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Restaurant Review: Chicon

Jun 23, 2016
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The owners of a failed East Austin restaurant have opened a more accessible dining experience in the same location. KUT's Nathan Bernier speaks to Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his review of Chicon


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Groups around Austin have organized various events to raise money for victims of the deadly shooting earlier this month at an Orlando nightclub. Forty-nine people were killed and dozens more sustained injuries. If you want to show your support for the victims, here are some of the benefit screenings, concerts and parties you could attend around Austin this week. 

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District 6 Austin City Council Member Don Zimmerman has filed a lawsuit against Mayor Steve Adler that seeks to quash the result of Austin's ride-hailing election on May 7, arguing the Austin City Council misled voters and that the "swiss-cheese" framework of regulations is unenforceable.

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A Peruvian restaurant in a strip mall in North Austin has graduated from the food court. Is Lima Criolla worth a trek to the Linc Austin shopping center? KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his review.


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Austin’s LGBTQ community held vigils Sunday evening for victims of the shootings at a gay nightclub in Orlando that left as many as 49 victims dead and 53 wounded. It’s the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Last night, hundreds marched from the Texas State Capitol, where Austin Mayor Steve Adler addressed the crowd, before marching down Congress to the Warehouse District. 

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A Travis County grand jury has indicted 17-year-old Meechaiel Criner on capital murder charges for the killing of Haruka Weiser, a 19-year-old University of Texas dance student, in April on UT’s campus as she was walking home to her dorm.

We live in times of great, sometimes violent religious tension. The conflict spans continents and religions – monotheistic and pantheistic and secular. 


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Negroni Week is a nationwide fundraising event to raise money for charity and dozens of bars and restaurants in Austin are participating. KUT's Nathan Bernier learns more about the drink and the fundraiser from Texas Monthly drinks columnist Jessica Dupuy.


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Wine coolers were huge in the 1980s, but a tax imposed by Congress in 1991 prompted most drink makers to move to malt-based cocktails in a can. But now a couple Austin companies are bringing back the wine cooler, although they have very different approaches. KUT's Nathan Bernier spoke with Texas Monthly drinks columnist Jessica Dupuy about Beatbox Beverages and Mighty Swell Cocktails


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Update 12 a.m. With voter turnout hovering around 1 percent, Texans decided Tuesday which Democratic and Republican candidates they want to see in office.. 

In the race for Travis County Commissioners Court Precinct 1's Democratic nomination, Jeff Travillion won out over opponent Arthur Sampson, with 67 percent of the vote. As the Austin Monitor reports

Fried chicken sandwiches are enjoying renewed popularity, and there are a growing number of options in Austin. KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his new top ten favorite chicken sandwiches.

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Would you use a self-driving car? That’s the question the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) asked people in the Austin area.

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Update 9 p.m. Election day totals now are nearly the same as those reported earlier, with 44% in favor and 56% against Prop 1. 

7 p.m. Early voting totals are in for Austin's Proposition 1 election: 44% voted for Prop 1, and 56% voted against. Proposition 1 deals with regulations for ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft. Both companies have said they'll cease to operate in Austin if the measure does not pass. Uber set a hard-out for 8 a.m. Monday. Lyft set its out for 5 a.m. Monday.

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Austin voters head to the polls today to vote on the question known as Proposition 1, which deals with regulations for ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft. Only people who live inside the Austin city limits and are already registered to vote will be able to cast a ballot on this issue.  

You've probably heard something about the ballot measure, but if you're not fully up to speed, we've arranged this handy guide.

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Uber is facing a federal class action lawsuit after mass-texting its Austin users ahead of the Proposition 1 vote over ride-hailing regulations.

The lawsuit, filed by Austin activist Melissa Cubria, alleges Uber violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act when it robo-texted Austinites this week, urging them to support Proposition 1 at the ballot box. The suit argues that Uber's texts violated users' privacy and violated the law, which protects consumers against unwanted voice or text contact from political campaigns "unless in an emergency or with consent of the recipient of the call," according to the suit.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says it's "absurd" to firmly link football and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Is that true? KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Gardner Selby of PolitiFact Texas


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One of Austin's first food trailer parks was cleared to make way for a locally owned boutique hotel, and it includes several dining options. KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his review.


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UPDATE: In a news conference this afternoon, City of Houston officials made clear they did not plan to concede to Uber's demands to repeal the city's current regulations for permitting ride-hailing drivers.

“If the city’s process protected even one person as relates to public safety, it has been worth it, and in this city we cannot afford to compromise public safety,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

Turner said he hoped Uber would not leave, but stood firm that the company must comply with the city's current regulations. He claimed to be surprised by a letter from Uber today saying it would cease doing business in Houston if the rules, specifically related to fingerprint background checks, were not altered. Turner said the company had not expressed their need to leave, absent a change, in meetings he had with company officials in the past several months.

Turner called it "ironic" that Uber would make such a demand in the midst of Austin's vote on a measure that would roll back requirements for fingerprinting driver here.

From the Texas Tribune: Uber announced Wednesday that the company plans to cease operations in Houston if the city council does not repeal its existing regulations relating to vehicle-for-hire companies.

Houston is one of two cities in the country where Uber continues to operate despite a local requirement that its drivers undergo fingerprint-based background checks. Uber has recently left three cities in Texas for approving similar regulations and has threatened to do the same in Austin.

Tom "Smitty" Smith of Public Citizen says 600,000 Texas registered voters lack valid photo IDs to go to polls. Is it true? KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Gardner Selby of PolitiFact Texas.


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