Kelsey Johnson

Kelsey Johnson is a summer intern with KUT news. She is a recent graduate from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communications with an emphasis in electronic media.

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Austin
10:01 am
Mon August 22, 2011

Interactive Project Map Featured on Bond Site

Austin's redesigned bond website contains features that lets people see updates on projects around the city.
Photo by Jessie Wang for KUT News

The City of Austin has launched a redesigned website that contains an interactive project map where users can see progress on projects.

Last year, Austin voters passed a $90 million transportation bond to pay for more bike paths, sidewalks, streets and trails with hopes of reducing commuters' reliance on cars. Visitors of the site can view status reports, photos of projects and project updates.

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Texas
3:48 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

Texas Students Show Low College Test Scores

A majority of Texas high school students who took the ACT college preparation exam were not ready for college classes according to a report.
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The majority of Texas students who took the ACT college entrance exam this year don't have the necessary skills for college.

According to a report done on the class of 2011, many Texas students tested below the national average in reading, English and science. 101,569 graduates in Texas, or about 36% of the class of 2011, took the ACT.

Texans were slightly above the national average in mathematics, which is 45 percent of students passing, with 48 percent.

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Austin
12:53 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

SXSW Panel Picker Voting Starts Today

The 2012 Panel Picker is now open for voting until September 2.
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The SXSW Panel Picker is back and voting and commenting starts at 2 p.m. today for 2012. The Panel Picker allows users to vote on panel and presentation topics for the SXSW Festival.

People can respond to different ideas and decide what topics will be represented at the event. Voters have until September 2 to cast their idea.

You can sign up at the Panel Picker website to submit your idea.

Environment
1:16 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

Drought Leads to a Rise In Animal Bites

Kelly Conrad Bender, an urban wildlife biologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife, shows off a Mexican Milk snake. Bender discussed the issues involving the drought and wild animal bites at the University Medical Center at Brakenridge.
Photo by Jessie Wang for KUT News

The number of venomous bites and stings has increased since last year as the drought sends snakes and other wild animals searching for food and water.

Kelly Conrad Bender, an urban wildlife biologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife, came to the University Medical Center Brakenridge to explain the changes in wildlife.

“Wildlife, these individual animals, has not experienced this kind of drought, but their species has. They are the result of thousands of years of adaptation to our climate and these droughts do happen occasionally, maybe once every 50 to 100 years. So the species, given appropriate habitat and given a good balanced stable habitat, they will survive and they’ll come out stronger,” Bender said.

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Austin
1:42 pm
Wed August 10, 2011

Bison Found at Lady Bird Wildflower Center

An American Bison was found at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on Saturday after it escaped from its owner 10 miles away.
Photo by Joe Marcus, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

An unusual visitor has wandered its way to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: a bison. The animal escaped last Wednesday when its owner was unloading it out of a cattle trailer. The Wildflower Center's senior director and botanist, Damon Waitt, says the American bison traveled ten miles to the center when gardeners noticed her.

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Austin
10:28 am
Mon August 8, 2011

Austin Police Department Introduces the Real Time Crime Center

Police in the new Real Time Crime Center will be able to connect officers on the street with databases at police headquarters.
Photo by Kelsey Sheridan for KUT News

The Austin Police Department is implementing a new strategy to fight crime.

The Real Time Crime Center, a room filled with computers and TV screens at the police headquarters, will allow officers to monitor police radio traffic 24 hours a day and provide more information on handling a scene before officers arrive.

APD Commander Troy Gay, who's in charge of the new center, told KUT News that it was a "force multiplier"

"They’re almost like an extension of patrol," he said. "They’re watching what patrol is doing and then providing additional information at that time."

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Austin
2:38 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

Firefighters Battle Brush Fire on Mopac

Firefighters were called out just before 2:30 p.m. today to battle a brush fire on South Mopac (Loop 1) near the Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360) exit.  The fire was controlled about 2:45 p.m. But Austin Police have temporarily closed the southbound onramp to Mopac from Barton Skyway because of the smoke put off by the fire. The onramp is expected to reopen after 3:30 p.m.

