Roy Varney

KUT News Intern

Roy is a second year journalism professional track graduate student at the University of Texas.

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Sports
3:46 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

The Annual Fantasy Football Blitzkrieg Has Arrived

Fantasy football fans record their picks at a live draft earlier this month.
Roy Varney for KUT News

That thunderous gallop you hear isn’t your imagination:it’s the sound of millions of Americans rushing breathlessly to their computer and television screens. It happens every year – and every year the stampede grows louder.

It’s the beginning of fantasy football season.

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Transportation
3:44 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

What Do You Think About Austin Bike Lanes? This Survey Wants to Know

The Neighborhood Street Study is a 12-page survey interested in perceptions of local bike lanes.
Roy Varney for KUT News

How do Austinites feel about the city’s bike lanes and bike traffic? The Neighborhood Street Study aims to answer this broad question by focusing on two Austin bicycling areas located around Bluebonnet Lane and Barton Springs Road.

Researchers from Portland State University and the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium have been commissioned by the Green Lane Project to conduct the Austin survey. 

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Austin
11:11 am
Mon August 19, 2013

The Top 10 Austin Top 10 Lists

Critics' views on Austin are an ever-changing phenomenon.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon, KUT News

Perception means different things to different people. The perception of Austin as a place that embraces the weird and wild is something the city – and its listicle writers – have embraced throughout the years.

Yet if you don’t pay close attention, these perceptions can change just as quickly as the declining reservoir in Lake Travis. Now in its fourth edition, KUT News presents The Top 10 Austin Top 10 Lists, a compilations of the accolades and slights – some rigorously methodical, some seemingly made up – that Austin’s received in the last few months.

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Police
5:08 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Budget Battle Over Austin Police: Does APD Have Enough Detectives?

With a new city budget, argument over funding for public safety takes center stage again.
Wells Dunbar, KUT News

Every budget year, public safety – police, fire and EMS – take the biggest chunk of money from the funds used to finance city services. Today, Austin City Council Member Bill Spelman asked if the city was getting a good return on its investment.

The Austin City Council is considering the city budget for the next fiscal year. And the Austin Police Department was among the groups presenting budget requests to the council today. Police Chief Art Acevedo spent over an hour discussing the city manager's proposed city budget – which preserves Austin’s informal policy of two police officers for every thousand Austin residents.

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Health
8:33 am
Thu August 8, 2013

How Central Health, Seton & UT's Medical School Want to Change Health Care Forever

UT's medical school is one player in a community-wide effort to improve health and health care.
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Launching a new medical school is a major undertaking. But launching the University of Texas’ new medical school – in tandem with a new model of treating the sick and preventing illness – is even bigger.

When Austin voters approved Proposition 1 last year, increasing the property tax collected by Central Health, the measure was commonly referred to as the medical school initiative. But instead of financing the building of a medical school, taxpayer dollars are going toward a new medical program aiding the uninsured and under-insured. And yes, UT’s Dell Medical School is a part of that.

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Austin
3:48 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

British Invasion: Could London's 'Fatberg' Lurk in Austin Sewers?

Ewww: A screenshot from Austin Water's video urging users to fight the "grease blob."
Austin Water

Cooking grease may be an afterthought for some, but as London discovered this week, grease can become a costly, time consuming problem. The city was forced to remove 15,000 tons of gunky, fatty buildup from its sewage pipelines, a so-called "Fatberg" the size of a double-decker bus.

It looks like Austin may have steered clear of the Fatberg, however: Austin has a smaller sewer system and diligent monitoring. But it’s easy to see how quickly grease buildups can transform themselves into a major cost: a 12 month summary of sanitary sewer overflows reveals that six incidents in April cost Austin Water $25,500.

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Austin
10:30 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Over 19,500 of Austin's Poor are College Students

Students' empty pockets (and bellies) are having a measurable effect on their communities’ poverty rates.
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News flash: Lots of college students are poor.

While this probably seems like a no-brainer, a new study from the U.S. Census Bureau demonstrates how great of an impact students can have on local communities' poverty levels.

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Austin
3:14 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Austin: The Fourth Hardest Working City in the U.S.?

