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Austin
1:16 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

City Officials React to 'How to Work with Women' Training Session

A screenshot of Jonathan Allen's now-controversial presentation to city staffers.
Credit City of Austin

Austin city officials gathered for a press conference today to respond publicly to news, first reported by the Austin American-Statesman, about a training that city staff attended in March on how to work and interact with women. The training session, called "The Changing Dynamics in Governance: Women Leading in Local Government," apparently attempted to address "techniques" for working with the city's new majority-female city council.

City staffers attended the session, led by Jonathan Allen, now-former City Manager of Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, in which he taught that "if you attempt to use the same communication techniques, management techniques, that you use or attempted to use in a predominantly male environment, you will be making a serious error in your professional development. Because they don't process things in the same way."

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Politics
3:15 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Texas Senate Approves Bill Allowing Ministers Right to Deny Same-Sex Marriages

The Senate gave tentative approval to a bill that would allow Texas clergy to refuse to perform same-sex marriages.
Credit Morguefile/flickr

Today the Texas Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill — the Pastor Protection Act — that would allow religious ministers the right to deny performing a marriage ceremony to a couple if doing so would violate his or her religious beliefs. While the bill's sponsor, Sen. Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls), acknowledged an anticipated U.S. Supreme Court decision this summer that could legalize same-sex marriage, he said the bill is designed to protect clergy members from potential lawsuits.  

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Politics
8:57 am
Sun May 10, 2015

Election Results: San Antonio Mayoral Race Leads to Runoff, Georgetown Approves Transportation Bond

KUT News

Elections were held this weekend in a number of cities and school districts in the Austin area, but not in Austin itself. In the Eanes Independent School District, there was a $52.5 million bond proposition, approved by 65% of the votes. Eanes ISD says the bond package addresses capital improvements, replaces buses, improves technology and returns land to campuses by moving district functions into a District Operations Center.

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Texas
7:50 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Listeria Bacteria Found Two Years Ago at Blue Bell Plant, Report Says

A report from the FDA shows the Brenham-based ice cream maker had issues two years prior to the recall spurred by three deaths in Kansas.
sarowen/flickr

Listeria bacteria was found in Blue Bell ice cream's Oklahoma plant two years ago, according to test results the federal government released yesterday.

The report, which was released after a Freedom of Information Act request from the Houston Chronicle's Mark Collette, also revealed the company continued to ship ice cream produced in that plant after what the FDA said was inadequate cleaning. The reports also showed failures at a Blue Bell facility in Alabama and at the company's flagship facility in Brenham.

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MUSIC
5:12 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Live Music in Austin for the Weekend of May 8-10, 2015

The Flaming Lips are bringing their live show to the Levitation psychedelic rock festival this weekend in Austin.
https://flic.kr/p/8eU7MW

This weekend, a psychedelic rock festival called Levitation brings to town Tame Impala, the Jesus and Mary Chain and the Flaming Lips. Other shows in Austin include performances by Gregg Allman, Torres and the Blue Bonnets, fronted Kathy Valentine of The Go-Go's.

KUT’s Nathan Bernier talks about those shows and others with KUTX program director Matt Reilly, as they listen to clips from every artist mentioned.

Austin
11:59 am
Mon May 4, 2015

City Urged to 'Proceed Cautiously' When it Comes to Police Body Cameras

The city's Public Safety Commission, which advises the city council on police policies, is expected to tell the city to proceed with caution when it comes to police body cameras.
Nathan Bernier/KUT News

In the wake of high profile police shootings across the country, a lot of cities are considering equipping their police officers with body cameras

Today, Austin’s Public Safety Commission will vote on recommendations for Austin Police.

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Austin
2:15 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

City Seeks to Improve Demolition Permit System

Jumpolin Rentals store owner Monica Lejarazul (right) and neighbor Diane Ontiberos (left) look on as a fence is erected around the remains of the storefront in February.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT News

A City Council committee is directing staff to look at adding requirements to the demolition permit system that would ensure tenants are notified of planned tear-downs.

