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While all eyes are on the national race, there are plenty of races worth watching here in Texas. Statewide, there's only one non-judicial race on Texas ballots – an open spot on the Railroad Commission of Texas. (You can read more on that race here). Additionally, there are six congressional seats open and six spots in the Texas House up for grabs.

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It's Election Day. Voters headed to the polls in record numbers in Travis County and across Texas. 

To capture some of the Election Day catharsis, we decided to ask some voters about their experience, what issues were most important to them on the ballot and how they feel at the end of this long election cycle.

North Austin resident Bianca Reynolds cast her vote at the Austin Community College Highland Mall campus. 

She said she voted with her 7-year-old daughter in mind, her top priorities being the education system and continued access to health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.  


The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor educates, entertains and inspires with brief facts and poetry related to each day's date. It celebrates the birthdays and works of poets, writers, composers, philosophers and historical figures.  It is heard Monday through Friday evenings at 8:01 p.m. on KUT 90.5. On weekends you can find the Writer’s Almanac right here on KUT.org each morning at 8. Find more information and other shows at http://writersalmanac.org/

    

    

  

The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor educates, entertains and inspires with brief facts and poetry related to each day's date. It celebrates the birthdays and works of poets, writers, composers, philosophers and historical figures.  It is heard Monday through Friday evenings at 8:01 p.m. on KUT 90.5. On weekends you can find the Writer’s Almanac right here on KUT.org each morning at 8. Find more information and other shows at http://writersalmanac.org/

    

  

Texas Book Festival

The annual Texas Book Festival kicks off this weekend at the Texas State Capitol. The annual festival features readings, signings and discussions with over 280 authors from Texas and abroad. 

Check out a collection of Texas Standard and KUT interviews with some of this year's featured authors below. 

The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor educates, entertains and inspires with brief facts and poetry related to each day's date. It celebrates the birthdays and works of poets, writers, composers, philosophers and historical figures.  It is heard Monday through Friday evenings at 8:01 p.m. on KUT 90.5. On weekends you can find the Writer’s Almanac right here on KUT.org each morning at 8. Find more information and other shows at http://writersalmanac.org/

 

  

The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor educates, entertains and inspires with brief facts and poetry related to each day's date. It celebrates the birthdays and works of poets, writers, composers, philosophers and historical figures.  It is heard Monday through Friday evenings at 8:01 p.m. on KUT 90.5. On weekends you can find the Writer’s Almanac right here on KUT.org each morning at 8. Find more information and other shows at http://writersalmanac.org/

 

  

The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor educates, entertains and inspires with brief facts and poetry related to each day's date.

It celebrates the birthdays and works of poets, writers, composers, philosophers and historical figures.  It is heard Monday through Friday evenings at 8:01 p.m. on KUT 90.5. On weekends you can find the Writer’s Almanac right here on KUT.org each morning at 8. Find more information and other shows at http://writersalmanac.org/

  

 

As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off in the final presidential debate, follow along with the talk of Texas and, if you want to join the conversation, be sure to tag your tweets and Facebook posts #TXdecides. 

While there's sure to be plenty of chatter during and after the debate, be sure to tune in to our taping of KUT and the Texas Tribune's podcast, The Ticket 2016. It'll be a Facebook Live pre-debate show with Jay Root of the Tribune and our own Ben Philpott. They'll recap the latest news ahead of the final debate, and the event will also feature some comedy from our friends at ColdTowne Theater. The event starts at 7 p.m. on our Facebook page.

Meg Kelly/NPR

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton have faced off in the third and final presidential debate at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. 

Watch the debate below from PBS Newshour and follow along with NPR's full transcript and annotated fact check below. 

Alexandra Hart/Texas Standard

From Texas Standard:

Anna Gatti served in World War II.

“Somebody said to me, ‘Why did you choose the navy and not the army,’” she says. “And the reason I did that, I was damned if I was gonna wear khaki underwear.”

The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor educates, entertains and inspires with brief facts and poetry related to each day's date. It celebrates the birthdays and works of poets, writers, composers, philosophers and historical figures.  It is heard Monday through Friday evenings at 8:01 p.m. on KUT 90.5. On weekends you can find the Writer’s Almanac right here on KUT.org each morning at 8. Find more information and other shows at http://writersalmanac.org/

  

John Locher/AP

Last night, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton faced off in the second of three presidential debates ahead of Election Day on Nov. 8.

You can watch Sunday night's debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. here, courtesy of PBS Newshour. In addition, you can follow along with a transcript and annotated fact-checking below.

Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence squared off in the vice-presidential debate Tuesday night. You can watch a the entire debate courtesy PBS Newshour and follow along with NPR's fact check below. 

Over the past few weeks, we've been asking for questions about this year's election, and you delivered! Now, KUT and other public radio stations across Texas have compiled queries from voters all over the state.

It’s part of a project we're calling "Texas Decides."

After hundreds of public media listeners wrote in and voted on their favorites, we’re happy to announce our top five questions: 

Bob Daemmrich/Texas Tribune

South by South Lawn, an imprint of the Austin-based festival kicks off today on the White House lawn. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama both spoke at SXSW earlier this year. Today’s event is meant to encourage innovation via a festival of "art, ideas, and action."

The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor educates, entertains and inspires with brief facts and poetry related to each day's date. It celebrates the birthdays and works of poets, writers, composers, philosophers and historical figures.  It is heard Monday through Friday evenings at 8:01 p.m. on KUT 90.5. On weekends you can find the Writer’s Almanac right here on KUT.org each morning at 8. Find more information and other shows at http://writersalmanac.org/

 

The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor educates, entertains and inspires with brief facts and poetry related to each day's date. It celebrates the birthdays and works of poets, writers, composers, philosophers and historical figures.  It is heard Monday through Friday evenings at 8:01 p.m. on KUT 90.5. On weekends you can find the Writer’s Almanac right here on KUT.org each morning at 8. Find more information and other shows at http://writersalmanac.org/

 

With the 15th annual Austin City Limits Music Festival underway, KUT's Nathan Bernier learns more about the origins of the festival from Chad Swiatecki, who interviewed the ACL fest founders for Austin Monthly Magazine.


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Tonight's the night.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will meet tonight for the first of three long-awaited presidential debates. The Hofstra University-hosted debate starts at 8 p.m. CST live from Hempstead, N.Y.

Watch the YouTube live stream below courtesy of PBS Newshour. 

The 90-minute debate will be streamed commercial free and will be moderated by NBC's Lester Holt. 

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