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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City Council Elections
4:57 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

No Joy in This Bundle: Shea, Leffingwell Trade Fundraising Barbs

Mayoral candidate Brigid Shea holds a list of contributors to Lee Leffingwell's campaign.
Photo by Mose Buchele

Mayoral candidate Brigid Shea accused her opponent, Mayor Lee Leffingwell, of breaking city campaign donation rules in front of City Hall today. 

At issue are thousands of dollars Mayor Leffingwell received at an event attended by supporters of Austin’s Formula One racetrack, the Circuit of the Americas.

Shea says because he received those checks at the same event he should have listed the host as a “bundler,” someone who solicits donations for a candidate and hands them over to a campaign in a “bundle.”

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Austin
10:13 am
Sun February 26, 2012

Sunday News Roundup

A roundup of your weekend's news from Austin and beyond.
Photo courtesy of Nathan Bernier/KUT News

Cedar Park DA, Police Investigate Officer Involved Shooting

The officer who shot and killed a robbery suspect in Cedar Park Friday night has been moved to administrative duties pending an investigation of the shooting, a standard procedure in such cases.  Cedar Park policy dictates that officer-involved shootings are investigated by the District Attorneys Office, reports the Austin American Statesman.

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Austin
8:31 pm
Sat February 25, 2012

Huston Tillotson Celebrates 13th Annual Heritage Fest

KUT News

The thirteenth annual African American Community Heritage Festival took place on the campus of Huston-Tillotson University today. It includes food vendors, merchants and information tables. The Regan High School drum line kicked off the festivities this afternoon with a salute to Mardi Gras.

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Texas
8:26 pm
Sat February 25, 2012

Texas Keystone XL Opponents Look To Day in Court

The Keystone XL pipeline would take oil from sand pits in Canada to refineries in Texas.
Photo by Flickr user Loozrboy/Creative Commons

Transcanada will be able to start building a portion of the the Keystone XL pipeline on land owned by Texas farmer Julia Trigg Crawford as early as March 1.  A temporary restraining order banning the Canadian pipeline builder from starting construction was dissolved Friday. Trigg Crawford had filed the order to stop the company from trenching on her family farm.

Linda Curtis is the director of Independent Texans, a group that supported Trigg Crawford. She told KUT the trial in April is a test of existing property law.

Texas
12:33 pm
Sun January 8, 2012

Sunday Brief

ABC News hosted a GOP presidential Primary debate over on Saturday.

Carolina in His Mind

The ABC News debate in New Hampshire last night was Texas Governor Rick Perry’s first debate  since a dismal 5th place finish in the Iowa caucuses. KUT's Ben Philpott reports from New Hampshire why the the Governor  used the debate to appeal to voters not in the Granite State, but in South Carolina.

Austin Bag Ban May Come Early

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Austin
10:04 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Top Morning Stories 1/5/12

A police sketch of the man who attacked two women on New Years Eve and is sought as a "person of interest" in the murder of Esmeralda "Esme" Barrera.
APD

APD Officers Under Investigation

Some Austin Police Department Officers have been moonlighting for a wealthy Mexican man, who paid them to look after his daughter while she attended college in Austin - the Austin American Statesman reports.  Federal and local investigators are saying their interest was sparked because officers were paid in cash.

When Wells Blow Out in Pennsylvania, Texas Step In

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Austin
8:18 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Top Morning Stories for Tuesday, December 20th

Photo by Callie Richmond/Courtesy of The Texas Tribune. Michael Morton sits beside his mother, Patricia Morton, during an emotional press conference after a judge agreed to release him on personal bond after he spent nearly 25 years in prison.
Photo by Callie Richmond/Courtesy of The Texas Tribune.

Judge Formally Dismisses Charges Against Michael Morton

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water
1:28 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

Rain Eases Drought, But Doesn’t Break It

The Texas Water Development Board heard an update Thursday on the historic drought gripping Texas.
Photo by Daniel Reese/KUT News

Cooler temperatures and more rain have lifted much of the state out of the most serious level of drought. In early October, 88 percent of Texas was in exceptional drought, as of Tuesday – that was down to 41 percent. That might sound like progress, but as Hydrologist Mark Wentzel told the Board, there is still more of Texas in exceptional drought today than at any other time this century.

“So as good as this look relative to early October,” Wentzel told the panel, “it’s still more than twice as bad as the conditions of 2009.”

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Austin
9:52 am
Sun November 20, 2011

Sunday Roundup, November 20, 2011

Rick Perry attending an event hosted by the Christian group The Family Leader in Des Moines, Iowa.
Ben Philpott for KUT News.

Candidates Showcase their Faith in Iowa

Six of the 8 top tier candidates were at a forum last night hosted by the conservative Christian group The Family Leader in Des Moines.  Moderators promised to allow complete answers and no questions that would put the candidates at odds with each other. The night was focused on how the faith would guide them as President.  Texas Governor Rick Perry, never shy about his religious views, didn’t blank on any of his answers, as KUT's Ben Philpott reports.

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Austin
2:07 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Pregnancy Resource Center Sues City of Austin

An Austin pregnancy resource center is suing the City of Austin over a city ordinance passed in the spring.
Photo courtesy of William J. Serson via Flickr, http://www.flickr.com/people/wjserson/

The City of Austin is facing a lawsuit from a pregnancy resource center. The lawsuit is over a city ordinance passed in April. It requires pregnancy resource centers that don’t offer or refer women to abortion or birth control services to post notices saying that they don’t.

