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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Austin
4:12 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Sequester Cuts at ABIA Will Be Minimal

Daytime commercial flights at ABIA likely won't be affected by the loss of one air traffic controller.
KUT News

The automatic federal budget cuts known as the sequester are scheduled to go into effect tomorrow.

It would mean a change at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, but one that most of us may not notice.

ABIA could lose a federally employed air traffic controller at a time of night when there are generally no commercial flights, according to a list the FAA released last week.

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Austin
8:09 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Parking Changes Coming to Rainey Street Area (Update)

Jessie Wang

Update: Parking meters in the Rainey Street District will start charging this morning. A $1 per hour parking cost will be applied and the schedule will be the same as downtown: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 8 a.m. to midnight Thursday and Friday, and 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturday. On Sundays parking in the Rainey Street area will be free.

The Rainy Street visitors can also park at the Mexican American Cultural Center. The parking fee will also be $1 per hour from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday and early Sundays. A 5$ flat fee from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m will be applied in the parking lot and besides those three late night hours, Sunday will be free.

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Politics
6:07 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Tying Degrees to Higher Ed Funding

A bill in the House would let graduation numbers determine college funding levels.
Filipa Rodrigues/KUT News

There’s a new effort at the Texas Capitol to tie higher education funding to results -- to use a business term, “productivity.”

And that’s the word Texas Association of Business President Bill Hammond used today at an event headlined by State Representative Dan Branch, R-Dallas, the chairman of the House Higher Education Committee.

Branch has a bill connecting the amount of money colleges get from the state to the number of graduates they turn out.

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Politics
6:22 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Texas Texting Ban: Another Attempt

Felipa Rodrigues KUT

Texas lawmakers are taking a fresh look at a statewide ban on texting while driving, but the Governor may not be budging.

Members of the House Transportation Committee heard testimony today from people whose relatives were killed in crashes blamed on use of mobile phones.

There are concerns about enforcement.

A veteran Houston Police officer says he has no trouble seeing when someone is texting behind the wheel, but as it is now, he has to wait for the driver to do something more dangerous before he can make a stop.

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Politics
6:13 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

House OKs Stopgap Funding for Medicaid

The budget for Medicaid had fallen $4 billion short.
Liang Shi, KUT News

The Texas House voted today to close a $4 billion gap in the budget to pay for Medicaid, the health care program for the poor and disabled.

The House passed an emergency spending bill to make up for a shortfall in the 2011 state budget.

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Education
5:59 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Texas Students Beat Nation in Science, Math

Texas is above average in science and below average in literacy, according to the report.
Shannan Muskopf/Texas Tribune

A better report card today for Texas students: they’re scoring higher than the national average in science and math.

And among the nation’s five biggest states, Texas spends less per student than any of the other four: New York, Illinois, Florida and California.

The grades are not all good for Texas kids: they’re doing worse than the national average in literacy, even when factoring out students for whom English is a second language.

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Politics
6:15 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Texas Braces for Military Spending Cuts

Credit U.S. Army

With lawmakers in Washington facing a March 1 deadline of automatic budget cuts, lawmakers here in Austin are doing what they can to get ready. 

Texas is home to 15 active duty military installations, thousands of military personnel and thousands more in support jobs. A Texas House Committee put together to look at how to prepare for the cuts known as “sequestration” calls the impact on the defense and aerospace industries a particular concern, citing Fort Hood, alone, as having a $25 million impact on the Texas economy. 

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