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Austin City Council
11:35 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Get to Know Your Geographically-Elected Austin City Council

Austin finalized its new, geographically-elected city council last night.
Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

The city's first council under the 10-1 plan was finalized last night. Austin voters elected the remaining seven council members and the Mayor of Austin. The new council is, for the first time, majority female, with seven female council members. The only incumbent in the bunch, Council Member Kathie Tovo – who's also a likely shoe-in for the position of Mayor Pro Tem.

The remaining nine council members, and Mayor-elect Steve Adler, may not be so familiar. Below, you can find detailed biographies of each of the newly-elected 10-1 council members and an interactive map with voting totals – including their previous experience in government, their employment history and (for some) their previous work with other council candidates.

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10-1
12:13 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Photos: Austin's At-Large Council Gavels In for the Last Time

Today is the final meeting of the city's at-large council.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT

Today marks the final regular meeting of the Austin City Council under the at-large system with seven council members and the mayor.

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Wayback Wednesday
3:14 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Wayback Wednesday: A Look Back at Lamar Boulevard

A shot of Lamar Boulevard before it was paved, looking south at Ninth Street.
PICA 18059, Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

Today marks the 176th anniversary of Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar’s inauguration as the second president of the Republic of Texas. He’s known as the “Father of Texas Education,” he set aside land to build what would later become UT-Austin in 1839 and helped plant the seeds for the Texas public school system.

So, today's Wayback Wednesday will honor his namesake, Lamar Boulevard, one of the most congested roads in the state. Below you can see a silent newsreel of the roadway in its infancy, when crews were building out the overpass at Third Street 55 years ago in the fall of 1959. Above, we’ve got a photo gallery of Lamar through the years – from its dirt road days in the 1940s to its present day parking lot status.

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Austin ISD
2:06 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Paul Cruz is the Last Candidate Standing in AISD Superintendent Search

Interim Superintendent Dr. Paul Cruz took over for departing Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, who left in April to lead Atlanta's public schools.
Ilana Panich-Linsman/KUT

It looks like Interim Superintendent Paul Cruz will be the next head of Austin schools. After an outpouring of local support in recent weeks, the school board voted Monday to allow Cruz to throw his hat into the ring for the permanent job.

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Station Information
10:33 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Help StoryCorps Share Your Story for Generations to Come

KUT is bringing the StoryCorps Mobile Booth to Austin, Jan. 5 through Jan. 30, and you and a loved one are invited to record your story.

StoryCorps is a nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate the lives of everyday Americans by listening to their stories. StoryCorps’ MobileBooth — an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio.

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Texas Standard
12:45 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Setting A New Standard, Texas Style

In the 21st century, as Texas goes, so goes the rest of the nation?

Many think so – and not just Texans. As a Time magazine cover story proclaimed, "it's not an accident that three of the five fastest growing cities are in Texas. It's more like destiny."

Perfect timing, it would seem, for public radio's first daily news program from Texas, for Texas and beyond: Texas Standard.

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Austin Police
10:34 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Kleinert Pleads Not Guilty to Manslaughter in Death of Larry Jackson, Jr.

On July 26, 2013 APD Det. Charles Kleinert fatally shot Larry Eugene Jackson, Jr. after the two entered into a physical altercation following a foot chase.
Trey Shaar/KUT

A former Austin Police detective has pled not guilty to manslaughter charges in the 2013 death of Larry Jackson, Jr. Charles Kleinert entered a plea of not guilty in a Travis County courtroom this morning and was released on bond after being indicted by a grand jury earlier this year.

His trial is set to begin on Apr. 20.

Jackson’s mother, Billie Mercer, was at the hearing, and said she didn’t want the trial of her son’s death to become a lightning rod for racial divides in Austin.

“I don’t like all the violence,” Mercer said in response to the recent flare-ups after high-profile cases in which officers weren’t indicted after involvement in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO and Eric Garner in New York. “I’m glad this isn’t a bunch of. . . fighting and tearing up the neighborhood. No, I’m not for that. I just want justice in the court system.”

