Matt Largey

Managing Editor

Matt has been an editor and reporter at KUT off and on since 2006.  He came to Austin from Boston, then went back for a while--but couldn't stand to be away--so he came back to Austin.  Matt grew up in Maine (but hates lobster), and while it might sound hard to believe, he thinks Maine and Texas are remarkably similar.

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This story was originally performed as part of Pop Up Magazine.

 

With everything that’s going on in politics these days, it helps to remember the power that we have as individuals to make change. Examples of this are far too few, of course.

But there is one that stands out. And you’ve probably never heard it.


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We know distrust in journalism is high right now. So we want to get your thoughts on which news sources you trust – and which ones you don't.

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The Associated Press is reporting the existence of a draft memo from U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly that proposes the deployment of as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to enforce immigration laws in 11 states, including Texas. The memo is dated Jan. 25.

The AP writes:

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Austin City Council has approved a $3.25 million settlement with the family of a black 17-year-old who was unarmed and naked when he was shot and killed by an Austin police officer last year.

“It is our sincere hope that the public nature of the settlement will make future police shootings less likely,” David Johnson's mother, Ketty Sully, said in a statement. “David was a wonderful son and a loving brother. He will remain in our hearts forever.”

The statement continued: 

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Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez plans to evaluate a wider range of alleged crimes in determining whether to hand over jail inmates to federal immigration authorities. 

Hernandez changed the policy at the Travis County Jail earlier this month, saying deputies would honor Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests to detain people for possible immigration violations only if an inmate was booked on capital murder, murder, aggravated sexual assault or human trafficking charges.

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The 2017 Texas Legislative session is underway. State legislators meet every other year for 140 days in a frenzy of debating (sometimes arguing), deal-making, stand-taking, bill-killing and, occasionally, law-making.

For the past few weeks, we've been asking what you want to know about the Legislature: how it works, why it works the way it does and what you want lawmakers to do.

Austin is among 20 U.S. cities with the largest share of undocumented immigrants, according to a new analysis of government data from the Pew Research Center.

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The U.S. Supreme Court is denying the State of Texas' appeal in case over the state's voter ID law.

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The archives from the hit cable series "Mad Men" is headed to UT-Austin's Harry Ransom Center.

The collection includes script drafts, props, costumes and video used in the production of the show. The donation was made by the series' creator and executive producer, Matthew Weiner, and the show's production company, Lionsgate.  

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Researchers from the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute want to know more about Austinites' experiences with ride-hailing companies before and after Uber and Lyft left town.

It's the time of year to look back and take stock of the last 12 months. So we've asked the staff in the KUT newsroom to go over the stories we've done this year and pick their favorites.

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Austin Mayor Steve Adler is laying out some of his priorities for the city council in the New Year.

In a post on the Council’s online message board Thursday, Adler laid out his vision around several items focused on downtown development and businesses.

He pointed to the area around Waller Creek in particular, calling for expanding a tax financing plan to pay for the development of parkland around the creek.

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Donald Trump has been elected the 45th president of the United States, the capstone of a tumultuous and divisive campaign that won over white voters with the promise to "Make America Great Again."

Trump crossed the 270 electoral vote threshold at 2:31 a.m. ET with a victory in Wisconsin, according to Associated Press projections.

Hillary Clinton called Trump early this morning to concede the election, but did not make any public statement. She's scheduled to speak this morning in New York.

Watch a livestream of that speech below, courtesy CBS.

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More than 50 percent of registered voters in both Travis and Williamson counties have already cast ballots during early voting. If you weren't among them, now is your chance to make your voice heard.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. 

Before you head out, here are a few things you might want to do.

This Election Day, we’re teaming up with ProPublica, a non-profit investigative news organization to collect the stories of voters. So, if you’ve voted or plan to vote in Texas, we want to hear your story.

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Travis County showed up to vote early in record numbers over the past twelve days, both in raw number of voters and the percentage of registered voters casting ballots.

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After the first full week of early voting, nearly one-third of Travis County’s registered voters have already cast a ballot. Early voting continues through Friday. Election Day is Nov. 8.

Record levels of early voting over the first week have put Travis County on pace to have more than 60 percent turnout this election season. Sunday’s voting brought the total number of ballots cast to 220,001.

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After crushing the previous record set in 2008 on day one of early voting, Travis County voters showed up in droves again on day two, busting even more turnout records along the way.

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Travis County voters set a record Monday, casting 46,086 ballots on the first day of early voting. That means more than 6 percent of registered voters in the county cast a ballot.

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This week, we launched a project that we expect to span several months, at least. It's called On My Block: Voices from 12th & Chicon. We've opened a temporary bureau at the intersection of 12th and Chicon streets in East Austin. We're there to tell the stories of how people are affected by the kind of rapid changes in the racial, socio-economic and cultural makeup of this historically black neighborhood.

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