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.


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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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 Thank you for your patience as we work on this!

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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1:37 pm
Wed April 13, 2011

Images of West Texas Fires

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

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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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