During a review of the city’s demolition permits, the Planning and Neighborhoods Committee heard from Sergio Lejarazu, the former owner of Jumpolin, the East Austin piñata store that was torn down in February with the merchandise still inside. 

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Austin
12:03 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

How You Can Help Earthquake Victims in Nepal

Students at the UT-Austin campus accepting donations for those affected by the earthquake outside Kathmandu.
Credit via Facebook

Last week's 7.9-magnitude earthquake in Nepal has left thousands dead and even more displaced across the country — from remote rural towns to the country's capital, Kathmandu, the quake's epicenter.

Despite the best efforts of those on the ground and in the air, authorities need all the help they can get as they battle both the elements and problematic terrain that have hampered both rescue and cleanup efforts.

Below you can find a list of local and national organizations that are accepting donations to help those affected in Nepal.

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Texas
1:58 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Abbott Orders Texas Guard to 'Monitor' Planned Military Exercises

Soldiers in a First Army Division West NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan team conduct convoy lanes training on North Fort Hood, Texas, July 20, 2012.
soldiersmediacenter/flickr

Texas Governor Greg Abbott is ordering the Texas State Guard to monitor a two-month long U.S. military exercise scheduled to be held in Bastrop County this summer. The move comes amid suspicions from some residents (and the Internet) about the motivations behind the training.

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Station Information
4:40 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

The Next Generation Radio Project

What is the Next Generation Radio project?

The Next Generation Radio project is a full-scale, digital-first multimedia training project with an emphasis on “radio storytelling.” We are committed to the professional development of undergraduate and graduate students who are focused on journalism.

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Austin
10:53 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Austin City Limits Creator Bill Arhos Dies at 80

Arhos said he produced the show's initial for $12,000 after writing a proposal to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
YouTube

Austin City Limits co-founder Bill Arhos, who was instrumental in the development of the longest-running music program in the nation's history, died over the weekend. He was 80.

While working as a producer at KLRN (now KLRU) in October 1974, Arhos partnered with Paul Bosner and Bruce Scafe to produce the first show in the concert series, which featured Willie Nelson.

“He was a real character, known and loved not just in Austin but throughout the PBS system. The idea for Austin City Limits was not just his alone, but he brought it to life, and he kept the show going and growing through some difficult times,” said Austin City Limits producer Terry Lickona in a written statement. “Whether they know it or not, millions of music fans, artists and PBS viewers owe a debt to him for his enormous contribution to what’s become a cultural institution.”

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Weather
7:18 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Rain, Flood Watch in Effect for Austin Area

Dark green indicates a flash flood watch; light green areas have a flash flood warning.
National Weather Service

Saturday update 7:15 a.m.: The National Weather Service says Central Texas could receive an additional one to three inches of rain before the flash flood watch expires tonight. More low water crossings are now closed because of high water.

Friday: There is a flash flood watch in effect today until 7 p.m. Saturday.

There is a 100 percent chance of precipitation this evening and an 80 percent chance on Saturday. Thunderstorms are possible tonight after 7 p.m. The temperature Saturday will be in the mid-60s.

No official SXSW events have been canceled at this point, so if you're going out, take your rain gear. 

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SXSW 2015
3:42 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Slideshow: Scenes from SXSW Music

The crowd listens during The Lemons' show Wednesday at Spider House Ballroom during SXSW 2015.
Ilana Panich-Linsman/KUT

This year's South by Southwest Music festival features more than 900 bands – not counting those who play impromptu shows in clubs and houses and on the streets – and as usual, it's drawn swarms of visitors to Austin. KUT/KUTX photographers and multimedia producers are out in the field, capturing images of musicians, crowds and workers.

Click through the photos above for a slideshow.

SXSW 2015
5:00 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

SXSW Guide to Getting Around

Hot tip: Try to avoid driving.
Filipa Rodrigues/KUT News

Austin officially opened its queso-filled veins to the masses today, and in order to service them, roads must be closed, buses must be detoured and late-night transit options must be broadened to accommodate the influx of visitors.

