Kelsey Sheridan

News Intern

Kelsey Sheridan is a news intern at KUT. She currently studies religion and journalism at Northwestern University.

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Health
2:46 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

All Texas College Students Need Meningitis Vaccine

Meningococcal disease is an infection caused by a bacterium called neisseria. meningitidis or the meningococcus, pictured here under 1150x magnification.
Image courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Protection

A new state law passed by the 2011 Legislature requires any college student under 30 who attends classes on a Texas campus must be vaccinated against meningitis. Previously only students who lived on campus needed one.

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Arts and Culture
10:16 am
Fri July 22, 2011

Austin's Mike Judge Revives "Beavis and Butthead"

 

Video courtesy of MTV

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BASEBALL
5:42 pm
Wed July 20, 2011

Texas Rangers Hosts Open Tryouts in Round Rock

Friends and family watch baseball players take hitting practice for scouts from the Texas Rangers at the Dell Diamond Wednesday morning.
Photo by Daniel Reese for KUT News

It's every baseball player's dream: To be picked from the crowd at an open tryout at your hometown ball park to play for your favorite Major League team.

Scouts for the defending American League Champion Texas Rangers did just that Wednesday morning, holding  open tryouts for all positions at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock. Not surprisingly, many came out for a chance to show their talents to professional baseball scouts. The Horton family came from Crawford, Texas for the opportunity.

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Arts and Culture
5:14 pm
Wed July 20, 2011

Gone With the Wind Dresses Being Restored at Harry Ransom Center

One of the three dresses currently being restored at the Harry Ransom Center. The dresses are part of the Selznick film collection.
Photo by Dan Reese for KUT News

Conservation work is underway on three of the dresses worn by Vivien Leigh in the movie, "Gone with the Wind." The work at UT's Harry Ransom Center comes after the institution raised $30,000 for the restoration.

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Health
3:50 pm
Tue July 19, 2011

UT Study Recommends More Sex Ed To Prevent Teen Births

Photo by slayerphoto http://www.flickr.com/photos/slayer23/

A University of Texas study funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services says expanding sexual health education in public schools could help reduce teen births in Texas, a state with one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country.  Texas dropped a health education requirement for high school students in 2009, making it one of the only states in the country not to require it.

Traditionally, it was thought that the best way to prevent teen pregnancy was to encourage kids to wait until they finish school and get a job before having kids. The report found that teens and parents of all ethnic groups tend to agree. Yet teenage girls are still getting pregnant and having babies.

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Business
2:39 pm
Tue July 19, 2011

Small Businesses Could Be Blamed For Their Customers' Web Piracy

Small businesses, such as those that line the Drag, could face penalties for their customers' illegal downloads.
Photo by KUT News

Small businesses that offer wireless connections to their customers could be on the hook for illegal downloads that happen on their networks, according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)

Record labels, movie studios and other industry groups recently struck a deal where participating internet service providers (ISPs) will issue warnings to customers whose accounts are allegedly used to steal content. The NFIB says small business owners could be charged, fined or worse.

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Politics
12:38 pm
Tue July 19, 2011

Travis County Gets $205 Million in Bond Project Proposals

Public hearings will be held at the Granger Building to address a new list of recommendations from the Travis County Citizens Bond Advisory Committee.
Photo by Erik Reyna for KUT News

People in charge of recommending bond-funded improvements to Travis County infrastructure like roads and parks have slashed their original recommendation from 120 projects to 36. But they still couldn't bring the price tag down to the $150 million county commissioners had requested.

The county's 2011 Citizens Bond Advisory Committee submitted its finalized list of recommendations today. The total cost would be $205 million.

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Business
12:07 pm
Mon July 18, 2011

Texas Researchers Find Dangerous Conditions On Gulf Coast Shrimping Boats

Shrimp like these are obtained through dangerous working conditions, primarily by Vietnamese fisherman, a new UT study confirms.
Photo courtesy of Southern Foodways Alliance http://www.flickr.com/photos/southernfoodwaysalliance/

When a shrimper goes out on the Gulf of Mexico for a day's work they are supposed to bring a laminated "Mayday" card in case of emergency. The card has instructions on how to call in an emergency from the sea by radio. It also includes a conversation guide printed in English and Vietnamese.

