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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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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Austin
5:07 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

10-1 Commission Candidate List Goes to City Council

The commission that will draw the new City Council districts is taking shape.
Callie Hernandez, KUT News

Today the city of Austin moves closer to a new form of government.

It’s the 10-1 plan chosen by voters in the November election: 10 geographic districts drawn by citizens plus the mayor serving at large.

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Politics
4:11 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

IRS Out of Control, Cornyn Says

Sen. John Cornyn says the IRS overstepped its bounds.
flickr.com/musicfirstcoalition

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the FBI's criminal investigation of the Internal Revenue Service could include potential civil rights violations, false statements and potential violations of the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from engaging in some partisan political activities.

President Obama is meeting with Treasury officials today to discuss the IRS targeting of conservative groups for special review.

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Health
7:16 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Should Legal Blood Alcohol Limit Be Lowered?

Mock DWI Crash
Flickr/Shanana Rain Golden-Bear http://www.flickr.com/photos/52283904@N04/7630626680/

The National Transportation Safety Board is calling on states to toughen drunk driving laws, but Mothers Against Drunk Driving says there are better ways to fight drinking and driving.

The NTSB recommends lowering the legal blood alcohol limit to 0.05 percent from the current 0.08 percent.

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Politics
5:50 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Fort Hood Civilian Workers to Feel Effects of Sequester

Fort Hood from above
Flickr, Virginia Guard Public Affairs http://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/5533101175/

Across-the-board federal budget cuts known as sequestration are about to have more effects in Central Texas.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Tuesday that his department has cut all it can on the military side and that any more would affect readiness, so Hagel says the time has come for civilian defense department workers to take unpaid days off: mandatory furloughs.

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Austin
6:49 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Comment on Hispanic/Latino Quality of Life in Austin

How does life in the Capital City measure up?
Flickr, Harrison Tran http://www.flickr.com/photos/atx_is_over_9000/8626536854/sizes/m/in/photostream/

The City of Austin is getting ready to unveil its Hispanic/Latino Quality of Life Report.

A draft version of the report is available online and the city is looking for one more round of input from the public before presenting the report to the Mayor and City Council.

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Austin
4:12 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Manor New Tech An Example for the Nation, Obama Says (Photos)

President Obama speaking at Manor New Tech High School today.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

President Obama is in Austin today on the first stop of his “jobs and opportunities tour.” He said it’s because the Austin area has some “terrific things going on” that are good models for America to follow.

The president used his first stop today as an example: Manor New Tech High School, where he said students are learning the skills they need to succeed.

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Health
6:52 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Health Officials Warn to Reduce Consumption of These Gulf Fish

Small shark hooked in Gulf of Mexico
Flickr, Jim Mullhaupt http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimpic/7808892188/sizes/m/in/photostream/

Texas health authorities are expanding their warning that some people should not eat certain fish from the Gulf of Mexico.

The Texas Department of State Health Services says high levels of mercury mean women of childbearing age and children 12 and younger should eat no amount of species, including Blackfin tuna, blue marlin, king mackerel, wahoo, shark or swordfish.

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Austin
6:24 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

APD Utility Interceptors Rolling onto Austin Streets

Austin Police Transitioning to Ford Utility Interceptor
Flickr, Mike Frizzell http://www.flickr.com/photos/operation100/8059550159/

When you think of a police car, you probably envision the Ford Crown Victoria, long the choice of law enforcement agencies all over North America, including here in Austin. 

But Ford has decided to stop making them, so APD is making a switch, mainly to a utility vehicle based on the Ford Explorer.            

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