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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Politics
9:10 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Supreme Court Sets Redistricting Hearing

A panel of three federal judges in San Antonio issued this map for Texas's 36 congressional seats in the 2012 election. The U.S. Supreme Court has stayed the map and wants to hear from both sides in person on January 9
Image courtesy Texas Legislative Council

UPDATE 8:45 p.m.:  Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is asking a three-judge federal panel in San Antonio to stay the deadline for candidates to file for primary elections in the state House and Senate, as well as Texas's 36 congressional seats. The deadline is Thursday, but last week's ruling by the Supreme Court that putting redistricting maps for the state's legislative and congressional districts on hold until the justices can review them rendered that essentially moot. The high court won't hear oral arguments on that case until January 9.

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Business
1:45 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Gowalla Founders Joining Facebook

Gowalla founders Scott Raymond and Josh Williams are shutting down their three-year-old Austin-based social network. The two and some of their team will be joining Facebook.
PHoto by Ian Crawford/KUT News

A spokesman for Facebook confirms that the founders of Austin-based Gowalla are joining the social networking giant. But, while Josh Williams, Scott Raymond and members of their development team will close the service next month to join Facebook, both sides are quick to point out that the move is not a takeover move by Facebook.

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Homeless
1:00 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

FrontSteps Activates Cold Weather Plan

The Austin Resource Center for the Homeless will activate their cold weather plan to give people a chance to beat the chill and sleep warm tonight.
Photo by KUT News

Low temperatures tonight in Austin are expected to hover in the mid 30s. Between that and the damp conditions brought on by the weekend's rain, FrontSteps, the group that runs Austin's Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH), will implement their cold weather action plan tonight.

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POLICE
9:37 am
Mon December 5, 2011

UPDATE: School Lockdown Lifted after Nearby Standoff Ends

Austin Police and Travis County Sheriff's SWAT teams are trying to arrest a barricaded man in South Austin. The activity has forced Bowie High School into a preventative lockdown.
Photo by Ian Crawford/KUT News

UPDATE, 10:30 a.m.:  Police have taken their suspect into custody without incident on Brodie Lane. AISD is lifting the lockdown at Bowie High School.

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Sports
7:56 pm
Sun December 4, 2011

Longhorns to Holiday Bowl

Texas Head Coach Mack Brown leads the Longhorn football team back to the college bowl season. The 'Horns will face Cal in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego Dec 28.
Photo by KUT News

After a humbling 48-24 loss to Baylor yesterday, the Texas Longhorns got a little good news Sunday.

With seven wins, the 'Horns have been picked to play in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl in San Diego. Texas will face the California Golden Bears at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium on Wednesday, December 28. 

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Sunday Roundup
9:52 am
Sun December 4, 2011

Sunday Roundup, December 4, 2011

Texas Governor Rick Perry has less than a month to turn around his faltering support base before Iowa Republicans caucus.
Photo by Ben Philpott/KUT News

The 100-plus degree days of just a few months ago seem so far away, now that damp, cool weather have drifted into Central Texas. Temperatures will continue to fall into the 40s today, after a strong cold front swung through the area early this morning. Look out for overnight temperatures in the 30s early in the coming week.

Paul Surges, Perry Stumbles in Iowa Poll

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2012 Presidential Election
1:41 pm
Sat December 3, 2011

Herman Cain Suspends GOP Campaign

Herman Cain, shown campaigning in Ohio, announced Saturday that he will suspend his bid for the Republican Presidential Nomination.
Photo by J. Stephen Conn/flickr.com http://www.flickr.com/photos/jstephenconn/6436495565/

Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain has suspended his bid for the White House.

NPR quotes the Associated Press as saying Cain was leaving the race, "to avoid continued news coverage of allegations of sexual misconduct that is hurtful to his family.

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Formula One
2:30 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Clock Ticking on Austin F1 Race

The Circuit of the Americas race course under construction in Southeast Travis County may not see a F1 race until at least 2013, according to the race organization's president.
Image courtesy of the Circuit of the Americas

A Formula 1 auto race in Austin next year seems increasingly unlikely.

The Associated Press quotes F1 president Bernie Ecclestone as saying organizers of the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin don't have the money to stage the race set for November 18, 2012. Race organizers have until November 27 to show they have enough money, or the race will be scratched from the 2012 schedule.

Track president Steve Sexton released a statement via email this afternoon, saying a delay wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing.

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Sunday Roundup
10:05 am
Sun November 13, 2011

Sunday Roundup, November 13, 2011

Supporters felt much better about Texas Governor Rick Perry's performance in last night's South Carolina GOP presidential debate.
Photo by Ben Philpott for KUT News

The Perry campaign has a good night in South Carolina...The Longhorns have a bad day in Missouri...Formula One's boss wonders aloud whether there will ever be a race day in Austin.

Perry Picks Up Debate Pieces

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Veterans Day
1:50 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

Austin Pays Tribute to Veterans

Austinites cheered and saluted war veterans and members of the Armed Forces during the annual Veterans Day Parade on Congress Avenue this morning.

Jim Torres served in Thailand as an Air Force building engineer during the Vietnam War. He politely smiles, as people shake his hand to thank him for his service. But he says his comrades in arms that deserve it more. 

