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Jorge Sanhueza Lyon / KUT

Every time the weather changes, the City of Austin either makes money or takes a hit to its bottom line. That’s because Austin owns its own water and electric utilities. Their revenue is tied to what it’s like outside, and the weather this year has upset a lot of expectations.


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

Your Hottest Takes on That Hatch Chile Story

Aug 26, 2016
Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / KUT

In the latest installment of our ATXplained series, KUT's Kate McGee tackled the grocer-backed frenzy surrounding the Hatch chile pepper. It's a time when the flavor of the beloved New Mexican pepper infiltrates seemingly any and all sundries.

For every obvious flavor combo, like chips or salsa or tortilla soup, there are seemingly dozens of other, more questionable fusions – Hatch pancake mix, Hatch beer, Hatch poundcake, Hatch wine, Hatch cookies and the like. 

Kate's story sought to answer the question of how festivals like Central Market's Hatch-A-Palooza sprouted up, and the answer to that question – and the revelation that Hatch chiles are virtually identical to counterparts like the Anaheim – was unsavory to some.

Things got heated.

So, here's a smattering of responses, compliments and hot takes we got online.

Does Austin Need a Bigger Convention Center?

Aug 26, 2016
Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / KUT

City leaders are considering a plan to expand the Austin Convention Center, but some question how much the entire city would benefit from the project.


Callie Hernandez for KUT

The candidates for Austin’s next city manager will be vetted by nearly a million people. At least, that’s how necessary council members and city staff have said public input is to the process of hiring Austin’s newest city manager in roughly a decade.


Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / KUT

Thousands of students at UT-Austin protested campus carry today using a tactic that could be described as unorthodox, if not unprecedented on the Forty Acres: They brandished dildos by the hundreds on the Main Mall.

Perla Arellano

After work, Odette Tan rushes to a dance studio, where she might practice a new move or just place herself on the floor to relax. Tan is a civil engineer by day, but during the evening she becomes a pole dancing instructor.


Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / KUT

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke at the Travis County Expo Center last night – capping off a day of events in Fort Worth and Austin. We sent KUT’s Mose Buchele and Ben Philpott over to the rally provide full coverage of the event – inside and out – along with photographers Gabriel Cristóver Pérez and Miguel Gutierrez Jr. You can view the moments they captured in the slideshow above. 


Lisseth Lopez for KUT News

Central Market’s annual Hatch chile festival, Hatch-A-Palooza, is over for the year. But you can still get Hatch chiles pretty much in every Austin grocery store. Did you ever wonder why grocery stores get so excited about Hatch chiles? 

Graphic by Gage Skidmore / Todd Wiseman

Not much specific.

Austin Police are not releasing details of Trump's route, but we do know where he's going and when he's scheduled to be there.

Austin City Hall
KUT News

The deadline for council candidates to place their names on the November ballot came and went today. Here’s a list of who’s running in the five districts where seats are up for election (incumbents are indicated as such):

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT

It’s official. Austin voters will decide on a $720 million transportation bond come November 8. Council members took a final vote on the ballot language this afternoon, after nearly two hours of discussion. The final count? Seven council members for, three abstaining, one hard no.

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez / KUT

Austin residents are no strangers to big events, but all those visitors can take a toll on the city’s infrastructure. The Austin City Council is set to consider a plan that could direct more funding toward facilities affected by tourism.


Legal notices and lease copies blanketed a plush beige couch in a North Austin apartment. Rebekah Jara rummaged through the papers. Lawyers had urged her and her fiancé, Juan Aranda, to keep copies of everything.

More letters would come. But, until then, Aranda and Jara were struggling to get repairs done on their apartment on Sam Rayburn Drive in Austin’s Rundberg area.


Mose Buchele

Kahraman Barut is one lucky guy.

He just moved to Austin from Turkey on Sunday, so the unusually cool, wet weather we've been experiencing is all he knows of our local summers.

“I’m really shocked actually," he says. "I wasn’t expecting this."

John Richardson’s lived here 20 years. He can't remember August days this cool and rainy, he says.

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A city can feel like two totally different places depending on whether you rent or own your home, and Austin is no exception.


Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / KUT

The Housing Authority of the City of Austin is moving forward with a plan to renovate its public housing complexes, but some residents are concerned about where they’ll live during construction. 


Daniel Reese for KUT News

Austin City Manager Marc Ott announced he’s resigning from the city, effective October 30. Ott has accepted a new position in D.C., where he’ll serve as executive director of the International City/County Management Association, a group that advocates for city management.

Pu Ying Huang/KUT

The Austin City Council approved a measure Thursday clarifying the process municipal judges use to deem someone incapable of paying a municipal fine –emphasizing community service as an alternative to jail time for unpaid fines.

District 2 Council Member Delia Garza brought the item forward in an effort to reduce the number of people being sent to jail for unpaid fines.

Rodolfo Gonzalez, Austin American-Statesman

Inside the new Hotel Van Zandt in downtown Austin is restaurant called Geraldine's that aims to attract locals and tourists alike. KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his latest review.


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