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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Morning Update
8:41 am
Mon December 20, 2010

Monday Morning Update

AISD Seeks Budget Input

The Austin Independent School District will take public comment on next year's budget at a meeting tonight at AISD headquarters.  The Austin American-Statesman reports that the district could be as much as $60 million short in revenues for the 2011-2012 school year.  Budget writers expect to present the proposed plan at the end of February.

Fireworks Go On Sale Today

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Texas
9:52 pm
Wed December 15, 2010

Amber Alert for McAllen Toddler

Police in McAllen have issued an Amber Alert for two-year-old Terry Bennett
Photo courtesy AmberAlert.gov

Police in McAllen have issued an Amber Alert for Terry Onne Bennett.

Politics
4:47 pm
Tue December 14, 2010

Two State House Democrats Defect To Texas GOP

The Republican majority in the Texas House is swelling to 101.   State Representatives Allen Ritter of Nederland and Aaron Pena of Edinburg both announced today that they were both leaving the Democratic Party. 

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Business
3:33 pm
Tue December 14, 2010

Fireworks Vendors Voluntarily Ban "Stick Rockets and Missiles"

A Thor Delta Missile sold by Quantum Fireworks. Travis County fireworks vendors have voluntarily stopped selling these types of fireworks because of exceptionally dry conditions.
Image courtesy Quantum Fireworks

Companies that sell fireworks in Central Texas are adopting a voluntary ban on some flying fireworks because of the dry conditions.  Chester Davis owns American Fireworks and is president of the Texas Pyrotechnic Association.

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Sports
2:47 pm
Tue December 14, 2010

Sources: Austin Headed to Austin

UT's Mack Brown appears to have chosen a new defensive coordinator
Photo by KUT News

Multiple sources have indicated to orangebloods.com as well as hookem.com that former University of Florida football defensive coordinator, Teryl Austin, will take over the recently vacated defensive coordinator position at UT.  If hired, Austin would take over for Will Muschamp, who accepted the head coach position at the University of Florida on Saturday.

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Sports
7:58 pm
Sat December 11, 2010

Muschamp Leaving for Florida

Texas head football coach Mack Brown's staff will look a lot different next season.

Will Muschamp, UT's defensive coordinator and heir apparent to the Texas head coaching job, was named Saturday as the new head football coach at Florida.

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Politics
2:56 pm
Thu December 9, 2010

The ATM in the Lobby

Lawmakers can raise money for their campaigns until 30 days before the Legislature convenes.
KUT News

Big receptions hosted by members of the Legislature in the month-plus since the election have been fairly common. Some of the guest lists have been things in common, too.

Of the 181 members of next year’s Texas Legislature, 89 have held fundraising receptions in the five weeks since the November election. So reports Jason Embry in the Austin American-Statesman.

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Sports
12:49 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

Davis Out as UT Offensive Coordinator

Greg Davis, who guided UT's offense for 13 years, resigned as offensive coordinator
Photo by KUT News/Gretch Sanders

After a 5-7 season and no bowl game for the first time in 13 years, Greg Davis has resigned as offensive coordinator for the Texas Longhorns football team.

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Austin
2:25 pm
Wed December 1, 2010

Woman Accused Of Stealing From Local Non-Profits Surrenders

Louanne Aponte in happier days, before the scandal broke.
Image courtesy Family Connections

The former executive director of the local non-profit Family Connections, Louanne Aponte, is in Travis County police custody and headed back to Austin. Aponte is accused of misappropriating more than $327,000 from the organization between 2004 and 2009.  She is also accused of stealing from other local charities.

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education
4:57 pm
Thu November 18, 2010

Austin ISD Superintendent Delivers "State of the District" Address

Austin ISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen delivered an annual speech to address the challenges facing the school district.
Photo by KUT News

The Austin Independent School District is making great strides academically but must better equip students to cope with future technology.  That's the assessment Superintendent Meria Carstarphen gave in her "State of the District" speech on the University of Texas campus this morning.  While noting that AISD schools have improved in meeting TAKS standards, the superintendent also said the problems are mounting for students and teachers.

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Public Safety
2:42 pm
Tue November 16, 2010

Two Round Rock ISD Schools Evacuated

Updated at 4:45pm: Round Rock school officials say the school is still being searched.  The WilCo Sheriff's Office is giving them a tentative re-opening time of 7 pm.  As of now, the search has not yielded anything out of the ordinary.   RRISD officials say, as far as they can tell, school is still on at Deerpark and Live Oak as usual on Wednesday.

Updated at 2:45 pm: Bomb sniffing dogs are searching Deerpark Middle School and Live Oak Elementary School in Round Rock. Both schools were evacuated around noon due because of a bomb threat.

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Weekend Digest
11:14 am
Sun November 14, 2010

Sunday Update

UT Head Coach Mack Brown has seen his football team drop its last four games at home.
Gretch Sanders for KUT News

Building Blocks for Learning

Lego bricks literally came to life at the Delco Events Center Saturday, as kids from across Central Texas took part in a First Lego League competition. News 8 Austin reports the Legos were married with electronics, to give budding engineers a chance to create task-oriented robots.

Report Highlights License Suspension Work Around

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Politics
4:59 pm
Thu November 11, 2010

Paxton Enters Speaker's Race

The race to occupy the Speaker's rostrum in the Texas House has expanded
Photo by KUT News

And then there were three.

State Rep. Ken Paxton (R-McKinney) has announced he's running to be the next Speaker of the Texas House.  The Associated Press reports that Rep. Paxton has thrown his hat into the ring because voters sent a message "that they favor leadership dedicated to protecting our freedoms and fighting government growth."

Conservative Republicans have been critical of current Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) for not being conservative enough.  Rep. Warren Chisum (R-Pampa) has already announced that he's challenging Rep. Straus for the Speaker's chair.

Politics
3:21 pm
Thu November 11, 2010

The 16-Vote Margin in District 48

State Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin) discusses the returns on Election Night at the Driskill Hotel. Her 16-vote margin of victory is all that stands between the GOP and a two-thirds majority in the Texas House.
Photo by Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

Republicans have 99 seats in the 2011 Texas House. They’re 16 votes away from having an even 100.

State Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin) hung on to her House District 48 seat by 16 votes, after absentee ballots were added into the Election Night totals. Republican challenger Dan Neil hasn’t said publicly whether he’s going to call for a recount…yet.

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