KUT http://kut.org en Listen to Our Weekly Podcast! http://kut.org/post/listen-our-weekly-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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Airbnb To Start Charging Hotel Taxes In A Handful Of Cities http://kut.org/post/airbnb-start-charging-hotel-taxes-handful-cities When Regitze Visby, a tourist visiting San Francisco from Denmark, searched for accommodations for her trip and saw she could stay at one of the famed "painted ladies" on Alamo Square through Airbnb, she took it.<p>At $135 a night, "it was a good deal," she says.<p>But does she know if she's paying a transient occupancy tax or a hotel tax? "I have no idea," she says.<p>Visby would know if she were staying in a hotel. It's <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/04/net-us-airbnb-tax-idUSBRE8331CN20120404" target="_blank">14 percent</a> per room. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:08:08 +0000 10258 at http://kut.org Airbnb To Start Charging Hotel Taxes In A Handful Of Cities Keystone XL Pipeline Review Extended By State Department http://kut.org/post/keystone-xl-pipeline-review-extended-state-department <h6>This post was updated at 6 p.m. ET.</h6><p>The State Department is giving federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL Pipeline project. The additional time was given "based on the uncertainty created" by an ongoing legal battle in Nebraska, according to a State Department statement.<p>In February, a Nebraska judge <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/20/280182838/nebraska-to-appeal-ruling-that-blocks-keystone-pipeline-in-state">struck down a 2012 law</a> that allowed part of the pipeline to run through the state. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:54:19 +0000 10257 at http://kut.org Keystone XL Pipeline Review Extended By State Department Coleman Hawkins and The Art of Failure http://kut.org/post/coleman-hawkins-and-art-failure <p>Saxophone great Coleman Hawkins helped to establish jazz as a stand-alone art form, separate from the popular swing music of the day.</p><p>With his originality, lyricism, and a keen sense for the latest trends, Hawkins' work was the foundation for bebop and the most expressive jazz ballads.</p><p>And yet, what is the price for a creative who expresses his art?</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/145347756&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:06:20 +0000 Rebecca McInroy 10255 at http://kut.org Coleman Hawkins and The Art of Failure Anti-Corruption Unit Chief: No Davis Docs Passed to FBI http://kut.org/post/anti-corruption-unit-chief-no-davis-docs-passed-fbi <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: 15.199999809265137px;">The agency charged with prosecuting state public corruption cases wrapped up an investigation into state Sen.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/wendy-davis/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/wendy-davis/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Wendy </a><a data-tooltip="/directory/wendy-davis/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/wendy-davis/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Davis</a>&nbsp;last year without finding any issues worth pursuing, its director said, and did not uncover anything it believed it should refer to the&nbsp;FBI.</p><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: 15.199999809265137px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">The Public Integrity Unit of the Travis County District Attorneys Office closed an investigation into a complaint made against Davis’ law firm last year. </span><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">The&nbsp;</span><em style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;"><a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20140417-fbi-probe-of-ntta-includes-wendy-davis-file-travis-das-office-says.ece" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Dallas</a></em><em style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;"><a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20140417-fbi-probe-of-ntta-includes-wendy-davis-file-travis-das-office-says.ece" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);"> Morning News</a></em><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">&nbsp;reported Friday that documents related to Davis’ legal work as a lawyer for the North Texas Tollway Authority are part of an FBI inquiry into the agency's board members, citing a letter from the Public Integrity Unit about its own closed investigation into Davis.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:42:02 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune & Jay Root, Texas Tribune 10254 at http://kut.org Anti-Corruption Unit Chief: No Davis Docs Passed to FBI How Halloween Flood Survivors are Recovering From Post-Traumatic Stress http://kut.org/post/how-halloween-flood-survivors-are-recovering-post-traumatic-stress <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On the surface of the Onion Creek neighborhood, there’s progress.