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Austin
1:56 pm
Tue February 15, 2011

Former Austin Council Member Dies

The effort to name the Barbara Jordan Terminal at ABIA was led in part by former Council Member Eric Mitchell
Image by KUT News

Former Austin City Council Member Eric Mitchell has died. 

He served just one term on the City Council, from 1994-97.  Bruce Todd was Austin's mayor at the time, and he recalls Council Member Mitchell's forceful style on the dais.

"Sometimes his style was to challenge people coming up to speak to us about one thing or the other, whatever it might be that supported his cause or expressed his interest.  So he was forceful, but that's what you elected officials for," the former mayor told KUT News.

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News Brief
5:16 am
Tue February 15, 2011

Top Morning Stories February 15, 2011

The rotating power outages earlier this month will be under the microscope at the Capitol today.
Photo by Erik Reyna for KUT News.

Texas Senators Investigating Power Outages


Two Senate committees will hear testimony this morning about the state’s power emergency earlier this month that led to rotating power outages. Senators are hoping to get to the bottom of why so many power plants went offline on February 2 and why the state's grid operator was slow to communicate about it.  KUT's Matt Largey has more in his story below.


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Austin
12:28 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Local Eagle Scout Meets House Speaker John Boehner

Austin Eagle Scout Jonathan Hillis was among a group of Boy Scouts from across the country who met House Speaker John Boehner this morning.

A delegation of nine Boy Scouts from across America delivered their annual Report to the Nation to House Speaker John Boehner this morning. Austin Eagle Scout Jonathan Hillis was among them.  

Hillis is shown in the picture above. He's directly to the right of Speaker Boehner.

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News Brief
5:18 am
Mon February 14, 2011

Top Morning Stories February 14, 2011

Tonight AISD trustees will discuss a plan to axe more than 1,000 jobs.

AISD Considers 1,000 Job Cuts

Tonight the Austin Independent School District's Board will consider a plan to cut more than 1,000 jobs.  771 would be campus based positions, and 246 would be Central Office positions.  The District says it has to cut jobs to close a budget shortfall, estimated to be nearly $100 million. 

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Austin
10:37 am
Sun February 13, 2011

Sunday News Roundup for 2/13/11

IH 35 Reopens

After weekend construction at the intersection of Ben White and IH35 had drivers taking detours, TxDOT said the intersection will be reopened by this afternoon. Meantime, area tollways are still toll-free during construction.

AISD Emergency Work Session Monday

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BREAKING
4:23 pm
Fri February 11, 2011

Mubarak Steps Down: Where To Watch The Egypt Uprising Online

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down, according to NPR and many other news agencies.

KUT is providing NPR's live coverage on 90.5 FM and through our online stream.

Here are other resources to follow the news from Egypt.

PBS Newshour is providing the video feed above.

NPR is live blogging the event.

BBC is providing live video and simultaneously live blogging.

CBC is providing a live video feed from Cairo's Tahrir Square.

Al Jazeera English has live video from its team of reporters in Egypt.

CNN has live video.

The UK's Guardian Newspaper is live blogging and providing a video stream.

Twitter feed of the #egypt hashtag and the #cairo hashtag

Austin
12:42 pm
Fri February 11, 2011

Why Did Your Power Go Out And Theirs Didn't? Austin Energy's Grid Map Of 376 Circuits

A map of the 376 circuits that make up Austin Energy's power grid.
Image from Austin Energy. Map enhanced by Torrie Hardcastle for KUT News

Not all parts of Austin are created equal when it comes to rolling blackouts. 

As you may have heard, the power outages that hit the city on February 2nd left some parts of town in the dark for hours, while other areas were spared completely. 

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kut
11:10 am
Fri February 11, 2011

Video Tribute To Late KUT Founder Robert Schenkkan

Robert Schenkkan, the founder of KUT and KLRU, passed away this week.  KLRU produced this video tribute for his 90th birthday in 2007. It's still as relevant and moving today.

News Brief
6:09 am
Fri February 11, 2011

Top Morning Stories February 11, 2011

Former juvenile inmates are speaking out during the trial of a former Texas Youth Commission official. More testimony is scheduled for today.
KUT News

Former TYC Inmates Speaking Out About Abuse

Testimony continues in Lubbock today in the trial for a former administrator of a West Texas youth lockup.  The Associated Press reports a third former inmate of the State School in Pyote is expected to testify against John Paul Hernandez. Hernandez is accused of sexually abusing young inmates in closets and classrooms. 

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City of Austin
5:07 pm
Thu February 10, 2011

Name That Department!

The City of Austin's Solid Waste Services Department is looking for a new name and the people of Austin have responded...creatively.
Erika Aguilar for KUT News.

Austin is a music town, sure, but naming a city department after Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst? Why not? More than 29,000 votes have been cast to rename the City of Austin’s Solid Waste Services Department the “Fred Durst Society of the Humanities and the Arts. ” 

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kut
1:36 pm
Thu February 10, 2011

How Would $531 Million In Cuts To Public Broadcasting Affect KUT?

KUT's Jay Trachtenberg delivers the "Song of the Day" on 90.5 FM. Funding to KUT would be cut by about $500,000 under a US House Budget proposal that cuts funding for public broadcasting.
Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

Republican leaders in the US House unveiled a list of proposed spending reductions that would cut more than $74 billion from President Obama's budget request for the current fiscal year. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers today said he would like to increase that cut to $100 billion.

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Obituary
6:34 am
Thu February 10, 2011

KUT's Founder Robert Schenkkan Dies

KUT founder Robert Schenkken passed away Wednesday.  It was his  hard work and fierce determination played a big role in public broadcasting as we know it today. He was also a driving force in the creation of public TV station KLRU. Schenkkan worked long and effectively for the enactment of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967.  No funeral arrangements have been announced yet.

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News Brief
5:58 am
Thu February 10, 2011

Top Morning Stories February 10, 2011

KUT's Founder Bob Schenkkan Has Passed Away


Schenkkan died yesterday afternoon.  His hard work and fierce determination played a key role in public broadcasting as we know it today.  In the mid 1950s Schenkkan was a professor of Radio Television and Film at UT Austin’s School of Communications.  He was also a driving force in the creation of public TV station KLRU.  Schenkkan's efforts also led to the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967.  No funeral arrangements have been announced yet.


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Weather
12:42 pm
Wed February 9, 2011

Freezing Weather Causes Wrecks, Delays Trash Pick Up

Folks on the UT campus are bundled up tight for today's cold weather.
Photo by Crystal Chavez for KUT News.

It’s frigid and windy in Central Texas! Don't expected it to get any warmer today.  Daytime highs will only be about 30 degrees.

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Austin
10:39 am
Wed February 9, 2011

If You Thought City Council Meetings Were Good.....

Austin's City Council holds a rare work session today before tomorrow's scheduled council meeting
Photo by KUT News

Then try a City Council Work Session!

In what may become a regular feature of Austin city business, the City Council meets today for a pre-council meeting "work session." The sessions, which may precede every Thursday council meeting, allow members to discuss council business in a public forum.

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