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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2:19 pm
Tue December 21, 2010

Katz's Deli to Klose

The piercing neon "Katz's Never Kloses" sign will go dark just after New Year's
Photo courtesy Liza Lagman Sperl at

Katz's Deli and Bar, the downtown restaurant with the iconic sign, "Katz's Never Kloses," will close January 2.

Owner Marc Katz confirmed the news for KUT this afternoon, saying that after 32 years, "It's time."  The restaurant at West 6th and Rio Grande, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last summer -- the second time in the past six years.

Katz said their last hurrah will be Christmas and New Year's weekends, but that the deli will close after the New Year's weekend.

News Brief
6:22 am
Tue December 21, 2010

Stretch of I-35 Open Again After Early Morning Accident

Austin police say the stretch of southbound I-35 around William Cannon is now open. A portion of southbound I-35 had been shut down this morning because of a fatal traffic accident that happened earlier today. Southbound traffic had been diverted off of I-35 at the William Cannon exit onto the frontage road while police were on the scene investigating.

Morning Update
8:41 am
Mon December 20, 2010

Monday Morning Update

AISD Seeks Budget Input

The Austin Independent School District will take public comment on next year's budget at a meeting tonight at AISD headquarters.  The Austin American-Statesman reports that the district could be as much as $60 million short in revenues for the 2011-2012 school year.  Budget writers expect to present the proposed plan at the end of February.

Fireworks Go On Sale Today

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9:42 am
Sun December 19, 2010

Sunday Doins' Around Austin

Congress Avenue Austin at the bridge


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9:07 am
Sat December 18, 2010

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar Turns 35

The annual christmas market began at the Armadillo World Headquarters.
Sue Clark

Austinites have until the 24th to check out the City's annual holiday market. It's happening this year at the Palmer Events Center, but it wasn't  always so.

Check out a history of the Armadillo Bazaar here.

News Brief
5:05 am
Fri December 17, 2010

Top Morning Stories December 17, 2010

If you're headed to Austin's airport be advised, today's expected to be one of the busiest days of the year.
Photo by KUT News.

Busy Day at Austin's Airport

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2:54 pm
Thu December 16, 2010

Cats and Dogs (and people) Sleeping Together...Mass Hysteria!

The Austin Humane Society gets ready to sleep with the animals
picture courtesy the Austin Humane Society

Workers and volunteers at the Austin Humane Society will spend the night at the shelter to honor all of the animals that will be homeless during the holidays.  The 5th annual sleep over starts tonight at 7 with a visit from Santa.  After the jolly fat guy poses for pictures with the shelter pets, the dogs will be allowed to run around an indoor dog park.  While all cats will be allowed to roam around the shelter as well.  Shelter staff and volunteers will spend the night all around the shelter, including dog kennels, cat rooms and play areas

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1:15 pm
Thu December 16, 2010

Remembering Jennifer Gale

Jennifer Gale was ever-present at Austin city council meetings
Photo courtesy Dentler

The Austin city council opened today's council meeting with a tribute to Jennifer Gale.  Gale was ever-present at council meetings and ran for Mayor and several other elected positions over the years.  She was also homeless.  Gale was found dead two years ago tomorrow in front of a church near the UT-Austin campus.

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News Brief
5:35 am
Thu December 16, 2010

Top Morning Stories December 16, 2010

Senior Juliann Faucette helped the Longhorns reach the NCAA's Volleyball Championship Final Four.
Photo courtesy of

City May Support Payday Lending Legislation

The City of Austin will consider a resolution today to endorse state legislation to regulate payday and auto title loan lenders.  These lenders often have high interest and fees that consumer advocates say can trap people in a spiral of debt.  Right now there is a loophole that allows these stores to run without oversight.  If the resolution is passed, the city would officially endorse Rep. Eddie Rodriguez's House Bill 212. 

