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Austin musicians, take note: NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert series has returned for its second year, and you have from today until Feb. 2 to submit your video. 

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Blue Bell officials say they are still finding Listeria bacteria in their facilities, but that their enhanced cleaning procedures are working. 

"Because Listeria is commonly found in the natural environment, no manufacturer can ever assume it can be entirely eradicated," the company says in a written statement on their website. Blue Bell says none of its products shipped since their August relaunch have contained the food-borne bacteria, but adds that "no manufacturer can ever assume [Listeria] can be eradicated."

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A busy week of live music as Austin's "Free Week" wraps up. KUT's Nathan Bernier gets a rundown from KUTX program director Matt Reilly.

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Dining options in Austin will grow even more in 2016. KUT's Nathan Bernier gets a run down of what to look forward to from Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam.


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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said on Meet the Press that states where people carry guns have less crime. Was he right? KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Gardner Selby of PolitiFact Texas.

The programming on KUT 90.5 is about to get even better! That’s because we’re bringing not two, but four new-to-public radio shows to our line-up. [View the full schedule here.]

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As of today, a new state gun law is in effect: Open carry begins today, meaning that license holders are able to openly carry their weapons.

But, will those license holders who already carry concealed handguns opt to start carrying openly instead? How will Texas police officers know if an individual is brandishing a firearm, or just legally openly carrying? And, what if a business doesn’t want firearms on its premises—can it ban open carry?

KUT's Jennifer Stayton spoke with Austin Police Department Chief of Staff Brian Manley to find out more about what changes the law brings.

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Austin now has more pizza options than ever. KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about some relatively new additions to the city's pizza roster.

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Supporters of Uber and Lyft are planning to collect at least 20,000 signatures to force the Austin City Council to back off new regulations it adopted for ride-hailing apps or put the issue to a public vote.

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For today's Christmas-themed edition of Wayback Wednesday, we have a radio-centric Christmas treat in the form of John Henry Faulk's "Christmas Story."

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For advice on how to get the tastes of Texas on your plate and in your glass, we speak with Edible Austin publisher Marla Camp and Texas Monthly drinks columnist Jessica Dupuy.

    

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A chef behind local restaurants Parkside, Backspace, and Olive & June just opened a Spanish tapas joint on Airport Boulevard. KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his new review of Bullfight.


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The UT Austin campus is not open to hold the planned make-believe mass shooting this weekend by campus carry activists, the University said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon. 

Updated: Come and Take It Texas posted on facebook Wednesday evening that, after getting UT Austin's message about not trespassing on its campus, would meet with "the Dean of UT" Thursday to do a walkthrough of the group's planned location. 


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President Barack Obama will address the nation tonight about steps the government is taking to address terrorist threats against the United States. KUT will provide live coverage of his speech from the Oval Office tonight starting at 7.

NPR's Lynn Nearly will be joined by NPR correspondents for analysis of the speech, which is expected to include an update on the investigation into this week's San Bernadino shootings. President Obama addresses the nation, tonight at 7 here on KUT 90.5 and streaming at KUT.org.

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The Austin Police Department held an AMA (short for Ask Me Anything; it's a Q&A forum) on reddit Friday morning to take questions about officer body cameras. Technology Commander Ely Reyes fielded the questions submitted on the forum, many of which focused on who'd be able to access footage, and how. Redditors also wanted to know more about how the footage would be stored, and how the department planned to insure that officers turned cameras on and off at appropriate times.

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Hear live music picks from KUTX program director Matt Reilly, including shows by Bright Light Social Hour, Patterson Hood, Mother Falcon and more!


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A new restaurant in the downtown east side aims to provide the causal after-work drinking and eating environment you find in izakayas across Japan. KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his review of Fukumoto.


Texas Governor Greg Abbott says traffic congestion "costs rush hour drivers in Austin and Dallas more than $1,000 a year. And in Houston, it’s even more -- almost $1,500 a year." Is that a fact? KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Gardner Selby of PolitiFact Texas.


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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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