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Austin
2:58 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Live Blog: Following the Protests at the Texas Capitol

As the second special session begins, protestors have gathered at the Capitol to debate the future of abortion regulation in Texas. A gathering on the south steps of the Capitol featured a performance from Austin band The Bright Light Social Hour
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon

To keep you up-to-date on all the action going on at the Capitol today, we've created a Storify to monitor the protests on the first day of the special session. Click below to see the timeline.

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Politics
4:56 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

The Wendy Davis Filibuster Has Already Affected Rick Perry's Political Future

Sen. Wendy Davis in the Senate Chambers this week. A new special session, relating to abortion, will begin on Monday.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Gov. Rick Perry went after State Sen. Wendy Davis today in a speech to a national anti-abortion group in Dallas over Davis’ 11-hour filibuster this week that helped block an abortion bill from passing.

Perry said her own birth and life under difficult circumstances — Davis was born to a single mother and was herself a single mother at age 19 — should have taught her to take Perry’s side on the issue.

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Breaking
3:56 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Supreme Court Punts on Affirmative Action; Returns Ruling to Lower Court (Update)

A detail of a UT admissions form.
Rachel Adams-Heard for KUT News

Update: UT Austin officials are reacting today’s ruling on the university’s use of race as a factor in admissions decision. 

For UT, the 7 to 1 ruling from the Supreme Court sending the case back to a lower court doesn’t change anything – for now. President Bill Powers painted the ruling as a win for UT Austin – and higher education in general.

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Texas
3:32 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Video: Georgetown Teens Win International Rocket Competition

Daniel Kelton, Matthew and Mark Janceck (left to right) won the International Rocketry Competition this morning at Le Bourget Airport in Paris.

Three Georgetown teens have won an international student rocketry competition, beating out two teams from France and the United Kingdom.

This morning at the International Rocketry Challenge, Daniel Kelton and brothers Mark and Matthew Janecka launched their rocket, successfully propelling it to 750 feet in the air within seconds and landing their cargo, a single egg, safely at Le Bourget Airport in Paris. 

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Texas
7:56 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Poll Shows Texans Unfamiliar with State's Prominent Politicians

According to the new poll, five percent of people said they had no idea who Rick Perry is.
Filipa Rodrigues, KUT News

A new poll by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune shows that many Texans are not familiar with some of the highest profile politicians in the state, particularly the Democratic ones.

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Texas
9:57 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Lawmaker Predicts 'Full-Blown Crisis' for Future Roads Funding

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Paying for transportation infrastructure is big part of the special session underway now at the Texas Capitol. But, for some lawmakers, it's not a big enough part.

Senate Joint Resolution 2 would send some oil and gas tax money into a new fund, but everyone agrees that much more money is needed.

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Austin
8:27 am
Tue June 18, 2013

OneWest Bank to Lay Off More Than 700 Workers in Austin

A business in Austin is laying off hundreds of employees. OneWest Bank has notified the Texas Workforce Commission that intents to lay off more than 700 employees in Austin.

The California-based company is a mortgage services provider with offices in the Domain complex.

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HPV
5:09 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Study Finds College Students Misinformed on HPV Risks

Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the nation. About 75 percent of Americans will contract the virus during their lifetime, and younger populations face the greatest risk.

Research indicates that almost three quarters of new HPV infections occur in people between 15 and 24 years old. But a recent study conducted by researchers at Texas State University found that many college students are unaware of or misinformed about the risks posed by HPV.

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Texas
7:21 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Texas Adds Almost 19,000 Jobs in May

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Texas added almost 19,000 jobs last month, the most of any state in the country - according to a report by the payroll and benefits company ADP.

More than 1,800 jobs will be added to June’s total.

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Sports
2:38 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Alamo Bowl Promoted to Top Big 12 Contest

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The Alamo Bowl could soon be the biggest game in the Big 12 bowl season under a new six-year deal with the Pac-12 announced Friday.

Next year, top ranked Big 12 and Pac-12 contenders outside the new four-team college football playoff will face off in the bowl game that started in 1993. The Cotton Bowl had previously been the signature game for Big 12 teams that didn't make the Bowl Championship Series.

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Austin
2:39 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Austin Man Drowns at Barton Springs Pool

A 21-year-old Austin man drowned yesterday in Barton Springs Pool.
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The Austin Parks and Recreations Department is reviewing policies and procedures after an apparent drowning at Barton Springs Pool Wednesday night. It was the first drowning at the pool since 1990.

Parks and Recreation spokesperson Victor Ovalle said lifeguards immediately administered CPR on 21-year-old Timothy Guerra when his friends removed him from the spring's deep end.

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Texas
10:41 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Drought Could Bring Increased Wildfire Risk to Texas

Hotter temperatures and drier conditions are lengthening the fire season.
KUT News

Scientists say Texas could have a bigger wildfire problem this year as drought conditions persist.

Hotter temperatures and drier conditions are lengthening the fire season, leading to larger, more frequent wildfires.

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Texas
11:30 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Roadcheck Program Looks to Get Unsafe Rigs Off the Road

Over the next three days more than 10,000 DPS troopers will ramp up their inspections of commercial vehicles like trucks and buses.
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The Texas Department of Public Safety is part of a nationwide commercial vehicle inspection program going on this week.

The overall Roadcheck initiative will have specially trained troopers and investigators inspecting commercial vehicles for serious equipment violations involving brakes, tires, lights and drivers that aren’t in compliance with state and federal requirements.

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Travis County
3:15 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Update: Bruce Todd to Replace Travis Co. Commissioner Eckhardt

Travis County Commissioner's Court
Jillian Schantz Patrick for KUT News

Update: Former Austin Mayor Bruce Todd is returning to the Travis County Commissioners Court.

County Judge Sam Biscoe has selected Todd to be interim Precinct 2 Commissioner, an office Todd held before he was elected Mayor of Austin in 1991. 

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Weather
9:01 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Flash Flood Watch for Central Texas

Austin could be in for severe weather later today.
National Weather Service

A flash flood watch in effect for Austin and Central Texas has been extended until midnight tonight.

The National Weather Service says showers and thunderstorms are expected today through the evening as an upper level storm system enters the area.

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