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Austin
1:33 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

Austin Ranks First On List Of Top Spending Cities

Image by KUT News

Does a day go by without Austin ranking high on some cool list? Yesterday it was third place in a ranking for entrepreneurs, today we are number one on a list of top spending cities.

Bundle.com's list doesn't account for boring expenses like mortgage and rent. That's probably why New York City ranked number 53, and it's why relatively affluent towns with low housing costs fared better.

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News Brief
5:57 am
Tue January 4, 2011

Top Morning Stories January 4, 2011

More low-level radioactive waste may be allowed to be dumped in West Texas after a vote on the matter today.
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Judge Allows Radioactive Waste Vote Today

A Commission is scheduled to vote today on whether to allow up to 36 more states to dump their low-level radioactive waste in Andrews County in West Texas.  A federal judge yesterday lifted a restraining order that would have stopped today’s vote. 

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Austin
3:28 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

Missing Woman Found Dead In Greenbelt

Image courtesy APD

The body of an 81-year-old woman who went missing in South Austin last night has been found in the Greenbelt, according to the Austin Police Department.  KUT News reported earlier today that APD were trying to find Leona Wagoner Owen.

Austin
3:11 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

Austin Ranked Third Best City For Young Entrepreneurs

Image by Nasha Lee for KUT News

The Live Music Capitol of the World has topped another list of awesome cities. This time, it's the Under30CEO.com list of Top 10 Cities for Young Entrepreneurs in 2010.

Coming in third place right behind New York City and San Francisco, Austin is praised for all the familiar reasons:

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News Brief
4:54 am
Mon January 3, 2011

Top Morning Stories January 3, 2011

Austin police are searching for missing 81 year-old Leona Wagoner Owen. She was last seen Sunday in South Austin.
Photo courtesy of the Austin Police Department.

APD Searching for Missing Woman

Update at 3:30 pm: 81 year-old Leona Wagoner Owen has been found dead in South Austin.

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Austin
10:04 am
Sat January 1, 2011

Fiery Start to 2011

Austin's fire department had a busy first night of 2011.
Image courtesy Austin Fire Department

2011 has already started as a busy one for Austin firefighters.

Statesman.com reports six people have been hospitalized after two separate fires early this morning.  Two elderly men are in critical condition after a fire on Mt. Barker Dr., after being rescued by firefighters.  Four other men are being treated after an apparent fire at a Shell gas station at E. 10th and I-35.

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Austin
2:42 pm
Fri December 31, 2010

Don't Let Your Pets Get Freaked Out By NYE Fireworks

Two dogs wait to be adopted at Town Lake Animal Center. The shelter says its stray intake is expected to increase because of New Year's fireworks.
Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

To some people, New Year's Eve fireworks displays like this one are an awe-inspiring form of entertainment.

But to many cats and dogs, it sounds more like the end of the world.

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Austin
2:37 pm
Fri December 31, 2010

ANY Plans for New Year's?

A fireworks show will cap tonight's "Austin New Year's" celebration at Auditorium Shores
Image by Erika Aguilar/KUT

New Year’s Eve 2011 will look a little different in downtown Austin tonight. The bar and club scene will be about the same. But there won’t be a “First Night Austin” celebration, as there has been in years past.

In fact, this will be the first New Year’s Eve in six years where there has been no “First Night Austin” celebration. Organizers announced at the end of September that they didn’t have the money to stage the family-friendly downtown party this year. They’re hoping to be back to ring in 2012.

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Austin
1:16 pm
Thu December 30, 2010

Second Man in County Shooting Dies

Travis County Sheriff's detectives continue to investigate Monday's fatal shooting on Rockway Drive
Image courtesy Travis County Sheriff's Department

Travis County Sheriff's investigators say 63-year-old John Joseph Debrecht died this morning at University Medical Center Brackenridge.  He and musician Bill Maddox were both found by deputies after a shooting early Monday morning.  Maddox, a drummer for the Eric Johnson Band in the '70s and for several other acts through the years, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Austin
3:48 pm
Wed December 29, 2010

Firefighters' Union Says Chief Lowering Recruitment Standards

The chief of the firefighters' union is accusing the chief of excessively lowering recruitment standards to make the force more diverse.
Image by Callie Hernandez for KUT News

Austin Fire Association President Bob Nicks believes that Austin Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr is setting the bar for job applicants too low in an attempt to increase diversity. Nicks says he will file a formal grievance with the city tomorrow.

Currently, four out of five firefighters are white. Women make up only five percent of the force.

The fire department has an extremely rare opportunity to change that. It has about 100 positions to fill. But not everyone agrees on how screen the candidates.

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Austin
2:30 pm
Wed December 29, 2010

Frasier Gets Police Monitor's Nod

Former Travis County Sheriff Margo Frasier will be Austin's new police monitor.
Image courtesy Travis County

Former Travis County Sheriff Margo Frasier will be Austin's next police monitor. 

