Kelly Connelly

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Austin
2:10 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Are the Wood Ridge Apartments Safe? Commission Decides Tonight

The balcony collapse at the Wood Ridge apartments left a hole in the building's structure.
Photo by Robb Jacobson for KUT News

A city commission may determine the fate of over 150 residents of a dilapidated apartment building tonight – and issue orders to “vacate, repair, demolish or secure” the complex.

After the collapse of a second-floor walkway at the Wood Ridge apartments on Burton Drive in Southeast Austin, the city ordered several residents to evacuate. Residents say apartment management failed to respond to complaints of deterioration.

Several mishaps have occurred in the evacuation process. City officials have since told the Austin American-Statesman apartment managers failed to adequately supply residents with resources following their displacement. The City of Austin’s Building and Standards Commission is holding a public hearing this evening.

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Health
11:15 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Think Your Commute is Bad? Texas Cyclists Heading to Alaska and Back

Julia Shatilo, pictured right, will embark on a biking journey to Alaska with her teammates to raise awareness and money for cancer research.
Photo courtesy texas4000.org

A group of students called Texas 4000 will embark tomorrow from Austin on the world’s longest annual charity bike ride – all the way to Anchorage, Alaska.

Riders from the community can join the group on the first leg of their 4,687 mile journey this Saturday morning. They leave from Running Brushy Middle School in Cedar Park at 8 a.m. There are several other events leading up to the kick-off that provide opportunities for the community to interact with the riders.

This is the group’s ninth year to make the ride. To date the organization has raised more than $3 million for the Livestrong Foundation.

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AM Update
8:05 am
Fri June 1, 2012

AM Update: Hurricane Season Begins, Spurs Lose to Thunder, Houston Gets Replica Rocket

The Johnson Space Center is set to receive a replica shuttle; The 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season may or may not bring a storm like Irene; Tony Parker scored 16 points for The Spurs in last night's defeat.
Photo courtesy flickr.com/bwmicklejr; Image courtesy National Weather Service; Photo courtesy San Antonio Spurs

Hurricane Season Could Bring Texas Much Needed Rain

Today is the official start to hurricane season.

So far this year we’ve seen two named tropical storms – Alberto and Beryl. Neither caused widespread damage. The 2011 season brought seven named hurricanes.

Regional climatologists tell KUT News that a good amount of rain from a tropical storm or hurricane this summer could be the quickest way for Texas to recover from the worst drought in state history.

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Education
2:18 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

RFIDs on School IDs? One School District Thinks So

School districts are mulling the use of RFID tags to track attendance.
Photo by Daniel Reese for KUT News

Should schools be able to keep tabs on a student’s location?

Because Texas schools are funded per student in attendance, budgets hinge on the accuracy of morning roll call. The use of Radio Frequency Identification tags, or RFIDs, can certainly improve accuracy, but some consider them an invasion of privacy.

RFIDs are small beacons that both transmit and receive information. They’re often used to track product inventory. But some school districts have attached RFIDs to students’ photo ID cards, letting administrators know which students are on campus.

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