The city was concerned that some pregnancy centers were representing themselves as medical or therapeutic counseling centers when they were religious organizations. The lawsuit from these groups claims that the city ordinance is violating their constitutional rights.

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Austin
8:47 am
Tue September 27, 2011

Top Morning Stories September 27, 2011

Aerial view of oil sands mining in northern Alberta. Material from fields like this would be pumped through a proposed pipeline that will be the subject of an Austin public hearing Wednesday.
Image courtesy flickr.com/mrjorgen

Dark and Stormy Night

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Austin
4:08 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

Power Fully Restored to Bastrop Wildfire Burn Zone

An electric meter melted by the flames that ravaged Bastrop Texas in early September.
Photo by Jeff Heimsath for KUT news.

The Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative announced today that is has fully restored power to the areas impacted by the Labor Day wildfires that scorched more than 34,000 acres of Bastrop County. But just because the power is running in the areas, the statement made it clear that there's still work remaining.

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Austin
2:22 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

Minor League Soccer Returns to Austin

USL Soccer will return to Austin.
Photo courtesy of ||read||'s http://www.flickr.com/photos/llreadll/,

In 2008 a United Soccer League franchise opened up shop in Austin. Central Texas soccer fans rejoiced.

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Texas
1:04 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

If Government Shuts Down, So Does FEMA Aid in Bastrop

At the height of the wildfires that left around 34,000 acres scorched, smoke billows behind an American Flag.
Photo by Lizzie Chen for KUT News.

The current budget standoff in D.C. has some serious implications for disaster relief efforts here  in Central Texas. As lawmakers scramble to find a short term fix, one thing is becoming clear:  If FEMA doesn't receive new funding, aid work will cease.

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Texas
2:12 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Another Drought Record Shattered

U.S. Drought Monitor released its weekly drought map shows nearly 82 percent of the state is in "exceptional drought."
Map courtesy of the U.S. Drought Monitor.

They're not the kind of records we're looking to break, but we seem to keep breaking them.

Today, the U.S. Drought Monitor released its weekly drought map. It shows nearly 82 percent of the state is in "exceptional drought," the most severe form.

That's the highest percentage of the state in exceptional drought since the Drought Monitor began releasing the maps in 1999. Even though the map has only been around 12 years, the drought is among the most extreme Texas has ever seen, says Brian Fuchs, Climatologist with the National Drought Mitigation Center.

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Texas
7:18 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Judge Strikes Down Portions of Sonogram Law

A federal judge in Austin struck down portions of the sonogram law passed by lawmakers this spring.
Photo by Daniel Reese for KUT News.

A federal judge  in Austin today blocked key provisions of a controversial abortion law passed by the Texas Legislature earlier this year.

The law passed during in early May required a doctor to perform a sonogram, and to read a description of it to women seeking an abortion.

U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks sided with plaintiffs who sought an injunction from the rule going into effect. Attorney Julie Rikelman, with the Center for Reproductive Rights, calls the ruling a victory.

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Austin
2:33 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Report Showing Cost of Halting WTP4 Released

A table from the report commissioned by the city to estimate the cost of halting construction of WTP 4.
Courtesy of the City of Austin.

This afternoon, Austin City Council members received a report commissioned to investigate the cost of halting construction on the Water Treatment Plant 4 project.

The report estimates the cost of delaying the project for five years to be $138 million. The cost rises to $206 million for a ten year delay.

At least one voice has already expressed doubts that the report will make an impact on council's debate over the usefulness of the project.

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Texas
1:45 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

In Response to Drought, State Ramps up "Hay Hotline"

Crops are dying in the fields in Texas, due to extreme heat and drought. That means little feed for livestock. It all adds up to an agricultural catastrophe.
Photo by Mose Buchele for KUT News

Ranchers are suffering through the worst one-year drought in Texas history. Many have given up trying to feed their cattle and are bringing them to auction at double, or even triple the normal rate.  For those holding on to their livestock, finding affordable feed is a growing challenge.

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Sports
11:44 am
Fri August 26, 2011

ESPN Preps for Longhorn Launch

It was a little too hot for full length pants Friday morning, when ESPN's college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit prepped for the the GameDay broadcast from the UT-Austin campus.
Photo by Daniel Reese for KUT News

Work crews and curiosity seekers converged on the UT campus today as ESPN set the stage for the official launch of the Longhorn Network.

Tonight at 6:00 PM, the network, billed as the first devoted to a single university, will go live with a "College GameDay" broadcast from the six pack on UT's South Mall.  But, if you're thinking about beating the heat and watching from home, you might want to think again.

It's looking like the Network could launch without a local distributor, a fact that UT President Bill Powers played down in an email yesterday:

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Texas
11:01 am
Fri August 26, 2011

Texas Supreme Court Upholds the "Pole Tax"

Texas's highest court rules that the $5-per-person tax charged to strip club patrons is constitutional.
Photo courtesy flickr.com/brh_images

The Texas Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that the state can continue to charge the so-called "pole tax," a $5 per patron tax at strip clubs. 

A lower court had ruled that the tax violated the constitutional right to free speech. But in an opinion issued August 25, the Supreme Court said the tax did not present a burden on speech.

Delivering the opinion Justice Nathan L. Hecht wrote:

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