KUT http://kut.org en Anderson High Secures $3 Million for Science Center http://kut.org/post/anderson-high-secures-3-million-science-center <p></p><p>Last week, the <a href="https://www.austinisd.org/board">Austin School Board </a>accepted a nearly three million-dollar donation from a private donor to build a new applied technology center at Anderson High School. The new 14,000-square foot building will hold two computer labs dedicated to computer sciences as well as a manufacturing workshop to help in building robots for the school's <a href="http://www.andersonrobotics.org/">nationally-recognized robotics </a>program.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/165736489&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:03:46 +0000 Kate McGee 11127 at http://kut.org Anderson High Secures $3 Million for Science Center In Black America Podcast: Paulette Brown, President-elect of the ABA http://kut.org/post/black-america-podcast-paulette-brown-president-elect-aba <p>On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Paulette Brown, Partner and Chief Diversity Officer of <a href="http://http://www.edwardswildman.com/Professionals/Detail.aspx?attorney=176">Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP</a>, and President-elect of the <a href="http://www.americanbar.org/aba.html">American Bar Association</a>.</p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:17:33 +0000 John L. Hanson Jr. 11126 at http://kut.org In Black America Podcast: Paulette Brown, President-elect of the ABA How Will Austin Police Enforce the Hand-Held Device Ban? http://kut.org/post/how-will-austin-police-enforce-hand-held-device-ban <p></p><p>Starting in January, you won't be able to have your phone in your hands while driving your car, or while riding your bike.</p><p>The Austin City Council <a href="http://kut.org/post/city-council-bans-hand-held-devices-while-driving">passed an ordinance </a>Thursday prohibiting use of devices unless drivers are at a complete stop, or if there is an emergency. Those caught in the act by Austin police face a citation for a Class C misdemeanor, which carries a fine of up to $500 – though, the city has not yet finalized a fine structure for the ban.</p><p>While <a href="http://tti.tamu.edu/2013/04/23/voice-to-text-apps-offer-no-driving-safety-benefit-as-with-manual-texting-reaction-times-double/">some studies suggest</a> devices with hands-free capability doesn't necessarily reduce safety risk or increase reaction times, the move is an extension of the city's current ban on using devices while on the road. But what do Austin drivers think of the ban, and how Austin police plan to enforce it?</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/165736711&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:41:27 +0000 Joy Diaz 11125 at http://kut.org How Will Austin Police Enforce the Hand-Held Device Ban? Perry Calls Lehmberg-Bashing Tweet ‘Unauthorized’ http://kut.org/post/perry-calls-lehmberg-bashing-tweet-unauthorized <p>Last night at around 7 p.m. Gov. Rick Perry tweeted an image from the blog the <a href="http://www.patriotpost.us">Patriot Post</a>, which included a meme calling Travis County District Attorney <a href="http://www.kut.org/term/rosemary-lehmberg">Rosemary Lehmberg </a>“the most drunk democrat in Texas.”</p><p>The meme, which you can view below, reads “I don’t always drive drunk at 3x the legal blood alcohol limit…but when I do, I indict Gov. Perry for calling me out about it.” Perry since walked back the retweet but, it seems, not quickly enough. The tweet was picked up by screen-grabbers nationwide, garnering coverage from<a href="http://mashable.com/2014/09/01/rick-perrys-twitter-account-sends-out-unathorized-meme/"> Mashable</a> and the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/31/rick-perry-deleted-tweet_n_5745680.html">Huffington Post</a> among others.</p><p>Shortly after, Perry deleted the tweet, saying he didn’t condone its message. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:46:24 +0000 Andrew Weber 11124 at http://kut.org Perry Calls Lehmberg-Bashing Tweet ‘Unauthorized’ What to Expect Now That Greg Abbott's Dropped Out of the Gubernatorial Debate http://kut.org/post/what-expect-now-greg-abbotts-dropped-out-gubernatorial-debate <p>Republican candidate Greg Abbott has reversed his decision to appear in the only gubernatorial debate to be broadcast on statewide television.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Abbot and his </span>Democractic<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> opponent, Wendy Davis, had both agreed to participate in a roundtable debate in Dallas on Sept. 30 broadcast on </span>WFAA<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;But Abbott's team reversed an earlier decision and said it will not participate because of disagreements with the round-table format.