Austin

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

Jimmy Maas for KUT News

The U.S. Grand Prix is coming back to Austin, Circuit of the Americas officials announced Wednesday. Before the announcement, it was unknown whether the multi-million dollar racing facility would again host the country's only Formula One race.

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration

Information out from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirms what many probably already knew: It was a really warm winter. NOAA’s National Climate Summary for December through February says the lower 48 states experienced the warmest winter ever recorded when it comes to average temperature. 


36 Hours in Austin, Realistically

Mar 8, 2016

The New York Times featured over the weekend its travel guide to Austin, "36 Hours in Austin, Texas.” That guide inspired one "traveler" to hop on a Saturday morning plane to Austin and follow the Grey Lady's itinerary to a "T."

This is that hypothetical traveler's story.

KUT News

The annual Amplify Austin fundraiser kicks off this evening, and, this year, organizers are working to boost philanthropic efforts across Central Texas.

Bryan Winter for KUT News

With the Texas open carry law in effect, visitors at this year’s South by Southwest festival could see more guns in public.

For the third year in a row, gun rights activists are planning to take to the streets at SXSW, openly displaying their firearms. Before this year, they could only legally carry long guns like rifles and shotguns. But Texas' open carry law, which went into effect in January, allows license holders to visibly wear a wide range of firearms, as long as they’re in a holster.

Callie Hernandez for KUT News

A petition submitted by a political action committee attempting to recall Austin City Council member Ann Kitchen has been rejected by the City Clerk. The PAC Austin4All failed to notarize any of the petition's 989 pages, which was required to attest to the validity of the statement at the top of each petition: “The reason for [Council member Ann Kitchen's] recall is because she has purposefully hurt businesses that employ citizens of Austin.”

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Travis County health officials have confirmed the second case of Zika virus in the region. With peak mosquito season approaching, what should people be watching out for?


President And First Lady To Speak At SXSW

Mar 2, 2016
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will speak at SXSW this year, the festival announced Wednesday. The President will appear at Interactive in a Keynote Conversation with the Texas Tribune's Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith centered around technology, climate change and voter engagement on March 11. The First Lady will speak about the education initiative Let Girls Learn on March 16 at SXSW Music. 

Kathryn Decker from flickr

Sometimes, a potential law goes by two names.

But other times, it goes by one – while confusion has bred alternative monikers. For instance, Austin City Council members have spent the past year chewing over hiring requirements for private employers. But recently, Council Member Ellen Troxclair expressed some confusion about what to call this: "ban the box" or a "fair chance hiring" ordinance?

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez for KUTX

Austin Mayor Steve Adler announced Friday morning a series of proposals he believes will strengthen the city’s music industry and help musicians keep making their art.


Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon for KUT News

More than two decades ago, Austin’s towering Treaty Oak nearly bit the dust after being poisoned by a vandal. The tree was ultimately saved, but when the situation seemed dire, supporters with pockets shallow and deep came out in full force. (Ross Perot handed over a blank check to save the tree.)

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT

There’s a war going on. And, like most unnecessarily irksome dustups involving Austin, it centers around tacos – specifically, breakfast tacos.

Council Adopts New Regulations for Short-Term Rentals

Feb 24, 2016
Eva Ruth Moravec/Austin Monitor

From the Austin Monitor: City Council on Tuesday passed, on a 9-2 vote, new regulations governing short-term rentals that aren’t owner-occupied. Council also adopted plans to phase out all of the so-called STR Type 2 properties in residential zones by 2022.

Mike Blizzard via Twitter

When word first broke that a local political action committee calling itself Austin4All had enough signatures to recall City Council Member Ann Kitchen, most of her colleagues came out in force. Standing outside City Hall on Feb. 1, some council members joked they would be next.


Mike Blizzard via Twitter

From the Austin Monitor: Although local political action committee Austin4All turned in a petition to recall City Council Member Ann Kitchen to the city clerk’s office Friday, petitions to recall Council members are far from common. So it’s fair to say that the rules governing this process are little known.

According to a spokesperson for the city, the city clerk has 20 calendar days to certify the signatures. Should roughly 5,000 signatures (10 percent of the number of active voters in Kitchen’s District 5) be deemed valid, the council member has five days to leave her position. But Kitchen has said she will not.


Miguel Gutierrez Jr. for KUT News

While the music tourism industry is enjoying a boom in Austin’s city limits, the economic impact of the local music industry — the live music supported by locals during the stretches of the year that aren’t festivals — is on the decline, according to a study just released by Austin Music People


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The City of Austin recently got some backlash for the way it agreed to fund a new MUD – or municipal utility district. The Pilot Knob development will in part be paid for by diverting roughly $80 million from the Austin Water Utility – and by raising customers’ bills.

But let’s back up a bit. What is a municipal utility district, exactly?

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon for KUT News

The Austin City Clerk’s office has confirmed they have received a petition to recall the election of Council member Ann Kitchen. The petition was submitted by a local political action committee calling itself Austin4All

The City Clerk must now certify these signatures within 20 days. Once the signatures are certified, the Council member has five days to resign. If she does not, the recall will go to voters, most likely in November.

Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News

There’s a relatively new neighborhood in Northeast Austin with new homes and new businesses. Someday there may even be a school there. It’s built on land that used to be Austin’s airport – named after a city council member from the 1920s.

Those facts are clear.

What's not so clear is how to properly say the neighborhood’s name.


Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT

The Austin City Council has approved the ballot language for the city-wide election to be held in May on regulating ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft. The language asks voters if they wish to repeal regulations that prohibit fingerprinting requirements for drivers, require distinctive emblems on vehicles, and prohibit drivers from loading and unloading passengers in travel lanes.

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