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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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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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