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5:49 am
Mon January 10, 2011

Top Morning Stories January 10, 2011

Today is the first day of Tom DeLay's resentencing hearing.

DeLay's Sentencing Hearing Starts Today


Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay will be back in an Austin courtroom.  His sentencing hearing starts this morning.  DeLay was convicted in November on money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering charges.  Those charges were in connection to the 2002 Texas elections.  DeLay faces up to life in prison but his attorneys are asking for probation.


Texas Comptroller Announcing Revenue Estimate

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Austin
11:16 am
Sun January 9, 2011

Sunday News Roundup For January 9, 2010

US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (right) speaking to a constituent at a Congress On Your Corner event in May 2010. Giffords was critically wounded yesterday at an event in Tuscon. Six people were killed including a federal judge and a 9-year-old.
Image courtesy Gabrielle Giffords' Congressional website.

All the papers lead today with the biggest national story of the weekend, a shooting in Tuscon, Arizona that killed six people, including a federal judge, and critically wounded US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Some of the most comprehensive coverage can be found from news organizations with the biggest newsrooms such as the New York Times (including their slideshow of images from the scene), NPR, the Washington Post, CNN, and the LA Times.  But it’s also worth browsing coverage from local news outlets that often have more contacts within the city and state than national media. Check out coverage from the Tuscon Citizen, the Arizona Daily Star, the Arizona Republic, and Arizona TV stations KMSB,  KOLD,  KVOA, KGUN, KNXV and KPHO.

KUT News sought local reaction from Texas lawmakers last night, and spoke on the phone with US Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin) and US Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Austin). We also talked to a friend of Giffords’, Austin philanthropist Marc Winkelman, who told us Giffords “loves Austin" and has visited the city half-a-dozen times over the past five years.

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Austin
3:36 pm
Fri January 7, 2011

Police Arrest 72-Year-Old Man Accused Of Trafficking 244 Heroin Balloons

72-year-old Robert Ramos Perez was arrested this afternoon and charged with trafficking heroin.
Image courtesy Austin Police Department

We don't often hear about heroin busts from the Austin Police Department. But today APD tells about the arrest of 72-year-old Robert Ramos Perez. He was taken into custody around 1:30 this afternoon on the 5600 block of Westgate Boulevard.

APD say Perez was carrying 244 balloons or 91 grams of heroin. The estimated street value, according to police, is $5,000.

Perez is charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a First Degree Felony in Texas.  Click on the image above to see pictures of the alleged heroin.

Austin
12:38 pm
Fri January 7, 2011

Appeals Court Says State Can't Challenge Travis County Lesbians' 2010 Divorce

Image courtesy bloomsberries http://www.flickr.com/photos/fabliaux/

A Travis County lesbian couple who were married in Massachusetts cannot have their divorce blocked by Attorney General Greg Abbott, Texas' 3rd District Court of Appeals ruled today.  (Read the decision here.)

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News Brief
6:07 am
Fri January 7, 2011

Top Morning Stories January 7, 2011

A state panel is reviewing the Cameron Todd Willingham arson case today.
Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Beall/via Flickr

Willingham Case Back in the Spotlight

A state panel in Austin today will hear from fire experts on the high-profile Cameron Todd Willingham arson case.  Willingham was convicted and put to death for an arson-ruled fire that killed his three daughters in 1991.  Some experts say the conviction was based on bad science.  The Texas Forensic Science Commission is examining the fire science used in the case, and how scientific practices have changed since the 90s. 

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Austin
11:54 am
Thu January 6, 2011

City of Austin Launches Online Survey About Downtown Parking

Image by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

The City of Austin is holding a public forum next Tuesday evening in the hopes of finding out what you think about extending parking meter hours. But if you can't make that public forum, you should register your opinion on the city's online survey.

ity Council is considering extending the hours you must pay for street parking downtown from 8 a.m. until midnight. Currently, meters are active between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The proposal would also extend meter hours city-wide from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.

