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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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News Brief
5:06 am
Wed February 9, 2011

AISD, UT Austin, and ACC open Wednesday

Roads are slick around the UT Austin campus this morning.
Photo by Addie for KUT News.

UPDATE at 8:20 a.m.:  Radar shows much of the rain forecast for Central Texas has passed to the southeast, though there may be some leftover precipitation in some spots.  The National Weather Service says a winter weather advisory is in effect in Central Texas until 1 p.m.  A wind advisory is in effect until 6 p.m.  Be careful on your morning commute, as ice has already been spotted on some Central Texas roads and overpasses. 

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Texas Legislature
12:18 pm
Tue February 8, 2011

Gov. Perry: "The State of our State is Strong"

Governor Rick Perry delivered his State of the State address this morning.
Image by Chris Kosho for KUT News

Texas Governor Rick Perry just gave his State of the State speech before a joint session of the Legislature. He was optimistic and praised the comparative strength of Texas’ economy.  And he had a message for those who’ve been painting a doom and gloom picture for Texas because of the state’s multi-billion dollar budget hole, "The core elements of our economy are strong and Texas is still the envy of the nation."

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News Brief
5:33 am
Tue February 8, 2011

Top Morning Stories February 8, 2011

The former GM of the PEC was sentenced to jail time and probation Monday.
Image courtesy Devil's Rancher http://www.flickr.com/photos/cvreeland/

Former PEC Exec Sentenced


The former general manager of the Pedernales Electric Cooperative has been sentenced to 300 days in jail.  A state district judge Monday also sentenced Bennie Fuelberg to five years of probation.  He's required to do community service and to pay $126,000 in restitution.  


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Health
12:13 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

Comptroller: Obesity May Cost Texas Businesses $32.5 Billion a Year by 2030

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs released a new report Monday detailing how much obesity could cost Texas businesses in about 20 years.
Report logo courtesy of the Texas Comptroller's Office.

Obesity in Texas could cost businesses in the state more than $30 billion a year by the year 2030, if obesity rates and health care costs continue to increase as expected.  That’s according to a report released Monday morning by Texas Comptroller Susan Combs.

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News Brief
6:05 am
Mon February 7, 2011

Top Morning Stories February 7, 2011

Jury selection starts today for a former TYC official accused of sexually abusing inmates in 2004 and 2005.
Photo by KUT News

Former TYC Administrator Headed for Trial 

Jury selection is expected to start today in Lubbock for a former Texas Youth Commission official accused of sexually molesting teenage inmates.  John Paul Hernandez was the principal at the West Texas State School in Pyote.  The Associated Press reports Hernandez pleaded not guilty.  His trial comes six years after the investigation began into sex abuse at the TYC.

Texas Education Budget Cuts Back in the Spotlight Today

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snow day
3:45 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Snow Closures For Tonight And Saturday, February 5, 2011

University of Texas student Rebecca Kivlovitz makes the most of the winter weather.
Photo by Mose Buchele for KUT News

The snow is melting but freezing conditions overnight could make travel difficult. Here' s a developing list of cancellations and delays for tonight and tomorrow. If you would like to add anything, post it in the comments below.

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snow day
2:46 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Check Out More Than 100 Photos Of The Snow From KUT Listeners

University of Texas students play in the snow. This is one of more than 100 photos we received from listeners.
Photo submitted to KUT News by Tamir Kalifa

We have some creative KUT listeners! We asked you during Morning Edition to send us photos of the snow in Austin, Texas and our inbox was flooded.  Thank you for sharing your photos with us!  Our first slideshow was here. Check out all the rest below: 

snow day
12:15 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Snow Closures, Delays for February 4, 2011

Travis Heights residents woke up to a blanket of snow this morning Photo courtesy of KUT Listener Mary Parmer

Updated at 12:15 pm: People are out in the streets playing in the snow this morning! A winter storm warning is in effect until noon today.  Austin police say there is ice on some roads and that some cars are slipping and sliding.  APD says there are more accidents out there this morning than usual.  Police have closed eastbound SH 71 in the 19500 block, due to icy conditions.  APD have also barricaded the intersection of East 8th St. and San Jacinto Blvd., because of icy condition at that hilly intesection

Most streets in Austin are clogged with compacted snow and ice, making for very slick conditions. In the past 12 hours, Austin Fire Department has responded to about 100 collisions.

AFD reports 50 alarm activations, many of which were related to broken water pipes.  Learn how to shut off the water to your home by watching this video.

There are some flight delays and cancellations at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, as well.  Check with ABIA or your carrier for up-to-date information.  Capital Metro busses are operating on a Sunday service level.  No MetroRail or UT shuttles service today.

Read our list of closures here:

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snow day
12:14 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Central Texas Snowfall Amounts Ranged From 0.5 To 2 Inches

Snow is beginning to melt in some areas that are receiving direct sunlight, like here, at Dean Keaton and Guadalupe Streets.
Image by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

The National Weather Service released snowfall totals for towns and cities in Central Texas. (Here's how they measure it.) These numbers are from 10:42 a.m. 

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snow day
12:13 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Snow Means Travis County Can Lift Burn Ban...For Now

With snow blanketing the ground, Travis County has decided that lighting an outdoor fire probably isn't a huge risk.
Image by Mose Buchele for KUT News

In unincorporated parts of Travis County, outdoor burning is back on.

County Commissioners voted earlier this week to cut short the current burn ban, ending it at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.  In a release from the Travis County Fire Marshal Hershel Lee's office this morning, the ban is being suspended Saturday through Monday, to allow for he what terms, "necessary burning operations to be conducted."

Commissioners' Court will vote on Tuesday on whether to reinstate the prohibition on any outdoor burning.

snow day
9:30 am
Fri February 4, 2011

Pictures Of Austin Winter Snow Storm 2011

Here are photos from our users. We have even more here.

Here are photos of snow downtown and the State Capitol Austin from KUT's Nathan Bernier.

KUT's Ben Philpott took video of this truck that got stuck.

Slipping and sliding on Lavaca St.

cold weather
5:18 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

How To Shut Off The Water To Your Home


The city is urging people to locate the shutoff valve for their water mains in case pipes burst and begin spewing water. City of Austin crews have responded to at least 335 calls for lost water service since Tuesday.

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