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SXSW
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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SXSW
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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Austin
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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Austin
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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Austin
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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Austin
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.
Photo by Ihwa Cheng for KUT News

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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Austin
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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Austin
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

Austin
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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Austin
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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Austin
8:39 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Top Morning Stories 2/7/12: Redistricting Map Rejected, Sonogram Law Proceeds, UT Beats A&M

A judge has rejected the Texas Attorney General's latest redistricting proposal, launching another round of discussion and scrutiny.
Todd Wiseman, Texas Tribune

Latest Redistricting Proposal Rejected

Late Monday, Federal Judge Orlando Garcia said there’s not enough support for Attorney General Greg Abbott’s proposed agreement with some of the minority groups involved in the redistricting lawsuit. He asked the groups to continue discussing the maps.

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Austin
8:58 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Top Morning Stories 1/31/12: Redistricting Closing Arguments, AISD, Texas Science Gets a C

A federal court will hear closing arguments today in the Texas redistricting trial.
Photo by Matt Largey for KUT News

Closing Arguments in Texas Redistricting Trial

A federal court in Washington will hear closing arguments today in the Texas redistricting trial, the Associated Press reports. 

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Austin
8:40 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Top Morning Stories 1/26/12: Tuition Changes, Perry's Polling, Mack Brown's Contract

Tuition Rule Change for Undocumented Immigrants   

Texas public colleges, universities, and community colleges will now be required to pressure undocumented immigrants receiving in-state tuition. Colleges will have to tell students every year to contact federal authorities about their legal status. That’s part of a rule change the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board passed unanimously at a board meeting this morning.

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Austin
8:58 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Top Morning Stories 1/24/12: Will Drought Dry Up Tourism?

A House committee is meeting today to discuss the drought's effects on Texas tourism.
Photo courtesy of Texas Tribune

Hearing on Drought's Effects on Tourism 

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News Brief
8:49 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Top Morning Stories 1/19/2012

Texas Governor Rick Perry drops out of Presidential race.
Photo by Daniel Reese for KUT News

Governor Rick Perry Drops out of GOP race

Texas Governor Rick Perry is dropping out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination, sources are telling the New York Times and CNN.

Perry has a news conference scheduled for 10 o’clock this morning in South Carolina, where he’s expected to make a formal announcement.

The Associated Press reports he will endorse former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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