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News, events, and entertainment happening in and around Austin and the Central Texas counties of Travis, Hays, Caldwell, Bastrop and Williamson

KUT Weekend brings you our favorite stories from the KUT newsroom. Updated Fridays.

Martin do Nascimento / KUT

The City of West Lake Hills started with a drunken plot of revenge.

A decade before Emmett Shelton founded the city in 1953, his brother, Polk, had political aspirations. But when he failed to win the 1937 Democratic primary for a seat in Congress – losing to Lyndon B. Johnson – the brothers and their friends hatched a different plan: build a city to keep their political enemies out.

At least that's how the legend goes.

KLRU

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s documentary The Vietnam War premiered last night on KLRU. It’s a 10-part, 18-hour documentary about that divisive and still-controversial period in American history. To complement that documentary's release, KLRU has created some of its own local programming to examine how the war in Vietnam affected Central Texans.

Martin do Nascimento / KUT

Austin released a second draft of CodeNEXT, the city’s rewrite of its land development code, on Friday.

"The CodeNEXT code and the maps are getting better and all of the community needs to stay engaged,"  Mayor Steve Adler said.

Austin City Hall
Callie Hernandez for KUT News

Austin homeowners will pay more in property taxes and fees to the city next year under a $3.9 billion budget approved by City Council on Wednesday.

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