Traffic is always bad downtown during the festival. But you'll want to make sure to avoid the areas around these road closures:

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MUSIC
6:39 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Live Music in Austin for the Weekend of March 6-8

The Happen-Ins are among the bands playing in Austin this weekend.
https://www.facebook.com/TheHappenIns/

This weekend's shows includes an album release by a local 70s-influenced rock band, a chamber music experiment by the drummer of the Police and a concert by singer-songwriter John Mellencamp.

KUT’s Nathan Bernier listens to quick clips of who’s playing with KUTX program director Matt Reilly.

Weather & Closings
6:11 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Winter Weather Advisory In Effect Through 9 AM Thursday; Schools Cancel Classes (Updated)

Winter storm warning in pink; winter weather advisory in purple.

UPDATE Thursday 4:00 a.m.: The National Weather Service has downgraded the winter storm warning to a winter weather advisory in effect until 9:00 a.m. The winter storm warning that had been in effect for the area has been canceled. The National Weather Service says the area has received less precipitation than expected and the impacts on travel will not be as significant as originally thought, though there could still be some icy patches on bridges, overpasses, and elevated roadways. A wind advisory is also in effect for Central Texas until 9:00 a.m. Thursday.

Austin Resource Recovery will not make curbside collections of trash, recycling, and yard trimmings on Thursday.  Service will slide to one day later for Thursday and Friday customers this week.

The cities of Georgetown and Kyle will open their city offices at 10:00 a.m. Thursday.

Huston-Tillotson University will open at 1:30 p.m., with classes starting at 2:30 p.m. Concordia University will open at noon today. All operations at St. Edward's University  operations are now scheduled to begin at 12:30 Thursday.

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Life & Arts
12:45 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

In Photos: Third Annual Map Jam Festival

The French Legation stage at Map Jam.
Miguel Gutierrez, Jr./KUTX

KUTX held its third annual Map Jam festival this weekend, with nine bands playing across four venues in East Austin all day Saturday. This year's performers included the Golden Dawn Arkestra, Sip Sip, Leticia Rodriguez and Ruby Jane.

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Same-Sex Marriage
2:40 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Texas Attorney General Calls on Court to Invalidate State's First Same-Sex Marriage

Sarah Goodfriend (middle left) and Suzanne Bryant (center) were married Thursday. They were the first same-sex couple to be legally married in Texas. The Attorney General hopes to invalidate their marriage.
Courtesy of Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant

Attorney General Ken Paxton is calling on the Texas Supreme Court to invalidate the state’s first same-sex marriage. Paxton filed a petition with the high court just after noon today.

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Same-Sex Marriage
10:19 am
Thu February 19, 2015

First Same-Sex Couple Married in Texas

Sarah Goodfriend (left) and Suzanne Bryant are Texas' first married same-sex couple. They were able to marry in Austin Thursday morning thanks to a court order. They're pictured here with their two daughters.
Courtesy of Goodfriend and Bryant.

Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant were married Thursday morning in Austin. The county clerk issued the couple a marriage license based on a court order. Theirs is Texas' first same-sex marriage.

The order, the county clerk's office confirms, will only apply to this one couple, one of whom is "medically fragile." [See the judge's order here.]

KUT's Nathan Bernier spoke with Goodfriend and Bryant earlier this afternoon.

Update Friday 1:36 p.m. Texas Attorney General Paxton filed a petition asking the Texas Supreme Court to rule that the same-sex marriage license issued yesterday is void. 

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Podcast
5:50 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

On Story: Matthew Weiner & Vince Gilligan

In this episode, hosted by Brian Ramos, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner talks about the genesis of the hit AMC show and its upcoming final episodes. Then Vince Gilligan talks about cutting his teeth writing for X-Files and the crazy origin of Breaking Bad.

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