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News Brief
5:36 am
Thu January 6, 2011

Top Morning Stories January 6, 2011

Fire from the Deepwater Horizon explosion, April 20, 2010 that led to the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico
Image courtesy U.S. Coast Guard

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Austin
5:33 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

Barton Springs Pool to Close for Maintenance

City crews will shut down Barton Springs Pool january 24 for maintenance
Image by KUT News

Austin's Parks and Recreation Department will close Barton Springs Pool January 24, to remove gravel and debris that has built up at the deep end of the popular swimming hole since 1991

The Austin City Council approved the contract for the project last fall.  Officials say special precautions will be taken to safeguard the protected Barton Springs Salamander during the clean-up process, which is expected to last until March 12. 

Community Involvement
9:50 am
Wed January 5, 2011

Have Something to Say to Your State Lawmakers?

Photo by Callie Hernandez for KUT.

Here's your chance.  Texas is about to face one of its toughest legislative sessions ever.  What issues, concerns, opinions, or questions do you have? 

Send an email to news@kut.org and let us know.  Or leave us a voicemail at (512) 475-8079.  Be sure to leave us your name and phone number in case we need to contact you.

The 2011 Texas legislative session kicks off on January 11th.  We will air your "Letters to the Lege" later this month during Morning Edition on KUT 90.5.

This is your bullhorn!

Austin
5:19 am
Wed January 5, 2011

Top Morning Stories January 5, 2011

Logo courtesy of the TLLRWDCC

Radioactive Waste Expansion Plan OK'd

A Texas commission has voted to allow up to 36 more states to dump their low-level radioactive waste in West Texas.  The Low-Level Radioactive Waste Commission approved the plan 5-2 Tuesday.  Initially, Texas and Vermont were the only states that were going to be allowed to dump at the site still under construction in Andrews County.  Some environmentalists are opposed to the expansion and may challenge it.  Here's what Lone Star Chapter Sierra Club Conservation Director Cyrus Reed said in a press release:

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Austin
1:33 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

Austin Ranks First On List Of Top Spending Cities

Image by KUT News

Does a day go by without Austin ranking high on some cool list? Yesterday it was third place in a ranking for entrepreneurs, today we are number one on a list of top spending cities.

Bundle.com's list doesn't account for boring expenses like mortgage and rent. That's probably why New York City ranked number 53, and it's why relatively affluent towns with low housing costs fared better.

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News Brief
5:57 am
Tue January 4, 2011

Top Morning Stories January 4, 2011

More low-level radioactive waste may be allowed to be dumped in West Texas after a vote on the matter today.
Photo courtesy of J. Stephen Conn/via flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/jstephenconn/4163967885/sizes/m/in/photostream/

Judge Allows Radioactive Waste Vote Today

A Commission is scheduled to vote today on whether to allow up to 36 more states to dump their low-level radioactive waste in Andrews County in West Texas.  A federal judge yesterday lifted a restraining order that would have stopped today’s vote. 

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Austin
3:28 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

Missing Woman Found Dead In Greenbelt

Image courtesy APD

The body of an 81-year-old woman who went missing in South Austin last night has been found in the Greenbelt, according to the Austin Police Department.  KUT News reported earlier today that APD were trying to find Leona Wagoner Owen.

Austin
3:11 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

Austin Ranked Third Best City For Young Entrepreneurs

Image by Nasha Lee for KUT News

The Live Music Capitol of the World has topped another list of awesome cities. This time, it's the Under30CEO.com list of Top 10 Cities for Young Entrepreneurs in 2010.

Coming in third place right behind New York City and San Francisco, Austin is praised for all the familiar reasons:

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News Brief
4:54 am
Mon January 3, 2011

Top Morning Stories January 3, 2011

Austin police are searching for missing 81 year-old Leona Wagoner Owen. She was last seen Sunday in South Austin.
Photo courtesy of the Austin Police Department.

APD Searching for Missing Woman

Update at 3:30 pm: 81 year-old Leona Wagoner Owen has been found dead in South Austin.

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