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Austin
3:36 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

UT Students Hold "Die-In" To Mark Bhopal Gas Tragedy

Students gathered to honor the 8,000 that died and hundreds of thousands affected by the Bhopal gas tragedy.
Photo by Nick Robertson for KUT News

UT students gathered at the West Mall today to commemorate the 26th anniversary of the Bhopal gas tragedy that claimed the lives of 8,000 and affected over 100,000 others.

Education
3:31 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

Crazy UT Kids Celebrate Last Day of Class

KUT News intern Nick Robertson was returning from a protest marking the anniversary of the Bhopal gas tragedy when he noticed a group University of Texas undergrads doing this over and over and over on Guadalupe Street. 

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Education
12:41 pm
Wed December 1, 2010

Walkout and Protest at University of Texas Over Budget Cuts

Image by Nick Robertson for KUT News

A group of students, faculty, and staff walked out of their buildings and held a loud marching demonstration this morning on the University of Texas campus.  They were protesting existing and future budget cuts brought on largely as a result of the state's budget gap, a shortfall that could exceed $20 billion.

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Culture
4:41 pm
Fri November 19, 2010

TABC Weighs in on Four Loko

Retailers will not give credits to stores to help get the drink off their shelves.
Photo Courtesy of Kyle James

The Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission (TABC) has finally weighed in on caffeinated alcoholic beverages such as Four Loko, the soon-to-be-altered caffeinated alcoholic beverage that refuses to ride into the world of forgotten novelty. From the TABC’s press release on Friday:

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Economy
3:44 pm
Fri November 19, 2010

Texas Economy Added Almost 48k Jobs in October, Unemployment Steady

Construction industry employment went up 8,800 in October
Photo Courtesy of Bill Jacobus

Texas total nonfarm employment was up by 47,900 jobs in October, according to a Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) press release. This number accounts for an impressive third of the 151,000 jobs the entire U.S. economy added in the same period.

“Every major industry added jobs in October with notable increases in Construction employment” said TWC Chairman Tom Pauken.

TWC also released that the unemployment rate stayed steady at 8.1 percent, a substantial percentage and a half less than the country’s, which is currently at 9.6.

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education
11:53 am
Fri November 19, 2010

Many Office Trash Cans at UT Are Starting to Look Like This

Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

Office-dwellers at UT today let out a collective groan as plans to cut back on custodial services were announced. Laurie Lentz, the communications coordinator for UT Facility Services, explained that the changes will predominantly affect offices.

“Where you’re really going to see the change is in the individual offices. For those offices we are going to gradually phase in a monthly cleaning as opposed to a weekly cleaning schedule” said Lentz.

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Culture
4:36 pm
Wed November 17, 2010

U.S. Government Not Cool With Alcohol-Caffeine Combo

The FDA has banned the combination of alcohol and caffeine in the aftermath of several incidents.
Photo Courtesy of Jon Raedle

Four Loko-lovers may need to start looking for the next alcoholic fad as "blackout in a can" is changing its formula.  The move comes in response to the considerable heat brought by the U.S. government following several incidents across the country involving the alcohol and caffeine-infused drink.

The federal government warned four companies that manufacture caffeine-spiked booze products to stop selling the drinks or deal with the threat of litigation and seizure of assets. The companies have 15 days to comply with the Food and Drug Administration-penned (FDA) letter.

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Business
3:03 pm
Wed November 17, 2010

Austin-based Freebirds Burrito to Expand

Freebird's Super Monster Burrito in Action
Photo Courtesy of Jeff Kramer

Traveling Austinites with a taste for “Monster” burritos can rejoice as Freebirds World Burritos will be opening twenty more locations in Texas by the end of next year. The expansion of the Austin-based (although it was founded in Santa Barbara, CA) Mexican food chain will add in between 1,000 to 1,500 jobs to the state, the company stated in a press release.

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Traffic
12:21 pm
Wed November 17, 2010

Meetings Over MoPac Traffic Set

As Austin faces a substantial population boom, MoPac traffic issues could get far worse.
Photo courtesy of Google Maps

Many Austin motorists have found themselves stopped on MoPac Expressway, the North-South road that is intended to alleviate traffic on its cross-town alternative, Interstate 35.

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Music
4:41 pm
Fri November 5, 2010

FunFunFunFest Starts Tonight

Headliners this year include RJD2, Bad Religion, The Descendents, and Mastodon
Photo Courtesy of FunFunFun

The 5th annual FunFunFunFest is set to kick off tonight at Waterloo Park. The weekend long festival is a smaller, more eccentric alternative to the Austin City Limits Music Festival, and while it primarily focuses on music, other activities ranging from professional wrestling to veggie hot dog eating contests to comedy acts give the event more of a rollicking, carnival-like feel than its heavily-sponsored big brother.

