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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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Politics
3:16 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Ceremonial Last Day Winds Down as Special Session Looms

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, visited the Texas House on May 27, 2013.
Veronica Zaragovia for KUT News

The 140th day of the 83rd session -- the last day at the Texas Capitol -- was mostly about pomp and circumstance, but that doesn’t mean nothing got done.

In the House, members brought their families and thanked their staff. They also passed resolutions to correct errors in bills’ language.

State Rep. Trey Martinez-Fischer, D-San Antonio, is the chair of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus. He honored State Rep. Mary González, D-Clint, the caucus freshman of the session.

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Austin
3:57 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Flash Flood Warning For Travis, Neighboring Counties

National Weather Service

A flash flood warning is in effect for Travis County and to the south in Hays and parts of Caldwell, Comal and Guadalupe counties.

The National Weather Service says thunderstorms over those same areas are likely to produce flash flooding across the warning area.

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Texas
3:10 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

As Texans Rush to Help OK, Gov. Perry Urges Emergency Plan

As crews begin relief efforts, Gov. Perry urges Texans to plan ahead in the event of a natural disaster
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Central Texas is helping those in Moore, Oklahoma and surrounding areas in relief and rescue efforts.

Last night, Texas Task Force 1 was dispatched to Oklahoma, an elite search and rescue team which includes 5 members from the Austin Fire Department.

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Oklahoma Tornado
9:01 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Texas Task Force 1 Assists With Oklahoma Recovery

Oklahoma National Guard soldiers and airmen responded to a tornado that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma yesterday.
Kendall James, U.S. National Guard

Members of an elite search team from Texas were dispatched to Oklahoma last night. The team is already on the field helping with recovery following the massive tornado that hit Moore on Monday afternoon. 

Gov. Rick Perry announced the activation of Texas Task Force 1 last night. The rescue group includes 70 first responders specialized in victim extraction and medical treatment, also including rescue dogs, hazardous material specialists and structural engineers.  Five members of Texas Task Force 1 are from the Austin Fire Department. 

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Affordable Housing 101
6:05 am
Mon May 20, 2013

KUT News Presents 'Under One Roof: Affordable Housing 101'

Morning at Mueller, the former Austin airport. Redevelopement plans for the city-owned land called for a mix of housing, including affordable housing.
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A preview of “Under One Roof: Affordable Housing 101”

Last November, Austin voters were asked to approve almost $80 million for affordable housing.

They chose not to.

As the city considers putting the question to voters again this fall, KUT News asks: just how does affordable housing work in Austin?

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President Obama
1:47 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Storify: President Obama Visits Austin, Manor

Gov. Rick Perry was among the officials greeting Pres. Obama at the airport this afternoon.
Ben Philpott, KUT News

President Barack Obama's trip to Austin is creating quite the conversation on social media. The KUT Staff is curating a Storify timeline of President Obama's trip. Visit often for new updates. 

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Austin
10:18 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Texas Peace Officers' Memorial Parade in Downtown Austin Today

The Texas Peace Officers memorial, on the grounds of the Texas Capitol.
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There’s road closures in place this morning for the Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial Parade.

The South Congress Avenue Bridge will be closed from 9 a.m. to noon.  Congress Avenue will be closed from Cesar Chavez to 11th Streets from 10:30 to 11 a.m. , and Colorado Street from 11th to 13th Streets will be partially closed until 2 pm. Here’s a map of closures.

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Texas
11:59 am
Tue April 30, 2013

AG Greg Abbott: City & ISD Domestic Partner Benefits Unconstitutional (Update)

Update: More signs from the City of Austin that Attorney General Greg Abbott's opinion won't mean any changes for now: a memo from City Manager Marc Ott on the matter. It reads, in part: 

While we will continue to evaluate the Attorney General’s opinion, it continues to be our belief that the City’s domestic partner group benefits program is not prohibited by the Texas Marriage Amendment, and that the Texas Legislature did not intend the Amendment to have that effect when it was placed before the voters in 2005.

The Attorney General’s opinion does not require the City to take any specific action, and we do not intend to change domestic partner eligibility for our benefits program at this time. 

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West Plant Explosion
7:53 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Photos: Remembering the First Responders Killed in West

The helmets of the first responders killed in the explosion were carried in a procession.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon, KUT

Click on the player to listen to the story as it aired on KUT 90.5.

More than 9,000 people gathered at Baylor University yesterday to honor the twelve firefighters and first responders who died in the West Fertilizer Plant Explosion.

KUT’s Terrence Henry traveled to Waco to tell us about the memorial service Thursday.  

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West Plant Explosion
8:36 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Gov. Perry: Lack of Oversight Not to Blame for West Explosion

Perry held a press conference in Austin following the explosion in West.
Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says a lack of state oversight is not to blame for the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West.

Gov. Perry told the Associated Press the explosion would not have been prevented if the state had earmarked more money for inspections. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality inspected the West Fertilizer Company for an air quality permit in 2007.

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West Plant Explosion
11:32 am
Mon April 22, 2013

How Austin Can Help West, Texas

Austinites are encouraged to donate blood to help victims of the West fertilizer plant explosion.
Marissa Barnett for KUT News

Update: Students in the town of West are back in class today for the first time since Wednesday’s deadly fertilizer plant explosion. Some school buildings were destroyed or damaged by the blast.

Older students are taking classes at an old school building in a nearby district. Some younger students are in portable classrooms. STAAR exams scheduled for Tuesday there are being delayed. For those who'd like to donate, the West Independent School District says monetary donations are best

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