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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

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

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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.
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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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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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