Ian Crawford, KUT News

News Editor

Ian Crawford joined KUT as News Editor in 2008, after spending over four years as a reporter/anchor at KLBJ Radio in Austin.  He began his broadcasting career while still in high school in Southern Oregon.  During high school and college at the University of Oregon, he worked at times as a reporter, news anchor, sports play-by-play reporter, music host and commercial producer before moving to Texas in 2003.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
12:45 pm
Sun January 1, 2012

Sunday Roundup for January 1, 2012

Fireworks (and a lot of smoke) filled the air late Saturday, during the fireworks display capping "Austin's New Year" celebration.
Photo by Ian Crawford/KUT News

Happy New Year! A warm start to 2012 brought crowds to Auditorium Shores for ring out the old year, it brought some warm news to Ron Paul's presidential aspirations just ahead of Iowa GOP caucuses and 2012 could bring some warmth to people living on Austin's streets.

Austin Welcomes 2012

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2012 Presidential Election
8:25 pm
Sat December 31, 2011

Romney & Paul Neck and Neck

Texas Congressman Ron Paul's continues to run in a virtual tie with Mitt Romney, according to a Des Moines Register poll released Saturday night.
Photo by Gage Skidmore/Texas Tribune

With the Iowa Republican presidential caucuses four days away, a new Des Moines Register poll show a razor-thin margin between former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and Texas Congressman Ron Paul.

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Environment
5:22 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

Court Grants Air Pollution Rule Delay

Photo by KUT News

A federal appeals court in Washington, DC granted the State of Texas a stay today against new EPA air pollution regulations that take effect next year.

The Cross State Air Pollution Rule would require some coal plants in Texas to retrofit their equipment or to switch to a higher-grade coal fuel, in order to meet new sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide emission rules.

The injunction sets the stage for an court hearing in April.

2012 Presidential Election
3:27 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

Paul Running Second in New Poll

A new CNN/Time/ORC poll puts Rick Perry in fifth place in Iowa, while Congressman Ron Paul runs virtually neck-and-neck for the lead.
Photo by Daniel Reese/KUT News

A new opinion poll of Iowa Republican voters shows an interesting shift, but no real gains for either Texas Congressman Ron Paul or Governor Rick Perry.

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Health
2:46 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

Court Ruling Restores SSI Benefits

Image courtesy flickr.com/dumbeast

A ruling in a New York federal court is requiring the Social Security Administration to restore benefits to eligible people who may have a warrant out for their arrest.

According to the National Senior Citizens Law Center, an advocacy group for low-income seniors, as many as 100,000 people could benefit from the ruling in Clark v. Astrue that was issued earlier this month. The government had denied Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Supplemental Security Disability Income (SSDI) benefits to people with outstanding warrants for alleged parole or probation violations.

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Transportation
12:04 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

Need A Winter Car?

If you're planning on driving into weather like this, there's a list of cars you might want to contemplate before hitting the frosty trail.
Image courtesy flickr.com/shareski

Ah, the plethora of year-end lists, the Top-Ten this and that for 2011. Top stories, top trends, top celebrities, you know the lot.

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Austin
11:52 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Hackers Warn of Reprisal

Photo by Caleb Bryant Miller/KUT News

Stratfor, the Austin-based intelligence think tank whose website was hacked over the weekend, is warning that people who are rallying to the company's defense on Facebook may become hacking targets, themselves.

On the company's Facebook page, officials write:

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Austin
11:57 am
Mon December 26, 2011

Boat Fires Labeled Arson

Photo by Callie Hernandez/KUT News

Austin fire officials believe that yesterday's boat fires on Lady Bird Lake were intentionally set.

Investigators don't know the specific cause of the fire that destroyed three boats--including a two-story party barge--and part of a dock near the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge just after 2:00 on Christmas Day afternoon. They do say that someone was seen running from the area about the same time the fire broke out.

Top Stories
9:37 am
Mon December 26, 2011

Top Morning Stories, December 26, 2011

Intelligence company Stratfor believes that its website has been hacked. The Austin-based company has pulled their site down.
Photo by Caleb Bryant Miller/KUT News

Intelligence Company’s Website Hacked

Austin-based security company Stratfor says its website has been hacked. The site was down Monday morning. In an email, Stratfor says it believes the names of some of its corporate clients have been placed onto other websites. Stratfor’s clients include Apple and the U.S. Air Force.

Boat Fires on Lady Bird Lake

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Austin
3:13 pm
Sun December 25, 2011

Boat Fires on Lady Bird Lake

Two boats caught on fire on Lady Bird Lake Christmas Day afternoon, near the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge.

The first fire was reported shortly after 2:00 p.m. AFD dispatches indicate the fire grew quickly. Another boat nearby also caught fire, bringing bringing in more firefighters and limiting traffic on the bridge. The fires were reported contained just after 3:00, but firefighters were remaining on the scene to extinguish any hot spots left over. No injuries have been reported. Investigators don't know how the fires started yet.

Top Stories
10:13 am
Sun December 25, 2011

Top Morning Stories, December 25, 2011

Part of the LBJ Ranch house near Johnson City. The National Parks Service has opened the living quarters of Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson to the public.
Image courtesy flickr.com/CoreyPud

Best wishes for this Christmas Day! There was a Christmas homecoming at Fort Hood, the loss of a house in East Austin this morning, and a look into the Hill Country home of America's 36th President.

