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Sun January 15, 2012

Top Morning Stories Sunday, January 15, 2012: Conservative Leaders Back Santorum; MLK Day Coming

Evangelical Leaders Meeting in Texas Pick Rick.... Santorum, That Is

At Saturday's meeting in Brenham, Texas, evangelical leaders decided to back former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum in the run for the GOP Presidential nomination, instead of Texas Governor Rick Perry.  Officials with the group said some had expressed concern over Perry's ability to emerge as the winner from the primaries and secure the nomination. Click here to read more from KUT's political reporting partner, The Texas Tribune.

Austinites' Account of Cruise Ship Crash

You might have heard about the Italian luxury cruise ship that ran aground near the coast of Tuscany. Click here to read an account from the Austin-American Statesman of the crash and aftermath from Austinites who were on board.

Central Texas Gets Ready to Celebrate MLK Day

Monday is a holiday for many people in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In Austin, the celebration begins Monday morning at 9:00 at the MLK statue in the University of Texas at Austin Campus. There will be some street closures throughout the morning as the activity moves from the UT campus to Huston-Tillotson University. From the City of Austin:

Several street closures will occur because of the Martin Luther King, Jr .  Day March and Festival.   The Martin Luther King Jr. Day March will begin at the intersection of Speedway and West 24th Street at 9 a.m. and end at the 11th Street and Chalmers Avenue intersection.  The festival will be at Huston-Tillotson University along Chalmers Avenue and East Eighth Street.   Both of those roadways will be closed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.­­

City of Austin offices will be closed on Monday. But the Austin Animal Center will be open for its usual operating hours, and garbage, recycling, and yard trimmings collection will be on a regular schedule.

Speaking of Road Closures...

Expect another night of road closures on Mopac tonight. Lanes in both directions could be closed between 290W/71 and William Cannon as crews continue construction on the flyovers in that area.