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6:06 am
Thu February 24, 2011

Top Morning Stories February 24, 2011

The space shuttle Discovery is seen shortly after the Rotating Service Structure was rolled back at launch pad 39A, at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011.
Photo and caption courtesy of NASA/Bill Ingalls

Discovery Launching Final Time Without Austin Astronaut

All eyes will be on the sky on this historic day for space flight.  Austin Astronaut Timothy Kopra is not taking part in Discovery’s final flight.  Kopra suffered injuries from a bicycle accident last month.  NASA replaced him with another astronaut for the mission.  Discovery’s launching this afternoon from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Austin
4:23 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

ACC Welcomes First African-American in Space

Dr. Guy Bluford spoke on his four space explorations at ACC
Photo by Mario Carrillo of KUT News

The first African-American to fly aboard the Space Shuttle was in Austin today.

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Community College invited Dr. Guy Bluford to speak to ACC students and community members today.  He talked about his experiences of traveling to space and his work on the International Space Station. After his talk, Bluford talked to KUT News about the Space Shuttle's pending retirement.

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Austin
11:45 am
Wed February 23, 2011

Gas Tops $3.00 a Gallon in Central Texas

Fuel prices cross the $3 per gallon mark in Central Texas.
Image by Eric Reyna for KUT News

Fuel prices are giving Central Texas drivers some gas pains again.

The Triple-A's "Fuel Gauge Report" puts the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded just under $3.02.  That's about it's about three cents cheaper than the statewide average.

Drivers who use diesel are being hit even harder, with that fuel running an average of $3.44 a gallon.

News Brief
6:03 am
Wed February 23, 2011

Top Morning Stories February 23, 2011

Graphic by Jacob Villanueva, courtesy of the Texas Tribune

Poll Shows Growing Support for Casinos in Texas

A majority of Texas voters are ready for full blown casinos in the state.  That's according to a new poll by UT and our political reporting partner The Texas Tribune. 

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Austin
2:50 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

City to Seek Public Input on Rainey Street Development

The City of Austin will host an open house Wednesday, Feb. 23, to provide information and receive public input on the Rainey Street development plans.
Photo by KUT News

The City of Austin is seeking public input on urban growth issues surrounding the Rainey Street development project.

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News Brief
7:01 am
Tue February 22, 2011

Top Morning Stories February 22, 2011

The Pedernales Electric Cooperative announced a new CEO on Monday.
Logo courtesy of the PEC.

The PEC Hires New CEO

The Pedernales Electric Cooperative has a new CEO.  The Board Monday named R.B. Sloan, Jr. of Virginia to run the Co-op.  PEC says Sloan has worked in the utility industry for nearly 40 years.  He'll take over on March 6th.   Former PEC chief Bennie Fuelberg was sentenced to jail time earlier this month after being convicted of felony theft, money laundering and misappropriation of fiduciary property. 

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Economy
12:15 pm
Mon February 21, 2011

Austin Home Sales Up 14 Percent

Photo by KUT News

The Austin Board of Realtors reports sales of existing single family homes were up 14 percent in January compared to January 2010.  975 homes were sold last month.

“The latest figures show that we are seeing the economic recovery continue in Austin,” said Judith Bundschuh, Chairman of the Austin Board of Realtors, in a press release today.

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Austin
10:59 am
Mon February 21, 2011

Guns for Groceries, Part II

APD is bringing back "Guns4Groceries".
Image by KUT News/Erika Aguilar

Austin Police are planning a second "Guns-for-Groceries" effort this Saturday at Oak Meadows Baptist Church, 6905 South IH-35.

The first effort last June saw more than 300 guns given to police, in exchange for grocery vouchers and gift cards.  The big selling point was that police asked no questions about where the gun came from or how the person turning it in got it. 

APD is working with the Greater Austin Crime Commission and the Jastrow Family Foundation to set up the second effort.

 

Austin
3:21 pm
Fri February 18, 2011

Echelon Building 1: One Year After The 2010 Attack

It was one year ago today that Joseph Stack flew a single-engine plane into Echelon Building 1 in North Austin. The attack killed one man, in addition to Stack, and wounded many more. 

Ray Hubner works at the building right next door. He was there on the day of the attack.

"I think about it a lot, having the FBI in this building. I thought they were aiming for this building and missed. It was quite a day," Hubner said as he smoked a cigarette outside during a work break. 

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Austin
12:43 pm
Fri February 18, 2011

Austin's Hispanic and Asian Populations are Booming

Traffic on East 11th Street.
Photo by Eun Jeong Lee for KUT.

Minority populations are booming across Texas and Austin, according to new Census numbers released Thursday.  Austin City Demographer Ryan Robinson says Austin’s population grew just over twenty percent during the past ten years, giving us a total of 790,390 people.  That's a faster rate of growth than the city was expecting.  

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Austin
12:33 pm
Fri February 18, 2011

Muny Lease to Expire in 2019

Austin Council Member Mike Martinez speaks at a "Save Muny" rally in 2008. UT Regents will allow the lease on the Lions' Municipal Golf Course to expire in 2019.
Image by Audrey Morton for KUT News

Statesman.com is reporting that University of Texas Regents voted unanimously this morning allow the lease for a city-owned golf course in West Austin to expire in 2019.  One regent abstained from the vote.

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News Brief
6:37 am
Fri February 18, 2011

Top Morning Stories February 18, 2011

Graphic courtesy of our political reporting partner the Texas Tribune.

Census Shows Boom in Minority Populations

We all know Texas is growing, but new Census figures released yesterday give us a clearer picture of exactly how and where Texas is growing. Figures show minorities accounted for much of the state's growth over the past ten years.

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Austin
1:59 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

Police Make Arrest in Hyde Park Tire Slashings

Police charge a 56-year-old men in connection with tire slashing incidents in Hyde Park
Image Courtesy by Austin Police Department

Austin police think they've solved a case that's seen hundreds of tires slashed in the Hyde Park neighborhood.

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Austin
11:59 am
Thu February 17, 2011

Dogs Must Remain On-Leash At Bull Creek District Park

Austin Parks and Recreation decides to make Bull Creek District Park an "on-leash" park
Image by KUT News

Austin's Parks and Recreation Department has decided that Bull Creek District Park will continue to be an on-leash facility for dogs.

A leash requirement was put in place on a trial basis last summer, after fecal contamination was discovered in Bull Creek.  After analyzing results, they concluded that the off-leash dog use was the most likely source of the contamination.

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News Brief
7:15 am
Thu February 17, 2011

Top Morning Stories February 17, 2011

The Austin City Council is voting on a resolution today for the city to help AISD during these tough budget times.
Photo by KUT News.

City Council to Vote on AISD Budget Resolution

The Austin City Council is voting on a resolution today that would get the ball rolling for the city to help the Austin Independent School District deal with its projected $114 million budget shortfall.  Superintendent Meria Carstarphen and school board president Mark Williams met with the council yesterday.  The resolution, if approved, would direct the city manager to help AISD look for efficiencies and partnerships.

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