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If there are two things that can guarantee Austin traffic, they're South by Southwest and a presidential visit. Somehow, to the chagrin of any Austinite trying to get anywhere this year, the gods of gridlock have conspired to make both of those happen simultaneously this year.

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With South by Southwest Film and Interactive starting Friday, and President Obama in Austin the same day, Austin is anticipating significant effects on traffic congestion. Austin ISD announced that 17 campuses will be letting students out early on Friday to “minimize complications” for families.

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. for KUT News

The Texas primary election on Super Tuesday—despite long lines, technical difficulties, and a strict voter ID requirement—brought 35% of Travis County registered voters out to the polls. And they weren't just voting in the Presidential primary; plenty of local primary races were decided Tuesday night. The County Clerk’s office has full reports for both Democratic and Republican Super Tuesday primaries on its website—which, after some difficulties throughout voting hours Tuesday, is seemingly back up and running. Here’s how the Travis County Clerk's office reports the final vote totals in some key races.  

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon for KUT News

Texas has the most delegates at stake in today's Super Tuesday primary. It’s part of the process to select presidential candidates for both the Republican and Democrat parties. 

This blog is part of the Texas Station Collaborative, a new joint project of KUT, KERA in North Texas, Houston Public Media and Texas Public Radio in San Antonio. 

We are using the hashtag #txdecide if you tweet. If not, feel free to comment about your voting experience or anything else election-2016 related.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon for KUT News

Am I registered? The Texas Secretary of State’s office has a site to help you figure out if you’re registered, and in which county. You can plug in your driver’s license number or your VUID number (the 10-digit number on your voter registration certificate) with your date of birth; or enter your first and last name, county and date of birth to check the status of your registration. Check your status on the Secretary of State’s website here

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez for KUTX

Austin Mayor Steve Adler announced Friday morning a series of proposals he believes will strengthen the city’s music industry and help musicians keep making their art.


Deborah Cannon, Austin American-Statesman

A restaurant in the Rainey Street District is shining a spotlight on heritage grains and seasonal produce. KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his new review of Emmer and Rye.


Jillian Schantz Patrick for KUT News

Austin's traffic problems are pretty much woven into the fiber of this city at this point. We've got the most congested roadway in the state in I-35, which causes plenty of traffic-related frustrations for many a commuter, but we've also got 10 other roadways on the list of the top 100 most congested roadways. 

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After months of serving as interim dean, the Moody College of Communication announced Monday that Jay Bernhardt would continue on as the head of the school.

Bernhardt has been at the helm of the college since September of 2015, after long-time Dean Roderick Hart stepped down last August. In a statement announcing the confirmation, UT President Greg Fenves said Bernhardt was chosen after a months-long search. His appointment begins March 1.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon for KUT News

Travis County Commissioners met in a rare Sunday session yesterday to formalize a fix for early voting hours at some Austin polling places. Five early voting locations, four of them east of I-35, have not been open the standard 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. hours. The Howson, Dan Ruiz and Carver Branch Libraries – along with Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center and the Austin Area Urban League – had their hours reduced due to city budget cuts several years ago.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon for KUT News

The Austin City Clerk’s office has confirmed they have received a petition to recall the election of Council member Ann Kitchen. The petition was submitted by a local political action committee calling itself Austin4All

The City Clerk must now certify these signatures within 20 days. Once the signatures are certified, the Council member has five days to resign. If she does not, the recall will go to voters, most likely in November.

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For the third installment of ATXplained, we're looking back a bit to explain the history of some of Austin's most recognizable locales. 

Ilana Panich-Linsman for KUT News

Austin Mayor Steve Adler delivers his State of the City address Tuesday evening. Titled “Great Cities Do Big Things,” it’s the second annual address of Adler’s term as mayor. He delivered his first in April of 2015, after the city's new 10-1 council had been active for about 100 days.

Tuesday night's State of the City starts at 7:00 at the Zach Theatre on South Lamar. You can watch a live stream at the city's website here.

Ben Philpott for KUT News

The president of Austin’s police officers union said that incidents like the fatal officer-involved shooting of unarmed teenager David Joseph last week stem from chronic understaffing within the department.


Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon for KUT News

APD Chief Art Acevedo said the police department's investigation into the fatal shooting by an officer of an unarmed black teenager will be completed within 30 days. Officer Geoffrey Freeman shot 17-year-old David Joseph, who was naked and reportedly behaving erratically, on Monday. Joseph is said to have charged at Freeman, who then discharged his weapon.

Nathan Bernier for KUT News

Austin Police are investigating the deadly shooting of a man by an APD officer. It happened Monday morning in North Austin after what police say were multiple reports of a man behaving suspiciously and aggressively.

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A Canadian R&B vocalist, a one-man-band playing swampy blues rock, a dreamy shoe gaze band and an electronic music producer from France are among the many artists performing in Austin this weekend. Hear what they sound like in our chat with KUTX program director Matt Reilly!

Matthew Odam, Austin American-Statesman

A Vietnamese-influenced Cajun seafood restaurant from Houston has opened a location in Austin. KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his review of La Crawfish.


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Texans say they’re not as well-off as they were a year ago, according to a new Gallup-Healthways poll measuring each state's well-being. But despite the drop, Texas' well-being index number is pretty high compared to other states'.

Since 2008, Gallup-Healthways has issued its annual report, the State of American Well-Being, which analyzes five facets of wellness: Sense of Purpose, Social Relationships, Financial Security, Relationship to Community and Physical Health.

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / KUT

The Austin City Council continued discussing regulations for ride-hailing companies like Lyft and Uber at its work session Tuesday, in response to a petition that was validated Monday by the city clerk's office. 


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