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Transportation
7:07 am
Fri February 8, 2013

East Coast Winter Storm 'Nemo' Cancels Austin Flights

Snow expected on the east coast is already causing flight cancelations at Austin-Bergstrom.
KUT News

This is the kind of Nemo you don’t want to find.

Winter Storm Nemo, which the Weather Channel is calling a possible “record setting blizzard”, is just getting started on the Northeast coast. But it is already contributing to flight cancelations at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

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Austin
12:28 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Problems, Expenses and Delays for Bartholomew Pool

Bartholomew Pool was built in the 1960s.
City of Austin

The City of Austin’s Aquatic Division manages over 50 public pool facilities. The Bartholomew Pool, in particular, has demanded significant time and funding from the city since 2009.

Now, the city says the pool will need even more time and money before it's ready to reopen.

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Austin
11:10 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Listen: How Austin African-Americans Made History in 1967

Clarence McClure hold a picture of some of the original "lions" from Austin.
Credit Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The proclamation was not enforced in Texas until June of 1865, two and a half years after the fact. The state’s history has a mixed record when it comes to change and racial equality. So it may be surprising to know that the capital city is home to the country’s first African American Lions Club, found

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Business
7:42 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Austin Airport Breaks Passenger Record in 2012

Ihwa Cheng/KUT News

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport saw more passengers last year than it ever has before. About 9.4 million people departed from or arrived to the airport in 2012. That was a four percent increase from 2011.

ABIA added more non-stop flights last year, including service to Washington D.C., Portland, and Philadelphia. And 200,000 people came through for the Formula One race in November.

But officials say they don’t expect to see the same gains in 2013. 

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Transportation
5:29 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Austin Traffic: Slow and Growing

The high traffic costs also mean more carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere.
flickr.com/rutlo

A new study reveals what most Austin drivers could tell you anyway: Traffic here is bad. But the study says Austin’s traffic has grown worse than any large metropolitan region in the last 20 years.

The yearly Urban Mobility Report from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute says Austin drivers have wasted the most time in traffic since they began collecting data, more than any other city surveyed in the national study.

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The Lead
9:30 am
Tue February 5, 2013

The Lead: Austin Road Deaths Mount; WilCo Inquiry Continues

The city is looking for advice on how to make streets safer.
flickr.com/rutlo

Good morning. The National Weather Service says sunny and warm weather is the order of the day, with expected highs in the mid-70s.

Lead Story: Ten people have died in traffic accidents in Austin so far this year. That’s twice as many as this time last year.

The city has launched a survey as part of an effort to reverse that trend, looking for feedback on how to make Austin safer for cyclists, drivers, and pedestrians. You can find the survey on the city’s website.

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Austin
8:21 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Public Safety Commission Recommends Gun Control Measures (Updated)

The commission recommends not leasing facilities for gun shows.
flickr.com/glasgows

Update: Austin’s Public Safety Commission voted unanimously Monday to send a resolution to local leaders aimed at reducing gun violence.

The resolution encourages the Austin City Council, Travis County Commissioners, the Austin Independent School Board and Austin Community College to stop leasing facilities for gun shows—or to require those shows to conduct background checks.

The commission also wants local law enforcement to hold gun buyback programs and to collect data on guns used in crimes.

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Austin
8:06 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Travis County Homeless Population Dropping

Data provided by ECHO

The annual Austin/Travis County homeless count shows the number of homeless people living the area is down by 5.5 percent from last year to 2,121.

The Ending Community Homelessness Coalition or “ECHO” conducted the count late last month.

The count determines the level of federal funding the area will receive and helps community organizations determine which services need to be improved.

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Austin
10:29 am
Mon February 4, 2013

While State Cemetery Prospers, Austin Resting Place in Disrepair

A graveyard angel keeps watch over Oakwood Cemetary in East Austin.
flickr.com/ericinsf

Story as it aired on KUT 90.5 FM

Cemeteries in many cities are considered important historical places, memorials to famous and influential people. Consider the Granary in Boston, Highgate in London, the Pere Lachaise in Paris.  But in Austin only one cemetery fits that category – and the State Cemetery is maintained by Texas. 

And the contrast between the state cemetery in Austin and the city owned ones - is breathtaking. 

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The Lead
9:02 am
Mon February 4, 2013

The Lead: Ruling Coming in Texas School Finance Trial, Inquiry Begins in Morton Prosecution

A quiet moment at Austin's Bowie High School. AISD was one of 600 school districts to sue the state over school funding.
Nathan Bernier, KUT News

Good morning. The National Weather Service says Austin’s in for another day of slightly-warmer-than-average temperatures today, with light sprinkles this morning.

Lead Story: A ruling is set be issued to today on whether the appropriation of state school funds is constitutional.

Over 600 Texas school districts sued the state after lawmakers slashed public funding and grant programs by $5.4 billion dollars in 2011.

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Politics
5:18 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Andrew Young to Speak in Austin

Former congressman, Atlanta mayor and ambassador Andrew Young will speak tonight at the LBJ library.
courtesy flickr.com/edra

Andrew Young was a friend of Martin Luther King Jr., a U.S. congressman, ambassador to the United Nations and mayor of Atlanta, to name just a few of his titles. 

Tonight at 6, Young will be giving a lecture at the LBJ Auditorium on Red River. The event is free and open to the public.

KUT’s Nathan Bernier spoke with Young today about cities that, like Austin, are addressing the legacy of segregation.

