Divya Darsi


Intern for KUT News


AM Update
8:28 am
Tue April 3, 2012

AM Update: Shoplifting Ring Busted, Keystone XL Pipeline, New Coach for Lady Longhorns

Police say they've broken up a shoplifting ring that specialized in household items like detergent.
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Austin Shoplifting Ring Busted

The Associated Press reports an Austin shoplifting ring has been caught selling stolen goods and smuggling them to Mexico. The list of stolen goods includes multiple household items: detergents, shampoos, batteries, cosmetics and razors.

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AM Update
8:32 am
Thu March 29, 2012

AM Update: 'Texan' Apologizes For Trayvon Martin Cartoon, See Michael Morton, Artz Rib House Closes

Following increased scrutiny and protest, The Daily Texan issued a formal apology for running a controversial editorial cartoon about Trayvon Martin
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Texan Issues Formal Apology for Trayvon Martin Cartoon

The editors from The Daily Texan issued an apology regarding the controversial Trayvon Martin cartoon the paper published on Tuesday.

The cartoonist, Stephanie Eisner, no longer works for the paper.

In their apology, the student editors admit to showing “a failure in judgment.” Yesterday the editors of the Texan met with angry students and protestors to discuss the paper’s decision to publish the cartoon and the editorial team’s oversight in recognizing the sensitive nature of the cartoon.

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AM Update
8:46 am
Tue March 27, 2012

AM Update: Barton Springs Reopens, Lady Bears Make Final Four, Trayvon Martin Rally at Capitol

Barton Springs Pool reopens today after being closed for cleaning.
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Barton Springs Pool Reopens Today

After being closed for a week, Barton Springs Pool will reopen today. The famously frigid swimming hole was closed on March 20 due to flooding after last week’s heavy rain.

The pool's hours of operation are from 5 a. m. to 10 p. m. Normally the pool is only open for limited hours on Thursdays due to cleaning, but this Thursday the pool will stay open all day.

Undefeated Baylor Women's Team Makes NCAA Final Four

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AM Update
9:01 am
Thu March 22, 2012

AM Update: Education in the Texas Senate, Elgin Sausage Recall, Immigrant Housing Law Rebuked

Sen. Florence Shaprio will not run for re-election, opening a position with the Senate Education Committee.
Photo by Jeff Heimsath, Texas Tribune

New Chair for Texas Senate Education Committee

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2:38 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

SXSW Street Closure Map

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As South by Southwest Interactive comes to a close, the SXSW Music festival is gearing up – and with it, a new, vastly expanded round of street closures.

The closures that began during the SXSW Interactive and Film festivals will stay in effect. And a new slate of traffic snarls, depicted in the map above, began at 5 a.m. this morning.

You can click on any highlighted closure in the map above for more details.

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1:29 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

SXSW Interactive 2012 Street Closure Map

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Get ready Austin: the South by Southwest Interactive and Film festivals are starting Friday, March 9. 

The City of Austin has announced the first of several street closures and lane reductions beginning Friday.

  • Northbound Congress Avenue will be reduced to two lanes between Seventh and Eighth streets from 10 a. m. to 11 p. m.
  • The Rainey St. district will be closed to traffic between Driskill and River streets from 3 p. m. to 11 p.m.
  • Trinity St. will be closed between Cesar Chavez.
  • Fourth streets and East Second and Third streets will be closed between Trinity and San Jacinto streets from 7 a. m. to  6 a. m.

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9:01 am
Thu March 8, 2012

AM Update: SXSW Starts Tomorrow, Voter ID Considered in DC, and Roky Erickson: Music Ambassador

SXSW festival attendees at a book signing
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SXSW Film and Interactive Start Tomorrow

Austin’s South by Southwest Film and Interactive Festivals kicks off tomorrow and downtown is preparing.

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8:49 am
Thu March 1, 2012

AM Update: Paul Qui Triumphs on 'Top Chef,' Ron Paul's Delegate Questions, UT Over OU

A smiling Paul Qui basks in his Top Chef win.
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Paul Qui Wins 'Top Chef: Texas'

Austin’s own Paul Qui, Executive Chef of Uchiko, won "Top Chef: Texas" last night.

Qui went head to head against Chicago's Sara Gruenberg in the season finale. This season of "Top Chef" brought the contestants to Austin, Dallas and San Antonio where they battled for the highly sought-after title.

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8:52 am
Tue February 28, 2012

AM Update: Another Redistricting Deadline, STAAR Rule Deferred, Weekend Rail on the Way?

An agreement on Texas redistricting maps must be reached this weekend to preserve a May 29 primary.
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Redistricting Maps Must be Drawn By Saturday for May Primaries

According to the Texas Tribune, if redistricting maps are not drawn by Saturday, March 3 then primaries will move to June.

