Marissa Barnett

Intern for KUT News

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Education
4:59 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Texas Needs More Career and Technical Progams, Says Perry

Gov. Rick Perry called for more career and technical programs at his first State Board of Education meeting of the year.
Credit KUT News

Governor Rick Perry called for more career and technical programs—in addition to expanding charter schools and implementing a tax-credit scholarship program—during his address to the State Board of Education and its eight newly elected members this morning.

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Austin
2:24 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Drink Up: Water Coolers Back on the Hike and Bike Trail

The coolers provided by RunTex greeted trail visitors this morning after a two month suspension.
Credit flickr.com/leftymgp

Runners, cyclists and trail patrons welcomed the return of the water coolers at the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail this morning.

RunTex, a local sporting goods store, has provided the water to trail-users for twenty years. But last November, the city removed the coolers over sanitation concerns.

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Politics
4:59 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Attorney General Abbott: Nearly 1,500 'Choose Life' Plates Sold

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and "Choose Life" Advisory Committee member Julie Stobbe at a Friday press conference.
Marissa Barnett for KUT News

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said Friday that his office has raised more than $30,000 from anti-abortion “Choose Life” license plates since sales began in late 2011.

A “Choose Life” advisory committee – appointed by Abbott and responsible for distributing the funds – joined him at the press conference.

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Education
7:28 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Sen. Patrick Backs New Group Seeking School Overhauls

Tiffany Szerpicki, Texas Tribune

A new group promoting charter schools and other overhauls to public education has the backing of State Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston), the powerful chair of the Senate Education Committee. Patrick stood with leaders of the new organization -- Texans Deserve Great Schools (TDGS) -- as they outlined their goals, which included more stringent teacher and principal evaluations, more punitive policies for failing schools and a removal of the cap on Texas charter schools.

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Lance Armstrong
5:37 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Many Austinites Question Sincerity of Armstrong's Confession to Oprah

Lance Armstrong's Mellow Johnny's bike shop in downtown Austin. Bar watch parties, complete with drinking games, assembled last night to watch Armstrong's interview.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Lance Armstrong admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs in an interview with Oprah Winfrey last night. For many Austinites, the much-anticipated confession was worth a special viewing appointment. And for some, it even called for a watch party.

A few dozen watch party attendees crowded around picnic tables on the patio and at the u-shaped wood bar at Little Woodrow’s on Sixth Street as they waited for the tell-all from the Texas native on his decade-long doping cover up.

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Geographic Representation
11:51 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Comment Ending on Auditor’s Read of Geographic Representation

The city auditor's office extedned the comment period on its interpretation of Prop 3's charter langauge through tomorrow.
Wells Dunbar, KUT News

There’s still time to voice an opinion on the city’s switch to geographic representation.

The deadline for public input in City Auditor Kenneth Mory’s interpretation of voter-approved language calling for 10 single-member districts was initially last week. But the auditor has since extended the comment period through tomorrow, Jan. 16. 

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Business
5:15 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Austin-based Bazaarvoice Says It Will Win Anti-Trust Challenge

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Austin-based software company Bazaarvoice Inc. says it is confident it will win a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Thursday.

The Justice Department sued the company over its acquisition of San Francisco-based PowerReviews Inc. last year. The DOJ claims Bazaarvoice “eliminated its most significant rival and effectively insulated itself from meaningful competition.”

In a statement, Bazaarvoice responded that there is “still robust competition for ratings and reviews all over the social commerce landscape.”

Education
4:38 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

UT Warns Students About Emailed Loan Offers

Some emailed loan offers may not be quite as they appear.
courtesy Andrew Magill at flickr.com/amagill/

The University of Texas is warning students to be cautious of emails from private companies that advertise student loans from for-profit lenders.

Those emails may use misleading wording in the subject line that could suggest that they were sent by the university. But the Office of Student Financial Services at UT does not promote or endorse any private lenders, according to spokeswoman Jamie Brown.

She says that even with reputable companies, students should shop carefully.

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