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
11:38 am
Wed April 13, 2011

Was Your Info Made Public by the State Comptroller's Office?

Digital information of 3.5 million Texans, including Social Security numbers, was on a computer server that was publicly available.
Photo by Don Hankins http://www.flickr.com/photos/23905174@N00/1594411528/

Today, the Texas State Comptroller's Office starts mailing out letters to everyone affected by the security breach that left 3.5 million personal information files publicly accessible online. 

The breach means everyone who is a member of the Teachers Retirement System of Texas, the Public Employees Retirement System of Texas,  or the Texas Workforce Commission likely had their information made public,  Comptroller of Public Account's spokesperson Allen Spelce confirmed in an interview with KUT.

To find out if your information was compromised call 1-855-474-2065.

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Environment
4:01 pm
Fri April 1, 2011

Ozone Season's Greetings!

Austin Mayor Lee Leffignwell marked the start of Ozone Season with a press conference at City Hall.
Mose Buchele for KUT News.

It's that time of year again. 

April 1 to October 31 is ozone season in Central Texas.  These are the months when we expect the highest amounts of ground level ozone in the air. Last year, the Austin area came dangerously close to falling out of attainment of the federal clean air standard of 74 parts of ozone per-billion.  With the Environmental Protection Agency set to announce even stricter standards, it could be even harder for the region to stay in attainment this year.

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Austin
12:49 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

Auditor: Cabbies' Complaint Carries no Weight

A Yellow Cab cruising down Guadalupe.
Mose Buchele for KUT News.

Earlier this month KUT News blogged about an ethics complaint filed by the Taxi Driver Association of Austin. The association alleged that city council members violated the city charter by accepting donations from owners and managers of Austin Yellow Cab, which hold franchises for taxi operations in the city.

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Arts and Culture
1:09 pm
Fri March 25, 2011

Local Arrowheads Poke Holes in History of Man in the Americas

Some of the artifacts discovered at the Buttermilk Creek site.
Image Courtesy of Texas A&M University and Michael R. Waters

It's a find that gives new meaning to the expression, "I'm not from Texas, but I got here as fast as I could."

Researchers have discovered artifacts that could push back the arrival of man in the Lone Star State by over 2,000 years.  The arrowheads, from the Buttermilk Creek excavation site 40 miles north of Austin, are different from the type associated with the Clovis people, once thought to be Texas' earliest human inhabitants.

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SXSW 2011
1:21 pm
Mon March 21, 2011

After Biggest SXSW Ever, City Official Suggests We "Dial It Back"

A sign outside the bar Shangri-La on E. 6th St. yesterday thanked SXSW attendees for visiting and urged them to leave.
Photo by Nathan Bernier

The epic ten-day party that crashed down on Austin last week has grown to the point where it needs to be scaled back, according to City of Austin Music Programs Manager, Don Pitts.  "We need to curtail it, and I think dial it back some," Pitts said in a phone interview with KUT News.

"Some tougher standards should take place, and a lot of the events that we saw, the promoters or event producers were pretty inexperienced in handling those sizes of crowds," Pitts told KUT News.

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Austin
12:06 pm
Mon March 21, 2011

The Red Line, One Year Later

The Red Line will be one year old on March 22, 2011.
Photo by Mose Buchele for KUT News.

Capital Metro's Red Line train service turns one year old this Tuesday. Officials are pointing to higher rider numbers in recent months as proof that the commuter rail is catching on.

"Most of last year our average daily boarding were in the 800 to 900 range. In January that bumped up to about 1000, February to 1,200, and in March with some of the special service and huge crowds for South By Southwest we've seen much higher numbers just looking at the daily estimates so far," said Adam Shaivitz a spokesperson for the Transit Agency.

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Austin
10:52 am
Mon March 7, 2011

Taxi Association Files Complaint Against Council Members

A Yellow Cab cruising down Guadalupe.
Mose Buchele for KUT News.

The Taxi Drivers Association of Austin [TDAA] has filed a complaint against Mayor Lee Leffingwell and "several council members" for accepting campaign contributions from owners and managers of the Yellow Cab Company, according to a TDAA press statement released today.

The Drivers Association claims that, by accepting the contributions, council members have violated a provision of the Austin City Charter that prohibits office holders from accepting "any wage, commission, fee, gift, favor or payment" from any person "holding or seeking to hold" a City of Austin franchise.

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KUT Membership Drive
10:21 am
Tue March 1, 2011

We Interrupt This Membership Drive...

KUT's John Aielli and Ida Maldonado, safe and sound, wait for the all clear from fire officials on UT Campus.
Image by KUT News/Mose Buchele

You may have wondered why you didn't hear our talented John Aielli on the radio asking you to support KUT for a brief part of this morning. That's because he was outside of the KUT studios along with a large crowd of people that were evacuated from our cozy home in Communications Building B on the UT-Austin campus.

A fire alarm went off before 10:00 a.m., less than an hour after Aielli took the airwaves. So he improvised.

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Politics
11:43 am
Fri February 25, 2011

Mayor Leffingwell Sets Goals in 2011 State of the City Address

Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell gives his State of the City address to a full house at City Hall
Image by KUT News/Mose Buchele

It was a packed house at Austin City Hall this morning, as Mayor Lee Leffingwell gave his state of the city address.  KUT’s Mose Buchele reports a lot of what the mayor talked about could be labeled, "Coming Attractions."