Troops Return to Fort Hood

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top morning stories
10:14 am
Sat December 24, 2011

Top Morning Stories, December 24, 2011

White Christmases aren't unheard of in El Paso, like this 2002 picture shows. Another inch of snow is expected in West Texas today.
Photo courtesy of Garland Cannon at flickr.com at http://www.flickr.com/photos/garlandcannon/3091103298/

Happy Christmas Eve! Parts of Texas are looking at an honest-to-goodness white Christmas, Virginia puts a lump of coal in Rick Perry's stocking and a Justice Department ruling could affect a law taking effect in Texas in 2012.

Snow blankets West Texas, Rain Dampens Central Texas

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2012 Presidential Election
7:41 pm
Fri December 23, 2011

No VA for Perry, Paul Makes Ballot

Governor Rick Perry returns to Texas Friday night after criss-crossing Iowa by bus. Meanwhile, his Virginia campaign failed to get enough signatures to qualify for that state's GOP presidential primary.
Photo by Ben Philpott/KUT News

Texas Gov. Rick Perry won't be on the ballot in the Virginia Republican primary on March 6.

Several media outlets are reporting that the Perry campaign failed to get the needed 10,000 valid petition signatures to qualify for the Super Tuesday contest.

The Washington Post reports that Perry's campaign chairman in Virginia didn't know how many signatures they gathered, But former Virginia Attorney General Jerry Kilgore described the process of qualifying for the state's GOP presidential ballot as "a daunting task."

From the Post's Virginia Politics:

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TOP STORIES
8:56 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Top Morning Stories December 22, 2011

Rick Perry wraps up the second leg of his Iowa bus tour later today
Photo by Ben Philpott

Governor Rick Perry Wraps Up Bus Tour Second Leg Today

Today is the last day of Governor Rick Perry's eight-day bus tour through Iowa. Tomorrow Perry will return to Texas for a brief Christmas break, then it's back to campaigning. KUT's Ben Philpott reports from the Iowa bus tour on whether this tour has helped his chances in the state.

Trinity River Defies Drought

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amber alert
4:53 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Amber Alert Canceled for Yoakum County Child

Image courtesy National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Police in Denver City have canceled an Amber Alert for Devin Iban Tobar after the boy was found early Wednesday evening.

Devin is 2½ years old. Authorities say he went missing at about 2:20 p.m. Wednesday.

 

 

Politics
5:23 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Doggett to Run in District 25

Congressman Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, has filed to run for reelection in District 25, based on maps okayed by a three-judge federal panel then stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Photo by KUT News

Longtime U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, has decided to run for reelection in Texas's 25th Congressional District.

That's the district he represents now, but the boundaries were dramatically shifted by the 2011 Texas Legislature to favor a Republican candidate.

The lines were altered again by a three-judge federal panel late last month. Then the U.S. Supreme Court stayed use of those maps, pending a hearing before the high court January 9.

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Arts and Culture
2:26 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Briscoe Center Gets Dunne Papers

Journalist and writer Dominick Dunne (right) waiting in the media area during the murder trial of Phil Spector. The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History has acquired the papers and manuscripts of the author who died in 2009
Photo courtesy flickr.com/cgkinla

The Dolph Briscoe Center for American Studies at UT-Austin has acquired the papers of writer, journalist and frequent Court TV host and contributor Dominick Dunne.

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Austin
4:55 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

AG Lets Committee Rule on Bikes at the State Cemetery

The Texas State Cemetery Committee asked the Attorney General whether they had the authority to regulate where bikes can travel through the historic site.
Image courtesy flickr.com/Seiya234

Authorities at the Texas State Cemetery have become increasingly concerned with bicycles that stray off the paved roadway and onto walking paths or across grave sites. So much so that the cemetery's governing committee asked Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott whether they had the authority to put the kibosh to bikes at the historic site in East Austin.

Officials saw an upswing in bike traffic through the cemetery after road construction started along E. 7th Street and cyclists reportedly started cutting through the cemetery to avoid it.

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Austin
4:00 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

Study Ranks Austin 10th Most Secure City

A new study ranks Austin among the top 10 most secure cities in the U.S.
Photo by Nathan Bernier/KUT News

A national insurance company places Central Texas among the most secure places to live in the United States.

Farmers' Insurance ranked the Austin-Round Rock area 10th most secure area with a population over 500,000. El Paso placed third in the survey conducted by www.bestplaces.net. Pittsburgh, PA topped the chart.

Criminal Justice
11:50 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Fewer Execution, Death Sentences in Texas

Hank Skinner was one of five Texas death row inmates to have their death sentence stayed in 2011. A new report shows executions in Texas this year dropped to their lowest level in 15 years.
Photo by Caleb Bryant Miller/KUT News

The state of Texas executed 13 people in 2011. A report issued by the Austin-based Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty this morning says that’s the fewest since 1996 and well below the record of 40 executions set in 2000.

Kristin Houlé is the coalition’s executive director. She says one reason for the decreased number of executions is that five death row inmates received stays of execution this year.

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