Torrie Hardcastle

Austin
11:19 am
Sat April 30, 2011

Austinites Raise Awareness and Money for Cancer

Participants in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life
Photo by Josh Berglund at Flickr http://www.flickr.com/people/tyrian123/

The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life fundraiser will be taking place at the Westlake High School track today from 2 pm until 2 am. 

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Education
12:07 pm
Fri April 15, 2011

Austin Children Receive Free Eye Exams and Glasses

Designer eyeglasses donated to Kids Vision for Life
Photo by Torrie Hardcastle for KUT News

More than 100 students at Campbell Elementary received free eye exams today, and around 45 received new glasses, as part of a pilot program in Austin.

The project, called Kids Vision for Life, is a collaboration between local and statewide entities organized by the Austin Community Foundation, and seeks to provide children with free eye exams and glasses. The designer glasses were all donated by a company in Italy to the Essilor Vision Foundation, which is donating the lenses and eye exams.

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Austin
3:29 pm
Sat April 2, 2011

Raising Money For Japan While Tasting Yummy

Cake Pops treats were sold at the Austin Bakes For Japan fundraiser. Five locations were set up in Austin.
Photo by Torrie Hardcastle for KUT News

The Austin Bakes for Japan fundraiser took place today, selling baked sweet treats at five locations across Austin to raise money for tsunami and earthquake relief in Japan.

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Environment
3:49 pm
Sat March 26, 2011

Austin Skyline To Dim For Earth Hour Tonight

Major downtown buildings will turn off their lights for an hour starting at 8:30 pm.
Photo by Justin Fain at Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/fainspawn/3993122523/

Austin's skyline will be noticeably darker from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm as the city participates in Earth Hour, an annual event held across the globe to raise awareness about energy conservation and climate change. 

Mayor Lee Leffingwell held a press conference yesterday to announce the list of buildings that will be going dark tonight (security lights excluded):

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Austin
12:02 pm
Sat March 5, 2011

News Brief for Saturday, March 5, 2011

Wind Advisory for Central Texas
Photo courtesy of the National Weather Service

 

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the Austin area until 4 p.m.  The advisory warns of 30 mph winds, with wind gusts up to 40 mph. As the cold front moves through south central Texas, winds are expected to gradually die down throughout the evening.

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Austin
4:19 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

Children Volunteer in the Community Through the Little Helping Hands Organization

A Little Helping Hands volunteer participates in a litter pickup at Lady Bird Lake
Photo by Torrie Hardcastle for KUT News

Outside Austin’s Center for Child Protection, a group of kids and their families planted flowers and mulched flower beds. While most young children spend their Saturdays playing with friends or watching cartoons, six year old Grace Nugent was out volunteering.

“One of my favorite parts was to help and serve the community,” Nugent said.

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Politics
10:37 am
Sat February 26, 2011

City Officials Release Revealing Email Exchanges

Austin City Hall
Photo by KUT News.

City officials released thousands of documents Friday under an Open Records Request, including unflattering email exchanges between Mayor Lee Leffingwell and city council members.

The emails expose what goes on behind the scenes and what city council members say and think about city staff members and residents.

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Anti-Abortion Rally
5:40 pm
Sat January 22, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry Announces New Emergency Legislation at Anti-Abortion Rally

Volunteers gather on the Capitol steps behind Gov. Rick Perry at the 2011 Texas Rally for Life on Saturday.
Photo by Torrie Hardcastle for KUT News

Gov. Rick Perry designated pre-abortion sonograms as emergency legislation today at the annual Rally for Life. The rally marks the 38th anniversary of what Perry calls the “tragic” Roe v. Wade court decision, which gave women the legal right to abortion.

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