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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.

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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.

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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.


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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.


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.

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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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When it comes to politics, fear works. Just ask any political operative who has gone negative to push his or her candidate to victory.  Irrational fear - paranoia - works even better as a campaigning tool if the historical time is right, as it seems to be in this Presidential election cycle. 

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Texas has at least six confirmed cases of the Zika virus, according to state health officials.

The World Health Organization declared Monday that the "explosive" spread of the virus in the Americas should qualify as an international emergency.

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Today, Feb. 1, is the deadline to register to vote in the March 1 primary elections in Texas.

Not sure if your Travis County voter registration has expired? Or even whether voter registrations do expire? If you’re unsure about your voter status – or if you know you definitely do need to register – you can check yourself and get the required forms at the Secretary of State's office's website VoteTexas.gov. @VoteTexas also has a social media presence on Twitter, and representatives are responding to people’s questions posed to the Twitter account. 

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A lot of Italian restaurants have opened in Austin lately, but this one might be the best yet, according to Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam. KUT's Nathan Bernier asks him about his latest review.

Join KUT’s Ben Philpott and the Texas Tribune’s Jay Root, Thursday, Feb. 11, for a free community event featuring a live recording of their podcast, The Ticket 2016: A look at presidential politics from a Texas perspective.

Following the live recording – featuring special guest Democratic strategist Colin Strother and a review of the latest from the campaign trail – we’ll air the PBS Democratic Primary Debate at 8 p.m.

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Funk soul legends, new psychedelic rock, a young blues master and more are performing music in Austin this weekend. Hear about it in our chat with KUTX program director Matt Reilly. 

Deep Eddy Vodka

Dripping Springs-based Deep Eddy Vodka, recently acquired by Kentucky’s Heaven Hill Brands, has released a new flavored vodka. KUT's Nathan Bernier learns more from Texas Monthly drinks columnist Jessica Dupuy.

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A record label showcase, a legendary jazz rock group performance and some young music students covering Led Zeppelin are among the many live music performances in Austin this weekend. KUT's Nathan Bernier hears more from KUTX program Matt Reilly.