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University of Texas
6:32 am
Wed March 20, 2013

UT Officials Barred From Deleting Emails – Lawmaker Calls it a 'Witch Hunt' (Update)

UT-Austin president Bill Powers in late 2011. A UT spokesperson says campus officials are complying with a rule to preserve all email communication.
Todd Wiseman, Texas Tribune

Update: A leading state lawmaker blasted the University of Texas System Regents yesterday over the group's treatment of University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers.

State House Appropriations Committee Chair Rep. Jim Pitts (R-Waxahachie) spoke Tuesday during the first meeting of a special panel on higher education governance.

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Sports
8:11 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Baylor Lady Bears Paw Their Way to Top Seed in NCAA Tournament

The Lady Bears seek to become the fourth team to win back-to-back titles.
flickr.com/shockmotion

The defending champion Baylor women’s basketball team is again the No. 1 overall seed in the women’s NCAA tournament.

The first game for the Lady Bears is Sunday against No. 16 seed Prairie View A&M.

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SXSW
8:40 am
Sat March 16, 2013

Map: SXSW 2013 Street Closures and Transportation Options

Update: South by Southwest Film and Music continue through the weekend.

Original Story (March 7, 4:10 p.m.): Austin’s just 24 hours away from South by Southwest’s annual Film and Interactive conferences – meaning thousands of people are arriving this moment.

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SXSW
9:09 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Photos: Rockers at the Paramount for Dave Grohl's 'Sound City'

"Sound City" director Dave Grohl will give the SXSW Music keynote speech this morning.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl was at the Paramount Theater yesterday for the South by Southwest screening of his new film "Sound City".

The documentary features the famed LA studios of the same name, where Nirvana, Queens of the Age, Rage Against the Machine and hundred of other bands recorded albums.

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SXSW
10:58 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Photos: SXSW Interactive Awards

Aisha Tyler hosting the 2013 South by Southwest Interactive awards last night.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Three SXSW Interactive finalists explain their projects

South by Southwest Interactive powered down last night, although not before a blowout closing party at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q and the SXSW Interactive Awards.

The 16th Annual Interactive Awards held at the Hilton Austin Downtown honored winners across 15 different categories. Emcee Aisha Tyler kept the jokes coming at a rapid clip, imploring honorees (with mixed success) to keep their acceptance speeches Tweet length. And bluegrass performers The Austin Steamers kicked the festivities off with a Texas twang.

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SXSW
5:28 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Photos: SXSW Monday, March 11

A duo of jazz musicians play on Sixth Street during SXSW.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

With badge pickup for the music portion of South by Southwest open, a changing of the guard is afoot.

While the crowds at Austin Convention Center are as thick as ever, spillover into the streets of downtown Austin is relatively quiet at this point.

“This year it seems a little bit calmer that last year, so far,” Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said.  “Music starts tomorrow, so we anticipate things to start heating up.”

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SXSW
11:00 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Photos: Texas Film Shines with 'Mud,' 'Before Midnight' and 'When Angels Sing' at SXSW

Matthew McConaughey's "Mud" will be released April 26.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Starting with Richard Linklater's latest film "Before Midnight" screening Saturday, SXSW Film saw several Texans walk the red carpet.

Sunday saw the screening of "Mud," starring Texas actor Matthew McConaughey, along with "Tree of Life" actor Tye Sheridan and first-time actor Jacob Lofland. The feature from director Jeff Nichols tells the adventure of two boys who meet a fugitive in the middle of an island and try to help him reunite with his true love.

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SXSW
8:28 pm
Sat March 9, 2013

Photos: Gaming Expo Brings Geek Culture to SXSW

SXSW Gaming Expo is free and open to the public throughout the weekend.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

SXSW Gaming Expo kicked off today, with thousands of people filling the Palmer Events Center. From computer tech to board games, the expo has companies from all over country unveiling their new demos.

"The Gaming Expo is a great opportunity for people who had been reading about games or had seen them online, to actually come in and try them out," says Nintendo of America's Kit Ellis. Nintendo is premiering more than 10 video games.

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SXSW
8:59 am
Sat March 9, 2013

Photos: 'Burt Wonderstone,' 'Evil Dead' SXSW Red Carpet Premieres

Jim Carrey, one of the stars of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, which had its premiere at the Paramount Theater Friday as part of the South by Southwest Film Festival.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

The 20th year of South by Southwest Film kicked off Friday night with "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone"

It was the world premiere of Don Scardino's movie, starring Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey in a tale about a world-famous duo of magicians in Las Vegas. The event also brought to Austin some well-known Hollywood actors and filled the Paramount with laughter.

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Arts and Culture
10:21 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Photos: Stars Come Out for Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards

Quentin Tarantino presented "Dazed and Confused" with the Star of Texas Award.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

The red carpet was out, a fancy dinner was served, Turk Pipkin shot ping pong balls out of his mouth... Last night was just another weird night in Austin—only with a lot more famous faces than usual.

The 13th Annual Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards brought out hundreds of film lovers and some of Hollywood’s biggest stars—many with deep Texas roots.

The annual event raises money for the Austin Film Society. The ceremony honors Texans who have achieved success in the film industry.

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Arts and Culture
10:25 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Take a Multimedia Tour of the Blanton Museum's 'Masterworks'

The "Masterworks" exhibit compares and contrasts art from the collections of UT Alumni.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Audio from Morning Edition 3/7/13

The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a new exhibit — "Through the Eyes of Texas: Masterworks from Alumni Collections". The exhibit features almost 200 pieces of art from the private collections of UT alumni.

