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Texas
8:54 am
Tue March 26, 2013

'Faith and Family,' 'Light the Way to Justice' Rallies at Capitol

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments starting today, in two cases related to same-sex marriage.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

As the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments today over same-sex marriage, here in Austin, people on both sides of the issues surrounding the cases will gather at the Capitol. 

Governor Rick Perry is expected to be the featured speaker at the "Faith and Family" rally in support of so-called "traditional values."

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SXSW
8:28 pm
Sat March 9, 2013

Photos: Gaming Expo Brings Geek Culture to SXSW

SXSW Gaming Expo is free and open to the public throughout the weekend.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

SXSW Gaming Expo kicked off today, with thousands of people filling the Palmer Events Center. From computer tech to board games, the expo has companies from all over country unveiling their new demos.

"The Gaming Expo is a great opportunity for people who had been reading about games or had seen them online, to actually come in and try them out," says Nintendo of America's Kit Ellis. Nintendo is premiering more than 10 video games.

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Arts and Culture
10:21 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Photos: Stars Come Out for Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards

Quentin Tarantino presented "Dazed and Confused" with the Star of Texas Award.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

The red carpet was out, a fancy dinner was served, Turk Pipkin shot ping pong balls out of his mouth... Last night was just another weird night in Austin—only with a lot more famous faces than usual.

The 13th Annual Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards brought out hundreds of film lovers and some of Hollywood’s biggest stars—many with deep Texas roots.

The annual event raises money for the Austin Film Society. The ceremony honors Texans who have achieved success in the film industry.

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Arts and Culture
10:25 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Take a Multimedia Tour of the Blanton Museum's 'Masterworks'

The "Masterworks" exhibit compares and contrasts art from the collections of UT Alumni.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Audio from Morning Edition 3/7/13

The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a new exhibit — "Through the Eyes of Texas: Masterworks from Alumni Collections". The exhibit features almost 200 pieces of art from the private collections of UT alumni.

The exhibit features work that spans the globe and human history.

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Austin
10:52 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Yes, Austin Survived Its First Bag Ban Weekend (Update)

Austin is getting used to toting around reusable bags
Tyler Pratt for KUT News

Update: Austin appears to have survived its first weekend without single-use plastic bags. But, judging from Twitter, many are still getting used to the change. 

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Austin
8:46 am
Thu February 28, 2013

New Rules Reversed at Hippie Hollow, Austin's Clothing-Optional Park (Update)

No shoes, no shirts and, now, no anchors at Hippie Hollow on Lake Travis.
friendsofthehollow.com

Update: Travis County Parks reversed its decision to change boating rules at Hippie Hollow on Lake Travis at a public meeting last night.

In fact, after about a week of tension between Travis County Parks and people who frequent Hippie Hollow, the meeting ended with laughter and applause.

“This is a great example of a grass roots movement. Where people are trying to reach out the administrators who work in their government and the guys come to the table and listen to what the folks have to say,” Friends of the Hollow member Randall Huntsinger said.

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Texas
5:35 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Photos: William Travis' 'Victory or Death' Letter Returns to Alamo

Travis signed his famous letter with "Victory or Death" in 1836
Tyler Pratt, KUT News

 

More on the Travis letter

In 1836, William Barret Travis famously wrote “Victory or Death” in his appeal for more troops during the Battle of The Alamo. 177 years later, the iconic letter is returning to the Alamo for a brief exhibit later this month.

Currently, the letter is safely held at Austin’s Texas State Archives and Library Building, away from the harmful UV rays that have deteriorated its condition. 

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Austin
3:45 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Map: Could Austin Be the High-Speed Rail City Of The Future?

This map of a high-speed rail connected U.S. features Austin as a major transit hub.
California Rail Map, Alfred Twu

Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell has promised a public vote on an urban rail system before he leaves office. Considering Austin was just ranked the fourth worst U.S. city for traffic congestion, that news could make for a lot of happy commuters.

Meanwhile, a California group envisions a national high-speed rail system that could transport a person from any major city to another in hours. And this vision has Austin as major train connection hub.

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Health
9:02 am
Thu January 31, 2013

UT's New Medical School Now Has a Name: Dell

UT-Austin President Bill Powers (left) with Michael and Susan Dell at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Michael Thomas/AP Images for Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation announced a ten year commitment to turn Austin in a center of health care excellence. The foundation is donating $50 million to the University of Texas’s new medical school. It will be called the Dell Medical School.

The foundation also pledged $10 million to Austin and Travis County community health quality and access programs over the next decade.

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Austin
2:58 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

With Bag Ban Nearing, Keep Your Reusables Clean (and E. Coli Free)

A study from late last year says reusable bags can carry E. coli bacteria.
flickr.com/jennecy

Austin is a little more than a month away from its plastic bag ban, and some questions are still up in the air.

The Austin City Council approved the change last year, and the Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance stipulates that single-use bags for sacking groceries will soon be phased out – meaning Austinites must make use of reusable grocery bags. And as a precaution, shoppers should make sure their bags see more than the checkout aisle – try the laundry room.

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Arts and Culture
7:57 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Human Chickens Announce Moontower Comedy Fest Lineup

Chickens took the streets of Downtown Austin to announce this year's lineup.
Tyler Pratt, KUT News

Local comedians dressed as chickens took to the streets of downtown Austin Tuesday afternoon. They reenacted the famous Abbey Road album cover, talked to locals and garnered attention for Austin’s secnd Annual Moontower Comedy and Oddity Fest.

Jim Ritts, Executive Director of the Austin Theatre Alliance, announced the festival lineup at the Paramount Theater. This year’s headlining stand-up comedians are Dana Carvey, Amy Schumer, Bill Burr, Bill Hader & Jim Gaffigan.