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4:32 pm
Wed December 15, 2010

Get Your Picture Taken With Santa At The Airport For Free

Image courtesy Joe Shlabotnik

If you want a picture of your kid with Santa but can't brave the mall before catching a flight out of town, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has got you covered.

ABIA is hosting Santa at the airport at various times throughout the day from December 17th until the 20th. He'll be behind security, so you'll have to be a ticketed passenger. There is no cost to having your picture taken, but you'll probably have to look at Southwest Airline's logo, as they're sponsoring the event.

2:04 pm
Wed December 15, 2010

Easily See Average Income, Education, Racial Makeup Of Your Neighborhood

The New York Times has produced this map that plots data from the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey on a map. It lets you see the results of your neighborhood down to the census tract, providing a fascinatingly high level of granularity.

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1:38 pm
Wed December 15, 2010

Local Man Pleads For Help To Find Missing Bilingual Parrot

Mino the parrot speaks English and Cantonese.
Image courtesy Will Zhang

This missing pet notice was too unusual to ignore.

Downtown resident Will Zhang is trying to find his beloved African Grey Parrot, Mino. Zhang bottle fed Mino since he was a baby in 1995. Cutest of all, the parrot speaks both English and Mandarin.

"He just gets freaked out by moving objects and sudden sounds," Zhang told KUT News. "We had some guests over and he wasn't familiar with them, and opening the door, he just took off out the glass window."

Zhang says it's been emotionally difficult for him.

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News Brief
5:02 am
Wed December 15, 2010

Top Morning Stories December 15, 2010

Republican John Kuempel won yesterday's special election for the House seat vacated by his father.

Kuempel's Son Wins HD 44

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10:08 am
Tue December 14, 2010

KUT Audio News Roundup

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Some of the audio news we've produced in the last 24 hours.

So How 'Bout That Weather?

You know that old saying “If you don’t like the weather in Texas,then just wait a few minutes?” As KUT's Mose Buchele reports, this fall, it’s truer than ever.

Healthcare Law Takes A Tumble In Virginia

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News Brief
5:16 am
Tue December 14, 2010

Top Morning Stories December 14, 2010

Logo courtesy of the Austin Independent School District.

AISD Changes Class Rank Calculation

Last night the Austin School Board approved changes to the way class rank is determined.  Class rank will now be calculated using a student's highest grades in 16 core classes such as math and science, plus two foreign languages.  That means electives such as home economics will no longer count for class rank. The

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3:52 pm
Mon December 13, 2010

Alleged DWI Cop's Wrecked Cruiser On Display At SWAT Headquarters

It's difficult to view from the street, but you can see part of the police car that SWAT team member Michael Hamilton is alleged to have wrecked in a DWI accident earlier this month.
Image by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

Austin police chief Art Acevedo is sending a message to members of the department's SWAT team: Don't get drunk and wreck a police cruiser like your colleague Michael Hamilton is alleged to have done.

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12:02 pm
Sun December 12, 2010

Sunday News Roundup

A delicious morning breakfast, one of several dishes featured in a Houston Chronicle piece about "hangover food." Link below
Image courtesy Rhodes

If you’re a Longhorns fan, you probably already heard the stunning news that defensive coordinator Will Muschamp is leaving to coach the Gators.

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4:38 pm
Fri December 10, 2010

Will Austin's Missing Moontowers Return?

A moontower at 8th and Rio Grande Streets. Two moontowers downtown were removed for high rise developments, but have yet to be returned.
Image courtesy Matthew Rutledge

Two historically significant moonlight towers, or moontowers, were removed to make way for the development of two downtown high-rise buildings, but both structures were completed months and neither moontower has been returned to its original location.

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1:45 pm
Fri December 10, 2010

35,000 Local Children Will Get Free Coats Tomorrow

The annual Coats For Kids Program reports a record breaking number of donations this year. More than 35,000 coats will be distributed to low income children tomorrow at the Palmer Events Center.

All the coats are new or gently used.

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