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3:32 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Austin Real Estate Hotter Than The Weather

July was a strong month for real estate
KUT News

The volume of home sales was up for the 14th straight month in July, according to figures released today by the Austin Board of Realtors.   The number of sales was up 20 percent over last year, to 2,344.

Not only are more homes selling; they’re also selling at higher prices, and they’re selling faster.  The median-priced home sold for $214,000 in July, up 9 percent.  That's the sixth straight month that the median price has risen.   And houses sold, on average, in only 63 days, down from 77 days in 2011.

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Austin
2:25 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

426 Austin Bridges are 'Good' or 'Excellent' - But This One Isn't

It may be time for a do-over on the Emmett Shelton bridge.  

Better known as the Red Bud bridge or the "Low Water" bridge, it spans Lady Bird Lake just below Tom Miller Dam, linking Austin to newer communities to the west.

The city's latest proposed bond package includes $3 million to design a "better bridge at a better angle" across the lake, according to Austin Public Works spokesperson Sara Hartley. She says the bridge is the only one in Austin that is not rated structurally "good" or better, though she says its rating of "fair" means that it is safe to travel.

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Austin
3:30 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

You Can Fight City Hall, but Don’t Mess With the Junior League

It looks like the Junior League's annual fundraiser at the Palmer Events Center may not have to contend with a neighboring concert.
flickr.com/jdhancock

Formula Fest has crashed for the time being. 

Organizers hoped a planned two-day concert would draw 50,000 people to Auditorium Shores in celebration of Austin's inaugural U.S. Grand Prix race in November. In recent weeks, Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell and additional City Council members had sponsored a resolution to allow the event on Nov. 16-18. 

But a red flag went up today from Austin’s Junior League, a group of more than 2,000 women who dedicate time to charitable causes. Rather than go head-on with the League, City Hall decided to nix the Formula Fest proposal, and pull it from this Thursday's council agenda.

The Junior League’s objection? A conflict with its annual charity event, a popular holiday craft show called A Christmas Affair.  The event has run for 36 straight years, all but one year at the Palmer Events Center, located next to Auditorium Shores.   

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Texas
11:16 am
Tue August 14, 2012

After Six Decades, Slain Texas POW ID'd Through DNA

A passenger aboard SFC Barker's flight captured this photo on the Dallas-Ft. Worth tarmac.
Donna Wasielewski

As American athletes come home from competing against the Chinese in the 2012 Summer Olympics medal count, it’s hard to remember that a few decades ago, American soldiers were fighting the Chinese Army in the Korean War.  

In late 1950, General Douglas MacArthur mobilized American forces for a military campaign that he called "Home by Christmas,” because the objective was to quickly win the war and get the troops home for the holidays. Instead, the Chinese attack at the Ch’ongch’on River led to the retreat of American forces and a protracted war in Korea.

In the midst of that battle on December 1, a 21-year-old medical supervisor from Rockwall County, Texas was taken prisoner.

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Texas
1:32 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Shooting Near A&M Campus in College Station

The update from Texas A&M's website.

Update 5 (4:48 p.m.): An afternoon shooting in College Station has left three people dead, including a law officer, the shooter, and an apparent bystander. 

Constable Brian Bachman was killed while serving an eviction notice at a home near the Texas A&M campus. Neighbors heard the gunshots and called College Station police. An ensuing shootout left two more officers wounded.  

The suspect, whose name has not been released, died later of his injuries. Reports of gunfire led University officials to issue a Code Maroon -- alerting students of the shooting and telling them to take cover until the situation was under control.

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Health
2:53 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

When it Comes to Flesh Eating Bacteria, the Odds Are On Your Side

Streptococcus bacteria can lead to cases of necrotizing fasciitis - the "flesh eating bacteria" in certain populations.
Janice Haney Carr, Centers for Disease Control

There’s been a new case of so-called “flesh eating bacteria,” this time in Texas.

44-year-old Keith Korth was fishing last weekend at Port O’Connor on the Gulf Coast. According to reports, an infected blister needed medical attention, and was diagnosed as a fast-moving bacterial attack called necrotizing fasciitis, better known as flesh-eating bacteria.

(You can read more about necrotizing fasciitis, but be warned – the pictures are gruesome.)

Korth is recovering at a Houston hospital after having much of his leg amputated. A family member, reached by phone this afternoon, says he’s feeling much better. The infection has apparently been stopped, she says, and the family expects him to go home to Brenham, Texas, on Monday or Tuesday.

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