Natalie Krebs

Intern for KUT News

Austin
6:05 am
Fri September 6, 2013

How These Austin Businesses Are Creating Jobs for Refugee Women

An unnamed employee of Open Arms from Burundi sorts through donated fabric. Open Arms pays refugee women a living wage to make clothes.
Natalie Krebs for KUT News

Out of a small room in the Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Austin, a company called Open Arms makes women’s clothing. It was started about three years ago, with idea of paying refugee women a living wage. More than 4,000 refugees have resettled in Austin since 2001 with many coming from Vietnam, Burma and Iraq with the newest group, which is expected at the beginning of next year from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Austin
2:22 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Over 62,000 New STD Cases Estimated in Travis County

Condoms can drastically reduce the risk of several sexually transmitted diseases.
flickr.com/robertelyov

Austin-Travis County Health and Human Services says sexually transmitted diseases are costing Travis County residents lots of money.

The department says more than 62,000 new cases of STDs were diagnosed in Travis County in 2011 alone. That’s estimated to cost over $83 million in lifetime medical costs.

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Police
4:08 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Activists: 'Mistrust Has Deepened' After Latest Austin Police Shooting

Antonio Buehler and Debbie Russell spoke out against the Austin Police shooting of a civilian last week.
Natalie Krebs for KUT News

Two local civil rights groups – the Austin Police Accountability Coalition and the Peaceful Streets Project – gathered in front of City Hall this morning to protest Friday’s fatal officer-involved shooting.

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Austin
12:01 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

What You Should Know About Austin's Newest Neighbors: The Congolese

Unnamed Congolese celebrate inside a refugee camp in this photo from 2009. Several Congolese refugees will start settling in Austin and Texas by the end of the year.
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Austin's already welcomed the Burmese, the Iraqis and the Bhutanese. But starting at end of this year, Austin will begin to welcome its newest round of refugees – the Congolese.

Over the next few years, the U.S. expects to resettle approximately 50,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the U.S. 10 percent of those refugees may end up in Texas, according to Erica Schmidt, the Austin-area director for Refugee Services of Texas.

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Health
8:53 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Austin's New Outpatient VA Clinic is the Largest in the Country

Austin's new VA Clinic is the largest freestanding clinic in the U.S.
Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System

Austin’s new VA clinic opened this week, becoming the largest free-standing VA outpatient clinic in the U.S. The new, state-of-the-art clinic will to help accommodate Central Texas’s fast growing veteran population across 39 counties.

The clinic currently serves 23,000 veterans. The VA hopes to increase that number to 30,000 by 2025 with the expanded facilities, according to Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System spokeswoman Deborah Meyer.

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Crime
3:44 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

55 Blood Warrants Issued Over Austin's 'No Refusal' Weekend

APD made 99 arrests over this Fourth of July weekend.
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It was a long holiday weekend for Austin Police:  APD made 99 arrests in an increased effort against drunk driving.

July 4 through the morning of July 7 marked a no-refusal enforcement for ​Austin Police. DWI suspects who refused a breath or blood test had to submit a blood sample under a search warrant. There were 55 warrants issued for blood samples over the weekend.

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Technology
12:35 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Neighborhood Watch Goes Online: New App Links Austin Neighbors

Social media site Nextdoor looks to build relations in Austin neighborhoods using technology.
flickr.com/BruceTurner

The days of lost dog posters and last-minute babysitter scrambles may be coming to a close.

Nextdoor is an app that connects neighbors via their smartphone to help organize neighborhood watches and community conversations. Over 200 neighborhoods in Austin have already signed up for the app, which is set to roll out this summer.

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Affordable Housing
4:17 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Affordable Housing Advocates Call for Vote on $65 Million Bond

Apartments at M Station, an affordable apartment complex financed and operated by nonprofit Foundation Communities.
Wells Dunbar, KUT News

Austin voters will likely be asked to approve bond dollars for affordable housing, after a similar proposition was voted down in last November.

On Monday, city council members Sheryl Cole, Bill Spelman and Chris Riley, along with housing advocates from Keep Austin Affordable, announced their support for a $65 million bond program on the November 2013 ballot. They said the spending could finance more affordable housing – without raising the tax rate.

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Sports
4:57 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

At UT's Ransom Center: Sports, Literature, and Why a 60 Year Old Baseball Game Still Matters

The New York Giants celebrate after winning the 1951 National League championship.
Harry Ransom Center

Willa Cather and Don DeLillo are literary names not primarily associated with sports writing.

However, Cather, who attended the University of Nebraska and was an avid football fan, penned in 1894 a short ghost story about football titled "The Fear That Walks at Noonday." In 1997, DeLillo’s “Underworld” was famously framed by the 1951 National League Championship game between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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Religion
9:02 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Video: Hip East Austin Church Gets Nod from 'New York Times'

An East Austin church is evolving to match the way Austin worships.

Vox Veniae, which is affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church, began as part of the Austin Chinese Church for Asian Americans and Asian immigrants to worship. But it has since grown into a very diverse environment. It now has worshipers come to its Sunday service that are white, Latino and African American.

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Austin
3:25 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Austin Youth Council Warns of Dangers of Texting While Driving

A teen attempts a texting-while-driving simulator. The Austin Youth Council is rasing awareness of the issue this weekend.
flickr.com/kentuckycountrydayschool

A group of Austin high school students is calling on fellow teens not to text and drive.

The Austin Youth Council is teaming up with AT&T to raise awareness about the dangers of driving while texting, with a car simulator that demonstrates how distracting texting can be.

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Austin
3:39 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

After Barton Springs Drowning, Austin Pools Open as Scheduled

Barton Springs is one of Austin's popular swimming destinations.
flickr.com/wallyg

Austin’s summer swimming season is underway, despite a recent drowning.

The first drowning at Barton Springs pool in 23 years happened last Wednesday, when lifeguards failed to resuscitate a 21-year-old at the popular swimming pool. Thirteen lifeguards were on duty when Andrew Guerra, who had been racing with friends, went under. 

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Sports
4:55 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Austin Marathon to Change Sponsor from Livestrong to Freescale in 2014

Austin Marathon runners during the 2013 race, which was sponsored by Livestrong.
flickr.com/joshhikes

The Austin Marathon will be changing tracks next February, metaphorically speaking.

Freescale Semiconductor, a technology company based in Austin, announced this morning that it will sponsor the 2014 race, which takes place on Feb. 16. Livestrong has sponsored the race for the previous three years.

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Texas
12:08 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Judge Overturns Ruling Reeling In Texas' Red Snapper Season

Texas' attorney general applauds a decision that overturned a proposed shortening of the state’s red snapper fishing season.
flickr.com/myfwcmedia

A federal district judge has overturned a federal emergency rule that would shorten the red snapper fishing season to as few as 12 days in Texas – down from a projected 22 days.

Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger says that he is disappointed in the ruling. The federal decision that would have shortened the season was put in place to stop the overfishing of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico.

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