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Austin Film Festival
4:00 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Four ‘Family’ Flicks for Grown-Ups at the Austin Film Festival

Character actor Lance Henriksen stars in "It's In the Blood," playing at the Austin Film Festival.

Disclosure: KUT is a media sponsor of the Austin Film Festival.

The Austin Film Festival kicks off tomorrow, and KUT News is featuring guest blogs from AFF staffers pointing to several festival highlights. Today we hear from festival founder and Executive Director Barbara Morgan on “family” themed films at the festival. But we’re not talking CGI pandas here - these films explore the bonds of family and community in a decidedly adult way:

As the Executive Director and founder of the Austin Film Festival, I have had the joy of “discovering” many films over the last nineteen years. The excitement that emanates from the perspective of these fresh voices is what makes my job unique. Anticipating the new talent which we get to introduce to the public is the inspiration that makes my job so thrilling. One of the themes which jumped out from this year’s crop of films was the idea of “family.” Each of these films is infused with the spirit of the most elemental aspect of the human existence.  Enjoy!

Liars, Fires and Bears

Nine year-old Eve, hardened by years of neglect as a foster child, never misses an opportunity. 

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7:05 am
Thu October 20, 2011

Gadhafi Fate Unclear Amid Reports Of Capture, Death


Update at 9:15 a.m. ET. Al Arabiya Says It Will Photograph Gadhafi's Body:

The al-Arabiya news network says it has "been granted permission to photograph Muammar Gaddafi's body." Note: There are still conflicting reports about Gadhafi's fate. Obviously, photos taken by journalists would help end any uncertainty. 

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News Brief
6:57 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Top Morning Stories September 1, 2011

A new study out of UT Austin ranks the university second in the nation for efficiency.
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UT Study Ranks it 2nd in Efficiency

A new study says UT Austin is tied with the University of Illinois for second in the nation when it comes to the most efficient public universities. The study was done by an associate dean in UT's College of Liberal Arts.

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News Brief
6:38 am
Tue August 30, 2011

Top Morning Stories August 30, 2011

The Associated Press is reporting polygamist religious leader Warren Jeffs is hospitalized in a medically induced coma.
Photo courtesy of the Reagan County Sheriff's Dept.

AP: Warren Jeffs in a Coma

The Associated Press reports convicted polygamist religious leader Warren Jeffs is in a coma following complications from fasting. A source told the AP the coma was medically induced.

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News Brief
8:21 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Top Morning Stories August 15, 2011

Governor Rick Perry announced his presidential candidacy over the weekend in South Carolina. He continues this week with campaign stops across Iowa.
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Perry Targets Iowa

Governor Rick Perry will be making numerous campaign stops in Iowa in the next few days. The presidential hopeful entered the race on Saturday, and is now vying against other GOP hopefuls.

KUT's political reporting partner, The Texas Tribune, reports on how Perry is handling his controversial decision in 2007 to mandate that some young girls receive an HPV vaccine.

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Austin Energy
1:34 pm
Wed August 10, 2011

Rolling Blackouts Could Reach These 71 Areas in Austin

In case rolling blackouts become necessary this summer, Austin Energy would disrupt power supply in some or all of the green areas shown above.
Image courtesy of Austin Energy

As record temperatures continue to bake Texas and air conditioning units run at full throttle across the state, Austin Energy is trying to reduce the potential impact of rolling blackouts.

Rotating power outages are preventive measures taken by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. Austin’s utility will now spread the effect across 71 areas in Austin. On the above map, these areas are colored green. You can see a more detailed version of that map here.

The reason for this development: a flood of complaints when 20 percent of Austin Energy customers suffered extended (and repeated) power outages during rolling blackouts in February.

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News Brief
9:29 am
Wed August 10, 2011

Top Morning Stories August 10, 2011

Killeen Police released a mug shot of Nasar Abdo, the soldier accused of planning an attack on Fort Hood soldiers. He was indicted on three charges Tuesday.
Photo by Matt Largey for KUT News.

