Genna Eneman

News intern

Genna is a news intern at KUT. She is a graduate of Texas State University.

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City Council Revises Downtown Parking Plan

After much hand wringing, Austin City Council has voted on new rules for parking downtown. In March, the council voted to extend downtown metered parking until midnight every day but Sunday. After public outcry, some council members proposed postponing the plan and possibly scrapping it altogether.

Yesterdays vote is being billed as a compromise. Under the new rules, parking meters will run until midnight Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but only until six PM Monday through Wednesday.  Extended hours will be enforced from Lady Bird Lake to 8th Street, instead of 10th Street as was initially planned. Council member Laura Morrison voted against extending hours in March, but voted in favor of the new plan.

Correction: The plan was changed to extend extend meter hours back to 10th St. And Morrison voted against the plan, although it was passed 6-1.

Photo courtesy of National Center for Missing and Exploited Youth

UPDATE: Authorities in Galveston County initially said the man Andrea Fox was believed to be with was stationed at Fort Carlson, Colorado. They now say that James Dean Martin is stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado. Galveston County and DPS officials say the Amber Alert is still active, as of 11:10 a.m.

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Austin Moves to Stage 2 Water Restrictions

The city of Austin will move to Stage 2 water restrictions next month. The Austin American-Statesman reports, starting September 6th homes and businesses will only be allowed to water lawns once a week. Under the new restrictions, restaurant may only serve water when requested and outdoor fountains must be turned off unless to keep fish. Stage 2 also includes a ban on all charity car washes.

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Fire Destroys 15 Homes in Leander

Firefighters are watching for flare ups this morning, after a fast moving brush fire consumed 30 acres Monday. Just after 4:00 p.m. a grass fire sparked in a neighborhood near Leander Middle School forcing 189 homes to evacuate. Fifteen homes were destroyed in the fire. Most families have been allowed to return to their homes, but Lexi Maxwell of the Texas Forest Service told KUT News there is high chance of another flare up.

Andrea Bean sits and cracks tile in to smaller, tiny pieces. She stops and looks up at the massive tile mural in front of her and hunts for the small gaps between the larger tile pieces that need to be filled.

“It’s very tedious. It could never end and at some point you have to say ‘okay that’s enough,” she said.