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The Lead
8:53 am
Wed January 30, 2013

The Lead: CPRIT-Funded Group Closes, County OKs Smoking Ban

State cancer agency CPRIT's biggest recipient is going out of business.
Texas Tribune

Good morning. The National Weather Service still has Central Texas under a Red Flag Warning until 6 p.m. tonight. The humidity will be low and the winds are high, meaning higher wildfire danger.

Austin’s in for otherwise nice weather today, with temperatures cooling to the 60s after this week’s warm streak.

Lead Story: The non-profit that got the biggest grant so far from the state’s troubled cancer-fighting agency is going out of business. The Clinical Trials Network of Texas says it has run out of money after the taxpayer-funded Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) began withholding payments.

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The Lead
9:04 am
Mon January 28, 2013

The Lead: Abortion Protest at Texas Capitol, Single-Sex Schools Before AISD Board Tonight

Anti-abortion protesters marched to the Texas Capitol this weekend.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Good morning! With highs in the upper-70s, Austin’s in for a cloudy, breezy and muggy day, according to the National Weather Service.

Lead story: An anti-abortion protest converged on the State Capitol Saturday afternoon. Among the speakers at the “Texas Rally for Life:” Attorney General Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Gov. Rick Perry, who said he was working to “make abortion in any stage a thing of the past.”

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The Lead
8:35 am
Fri January 25, 2013

The Lead: Texas Medicaid Expansion Debated, Ed Funding Takes Center Stage

Medicaid and education funding are two hot topics under the dome of the Texas Capitol.
Filipa Rodrigues/KUT News

Good morning! With highs in the upper-70s, Austin’s in for another day of well-above average temperatures, according to the National Weather Service. This weekend should see similar weather, albeit with a little more cloud cover. 

Speaking of the weather: Yesterday’s near record-high temperatures could mean many area plants are at risk of blooming too soon – which could mean a poor year for wildflowers, according to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Lead story: The chair of the Texas Senate's Health and Human Services Committee says she hopes Washington will allow Texas to receive $27 billion to expand Medicaid to people who can't afford private insurance.

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Transportation
6:57 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

New Pedestrian Path Opens along 183 Tollroad

This shared use path is part of a two-year project to provide more bicycle and pedestrian friendly options along 183A toll road
Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority

A new pedestrian path has opened along a stretch of the 183A toll road, connecting Leander and Cedar Park. The five-mile, ten-foot-wide path cost $3.1 million dollars and opens in conjunction with the second phase of 183A construction.

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is in charge of the project, and spokesman Steve Pustelnyk says the CTRMA hopes people will use the path for recreation and commuting to work. 

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Education
6:55 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

AISD Public Hearing Tonight

Nathan Bernier, KUT News

The Austin ISD Board of Trustees will hold a public meeting to discuss a nearly $900 million bond proposal tonight at Crockett High School in South Austin. 

Politics
3:45 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

First Draft of Texas House's 2013 Budget: $89.1 Billion

The first budget draft leaves $5.5 billion in unspent projected revenue. It is expected to be filed Tuesday.
Erik Reyna/KUT News

The first draft of the Texas House budget comes in at $89.1 billion, and leaves $5.5 billion in unspent revenue.

"The filing of this budget will allow the House to formally begin a discussion about Texas’ priorities," said House Appropriations Chair Jim Pitts (R-Waxahachie), in a statement. "This bill recognizes the demands of population growth on public schools and Medicaid, and steadfastly maintains the House's commitment to fiscal discipline."

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UT Longhorn Football
2:55 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Photos: Memorial for Legendary Longhorn Coach Darrell K Royal

Thousands flashed the "Hook Em" sign at Royal's memorial today.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Thousands of people paid their final respects to legendary University of Texas football coach Darrell K Royal today. A public memorial was held at the Erwin Center and included a performance by Willie Nelson, and eulogies from UT-Austin President Bill Powers and current Longhorn coach Mack Brown.

“I asked him about what the best thing about coaching at Texas was, coaching football,” Brown said of Royal, “and he said, ‘25 million people care everyday about what you do.’ I said, ‘Coach, what’s the worst thing about coaching at Texas?’ and he said, ‘Twenty-five million people care about what you do everyday.’”

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2012 Election
6:55 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Central Texas Election Results

Check back here for results from all the races in Central Texas, except local elections including city propositions and bonds, Central Health, and school board races. 

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.
facebook.com/pages/Its-In-The-Blood

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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Austin
7:05 am
Thu October 20, 2011

Gadhafi Fate Unclear Amid Reports Of Capture, Death

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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.
Photo by KUT News

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.
Photo by KUT News

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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Austin
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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Austin
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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Austin
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.
Photo by KUT News.

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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