Austin's been named the fourth hardest working of 50 U.S. cities.
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Ever feel like you’re working harder than everybody else? It might be because you are. According to recent rankings from real estate site Movoto, Austin is the fourth hardest-working U.S. city.

Basing results off six separate categories, including hours worked per week and lack of sleep, Motovo lists Seattle as the hardest working city in the states, followed by three Texas cities: Arlington, Fort Worth, and Austin.

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Sports
12:41 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Video: Fantastic Chip Shot Takes Ex-Longhorn Jordan Spieth to PGA Win

Jordan Spieth has made golfing history since his freshman year at UT.
UT Athletics

Tiger Woods never finished in the top 10 of a PGA tour event as a teenager. But former Texas Longhorn Jordan Spieth has accomplished that feat six times – all before the age of 20.

Yesterday, Spieth became the first teenager in 82 years to win a PGA tour event by claiming the John Deere Classic.

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Health
11:02 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Austin 'Death Cafe' Breathes New Life Into Age Old Subject

Jo Jensen (L) and Brooks Kasson will host Austin's first Death Cafe later this month.
Roy Varney for KUT News

Death Cafe may sound like a new Tim Burton film or goth band. But instead, it’s a growing group of meetings where participants spend hours discussing their hopes and fears surrounding death and dying.

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Austin
5:05 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Austinites Comment on Independence Day

Austin celebrates Independence Day with fireworks each year with a show of fireworks at Auditorium Shores.
Courtesy flickr.com/88405177@N00

July Fourth is America’s Independence Day – a day to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 

The meaning of this national holiday, when the 13 original colonies announced their freedom from the British Empire, can take many different forms depending on the person in question.

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Education
12:43 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Military Service for College Credit? Texas Plan Gets $1.5 Million Boost

Texas veterans are being offered expanded advantages to attend college.
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The Texas Workforce Commission is awarding Austin Community College over $90,000 as part of its College Credit for Heroes program.

ACC is one of six colleges joining the program, which is designed to translate veterans’ military experience into college credit hours.

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Politics
10:03 am
Mon June 17, 2013

House Committee Preview: West, Redistricting, TWIA Finances

Veronica Zaragovia for KUT News

The Texas Legislature has just over a week left in its special session.

Today, House Committees will meet on a variety of topics including permanent election maps, oversight of the April 17 fertilizer plant explosion and the financial condition of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.

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Politics
10:05 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Austin Leads All Texas Cities in Spending on State Lobbyists

The Texas Capitol extension. Austin spends the most of any Texas city on lobbying the statehouse, according to a new report.
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The City of Austin ranked first among all Texas municipalities for investing in lobby groups during the 2013 Legislative Session, according to a report by Texans for Public Justice.

As a liberal city in a conservative state, Austin often finds itself in conflict with state government – or the target of “Austin-bashing” bills. And that can mean lobbying the officials at the Lege.

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FOOD
12:33 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Kerbey Lane 'Eat-In' Seeks Cafe at Mueller Development (Update)

Mmm, pancakes: Kerbey Lane's signature dish is welcomed by members of the Mueller community looking for a nearby local eatery.
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Update: Dennis Mick with the Mueller Neighborhood Association says 119 Mueller and East Austin residents dined at Kerbey Lane last night "to encourage management to consider a location in the Mueller community."

Original post (June 11): How’s this for a chant: What do we want? Migas! When do we want ‘em? Now!

Dozens of residents of the Mueller neighborhood will stage an “eat-in” at the original Kerbey Lane Cafe tonight. Except the purpose isn’t to protest – instead, it’s designed to show residents’ hopes for a Kerbey Lane in their burgeoning Austin neighborhood.

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Austin
6:40 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Possible Rainey Development Could Deal 'Death Stroke' to Neighborhood

Austin activists gathered to protest possible construction of a high-rise in the Rainey Street district near the Mexican American Cultural Center.
Roy Varney for KUT News

East Austin activists gathered today at the Mexican American Cultural Center to protest development of the historic Rainey Street District.

Members from Hispanic Advocates Business Leaders of Austin (HABLA) say a proposed high-rise tower would overshadow the neighborhood that's seen its share of attention from developers looking to break into the budding entertainment district.

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