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Emily Ramshaw, editor of the Texas Tribune, joins Texas Standard host David Brown to discuss Abbott's decision and whether the 2016 presidential election speculations are over-shadowing the Texas governor's race. &nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/165342355&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:35:00 +0000 KUT Staff 11115 at http://kut.org What to Expect Now That Greg Abbott's Dropped Out of the Gubernatorial Debate Why Texas Says It's Not Prime Time to Give Deion Sanders' Charter School State Money http://kut.org/post/why-texas-says-its-not-prime-time-give-deion-sanders-charter-school-state-money <p>Football legend&nbsp;<a href="http://www.deionsanders21.com/">Deion Sanders</a> is used to the media spotlight. The two-time Super Bowl winner earned the nickname "Prime Time" for his flashy style and aggressive speed. But it's his Prime Prep Academy that's been grabbing headlines lately.&nbsp;</p><p>The charter school founded by the former Dallas Cowboys cornerback suffered a string of setback, including allegations that led the Texas Education Agency to revoke its charter. The school is currently appealing the decision, but it's in hot water once again for opening a second campus without TEA approval.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://kut.org/topic/texas-standard">Texas Standard</a> host David Brown spoke to <a href="http://www.dallasnews.com">Dallas Morning News</a> reporter <a href="http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/author/jmosier/">Jeff Mosier</a> about the state of the charter school and its outspoken founder. You can read some of the interview highlights below.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/165342666&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0000 KUT Staff 11111 at http://kut.org Why Texas Says It's Not Prime Time to Give Deion Sanders' Charter School State Money How This County Program Keeps Mental Health Patients Out of Jail & In Treatment http://kut.org/post/how-county-program-keeps-mental-health-patients-out-jail-treatment <p class="p1">Ben Johnson is combing through a list of names, addresses and mental health histories in the driver seat of a Jeep Compass.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">He works for Austin’s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.integralcare.org/content/mobile-crisis-outreach-team-mcot">Mobile Crisis Outreach Team</a>,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">MCOT</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a branch of Austin<a href="http://www.integralcare.org/">&nbsp;Travis County Integral Care</a>&nbsp;comprised of 18 licensed mental health counselors who respond to mental health crises across the county.</span></p><p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Johnson is deciding who to visit today. Another patient has paranoia. In addition, she's having problems at home, and is in danger of losing her housing.&nbsp;</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/165368609&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 20:08:48 +0000 Audrey McGlinchy 11120 at http://kut.org How This County Program Keeps Mental Health Patients Out of Jail & In Treatment Federal Judge Strikes Down Provisions of Texas Abortion Law http://kut.org/post/federal-judge-strikes-down-provisions-texas-abortion-law <p>A federal judge in Austin has struck down several parts of House Bill 2, the controversial abortion law passed by the Texas Legislature last year.</p><p>The provisions were set to go into effect on Monday.</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:02:04 +0000 Matt Largey 11122 at http://kut.org Federal Judge Strikes Down Provisions of Texas Abortion Law Listen to Our Weekly News Podcast! http://kut.org/post/listen-our-weekly-news-podcast <p></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">KUT Weekend </strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">brings you our favorite stories from the </span>KUT<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> newsroom. 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Ballot Boxing: The Austin City Council District Forums http://kut.org/post/ballot-boxing-austin-city-council-district-forums <p style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 23.399999618530273px; margin-bottom: 1.8em; color: rgb(119, 119, 119);">Join KUT, the <a href="http://www.austinmonitor.com/">Austin Monitor</a>, <a href="http://univisionaustin.univision.com/">Univision 62</a>, <a href="http://kxan.com/">KXAN</a> and the <a href="http://www.austinchronicle.com/">Austin Chronicle</a> for our series of in-district Austin City Council candidate forums. All forums begin at 7 P.