The Tribune reports that the primaries cannot be held on May 29 if the deadline is not met this weekend. Instead, the date will yet again be pushed back, this time to June 26.

“The lawyers working on House maps have been pushing back and forth, primarily on three districts, and haven't produced an accord. And congressional maps, several lawyers have said, will have to be drawn by the three federal judges in San Antonio, because the parties can't seem to find common ground."

If the primaries are held in late May or June, the primary runoffs will be delayed to July 31 or August 28 reports the Tribune.

KUT News' Andy Uhler sheds some light on the court's long battle over the redistricting maps.

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9:40 am
Thu February 23, 2012

AM Update: Perry's Security Costs Soar, Car Crashes Down, F1 Neighbors' Noise Complaints

Ben Philpott, KUT News

Perry’s Security Costs Soar

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has been releasing travel-related security costs incurred by Gov. Rick Perry during his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination. However, the totals haven’t included overtime pay. The Texas Tribune requested the overtime amounts:

“In the six months in which Perry was an active presidential candidate, DPS spent $1.1 million on overtime pay for the Executive Protection Bureau – more than the total overtime pay for the security detail in all of 2010, records show. ”

In December, during Perry’s tour of Iowa, DPS spending costs came close to $300,000.

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9:11 am
Tue February 21, 2012

AM Update 2/21/12: LCRA Talks Water, Charges in Fatal Wheatsville Wreck, F1 Hotel Rates Rise

LCRA's Water Operations Committee will meet today to discuss a new water plan which has many people divided.
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LCRA Board to Discuss Water Management Plan

The Lower Colorado River Authority's (LCRA) Water Operations Committee is meeting today and on the agenda is the new Water Management Plan. The full LCRA board will discuss the new plan and possibly take action tomorrow.

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9:16 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Top Morning Stories 2/15/12: Another Round of APD Lab Questions, Crime Victim Funds Cut

Another allegation has been levied at the Austin Police Department's crime lab.
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Austin Crime Lab Receives Second Complaint

As reported by The Austin American-Statesman, the Austin Police Department's crime lab has received a second complaint. The complaint comes from an independent lab in North Texas claiming it received different results than the Austin lab when testing the same evidence. 

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9:30 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Three Last Minute Valentine's Day Ideas

We're listing some creative and easy Valentine's Day offerings here in Austin.
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No Valentine’s Day Plans? No Fear, Austin Has Plenty to Do!

Happy Valentine’s Day! If you're finding yourself scrambling to make last minute Valentine’s Day plans, don’t stress – we’ve found a bunch of great events the city is offering.

The Austin American-Statesman, The Austin Chronicle and Culture Map Austin have compiled extensive lists of great things to do tonight.

We’ve picked some of our favorites to share.

Why wait for hours at a restaurant for a hurried “romantic” dinner when you can take advantage of Austin’s eclectic food trailer scene? The Chronicle suggests rounding up a group of friends, renting a limo and hitting up the local food trailers. Make it fancy with TV trays, packed silverware, and of course champagne.  Some trailers to visit include Spartan Pizza (1104 E. Sixth), East Side King (1618 E. Sixth) and

8:32 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Top Morning Stories 2/14/12: Railroad Commish Resigns, Redistricting Update, Austin to Houston Rail?

Texas Railroad Chairwoman Elizabeth Ames Jones stepped down on Monday.
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Texas Railroad Commissioner Resigns

Elizabeth Ames Jones, chairwoman of the Texas Railroad Commission, tendered her resignation to Governor Rick Perry yesterday afternoon. The former chair is running for the Texas Senate to represent District 25.

Jones posted a statement on her website stating the reason for her resignation is to allow her to devote full energy to the upcoming election against incumbent Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio.  But Jones' recent move from Austin to San Antonio also called her eligibility to serve on the Railroad Commission into question, the Texas Tribune reports.   

Jones was appointed to the Railroad Commission in 2005; she was then elected to a six-year term in November 2006. The Railroad Commission’s website has not commented on Jones’ resignation.

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8:48 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Top Morning Stories 2/9/12: UT in Talks With Players, City Eyes 'Bundlers,' Austin Economy Growing

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UT Board of Regents Negotiate Sale of Players Restaurant

As reported by The Daily Texan, UT’s Board of Regents affirmed their desire to purchase Players Restaurant from owners Carlos Oliveria and Edward A. Hempe. The news came at a Regents meeting in San Antonio on Wednesday.

The university does not have definite plans for the land but is considering adding a building to house the Red McCombs MBA program.  

University spokesman Gary Susswein would not comment on specifics of the sale because a discussion would undercut negotiations.

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