Japan Death Toll Soars
Japan is facing mounting threats in the wake of Friday's devastating earthquake and tsunami. A police official in one town now says the death toll just in his area is likely more than 10,000. Search and rescue teams from around the world are headed to Japan, to help look for the missing. This series of photos illustrates the extent of the damage in some of the worst-hit places.
The country's prime minister calls it the worst challenge for Japan since World War II.
In the meantime, danger is also growing from nuclear power plants there, after two reactors went into partial meltdown, and cooling problems surfaced at several others. KUT's Ben Philpott filed this story on how the nuclear problems in Japan could affect the debate over nuclear power here in Texas.
Thousands Rally Against School Cuts
Organizers say more than 10,000 people showed up at the Texas Capitol yesterday to protest proposed state budget cuts to public education. As KUT's Erika Aguilar reports, the Save Texas Schools organizers...
...say they want legislators to use the state’s “Rainy Day Fund” to shore up education cuts and move forward with securing $830 million in federal funding that was offered to the state last year to prevent teacher job cuts. The coalition is also calling for legislators to “fix school funding laws to be fair to all districts and student populations.”
The Statesman reports:
Current state budget proposals would leave public education more than $9 billion short of the funding required under current law. Under the proposals, about 100,000 public school employees could be laid off, according to the Center for Public Policy Priorities.
SXSW Gets Down to Business