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Austin
3:22 pm
Mon August 1, 2011

ERCOT Asks Consumers to Conserve Electricity

Temperatures will be well into the 100s all week resulting in high numbers of electricity usage.
Photo by Daniel Reese for KUT News

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, (ERCOT), has asked consumers to conserve their electricity use from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. today and for the remainder of the week.

Kent Saathoff, vice president of system planning and operations for ERCOT, explained the need in a press release.

“At this time, we expect to be tight over the peak hours today between 4-5 p.m., which means that significant generation outages could make us short of operating reserves."

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Texas
2:18 pm
Mon August 1, 2011

Burn Bans in Place in a Record 249 Counties

A record number of burn bans are in place in Texas with 249 counties.
Photo by KUT News

The Texas Forest Service maintains a map of which counties in the state have outdoor burn bans, and notes them in red. As of this morning, the map makes Texas look like it's got a bad sunburn.

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Sports
12:30 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Baseball Star Clemens Fights Double Jeopardy

Roger Clemens is asking a judge to dismiss his indictment on charges of lying.
Photo courtesy of Flicker user Keith Allison: http://www.flickr.com/photos/keithallison/

Roger Clemens - the former UT-Austin, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankee star, is requesting a judge get rid of his indictment on charges of lying to Congress to prevent him from being tried twice. 

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Health
4:50 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

1 in 4 Gay and Lesbian Teens are Homeless According to Study

Homelessness is a major problem for sexual minority teens according to a new study. Austin's non-profit organization, LifeWorks, deal with many cases like this.
Photo courtesy of jennfinley at http://flickr.com/people/jennfinley/

One in four gay, lesbian or transgender teens and 15 percent of bisexual teens are homeless, according to a study issued by the American Journal of Public Health. This is in contrast to three percent of heterosexual teens who are homeless. The study was made up of 6,300 Boston, Mass. public high school students.

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Austin
2:30 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

Austin Unemployment Rate Rises in June

Despite a net gain of 1400 new jobs in Central Texas in June, the area's unemployment rate jumped to 7.6%.
Photo by Jessie Wang for KUT News

The Texas Workforce Commission puts the Central Texas jobless rate at 7.6 percent in June, up 0.8 percent over May.  Despite that, the Workforce Commission reports that 1,400 new private sector jobs were created in Austin last month. Lisa Givens, a commission spokesperson, says it's not uncommon to see both the unemployment rate and the number of newly-created jobs rise at the same time.

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Sports
1:46 pm
Mon July 18, 2011

Nolan Ryan Hospitalized for Chest Pain

Nolan Ryan is currently in the hospital for a reoccurring heart condition. Ryan is the CEO and club President of the Texas Rangers and part owner of the Round Rock Express.
Photo courtesy of M. Glasgow http://www.flickr.com/photos/glasgows/

Nolan Ryan, the CEO and club president of the Texas Rangers, was hospitalized in Houston after experiencing discomfort in his chest yesterday morning at his home in Georgetown, according to a press release on the team's website.

Ryan is also part owner of the Round Rock Express. The 64-year-old received a double-bypass surgery in 2000.

He is currently undergoing tests for his reoccurring heart condition and  is expected to be released from the hospital sometime this week.

Texas
11:55 am
Mon July 18, 2011

Chance of Tropical Rain Looks Slim

The exceptional drought could get worse with no chance of significant rainfall in the near term.
Photo by KUT News

In case you haven't noticed, it is hot, hot, hot outside and Central Texas is in need of some showers. Late July and early August are normally the driest and hottest parts of the summer, so the chance of rain is slim.

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Austin
11:26 am
Fri July 15, 2011

Austin Places in Worst-Dressed Cities By GQ Magazine

Austin was named the 18th worst-dressed city in the country by GQ Magazine
Photo by KUT News

What are you wearing today?  Are you in business attire? Is it "Casual Friday" where you work? Or are you just wearing a ratty old t-shirt, shorts and a pair of flip-flops? Well...someone noticed.

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