<span style="font-size: 13px;">M. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:11:25 +0000 Matt Largey 11119 at http://kut.org Ballot Boxing: The Austin City Council District Forums Why 10-1 Isn't Austin's First Go-Around with Geographic Representation http://kut.org/post/why-10-1-isnt-austins-first-go-around-geographic-representation <p>Let's go back in time. It's 1839. Austin’s a brand new baby, the capitol is a one-story building at the corner of 8<sup>th</sup> Street and Colorado, the <a href="http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/eea12">Austin City Gazette</a> costs $5 for a yearly subscription, and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirabeau_B._Lamar">Lamar</a> is the President of the Republic of Texas, not an overly-congested thoroughfare.</p><p>While all that may sound antiquated, there was something else in Austin that only recently has been considered a fresh, previously unheard of idea: geographic representation.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/165321278&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:35:45 +0000 Joy Diaz 11113 at http://kut.org Why 10-1 Isn't Austin's First Go-Around with Geographic Representation Why School Can Be So Boring http://kut.org/post/why-school-can-be-so-boring <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Ihw9RuDymOk?showinfo=0&amp;controls=0" width="560"></iframe></p><p>If you’ve seen "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091042/">Ferris Bueller’s Day Off"&nbsp;</a>or ever been in a classroom, you know that school can sometimes be very boring. However, learning and coming up with ideas in an environment with others in our social group should be fun! So why do schools get such a bad rap?</p><p>In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head Dr. Art&nbsp;Markman&nbsp;and Dr. Robert Duke talk about some of the historical and present day factors that contribute to why school is so boring, and offer a few suggestions for a brighter future.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/165308432&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:58:09 +0000 Rebecca McInroy 11114 at http://kut.org City Council Bans Hand-Held Devices While Driving http://kut.org/post/city-council-bans-hand-held-devices-while-driving <p>Holding a phone while rolling on Austin streets is about to become against the law, but not just for Austinites driving cars and trucks.</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:32:42 +0000 Trey Shaar 11112 at http://kut.org City Council Bans Hand-Held Devices While Driving Judge Strikes Down Texas School Finance System http://kut.org/post/judge-strikes-down-texas-school-finance-system <p>Today, Travis County District Court Judge John Dietz issued a ruling that finds the way Texas pays for public schools unconstitutional, calling it a de facto statewide property tax.</p><p>The case was brought by hundreds of Texas school districts after the state legislature cut $5 billion from public school funding in 2011.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:13:23 +0000 KUT Staff 11110 at http://kut.org Judge Strikes Down Texas School Finance System Eanes ISD Approves Sports and Community Complex (Update) http://kut.org/post/eanes-isd-approves-sports-and-community-complex-update <p><strong>Update:&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Eanes School Board last night approved an agreement with a private contractor to build a 60-70,000 square foot facility next to Westlake High School.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The proposed complex includes five to six basketball courts, nearly a dozen volleyball courts and an indoor turf field. There are also plans to build an aquatic facility and it will used for other sports and activities, like band, karate, yoga or gymnastics. There will also be space for video conferencing and camps. The company, Westlake Athletic Center (WAC), will build the complex and pay for constructions. Ten years after it's built, WAC will also pay Eanes ISD $60,000 per year as &nbsp;rent the school, with escalation costs of 2.5 percent.</p><p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:54:12 +0000 Lynn Romero 10274 at http://kut.org Eanes ISD Approves Sports and Community Complex (Update) Single Sex Schools Breathe New Life into Failing East Austin Middle Schools http://kut.org/post/single-sex-schools-breathe-new-life-failing-east-austin-middle-schools <p>Seventh graders are gathered in the cafeteria of the <a href="http://www.austinisd.org/schools/youngmenleadership">Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy</a>. They’re all dressed in white button down shirts and khaki pants. In their hands, they hold silver ties—which they are learning how to tie by themselves.