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Austin Police
2:01 pm
Wed October 27, 2010

APD Cop Faces Firing Over Domestic Dispute

Update 4:52 pm: Quintana was dismissed again. Details here.

Earlier: Austin Police officer Leonard Quintana finds himself on the hot seat once again today. He's facing a disciplinary hearing that started at 1 p.m. and could result in him being fired from the force for a second time.

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Health
1:50 pm
Wed October 27, 2010

New Alcoholic Energy Drink Comes Under Scrutiny

After hospitalizing 9 students at Central Washington University, many are criticizing the 12% alcohol malt beverage
Photo by Darby Rose

While there is nothing new to college kids swilling cheap alcohol to excess, a new malt drink has been raising eyebrows nationwide as it combines the sugary taste and energy kick of a Red Bull with the alcohol content of many fortified wines.

The drink, Four Loko, has gained notoriety because it was banned from Central Washington University after it sent nine of the school’s students to the hospital with alcohol poisoning. As KTRE-9 in East Texas reports:

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news brief
8:33 am
Tue October 26, 2010

Top Stories for October 26, 2010

Jury selection begins today in the conspiracy trial of former U.S. House leader Tom Delay.
Photo by Erik Reyna KUT

Jury Selection Begins Today in Delay Trial

Jury selection begins in an Austin courtroom today for the conspiracy trial of former House Leader Tom Delay.

Delay is charged with conspiring to launder $190,000 in corporate donations through campaign accounts in the midst of the 2002 elections.

His lawyers have argued that he won’t be able to get a fair trial in Austin, because of his role in the 2003 redistricting that cost some longtime Democratic state lawmakers their seats.

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sports
3:41 pm
Mon October 25, 2010

Austin Aztex Going To Florida

The Austin Aztex soccer team is relocating to Florida under terms of a deal with a UK-based consortium to acquire the team.

Only two years after it was founded, the Austin Aztex soccer team is leaving Central Texas for the Sunshine State. Aztex president Phil Rawlins confirmed the move in a news released posted today on the team's website.

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development
12:37 pm
Mon October 25, 2010

Once Controversial Wal-Mart Opens Wednesday in North Austin

The new Wal-Mart in north Austin will fall under the "Neighborhood Market" brand, similar to this location in Louisville, KY.
Image courtesy Alex Leung. http://www.flickr.com/people/sixsteps/

A proposed Wal-Mart that was fiercely opposed by neighborhood groups in North Austin will open on Wednesday.  But the store has been sharply scaled down from the original 225,000 square foot plan.

The original plans also called for the construction of a 300,000 square foot parking garage, and would have seen the store operate 24/7.

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news brief
8:50 am
Mon October 25, 2010

Morning News Update, Monday Oct. 25

The Texas Longhorns dropped from the rankings after losing to Iowa State Saturday.
Photo by KUT News

Historical Club Burns Down

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news brief
10:38 am
Sun October 24, 2010

Sunday News Roundup

Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi was in Austin yesterday for a human rights event. She was the reporter imprisoned in Iran on charges of espionage. KUT’s Erika Aguilar managed to score an interview with Saberi. You can hear it here.

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economy
1:57 pm
Fri October 22, 2010

Austin Jobless Rate Dips in September

Using a Texas Workforce Solutions computer to search for work. Austin's jobless rate dipped to 6.8% in September
Photo by Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

The Central Texas unemployment rate dipped a little in September, falling to 6.8%.  

The Texas Workforce Commission says the government, education and health services sector added the most jobs in the Austin area last month.  But unemployment is still a subject of deep concern for the Austin metro area.

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business deal
12:29 pm
Fri October 22, 2010

Austin-based Integra Sold for $213 Million

Austin-based Wintegra Sold to California-based PMC-Sierra for $213 Million
Photo Courtesy of Wintegra, Inc.

PMC-Sierra Inc., a California-based semi-conductor company, has agreed to buy Austin-based Wintegra, Inc. for $213 million the companies announced Thursday.

PM-Sierra will pay the initial $213 million in cash, but has promised to pay an additional $60 million if Winetegra can match certain financial goals by the end of 2011.

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news brief
8:38 am
Fri October 22, 2010

Morning News Roundup, Friday Oct. 22

Early Voting Turnout High

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Austin police
10:46 am
Thu October 21, 2010

Fired APD Cop Gets Job Back

Update 10:58 am: KUT has confirmed that Austin Police Officer Leonardo Quintana will return to work.

An independent arbitrator decided Quintana should not have been fired for a DWI arrest.

A spokeswoman with the City of Austin says Quintana’s firing has been reduced to a 15 day suspension.

Update 12:30 pm: The Austin Police Department just issued this statement expressing dismay at Quintana's reinstatement.

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news brief
8:41 am
Thu October 21, 2010

Morning News Roundup

The Fort Hood trial of Major Nidal Hasan continues today. Hasan is accused of murdering 12 army personnel and one civilian in a shooting rampage last November.
KUT News

A roundup of some of the stories worth checking out this morning.

Fort Hood Testimony Continues

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homelessness
12:26 pm
Wed October 20, 2010

Update: APD Cop Backs Away From Statement on Homeless

An APD officer who said, "We're gonna chase them out of town," in reference to homeless people is now backing off his remarks in an interview with KUT News.

"I don't want to say it was totally taken out of context," Christ told KUT. "I said, 'We can't chase them out of town, but we may be able to chase them out of a particular neighborhood.'"

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homelessness
11:22 am
Wed October 20, 2010

APD Cop on Homeless: "We're gonna chase them out of town."

An unidentified homeless person sits on Guadalupe Street in Austin.
Photo by Erik Reyna for KUT News

Homeless advocates are reeling this morning after comments made by an APD police officer to KVUE TV.  TV cameras followed APD officers as they shut down a homeless camp near Ben White and South Congress.  Police told KVUE that they were acting on complaints from local businesses.

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don't ask don't tell
4:55 pm
Tue October 19, 2010

Gay Advocate Says "Don't Tell" Despite Pentagon Rule Change

An unidentified man at a Washington, DC rally in March 2010 calling on Congress to repeal "don't ask don't tell"
Image courtesy Flickr user M.V. Jantzen http://www.flickr.com/photos/mvjantzen

A Pentagon spokesperson is telling media that military recruiters can now accept openly gay and lesbian applicants. The order follows a ruling by a federal judge that struck down the military's "don't ask don't tell" rule. CNN talked to the spokesperson:

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SPORTS
5:19 pm
Mon October 18, 2010

Longhorns Official Denies "Accusation", Takes Leave of Absence

UT's associate athletic director for football operations Cleve Bryant, described as UT head football coach Mack Brown's right hand man, has taken a leave of absence while UT investigates "an accusation" made against him.
Photo courtesy UT Athletics. Used with permission.

University of Texas’ associate athletic director for football operations Cleve Bryant has taken a leave of absence while UT officials investigate what only being described as “an accusation” made against him.

UT Athletics confirms Bryant took an administrative leave of absence, but won’t say why.

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HEALTH
2:38 pm
Wed October 13, 2010

Battling Obesity City Wide

Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services wants input on its plan for a healthy county at a Town Hall Meeting on October 19th.

In Austin and Travis County, 1 in 5 adults is overweight. And the HHS department is trying to lower that statistic. Using funds from a state grant, the department is working up a 3-year plan with input from doctors, non-profits, schools and parents.

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