Maria Roque

Health
10:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

How Central Texas Cities Regulate (or Don't Regulate) E-Cigarettes

The State of Texas leaves regulation of e-cigarettes up to cities.
Shutterstock, KERANews.org

There are no state laws that address e-cigarettes in Texas, so regulation is largely left up to individual cities. Cities in the Austin area vary widely in their regulation e-cigarettes.

The City of Georgetown banned the use of electronic cigarettes in public places and work places last week. The ordinance also prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to persons under 18 and their sale in vending machines.

One of the reasons the city passed the ordinance was because of the unknown health effects of e-cigarettes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not fully studied the devices.  

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Fort Hood
7:25 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Fort Hood Update: Obamas to Attend Memorial Service Wednesday

Pres. Barack Obama speaking at a memorial ceremony at Fort Hood, Nov. 10, 2009. Pres. Obama and first lady Michelle Obama return to Fort Hood on Wednesday.
U.S. Army, flickr.com/soldiersmediacenter

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are expected to attend a memorial service Wednesday to honor the three soldiers killed in last week’s shooting at Fort Hood.

Obama visited Fort Hood in November 2009 under similar circumstances following the shooting by Maj. Nidal Hasan that left 13 dead and 32 wounded. Hasan was convicted in August 2012 of those killings and was sentenced to death.

The Obamas were already planning to travel to Texas this week. On Thursday, the President will speak at the LBJ Presidential Library’s Civil Rights Summit to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act.

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Affordable Care Act
12:50 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

In Austin and Across the Country, It's Deadline Day for Obamacare

The healthcare.gov website. The deadline to begin signing up for Affordable Care Act insurance is 11 p.m. CST tonight.
Credit KUT News

Austin nonprofits are trying to sign up as many people as possible before tonight’s deadline to apply for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Insure Central Texas has four enrollment centers in the Austin area. Program director Elizabeth Colvin says the demand for their services is exceeding their capacity; this morning they had 100 people lined up by the time they opened at 6 a.m.

The deadline to begin signing up is 11 p.m. tonight. Colvin advises people to at least start the application this evening, as those who do start then can finish the process at a later time.

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Sochi Olympics
9:36 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Speed Skater Jordan Malone Only Texan to Medal at Sochi

Speedskater Jordan Malone waves the Texas flag in Sochi. (Via Instagram)

Four Texans represented Team USA at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, but only one athlete came back with a medal.

Denton native Jordan Malone clinched the silver in the speed skating 5,000-meter relay along with teammates, J.R. Celski, Chris Creveling and Eduardo Alvarez on Friday. The team finished behind Russia. 

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Austin
1:18 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Weekend Closures for the Austin Marathon, Presidents Day

The Austin Marathon will close streets throughout Austin starting tomorrow afternoon
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City of Austin offices and some other city-run facilities will be closed Monday, Feb. 17 for Presidents' Day. The Austin Marathon will also cause street closures from Saturday afternoon to Sunday after the marathon ends. You can find a full list of closures on the city's website

Trash, recycling and yard trimmings collection for City Austin Resource Recovery customers will remain the same. Below you can find a full list of closures. 

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