</p><p>"Put it through the front hole and pull it down," instructs counselor, Sabrina Brown. "Okay. And start fixing it. Oh, there you go! Pull it, pull it!”</p><p>“This is so weird," says seventh grader Martin Gonzales. "I look like I’m going to work!”</p><p>Gonzales moved to Austin this summer and says he enrolled at Gus Garcia because his brother wanted to attend.</p><p>“But now that I’m here, it’s pretty cool," he says, despite the fact that it's all boys. "It’s pretty weird. I’m not used to it. Regularly my teachers call me a ladies man.”</p><p>Well, that won't matter as much at this school.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/165197415&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:17:37 +0000 Kate McGee 11100 at http://kut.org Single Sex Schools Breathe New Life into Failing East Austin Middle Schools Candidates Talk Transportation at Mayoral Forum http://kut.org/post/candidates-talk-transportation-mayoral-forum <p><em>This story from our city hall reporting partners, the <a href="http://www.austinmonitor.com/stories/2014/08/candidates-talk-transportation-at-mayoral-forum/">Austin Monitor</a>.<br />You can hear the entire mayoral debate on KUT 90.5 FM tonight at 8 p.m.</em></p><p>Though Austin residents can only vote for one Council member&nbsp;to represent their geographic district this Election Day, everyone in the city gets a say in who becomes the next mayor. Five of those in the running showed up for the Civic Summit Mayoral Candidate Forum, Wednesday, presented by KLRU, Austin’s PBS station and the Urban Land Institute.</p><p>Moderator Jennifer Stayton, host of KUT’s Morning Edition, grilled candidates Todd Phelps, Mike Martinez, Randall Stephens, Sheryl Cole and Steve Adler about how they would govern the city, focusing specifically on what each candidate would do to alleviate Austin’s traffic congestion.</p><p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:05:38 +0000 Kara Nuzback, Austin Monitor 11107 at http://kut.org Candidates Talk Transportation at Mayoral Forum Austin's Experimental 'Micro-Housing' Project for Chronically Homeless Breaks Ground http://kut.org/post/austins-experimental-micro-housing-project-chronically-homeless-breaks-ground <p>Yesterday, a decade-long dream took root for <a href="http://mlf.org/about-mlf/staff/">Alan Graham</a> of <a href="http://mlf.org/about-mlf/staff/">Mobile Loaves and Fishes</a>. Graham and the organization celebrated the groundbreaking of Community First, a self-sustaining, employment-focused village for chronically homeless Austinites on the mend near Decker Lane.</p><p>The experiment aims to end homelessness by cheaply renting out up to 240 colorful cottages, offering tenants homegrown produce, employment services and a roof over their head in northeast Austin.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/165152238&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:58:21 +0000 Joy Diaz 11105 at http://kut.org Austin's Experimental 'Micro-Housing' Project for Chronically Homeless Breaks Ground Obama Blames Russia For Violence In Ukraine; Calls Moves 'Incursion' http://kut.org/post/ukrainian-president-says-russian-troops-have-entered-his-country <strong>Updated at 4:47 p.m.</strong><p>President Obama blamed Russia for the violence in Ukraine and said its "incursion" into the former Soviet state will only carry additional costs.<p>"Russia has deliberately and repeatedly violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and the new images of Russian forces inside Ukraine make that plain for the world to see," Obama said at a White House news conference on Thursday.<p>The comments came on the day Ukrainian <a href="http://www.president.gov.ua/en/news/31102.html">President Petro Poroshenko said</a> Russian troops entered his Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:40:47 +0000 11106 at http://kut.org Obama Blames Russia For Violence In Ukraine; Calls Moves 'Incursion' Texas Gubernatorial Candidates Differ Most on Education, Wendy Davis Says http://kut.org/post/texas-gubernatorial-candidates-differ-most-education-wendy-davis-says <p>State <a href="http://www.davis.senate.state.tx.us/" target="_blank">Sen. Wendy Davis</a>, the Fort Worth Democrat running for Texas governor, talked education in Austin today. She offered few specifics on what she would do, but instead tried to highlight differences between her and her opponent.</p><p>Sen. Davis says she and <a href="https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/" target="_blank">Attorney General</a> Greg Abbott couldn’t be any more different on how they view education in Texas.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:25:44 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 11104 at http://kut.org Texas Gubernatorial Candidates Differ Most on Education, Wendy Davis Says