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News Brief
5:08 am
Fri December 3, 2010

Top Morning Stories December 3, 2010

The recount results are in and Incumbent Democrat Donna Howard is still the winner in the Texas House District 48 race.

Howard Wins Recount

The recount is over for the Texas House District 48 race.  The recount shows Incumbent Democrat Donna Howard won re-election to her seat by just 12 votes.  That's a narrower win than the original vote tally, which had her ahead by 16 votes after Election Day.  Howard's Republican challenger Dan Neil requested the recount.  But the race may still not be over.  Neil has another option to challenge the results. 

Aponte Indictments Reveal More Theft

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Austin
3:22 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

City Measuring Austin's Tech Savviness With Paper Survey

Austin is known as a high tech hub, but not everyone in the city can afford a laptop. Local officials want to measure that digital divide.
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The City of Austin is sending out 15,000 surveys to randomly selected people across town to find out what kind of technology they use.

The survey is not available online, only as a paper questionnaire, so that the results won't skew towards people with home internet access.

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Austin
1:39 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

NY Candidate Is Back in Race for Austin's Animal Shelter Boss

A dog watis to be adopted at Town Lake Animal Center. The city is looking to hire a new person to helm Austin's shelter system.
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Just hours before a public forum to meet candidates for Austin's new Chief Animal Services Officer, the city announced Abigail Smith was dropping out of the race. Today, the city says Smith is back in.

Smith dropped out because her father was critically ill. She notified the city of her tenuous situation during interviews in November. After her father died, the city requested that she reconsider entering the race.

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austin
10:55 am
Thu December 2, 2010

KUT Audio News Roundup

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A look at some of the audio pieces KUT produced in the past 24 hours.

Plans for MoPac on Display

The City of Austin plans to revamp MoPac and yesterday, KUT's Mose Buchele reported on the options and the politics behind them.

Hospice, Housing for People Living With Aids

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News Brief
6:18 am
Thu December 2, 2010

Top Morning Stories December 2, 2010

State Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin) sits and watches results trickle in at the Driskill Hotel where the Democratic Party was holding its Election Night party Nov. 2nd. Howard won by 16 votes, but Republican challenger Dan Neil asked for a recount.
Photo by Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

HD 48 Recount Underway

A Travis County committee has started recounting the votes in the House District 48 race.  The recount could be done by this afternoon.  Initial voting results showed Incumbent Democrat Donna Howard won re-election by just 16 votes.  Her Republican challenger Dan Neil requested the votes be counted again.

Residents Returning to Ciudad Mier

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economy
4:09 pm
Wed December 1, 2010

Austin Is Top American City On Most Dynamic Cities List

Image by Nasha Lee for KUT News

Austin is the 26th most dynamic city in the post-recession world, according to a new report by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program.

The Global MetroMonitor report looks at cities' economic output and employment and ranks them based on how much they "punch above their weight."

Austin was the only American city in the top 30. Istanbul topped the list.

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health
3:12 pm
Wed December 1, 2010

Mayor Leffingwell Doesn't Like Austin-Branded Camel Cigarettes

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids says this is the imagery Camel is using on its city branded cigarettes.
Image courtesy Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

As we told you last week, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids says RJ Reynolds will start selling limited edition Camel cigarette packs this winter. The packaging will feature the symbols of America's hippest locales, Williamsburg, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and of course, Austin, Texas.

That's not sitting well with many elected officials from those municipalities. Now you can add Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell to the list of disgruntled public authorities.

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Austin
2:25 pm
Wed December 1, 2010

Woman Accused Of Stealing From Local Non-Profits Surrenders

Louanne Aponte in happier days, before the scandal broke.
Image courtesy Family Connections

The former executive director of the local non-profit Family Connections, Louanne Aponte, is in Travis County police custody and headed back to Austin. Aponte is accused of misappropriating more than $327,000 from the organization between 2004 and 2009.  She is also accused of stealing from other local charities.

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health
1:25 pm
Wed December 1, 2010

Austin Has Third Highest HIV Infection Rate in Texas

Antiretroviral drugs help many HIV patients live longer, healthier lives.
Photo illustration courtesy Pigi Mazzoli http://www.flickr.com/photos/pigi/

Here's a grim statistic to chew on this World AIDS Day: Austin has the third highest percentage of people living with HIV in Texas. We used to fourth, behind Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio, respectively. But as of 2009, we've displaced San Antonio for the third spot.

Here are the HIV infection rates from 2009, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.  

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Austin
10:11 am
Wed December 1, 2010

Local Audio News Roundup

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

Incentive Funds Under Fire

KUT's Ben Philpott reports on growing criticism of two economic development funds under Governor Perry's control.

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News Brief
6:31 am
Wed December 1, 2010

Top Morning Stories December 1, 2010

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World AIDS Day

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housing
5:00 pm
Tue November 30, 2010

"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" Needs Help in Georgetown

The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition bus on a summer stop in New York City. Organizers are recruiting volunteers for an episode to be taped in Georgetown.
Image courtesy Nan Palmero http://www.flickr.com/photos/nanpalmero/

Want to help someone in need and be on national television? The ABC show Extreme Makeover Home Edition is shooting an episode in Georgetown and looking for volunteers.

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Austin
2:07 pm
Tue November 30, 2010

Zilker Tree Will Get Test Lighting Tomorrow Morning

People standing underneath the Zilker Tree in 2006. Austin Energy will test the tree's lights tomorrow morning, but the official lighting won't take place until Sunday.
Image courtesy Flickr user That Other Paper http://www.flickr.com/photos/austins_only_paper/

If you're excited about Sunday's lighting ceremony for the Zilker Tree, don't freak out if you're driving down MoPac tomorrow and you see the 155-foot tall structure already illuminated. It's just a test.

Austin Energy just sent us this email under the subject line, "In case you get calls…"

The Zilker Tree will be switched on tomorrow morning (Wednesday, December 1) beginning at 6 a.m. until about 8 a.m. to allow Austin Energy crews to replace any lights that may be burned out and for any other adjustments that may be needed.

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austin
11:05 am
Tue November 30, 2010

KUT Audio News Roundup

Long before the internet, people used these cool looking devices to consume information. And they still do to this day! Tell you what, it's cheaper than broadband.
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Take a listen to some of the local audio news we've produced over the past 24 hours.

Wikileaks Fallout

KUT's Ben Philpott talks to the researchers at the LBJ Library at the University of Texas who decide whether to declassify White House documents from President Johnson's tenure. They have some interesting opinions about the mishandling of classified diplomatic cables published by Wikileaks.

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football
10:36 am
Tue November 30, 2010

Former Westlake High Student on the Cover of Sports Illustrated

After hometown football hero Drew Brees led the New Orleans Saints to their first Superbowl victory in franchise history, the Westlake native has now been named Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year.

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