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.


2011 Election
10:53 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Final Travis Voting Numbers Released

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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

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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

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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

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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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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.
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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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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.
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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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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.
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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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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.
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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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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.
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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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Amber Alert
6:30 pm
Tue October 11, 2011

Amber Alert Canceled for Alvin Boy

Police in Alvin have canceled an Amber Alert for Gerardo Olvera, Jr.
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UPDATE 10:20 p.m.: Authorities in Alvin have canceled the Amber Alert for Gerardo Olvera, Jr. Police say the boy has been located, and that he is safe.

Police in Alvin have issued an Amber Alert for Gerardo Olvera, Jr.

Gerardo is six years old Hispanic boy. He's three feet tall, weighs 45 pounds, has black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen Monday afternoon.

2012 Presidential Election
1:49 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Perry Jobs Plan May Get Partial Reveal Friday

A spokesman says MSNBC that Gov. Rick Perry will discuss a "major pillar" of his jobs plan this Friday morning in Pittsburgh.
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The Houston Chronicle is reporting that Gov. Rick Perry may be unveiling what's being called a "major pillar" of his jobs plan this Friday in Pittsburgh.

Ray Sullivan, the Perry campaign's communications director told MSNBC's Chuck Todd this morning that the speech wouldn't be the full reveal, but he said the speech would be a "significant policy rollout." He said it concern how job creation, energy independence and "how to reduce our dependence on hostile countries supplying energy and oil to our country."

9:22 am
Sun October 9, 2011

Sunday Morning Roundup for October 9

Good news: It's raining. Bad news: It may be too much rain for extremely dry ground. A Flash Flood Watch remain in effect over Central Texas until 6:00 tonight.
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The broken heat records, the endless months of dry weather are gone...at least for today.

Flash Flood Watch for Central Texas

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1:09 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Big 12 Conference Invites TCU

Texas Christian University has been invited to join the Big 12 Conference.
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And the college football conference shuffle continues.

The Big 12 college athletic conference would like Texas Christian University to join them. Presidents and chancellors of the conference's nine remaining member schools formally invited TCU to join this morning. If the school accepts the invitation, they would fill the gap left by the departure of Texas A&M from the Big 12 next summer.

The Horned Frogs currently play in the Mountain West athletic conference. A year ago, the school decided they would leave that conference for the Big East. But in a release on the TCU's athletic website, Chancellor Victor Boschini, Jr. said that joining the Big 12 would rekindle old in-state rivalries with Baylor, Texas Tech and Texas. He says he looks forward to more conversations with the conference before accepting the invitation.

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6:22 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Central Texas

The weather outside could be a little frightful tonight, as a line of thunderstorms passes through Central Texas this evening. Most of the storms should clear out by midnight.
Photo by Emily Donahue for KUT News.

Dark clouds hover Austin this evening...and they apparently aren't kidding.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of Central Texas this evening. A warning for Northwest Travis County until 6:30 p.m. Other warnings are expected through the evening as the line of storms moves eastward through the region.