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Austin
10:31 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Austin Protestors Show Solidarity With Ferguson, NY Demonstrators

People participate in a protest at the Texas State Capitol Building following the events in New York regarding Eric Garner and in Ferguson, Missouri around Michael Brown.
Jenna VonHofe/KUT

At the Texas Capitol Thursday night, protestors gathered to show solidarity with demonstrators in New York, Ferguson, Missouri and other cities around the nation, demanding police be held accountable in several high-profile deaths at the hands of officers.

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Wayback Wednesday
2:14 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Wayback Wednesday: Meet Sam, the First Austinite in Space

Credit NASA

Fifty-five years ago, on December 4th, 1959, the U.S. launched the Mercury spacecraft which contained a scared little rhesus monkey.

The silent news footage above chronicles the pre-launch preparations of that monkey, Sam, the third primate in space, who was born in 1957 at the Austin animal colony of the now-defunct Brooks Air Force Base -- his name was an acronym representing Brooks' School of Aviation and Medicine. Sam's flight was a test of the Mercury's launch escape system, a precursor to space capsule systems used in manned flight. On that fateful December morning in 1959, Sam went up on a small Little Joe rocket, soared 51 miles into the air and experienced three minutes of weightlessness before plummeting back down to earth. Unlike many early animal astronauts, Sam was retrieved safely several hours later by a U.S. Navy destroyer after landing in the Atlantic Ocean in a floating drum.

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Wayback Wednesday
11:29 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Wayback Wednesday: Meet Texas' Knife-Throwing Family

Sure, Thanksgiving might be a little difficult at times for some. When you get that many relatives together all in one place, there are bound to be some familial flare-ups. But, if things get a little tense at tomorrow's festivities, remember this: Nobody is throwing knives at you.

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Ferguson Decision
4:30 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

PHOTOS: UT Students March and Rally After Ferguson Decision

Students at The University of Texas at Austin participate in a march and rally following the events in Ferguson, Missouri.
Jenna VonHofe/KUT

The day after it was announced a grand jury had chosen not to indict the police officer who shot and killed 18 year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in August, University of Texas at Austin students held a march and a rally to protest the decision.

More protests are planned for tonight in Austin and other cities around the country.

Austin
5:04 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Former Texas Lawmaker & KUT Board Member Ray Farabee Dies

Mrs. Mary Margaret and former State Senator Ray Farabee at the KUT Public Media Studios Grand Opening in November
Paul Woodruff

Kenneth “Ray” Farabee died at his home in Austin on Thursday, November 20, 2014.  He was 81.

Farabee was born in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1932. He graduated from Wichita Falls High School before attending the University of Texas at Austin. Ray was elected Student Body President at UT and served with the National Student Association where he traveled the nation working with other university student government organizations.

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Station Information
3:15 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Join John Aielli at the Holiday Sing-Along and Tree Lighting at the Capitol

Join John Aielli, host of “Eklektikos” on sister station KUTX 98.9, on Saturday, Dec. 6, for the KUT/KUTX Holiday Sing-Along and Tree Lighting at the Capitol, followed by the Downtown Austin Alliance Congress Avenue stroll.

The free, family-friendly event begins at 6 p.m. on the south steps of the Capitol with the crowd singing songs of the season. Rusty on the lyrics? We’ll be passing out free commemorative songbooks.

At 7 p.m. we count down to the lighting of the Capitol tree, then we’ll stroll down Congress Ave. where shops, restaurants, galleries and museums will be open late to celebrate. The stroll will feature special activities, such as classic holiday cartoons, photos with Santa, live music, a special holiday Farmers’ Market with Sustainable Food Center and much more.

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Station Information
6:56 am
Mon November 17, 2014

What's New on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered

Here's a second-by-second break down of the new NPR news clock.

Changes are coming to the Morning Edition and All Things Considered broadcast clocks.

Starting this week, you'll hear more local coverage from KUT News every hour.

KUT and NPR member stations across the country are changing schedules to bring more local stories to our audience during morning and afternoon programming.

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Austin's 10-1 Elections
6:42 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Final Totals: Most Austin City Council Races Headed to Run-Offs

Mike Martinez at the Scoot-Inn celebrating his campaign.
Joy Diaz

Updated throughout with Final Totals.