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Arts and Culture
4:10 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

Treasure Trove of Dashiell Hammett Stories Unearthed at Ransom Center

A portrait of author Dashiell Hammett by Edward Biberman hangs in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Image courtesy cliff1066 at flickr.com

Fifteen previously unknown short stories by Dashiell Hammett have been found in the archives of UT's Harry Ransom Center.  Hammett, who penned such classics as "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Thin Man" is considered by many to be the father of the American "hard boiled" detective fiction.  The discovery of the new stories by Andrew F.

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Austin
12:42 pm
Fri February 11, 2011

Why Did Your Power Go Out And Theirs Didn't? Austin Energy's Grid Map Of 376 Circuits

A map of the 376 circuits that make up Austin Energy's power grid.
Image from Austin Energy. Map enhanced by Torrie Hardcastle for KUT News

Not all parts of Austin are created equal when it comes to rolling blackouts. 

As you may have heard, the power outages that hit the city on February 2nd left some parts of town in the dark for hours, while other areas were spared completely. 

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Austin
10:39 am
Wed February 9, 2011

If You Thought City Council Meetings Were Good.....

Austin's City Council holds a rare work session today before tomorrow's scheduled council meeting
Photo by KUT News

Then try a City Council Work Session!

In what may become a regular feature of Austin city business, the City Council meets today for a pre-council meeting "work session." The sessions, which may precede every Thursday council meeting, allow members to discuss council business in a public forum.

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cold weather
12:44 pm
Wed February 2, 2011

As Cold Grips Austin, Meals on Wheels Reaches Out to Clients

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.
Matt Largey for KUT News

With Austin in the midst of an uncommon cold spell, and rolling blackouts striking parts of Central Texas, Meals on Wheels and More is calling clients to ensure that they won't be trapped in the cold.

"We'll just call [clients] and ask them how they're doing, how their homes are being affect by the temperatures, if they're feeling OK, if they need anything," Sarah Andrews with Meals on Wheels and More told KUT.

Andrews said that a lot of people receiving food are "elderly" or have "critical health needs."

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Austin
10:45 am
Fri January 21, 2011

100 Volunteers Needed to Count Austin's Homeless

Kevin Hawk has been homeless in Austin for years.
Erik Reyna

Before organizers can take a census of Austin's homeless community, they count volunteers.

This year they're coming up short.

One-hundred more people are needed Sunday from 1 pm to 7 pm to gather demographic information on who is homeless in Austin and Travis County.  Homeless advocates say the annual count is essential to show the city, county and nonprofit groups where to allocate their resources to best serve the area's most vulnerable community.  The numbers are also used to calculate the amount of federal funding Austin receives for certain aid programs.

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Austin
9:07 am
Sat December 18, 2010

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar Turns 35

The annual christmas market began at the Armadillo World Headquarters.
Sue Clark www.flickr.com/photos/perpetualplum/

Austinites have until the 24th to check out the City's annual holiday market. It's happening this year at the Palmer Events Center, but it wasn't  always so.

Check out a history of the Armadillo Bazaar here.

Environment
2:28 pm
Tue December 14, 2010

Bottle Deposit Vote Sends Commissioners Down Memory Lane

In eleven states cans and bottles are redemable for a deposit of five to ten cents.
Thomas Hawk www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/

Travis County Commissioners Court unanimously endorsed the so-called  "Texas Bottle Bill" today, a statewide proposal that would introduce redeemable deposits on bottles and cans in Texas.  

The proposal evoked fond memories of childhood among Commissioners. 

"As a kid, it dawned on me that if I would go out and collect empty bottles, and just take them home and collect the deposit, that would be a little business!" mused County judge Sam Biscoe.

"We all did that!" interjected Commissioner Ron Davis, as other commissioners present murmured in agreement.

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Texas
4:48 pm
Fri December 10, 2010

East Texas Church Arsonists to Plead Guilty

The guilty please are expected December 15th.
Image courtesy Keith Burtis http://www.flickr.com/photos/keithburtis/

The two men charged in a string of church fires last year in East Texas have announced their plan to plead guilty, reports the Associated Press. 

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Austin
12:19 pm
Tue December 7, 2010

Police Monitor Finalists to Meet Public

Nathan Bernier KUT News

Austinites have two chances to meet the finalists for the role of Police Monitor today. At 3 p.m. and again at 6 p.m., the four contenders for the job will answer questions at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex. 

The Police Monitor's office takes complaints about police from the public, and offers policy recommendations to the Chief of Police on some matters.  It does not have the authority to investigate police behavior.

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development
3:23 pm
Thu November 18, 2010

City Council Gives Final Green Light to New Water Treatment Plant

City Council voted to dedicate $300 million to Austin's newest water treatment plant. WTP 4 will be located near the intersection of RR 2222 and RR 620.
Image courtesy City of Austin

Not a drop of rain in the sky, but it was a wet day at City hall, with the debate over Water Treatment Plant 4 flooding out other items set for the morning’s agenda. 

With a series of close votes, City Council dedicated $300 million dollars to the completion of Water Treatment Plant 4. It effectively gives the project a final green light.  The votes came after hours of sometimes emotional public comment and council discussion. Water Utility Director Greg Mazaros said it made sense for council to approve the remaining funds all in one go.

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