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NASA
2:46 pm
Fri November 5, 2010

Shuttle Launch Delayed Again

The launch was delayed due to a hydrogen leak.
Photo Courtesy of NASA

NASA has once again delayed the shuttle launch until the end of the month for repairs related to a hydrogen gas leak. As PC Magazine reports:

The hydrogen leak was discovered early this morning as the crew was fueling Discovery for a planned Friday launch. It occurred at the Ground Umbilical Center Plate (GUCP) that attaches to the external tank; the GUCP carries gaseous hydrogen safely away from the shuttle to a flare stack, where it burns off, according to NASA.

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Rick Perry
12:26 pm
Fri November 5, 2010

Media from Perry's FED UP! Tour

Perry has gone to FoxNews, Glenn Beck, the Today Show, NPR, and will appear on "The Daily Show" on Monday.
Photo by KUT News

As recently re-elected Governor Perry continues his promotional tour for his new book FED UP! Our Fight to Save America From Washington, we here at KUT thought it’d be a good idea to see how the third-termer was faring out there in the non-Texas states.

First, a NPR interview with the man himself:

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Politics
11:50 am
Fri November 5, 2010

Libertarians Secure Place on Ballot

The Libertarians are guaranteed automatic ballot access in 2012 Elections as well as the 2014 gubernatorial election
Photo Courtesy of The Libertarian Party of Texas

By garnering in excess of five percent of votes in several statewide races, The Libertarian Party of Texas has guaranteed its candidates automatic spots on state election ballots throughout 2014. As Independent Political Report reports:

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Culture
10:31 am
Fri November 5, 2010

Rollergirls Make Move to Austin Convention Center

The move is intended to triple capacity, as well make the bouts closer to downtown
Photo Courtesy of Jason Bechtel

The Texas Rollergirls, self-proclaimed “godmothers of modern flat track roller derby,” are leaving the Playland Skate Center and headed to the Austin Convention Center for the 2011 season. The group is hoping to roughly triple capacity, increase visibility for the organization, and enhance the fan-going experience with the move.

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environment
2:58 pm
Wed November 3, 2010

Plant Near Kyle Leaks 100,000 Gallons of Wastewater into Creek

Officials are investigating the cause of the 100,000 gallon leakage of wastewater into an unnamed tributary of Plum Creek.
Image courtesy of the City of Klye

Environmental experts are currently monitoring Plum Creek after 100,000 gallons of wastewater leaked from a plant in Kyle, a town 20 minutes south of Austin. Per a City of Kyle press release:

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Food
2:18 pm
Wed November 3, 2010

FDA Confirms Presence of Listeria at Texas Food Plant

The FDA confirmed earlier today confirmed the Texas Department of State Health's findings
Image courty Penn State University

The FDA confirmed earlier today that they have found the presence of the bacteria listeria monocytogenes at the SanGar Produce & Processing Plant in San Antonio.

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Environment
10:34 am
Wed November 3, 2010

Keep Austin Beautiful Awards To Be Given Today

The 25th Annual KAB Awards were given today to eight exceptional entities commited to beautifying the city.
Photo Courtesy of KAB

The 25th annual Keep Austin Beautiful awards will be handed out today at a luncheon at the Sheraton Austin. The awards are intended to “honor the efforts of businesses, individuals, and community groups, both large and small, that serve as inspirations for greater environmental stewardship.” The awards will acknowledge the contributions of eight different people and organizations, as well as a name a “best of the best” for the organization that has contributed most to the beautification of the city.

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2010 Midterm Elections
12:19 am
Wed November 3, 2010

Central Texas Election Night Results

Here are results from the important Central Texas elections we're following:

Governor:

WINNER: Rick Perry (REP)- Incumbent: 55.06%

Bill White (DEM): 42.18%

Kathie Glass (LIB):2.19%

Deb Shafto (GRN): .0.39%

Andy Barron (W-I): 0.16%

Precincts Reporting: 8,437 of 8,461

State Representative, District 45:

WINNER: Jason A. Isaac (REP): 53.9%

Patrick M. Rose (DEM)-Incumbent: 46.1%

Precincts Reporting: 73 of 73

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City
3:56 pm
Fri October 29, 2010

Mayors Show Support for Proposition 1

Austin Mayors Collected at City Hall to Show Their Support for Prop 1.
Photo by KUT News

A collection of mayors old and new congregated at City Hall today to show their support for the passage of Proposition 1. With early voting concluding at day’s end and the general election a mere four days away, the group hoped to leave a lasting impression on voters that will lead to the Proposition's passage.

Proposition 1 is a bond proposal that if passed would allocate $90 million to 45 mobility projects across the city.

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politics
12:35 pm
Fri October 29, 2010

Rally to Restore Sanity Comes to Austin

While Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity" is making a big media splash, some question the political motivation for the event.
Photo Courtesy of the Austin Rally to Restore Sanity

The Rally to Restore Sanity will is not only happening in the nation’s capital this Saturday, but it's also going down in Austin. The uncharacteristic move to rally behind political moderatism will happen at the State Capitol.

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