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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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Austin
1:08 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Pot Holes in Lance Armstrong's Road to Redemption: Tour de France Snub, Olympic Title Strip

Lance Armstong won't be at this year's finish line along with the other former winners.
flickr.com/trefethenstudios

The Tour of France is celebrating the 100th edition of the race this year. Around 500 former riders who finished the race are invited for the occasion and are expected to be at the finish line on the Champs-Elysees.

But Lance Armstrong probably won't be there.

Due to the doping scandal, Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme told the Associated Press, it would be "out of place" to send Armstrong an invitation to the 2013 centenary celebration.

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Guns
8:57 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Commisioners Court to Weigh in on Gun Shows (Update)

Gun shows take place about every month at the Travis County Exposition Center
Todd Wiseman, Texas Tribune

Update: The Travis County Commissioners scheduled to take action today on a controversial proposal to ban gun shows at the Travis County Expo Center and other county-owned facilities. 

Commissioners will take up the topic at 10 a.m.

Original Post (Jan. 7, 6:04 p.m.): There’s a gun show at the Travis County Exposition Center about once a month, but that may come to an end. On Tuesday, Travis County commissioners will consider a measure that would no longer allow gun shows on county land or at county facilities.

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Austin
12:37 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Faces of Austin 2013: Experience Inspired By City Life

The deadline for submission is January 15, 2013.
City of Austin

Well-known as a place that boosts creativity, music and art, Austin is always searching for new talent and inspiration. 

Faces of Austin 2013 is calling for short-films, fiction and nonfiction alike, that reflect the "voices, faces and experiences of our city". Faces of Austin is a short-film program of the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office, which has showcased short films by local filmmakers since 2005. This year the City of Austin is inviting all Austin-area filmmakers to submit their work to Faces of Austin 2013.

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Austin
11:11 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Map: 3M Half Marathon Road Closures and Detours

Road closures and detours for the 3M Half Marathon.
City of Austin

As many as 7,000 runners will take to the streets of Austin on Sunday.

In conjunction with the event, Communities In Schools of Central Texas will receive a guaranteed $40‚000 from the 3M Foundation to help with campus-based programs and special projects.

The 3M Half Marathon starts at 6.40 a.m. at the Corner of Stonelake Boulevard. and Capital of Texas Highway. The finish line is at 18th Street and Congress Avenue. The race is expected to wrap up by noon.

The event will require several closures and traffic detours:

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Crime
11:49 am
Thu January 10, 2013

TABC Yanks Liquor Licenses at Yassine Bars

The revocation of liquor licenses for several shuttered bars downtown means new nightclubs can open in their wake.
flickr.com/tiemposdelruido

In the wake of an ongoing drug and money laundering scandal, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has canceled the liquor licenses of nine downtown clubs operated by the Yassine family.

As KUT News previously reported, the clubs have been closed since March of last year, when the Yassine brothers were arrested on federal drug, weapon and money laundering charges.

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Texas
4:52 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

LCRA Plan May Cut Off Rice Farmers to Preserve Austin's Water (Update)

A rice farm in Columbus, Texas. LCRA action may result in more water for Austin and less for rice farmers.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Update: The LCRA approved a drought plan this afternoon that may mean rice farmers downstream of Austin will go without water again in 2013.

StateImpact Texas writes:

The Highland Lakes of Buchanan and Travis, vital reservoirs for Central Texas, have suffered from record low inflows in recent years, beginning in 2006. They’re currently only 41 percent full. If they don’t rise to the level of 42 percent full by midnight March 1, water will not go downstream to most rice farmers this year.

Read more at StateImpact Texas.

Original post (11:33 a.m.): With persistent drought conditions affecting Central Texas and the entire state, the Lower Colorado River Authority could make a decision today that could mean water from the Highland Lakes will be cut off to rice farmers downstream.

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Austin
10:17 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Want a 'Free' SXSW Badge? (One Catch - You Have to Volunteer)

A musician jams out at SXSW 2012.
KUT News

Here's a wakeup call: the South by Southwest Music, Film and Interactive festivals are just about two months away.

If you want to be part of the action – but don't want to shell out the money for a badge – you can volunteer.

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