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8:55 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Man Found Guilty of Texas State University Bomb Hoax

The Texas State University campus in San Marcos, Texas.
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A federal court in Houston found Dereon Kelley guilty in last year’s bomb hoax at Texas State University.

The 22-year-old Bryan man was convicted on three counts of using the Internet for a false bomb threat to intimidate people at the university.

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Education
6:52 am
Thu April 11, 2013

UT Regents to Hold Special Meeting Thursday (Update)

The UT Board of Regents could vote Thursday on a variety of issues regarding the board's power and relationship with Texas lawmakers.
Daniel Reese for KUT News

Update: UT's Board of Regents is scheduled to meet this morning to consider whether to release investigative records to the Texas Legislature.

Texas lawmakers have been requesting the release of emails and other documents in a public standoff raising tension between the Capitol and the regents. 

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Transportation
6:02 am
Thu April 11, 2013

I-35 Frontage Roads in Kyle Becoming One-Ways (Update)

It is expected that each roadway will take one day to convert.
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Update: The frontage road to the west of I-35 in Kyle will begin transitioning to one-way this morning and continue through Friday, April 12. 

The I-35 frontage road's repainting and repaving is expected to take only one day. and will be changed to handle only southbound traffic.

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2013 Legislative Session
2:46 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Texas Senate Considers School 'Voucher' Bills, Despite House Ban (Update)

State Sen. Patrick's bill does not involve funds that would go to the Texas Education Agency.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

UPDATE 5:59 The Senate Committee on Education heard SB 1575 this afternoon from educators and parents supporting the so-called voucher program that would give parents money to move their children from public to private schools. 

The bill’s author Senator Donna Campbell of New Braunfels said that parents and students should have a choice in schooling and claim that failing public schools set back children across the state.

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Texas
10:20 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Prom Rack: Taking Foster Kids to Prom in Central Texas

For the last 8 years, Prom Rack has been supporting foster kids across Central Texas.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Young foster kids in Central Texas had the opportunity to prepare for the Prom Saturday. From choosing dresses to taking etiquette classes, more than 150 boys and girls spent the day at Mount Sinai Church for Prom Rack.

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Austin
8:15 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Photos: Lonestar Round Up on Austin's Streets

Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Austin relived a slice of the past this weekend. The Lonestar Round Up Car Show kicked off this Friday and hundreds of classic cars are all over town.

What started 12 years ago with only 80 cars, turned into one of the biggest motor shows in the state.

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Texas
12:54 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Pecan Pie Named Texas State Pie, Plus 8 More Official State Oddities

Lawmakers proposed that only Texas pecans can be used in pecan pies statewide.
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The Texas House of Representatives named pecan pie as the state's official pie on Wednesday.

State Rep. Marsha Farney (R-Georgetown) sponsored the resolution. She's a first-year representative and this was her first bill.

So, despite the simplicity of the topic, other lawmakers gave her a hard time in a sort of rite of passage. They asked for amendments including making it illegal to use chocolate in the recipe and requiring only Texas pecans be used in pecan pies statewide.

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Texas
10:31 am
Thu April 4, 2013

FEMA Gives Texas $31.2 Million for 2011 Wildfires

The wildfires in 2011 were fueled by the worst one-year drought in Texas history.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has given Texas $31.2 million to help cover the costs of the devastating wildfires that spread across the state in 2011. The money will go to help the recovery in Bastrop and at least nine other wildfires during that year.

FEMA says the funding covers about 75 percent of the overall costs including materials, equipment, meals, air support and logging.

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Health
7:19 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Austin and Travis County Partner for National Public Health Week (Update)

National Public Health Week goes from April 1 to April 7.
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Update: The Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department is holding a meeting this afternoon to present and outline key goals and objectives of the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).  The action-oriented plan is designed to improve the health of Austin and Travis County residents. It will highlight community health issues like obesity and access to primary care.

The meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. at City Hall.

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Texas
1:45 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Report: Texas Gang Threat Rising

According to the assessment, Mexican cartels are using Texas gangs to help smugle people, drugs and weapons across the border.
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The Texas Department of Public Safety has released its 2012 Gang Threat Assessment, providing an overview of gang activity throughout the state.

The annual report says that current gang membership across Texas likely surpasses 100,000 individuals – and it's still increasing.

