KUT http://kut.org en Hear Rising Stars Play With the Austin Civic Orchestra http://kut.org/post/hear-rising-stars-play-austin-civic-orchestra <p>This Saturday night at Bates Recital Hall on the University of Texas&nbsp;campus, the Austin Civic Orchestra is partnering with UT's Butler School of Music to present a free spring concert. Called the "Texas Risings Stars" concert, the event will feature four award-winning UT music students playing with Austin's own non-profit orchestra.</p><p>The first half of the concert will feature music students Benjamin Penzner, Grace Youn, Roman Yearian, and Eun-Mi Lee (no relation to the host of this program) leading the orchestra in selections of their choosing. For the second half of the presentation, the orchestra will branch out on its own, featuring two pieces chosen by orchestra director Lois Ferrari.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146297559&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:27:35 +0000 Mike Lee 10294 at http://kut.org Hear Rising Stars Play With the Austin Civic Orchestra Jeb Bush Treads Fine Line With Latest 2016 Hint http://kut.org/post/jeb-bush-treads-fine-line-latest-2016-hint For political junkies reading the 2016 tea leaves, Jeb Bush offers this newly emptied cup: <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/23/jeb-bush-im-thinking-about-running-for-president/">"I'm thinking about running for president."</a><p>That's the report from an attendee of Wednesday's closed-door Catholic Charities fundraiser in New York to Fox News, who said this was in response to a question about the former Florida governor's immediate plans.<p>No, this isn't terribly different from things he's said in recent months: <a href="http://miami.cbslocal.com/2014/01/29/jeb-bush-still-undec Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:41:07 +0000 S.V. Date 10295 at http://kut.org Jeb Bush Treads Fine Line With Latest 2016 Hint Thank You Gift Update April 2014 http://kut.org/post/thank-you-gift-update-april-2014 <p>We are so grateful for the support that KUT and KUTX received during our most recent Membership Drive. So many of you told us why you support KUT and KUTX – we always enjoy reading those comments.<br /><br />We wanted to take a few moments to give you an update on thank you gifts.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:59:45 +0000 Holly Gaete 10293 at http://kut.org Could Europe Put a Stop to the Death Penalty in Texas? http://kut.org/post/could-europe-put-stop-death-penalty-texas <p>This week, Oklahoma's Supreme Court <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/stay-cancels-oklahoma-death-row-inmates-execution-23427309">stopped the executions</a>&nbsp;of two convicted murderers. At issue: where the state gets its execution drugs. The state does not want to reveal its source. &nbsp;</p><p>Texas also has long kept its lethal drug suppliers secret, although Attorney General Greg Abbott&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/statesman/posts/366329253416649?comment_id=4005104&amp;offset=0&amp;total_comments=3">recently issued an opinion</a>&nbsp;stating it's time to go public. &nbsp;But as death penalty opponents increase the pressure to expose suppliers and to disrupt the supply of the drug, some states are reviewing their options on capital punishment.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146116983&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:53:15 +0000 David Brown & Emily Donahue 10285 at http://kut.org Could Europe Put a Stop to the Death Penalty in Texas? UT Professor Jeremi Suri: 'The Best Way to Think of Putin is Mussolini' http://kut.org/post/ut-professor-jeremi-suri-best-way-think-putin-mussolini <p>U.S. troops began joint military exercises in Poland this week, in response to Russia's continued incursion into Ukraine.&nbsp; The Pentagon says troops will also be deployed to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Kiev on Monday as a show of support for the pro-Western Ukrainian government. As he met with the nation's leaders he called on Russia to "stop talking and start acting" to defuse the crisis.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So far, that doesn't seem to be happening.&nbsp;</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146135968&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:15:35 +0000 Rhonda Fanning 10288 at http://kut.org UT Professor Jeremi Suri: 'The Best Way to Think of Putin is Mussolini' Are Common Core and Texas Teaching Standards Really That Different? http://kut.org/post/are-common-core-and-texas-teaching-standards-really-different <p>Elgin Middle School sixth grader Allison Graves sits at a computer in math class, using a program called Think Through Math to practice fractions.</p><p>“Your friend gave you a bag of candy," she reads. "There are 36 red candies and 27 green candies. What is the ratio of green candies to red candies?”