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The Austin Police Department plans to buy 500 body cameras for their officers by next fall, and a meeting last night at the Palmer Events Center laid out the department’s plan for the $3 million project.

Those in attendance last night questioned whether the proposed body camera policy would hold police more accountable.

The Austin Monitor, the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and KUT News present the second edition of CitySummit on Friday, Dec. 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at UT Austin's Thompson Conference Center.

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The City of Austin earned a gold-level designation this week from one of the nation's leading cycling advocacy groups, the League of American Bicyclists. That's one level below the highest designation of platinum.

KUT's Nathan Bernier asks cycling journalist Ian Dille what the city has done to earn the praise and what more it can do to encourage cycling as an alternate way of getting around.

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The Travis County Commissioners Court finalized the sale of county-owned land in East Austin for the purpose of building a shelter to house homeless women and children today.

Travis County Commissioners unanimously approved the sale of more than 7.5 acres of property on Tannehill Lane in East Austin for the new facility, which will be operated by the Salvation Army.

Prominent Austin philanthropist, arts activist and lawyer Jo Anne Christian died Thursday afternoon after a battle with lung cancer. She was 79 years old.

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A New Orleans brass band, 90s indie rockers and a Canadian singer-songwriting legend are among the musical artists performing in Austin this weekend. KUT's Nathan Bernier asks KUTX program director Matt Reilly for his picks.

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Fort Worth chef Tim Love's new Austin restaurant amplifies Texas culture with a focus on big flavors and wild game. KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his new review of Lonesome Dove Western Bistro.

Hundreds of veterans and their supporters marched up Congress Avenue Wednesday to the state capitol, where a commemoration ceremony took place for Veterans Day. Among those attending were Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

Most of the rivers and creeks engorged by Friday's heavy rainfall have reached their highest points and have started to recede. As they do, the residents of hard-hit places, like San Marcos, Bastrop County and Austin's Onion Creek neighborhood, are starting the process of cleaning up and assessing the damage. 

Though the rescue efforts are over, and many donation centers are no longer accepting donated material goods, there are still ways you can help, whether it's by donating money, or making yourself available to volunteer, or bringing in clean clothes for those who lost their belongings. If you're a resident looking for help removing damaged goods or receiving donations, there's information for you as well.

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The torrential downpours of the past 12 hours have brought as many inches of rains to parts of Austin. The rain is expected to continue through the night, with forecasts anticipating potential flood risks to continue into tonight and tomorrow morning. Below, we've got a list of all the closures in the Austin area. 

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11:00 a.m.: The Austin Independent School District has announced classes are canceled Monday, November 2, at Palm Elementary because some classrooms in the school sustained heavy water damage during the storm.  Faculty and staff should report to campus Monday. Two parent meetings will be held Monday to provide more information.

More than 2,000 listeners became first-time donors, helping KUT and KUTX exceed new member goals for the fall membership  drive. We are so grateful to everyone who participated!


KUT 90.5, Austin’s NPR station, and KUTX 98.9, The Austin Music Experience, began the eight-day membership drive with a goal of recruiting 2,000 new members. When the drive ended last night, 2,050 listeners had become first-time donors to KUT and KUTX, with an additional 2,300 renewing their support.


Early voting for the Nov. 3 statewide elections ends tomorrow.

Find your local polling places here.


To the chagrin of many international auto racing fans hoping to enjoy sunny Texas weather, Austin and surrounding areas are expecting heavy rain this Formula One weekend, beginning in earnest Friday night and lasting at least through Saturday. Area drivers will want to pay close attention to road conditions and be aware of road closures due to either the F1 Fan Fest or to flooding.

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After burning nearly 4,600 acres and destroying nearly 70 homes, the Hidden Pines Fire remains at 80 percent containment. As people in fire-damaged areas of Bastrop County take more steps toward the recovering, officials and residents are preparing for expected flooding this weekend as investigators determine the cause of the fire.

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The Hidden Pines Fire in Bastrop County started one week ago today. Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape said Tuesday morning that the fire is 80 percent contained and has burned about 4,600 acres. Sixty-eight homes have been lost, and 95 are currently threatened. 

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UPDATE Saturday 7:00 pm: Bastrop County officials say they have stopped the Hidden Pines fire in its tracks, not allowing it to burn any more acreage or structures Saturday. After falling to 40% contained overnight Friday into Saturday, the Texas Forest Service says the fire is again 50% contained.

County officials say some evacuated families will be allowed to return to their homes, with more areas being opened Sunday.

At last check, Smithville's Hidden Pines Fire has claimed 40 home structures and burned over 4,000 acres. While the fire is 25 percent contained, officials say the low humidity and dry conditions may fuel the fire for a week or more. 

With scores of firefighters from across the state coming to Central Texas to help battle the blaze, officials are requesting donations of supplies, time and money in the days ahead. Below is a list of outlets accepting assistance, as well as a map of shelters for residents, pets and livestock displaced by the Hidden Pines Fire. 


The Hidden Pines wildfire in Bastrop County is bringing back memories of an even more destructive fire four years ago.

The 2011 Labor Day wildfires took two lives and uprooted thousands of others in Central Texas. More than 1,600 homes were destroyed, landmarks disappeared and habitats changed.

For each statistic there is a story.