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Education
8:39 am
Tue April 2, 2013

TEA's Williams Set to Speak on Senate Education Bills

TEA Commissioner Michael Williams will address how the state rates schools.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams is set to address the state Senate Education Committee this morning as lawmakers discuss several bills affecting schools.

Williams is expected to speak about school accountability ratings and how districts are trying to close achievement gaps between minority and white students.

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Sports
4:51 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Photos: The Texas Relays Are Back

The 2013 Texas Relays will be held at the Mike A. Myers Track & Soccer Stadium.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

With the 86th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays underway, thousands of visitors will enjoy Austin throughout the weekend.

The Relays feature high school and college track and field athletes from across the country. The Texas Relays will conclude Saturday at the Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium on the UT Campus.

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UT Sports
1:04 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

All Eyes on UT Men's Swim Team, Starting NCAA Competition Today

Longhorn Swimmers will compete for the title throughout the weekend.
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The Texas Longhorns men's swim team starts in NCAA competition in Indianapolis today. The 10-time champion Horns will compete for the top national spot and individual titles throughout this weekend.

The Horns finished no worse than second place during the last five NCAA team championships. 

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Texas
10:38 am
Thu March 28, 2013

TxDOT Providing Funds to Keep Texas Air Traffic Towers Open

Officials estimate that keeping Texas' 13 towers open for smaller airports would cost a total of $7 million a year.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Due to sequestration-related budget constraints, the Federal Aviation Administration has announced plans to close 149 air traffic control towers around the country, including Texas.

But after Gov. Rick Perry’s asked the Texas Transportation Commission to step in with 90 days of temporary emergency assistance for Texas control towers, TxDOT decided to fund continued service of the control towers when federal funding goes away.

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Austin
8:49 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Photos: Austin Rallies For and Against Gay Marriage Promote Same Goal - Family

Attendees at two opposite rallies at the Texas State Capitol Tuesday both sought the strengthening of families.
Tyler Pratt for KUT News

The U.S. Supreme Court continues its examination of same-sex marriage today, taking up arguments in one part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Yesterday, as the court took a look at Proposition 8 – the constitutional ban on gay marriage in California– two rallies hit the Texas State Capitol: one to promote traditional values and another to support same-sex marriage.

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Texas
8:54 am
Tue March 26, 2013

'Faith and Family,' 'Light the Way to Justice' Rallies at Capitol

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments starting today, in two cases related to same-sex marriage.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

As the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments today over same-sex marriage, here in Austin, people on both sides of the issues surrounding the cases will gather at the Capitol. 

Governor Rick Perry is expected to be the featured speaker at the "Faith and Family" rally in support of so-called "traditional values."

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Austin
8:53 am
Tue March 26, 2013

It’s Official: Barton Springs Pool is Reopening This Saturday

Barton Springs Pool is scheduled to reopen Saturday after being closed since mid-December.
KUT News

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story erroneously said the repairs to the bypass tunnel and dam at Barton Springs Pool was part of the Master Plan process.

Barton Springs Pool is scheduled to reopen this Saturday.

The swimming hole has been closed since December, as the city made repairs to the pool's bypass tunnel and the dam on the downstream side of the pool.

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Waller Creek
4:40 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Photos: Waller Creek Tunnel Project at Waterloo Park

The tunnel will feature a 30 foot deep pool to serve as a "shock absorber" for floodwaters.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

City officials say they're making progress on the Waller Creek Tunnel Project.

Construction crews at Waterloo Park have wrapped up excavating the tunnel and are moving on to building a treatment plant that will help filter floodwaters.

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Texas
9:40 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Williamson County Named Healthiest in Texas

The county health rankings are a checkup on nearly all of the nation's counties, including 221 in Texas.
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Williamson County is ranked as the healthiest county in the Lone Star State, according to a collection of  county health rankings

The study from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows that Williamson County is the healthiest county in Texas this year, ahead of Collin County in Northeast Texas.

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UT Men's Basketball
8:26 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Longhorns Lose to Houston in Opening CBI Game

The Longhorns finish their first losing season since 1997-98.
KUT News

UT Men’s Basketball team lost their opening game in the College Basketball Invitational against Houston last night. The Texas basketball season had already come to an end for the Horns without making it to the NCAA playoffs - their first shut out since the 1997-98 season.

Houston Cougars’s Daniel House set the final score to 73-72 after a mid-range jump shot with only 17 seconds left.

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