</p><p>The online math program takes Graves through each lesson step by step. She collects points for correct answers and competes against classmates and other Texas students.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146249322&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:00:11 +0000 Kate McGee 10290 at http://kut.org Are Common Core and Texas Teaching Standards Really That Different? Audit Finds Problems With How APD Stores, Destroys Old Drug and Weapons Evidence http://kut.org/post/audit-finds-problems-how-apd-stores-destroys-old-drug-and-weapons-evidence <p><em>This article is written by KUT's Austin City Hall reporting partner, the</em>&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.austinmonitor.com/">Austin Monitor</a>.</em></p><p>A city audit found that drugs and firearms confiscated by the <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/department/police" target="_blank">Austin Police Department</a> are in some cases not adequately protected, with drugs sometimes stored in cardboard boxes outdoors.</p><p>In response, APD officials say they are re-evaluating the department’s evidence control policies.</p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:47:24 +0000 Elizabeth Pagano 10292 at http://kut.org Audit Finds Problems With How APD Stores, Destroys Old Drug and Weapons Evidence FDA Moves To Regulate Increasingly Popular E-Cigarettes http://kut.org/post/fda-moves-regulate-increasingly-popular-e-cigarettes The Food and Drug Administration Thursday proposed regulating e-cigarettes for the first time.<p>The agency unveiled a long-awaited <a href="https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/04/25/2014-09491/sale-and-distribution-of-tobacco-products-and-required-warning-statements-for-tobacco-products">rule</a> that would give it power to oversee the increasingly popular devices, much in the way that it regulates traditional cigarettes.<p>"It's a huge change," FDA Commissioner <a href="http://www.fda.gov/aboutfda/commissionerspage/default.htm">Margaret Hamburg</a> told reporters in a briefing Wedn Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:46:23 +0000 Rob Stein 10291 at http://kut.org FDA Moves To Regulate Increasingly Popular E-Cigarettes Austin Restoring Banks, Paving Trails Along Shoal Creek http://kut.org/post/austin-restoring-banks-paving-trails-along-shoal-creek <p>After years of erosion, Austin is shoring up the downtown banks of the Shoal Creek trail starting Monday. Running <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Shoal+Creek+Trail/@30.2896106,-97.7508344,16z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x8644b57079fea8f3:0x8b0bd8c05d893fe6">from 15th Street to 28th&nbsp;Street</a>, the project includes the eastern boundary of Pease Park.</p><p>According to Morgan Byars, supervising engineer for the project at the Watershed Protection Department, the erosion hasn’t only caused safety hazards, but an overall loss of greenspace.</p><p>“Severe bank erosion [is] affecting large heritage trees that potentially will fall into the creek,” Byars says. “We’ve got erosion very close to the trail system which presents a safety hazard for pedestrians and bikers, but also it’s just a general loss of parkland.”</p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:16:54 +0000 Andrew Huygen 10289 at http://kut.org Austin Restoring Banks, Paving Trails Along Shoal Creek On the Bard's Birthday, Who Wrote It: Shakespeare or a Rapper? http://kut.org/post/bards-birthday-who-wrote-it-shakespeare-or-rapper <p>It's happened to all of us: just when you're ready to deliver the perfect rebuttal, &nbsp;last word or final point, your tongue trips up and you slaughter your English.</p><p>Don't fret about it, says author Ammon Shea. The man who&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/02/arts/02iht-idbriefs2C.14946374.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0">spent a year reading the Oxford English Dictionary</a>&nbsp;is taking on grammarians and nitpickers alike.</p><p>Shea's new book "<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Bad-English-History-Linguistic-Aggravation/dp/0399165576">Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation</a>" (out this June) is an eye-opening look at how language mistakes have become accepted as correct usage.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146123452&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:22:37 +0000 David Brown & Emily Donahue 10286 at http://kut.org On the Bard's Birthday, Who Wrote It: Shakespeare or a Rapper? ACL Fest Organizers on What's In Store for 2014 http://kut.org/post/acl-fest-organizers-whats-store-2014 <p>In Austin, many see live music not just as an opportunity, but as a way of life.