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Arts and Culture
6:18 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Photos: Inside the Giant, Architecturally Designed Inflatable Castle Visiting Austin

Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

The Architects of Air are back in Austin. Sound, color and light are all utilized to the fullest in this immersive experience hosted at the Long Center.

The art installation resembles a giant inflatable castle, occupies half a football field and rises to the height of a 3-story house. This visually overwhelming experience is created by sunlight streaming into the castle, bringing with it all kinds of bright colors and shapes.

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Police
2:36 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Austin Police: Change to Lineup Procedure Can Cut Down on False Arrests, Convictions

An example of a simultaneous "six pack" lineup. APD says it will only use simultaneous lineups in rare occasions now.
American Judicature Society

The Austin Police Department has announced some changes to its suspect lineup procedures.

APD investigators must now present photographs and live lineups sequentially to all adult victims and witnesses. This means investigators are now required to present each photograph or individual one at a time to a witness during a lineup – not all at once.

“We are not interested in wrongfully accusing or convicting somebody that is innocent,” Chief Art Acevedo said today at a press conference announcing the change. “It is not the fabric of this department. We’d rather go with zero arrests than arrest the wrong person.”

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Sports
12:51 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

It's Aggies vs. Sooners in the Cotton Bowl Tonight

The Cotton Bowl Classic is taking place in Cowboys Stadium tonight.
Flickr user Princess Stand in the Rain, bit.ly/10ZwQ6h

Two of UT’s biggest rivals - past and present - go head-to-head tonight.

The ninth-ranked Aggies face off against the No. 11 Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl Classic this evening. It’s a battle for conference pride. Oklahoma will try to score a victory for the Big 12 over the SEC.

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Austin
3:01 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Free Ways to Get Home Safely This New Year's

If you drink tonight, please don't drive.
Caleb Miller for KUT News

Even though it’s Monday, it’s still a “No Refusal” weekend for Austin drivers.

From 9 p.m. through 5 a.m., the Austin Police Department will ask suspected drunk drivers to take a mandatory breath test. And if drivers don't agree, police will ask for a subpoena for DWI suspects' blood.  The Austin Police Department says 23 people were arrested for DWI on Sunday.

In an effort to keep Austin’s roads safe, Capital Metro and APD have partnered to provide free Cap Metro services from 6 p.m. until 3 a.m. Buses will run on a regular schedule tonight, but will be reduced to Sunday level service on New Year’s Day. For more information, visit capmetro.org.

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Austin
1:15 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

What You Need to Know About 'Austin's New Year 2013' Event (Update)

Last year's fireworks show over Lady Bird Lake.
flickr.com/redcti

Update: Despite some rain in the forecast for this evening, the City of Austin’s New Year’s Eve event at Auditorium Shores is a go. At least for now.

The city says as long as the skies stick to rain and drizzle and not high winds and thunderstorms… the live music, activities and fireworks will happen.

“Bring your ponchos, bring your umbrellas, bring a lawn chair. But if it’s a little drizzle-y we will hopefully still have an event and still have some fireworks for everybody to enjoy," City of Austin spokesperson Samantha Park says.

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New Year's Eve
2:35 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Austin's Fireworks Ban Continues - But Don't Call 911

New Year's Eve Fireworks over the ever-changing Austin skyline. Firefighters urge Austinites to leave the light shows to the professionals.
flickr.com/jimnix

If you see, smell or hear fireworks this New Year’s Eve, don’t dial 911. Call 311.

The Austin Fire Department has asked Austin residents to keep the emergency lines free off all firework complaints and to use the city’s 311 service instead.

In light of the ongoing drought, the Fire Department is also reminding citizens that fireworks remain illegal in Austin city limits, and their sale has been banned in Travis County. The fine for possession of fireworks in Austin can be up to $500.

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Women's Health
1:29 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Judge to Rule on Planned Parenthood's Inclusion in Women's Health Program (Updated)

Signs reading "Don't Mess With Texas Women," at a rally in support of keeping Planned Parenthood in the new Women's Health Program.
flickr.com/scatx

Update: A decision on whether to allow women in Texas to receive government subsidized health screenings through Planned Parenthood will not be issued until hours before the organization could be cut off by the state.  

Visting judge Gary Harger today delayed a decision until Monday, Dec. 31 at 1:15 p.m. over whether to extend the temporary restraining order requested by Planned Parenthood. The order would ensure continued funding for Planned Parenthood through the Texas Women's Health Program, at least until another hearing on Jan. 11. 

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Austin
10:53 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Zac Efron Headed To Austin

Hollwood actor and general babe Zac Efron is heading into town in 2013.
facebook.com/ZacEfron

Another Hollywood heartthrob could be heading to town soon. Zac Efron has joined the cast of "Parkland," a drama revolving around the John F. Kennedy assassination which is set to film in Austin.

The historical drama, which also stars UT alum Marcia Gay Harden, Texas Film Hall of Fame honoree Billy Bob Thornton and character actor Paul Giamatti, recounts events at Dallas' Parkland Hospital on the day in 1963 when President John F. Kennedy was murdered. The film is co-produced by Tom Hanks.

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Texas
12:30 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Texas Monthly's 2013 Bum Steer of the Year: Lance Armstrong

Never let them see you sweat: Your 2013 Bum Steer, Lance Armstrong
Texas Monthly

Here’s one accolade Lance Armstrong might not be so proud of: Texas Monthly’s annual Bum Steer of the Year Award

Austin’s Armstrong made international headlines this year when he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles due of doping allegations. “It’s something we wrestled with, for sure, but I don’t think anybody can really argue [with the fact] that there’s been a spectacular fall from grace for one of our heroes here in Texas,” Monthly editor-in-chief Jake Silverstein tells KUT News.

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