Nick Robertson

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Transportation
4:42 pm
Wed October 27, 2010

Cap Metro to Close Four Congress Ave. Stops

Cap Metro will close the stops in hopes of smoothing traffic in the busy Congress Ave. area
Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

Capital Metro announced it will close four of its Congress Avenue bus stops starting on November 6th as part of a pilot program. These are the stops affected:

Northbound, Congress at 6th
Northbound, Congress at 7th
Southbound, Congress at 8th
Southbound, Congress at 7th

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Business
3:42 pm
Wed October 27, 2010

Texas After $269 Million from Amazon

Texas send Amazon.com a bill for $269 million in back sales taxes.
Image coutesy Amazon, Inc.

Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, was recently slapped with a $269 million sales tax bill by Texas. The $269 million figure comes from the amount the state claims the company owes from back-taxes since December four years ago, plus interest and penalties.

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Health
1:50 pm
Wed October 27, 2010

New Alcoholic Energy Drink Comes Under Scrutiny

After hospitalizing 9 students at Central Washington University, many are criticizing the 12% alcohol malt beverage
Photo by Darby Rose

While there is nothing new to college kids swilling cheap alcohol to excess, a new malt drink has been raising eyebrows nationwide as it combines the sugary taste and energy kick of a Red Bull with the alcohol content of many fortified wines.

The drink, Four Loko, has gained notoriety because it was banned from Central Washington University after it sent nine of the school’s students to the hospital with alcohol poisoning. As KTRE-9 in East Texas reports:

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2010 Midterm Elections
10:49 am
Wed October 27, 2010

Millions in Donations Given in Last Month as Election Nears

Donators have their reasons for deciding not to give until late in the election cycle.
courtesy flickr.com/dborman2

Millions of dollars have funneled into the Texas legislative campaigns over the last month as interest groups try to maximize their influence in the upcoming election. The donations, primarily from trial lawyers and business owners around the area, have come late so as to reduce the exposure of the donors themselves.

Some contribute late so that donators can ride the coattails of a winning campaign. As The Austin American-Statesman reports:

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business deal
12:29 pm
Fri October 22, 2010

Austin-based Integra Sold for $213 Million

Austin-based Wintegra Sold to California-based PMC-Sierra for $213 Million
Photo Courtesy of Wintegra, Inc.

PMC-Sierra Inc., a California-based semi-conductor company, has agreed to buy Austin-based Wintegra, Inc. for $213 million the companies announced Thursday.

PM-Sierra will pay the initial $213 million in cash, but has promised to pay an additional $60 million if Winetegra can match certain financial goals by the end of 2011.

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2010 midterm elections
11:25 am
Fri October 22, 2010

Claims of Voter Intimidation Arise

As many Texans go to vote early, there have been reports of voting intimidation.
Photos by KUT News

As Texans across the state continue to hit the polls this week for early voting, several reports have surfaced of voter intimidation. The Houston Chronicle reports the most recent allegations have been in Harris County:  

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