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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Business
1:00 pm
Tue November 16, 2010

Lacks Having Closing Sales as it Files for Bankruptcy

Texas-based Lacks Stores, Inc. is filing for Chapter 11 federal bankruptcy.  Lack’s has been in business for 73 years.  In a press release, the Victoria-based furniture company said, while it's been profitable this year, lenders no longer want to help the company finance customer purchases. 

Lacks also gave some information about how it was affected by the recession:

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News Brief
6:08 am
Tue November 16, 2010

Top Morning Stories November 16, 2010

The City of Austin is holding a public workshop tonight to talk about the future of trash and recycling services in the city.
Photo by KUT News.

Give Your Input on Trash & Recycling

The City of Austin’s inviting people to a workshop tonight to talk trash and recycling.  The city’s looking for input on its Solid Waste Management Master Plan.  That plan outlines the programs, infrastructure, staffing, and funding needed for Austin to reach zero waste by 2040, the city’s goal to drastically reduce the amount of waste going to landfills.  Tonight’s workshop is from 6:30 to 8 at Fiesta Gardens.

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News Brief
6:01 am
Mon November 15, 2010

Top Morning Stories November 15, 2010

Fort Hood soldiers at a memorial last year following the November 5th mass shooting. A hearing for the charged shooter is expected to wrap up today.
Photo by KUT News.

Key Hasan Hearing Wrapping Up

The Article 32 military hearing for the accused Fort Hood shooter resumes today.  Major Nidal Hasan’s hearing has been on hold for about three weeks.  This hearing will be determine whether he will be court-martialed for last year's mass shooting on the Army post that left 13 dead and 31 wounded. 

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austin police
1:32 pm
Fri November 12, 2010

City Interviewing Police Monitor Candidates

Austin should have a new police monitor next month. It’s a civilian position responsible for promoting good relations between the police department and the public. The police monitor’s office, created in 2002, also takes complaints about officers.

Six semifinalists are interviewing for the position today.

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News Brief
6:09 am
Fri November 12, 2010

Top Morning Stories November 12, 2010

Texas State has announced it is joining the Western Athletic Conference.
Photo courtesy of Texas State University-San Marcos

Austin Police Monitor Interviews Today

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Veteran's Day
10:50 am
Thu November 11, 2010

Veteran Seeks to Help Others at Austin Parade

Thousands of people attended Austin's Veteran's Day parade downtown Thursday.
Photo by Matt Largey for KUT News.

Thousands of people marked Veteran’s Day with a parade this morning in downtown Austin.  Gabriel Galindo served two tours in Iraq.  He now supports other veterans through the Texas Veterans Commission.   Galindo says when veterans leave the service, they often don’t want to talk to someone who hasn’t been through what they’ve been through.

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Austin
5:30 am
Thu November 11, 2010

Top Morning Stories November 11, 2010

Central Texans will honor those who have served our country in a downtown Austin parade Thursday.
Simrat Sharma/KUT News

Veteran's Day Closures


City of Austin offices are closed today for Veteran's Day. But garbage, recycling and yard trimmings collection will be picked up as usual.  All recreation centers, cultural centers, and senior centers are closed. 


Veteran's Day Parade

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News Brief
6:02 am
Wed November 10, 2010

Top Morning Stories November 10, 2010

The Capital Metro Board will vote on new fares for 2011 Wednesday.
Photo by KUT News

Quintana Arrested For Domestic Dispute

Former Austin police officer Leonardo Quintana was arrested by Leander police yesterday.  He was charged with four misdemeanors connected to a reported domestic violence incident last year.  Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo fired Quintana (for the second time) over the incident late last month.  The first firing was for a DWI arrest.  An arbitrator ruled that punishment was too severe.  Quintana is the APD officer who fatally shot Nathaniel Sanders in northeast Austin last year.

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News Brief
5:07 am
Tue November 9, 2010

Top Morning Stories November 9, 2010

The next Texas legislative session starts in January. Some bills already filed are to crack down on illegal immigration.
Ben Philpott/KUT

President Bush Kicks Off Book Tour

Former President George W. Bush will be at a Borders bookstore near his Dallas home today to sign copies of his newly released book "Decision Points".  In the book, President Bush writes about the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Hurricane Katrina.  

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News Brief
5:08 am
Mon November 8, 2010

Top Morning Stories November 8, 2010

University of Texas Professor Emeritus and theater historian Oscar Brockett passed away over the weekend.
Photo courtesy of UT Austin's Department of Theatre and Dance.

Oscar Brockett Passes Away

University of Texas at Austin Professor Emeritus and internationally known theater historian Oscar Brockett has passed away.  He died Sunday morning after suffering a stroke.  In the late 60s he wrote “History of the Theatre”.  The website for UT's Department of Theatre and Dance says:

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News Brief
6:06 am
Fri November 5, 2010

Top Morning Stories November 4, 2010

Soldiers at a memorial in 2009 following the November 5th mass shooting at Fort Hood. Ceremonies will be held on post Friday to mark the one year anniversary of the shootings.
Photo by KUT News

Fort Hood Marks Anniversary of Shootings

Fort Hood is holding ceremonies today to mark the one-year anniversary of the shootings on post last year.  A private award ceremony will start at 10:00 a.m. to recognize soldiers and civilians who Army commanders say went above and beyond the call of duty that day. 

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News Brief
7:26 am
Thu November 4, 2010

Top Morning Stories November 4, 2010

The Austin City Council Thursday will consider expanding recycling requirements to more apartment complexes and office buildings.
Photo by KUT News.

Texas House District 48 Race Still in Limbo

Democratic Incumbent Donna Howard maintains her position by only 15 votes.  Many wonder when or if her Republican challenger Dan Neil will ask for a recount.  Neil released a comment on his Facebook last night:

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Education
12:00 pm
Wed November 3, 2010

Following Bond Defeat, Eanes ISD Considers Spring Bond Election

Logo courtesy of the Eanes Independent School District

Last night voters in the Eanes Independent School District said no to three bond proposals totaling about $150 million.  Wednesday morning Eanes ISD Board President Paul Stone told KUT News that another, smaller bond proposal could be in the works for early next year.

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CRIMINAL JUSTICE
2:28 pm
Thu October 28, 2010

Death Row Inmate Freed After 18 Years Behind Bars

Anthony Graves was released from jail Wednesday after nearly two decades behind bars. All murder charges against him were dropped.
Photo courtesy Texas Monthly

The Burleson County District Attorney has dropped murder charges against Anthony Graves. Graves had been behind bars for nearly two decades for the murders of six people in 1992 in Somerville, TX, a small town of about 2,000 just an hour-and-a-half east of Austin.

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news brief
8:50 am
Mon October 25, 2010

Morning News Update, Monday Oct. 25

The Texas Longhorns dropped from the rankings after losing to Iowa State Saturday.
Photo by KUT News

Historical Club Burns Down

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