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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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Austin
12:32 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Austin Businesses Prep for Bag Ban

Don't be turned inside out by Austin's single-use bag ordinance, going into effect March 1.
flickr.com/slice

Austin’s ban on some single-use bags goes into effect in just over three weeks. Today, area businesses will get training on the new bag rules.

The city is holding two training sessions for restaurants, grocery stores and retail stores: one this morning, and another one at 6 p.m.

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Austin
8:22 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Lawsuit Claims Dell Buyout is at Expense of Shareholders

The lawsuit says that founder and CEO Michael Dell's buyout is unfair to the computer company's stockholders.
flickr.com/oracle_images

Dell Inc. is facing a lawsuit. It was filed in Delaware on Wednesday.

The lawsuit accuses founder and CEO Michael Dell and other company directors of breaching their fiduciary duties by failing to maximize shareholder value and selling the company at the lowest price at the expense of shareholders.

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Transportation
5:29 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Austin Traffic: Slow and Growing

The high traffic costs also mean more carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere.
flickr.com/rutlo

A new study reveals what most Austin drivers could tell you anyway: Traffic here is bad. But the study says Austin’s traffic has grown worse than any large metropolitan region in the last 20 years.

The yearly Urban Mobility Report from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute says Austin drivers have wasted the most time in traffic since they began collecting data, more than any other city surveyed in the national study.

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Texas
12:39 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Half of All Texans Have No Savings

Not counting assets like homes and cars, half of Texans have no savings for emergencies.
Flickr user Images of Money, bit.ly/LeSsiT

State leaders routinely hail the "Texas Miracle" that's created one of the strongest economies in the country. 

Everyone mentions the growth and job opportunities across the Lone Star State, but a recent study by the Corporation for Enterprise Development shows that many Texans are striving on the edge of poverty.

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Health
9:02 am
Thu January 31, 2013

UT's New Medical School Now Has a Name: Dell

UT-Austin President Bill Powers (left) with Michael and Susan Dell at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Michael Thomas/AP Images for Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation announced a ten year commitment to turn Austin in a center of health care excellence. The foundation is donating $50 million to the University of Texas’s new medical school. It will be called the Dell Medical School.

The foundation also pledged $10 million to Austin and Travis County community health quality and access programs over the next decade.

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Austin
7:30 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Recall: Whole Foods Salmon

Full refunds will be given at Whole Food stores where the product was sold.
Whole Foods

Whole Foods is recalling two lots of Whole Catch Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon because it may be contaminated with Listeria—a bacteria that can lead to fatal infections in young children, elderly people and people with weakened immune systems.

The second lot, with code 7425A2297A printed on the back of the package, on the upper left side, was sold in Texas stores.

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Texas
12:09 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Accused Fort Hood Shooter to Appear in Court (Updated)

Army Maj. Nidal Hasan.
Bell County Sheriff's Department

Update: The Army Major accused in the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood will still face the death penalty if he’s convicted.

Nidal Hasan is charged with killing 13 people and wounding dozens more. This morning the judge in his case denied a request from his lawyers to take the death penalty off the table.

Update (Jan. 30, 8:04 a.m.): Army Maj. Nidal Hasan returns to military court this morning—more than three years after he’s accused of going on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood.

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Austin
10:04 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Gaming Company Launches First North American Studio in Austin

Another technology company brings a studio to Austin.
Crytek

Austin may be reaffirming its place at the center of the gaming industry.

A company based in Germany has announced its first studio in North America will be in Austin.

Crytek GmbH ("Crytek") is an interactive entertainment company. It already has eight studios spread across Europe and Asia.

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The Lead
8:51 am
Tue January 29, 2013

The Lead: AISD Approves Single-Sex Schools, Perry to Give 'State of the State', UT Cost-Cutting

KUT News

Good morning! The Austin area will see highs in the upper-80s this afternoon. The National Weather Service has also issued a Red Flag Warning from 3 p.m. today through 3 p.m. Wednesday. The humidity will be low and the winds could gust up to 30 miles per hour—leading to higher wildfire danger. At the same time, there’s a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms.

Lead Story: The Austin Independent School District Board voted last night to add three single-sex schools to the district.

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Austin
1:58 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Group Helping Austin's Homeless Hits the Ground Running

Back on My Feet has 10 chapters nationwide.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Back on My Feet, a national non-profit that helps homeless people through running, is launching an Austin chapter today. 

“Our members don't want to be homeless, they just don't know how not to be homeless,” founder and president Anne Mahlum says. The idea is to build the health and self-esteem of homeless individuals through running, before putting them in touch with employment opportunities.

