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
6:48 am
Tue May 7, 2013

President Obama to Visit Austin Thursday (Update)

President Obama at an event in Austin in 2011
Jeff Heimsath, KUT News

Update: President Barack Obama will visit Manor New Technology High School this Thursday during his trip to Central Texas. The Associated Press reports he'll also speak at Applied Materials in Austin.

Obama's visit is the first in a series of trips that will push for new models of economic growth. The President will look at which skills are driving America's economy.

The President will be speaking at Manor New Technology High School at 1:05 p.m. and Applied Materials at 4:30 p.m.

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Politics
7:21 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz at Home in Houston for NRA Convention

US Sen. Ted Cruz
US Senate

The National Rifle Association is having its national convention this weekend in Houston.

The gathering of an expected 70,000 people comes a little more than two weeks after a measure that would expand background checks failed to pass the U.S. Senate, which the NRA considers a victory.

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Austin
5:19 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Another DWI Case: DPS Official Held

Austin is seeing a run of high-profile drunken-driving arrests.
Nathan Bernier, KUT News

Austin has had another high-profile DWI arrest.

Texas Department of Public Safety official Richard Hooks was arrested early this morning and booked into the Travis County Jail.

Hooks is the Capital-area regional coordinator for the Texas Division of Emergency Management.

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg is serving a 45-day sentence after pleading guilty to a DWI charge last month.

In March, state Rep. Naomi Gonzalez was arrested for DWI after a collision.

Texas
4:45 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Gas Prices May Continue to Drop

Supply of gasoline is up and demand is down
Erik Reyna, KUT News

If you’re happy to see lower gas prices lately, you’ll be happier to hear that there’s no sign in the short term that prices will rise.

Tom Kloza of the Oil Price Information Service says it’s a matter of supply and demand. “We certainly are on an upward ramp with supply and supply of crude, particularly oil shale crude, like the stuff that’s coming out of the Eagle Ford Shale in Texas,” Kloza says.

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Texas
7:17 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Amber Alert for Tarrant County Teen

14-year-old Ruby Paloma Contreras
North Richland Hills Police

An Amber Alert is in effect for 14-year-old Ruby Paloma Contreras, who was last seen just before 4 p.m. Tuesday in Haltom City, near Fort Worth.

Ruby is 4'11", 95 pounds, a Hispanic female, with brown hair and eyes. She was last seen wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans.

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Austin
10:10 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Update: Civil Rights Group Questions Austin Police's 'Suicide by Cop' Rationale in Fatal Shooting

54-year-old Herbert Babelay was shot and killed Tuesday night by Austin police.
Nathan Bernier, KUT News

The Austin Police Chief says an incident this week in which police officers fatally shot a man was not a mental health call.

Chief Art Acevedo is responding to the Texas Civil Rights Project calling for the city to appoint an independent professional consultant to help police handle incidents involving people with mental illness.

Here’s how Chief Acevedo characterizes this week’s incident, in which a man was shot after pointing a shotgun at APD officers.

“It was not a mental health call," Acevedo said. "It was a public safety threat call, where the, the absolute safety of our residents was at risk. The Austin Police Department received information that the decedent in that case was suicidal and homicidal and threatening to hurt others.”

The Texas Civil Rights Project is calling for more involvement from the Austin Police Monitor’s Office in assessing calls involving use of force.

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Austin
7:22 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Group Supports Keeping DA Rosemary Lehmberg in Office

The Travis County district attorney is under pressure to quit after pleading guilty to DWI.
Texas Tribune

There’s a show of support this afternoon for Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who’s in the county jail after pleading guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated.

A group of more than 175 lawyers called Friends of Rosemary Lehmberg filed a friend of the court brief calling for Lehmberg to remain in office and serve out her term as district attorney.

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George W. Bush
3:56 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Photos: The George W. Bush Presidential Library Dedication

Filipa Rodrigues, KUT News

Today, Texas became the first state to have three presidential libraries.

All five living U.S. presidents gathered this morning on the SMU campus in Dallas to dedicate the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

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Politics
4:49 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Cornyn: Flight Delays Are Politics

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn says the FAA is playing politics with flight delays.
flickr.com/musicfirstcoalition

Travelers are facing more flight delays around the country and here in Austin because of budget cuts forcing air traffic controllers to take time off.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, has accused the Federal Aviation Administration of “deliberately engineering flight delays and inconveniencing passengers and creating hardship just in order to try to make a political point.”

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ENERGY
6:52 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Texas Nuclear Reactor Resumes Operation

South Texas Project, a nuclear power plant of which Austin Energy is a partial owner
STP Nuclear Operating Company http://www.stpnoc.com/photo.php?pageID=30

Austin Energy is getting some of its power again from the South Texas Project. STP is a nuclear power source in the Bay City area where one of four reactors was offline for the past few months because of a fire outside the unit.

On Tuesday it started operating again.