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The Lead
8:53 am
Wed January 30, 2013

The Lead: CPRIT-Funded Group Closes, County OKs Smoking Ban

State cancer agency CPRIT's biggest recipient is going out of business.
Texas Tribune

Good morning. The National Weather Service still has Central Texas under a Red Flag Warning until 6 p.m. tonight. The humidity will be low and the winds are high, meaning higher wildfire danger.

Austin’s in for otherwise nice weather today, with temperatures cooling to the 60s after this week’s warm streak.

Lead Story: The non-profit that got the biggest grant so far from the state’s troubled cancer-fighting agency is going out of business. The Clinical Trials Network of Texas says it has run out of money after the taxpayer-funded Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) began withholding payments.

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Austin
7:54 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Austin Boy Scout Troops Would Likely Have Different Sexual Orientation Policies

The Boy Scouts of America is considering a change to its membership policy.
flickr.com/imcomkorea

Boy Scout troops across the country could soon be able to decide for themselves whether to admit scout masters and troop members of all sexual orientations.

If the Boy Scouts of America leaves the decision up to individual troops, Austin could have troops with a variety of policies.

A search of troops in the Austin area shows many are sponsored by churches. A couple of the scout masters for those troops said they couldn’t talk about extending membership to boys and men of all sexual orientations until they got the okay from their sponsoring churches.

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Scientology
4:09 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Listen: Austin Author Lawrence Wright on 'Going Clear,' His Controversial Book on Scientology

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright believes religion is a more powerful influence in people's lives than politics.
Kenny Braun

 Audio FileKUT's Jennifer Stayton talks with Austin author Lawrence Wright about his latest book "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief."Edit | Remove

What do Gloria Swanson and Tom Cruise have in common?

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The Lead
8:35 am
Fri January 25, 2013

The Lead: Texas Medicaid Expansion Debated, Ed Funding Takes Center Stage

Medicaid and education funding are two hot topics under the dome of the Texas Capitol.
Filipa Rodrigues/KUT News

Good morning! With highs in the upper-70s, Austin’s in for another day of well-above average temperatures, according to the National Weather Service. This weekend should see similar weather, albeit with a little more cloud cover. 

Speaking of the weather: Yesterday’s near record-high temperatures could mean many area plants are at risk of blooming too soon – which could mean a poor year for wildflowers, according to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Lead story: The chair of the Texas Senate's Health and Human Services Committee says she hopes Washington will allow Texas to receive $27 billion to expand Medicaid to people who can't afford private insurance.

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The Lead
8:54 am
Thu January 24, 2013

The Lead: Lege Talks School Funding, F1 Traffic Mitigation Could Return for SXSW

Public education funding got a vetting in the Senate Finance Committee yesterday.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Good morning. Hope you’re sick of winter weather, because the National Weather Service says Austin can expect a high in the upper 70s today – a full ten to fifteen degrees above normal.

Lead Story: Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams is asking lawmakers to wait until after a court ruling before they talk about restoring $5.4 billion that was cut from classrooms two years ago. More than 600 Texas school districts are suing the state, and a ruling isn’t expected until February.

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The Lead
8:51 am
Wed January 23, 2013

The Lead: Houston Campus Shooting, CPRIT Investigation, Keystone XL Pipeline OK’d in NB

A billboard for Houston-area gun shows. Three were injured in a shooting at a Houston college campus that began as an argument.
flickr.com/nakrnsm

Good morning! Stat safe on the roads, as dense fog this morning made for many interesting commutes. The National Weather Service says the fog should burn off mid-morning leaving Austin with an afternoon high in the mid-70s.

Lead Story: More reactions to the shooting at a Lone Star College campus in Houston, which left three injured.

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The Lead
8:36 am
Tue January 22, 2013

The Lead: Austin Marks MLK Day, AISD Takes Up Bond Package

Participants in yesterday's rally and march, marking Martin Luther KIng Jr.'s birthday.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon, KUT News

Good morning! The National Weather Service says Austin's in for a sunny and mild day, with highs in the mid-60s.

Lead Story: Many Austinites took time to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. yesterday.

People gathered at the MLK statue on the UT campus Monday morning to kick off the city’s annual march honoring the civil rights leader. Austinite Stan Johnson says he was inspired to come out when he heard King’s “I Have a Dream” speech for the first time.

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Austin
3:03 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Why Was This Cake Decorated With a Zombie Ben Franklin Left on a Hyde Park Porch Overnight?

The cake in question.
Jackie Burniske

File under: keeping Austin weird.

Jackie Burniske lives in the Hyde Park neighborhood north of the UT campus. When she awoke this morning, her partner Rob Wood found something out of the ordinary on their porch: a strangely frosted cake featuring the green visage of American founding father Ben Franklin.

Burniske and Wood woke up this morning like any other day. That was until Wood stepped outside to pick up the paper, and noticed something on their porch and called Burniske over.

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Austin
1:42 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Should Austin Rename the Lance Armstrong Bikeway?

Lance Armstrong's Tour de France jersey used to reside in a case outside the mayor's office - but no longer.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

The Lance Armstrong Bikeway opened in 2009. It was an example of the city's enthusiasm for cycling – which was, in part, prompted by Armstrong's success.

It's fair to say that, because of Armstrong's cycling achievements and active role in supporting those fighting cancer, Armstrong was a sort of icon in Austin.

But after Armstrong admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs in an interview with Oprah Winfrey last night, the Austin community is starting to question if his influence in town is appropriate.

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