Hannah Jones

7:23 am
Fri August 5, 2011

Top Morning Stories August 5, 2011

More than 8,000 people have registered for Gov. Rick Perry's Christian prayer rally Saturday.
Photo by KUT News

Perry's Response Begins Saturday

Gov. Rick Perry will host  "The Response", a religious revival, in Houston tomorrow at the Reliant Stadium.  The seven hour long event will include a day of prayer and fasting for a "nation in crisis" along with several religious leaders in line to speak. NPR reports that "the event has touched off a holy war among critics, who claim it is Jesus-exclusive and political."

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3:15 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Open Beach Case Goes On

The Texas Supreme Court is asking the case of Severance v. Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson to be moved to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Photo by Joe Y Jiang http://www.flickr.com/photos/danniao/

In a case challenging the Texas Open Beaches Act, the Texas Supreme Court ruled today that it cannot decide whether to proceed with the case. Instead, the question must be answered by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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9:48 am
Fri July 29, 2011

H-E-B Recalls Some Dairy Products

H-E-B is asking customers with recall products to return them to the store for a refund.
Photo courtesy of H-E-B


H-E-B is recalling 32 of their products including H-E-B brand cottage cheese, dip, yogurt and sour cream over concern that "foreign material" may have made its way into those products.

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4:55 pm
Sat July 23, 2011

Planetarium Hosts Space Day

The Austin Planetarium says they are celebrating the old successes of the space shuttle era and the new breakthroughs to come.
Photo Courtesy of the Austin Planetarium

Austin Planetarium hosted an Austin Space Day event to honor the end of the space shuttle era. The shuttle Atlantis returned to Earth on Thursday, capping the program's final mission.

Texas has played a large role in NASA’s history. Austin Planetarium director Torvald Hessel said he isn’t worried about citizens losing interest in space missions.

“ [From] the kids, parents and scientists that I talk to, there is so much innate interest in  science, astronomy, engineering and also human space flight,” Hessel said. "I really see this as a new opportunity."

Arts and Culture
4:24 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

Artist Revisits Iconic Mural on the Drag


The former Tower Records building on The Drag is undergoing a renovation to house three new eateries, and owners are preserving the building's artwork, which has become a landmark for University of Texas students and Austinites.

Local artist Federico Archuleta created his first set of murals in 2003, at the intersection of 24th and Guadalupe. He used stencils and spray paint to portray iconic artists such as Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash.

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10:45 am
Fri July 22, 2011

Group Helps Homeless Cool Down

"House the Homeless" is trying to round up hats with tails that drape down over the neck and ears to help homeless people, like these lined up outside Caritas in Austin, defend themselves against 100-plus degree temperatures
Photo by KUT News

House the Homeless is trying to find hats with tails to help homeless folks to try to help keep them cool on these blistering summer days.

The Swap-A-Hat program is looking for hats that have a fabric sheet, or tail, that hangs down and covers the back of the wearer's neck and ears. The group is also giving out UV-rated sunglasses for dollar donations.

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Top Morning Stories
9:00 am
Fri July 22, 2011

Top Morning Stories for July 22, 2011

Perry Points Finger at Obama for Ending Era

Governor Rick Perry criticized President Obama over the cost-saving decision to end the space shuttle era Thursday. He accuses the Obama Administration for  “leaving American astronauts with no alternative but to hitchhike into space.” NASA is set to have astronaut expeditions to an asteroid by 2025 and later to Mars. Perry said in a statement yesterday that President Obama is leading federal agencies astray through his  plans.

Poultry Giant Recalls Two Products

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6:01 pm
Sat July 9, 2011

Austin Hosts Davis Cup Quarterfinals

Around 16,000 fans are attending the Davis Cup quarterfinal this weekend.
Photo by Hannah Jones for KUT News.

Austin is hosting part of the Davis Cup for the first time in the tennis tournament’s history. The cup kicked off on Friday drawing thousands of tennis fans. U.S. tennis pro and Austinite Andy Roddick lobbied  for the quarterfinals between the U.S. and Spain to be in Austin. The tournament may be a trial run before Austin plays host to another international event.

Erin Rockenhaus from Temple, Texas, thinks Austin was a good choice for the tournament.

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10:21 am
Sat July 9, 2011

UT Sues Actor Over Farrah Fawcett Portrait

This portrait of actress Farrah Fawcett was done by artists Andy Warhol. UT and actor Ryan O'Neal are now at odds over the artwork. Image from the Blanton Museum of Art.

The UT System Board of Regents is suing actor Ryan O'Neal over a portrait of actress - and his long-time partner- Farrah Fawcett created by artist Andy Warhol in 1979.

The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin currently has an exhibit underway About Face: Portraiture as Subject running through September 4, 2011.

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Texas Fireworks
10:38 am
Mon July 4, 2011

July 4th Fireworks Re-Cap

Won't be seeing these in Austin.
Photo by KUT News

It’s pretty well-known by now that burn bans across the state caused bans on personal fireworks and canceled numerous public fireworks shows. But that hasn’t stopped some towns from still putting on public fireworks displays.

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Morning Update
8:58 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Top Morning Stories for July 1, 2011

A month-long trend of falling gas prices has made holiday driving a little less painful.
Photo by Erik Reyna for KUT News

Gas Prices Drop

Gas prices have fallen in time if you’re planning on filling up your gas tank to travel for the 4th of July. Prices across the state and in Austin dropped seven cents in the past week to about $3.43 for a gallon of regular unleaded.

I35 Closed Near San Marcos

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1:46 pm
Mon June 20, 2011

LCRA Warns of Lake Hazards, Urges Conservation

The Lake Travis level is 23 feet below the monthly average of 461 feet.
Photo courtesy of LCRA.

Correction for Clarification: The Lower Colorado River Authority requests that customers impose mandatory water restrictions when the combines lake storage drop below 900,000 acre-feet of water, but does not curtail.

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12:03 pm
Mon June 20, 2011

Heat Advisory for Austin Today

The National Weather Service says to avoid strenuous activity outside until 7 p.m. tonight.
Photo by KUT News.

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for all of Central Texas today through 7 p.m. tonight.

A heat advisory is issued when both hot temperatures and high humidity fell like it is over 100 degrees outside and can cause heat illnesses. Highs for today are between 100 and 105 and could feel up to 109 outside.

The Weather Service recommends drinking plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors.