Mose Buchele

Senior Reporter, StateImpact Texas

Mose Buchele is the Austin-based broadcast reporter for KUT's NPR partnership StateImpact Texas . He has been on staff at KUT 90.5  since 2009, covering local and state issues.  Mose has also worked as a blogger on politics and an education reporter at his hometown paper in Western Massachusetts. He holds masters degrees in Latin American Studies and Journalism from UT Austin.

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Texas
12:57 pm
Tue May 31, 2011

Perry Vetoes Bill that Would Have Boosted Online Tax Collection

Governor Rick Perry opposes a bill to boost collection of sales tax on goods sold online, in the state of Texas.
Photo by Liang Shi for KUT News

On Tuesday, Gov. Rick Perry vetoed legislation aimed at collecting more tax from online sales in Texas. The bill would have tightened rules on when online vendors must charge sales tax in the state. Under the proposed rules, retailers who maintain distribution centers in Texas would have had to charge sales tax on goods sold in Texas. In a statement Perry said:

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Austin
11:46 am
Tue May 31, 2011

Fountain Re-Opens After $1.36 Million Upgrade

The Liz Carpenter Fountain reopened on memorial Day after being closed for renovations since December 2010.
Photo by Jeff Heimsath for KUT news.

The popular Liz Carpenter Fountain in Butler Park re-opened on Memorial Day after about six months of renovation. The fountain had become so popular that the high number of  children frolicking in its waters strained its filtration system.

A city plan to reopen the fountain, but make it off limits to children, met with opposition last year.

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Politics
10:54 am
Tue May 31, 2011

Travis Dems See Red in New Redistricting Proposal

A screen shot from the proposed redistricting map.
Image courtesy of the Texas Legislative Council

Leaders of the Texas House and Senate Redistricting Committees would split Travis County into six congressional districts in a map  proposed Tuesday (for a PDF click here). Many, like Jason Embry over at the Statesman,  see the redistricting as an attempt to leave Austin with four Republican Representatives in the U.S. Congress and one Democratic Representative.

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Politics
2:19 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

Dan Patrick, Another Texan with Washington Dreams?

Republican State Senator Dan Patrick.
Photo courtesy of the Texas Trubune.

Friday might not have gone exactly as Houston State Senator Dan Patrick planned. 

In the morning he was on conservative radio host Laura Ingraham's talk show announcing a possible run for the US Senate.   He quickly followed that up with a press release, all in caps, quoting his statement from the show:

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Texas
4:55 pm
Thu May 26, 2011

Texas Soldier Killed in Afghan IED Attack

Andrew Krippner died May 23, 2011 from wounds sustained in an IED attack in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.
U.S. Army

A Texas soldier died this week in Kunar Province, Afghanistan during in his first deployment overseas. Private Andrew M. Krippner was an infantryman from Garland, Texas. He was 20. A family friend told KUT he had enlisted in the Army last July. Krippner had been in Afghanistan for about a month and a half when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device. He and three other soldiers died of wounds they suffered in the attack. 

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Politics
5:05 pm
Mon May 23, 2011

Palestinian PM Recovering from Heart Attack in Austin

Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad.
Photo courtesy of US Senator Christopher Coon's on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/senatorchriscoons/5556694778/

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad reportedly suffered a heart attack while attending his son's graduation from the University of Texas on Sunday.

Fayyad's future as prime minister has been up in the air following a reconciliation deal struck this month between the Fatah Palestinian faction that governs the West Bank and the Hamas Islamist faction that holds sway in the Gaza Strip.

Education
4:36 pm
Mon May 23, 2011

School? On Memorial Day?!

A bus much like this one will take Austin ISD students to school this Memorial Day to make up for a snow day last February.
Photo by KUT News.

A note to those students (and maybe some teachers and staff) who were celebrating a snow day in Austin last February 4th: It's time to pay the piper.

Memorial Day, May 30th, is a "bad weather make-up day" for the Austin School District. All district schools will be open to make up for the day that was lost during the epic around-an-inch of snowfall that hit the area last February.

Austin
4:02 pm
Mon May 23, 2011

Civilian Victim of Fort Hood Shooter Receives Posthumous Honors

Mike Cahill was a physician's assistant and the only civilian killed during the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood. Photo courtesy of the Cahill family.

The family of Michael Grant Cahill was set to receive a Secretary of the Army Award for Valor in his honor on Monday. Cahill was the only civilian killed in the Fort Hood shooting on Nov. 5, 2009 that claimed the lives of 13 people.

In a hearing last fall, witnesses reported that Cahill rushed at Army Maj. Nidal Hasan clutching a chair over his head before he was shot.  Hasan has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.

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Austin
12:41 pm
Mon May 23, 2011

Meals on Wheels Facing Volunteer Shortage, Rising Fuel Costs

Ora Lee Clark of Austin admires the gifts she received through Meals on Wheels and More's "Be a Santa to a Senior" program in December.
Photo by Matt Largey for KUT News.

Austin-based Meals on Wheels and More relies on volunteers to deliver ninety percent of the one-million meals it delivers annually. But this summer, the group is scrambling to find people to fill open routes across Central Texas.

The aid organization says it normally loses volunteers as summer approaches, but this year is worse.

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Sports
11:41 am
Mon May 23, 2011

Austin Teen Makes NASCAR History

Austin Wayne Self took damage to his car before going on to win his second race of the night in Kyle on Saturday.
Photo by Jeff Garvin.

He's too young for a driver's license, but old enough to dominate in NASCAR, at least on the local and regional level

Austin Wayne Self became the first 15-year-old to win two premier division NASCAR races in the same night in Kyle on Saturday.  The Austin native first took the checkered flag in the Pro Modified division race, a division with specific rules about car components and modifications.

But the real excitement came in the Late Model race.  After a high-speed accident on the track, Self came back to win in dramatic fashion according to a press release:

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Austin
10:45 am
Mon May 23, 2011

At UT, Small Group of Profs Teach Most of the Students

A report says that UT Austin profs should teach more students. Many on faculty say the problem isn't with them, it's with the report. Photo by Mose Buchele for KUT News.

Research by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity suggests that Texas could make college tuition more affordable by increasing faculty emphasis on teaching. 

The report is sure to provide ammunition to some lawmakers and policy experts, who want professors to teach more and cut down on research.  It has already come under fire from UT faculty representatives who say it does not provide an accurate picture of academic duties.

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Austin
5:16 pm
Thu May 19, 2011

City To Retest Thousands Of Firefighter Applicants After Leak

Photo by Callie Hernandez for KUT News

The City of Austin interviewed about 2,300 applicants earlier this year for jobs as Austin firefighters. Now, they’re going to have to conduct those interviews all over again. That’s after allegations that some applicants were secretly given the interview questions in advance.

Austin Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr says she received an anonymous letter on Tuesday claiming that the quesitons and the scoring grid for AFD’s “structured oral interview” had been given in advance to certain applicants.

Kerr says she’s not sure that the allegations are true, but the letter did contain copies of the questions and the scoring grid. That raises enough concern that the City will have to retest all of the applicants.

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Austin
4:12 pm
Thu May 19, 2011

Randi Shade Says Runoff Is Worth The $528,400 It Will Cost

Austin City Council Member Randi Shade, after a press conference in which she re-affirmed her desire to run in a runoff election for City Council Place 3 against front runner Kathie Tovo.
Photo by Matt Largey for KUT News.

The $528,400 price tag for a City of Austin runoff election is money worth spending, City Council Member Randi Shade argued in a press conference today.

Shade came in second to challenger Kathie Tovo in Austin's May 14th elections. She got 33 percent of the vote to Tovo's 47 percent.  Because no candidate won a simple majority, the race will go to a runoff unless one candidate bows out. 

In an interview with KUT News, Shade re-affirmed that she had no intention of conceding defeat.  Some political observers say they can't see a way for Shade to overcome her deficit at the polls.

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Austin
4:06 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

Austin Unveils New Bike Map

The city released a new bike map this week detailing all the routes in across Austin.
Screen shot of the Austin's New Bike Map.

The City of Austin creates about 20 miles of new bike lanes a year, and that all goes towards the goal of 750 miles of bike lanes outlined in the City's Bicycle Plan

It's been a few years since Austin updated its bike lane map, so this week it unveiled a new one. Annick Beaudet with Austin's Public Works Department said the new lanes were just one reason to pick up the map.

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Austin
10:22 am
Sun May 8, 2011

Sunday News Roundup, May 8, 2011

A breakfast treat for all you moms out there on Mothers Day 2011.
Image courtesy of Michael Coté http://www.flickr.com/photos/cote/4592105938/

Happy Mother's Day! It was in 1908 that the first Mother's Day was celebrated in Grafton, West Virginia by Anna Jarvis.

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Austin
10:24 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Even with Council Reshuffle, WTP4 Could be a Done Deal

WTP 4 is planned near the intersection of RR 2222 and RR 620.
Image courtesy City of Austin

One thing about Austin City Council votes on Water Treatment Plant Four, they are always tight.  So what would happen if that balance shifted after the May 14th City Council elections?

Maybe nothing.

In an interview with KUT, Council Member Laura Morrison, who consistently votes against the project, said continuing that opposition would be "a situation that [she] will have to look at" if more Council Members opposed the to the project are elected.

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Texas
2:27 pm
Thu April 14, 2011

Internet Security in Other Countries

The announcement that the Texas Comptroller's Office accidentally made public the personal information of about 3.5 million people online got us wondering in the KUT newsroom. How is online security different in the US from in other countries? 

Paolo Cunha Martins was happy to show us. 

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Austin
4:00 pm
Wed April 13, 2011

Technical Difficulties with City of Austin Website

A partial screen shot of where visitors to Austin's City Website were taken when they tried to visit the city site today.
Screen shot by Mose Buchele for KUT News.

Visitors to the City of Austin's website were surprised to be re-directed this afternoon to a page saying the "US Locality domain you are searching for has been given back to Neustar Registry to manage." The City's Public Information Office quickly followed up on a phone call to their office with this Tweet:

If you're experiencing difficulties viewing our website, try www.austintx.gov Thank you for your patience as we work on this!

Austin
2:13 pm
Wed April 13, 2011

ABIA Ranked Among Best Airports in World

A security checkpoint at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
Photo by KUT News.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport was ranked the third-best airport in North America by the Airport Service Quality Awards.  According to a press release from ABIA, this is the fifth consecutive year that the airport has been recognized.

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Texas
1:37 pm
Wed April 13, 2011

Images of West Texas Fires

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