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12:44 pm
Tue February 1, 2011

Homeless Feel the Chill

A homeless man huddles for warmth in downtown Austin.
Image by Erik Reyna for KUT News

The City of Austin has activated its emergency cold weather plan for the homeless.  City officials say the program will remain up and running for the duration of the frosty weather, which could last into Friday morning. 

The city's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management says those needing shelter should report to the ARCH or the Salvation Army downtown.  Busses will then transport shelter seekers to other warm places to bed down for the night.

News Brief
5:36 am
Tue February 1, 2011

Top Morning Stories February 1, 2011

Thousands of people were left without power early this morning.
Logo courtesy of Austin Energy.

Austin Power Outages

It's a windy, rainy morning as a cold front moves through Central Texas.  A wind advisory is in effect until 6 p.m.  Highs will only reach the mid 30s today.  Over 2,000 Austin Energy customers were without power as of about 8 a.m.  That's according to Austin Energy's Storm Map.  The outages are spread out across the city.  Crews are working to restore power.

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Austin
4:24 pm
Mon January 31, 2011

Egyptian ACC Professor Watching Unrest With Concern And Hope

Protestors on the streets of Cairo
Image courtesy Al Jazeera English http://www.flickr.com/photos/aljazeeraenglish/

Egyptian cities are bracing for major protests Tuesday as revolutionaries demand the ouster of that country's longstanding military dictatorship.  KUT News has been speaking with Egyptians in Austin since the turmoil began. Today, we spoke by telephone with Austin Community College professor Roy Casagranda. He grew up in Egypt and still has family in Cairo.

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Austin
11:38 am
Mon January 31, 2011

59 Percent Of Austin's Inner City Residents Don't Live Near Park

People sit around a stage at Wooldridge Park in the summer of 2009. Almost two-thirds of inner city residents don't live near such amenities, according to a study.
Image by KUT News

Austin is a long way from achieving a goal set in 2009 of having a park within walking distance of everyone in the city. Fifty-nine percent of inner city residents do not live near those kind of open space amenities, according to the city's Urban Parks Stakeholders Group (UPSG).

The UPSG made this presentation to the City of Austin's Planning Commission last week, and it included some stark comparisons.

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News Brief
5:24 am
Mon January 31, 2011

Top Morning Stories January 31, 2011

Texas school district leaders are meeting in Austin today to call on lawmakers to make education funding a priority.
Photo by KUT News

Texas Schools Calling Out to State Lawmakers

School districts across the state are planning to lay off teachers and considering school closures.  Districts say they're left with few options as the state proposes to cut back billions of dollars in public education spending.  Today superintendents and school board members from across the state are meeting at Austin's Convention Center

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Austin
11:26 am
Sun January 30, 2011

Sunday Morning Update for January 30, 2011

Weather like this is going away this week, as an Arctic cold front is supposed to drop Central Texas into a deep freeze
Photo by KUTAustin

Enjoy today's warm weather, because temperatures are supposed to take a nasty, cold turn by midweek.  The high this afternoon is forecast to be in the mid 70s, but an

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Austin
4:05 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

Liz Carpenter Fountain Closes Till May 2011

A child plays in the Liz Carpenter Fountain. The fountain will be closed until May so city crews can upgrade the filtration system.
Photo by Nasha Lee for KUT News

The Liz Carpenter Fountain in Butler Park will be closed for the next few months, as work begins on upgrading it.  The City of Austin is making more than a million dollars worth of improvements to the fountain's filtration system. 

Higher-than-expected use caused the system to shut down in the past, leading to potentially unhealthy levels of bacteria in the water.  Work is expected to be finish on the fountain by May.

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Austin
2:13 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

APD Says 39 Pounds Of Marijuana Sent By US Mail To 2 Austin Addresses

Image courtesy APD

Police say they seized 39 pounds of "high quality" marijuana that was shipped to two separate addresses in Austin. The bust was conducted by an APD K-9 unit, an APD SWAT team, and United States Postal Inspectors.  You can see a slideshow of the alleged haul below.

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Austin
11:58 am
Fri January 28, 2011

Construction Worker Who Died In South Austin Was On "Makeshift" Scaffolding

Image courtesy Ciorra Photography http://www.flickr.com/photos/inno68/

A 35-year-old man who died this week on a construction site in South Austin was working on a "makeshift" scaffolding, according to the Austin Police Department.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation into the accident at the Village on Little Texas.

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News Brief
6:06 am
Fri January 28, 2011

Top Morning Stories January 28, 2011

The City of Austin has approved an agreement with TXDOT for some transportation improvements at the Y in Oak Hill.
Photo courtesy of the City of Austin.

City Green Lights Mobility Projects

Remember that transportation bond voters approved back in November? The Austin City Council has approved the first two projects from the $90 million dollar 2010 Mobility Bond.   

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Texas Legislature
5:57 am
Thu January 27, 2011

Texas Senate Approves Voter ID

Voter ID legislation has passed the Texas Senate.
Photo by KUT News.

Senate Approves Voter ID


The Texas Senate passed controversial voter ID legislation last night. The Senate speedily passed the bill that Democrats had blocked in previous sessions.   As expected, the vote came down along party lines. 

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News Brief
8:05 am
Wed January 26, 2011

Top Morning Stories for January 26, 2011

Senate Committee OKs Voter ID

For the third consecutive session, Texas GOP members are trying to get a Voter ID bill through the Senate. A Committee of the Whole Tuesday voted in favor of the bill, which would require voters to show photo ID, such as a driver’s license, military ID, personal ID card, or passport, before voting.

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News Brief
6:26 am
Tue January 25, 2011

Top Morning Stories January 25, 2011

The Texas Senate released its first draft state budget proposal yesterday.
Photo by KUT News.

Texas Senate Releases Its Draft Budget Proposal

First the House, now the Senate has released its projected cuts. The Texas Senate released its first draft state budget proposal yesterday, following the House's first draft budget released last week.  It's $2.3 billion bigger than the House proposal at $158.7 billion. 

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Austin
2:12 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

Bull Creek Park Meeting Tonight

The future uses of Bull Creek District Park (pictured) will be the subject of a public meeting tonight.
Photo by KUT News

City officials will hold a public meeting tonight to discuss the future of Bull Creek District Park and get input from the community about that future.  The meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 Water St.

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News Brief
6:15 am
Mon January 24, 2011

Top Morning Stories January 24, 2011

The Texas Senate is scheduled to debate voter ID legislation today.
Photo by KUT News.

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