010

Elizabeth Edwards getting ready for an interview with KUT News in 2007.
Photo by Tiffany Jenkins for KUT.

Elizabeth Edwards Passes Away at 61

Elizabeth Edwards, the estranged wife of former Senator and Vice Presidential hopeful John Edwards, died Tuesday at her home in North Carolina.

Mrs. Edwards was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, the day her husband’s running mate conceded defeat to George W. Bush in that year’s presidential election.

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News Brief
6:06 am
Tue December 7, 2010

Top Morning Stories December 7, 2010

The Associated Press reports a mental evaluation is scheduled for Army Major Nidal Hasan this week; it could happen today.
Sketch courtesy of Pat Lopez.

Mental Exam Scheduled for Hasan

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News Brief
6:09 am
Mon December 6, 2010

Top Morning Stories December 6, 2010

TCU will play Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.

A Handful of Texas Teams are Going Bowling

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News Brief
5:08 am
Fri December 3, 2010

Top Morning Stories December 3, 2010

The recount results are in and Incumbent Democrat Donna Howard is still the winner in the Texas House District 48 race.

Howard Wins Recount

The recount is over for the Texas House District 48 race.  The recount shows Incumbent Democrat Donna Howard won re-election to her seat by just 12 votes.  That's a narrower win than the original vote tally, which had her ahead by 16 votes after Election Day.  Howard's Republican challenger Dan Neil requested the recount.  But the race may still not be over.  Neil has another option to challenge the results. 

Aponte Indictments Reveal More Theft

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News Brief
6:18 am
Thu December 2, 2010

Top Morning Stories December 2, 2010

State Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin) sits and watches results trickle in at the Driskill Hotel where the Democratic Party was holding its Election Night party Nov. 2nd. Howard won by 16 votes, but Republican challenger Dan Neil asked for a recount.
Photo by Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

HD 48 Recount Underway

A Travis County committee has started recounting the votes in the House District 48 race.  The recount could be done by this afternoon.  Initial voting results showed Incumbent Democrat Donna Howard won re-election by just 16 votes.  Her Republican challenger Dan Neil requested the votes be counted again.

Residents Returning to Ciudad Mier

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