Jessica Mahoney

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The cuts could take effect on January 1st and would make Texas’ Medicaid spending on par with other states. But therapy providers worry it could leave many patients without services.

According to Stephanie Goodman, spokesperson with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the organization reviews its rates from time to time.

"Recently we looked at our therapy rates and found out that in Texas, for some reason, we’re paying substantially higher than other states.”

Physical, occupational, and speech therapy services would all be affected, including both out-patient and in-home care. Mary Hennigan with the Texas Occupational Therapy Association says it should come as no surprise that those types of treatment are expensive.

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Try Out the City's Website

The City of Austin is unveiling its new website. The site isn’t live yet, but interested Austinites can attend a user testing session to try it out. The city wants to hear what you like, and what you don’t like about its new website. The sessions start today at 811 Barton Springs Road from 6 to 8 p.m.

Tour of WTP4

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AISD Public Hearing

The Austin Independent School District is holding a public hearing on its Facilities Master Plan tonight. Last week the AISD Board adopted the framework to guide how it manages its facilities, but the Board still hasn’t decided on a few key issues. There has been opposition to some parts of the plan, including a proposal to add in-district charter schools at some struggling campuses. Tonight’s hearing runs from 6 – 8 p.m. at AISD’s headquarters on West 6th Street. Speakers are limited to two minutes each, and can sign up in the Board Auditorium until 6:15 p.m.

Primary Ballot Filing Begins

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School Board Meeting

The Austin Independent School District is meeting tonight. The Board will vote on whether or not to adopt the Facility Master Plan. KUT has reported extensively on the FMP Framework in the past. Other items on the agenda include  budgetary approval, a discussion of how the new statewide testing system (STARR) will be used to determine students' end of year grades, and some school facilities improvements.

KUT News recently spoke with Superintendent Carstarphen about the possibility of adding in-district charter schools. The Board will vote on whether or not to partner with IDEA Public Schools, a Texas charter school operator, on December 12.

Longhorns vs. Aggies - The End of an Era?

Last night, a private plane carrying Oklahoma State Women's Basketball Head Coach Kurt Budke and Assistant Coach Miranda Serna crashed in Arkansas, killing everyone on board. The cause of the crash is not yet known.

Both the Longhorns and the OSU Cowgirls are in the Big 12. The Longhorns last played the Cowgirls in early March of last year, losing 37 - 52.

Texas Head Coach Gail Goestenkors posted this message of condolences on her Twitter:

The Texas Women's Basketball family sends our condolences to Oklahoma State. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cowgirls more than ever.

 The next scheduled game between the two teams is scheduled for January 7th.