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1:27 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Austin Animal Shelter At "No-Kill" So Far For 2011

Photo by KUT News

Since January, 90 percent of animals taken in at the Town Lake Animal Center were fostered out, adopted, given to a rescue group, or returned to their owners. The threshold for "no-kill" status is 90 percent.

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News Brief
6:01 am
Fri July 8, 2011

Top Morning Stories July 8, 2011

The State of Texas executed a Mexican citizen Thursday night for the murder of a San Antonio teen.
Photo courtesy of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Humberto Leal Executed

Texas executed Mexican citizen Humberto Leal last night.  The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday rejected appeals, backed by the Obama Administration, to delay the execution to give Congress time to work on legislation covering cases like this. 

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Austin
5:14 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

W Hotel Set To Reopen Saturday

The W Hotel will reopen its doors this weekend.
Photo by KUT News

The upscale W Hotel in downtown Austin is scheduled to reopen its doors to the public on Saturday. All 1,000 glass panels on the balconies have been replaced with temporary wood paneling.  Meanwhile, engineers are still trying to figure out what prompted glass to fall from the building three times in a little more than two weeks.

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News Brief
5:58 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Top Morning Stories July 07, 2011

The dean of UT's College of Liberal Arts issues a report on higher education that differs greatly from Governor Rick Perry's vision.
KUT News

Perry, UT Dean at Odds over Higher Ed Changes

Texas Governor Rick Perry is responding to a report from a dean at UT Austin.  The dean’s report criticizes proposals from an Austin-based think tank.  The governor backs those proposals which include splitting research and teaching budgets and giving state higher education funding directly to students instead of universities. 

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News Brief
5:54 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Top Morning Stories July 6, 2011

A spokesman for Gov. Rick Perry says he's working from home and recovering from a minor back surgery.

Gov. Perry Recovering From Minor Surgery

Texas Governor Rick Perry is recovering from minor back surgery.  A spokesman for Gov. Perry says the procedure included a small nerve decompression. The Governor’s Chief of Staff Ray Sullivan told KERA's Shelley Kofler that Perry spent two nights in the hospital.

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Austin
5:39 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

Wine Down Wednesday Canceled Again by W Hotel Glass Problems

Photo by Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

For the second week in a row, the risk of falling glass from the W Hotel has canceled ACL Live’s Wine Down Wednesday. The event was to feature a performance by musician Dan Dyer and a tasting by the Second Street District’s Malaga Tapas & Bar.

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Austin
4:50 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

City Selling 12 Subsidized Homes For $110,000 Each

This flier shows the homes and describes where they are located in the southeast Austin subdivision of Frontier at Montana.
Photo by City of Austin

People who meet the income requirements can apply to purchase one of twelve newly constructed homes in a southeast Austin subdivision. The three-bedroom/two-bathroom homes were built with federal money and offer these features:

  • $110,000 price (homes are valued at $120,000)
  • Zero percent interest
  • No money down
  • 10-year home warranty
  • High energy efficiency

The income requirements are calculated as a multiple of federal poverty guidelines.  A single individual making $25,850 would qualify for the zero percent interest program. A family of six with combined income of $42,850 would also qualify. People who make more than that could possibly apply for down payment assistance.

The new homes, announced today, have already attracted a lot of attention. "The phones have literally been ringing off the hook," City of Austin spokesperson Jill Goodman told KUT News.

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Austin
12:06 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

AFD Spends Quiet 4th of July Weekend

Austin Fire Department only had to fight two small brush fires this Fourth of July, drastically less than other fireworks holidays.
Photo by Callie Hernandez for KUT News

The Austin Fire Department only responded to two fires on the 4th of July, compared to 50 on last New Year's Eve.

AFD Battalion Chief Thayer Smith attributes the reduction of fire to people complying with a statewide personal fireworks ban. He confirmed that personal fireworks were responsible for at least one of the two fires reported yesterday in Austin. The department never had to call out their 12 brush trucks to combat the fires outside of normal fire operations.

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News Brief
6:10 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Top Morning Stories July 05, 2011

Thanks to the drought Lake Travis is 23 feet below the historic average for July, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority.
Photo by KUT News.

Lake Levels Dropping

The drought has been dropping lake levels in Central Texas.  The Lower Colorado River Authority says the water level at Lake Travis is at about 646 feet. That’s 23 feet below its historic average for July. Lake Buchanan is about 12 feet below its historic average for this month. The rain outlook doesn’t look too promising, although there is a slight chance for rain this weekend. 

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Austin
10:25 am
Mon July 4, 2011

$4 Adoptions on the 4th

Extra patriotic animals are waiting to find a home today.
Photo by KUT News

Pets usually aren't big fans of the 4th of July("Fireworks are loud, can I have a dog biscuit," one local canine said). But with fireworks banned this year why not bring home a furry critter to call your own? The Town Lake Animal Center is offering this bargain adoption fee  of just $4 until 5 p.m. on Independence Day.

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Austin
9:08 am
Sun July 3, 2011

July 3rd Morning Roundup

It's hot!
Photo by Emily Donahue for KUT News.

It’s already been a long, hot summer. And it’s only the 4th of July weekend!

The weather forecast for the rest of the holiday weekend? What else? Hot! Although Sunday there’s a slight chance that southerly breezes from the Gulf could trigger scattered late afternoon showers. Temperatures are expected to be at or near the century mark Sunday and Monday.

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Austin
3:16 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Statewide "No Refusal" Weekend in Place for July Fourth

Photo by KUT News

Austin's "No Refusal" weekends are going statewide. Over the past two years, Austin has implemented "No Refusal" DWI enforcement around major holidays and events like Mardi Gras.

But for the first time ever, over 200 law enforcement agencies across the state will join the no-refusal enforcement effort this weekend.

"No refusal" means a driver cannot refuse a breathalyzer test if pulled over and accused of driving under the influence.

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Austin
2:12 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

This Just in From the "Splash Pad" Desk

Escaping the heat at the Liz Carpenter Splash Pad.
Photo by Nasha Lee KUT News

Lake Austin may be closed to boats and other water vehicles on July4th, but the City of Austin wants people to know that when it comes to "splash pads," it's got you covered.

Bartholomew Splash Pad is back in operation after repairs, and the Liz Carpenter fountain in Butler Park will be open on July 4th. That splash pad is normally closed on Mondays for maintenance.

Austin
1:30 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Some Roads Reopen Around W Hotel

Some roads around the W Hotel have been reopened.
Photo by Jeff Heimsath for KUT news.

Most of the lanes closed around the W Hotel have been reopened.  The streets were shut down due to safety concerns after glass started falling from hotel balconies.   

The falling glass not only snarled traffic around the hotel and forced the closure of the W itself, for a day or two it turned the building into a site for local curiosity seekers. (OK, it was no Congress Street "Bat Bridge," but the "W" can probably count itself as the most photographed Downtown Austin building of the summer).

Austin
4:17 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

Police Announce Watercraft Ban, No Refusal Weekend for the Fourth

Austin Police say they're cracking down on drunk drivers this weekend and banning personal watercraft from Lake Austin on Monday.
Photo by Nasha Lee for KUT News

Austin police have announced a ban on Lake Austin for wet bikes, motorized surfboards and other personal watercraft on the Fourth of July.

The prohibition lasts from sunrise to sunset Monday. Police will be cruising the lake to make sure people are complying with the ban. Boats are still allowed to cruise the lake on the Fourth.

Meanwhile, APD's "No Refusal" weekend has gone statewide. Over 200 law enforcement agencies across Texas will be doing blood draws on suspected drunk drivers who don't submit to a voluntary blood or breathalyzer test.

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