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The community is slowly recovering from 2013's deadly Halloween floods. Many families are back in their homes, even though most homes have yet to be fully rebuilt. But scratch the surface, and people are still suffering the psychological effects of that night.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Often when we hear about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it's in the context of war. But David Evans, CEO of Austin/Travis County Integral Care, says PTSD can affect those who survive any traumatic experience.&nbsp;</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/145276760&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:20:08 +0000 Joy Diaz 10251 at http://kut.org How Halloween Flood Survivors are Recovering From Post-Traumatic Stress Austin Police File More Charges Against SXSW Crash Suspect http://kut.org/post/austin-police-file-more-charges-against-sxsw-crash-suspect <p>The Austin Police Department has filed four more charges against the suspect <a href="http://kut.org/post/fourth-person-dies-sxsw-crash">accused of killing four people </a>and injuring more than 20 people <a href="http://kut.org/post/two-dead-after-driver-plows-sxsw-crowd-suspect-custody">in downtown Austin on March 13</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Roger Wade with the Travis County Sheriff's Office confirms that 21-year-old Rashad Charjuan Owens now has 25 aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges filed against him as of April 17. He's also been charged with capital murder.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:54:43 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10252 at http://kut.org Austin Police File More Charges Against SXSW Crash Suspect Report: Central Texas Home to Some of the State's Most Established Gangs http://kut.org/post/report-central-texas-home-some-states-most-established-gangs <p>The Texas Department of Public Safety released its annual report on criminal gang activity in Texas this week.</p><p>This year’s <a href="http://www.dps.texas.gov/director_staff/media_and_communications/2014/pr041714.htm" target="_blank"><em>Texas Gang Threat Assessment </em></a>found that gangs continue to pose a substantial threat to public safety. Central Texas is home to some of the most established gangs in the state. The report estimates that with more than 4,600 gangs, overall gang membership in this state is more than 100,000.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:40:00 +0000 Trey Shaar & Maria Roque 10249 at http://kut.org Report: Central Texas Home to Some of the State's Most Established Gangs Council Withdraws Mid-Year Evaluation of City Manager http://kut.org/post/council-withdraws-mid-year-evaluation-city-manager <p><em>This story comes to us from our city hall reporting partner, the <a href="http://austinmonitor.com">Austin Monitor</a>.</em></p><p>It seems that some City Council members were planning on giving&nbsp;City Manager Marc Ott&nbsp;– and perhaps others – a piece of their minds in private Thursday, but due to the absence of&nbsp;Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole,&nbsp;Mayor Lee Leffingwell&nbsp;was able to at least postpone that confrontation.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The executive session agenda for Thursday included four unusual items, each to do a mid-year evaluation of one of the Council’s appointees: </span>Ott<span style="line-height: 1.5;">,&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">City Auditor Kenneth Mory, Municipal Court Clerk Rebecca Stark&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">and</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;City&nbsp;Clerk&nbsp;Jannette Goodall.</strong></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:27:35 +0000 Mike Kanin & Jo Clifton 10250 at http://kut.org Council Withdraws Mid-Year Evaluation of City Manager Why Being Put On Hold is So Frustrating http://kut.org/post/why-being-put-hold-so-frustrating <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Horrible music, incredible wait times and an inscrutable</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;labyrinth of phone prompts: We've all experienced the frustrations of being on hold. Even when we're on hold for a minute or so, blood pressure can spike when an automated voice answers the phone.</span></p><p>Why is being on hold so annoying? <a href="https://www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/psychology/faculty/markman">Dr. Art&nbsp;Markman</a>&nbsp;and<a href="http://www.music.utexas.edu/directory/details.aspx?id=36">&nbsp;Dr. Bob Duke</a>&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">will be with you shortly to explain it.