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2:33 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

IRS Revokes Non-Profit Status of Hundreds of Austin Organizations

IRS headquarters in Washington, DC
Photo by S.E.B. http://www.flickr.com/photos/brendel/

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.
Photo by KUT News.

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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News Brief
5:32 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Top Morning Stories June 3, 2011

Gas prices have fallen about eight cents across the state this week.
Photo by Erik Reyna for KUT News

Gas Prices Drop in Texas

Some good news if you're filling up your tank this weekend- AAA Texas reports gas prices in Texas have dropped eight cents this week to $3.62 a gallon. Austin drivers are paying an average of $3.64.  The association says one reason prices are lower is a drop in crude oil prices.

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Austin
4:49 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Memorial Service Friday for Byron Carter, Jr.

The memorial service for 20 year-old Byron Carter, Jr. will be held Friday June 2 at 2:30 at Mount Zion Baptist Church.

Carter was shot and killed by APD Officer Nathan Wagner. Carter was a passenger in a car with a 16-year old driver who allegedly hit another officer and pinned Wagner, who then fired shots into the car, killing Carter and injuring the 16 year-old driver, according to an APD press release.

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News Brief
5:40 am
Thu June 2, 2011

Top Morning Stories June 2, 2011

A public memorial service will be held this afternoon for former Texas Governor William Clements at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas.
Capitol Portrait courtesy of the Texas State Preservation Board. http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/spb/gallery/govs/49.htm

Funeral Services for Former Gov. Clements Today

Former Texas Governor William “Bill” Clements will be buried in a private ceremony in Dallas today. A public memorial service will be held after that at 4 this afternoon at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church  in Dallas. Gov. Clements passed away Sunday at the age of 94. He served two terms as the governor of Texas and was the state’s first Republican governor since Reconstruction.

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News Brief
5:42 am
Wed June 1, 2011

Top Morning Stories June 1, 2011

Congressional redistricting has been added to the agenda for the special legislative session.
Photo by KUT News

Redistricting Added to Special Session

Governor Rick Perry has officially added congressional redistricting to the agenda for the special legislative session. Republican leaders released a proposed congressional map yesterday. Texas is getting four new congressional seats. 

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Austin
4:09 pm
Tue May 31, 2011

Former PEC Attorney Found Guilty on All Charges

Walter Demond, a former attorney for the Pedernales Electric Cooperative, was found guilt of theft.
Photo courtesy of Kieth Burtis: http://www.flickr.com/photos/keithburtis/

Walter Demond, a former attorney for the Pedernales Electric Cooperative, was found guilty of theft and other charges by a Kendall County jury on Tuesday. He was sentenced to ten years probation  and a $10,000 fine according to the Austin American Statesman.

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Austin
11:46 am
Tue May 31, 2011

Fountain Re-Opens After $1.36 Million Upgrade

The Liz Carpenter Fountain reopened on memorial Day after being closed for renovations since December 2010.
Photo by Jeff Heimsath for KUT news.

The popular Liz Carpenter Fountain in Butler Park re-opened on Memorial Day after about six months of renovation. The fountain had become so popular that the high number of  children frolicking in its waters strained its filtration system.

A city plan to reopen the fountain, but make it off limits to children, met with opposition last year.

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