Naser Abdo Indicted in Fort Hood Bomb Plot

The AWOL soldier accused of planning an attack on Fort Hood soldiers has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Waco. Naser Abdo is charged with possession of a firearm, possession of an unregistered destructive device and possession of ammunition as a fugitive from justice. The 21-year-old faces up to ten years in prison for each charge, if convicted.

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8:02 am
Mon August 8, 2011

Top Morning Stories August 8, 2011

Warren Jeffs is facing a maximum sentence of life in prison, following his conviction on two counts of sexual assault. Photo courtesy Reagan County Sheriff's Department.


Warren Jeffs Awaits Sentencing

Jurors are expected to decide on sentencing this week for Warren Jeffs. The 55-year-old polygamist religious leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was convicted last week on two counts of sexual assault against two underage girls he had taken as brides. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Navy Seal from Bastrop Dies

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7:32 am
Thu August 4, 2011

Top Morning Stories August 4, 2011

Former president of Huston-Tillotson University, has died. John Quill Taylor King, Sr. was 89.
Photo courtesy of Houston-Tillotson University

Former Huston-Tillotson University President Dies

John Quill Taylor King, Sr., the longest serving president of Huston-Tillotson University, died yesterday. King, 89, served as president of the school from 1965 to 1988. He began his career at Huston-Tillotson College as an Instructor of Mathematics and Business Administration immediately after earning his Bachelor of Science degree from the school in 1947.

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7:10 am
Mon August 1, 2011

Top Morning Stories August 1, 2011

Central Texans face possible record-breaking temperatures this week.
Photo by KUT News.

High Temperatures in Forecast, Hopes of Rain

Triple-digit temperatures are welcoming us into August with the 48th day of highs over 100. Austin residents had hopes Tropical Storm Don would bring rain over the weekend, but no such luck. Expect the next few days to be near record levels, around 104-106 degrees.

Perry's Inner Circle

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News Brief
6:05 am
Fri July 29, 2011

Top Morning Stories July 29, 2011

The Austin City Council Thursday approved a resolution, sponsored by Council Members Bill Spelman, Laura Morrison and Chris Riley, to research the costs of temporarily stopping construction of the controversial Water Treatment Plant 4.
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City Taking a 2nd Look at WTP4

The Austin City Council  approved a resolution Thursday to look into how much it would cost the city to postpone construction of the rest of Water Treatment Plant No. 4  for five or ten years.

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News Brief
6:09 am
Mon July 18, 2011

Top Morning Stories July 18, 2011

Former UT football player Cedric Benson was released from the Travis County Jail Sunday after posting bail on an assault charge.
Photo courtesy of the Austin Police Department.

Another Run-In with the Law for Cedric Benson

Former University of Texas football player Cedric Benson has been released from Travis County jail. The Cincinnati Bengals running back was arrested early Sunday morning on a misdemeanor charge of assault causing bodily injury. 

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7:05 am
Wed June 29, 2011

Top Morning Stories for June 29, 2011

The Austin City Council votes today on a measure that would help unlock state funding for the planned Formula One racetrack.
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City Council to Vote on Formula One

The Austin City Council is scheduled to take a vote today that could unlock state funding for the planned Formula One racetrack in Southeast Travis County. The council had postponed the F-1 vote last week.

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5:40 pm
Sat June 25, 2011

Inspirational Athletes Compete in Central Texas

People from around the nation were in New Braunfels this weekend for an annual extreme sports event for athletes with amputations. Athletes participated in competitions including skateboarding, kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking.

Austin-based Hanger Orthopedic Group was the title sponsor of this year's Extremity Games.  It's organized by the Athletes with Disabilities Network.

Check out all of the talent in this video produced by Hannah Jones and KUT's Crystal Chavez:


7:43 am
Thu April 14, 2011

Top Morning Stories April 15, 2011

Favorable wildfire conditions are spreading east, according to the Texas Forest Service
Image courtesy Austin Fire Department

Wildfires Threaten More Areas of Texas

The Texas Forest Service says more parts of the state now need to be worried about the threat of wildfires. The agency says the area with significant fire potential will expand today to include parts of Central, North, and South Texas. That includes all areas west of line that curves down from just west of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, to Fredericksburg, to Del Rio. 

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