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Transportation
6:23 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Air Traffic Controller Furloughs Leading to Flight Delays

Waits at airports expected as budget cuts force controllers to take time off
Flickr, David Barrie http://www.flickr.com/photos/addictive_picasso/80085483/

Remember the Sequester? The across-the-board federal budget cuts? Get ready to start feeling the effects the next time you fly. Delays at the Austin airport could become noticeable as soon as Tuesday.

For air traffic controllers employed by the Federal Aviation Administration, mandatory furloughs are in effect: a forced day off for every pay period. That means fewer controllers working airport control towers.

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Austin
9:05 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

In Austin Parks, Burn Ban Lifted

Downtown Austin, seen from Lou Neff Point in Zilker Park
Flickr, Jeff Gunn http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffgunn/5783484625/sizes/m/in/photostream/

The rain we’ve had lately isn’t enough to get rid of the drought, but it is enough to get rid of the burn ban in Austin Parks.

Austin Parks and Recreation is lifting the ban, effectively immediately, and removing the plastic that’s been wrapped around barbecue grills.

The lifting of the ban also means campfires are okay, but only at Emma Long Metropolitan Park.

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Politics
5:12 am
Thu April 18, 2013

APD Chief Disappointed by U.S. Senate Gun Vote

The U.S. Senate voted down a measure to expand background checks for gun purchases.
flickr.com/barjack

The Austin police chief says he’s disappointed by the U.S. Senate’s failure to approve a new gun control measure. The legislation would have required federal background checks for all gun purchases, including those at gun shows and online.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo sees the votes against Senate passage as defying what most citizens support.

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Austin
7:04 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

APD Announces End to Warrantless Blood Draws

Steve Rhode/Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/steverhode/

The Austin Police Chief is ordering  officers to stop getting warrantless blood draws from drunk driving suspects. The policy change comes after a ruling Wednesday from the U.S. Supreme Court that police in most cases must try to obtain a search warrant from a judge before ordering blood tests.

Texas Law allows a warrantless blood draws in certain cases, but Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo is calling on his officers to stop doing that, at least for the time being.

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Politics
4:05 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Bill Aims to Keep Kids Off the Tanning Beds

Tanning salon operators say their businesses are safer for teenagers than tanning outdoors.
courtesy flickr.com/kevlar

Texas lawmakers are looking to keep kids out of tanning salons.

Under current law, children under 16½ are barred from tanning businesses, and kids 16½ to 18 need parental permission.

Now there’s a bill at the Capitol to keep all minors out of tanning salons.

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Boston Marathon Bombings
9:14 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Austin Reacts to Boston Marathon Bombings (Update)

Flickr/HaHaTango http://www.flickr.com/photos/hahatango/

Update (9:14 p.m.): Close to 200 people from Central Texas are in Boston for Monday's marathon, according to the marathon's athlete tracker. Explosions near the finish line, which claimed at least three lives and reverberated across the nation, sent Austinites scrambling to check on the status of family and friends participating in the race.

“We were texting people, emailing them," said Michael Madison, a business manager with the local running group Gilbert’s Gazelles, who was back here in Austin.  "We were just keeping tabs on who had said they were okay or who they were with, because we had a couple people staying at the hotel where the first blast came out of.” 

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Texas
8:03 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Tea Party Fights Republicans Over Texas' Rainy Day Fund

When to use Texas cash reserves and how much?
Texas Tribune http://www.texastribune.org/texas-legislature/82nd-legislative-session/appropriations-oks-31-billion-from-rainy-day-fund/

There’s a debate right now over what Texas lawmakers should do with the money in the Rainy Day Fund. The fund was set up in the 1980s to smooth out the differences from times of oil boom and bust.

Some see now as a boom time, because of the growth of energy production from hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," but others see the threat of stormy times ahead.

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Environment
7:21 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Pumping from Lake? Get a Contract

Lady Bird Lake
Flickr, Ronnie Pitman http://www.flickr.com/photos/pitmanra/2373739283/

The Lower Colorado River Authority is reminding people who live along the Highland Lakes that you need a contract to pump water from the lakes.

The reminder comes at a time when Central Texans are starting to think about lawn care.

The LCRA wants to keep track of the water removed from the lakes and help educate people about responsible water use. 

Austin
6:51 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Seaholm Sold

The former Seaholm Power Plant, to be developed for mixed use
City of Austin http://austinenergy.posterous.com/development-to-begin-on-historic-seaholm-plan

The City of Austin has completed the lease and sale of the old Seaholm Power Plant.

The 1950s structure and its land will be developed, including a 30-story, 300-plus unit apartment tower, along with office, retail and restaurant space.

Under agreement with the city, the public will continue to have access to Seaholm’s 117,000 square-foot main hall. 

University of Texas
7:56 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

UT Police Step Up Security Amid 'Non-Credible' Bomb Threat

KUT News

Police at the University of Texas at Austin are investigating what they call a "non-credible" threat.  Police say they received a non-specific bomb threat and are treating it seriously just in case.

The University of Texas Police Department says people on campus may notice an increased police presence over the next few days, but police say the campus is open, with classes and other activities continuing as scheduled.

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