KUT http://kut.org en Report: New Law Led to Statewide Drop in Abortions http://kut.org/post/report-new-law-led-statewide-drop-abortions <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">The number&nbsp;of abortions in Texas decreased by about&nbsp;13 percent statewide and 21 percent in the Lower Rio Grande Valley following the passage of strict abortion regulations that went into effect last November, according to a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S001078241400568X" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">report</a>&nbsp;that academic researchers released Wednesday.& Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:38:41 +0000 Gilad Edelman, Texas Tribune 10847 at http://kut.org Report: New Law Led to Statewide Drop in Abortions You Can Thank This Fly for Advances in Hearing Aid Technology http://kut.org/post/you-can-thank-fly-advances-hearing-aid-technology <p>Imagine being in a room full of people –&nbsp;a cacophony of conversations and noise. Despite standing right next to someone, you strain to hear her voice.</p><p>People who use hearing aids often struggle to focus on one voice – especially in noisy environments. They could crank up the volume on their hearing aids – but that would also crank up the volume of everything else in the background.</p><p><a href="http://www.ece.utexas.edu/people/faculty/neal-hall">Professor Neal Hall</a> and his group of graduate students from the <a href="http://www.engr.utexas.edu/">Cockrell School of Engineering</a> at the University of Texas offers a solution: a device that mimics the hearing powers of a fly.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159952768&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> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:12:22 +0000 David Brown & ChinLin Pan 10843 at http://kut.org You Can Thank This Fly for Advances in Hearing Aid Technology White House Adviser: Cease-Fire Should Include Demilitarization Of Gaza http://kut.org/post/white-house-adviser-cease-fire-should-include-demilitarization-gaza A top White House adviser says any cease-fire agreement between Israel and Palestinians must include the demilitarization of Gaza.<p>In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken said "that needs to be the end result."<p>"There has to be some way forward that does not involve Hamas having the ability to continue to rain down rockets on Israeli civilians," Blinken said.<p>Asked if this means the U.S. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:51:50 +0000 10844 at http://kut.org White House Adviser: Cease-Fire Should Include Demilitarization Of Gaza Photos: Inside AISD's New Performing Art Center & Jaime Padron Elementary http://kut.org/post/photos-inside-aisds-new-performing-art-center-jaime-padron-elementary <p>Construction continues on two Austin school district buildings that are set to open this academic school year. The two sites – a performing arts center in the Mueller development and Jaime D. Padron&nbsp;Elementary School near Rundberg Lane and U.S. Highway 183 – will meet the needs of Austin's expanding population.</p><p>The new performance arts center isn’t expected to be complete until November, with grand opening events in January of next year. But the shell of the 1,200-seat auditorium is already visible. The center will house everything from performance and rehearsal rooms, to a recording studio and a kiln for visual art.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159934751&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> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:01:19 +0000 Kate McGee 10842 at http://kut.org Photos: Inside AISD's New Performing Art Center & Jaime Padron Elementary Police Officer Deaths Are on the Rise Across the Country http://kut.org/post/police-officer-deaths-are-rise-across-country <p>The number of law officer deaths across the nation has risen dramatically so far this year, <a href="http://www.nleomf.org/assets/pdfs/reports/2014-Mid-Year-Fatalities-Report.pdf">according to a report</a> from the <a href="http://www.nleomf.com/">National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund</a>.</p><p>During the first half of this year, 67 law enforcement officers in the U.S. were killed while on duty – a 31 percent increase over the same period last year.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159932109&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> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:34:42 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10841 at http://kut.org Police Officer Deaths Are on the Rise Across the Country Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella? http://kut.org/post/pop-quiz-20-percent-chance-rain-do-you-need-umbrella This week, <em>All Things Considered</em> is exploring <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/333708682/risk-and-reason" target="_blank">how people interpret probability</a>. What does it mean to us, for example, when a doctor says an operation has a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/21/332074963/what-the-odds-fail-to-capture-when-a-health-crisis-hits" target="_blank">70 percent chance of success?</a><p>One of the most common encounters with percent probabilities has to do with weather. Take a moment to consider the question below. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:36:50 +0000 10840 at http://kut.org Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella? Fruit Recall Hits Trader Joe's, Costco, Wal-Mart Stores http://kut.org/post/fruit-recall-hits-trader-joes-costco-wal-mart-stores Fears of possible listeria contamination have led to a national recall of whole peaches, nectarines and other fruits packed by a California company. No illnesses have been reported, but the Wawona Packing Co. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:08:44 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10839 at http://kut.org Fort Hood Memorial Moves Forward But Still Needs Money http://kut.org/post/fort-hood-memorial-moves-forward-still-needs-money <p>People trying to build a memorial for victims of the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood hope a ground breaking ceremony they held Tuesday will help raise the last amount of cash they need to complete the project.&nbsp;</p><p>It's been almost five years since Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan opened fire at the Army post, killing 13 people and wounding more than 30. Hasan, 43, was sentenced to death last year by a military jury.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:01:51 +0000 Nathan Bernier 10838 at http://kut.org Fort Hood Memorial Moves Forward But Still Needs Money Tomlinson Hill: Book Explores a Family History of Slaves and Slaveholders http://kut.org/post/tomlinson-hill-book-explores-family-history-slaves-and-slaveholders <p>Chris Tomlinson spent most of his life comfortable that he knew who he was and where he came from. After all, a small part of Texas was named after his ancestors. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomlinson_Hill,_Texas">Tomlinson Hill&nbsp;</a>is a small town community in Falls County. It's a place where generations of his family carved out a comfortable living from the land.</p><p>Before the Civil War, they also owned slaves. But Chris grew up believing what he'd been told: that the slaves his family owned were happy –&nbsp;so happy they took the family name and settled the land after they were free.</p><p>It was not until after he returned from 11 years in Africa as the Nairobi Bureau Chief for the Associated Press that Tomlinson&nbsp;decided to delve into his family history. What he learned not only changed his sense of family, it changed his sense of history as well. The result of his search is the book,&nbsp;"<a href="http://tomlinsonhill.com/the-book/">Tomlinson Hill</a>."</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159845849&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> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:31:23 +0000 Emily Donahue & David Brown 10836 at http://kut.org Tomlinson Hill: Book Explores a Family History of Slaves and Slaveholders Could Medicaid Expansion Boost the Texas Economy? http://kut.org/post/could-medicaid-expansion-boost-texas-economy <p>If Texas accepted federal funding to expand Medicaid, roughly 1.5 million more people would have health insurance. Now a new study suggests more than half of them are people who work in service industries that help fuel the state’s economy.</p><p>The report by <a href="http://familiesusa.org/" target="_blank">Families USA</a> says the people in Texas who’d benefit most from closing the coverage gap are cashiers, drivers, cooks and servers, hotel clerks and construction workers, for example.</p><p>Many of them don’t earn enough to qualify for a tax subsidy under the Affordable Care Act, Dee Mahon with Families USA says.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:26:15 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10837 at http://kut.org Could Medicaid Expansion Boost the Texas Economy? FAA Prohibits U.S. Airlines From Flying To Tel Aviv http://kut.org/post/faa-prohibits-us-airlines-flying-tel-aviv The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a 24-hour ban on flights to and from the Tel Aviv airport.<p>"The notice was issued in response to a rocket strike which landed approximately one mile from Ben Gurion International Airport on the morning of July 22, 2014," the FAA said in a statement.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/22/333908274/as-kerry-tries-for-ceasefire-attacks-continue-in-gaza">As we reported earlier</a>, some American carriers had already started canceling flights to and from Israel. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:29:28 +0000 10834 at http://kut.org FAA Prohibits U.S. Airlines From Flying To Tel Aviv U.S. Appeals Courts Issue Conflicting Decisions On Obamacare Subsidies http://kut.org/post/us-appeals-courts-issue-conflicting-decisions-obamacare-subsidies A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday dealt a significant blow to the Affordable Care Act, when it threw out an IRS regulation that governs subsidies. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:44:55 +0000 10831 at http://kut.org Texas Sends National Guard Troops to Border, Despite Opposing Voices http://kut.org/post/texas-sends-national-guard-troops-border-despite-opposing-voices <p>Gov. Rick Perry is sending National Guard troops <a href="http://kut.org/post/perry-will-activate-1000-guard-troops">to the Texas-Mexico border</a>. He says the troops are needed, as the Border Patrol has been focusing on migrant children crossing&nbsp;the&nbsp;border illegally, and not criminal activity from drug and human traffickers.</p><p>Gov. Perry’s announcement comes a month after he directed the Legislature to spend millions of dollars increasing the number of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dps.texas.gov/">Department of Public Safety</a>&nbsp;officers near the border –&nbsp;a move Perry says it's working.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159796728&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> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:44:47 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10833 at http://kut.org Texas Sends National Guard Troops to Border, Despite Opposing Voices Running for Austin City Council? The Time to File is Here http://kut.org/post/running-austin-city-council-time-file-here <p>Austin City Council hopefuls are trickling into City Hall to file for a place on the ballot.