The race to be Austin's next mayor is not over yet. It's headed to a Dec. 16 run-off election because neither of the top two vote-getters received more than 50 percent of the total. Just two city council members have been elected – the top two candidates from the other districts will also head to the run-off.

A total of 78 candidates campaigned in the city’s first election under the 10-1 system of geographic representation.

Mayor of Austin: Steve Adler came out on top in the race for mayor with 36.76 percent. Mike Martinez garnered 29.63 percent of the vote. The run-off election is Dec. 16.

District 1: Ora Houston was just short of the votes needed to win District 1 outright. She received 49.12 percent of the vote. DeWayne Lofton came in second with 14.41 percent of the vote. This race will head to a run-off.

District 2: Delia Garza won District 2 with 65.76 percent of the vote.

District 3: Susana Almanza led the race with 20.99 percent of the vote. She will face her brother, Sabino "Pio" Renteria, in a  run-off. Renteria earned 18.80 percent of the vote.

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Transportation
11:36 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Leave Your Car at Home This F1/Halloween Weekend in Austin

It’s a busy weekend in Austin, with Halloween and Formula 1 festivities. That means downtown road closures.

Trinity between Cesar Chavez and 4th Street will be closed until midnight for Formula One. So will 2nd and 3rd Streets between Trinity and San Jacinto. Neches between 4th and 5th Streets will also be closed all day.

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2014 Elections
8:17 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Ballot Boxing: The Austin City Council District Forums

KUT partnered with the Austin Monitor, Univision 62, KXAN and the Austin Chronicle for our series of in-district Austin City Council candidate forums to allow voters to get to know the candidates running in the new 10-1 geographic representative system.

Below you can listen to recordings of each of the 10 City Council candidate forums and view archived video of the forums courtesy of KXAN.

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2014 Elections
12:06 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Listen: The Ballot Boxing Mayoral Forum

Mayoral candidates joined KUT's Nathan Bernier, KXAN's Shannon Wolfson and The Austin Monitor's Michael Kanin for the final Ballot Boxing forum last night.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT

The Ballot Boxing series came to a close last night with our mayoral forum at the Belo Center for New Media on the University of Texas at Austin campus.

Six candidates for Austin mayor were joined KUT's Nathan Bernier and co-moderators Shannon Wolfson of KXAN and Michael Kanin of The Austin Monitor for a 90 minute forum to discuss transportation, property taxes, city-backed incentives, public safety and the future of the Austin City Council.

KUT would like to thank our partners at Rock N Roll Rentals for supplying sound equipment and setup for all of the 11 Ballot Boxing forums, as well as our media partners at The Austin Chronicle, The Austin Monitor, KXAN and Univision 62 for their help throughout the series.

You can listen to a recording of the forum below and view photos from the event above.

Transportation
4:39 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Listen: Forum on Austin's Transportation Past, Present & Future

Capital Metro's rail service may be expanded to weekends, if a funding agreement can be reached with the city.
Photo by Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

Last night, KUT's Views & Brews partnered with the Austin Monitor at the Cactus Cafe to take a look at the past, present and future of transportation in Austin.

From roads, to buses, round-a-bouts to rail, guest host Michael Kanin of the Austin Monitor spoke with some of the historians, policy makers and analysts in town, including the Director of the Center for Transportation Research at the University of Texas at Austin Dr. Chandra Bhat, political consultant Mark Littlefield, Greg Hartman of the Let’s Go Austin political action campaign supporting Proposition 1, Roger Cauvin of Austinites for Urban Rail Action, which opposes the plan.

You can listen to the entire discussion below.

Austin City Limits
11:40 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Photos: Austin City Limits Music Fest 2014

Crowds at sunset on Oct. 4, during the first weekend of Austin City Limits.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUTX

As quickly as it arrived, Austin City Limits Fest has come and gone.

So, with that in mind, we've put together a gallery of some of the best images, performances and moments of the fest captured by KUT and KUTX photographers.

You can view full photo albums of both ACL weekends, ACL aftershows and even Ditch the Fest on KUTX's Flickr page, or head over to KUTX.org for full coverage of the fest, including live performances from the KUTX sets at the Four Seasons.

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