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11:39 am
Sun June 12, 2011

Sunday Update for June 12, 2011

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The Republic of Texas Rally is winding down, but there’s another party tonight to raise money for Oak Hill wildfire victims, and Perry presidential speculation reaches a fever pitch. Break out the syrup and waffles, here is your Sunday news roundup.

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Sports
1:16 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

Texas Trying to Hook College World Series Berth

The UT baseball team takes on Arizona State tonight in the Austin Super Regional at Disch Falk Field.
Photo by KUT News.

The Texas Longhorn baseball team plays tonight for a chance to compete in this year’s College World Series.

The NCAA Division 1 Austin Super Regional starts today.  The UT baseball team takes on Arizona State in a best-of-three series that will send one team to Omaha. Of the eight Super Regional's happening this weekend, this is the game that has the most people talking as it pits two college baseball giants against each other. 

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Austin
12:10 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

Street Closure Map for Republic of Texas Rally 2011

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Fire up your choppers! The annual Republic of Texas Biker Rally is underway. The four day event is the largest motorcycle rally in Texas and brings over 200,000 bikers and spectators to downtown Austin.

The main event - the ROT Motorcycle Parade and Downtown Bash - is set to begin at 7:30 this evening. The 11 mile parade was named in 2006 as the "Longest Parade of Motorcycles Known to Mankind” by the Guinness Book of World Records.

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Austin
11:22 am
Fri June 10, 2011

Downtown Police Cameras Delayed Until October

Surveillance cameras atop the Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas. Like these camera's, APD's system will have powerful zoom capabilities.
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The Austin Police Department had planned to install 23 crime surveillance cameras downtown by the end of March this year. But that date has now been pushed back until October, in part because APD wanted to wait for the firm with which it is contracting to upgrade its video surveillance technology.

“It’s like the commercial where the guy buys the 3D TV, and then the truck pulls up with the sign saying, ‘New 4D TV,” Austin police commander Troy Gay told KUT News. “We want to make sure that we’ve got at least the most current of today, so we’re not automatically a year or two obsolete.”

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News Brief
6:29 am
Fri June 10, 2011

Top Morning Stories June 10, 2011

Early Friday morning the Texas House approved a fiscal matters bill that cuts $4 billion in K-12 spending. One more final vote is needed in the House.
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Key Budget Bill Advances in the House

After 16 hours of debate, the Texas House early this morning gave preliminary approval to a bill that cuts $4 billion in public education spending. The fiscal matters bill also generates revenue, in part by putting off payments, to help balance the state’s 2012-2013 budget.   

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Austin
3:57 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Dry Conditions Throw Wet Blanket On Public Fireworks

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Extreme drought could put a damper on some Fourth of July festivities this year. The Travis County Fire Marshal announced today that local authorities will not approve any permits for public fireworks displays.

According to Travis County, the decision came after multiple wildfires have ignited in the past two months. Most recently, a four-alarm brush fire broke out after a transformer caught fire near Hamilton Pool Park.

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Austin
2:33 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

IRS Revokes Non-Profit Status of Hundreds of Austin Organizations

IRS headquarters in Washington, DC
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More than 1,200 Austin organizations have had their non-profit status revoked by the Internal Revenue Service because they failed to file tax returns for three consecutive years. The IRS revoked the status for more than 275,000 organizations nationwide.

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Austin
12:38 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Confusion Over Oak Hill Brush Fire Benefit Prompts Second Fundraiser

A car burned by the wildfire in Oak Hill on April 17
Photo by KUT News

Some people whose homes were destroyed in an April 17 brush fire in Oak Hill are upset that none of the more than $11,000 collected at a fundraiser sponsored by the Red Cross went directly to the families affected. The blaze destroyed eleven homes and damaged several others. In one jarring anecdote, Oak Hill resident Doug Todd, hooked up to an oxygen tank, speaks in this YouTube video about how he received only about $300.

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Austin
12:34 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

UT Student in Athens Witnessing Greek Protests

Protesters gathering June 5th at Syntagma Square in front of the Hellenic Parliament building in Athens, Greece.
Photo courtesy of Michael Nevradakis for KUT News.

The Associated Press is reporting the Greek Cabinet today approved and submitted to Parliament a new round of austerity measures for the debt-ridden country. People against the cost-cutting measures have been hitting the streets to protest over the last few weeks. 

Michael Nevradakis, a Ph.D. student in UT's Radio Television Film department, is witnessing the protests first hand. He's in Athens for the summer researching blogging trends. Nevradakis spoke to KUT News earlier this week.

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News Brief
6:14 am
Wed June 8, 2011

Top Morning Stories June 8, 2011

A candidate forum will be held Friday starting at 6:30 p.m. for the Austin City Council runoff election.
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City Runoff Candidate Forum

Early voting continues in the Austin City Council runoff for Place Three.  So far about one-and-a-half percent of registered voters in Travis County have cast ballots.  Early voting runs through June 14.  Election Day is June 18.  Incumbent Randi Shade and challenger Kathie Tovo will answer questions at a candidate forum at City Hall on Friday night.  It’s open to the public and will air live on the city’s Channel Six.  Find Travis County early voting information here and Williamson County voting information here.

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Austin
3:41 pm
Tue June 7, 2011

These Neighborhood Pools Could Be Closed To Save $405,000

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Six neighborhood pools could be closed by the City of Austin, as it looks for ways to reduce expenses in the face of a budget deficit as high as $28 million. Two more pools could be closed from September to April to save on water heating costs. The total estimated savings from the closures would be $405,626, according to the Parks and Recreation department.

The pools are Kennemer, Gillis, Civitan, Kealing, Reed, and Shipe. Balcones and Dick Nichols Pools would be closed from September to April.

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Austin
2:26 pm
Tue June 7, 2011

F1 Organizers Want City to Pay $4 million a Year into Trust Fund

Artist's rendering of Circuit of the Americas
Photo provided by Circuit Events Local Organizing Committee

Austin City Council members heard a presentation today on Formula One Austin, that asks the city to contribute $4 million per year to a fund that would be managed by the group.  The money would come from additional tax revenues generated by people visiting Austin for F1 events.

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News Brief
6:02 am
Tue June 7, 2011

Top Morning Stories June 7, 2011

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Fire Near Reimer's Ranch Almost Contained

Crews are still working on a fire near Reimer’s Ranch in Western Travis County. Lake Travis Fire Rescue says the fire has burned 200 acres and is about 90 percent contained this morning. Three homes were evacuated and firefighters say there were no injuries. The fire near Hamilton pool started as a 50-acre fire on Sunday. Firefighters say weather conditions caused it to re ignite Monday. Lake Travis Assistant Fire Chief Bobby Abbott said it all started with an uninsulated downed power line.

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News Brief
5:16 am
Mon June 6, 2011

Top Morning Stories June 6, 2011

Early voting starts Monday for the runoff election for Austin City Council Place Three.
Photo by KUT News

Early Voting Begins for Shade, Tovo Runoff

Early voting starts today for the runoff election for Austin City Council Place Three.  The runoff is between incumbent Randi Shade and challenger Kathie Tovo.  In May’s regular election, Tovo got 46 percent of the vote, and Shade got 33 percent.  Early voting runs through June 14. Election Day is June 18. 

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Formula One
12:14 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

Date Set for Austin's F1 Race

Austin's first ever Formula One race has been set for June 17, 2012.
Photo courtesy of Circuit of the Americas

The proposed Formula One racetrack has yet to be built southeast of Austin but the date is set for its first race. Mark your calendars:  it’s scheduled for June 17, 2012. If temperatures next year are anything similar to what we're seeing now that could be one hot race, literally.

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