Trey Shaar

Producer, All Things Considered

Austin resident, on and off, mostly on, since 1986. Covering news of Central Texas and beyond since 1994. Father since 2010. Maker of sounds, informational and otherwise, since longer ago than any of the above.

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Politics
7:36 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Perry Vetoes More Than Two Dozen Bills

Gov. Perry preparing to sign legislation on June 10, 2013.
Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

With just two days before the Sunday deadline for Rick Perry to veto bills passed by the state legislature, the Texas Governor has blocked more than two dozen pieces of legislation that passed both chambers and made it to his desk.

Public Integrity Unit

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Texas
9:21 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Another Hearing for Hasan in Fort Hood Shootings Trial

Maj. Nidal Hassan wants more time to prepare his defense.
courtesy Bell County Sheriff's Department

The judge has scheduled another hearing today in the case of the Fort Hood shooting suspect.

It’s unclear what the trial judge, Col. Tara Osborne, will rule at the hearing, but a statement from Fort Hood says she is “expected to announce rulings from matters litigated at past hearings.”

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Politics
4:08 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Perry Signs 'Merry Christmas' Bill

Religious symbols in schools are OK under the new law.
Liang Shi, KUT News

Gov. Rick Perry ceremonially signed a bill today making clear that it’s okay to say things like “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah” at public schools.

The law also says religious symbols may be displayed, as long as more than one religion is represented.

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Transportation
4:36 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Texas Senate Considers Transportation Fund

Transportation infrastructure is on the agenda for this special session.
Liang Shi, KUT News

One of the matters Gov. Rick Perry is having lawmakers take another look at this month is money for transportation infrastructure.

Today the Senate Finance Committee took up a constitutional amendment that would divert part of the oil and gas taxes from the Rainy Day Fund into a state highway fund.

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Texas
6:33 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Texas Transportation Funding Added to Special Session

More for lawmakers to do at Texas Capitol
KUT News

Governor Rick Perry's office announced late Monday that the focus of the current special session of the Texas Legislature is being expanded to include funding for transportation infrastructure.

"Texas' growing economy and population demand that we take action to address the growing pressure on the transportation network across the state," Gov. Perry said in an emailed statement. "As we enjoy the benefits of a booming economy, we have to build and maintain the roads to ensure we sustain both our economic success and our quality of life."

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Texas
6:01 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Drought Outlook Better in East Texas, Worse in South

South Texas will likely be staying dry for the foreseeable future.
U.S. Drought Monitor

Good news and bad in the latest drought forecast from the federal government: The situation is expected to improve in the next few months east of Central Texas, but it’s expected stay bad and even get worse in parts of South Texas.

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Texas
6:58 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Delay for Decision on Hasan Trial Delay Request

Nidal Hasan
Bell County Sheriff's Office

We know more about how the accused Fort Hood shooter plans to defend himself at his court martial, but it’s not enough information for the judge.

And that is delaying jury selection.

Major Nidal Hasan says he will make the case that he opened fire on soldiers at Fort Hood in 2009 because they were being deployed to Afghanistan, where he says they would be a threat to the Islamic Emirate and leaders of the Taliban.

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Austin
5:40 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Austin Soldier Among Latest Military Deaths in Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. Reigoux's remains being transferred at Dover Air Force Base
U.S. Air Force

The Department of Defense announced Tuesday the death of a soldier from Austin.

30-year-old Staff Sergeant Job Reigoux was killed in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan on Saturday when his unit was attacked with a rocket-propelled grenade.

His casket arrived Monday at Dover Air Force Base.

Education
7:45 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Higher Loan Rates Could Make More Students Part-Time

KUT News

There could be test votes this week in the U.S. Senate in the latest showdown over student loan rates. Interest rates on federally-backed student loans are set to double on July 1.

It’s the same situation as a year ago when the scheduled rate increase was delayed for a year.

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Environment
7:35 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Hurricane Season Begins

Hurricane Gordon in 2006 as see from Space Shuttle Atlantis
flickr.com/jomatt

Hurricane season officially starts Saturday, June 1, and Texas leaders are calling on Texans to be prepared.

Emergency response agencies staged their annual hurricane exercise Friday at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

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Texas
4:25 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Hasan May Be OK'd to Represent Himself

Nidal Hasan is trying to represent himself in his shooting trial.
courtesy Bell County Sheriff's Department

The man accused in the Fort Hood shooting wants to represent himself in his upcoming murder trial and the judge wants to be sure he’s able.

At today’s pretrial hearing, the judge ruled that Maj. Nidal Hasan is mentally competent to represent himself, but he wants to hear from a doctor that Hasan is physically able.

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Austin
4:05 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

10-Digit Dialing Starts on Saturday

Don't forget the area code for local numbers, starting this weekend when 737 goes into effect.
courtesy flickr.com/cgc

Ten-digit local dialing in the Austin area starts this Saturday.

We were just running out of phone numbers. As the Austin population grows, so does the number of telephones.

The story as aired on KUT News 90.5 FM.

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Austin
4:07 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

No-Refusal Weekend on Austin Streets and Waters

Another DWI crackdown is in store this weekend in Austin.
KUT News

Austin police have a no-refusal period Memorial Day weekend targeting drunken driving and boating.

During no-refusal actions, officers can obtain blood search warrants on suspects who refuse to willingly provide a breath sample or cooperate with a blood test.

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Texas
3:59 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Texas Settles E-book Suit vs. Penguin Group

Penguin Group will pay $75 million to e-book buyers if the settlement is approved.
courtesy flickr.com/alienratt

The Texas attorney general’s office has settled a lawsuit against Penguin Group, accusing the country's largest book publisher of colluding with Apple to raise the prices of electronic books.

Texas sued along with 32 other states and territories.

If the agreement is approved by a federal judge, $75 million will go to people who bought e-books.

Texas had already settled with four other publishers. The claims against Apple are scheduled for trial next month.

Politics
6:52 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Weather Service Bracing for Furloughs

Rainbow in Montopolis area of Austin
Flickr, Tim Patterson http://www.flickr.com/photos/timpatterson/2647715065/

Federal agencies are still dealing with the effects of across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration.

The National Weather Service was already under a hiring freeze and now faces furloughs -- mandatory unpaid days off.

Weather Service meteorologists are concerned about the effect that could have on their ability to keep the public informed.

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