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2:17 pm
Tue December 28, 2010

Pay Your Property Tax January 3 And Still Get December Receipt

Image coutesy Zanthan http://www.flickr.com/photos/zanthan/

The Travis County Tax Office wants you to know you can pay your property tax bill as late as January 3 and still get a December receipt. That's important to people who want to claim their property tax as a deduction on their 2010 tax return.

"That's because we are closed on the last day of this month, December 31st," tax office spokesperson Tina Morton told KUT News. "By law, when the deadline falls on a business day and we're closed, it automatically moves to the next business day."

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Georgetown
12:55 pm
Tue December 28, 2010

Thieves Return Frog Sculpture To Park In Georgetown

Georgetown Parks and Rec superintendent Glenn Moss poses next to a frog sculpture that was stolen in October and returned on Christmas Day.
Image courtesy City of Georgetown

The City of Georgetown emailed us to let us know a 130-pound frog sculpture, stolen from San Gabriel Park in late-October, had been returned on Christmas Day. Surveillance camera footage from December 25 shows two people unloading the sculpture from an SUV and then driving away.

Georgetown Parks and Recreation superintendent Glenn Moss just happened to be strolling through the park yesterday and noticed the sculpture had been returned.

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Austin
1:54 pm
Mon December 27, 2010

Not Much New In NTSB Report On Austin Plane Attack

This is what the office building looked like shortly after Joe Stack crashed a plane into the building in February. The NTSB has issued its final report on the attack.
Image by KUT News

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its final report into the attack on an IRS building launched earlier this year by Joe Stack, a man believed to be frustrated with the federal government.

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Developing
11:08 am
Fri December 24, 2010

Austin Police Officer Shoots and Kills Suspect

Austin Police say an officer shot and killed a man Thursday night.
Nasha Lee for KUT News

10:50 a.m. UPDATE--Austin Police have identified the man shot to death by an APD officer who was stabbed in the neck during a struggle in north Austin late last night.  Maurice Pierce, who was one of the men charged in the "Yogurt Shop Murders" of 1991, reportedly died at the scene near Parmer Lane and McNeil Road.  Pierce was charged in 1999 with the rape and murder of four teenage girls at a north Austin yogurt shop.   He was later cleared of the charges.

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Austin
10:05 am
Thu December 23, 2010

Clarksville Tradition Lights up Holiday For Many

Willis Littlefield's annual Chrstmas Display lights up faces around Austin.
Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

Christmas Vacation's Clark Griswold meets his match in a dazzling Clarksville lights display.

Each December, there's one tradition that just sort of defines what it means to "Keep Austin Weird." And you can find it right in front of 66 year-old Willis Littlefield's Clarksville home on 12th street just west of West Lynn. If you stop by, you're sure to get a candy cane... and a tour of the dazzling light show from the man himself.

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Austin
12:21 pm
Wed December 22, 2010

City Names Sole Finalist For Shelter Director

Photo courtesy Town Lake Animal Center

Austin City Manager Marc Ott has named Abigail Smith the sole finalist for the chief animal services officer position.  In a memo to the Mayor and City Council Members, Ott said the city received many positive comments about Smith -- who's currently the executive director of the Tompkins County SPCA in Ithaca, NY.

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Austin
11:58 am
Wed December 22, 2010

The Zilker Tree is Up through New Year's Eve

The Zilker Tree is an annual Austin tradition
Photo courtesy the City of Austin Website

The Trail of Lights has hit a wall...at least for this year and until the city's budget recovers.  But Austin’s Zilker Tree is lighting the Zilker hill side up, as it has since 1965. Each year, thousands of Austinites travel to the historic holiday display to take a spin, and then another, and another under its lights.

The city website says the Zilker tree is 155 feet tall and has 39 streamers. Each holds 81 multicolored, 25 watt bulbs, totaling 3,309 lights.

The Zilker Tree is lit every night through December 31. If you can’t make it there, take a spin here.

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Austin
10:07 am
Wed December 22, 2010

How To Find Out What Those Cops Are Doing On Your Block

Curious why those police cars are in your neighborhood? There are ways to find out.
Photo by Nasha Lee for KUT News

Ever see flashing red and blue lights of a police cruiser on your block and wonder what they are doing over there? Here's how to find out.

The Austin Police Departments' Public Information office is open during normal business hours. You can start by calling them directly at 512-974-5017.

If they are unable to help you, or it's after hours, try contacting the APD division that covers your neighborhood.  You can find that list here.

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Austin
2:19 pm
Tue December 21, 2010

Katz's Deli to Klose

The piercing neon "Katz's Never Kloses" sign will go dark just after New Year's
Photo courtesy Liza Lagman Sperl at flickr.com/kodamakitty

Katz's Deli and Bar, the downtown restaurant with the iconic sign, "Katz's Never Kloses," will close January 2.

Owner Marc Katz confirmed the news for KUT this afternoon, saying that after 32 years, "It's time."  The restaurant at West 6th and Rio Grande, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last summer -- the second time in the past six years.

Katz said their last hurrah will be Christmas and New Year's weekends, but that the deli will close after the New Year's weekend.

News Brief
6:22 am
Tue December 21, 2010

Stretch of I-35 Open Again After Early Morning Accident

Austin police say the stretch of southbound I-35 around William Cannon is now open. A portion of southbound I-35 had been shut down this morning because of a fatal traffic accident that happened earlier today. Southbound traffic had been diverted off of I-35 at the William Cannon exit onto the frontage road while police were on the scene investigating.

Morning Update
8:41 am
Mon December 20, 2010

Monday Morning Update

AISD Seeks Budget Input

The Austin Independent School District will take public comment on next year's budget at a meeting tonight at AISD headquarters.  The Austin American-Statesman reports that the district could be as much as $60 million short in revenues for the 2011-2012 school year.  Budget writers expect to present the proposed plan at the end of February.

Fireworks Go On Sale Today

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Austin
9:42 am
Sun December 19, 2010

Sunday Doins' Around Austin

Congress Avenue Austin at the bridge
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Austin
9:07 am
Sat December 18, 2010

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar Turns 35

The annual christmas market began at the Armadillo World Headquarters.
Sue Clark www.flickr.com/photos/perpetualplum/

Austinites have until the 24th to check out the City's annual holiday market. It's happening this year at the Palmer Events Center, but it wasn't  always so.

Check out a history of the Armadillo Bazaar here.

News Brief
5:05 am
Fri December 17, 2010

Top Morning Stories December 17, 2010

If you're headed to Austin's airport be advised, today's expected to be one of the busiest days of the year.
Photo by KUT News.

Busy Day at Austin's Airport

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Austin
2:54 pm
Thu December 16, 2010

Cats and Dogs (and people) Sleeping Together...Mass Hysteria!

The Austin Humane Society gets ready to sleep with the animals
picture courtesy the Austin Humane Society

Workers and volunteers at the Austin Humane Society will spend the night at the shelter to honor all of the animals that will be homeless during the holidays.  The 5th annual sleep over starts tonight at 7 with a visit from Santa.  After the jolly fat guy poses for pictures with the shelter pets, the dogs will be allowed to run around an indoor dog park.  While all cats will be allowed to roam around the shelter as well.  Shelter staff and volunteers will spend the night all around the shelter, including dog kennels, cat rooms and play areas

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