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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.
Image courtesy Brandon Christopher Warren http://www.flickr.com/photos/brandoncwarren/

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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News Brief
6:08 am
Tue November 30, 2010

Top Morning Stories November 30, 2010

The City of Buda is holding a public workshop tonight to get input on its long range plan for growth and development.
Photo by KUT News.

Planning the Future of Buda

The City of Buda, just south of Austin in Hays County, is growing fast.  City officials are looking for input on Buda’s long range comprehensive plan.    Think of it as a “blue print” for the future of the city.  People can give their input at a public workshop tonight at Buda Elementary starting at six thirty. 

Domestic Violence Shelter Full

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Austin
2:50 pm
Mon November 29, 2010

Economist Says Budget Cuts Will "Hurt" But Not "Be Fatal" to Austin

University of Texas labor economist Daniel Hamermesh doesn't expect budget cuts will cause major harm to Austin's economy.
Image courtesy Daniel Hamermesh

Take a look at our reporting partners the Texas Tribune's story on what lawmakers are telling constituents about the carnage coming to state government. In a post entitled, "There Will Be Blood,"  Ross Ramsey writes about State Rep. Jim Pitts (R-Waxahachie) speaking to a Tea Party group last week.

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health
12:47 pm
Mon November 29, 2010

UT-Austin Researcher Says Some Sports Drinks Are Not Your Friend

A UT researcher says drinking sugary sports beverages like some versions of Gatorade might be hindering your weight loss goals.
Image courtesy Jeremy Brooks http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremybrooks/

If you loaded up on Thanksgiving food over the long weekend, you might be thinking about how to work off those extra ounces before the next round of holiday binging begins in December.

University of Texas scientist Dr. Lisa Ferguson-Stegall just conducted a study as part of her dissertation work, and it revealed that guzzling sugar-rich sports drinks while working out might not be helping your waistline.

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News Brief
6:03 am
Mon November 29, 2010

Top Morning Stories November 29, 2010

Online retailers are hoping to see sales go through the roof today for the industry created holiday Cyber Monday.
Photo by KUT News.

Houston Going Green?


When it comes to "green" cities, Houston may not be the first city to come to mind.  But as our political reporting partner, the Texas Tribune reports, the oil capital is embarking on several environmentally friendly initiatives.  Houston has opened a weekly farmers market, is the nation’s largest municipal buyer of green power, and has a competitive program to encourage businesses to save water and energy.

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Austin
7:58 am
Sun November 28, 2010

Holiday's Over, Crowds Continue

The Sunday after Thanksgiving is traditionally busy at ABIA.
Photo by Erika Aguilar for KUT News.

Heavy Travel Day

Today is another heavy travel day at the Austin Bergstrom International Airport. And travelers who didn't have to go through tough security screening on the way out of town, likely will have to go through a body scanner or enhanced pat down if they're flying home from a big city airport.

Urban Rail

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Austin
2:04 pm
Fri November 26, 2010

Chuy's Parade To Close Streets Downtown Saturday

The annual Chuy's parade takes place on Congress Avenue.
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The annual Chuy's Children Giving to Children Parade will tie up traffic downtown Saturday morning. The parade kicks off at 11 a.m.

Streets will close as early as 6 a.m. and will reopen around 2 p.m

San Jacinto Blvd. will close at 6 a.m., as will East 15th through East 10th and the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge.

Congress Avenue between 11th Street and the River will close at 9 a.m.

Shopping
1:51 pm
Fri November 26, 2010

Austinites Scoring Black Friday Deals

Photo by KUT News.

Lines varied from store to store but people were out in force getting a start to their Christmas shopping.  Shoppers told KUT the lines depended on what store you went to…and at what time.


La France Yarbrough said checkout was pretty fast at an Austin Walmart at about 3:30 a.m. He bought a new 42 inch TV before heading to Best Buy to look for a bluetooth.

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health
1:48 pm
Fri November 26, 2010

Anti-Tobacco Activists Say Austin-Branded Smokes Are Aimed at Kids

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

The maker of Camel Cigarettes, RJ Reynolds, will start selling limited edition cigarette packs later this year that feature the symbols of America's hippest locales, Williamsburg, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and of course, Austin, Texas.

That’s according to Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, which has posted imagery of the marketing campaign on its website.

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Environment
12:46 pm
Fri November 26, 2010

U.S. Fifth Circuit: Construction of Sandy Creek Coal Plant Violates Clean Air Act

Aeriel of the construction of the Sandy Creek coal plant being built in Riesel, TX.
Photo courtesy of LS Power.

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week that the on-going construction of the Sandy Creek coal plant near Waco violates the Clean Air Act. The ruling reverses a previous court decision that the coal plant permit issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality includes proper air pollution controls.



The Sandy Creek 800 MW coal plant is being built in Riesel, Texas by Sandy Creek Energy Associates. Construction began in 2008.  Since then, the plant has been hit with a series of lawsuits, primarily from the Sierra Club and Public Citizen.

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Crime
11:43 am
Fri November 26, 2010

Austin Metro Area Among Safest in the U.S.

Austin is among the safest cities in the U.S. according to a report from CQ Press
Photo by KUT News

A report from CQ Press shows the Austin-Round Rock Metro area is one of the safest in the U.S.

The most dangerous? St. Louis, Missouri.

Safest? El Paso, Texas.

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Austin
10:17 am
Fri November 26, 2010

Tips For Avoiding Black Friday Blues

Photo by KUT.

Black Friday may be the biggest day of the year for retailers. In Austin and surrounding areas, shoppers lined up almost before the Thanksgiving dishes were done, looking for deals at stores that opened as early as 10 p.m. Thursday.

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News Brief
6:29 am
Fri November 26, 2010

Top Morning Stories November 26, 2010

Cody Johnson rushed for 107 yards during the Texas A&M game Thanksgiving night. The Longhorns fell to the Aggies, 24-17.
Photo courtesy of MackBrown-TexasFootball.com

Horns Lose to the Aggies


The Texas Longhorns wrapped up a losing season with a loss to Texas A&M last night.  The no. 17 Aggies beat Texas 24-17.  The loss means the Horns more than likely will not play in a bowl game.  With a 5-7 finish this year, Head Coach Mack Brown has a lot of evaluating to do of his players... and coaches.


Brrr! It's Cold Out There

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