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2011 Election
10:53 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Final Travis Voting Numbers Released

Photo by KUT News

Tuesday was a good night for bond packages in Travis County.

Voters approved both county bond measures Tuesday, a $133 million package for roads and another for $82 million in bonds for parks. Each passed with about 59 percent of the vote.

The $158.4 million bond request from the Lake Travis ISD won approval by a 58-to-44 percent margin. Lago Vista ISD voters easily okayed a $29 million bond by a nearly three to one margin.

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2011 Election
10:11 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

County and School Bonds Passing

Photo by KUT News

Five of the 10 constitutional amendment propositions have been approved by voters tonight. One has been rejected. The approved measures are:

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2011 Election Results
8:54 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Three State Amendments Failing

Photo by KUT News

Texas voters are saying "yes" to seven of the 10 constitutional amendments on today's statewide ballot. 

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2011 Election
7:18 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

First Election Results

Photo by KUT News

UPDATE 8:00 p.m.:  Initial statewide results show voters approving eight of the state's 10 constitutional amendments. Proposition 4 is failing 57-to-43 percent. Proposition 8, the water stewardship tax, is losing by a 51-to-49 percent margin. Proposition 7, which would create a park district in El Paso County, is passing by a narrow 51-to-49 percent.

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wildfires
1:32 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

FEMA To Close Bastrop Emergency Center November 18

FEMA will close its Bastrop recovery center November 18. Victims have until December 8 to apply for relief from the September wildfires.
Photo by Jeff Heimsath for KUT News.

In a sign that victims of September’s 34,000 acre Bastrop wildfire have received the majority of services they need to begin their recovery, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Disaster Recovery Center in Bastrop will close next Friday.

"Just the physical presence will be gone," FEMA spokesperson Ericka Lopez said. "However, we will still have other federal representatives that will be doing public infrastructure works, as well as additional work in the Bastrop area and other Texas wildfire affected areas."

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News Brief
9:21 am
Sun October 30, 2011

Morning Update for October 30, 2011

APD arrest over three dozen Occupy Austin protestors overnight.
Photo by I-Hwa Cheng for KUT News

Occupy Austin protestors clash with police overnight...First African American firefighters in Austin honored...and UT pounds Kansas in college football.

Overnight Arrests in Occupy Austin Demonstration

Dozens of Occupy Austin protestors were arrested early this morning, as police began enforcing a new rule limiting  how late the demonstrators can hand out food. Memos from city officials last week prohibited sleeping on the city hall mezzanine and distributing food after 10:00 p.m.

Demonstrators told the Austin American-Statesman that APD officers warned them at 9:45 last night that the food rule would be enforced. About 12:30 this morning, police tried to shut down the food distribution table. When the protestors refused, officers started making arrests.

As many as 40 were reportedly arrested, charged mainly with trespassing. The only resistance occupiers apparently gave police was passive. Police Chief Art Acevedo arrived at the city hall plaza in the pre-dawn hours. He told reporters that there were no injuries in the mass arrests.

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Sports
12:42 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Good Week for Texas, Exes at Pan Am Games

Two Texas exes take medals at the Pan American Games.
Photo by KUT News

A pair of Texas Exes have earned medals at the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Dylan Armstrong, a two-time All American at UT in 2000 and 2001, set a games record of 21.3 meters (69.9 feet) to take gold in the shot put. Armstrong is competing for his native Canada at the games, which are seen as an important tune-up for next year's Summer Olympics in London.

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Sports
1:40 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Watching UT-Kansas This Weekend? Good Luck.

U.T. hosts Kansas this weekend in college football. But watching it on TV won't be an option for many Austinites. Time Warner Cable and ESPN continue to negotiate over the Longhorn Network.
Photo by KUT News

CORRECTION:  LonghornNetwork.com does not carry live sporting events, as reported earlier.

Watching this weekend's Texas-Kansas football game won't be easy, if you're not at the stadium Saturday night.

The game will be televised on the Longhorn Network. That cable channel, a joint venture between U.T. and ESPN, is still not available to subscribers of Time Warner Cable, Austin's largest cable provider.

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Austin
10:51 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Downed Power Lines Near UT

Electric utilities across Central Texas are bracing for extra work today, because of the danger of high winds blowing into power lines.
Photo by Daniel Reese for KUT News

Today's windy and very dry conditions don't just have firefighters on the alert.

Austin Energy crews were sent to W. 24th and San Gabriel Streets about 10 a.m. to repair a downed power line. Supervisors think today's gusty breezes played a part. With wind forecast to gust up to 40 miles per hour today, the city utility is bracing for what could be a busy day.

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Politics
1:45 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Perry, Texas GOP Success in Trouble?

Gov. Rick Perry campaigning in Iowa. One political observer writes that Perry's presidential campaign could have a direct bearing on GOP dominance in statewide elections.
Photo by Ben Philpott for KUT News

In 1994, five Democrats were elected to statewide offices, including the Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and Comptroller.

Since then, Republicans have managed to shut out Democratic candidates.

That includes four wins in a row for Rick Perry, one as Lieutenant Governor in 1998 and three as Governor. In Perry's case, he's never lost an election, either as a Democrat or as a Republican. But are Perry and the Texas GOP becoming victims of their own success?

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