</p><p>Every day brings the possibility to see a variety of talents – both from music’s biggest and brightest, to up-and-coming acts in Austin’s live music scene.</p><p>For many outside Central Texas, Austin’s “Live Music Capital of the World” status is summed up by two of the city’s biggest music festivals:&nbsp;South by Southwest&nbsp;and the Austin City Limits Music Festival.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The latter, now in its </span>13th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> year, carries the brand of the historic Austin City Limits television show, which has a rich and storied history all its own.</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:43:26 +0000 Tyler Pratt 10281 at http://kut.org ACL Fest Organizers on What's In Store for 2014 KUT News wins four regional Edward R. Murrow awards http://kut.org/post/kut-news-wins-four-regional-edward-r-murrow-awards <p></p><p>AUSTIN, Texas—April 23, 2014—KUT News has won four regional Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) in recognition of excellence in electronic journalism.</p><p>The awards were in the Region 6 (Oklahoma and Texas) large market radio category for the following projects produced in 2013:</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:46:22 +0000 Erin Geisler 10284 at http://kut.org KUT News wins four regional Edward R. Murrow awards KUT's Mose Buchele Receives Charles E. Green Award for Second Consecutive Year http://kut.org/post/kuts-mose-buchele-receives-charles-e-green-award-second-consecutive-year <p>AUSTIN, Texas — April 23, 2014 — For the second year in a row, KUT StateImpact Texas reporter <a href="http://kut.org/people/mose-buchele">Mose Buchele</a> has received the Charles E. Green Award for Best Reporter in the radio category.</p><p>Sponsored by the <a href="http://headlinersfoundation.org/showcase/mose-buchele-kut-austin">Headliners Foundation of Texas</a>, the Charles E. Green Awards honor journalists in Texas who produce the very best news reporting and design.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:33:55 +0000 Erin Geisler 10283 at http://kut.org Governor Perry Facing Possible Grand Jury Indictment http://kut.org/post/governor-perry-facing-possible-grand-jury-indictment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Travis County grand jury is considering whether or not to indict Gov. Rick Perry over his veto of funding for the county's Public Integrity Unit.</span></p><p>Gov. Perry could be charged with several offenses, including bribery, coercion of a public servant, and abuse of power after vetoing more than $3 million in state money for the unit that investigates political corruption.</p><p>Perry's veto came as the result of an ultimatum given by Perry to Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last April, </span>Lehmberg<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was arrested for drunk driving. She </span><a href="http://kut.org/post/travis-county-da-lehmberg-pleads-guilty-gets-45-jail-days-0" style="line-height: 1.5;">pleaded guilty</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and served jail time, but </span><a href="http://kut.org/post/judge-allows-lehmberg-stay-district-attorney" style="line-height: 1.5;">refused to step down</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:48:58 +0000 Ben Philpott & Kelly Krupa 10282 at http://kut.org Governor Perry Facing Possible Grand Jury Indictment Investigation: Disaster at West Fertilizer Plant Was 'Preventable' http://kut.org/post/investigation-disaster-west-fertilizer-plant-was-preventable <p><em><a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2014/04/22/investigation-fire-and-explosion-at-west-fertilizer-plant-was-preventable/">From StateImpact&nbsp;Texas:</a></em></p><p>A year after a deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas, a federal agency is releasing a&nbsp;<a data-mce-="" href="http://www.csb.gov/assets/1/19/West_Preliminary_Findings.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(96, 120, 144); margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgb(153, 153, 153);">report</a>&nbsp;saying the disaster was preventable.</p><p style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;">The&nbsp;<a data-mce-="" href="http://www.csb.gov/" style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(96, 120, 144); margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgb(153, 153, 153);">Chemical Safety Board</a>, which investigates chemical accidents and issues recommendations to ensure public safety, is presenting its preliminary findings tonight in the town of West, Texas, where the fire and subsequent explosion last year took 15 lives, injured hundreds, and destroyed homes and schools.</p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:12:40 +0000 Terrence Henry 10278 at http://kut.org Investigation: Disaster at West Fertilizer Plant Was 'Preventable'