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Politics
11:38 am
Thu July 14, 2011

Travis County Republicans Charter Buses for Prayer Event

Travis County's Republican Party is organizing buses to take people to "The Response" next month at Houston's Reliant Stadium.
Image courtesy flickr.com/The Brit_2

The Travis County Republicans announced they would provide buses to next month's prayer and fasting meeting at Houston's Reliant Stadium, The Response,  on a first come, first served basis today.

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Arts and Culture
10:46 am
Thu July 14, 2011

Review Roundup: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

The gritty adventures of Harry Potter conclude with the final movie to be released tonight at midnight.
Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

The mission of KUT News is to bring you news about the issues important to people living in Austin. But we also know that news just can't always compete with everyone's favorite bespectacled wizard. The last Harry Potter film opens at midnight tonight. KUT News brings you a roundup of reviews for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.

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Business
1:01 pm
Wed July 13, 2011

F1 To Get More Building Permits Today

This view will change significantly now that Formula One has secured more building permits and FEMA has issued a conditional map revision.
Photo courtesy of Circuit of the Americas

Planners for the proposed Formula One race track in Southeast Travis County are a step closer to starting construction on some of the buildings at the track.

Officials met with several Travis County agencies last night, including the Transportation and Natural Resources and Sheriff's Departments and Fire Marshal’s Office, to discuss transportation and safety planning. County authorities are issuing building permits for more structures at the track today.

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Austin
12:32 pm
Wed July 13, 2011

Local Video Stores Hope to Capitalize on Netflix Hike

Austin's-based video store I Luv Video hopes to cash in on Netflix's DVD rental price hike through local loyalty and more spur-of-the-moment business.
Photo by Jessie Wang for KUT News

Netflix customers received an email yesterday explaining a new pricing system. Starting Sept. 1 customers will have to opt to receive unlimited DVDs by mail for $7.99 or unlimited streaming for the same price. If you want both you’ll now have to pay $15.98, which is a 60% increase from the current cost.

The announcement has many customers reeling all through the blogosphere. But it's music to the ears of local video stores, like I Luv Video.

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Education
11:12 am
Wed July 13, 2011

TEA Announces 178 Additional Layoffs

The Texas Education Agency is laying off more staff to keep up with state budget cuts, reducing some of the agency support available to teachers and school districts.
Photo by KUT News

The Texas Education Agency announced another 178 employees will be laid off this week. This is in addition to the 91 employees that were laid off in February of this year.

In addition to the 269 terminated employees, 58 employees retired or resigned and 16 were transferred.

The layoffs mean TEA will see a 32% reduction in staff due to a $48 million--or 36%--budget cut from the state.

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Environment
2:21 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

Water Precautions for New Schlitterbahn Park

Schitterbahn's owners expect to open a new water park in Cedar Park, like the one on Galveston Island (pictured), in 2013.
Photo coutesy Galveston.com http://www.flickr.com/photos/galvestonisland/

A new Schiltterbahn water park will open in two years in Cedar Park. It’s slated to be smaller than the New Braunfels location. Officials say plans for the park take into consideration frequent drought conditions in Central Texas, much like the region is experiencing now.

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Sports
12:25 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

Ticket City Suffers Now that Nadal Not to Play Davis Cup

Photo by KUT News

Many tennis fans were disappointed to learn that star player Rafael Nadal would not be coming to Austin this weekend for a Davis Cup quarterfinal match between Spain and the USA. Nadal announced he would not play in the tournament in late June because he wanted to recover after Wimbledon.

Before the announcement, the match had sold out.

In addition to individuals who wanted to see Nadal’s performance, some of the seats were purchased by ticket resellers such as Ticket City who were estimating the price they could sell the tickets at based on Nadal’s participation.

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