The exhibit features work that spans the globe and human history.

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Texas
8:51 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Fort Hood Shootings: Hasan Returns to Court Today

Hasan faces 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 charges of attempted premeditated murder in the Nov. 5, 2009 incident.
Bell County Sheriff's Departmen

Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist charged in the November 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood,  is returning to court this morning.

It is still unclear if military judge Col. Tara Osborn will rule on Hasan’s motion to plead guilty to murder charges that don’t carry the death penalty.

Lawyers for the Army Major are requesting his murder trial be moved off the Army post and is also looking for changes in the military jury pool.

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Austin
8:09 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Parking Changes Coming to Rainey Street Area (Update)

Jessie Wang

Update: Parking meters in the Rainey Street District will start charging this morning. A $1 per hour parking cost will be applied and the schedule will be the same as downtown: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 8 a.m. to midnight Thursday and Friday, and 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturday. On Sundays parking in the Rainey Street area will be free.

The Rainy Street visitors can also park at the Mexican American Cultural Center. The parking fee will also be $1 per hour from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday and early Sundays. A 5$ flat fee from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m will be applied in the parking lot and besides those three late night hours, Sunday will be free.

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Animals
12:11 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Bills Would Shutter Gas Chamber for Texas Pets and Strays

Animal welfare groups say euthanasia by injection is more humane and safer for employees than gassing pets.
I-Hwa Chang for KUT News

More than 100,000  cats and dogs are euthanized every year in Texas shelters. Euthanasia by carbon monoxide – essentially a gas chamber –  is still common practice in nearly 30 shelters.  

Within the last five years, almost 30 Texas cities banned gas chambers, switching from carbon monoxide to lethal injection. Pennsylvania and Louisiana banned gas chambers statewide last year.

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Texas
9:30 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Texas Lawmakers Renew Push on Statewide Texting and Driving Ban

The Alex Brown Memorial Act would ban texting while driving in Texas.
flickr.com/indyplanets

Texas lawmakers are trying again to pass a statewide law banning texting while driving. A similar measure passed in the Texas House and Senate last legislative session, but was vetoed by Gov. Rick Perry.

Today, Texas Rep. Tom Craddick’s House Bill 63 is getting its first public hearing. The bill is going before the House Committee on Transportation.

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Arts and Culture
12:06 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Photos: Austin’s African-American Community Heritage Festival

The Reagan High School drumline marches into the festival on the Huston-Tillotson campus.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

The 14th annual African-American Community Heritage Festival was held in East Austin this weekend, at historic  Huston-Tillotson University.

The event featured food, vendors, a performance from R&B singer Dwele and much more.

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Geographic Representation
1:59 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Last Call for 10-1 Applicants - And CPAs! (Update)

Application forms can be found online and at city facilities including the Austin libraries, recreation and senior facilities, and City Hall.
City of Austin, KUT News

Update: City Auditor Kenneth Mory says only nine of the 66 people who have applied to sit on a redistricting review panel are qualified to serve – and all of those people are white.

A three-person panel of accountants is being assembled to select a pool of qualified applicants that may serve on the redistricting commission. (Click here for an overview of the redistricting process.) Mory says it has been hard to get qualified CPAs interested because it is tax season. And many CPAs have or want to work with the city – which would be a conflict of interest.

Mory says he thinks his office has done as much as possible to recruit a diverse group.

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Health
11:00 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Report Finds 'Systemic Failures' at State Hospitals Led to Patient Abuse, Neglect

flickr.com/ashleyrosex

A new report finds serious breakdowns in procedures and safeguards by state-run hospitals across Texas.

The year-long investigation was by Disability Rights Texas—an organization designated by federal law to protect people with disabilities.

The report is titled “Turning a Blind Eye" and is focused on systemic failures within the state agencies that Disability Rights Texas says dismissed patient safety.

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University of Texas
2:47 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Watch: 'Harlem Shake' Rattles UT Austin

A screenshot from last week's Harlem Shake on the UT campus.
youtube.com/user/ATXCoop

It looks like the 40 Acres can’t get enough of the Harlem Shake. Today, a local filmmaker set up at the University of Texas to film the third Harlem Shake video set on campus.

In case the meme’s passed you by, here’s the scoop: Harlem Shake is an instrumental track from American DJ and producer Baauer. Featuring what Pitchfork Media calls a “menacing, world-smashing bassline that would cause even the Cloverfield monster to shudder in his gills,” the track provides the ideal soundtrack for viral videos. Know Your Meme has a comprehensive timeline detailing the dance’s proliferation.

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Sports
2:31 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Special Olympics Athletes Return to Austin After Winning Honors in World Winter Games (Update)

Coach Peggy Grant (left) and figure skater Cory Gentry, training before Gentry's trip to Korea.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Update: Central Texans Alex Miller and Cory Gentry returned to Austin today after competing in the Special Olympics World Winter Games in South Korea. Figure skaters Miller and Gentry placed fourth and fifth in the worldwide competition. The games ran from Jan. 29 to Feb. 5.

To learn more, watch a video below with Gentry, Miller, their families and coach Peggy Grant below. 

Original Post (Dec. 5, 2012): Thousands of athletes will descend on Pyeongchang, South Korea for the Special Olympics World Winter Games in January. Among them are two Austinites: Cory Gentry and Alex Miller.

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