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12:35 pm
Wed December 8, 2010

Why Don't We Have Backup Power To Keep Us On Air During Outages?

A look up to the top of the CMB building where KUT is housed. Our transmitter has a backup generator, but our studios do not.
Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

During our mini-crisis this morning, when the power was cut to several dozen buildings at the University of Texas and KUT went off the air, some people on were wondering, "Why don't y'all have some backup power?"

Our 100,000 watt transmitter does have a backup generator, which is why you would have heard silence if you tuned in this morning between 7 and 8:30. If the transmitter lost power, you would have heard nothing but radio static.

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Austin
12:07 pm
Wed December 8, 2010

KUT Audio News Roundup

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Some of the audio news we've produced in the past 24 hours.

Public Hearing Will Address Shipping Radioactive Waste to Texas

A public hearing in Austin tomorrow will address a proposed rule allowing 36 other states to ship their low-level radioactive waste to west Texas. As KUT's Erika Aguilar reports, the rule has environmentalists and the new governor of Vermont raising their eyebrows.

State Looks To Preserve World War II Internment Camps

69 years ago yesterday, the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor propelled the US into World War II. The War also led to the internment of thousands of Japanese, German and Italian Americans. As KUT's Matt Largey reports, researchers are now trying to preserve and memorialize those sites in Texas.

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Austin
7:42 am
Wed December 8, 2010

Power Restored at UT Campus, KUT Back On Air

Employees wait for power to be restored in Communications Building B on the UT Campus
Photo by Crystal Chavez for KUT News

Update at 9:40am: Apologies for the ill-timed site maintenance, our hosting service chose the wrong time to take the site offline.  Power has been restored to the UT campus and KUT is back on the air.  Thanks for bearing with us while we dealt with the situation.  UT says the cause was an animal getting into the switching gears at the University power plant.

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News Brief
5:24 am
Wed December 8, 2010

Top Morning Stories December 8, 2010

Elizabeth Edwards getting ready for an interview with KUT News in 2007.
Photo by Tiffany Jenkins for KUT.

Elizabeth Edwards Passes Away at 61

Elizabeth Edwards, the estranged wife of former Senator and Vice Presidential hopeful John Edwards, died Tuesday at her home in North Carolina.

Mrs. Edwards was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, the day her husband’s running mate conceded defeat to George W. Bush in that year’s presidential election.

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Business
4:30 pm
Tue December 7, 2010

Company Will Let You Rent Private Jet For $999

Image courtesy JetSuite

It might be too down market for the ultra-rich who read magazines like Elite Traveler and JetSet, but those who live off a mere seven-figures a year may be interested in a new service coming to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

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business
3:36 pm
Tue December 7, 2010

Texas Ranks 17th In Percentage of Women Owned Businesses

This map shows the concentration of women-owned businesses across the country. Texas ranks 17th.
Image courtesy US Census Bureau

Texas has the second highest number of women-owned business in the country, according to new US Census Data released this afternoon. But the percentage of women-owned businesses in Texas still falls slightly below the national average.

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health
1:53 pm
Tue December 7, 2010

This Guy Needs $800,000 For A Double Lung And Kidney Transplant

Hutto resident Jason Brady needs a double lung and kidney transplant to survive, but can't afford the $800,000 cost.
Image courtesy NFT

A man from Hutto is appealing for public help to pay for the double lung and kidney transplant he needs to survive. Jason Brady was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was just 3 months old.

CF is a "life-threatening genetic disease that causes mucus to build up and clog some of the organs in the body, particularly the lungs and pancreas," according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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Austin
12:39 pm
Tue December 7, 2010

Pearl Harbor Hero Played By Cuba Gooding Jr. Was From Waco

Doris Miller of Waco is shown here just after being presented with the Navy Cross on board USS Enterprise at Pearl Harbor in May 1942. The medal was awarded for heroism on board USS West Virginia during the Pearl Harbor attack on Decemeber 7, 1941.
Image courtesy National Archives

Today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, and one of the celebrated American sailors who fought the surprise Japanese attack on the US Naval Base was from the Central Texas town of Waco.

War historians will have to pardon the pop culture training wheels, but many people may know Doris Miller best from Cuba Gooding Jr.'s portrayal of the Pearl Harbor hero in the 2001 film about the attack.

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Austin
12:19 pm
Tue December 7, 2010

Police Monitor Finalists to Meet Public

Nathan Bernier KUT News

Austinites have two chances to meet the finalists for the role of Police Monitor today. At 3 p.m. and again at 6 p.m., the four contenders for the job will answer questions at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex. 

The Police Monitor's office takes complaints about police from the public, and offers policy recommendations to the Chief of Police on some matters.  It does not have the authority to investigate police behavior.

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Austin
11:56 am
Tue December 7, 2010

APD Chief Acevedo Suggests DWI Cop Could Be Fired If Guilty

Booking photo of officer Michael Hamilton after he was arrested for DWI last week.
Image courtesy APD

Austin Police Department sent us this statement from Chief Art Acevedo about the arrest of an APD SWAT officer last week on DWI charges:

The Austin Police Department is currently investigating the crash and subsequent arrest for DWI of APD SWAT officer Michael Hamilton on Friday, December 3, 2010. The Department’s zero tolerance stance on DWI is well known throughout the APD and the community we serve. Consistent with our stance, we are investigating Officer Hamilton’s actions leading up to and following the crash.

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Austin
10:08 am
Tue December 7, 2010

KUT Audio News Roundup

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A taste of the audio news we've produced the last 24 hours.

Homicides Up 80 Percent in Austin

The death of a three-year-old child last week put the number of homicides in Austin this year at 36. As KUT's Mose Buchele reports, when you start looking into what that means, things start to get a little murky.

Revealing Hidden Fees

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News Brief
6:06 am
Tue December 7, 2010

Top Morning Stories December 7, 2010

The Associated Press reports a mental evaluation is scheduled for Army Major Nidal Hasan this week; it could happen today.
Sketch courtesy of Pat Lopez.

Mental Exam Scheduled for Hasan

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News Brief
6:09 am
Mon December 6, 2010

Top Morning Stories December 6, 2010

TCU will play Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.

A Handful of Texas Teams are Going Bowling

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Austin
4:12 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

Austin Fire Department Receives 1,400 Job Applications in Three Days

Austin firefighters battle a car fire in 2009. AFD is looking to fill 100 vacancies and has been overwhelmed with applications.
Image courtesy Sheeshoo http://www.flickr.com/photos/sheeshoo/

Whether it's the coolness of being a firefighter or the higher-than-average unemployment rate in Travis County, the Austin Fire Department is being deluged with applications as it seeks to hire a record number of firefighters.

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Austin
3:36 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

UT Students Hold "Die-In" To Mark Bhopal Gas Tragedy

Students gathered to honor the 8,000 that died and hundreds of thousands affected by the Bhopal gas tragedy.
Photo by Nick Robertson for KUT News

UT students gathered at the West Mall today to commemorate the 26th anniversary of the Bhopal gas tragedy that claimed the lives of 8,000 and affected over 100,000 others.

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