</p><p>The application period, opened yesterday, goes through August 18. While currently just <a href="http://austintexas.gov/cityclerk/elections/ballotapplications2014.html">a handful of people have filed</a>, the election is generating excitement that's hard to come by in local politics</p><p>Jannette&nbsp;Goodall&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/department/city-clerk">is Austin's City Clerk</a>. But if you didn't know that, you'd think she's a wedding planner –&nbsp;for months,&nbsp;Goodall&nbsp;and her staff have been prepping for this moment.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">"You're kind of planning for the big ball, you know? It's kind of fun," she says.</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159780683&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> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Joy Diaz 10830 at http://kut.org Running for Austin City Council? The Time to File is Here KUT News Wins Six Awards From Houston Press Club http://kut.org/post/kut-news-wins-six-awards-houston-press-club <p>AUSTIN, Texas — July 22, 2014 — KUT won six 2014 Lone Star Awards from the Houston Press Club Friday in recognition of outstanding achievements in journalism in Texas.</p><p>Politics reporter <strong>Ben Philpott</strong> earned first place for "Radio Journalist of the Year," while city reporter <strong>Joy Diaz</strong> earned second place in the category.</p><p>Four KUT stories and series also won awards:</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:01:41 +0000 Erin Geisler 10832 at http://kut.org KUT News Wins Six Awards From Houston Press Club Meet Two African Women at UT With Ideas for Improving Access to Some Basic Needs http://kut.org/post/meet-two-african-women-ut-ideas-improving-access-some-basic-needs <p>Some young people in Africa are struggling with problems that many Americans take for granted – including serious unemployment and access to basic needs.</p><p>A group of 25 young Africans from 18 different countries have been <a href="http://world.utexas.edu/features/yali" target="_blank">at UT-Austin this summer</a> to bring to life their business plans for addressing some of the challenges in their countries.</p><p>It’s part of President Obama’s <a href="https://youngafricanleaders.state.gov/" target="_blank">Young African Leaders Initiative</a>. The national program is in its fourth year but this is the first time participants have spent time at a university prior to a summit in Washington.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159779558&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> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:51:33 +0000 Laura Rice 10823 at http://kut.org Meet Two African Women at UT With Ideas for Improving Access to Some Basic Needs Some Food Companies Are Quietly Dumping GMO Ingredients http://kut.org/post/some-food-producers-are-quietly-dumping-gmo-ingredients A tour of the Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury, Vt., includes a stop at the "Flavor Graveyard," where ice cream combinations that didn't make the cut are put to rest under the shade of big trees.<p>One recently deceased flavor has yet to be memorialized there: Coffee Heath Bar Crunch, one of the company's best-sellers. Ben & Jerry's CEO <a href="http://www.benjerry.com/about-us/how-were-structured#4timeline">Jostein Solheim </a>says the company had to remove the key ingredient, Heath bars made by Hershey, and rework the flavor. Its replacement is called Coffee Toffee Bar Crunch. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:49:43 +0000 Jane Lindholm 10828 at http://kut.org Some Food Companies Are Quietly Dumping GMO Ingredients Train Carrying MH17 Victims' Remains Arrives In Government-Controlled City http://kut.org/post/train-carrying-mh17-victims-remains-arrives-kharkiv A refrigerated train carrying the remains of the people who died aboard the downed Malaysia Airlines plane arrived in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Tuesday. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:18:29 +0000 10827 at http://kut.org Train Carrying MH17 Victims' Remains Arrives In Government-Controlled City In Black America Podcast: Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement: Views from the Front Line – Part I http://kut.org/post/black-america-podcast-heroes-civil-rights-movement-views-front-line-part-i <p>On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents highlights of the <a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org">Civil Rights Summit marking the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964</a>.&nbsp; Featured on today’s program are three civil rights legends that looked back at the movement they helped to forge, and how it continues to resonate in America today, while exploring the civil rights issues of the 21st century.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:08:34 +0000 John L. Hanson Jr. 10826 at http://kut.org In Black America Podcast: Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement: Views from the Front Line – Part I 1 Million Net Neutrality Comments Filed, But Will They Matter? http://kut.org/post/1-million-net-neutrality-comments-filed-will-they-matter The Federal Communications Commission received more than 1 million public comments on the issue of net neutrality during a five-month commenting period that ended Friday.<p>It's the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/07/15/331798176/fcc-extending-net-neutrality-commenting-time-after-site-buckles">biggest public response</a> the FCC has ever gotten on a policy matter in such a short period, and the second most commented-upon FCC issue, period. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:56:00 +0000 Elise Hu 10825 at http://kut.org 1 Million Net Neutrality Comments Filed, But Will They Matter?