City Manager Marc Ott made the announcement this afternoon at a City Hall news conference.  She was one of six semifinalists seeking the city-appointed civilian watchdog position, reviewing citizens' complaints against the Austin Police Department.

development
2:48 pm
Tue December 28, 2010

Travis County Buys Downtown Parking Lot To Build New Courthouse

Travis County Commissioners cleared the way to buy this plot of land downtown between 3rd and 4th streets to the north and south and Guadalupe and San Antonio streets to the east and west.
Image courtesy Google Street View

Travis County Commissioners didn't take any moves to block the planned purchase of a lot in downtown Austin, clearing the way for the deal to close tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock.

As KUT News reported two weeks ago, the county will pay $21,750,000 for the downtown block next to Republic Square Park.

County Judge Sam Biscoe says that’s half a million more than the appraised value.

“But I think that the location, more than justifies that. Plus it’s the size that we need,” Biscoe told KUT.

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Austin
2:17 pm
Tue December 28, 2010

Pay Your Property Tax January 3 And Still Get December Receipt

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The Travis County Tax Office wants you to know you can pay your property tax bill as late as January 3 and still get a December receipt. That's important to people who want to claim their property tax as a deduction on their 2010 tax return.

"That's because we are closed on the last day of this month, December 31st," tax office spokesperson Tina Morton told KUT News. "By law, when the deadline falls on a business day and we're closed, it automatically moves to the next business day."

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Georgetown
12:55 pm
Tue December 28, 2010

Thieves Return Frog Sculpture To Park In Georgetown

Georgetown Parks and Rec superintendent Glenn Moss poses next to a frog sculpture that was stolen in October and returned on Christmas Day.
Image courtesy City of Georgetown

The City of Georgetown emailed us to let us know a 130-pound frog sculpture, stolen from San Gabriel Park in late-October, had been returned on Christmas Day. Surveillance camera footage from December 25 shows two people unloading the sculpture from an SUV and then driving away.

Georgetown Parks and Recreation superintendent Glenn Moss just happened to be strolling through the park yesterday and noticed the sculpture had been returned.

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Austin
1:54 pm
Mon December 27, 2010

Not Much New In NTSB Report On Austin Plane Attack

This is what the office building looked like shortly after Joe Stack crashed a plane into the building in February. The NTSB has issued its final report on the attack.
Image by KUT News

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its final report into the attack on an IRS building launched earlier this year by Joe Stack, a man believed to be frustrated with the federal government.

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Developing
11:08 am
Fri December 24, 2010

Austin Police Officer Shoots and Kills Suspect

Austin Police say an officer shot and killed a man Thursday night.
Nasha Lee for KUT News

10:50 a.m. UPDATE--Austin Police have identified the man shot to death by an APD officer who was stabbed in the neck during a struggle in north Austin late last night.  Maurice Pierce, who was one of the men charged in the "Yogurt Shop Murders" of 1991, reportedly died at the scene near Parmer Lane and McNeil Road.  Pierce was charged in 1999 with the rape and murder of four teenage girls at a north Austin yogurt shop.   He was later cleared of the charges.

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Austin
10:05 am
Thu December 23, 2010

Clarksville Tradition Lights up Holiday For Many

Willis Littlefield's annual Chrstmas Display lights up faces around Austin.
Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

Christmas Vacation's Clark Griswold meets his match in a dazzling Clarksville lights display.

Each December, there's one tradition that just sort of defines what it means to "Keep Austin Weird." And you can find it right in front of 66 year-old Willis Littlefield's Clarksville home on 12th street just west of West Lynn. If you stop by, you're sure to get a candy cane... and a tour of the dazzling light show from the man himself.

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Austin
12:21 pm
Wed December 22, 2010

City Names Sole Finalist For Shelter Director

Photo courtesy Town Lake Animal Center

Austin City Manager Marc Ott has named Abigail Smith the sole finalist for the chief animal services officer position.  In a memo to the Mayor and City Council Members, Ott said the city received many positive comments about Smith -- who's currently the executive director of the Tompkins County SPCA in Ithaca, NY.

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Austin
11:58 am
Wed December 22, 2010

The Zilker Tree is Up through New Year's Eve

The Zilker Tree is an annual Austin tradition
Photo courtesy the City of Austin Website

The Trail of Lights has hit a wall...at least for this year and until the city's budget recovers.  But Austin’s Zilker Tree is lighting the Zilker hill side up, as it has since 1965. Each year, thousands of Austinites travel to the historic holiday display to take a spin, and then another, and another under its lights.

The city website says the Zilker tree is 155 feet tall and has 39 streamers. Each holds 81 multicolored, 25 watt bulbs, totaling 3,309 lights.

The Zilker Tree is lit every night through December 31. If you can’t make it there, take a spin here.

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Austin
10:07 am
Wed December 22, 2010

How To Find Out What Those Cops Are Doing On Your Block

Curious why those police cars are in your neighborhood? There are ways to find out.
Photo by Nasha Lee for KUT News

Ever see flashing red and blue lights of a police cruiser on your block and wonder what they are doing over there? Here's how to find out.

The Austin Police Departments' Public Information office is open during normal business hours. You can start by calling them directly at 512-974-5017.

If they are unable to help you, or it's after hours, try contacting the APD division that covers your neighborhood.  You can find that list here.

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