&nbsp;</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/145302963&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:14:23 +0000 Rebecca McInroy & Alicia Choina 10248 at http://kut.org Why Being Put On Hold is So Frustrating It's Good Friday – But Some Area School Districts Are Holding Classes http://kut.org/post/its-good-friday-some-area-school-districts-are-holding-classes <p>Most Austin area school districts are closed today for the Good Friday holiday. But some students will be attending class.</p><p>That’s because they’re making up days off for bad weather earlier in the school year.</p><p><strong>DO have school:</strong></p><ul><li><strong><a href="http://burnet.txed.net">Burnet ISD</a></strong>&nbsp;will have regular school hours today.</li><li><strong><a href="http://www.delvalle.tx.schoolwebpages.com/education/district/district.php?sectionid=1">Del Valle ISD</a></strong> is holding classes today.</li><li><strong><a href="http://www.dsisd.txed.net">Dripping Springs ISD</a></strong> is holding classes today and on Memorial Day to make up for canceled classes.</li><li><strong>Eanes ISD</strong> is holding classes today. The rest of the school year will continue as planned.</li><li><strong><a href="http://www.lockhartisd.org">Lockhart ISD</a></strong>&nbsp;will hold regular school hours today and on Memorial Day.</li><li><strong>Manor ISD</strong> is holding classes today as a make-up. There will not be classes on Memorial Day.</li><li><strong><a href="http://www.tsd.state.tx.us">Texas School for the Deaf</a> </strong>will have regular school hours today.</li><li><strong><a href="http://www.wimberleyisd.net">Wimberley ISD</a> </strong>is also holding classes this Good Friday.</li></ul><p><strong>DO NOT have school:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Austin ISD</strong> is off today. AISD has no make-up days scheduled for the rest of the school year. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:38:50 +0000 Laura Rice & Maria Roque 10247 at http://kut.org It's Good Friday – But Some Area School Districts Are Holding Classes Year Since West Fertilizer Plant Explosion is One 'Full of Questioning' http://kut.org/post/year-west-fertilizer-plant-explosion-one-full-questioning <p>It’s been one year since a fertilizer plant exploded in the town of West, Texas – just north of Waco.<br />15 people were killed and more than 150 were injured.&nbsp;Dozens of buildings were also destroyed in the blast.</p><p>A year later there are many signs of recovery and rebuilding in the small town.<br />But,&nbsp;for some, the rebuilding process has been difficult.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">West resident Loretta </span>Volcik<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;says overall, the past year has been filled with one thing: Questioning.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/145217851&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:09:29 +0000 Kate McGee 10246 at http://kut.org Year Since West Fertilizer Plant Explosion is One 'Full of Questioning' Abortion Doctors File Lawsuit Against Dallas Hospital For Revoking Privileges http://kut.org/post/abortion-doctors-file-lawsuit-against-dallas-hospital-revoking-privileges <p>Two Texas doctors that offer abortions are challenging a hospital for revoking their admitting privileges.<br /><br />Read <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1115261-stamped-ughd-original-petition-pdf.html" target="_blank">the petition here</a>.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:14:35 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10245 at http://kut.org Abortion Doctors File Lawsuit Against Dallas Hospital For Revoking Privileges Obama: Affordable Care Act Enrollment Hits 8 Million http://kut.org/post/obama-affordable-care-act-enrollment-hits-8-million President Obama says that enrollment under the Affordable Care Act has reached 8 million after the March 31 sign-up deadline was extended by two weeks.<p>"This thing is working," he told reporters at a White House briefing on Thursday.<p>The president said that 35 percent of those signing up through the federal government's website were under the age of 35. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 10244 at http://kut.org Obama: Affordable Care Act Enrollment Hits 8 Million Federal Judge Expects Texas Abortion Lawsuit to Reach Supreme Court http://kut.org/post/federal-judge-expects-texas-abortion-lawsuit-reach-supreme-court <p>On Wednesday, a federal judge in Austin turned down a request to temporarily block a requirement of Texas' controversial new abortion law for clinics in El Paso and McAllen. But the judge is allowing the lawsuit to move forward – and predicts it will ultimately travel all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:59:47 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10242 at http://kut.org Federal Judge Expects Texas Abortion Lawsuit to Reach Supreme Court