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Austin
7:58 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Counting Travis County's Homeless Population

A homeless individual in Wooldrige Park last year. Teams of volunteers canvassed Travis County to count the homeless this weekend.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Across the United States, groups are attempting to get a firm count of the number of homeless people living in their midst. In Travis County this past weekend, the count was led by a group called Ending Community Homelessness or ECHO.

For the first time in the history of the count, volunteers reached the Travis County limits in order to get more accurate numbers.

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Business
12:05 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

BBB: Austin Air Duct Company is Cleaning Customers' Wallets

The Better Business Bureau is warning Austin consumers from doing business with a local duct cleaning company.
flickr.com/icyaero-photography

An Austin-based air duct cleaning company is looking a little dirty.

A company known alternately as Austin City Air Ducts, ANS Air Ducts, AC Air Ducts and AOS Air Ducts, advertises cleaning services in ValPak coupons and on group buying websites like Eversave. But the Better Business Bureau says it received several complaints about the company from consumers in Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas/Forth Worth.

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Austin
2:58 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

With Bag Ban Nearing, Keep Your Reusables Clean (and E. Coli Free)

A study from late last year says reusable bags can carry E. coli bacteria.
flickr.com/jennecy

Austin is a little more than a month away from its plastic bag ban, and some questions are still up in the air.

The Austin City Council approved the change last year, and the Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance stipulates that single-use bags for sacking groceries will soon be phased out – meaning Austinites must make use of reusable grocery bags. And as a precaution, shoppers should make sure their bags see more than the checkout aisle – try the laundry room.

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Austin
3:23 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Latest Driving Distraction: Web Surfing Behind the Wheel

That email can wait: web surfing while driving is distracting as texting, and its on the rise.
Flickr user Jim Legans, Jr., bit.ly/Wl5ila

Drivers are all familiar with safety messages like "Don't Drink and Drive," or "Don't Text and Drive." And while those are two of the biggest risks to avoid while driving, there's another dangerous practice rising behind the wheel: "webbing,” or using the internet while driving.

A new study shows surfing while driving can easily lead to car accidents, injuries and death, since it takes a driver attention away from the task at hand: driving. 

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Education
8:18 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Texas High School Graduation Above National Average

Texas sits roughly in the middle of the pack when it comes to four-year high school graduation rates.
National Center for Education Statistics

A new study shows Texas' four-year high school graduation rate rose to 78.9 percent in 2009-2010, putting the Lone Star State above the national average of 78.2 percent.

A federal study released by the National Center of Education Statistics shows that Texas' four-year graduation rate increased from its previous study, from 73.1 percent in the 2006-2007 school year to 78.9 percent in 2009-2010.

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Arts and Culture
6:18 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Photos: Inside the Giant, Architecturally Designed Inflatable Castle Visiting Austin

Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

The Architects of Air are back in Austin. Sound, color and light are all utilized to the fullest in this immersive experience hosted at the Long Center.

The art installation resembles a giant inflatable castle, occupies half a football field and rises to the height of a 3-story house. This visually overwhelming experience is created by sunlight streaming into the castle, bringing with it all kinds of bright colors and shapes.

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Austin
3:47 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Austin's Home Sales Still Rising

2012: year-end figures show momentum in Austin real state coursing steadily into 2013.
Daniel Reese for KUT News

The Austin real estate market stayed bullish in 2012 with home sales hitting their highest level in five years and experts predicting more growth in 2013.

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Austin
1:42 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Should Austin Rename the Lance Armstrong Bikeway?

Lance Armstrong's Tour de France jersey used to reside in a case outside the mayor's office - but no longer.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

The Lance Armstrong Bikeway opened in 2009. It was an example of the city's enthusiasm for cycling – which was, in part, prompted by Armstrong's success.

It's fair to say that, because of Armstrong's cycling achievements and active role in supporting those fighting cancer, Armstrong was a sort of icon in Austin.

But after Armstrong admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs in an interview with Oprah Winfrey last night, the Austin community is starting to question if his influence in town is appropriate.

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Texas
2:18 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Texas Governor's Race Looms Over Abbott's Call for NY Gun Lovers

Greg Abbott speaking at a FreedomWorks event last year. The ambitious AG is making waves with an ad buy in the Big Apple.
Gage Skidmore

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is inviting New Yorkers who feel their state's new gun laws are too restrictive to migrate to Texas. 

Abbott has launched a new Google ad campaign encouraging New Yorkers to move to Texas. It says gun-loving Yanks "will have the right to bear arms" and, due to Texas’ low taxes, will also have "more money to buy ammo."

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