Gretch Sanders

Reporter
Life & Arts
2:46 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

New Reality Series Follows Two Austin-Based Classic Car Dealers

Antonio Brunet and Yusuf Johnson with their 1963 split-window Corvette.
Filipa Rodrigues, KUT

The latest in reality television isn’t coming to you from a Louisiana bayou. Duck Dynasty doesn’t have quite the same global reach as the Discovery Channel’s new series premiering tonight.

“Chrome Underground” hails from a classic car shop in Austin, but it will take you across the earth.

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Boston Marathon, One Year Later
7:48 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Austin Runner Returns to Finish Boston Marathon

Michael Breen was 150 yards away from the finish line for the Boston Marathon last year before two explosions cut him off.
flickr.com/marc_buehler

Nearly 300 runners from the Austin area will be participating in the Boston Marathon today. It’s a group undeterred by two explosions that ripped through the crowds at the race last year, killing three spectators and wounding more than 260 others.

For many runners, the marathon ended abruptly. Race organizers invited most of those athletes back to run again this year. One Austinite isn’t passing up that chance.

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Environment
4:02 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Drought Harming Austin Bats

Bats exit from underneath the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge at dusk
Photo by alumroot http://www.flickr.com/photos/alumroot/

For many Austinites, watching a swarm of bats fly out from underneath the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge at sundown is a favorite summer pastime. But this year's drought is taking a toll on that tradition.

Forty plus days of 100 degree weather and no rain have the Mexican free-tailed bats of Central Texas a little stressed. The drought has made it harder for them to find food. Bats are exiting their roosts earlier in the evenings and coming back later in the morning.

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Texas
4:24 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

Maj. Hassan's Court Marshall Authorized to Consider Capital Punishment

A courtroom sketch from one of Hasan's hearings
Sketch by Pat Lopez

Brigade commander Col. Morgan Lamb has recommended a court-martial and the death penalty for the Army psychiatrist charged in the 2009 Fort Hood shootings. Maj. Nidal Hasan has been charged on 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder. Lamb's recommendation comes after a similar one made last fall by another colonel who presided over Hasan's evidentiary hearing.

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Austin
4:23 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

Austin’s Favorite Swimming Hole Re-Opens For Early Swimming

Austinites make a splash at Barton Springs Pool
Photo by KUT News

Barton Springs Pool will be open for a short time in the mornings starting tomorrow, Saturday, March 5. Early bird swimmers will have three hours to enjoy the cool water once the gates open at 5 a. m.

The pool has been closed for a flood debris removal project along with annual maintenance. The cleanup project is still underway but doesn’t start until after 8:00 a. m. That leaves a small window for aqua-phenes to make a cold water splash.

Barton Springs Pool will resume normal hours of operation on March 12, 2011.

Austin
6:45 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

Austin's Animal Shelter Achieves 'No Kill' Status

Ian Hallett, animal care supervisor at Town Lake Animal Center
Photo by Paulo Cunha Martins for KUT News

The City of Austin and the animal welfare community are announcing today that for the first time ever, the city’s animal shelter achieved “no kill” status for the month of February. That comes one year after the City Council approved the No-Kill Implementation Plan.

Staff at Town Lake Animal Center seem pretty happy these days. Ian Hallett, the shelter’s animal care supervisor, says that’s because 92% of the animals taken in at the shelter last month left it alive. That means only 8% were euthanized. 

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2010 midterm elections
12:27 am
Wed November 3, 2010

Races The AP Has Called

The Associated Press is calling races across the state.

Here are the winners they've declared:

Statewide Texas Races

Rick Perry, GOP, elected Governor

David Dewhurst, GOP, elected Lieutenant Governor

Greg Abbott, GOP, elected Attorney General

Susan Combs, GOP, elected Comptroller

Todd Staples, GOP, elected Agriculture Commissioner

Jerry Patterson, GOP, elected Land Commissioner

David Porter, GOP, elected Railroad Commissioner

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2010 Midtern elections
10:45 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Prop. 1 Fans Eager for $90 Million Transportation Investment

Bond money will go to improving sidewalks, bike infrastructure and more.
Photo by Rachel Wilcox for KUT News

With tonight's passage of the $90 million transportation bond, the city of Austin can expect to see new construction projects around the city. Hill Abell is a cycling enthusiast and owner of Bicycle Sport Shop. He told Gretch Sanders that approving Proposition 1 is a step towards a more sustainable future for Austinites.

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2010 Midterm Elections
10:25 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Prop 1 Headed to Victory

A $90 million dollar transportation bond appears headed for voter approval. With 134 of 196 precincts reporting, 57 percent were in favor of Proposition 1 with 43 percent opposed. KUT’s Mose Buchele talked to Ted Siff of the Get Austin Moving Political Action Committee about the win.

KUT News: How are you feeling?

Ted Siff: The early vote is very positive at 55 percent for proposition one. We don’t celebrate until the last vote is counted. It feels pretty good right now.

KUT News: Are you happy with that?

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