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business
5:06 pm
Tue November 23, 2010

Rudy's BBQ and Mighty Fine Burgers Win National Award

K&N Management, the company behind Mighty Fine Burgers and Rudy's BBQ, has won a national management award.
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The people behind a couple well-known Austin restaurant chains are getting a positive review from the the Obama administration. K&N Management - the company that owns Rudy’s Country Store & Bar-B-Q and Mighty Fine Burgers, Fries and Shakes - is one of seven recipients of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

What is the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, you may ask? Why it's only the "the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership," according to a press release.

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Austin
3:51 pm
Tue November 23, 2010

Where You Can Find 180 Turkeys Smoking Tomorrow

This is the location of Bikini's Restaurant, where Operation Turkey volunteers will be smoking 180 turkeys for delivery on Thanksgiving
Image courtesy Google Maps

One of the largest charitable Thanksgiving efforts in town starts tomorrow morning in the parking lot of Bikini's off I-35.  Operation Turkey started in Austin in 2000 and has since expanded to 29 cities across the country.

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business
2:13 pm
Tue November 23, 2010

SunPower Will Create 450 Local Jobs if City Coughs Up $900,000

Image courtesy SunPower

SunPower Corporation announced today that it would build a new U.S. operations center in Austin. It would bring $10 million in capital investment and create 450 jobs. But the city must first cough up $90,000 per year over ten years in economic incentives.

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Events
12:53 pm
Tue November 23, 2010

Thousands Expected at Feast of Sharing

Stirring up the food for the 2009 Feast of Sharing. Today's event is expected to bring out thousands.
Photo by Gretch Sanders for KUT

Many Austinites will be celebrating Thanksgiving a little early today.  The 21st annual H-E-B Feast of Sharing is from 4- 8 p.m. at the Palmer Events Center.  The event is free and open to the public.  Santa himself is rumored to be making an appearance.

Thousands are expected to attend.  So what does it take to feed that many people? H-E-B says there will be:

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business
12:43 pm
Tue November 23, 2010

Expert Says Don't Let the Foreclosure Numbers Get You Down

Foreclosures are up ten percent so far this year, compared to the same period in 2009. But one housing market expert says there's no cause for alarm.
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Austin foreclosures increased 10 percent so far this year, according to a report from Foreclosure Listing Service. The Austin Business Journal took a look at the numbers.

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health
11:55 am
Tue November 23, 2010

Whooping Cough Not Going Away in Central Texas

Bordetella pertussis bacteria, which is the etiologic pathogen for pertussis, also known as whooping cough.
Image courtesy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

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News Brief
6:36 am
Tue November 23, 2010

Top Morning Stories November 23, 2010

The Austin School Board has approved performance measures Superintendent Meria Carstarphen would have to meet this year to get up to $25,000 in bonuses.
Photo by KUT News.

AISD Action on Superintendent Bonuses, Student Transfers

Austin Independent School District Superintendent Meria Carstarphen could get a bonus of up to 25-thousand dollars if she meets certain performance measures this school year.  The school Board approved those measures during their meeting last night.  To get the bonus, Carstarphen would have to meet objectives including:

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austin
3:27 pm
Mon November 22, 2010

Want To Serve People On Thanksgiving? Here's How

Many people make it a tradition to serve the less fortunate on Thanksgiving, but some places need the extra help more than others.
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If you haven't done it, you've seen it on TV: People serving Thanksgiving meals to the less fortunate. Many families make it a holiday tradition. But if you don't know what you're doing, you might show up to a charity already overwhelmed with volunteers, while other organizations are struggling to find last-minute help.

One of the hottest tickets in town is the Salvation Army Social Service Center on East 8th Street. Their spokesman Bob Cox says they were booked solid by Labor Day.

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football
12:21 pm
Mon November 22, 2010

Thousands Will Rally At UT Tower Tonight to "Hex" Aggies

Longhorns mascot Bevo on the steps of the Main Building during a Hex Rally in 2005. The 25th annual rally takes place at 8 o'clock tonight.
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University of Texas football loyalists will gather in burnt orange tonight for a mega-pep rally aimed at cursing their fierce rivals, Texas A&M University. The "Hex Rally", as it is known, is a 25 year tradition held before the customary Thanksgiving Day game between UT and A&M.

The Texas Exes explains what to expect:

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development
11:20 am
Mon November 22, 2010

Firm That Made Cowboys Stadium Will Work on Austin's F1 Track

Dallas-based HKS, which designed and built this structure, among other sports complexes, will work on Austin's F1 track, scheduled to open in 2012.
Image courtesy Cliff Baise http://www.flickr.com/photos/cliffbaise/

HKS, an architectural firm in Dallas, announced this morning that it will lead the team assembled to build a new Formula One track in Austin. HKS designed and built the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington and the Dell Diamond in Round Rock.

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News Brief
5:28 am
Mon November 22, 2010

Top Morning Stories November 22, 2010

Closing arguments are today in former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's trial.
Photo by Erik Reyna for KUT News.

Lawyers to Make Final Pitches in DeLay's Trial


Closing arguments are set for today in Tom DeLay's money laundering trial in Austin.  Prosecutors say the former U.S. House majority leader helped illegally funnel $190,000 in corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002.  DeLay's attorneys say the money swap at the center of the case was legal.  He faces up to life in prison if convicted.


Dallas Firm to Design Formula 1

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News Brief
8:20 am
Sun November 21, 2010

Top Morning Stories November 21, 2010

University of Texas at Austin head football coach Mack Brown speaks to the media back in October when the team had hit a rough patch. Saturday night, the Longhorns were back to their winning ways.
Image from KUT news.

UT Longhorns Back on Winning Track

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kut news
10:46 am
Fri November 19, 2010

KUT News Audio Roundup

You won't read much about it on Engadget, but this electronic audio device has almost zero buffering time. Best of all, it's only a fraction of the price of an iPad.
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Here are some of the audio stories we've produced over the last 24 hours.

KUT's Erika Aguilar reports on body scanners at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. We don't have 'em yet, but most Texas airports do. And we'll be getting them soon.

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business
5:31 pm
Thu November 18, 2010

Gowalla On Disney Partnership: "We're not about coupons"

These are some of the pins that Gowalla users will be able to collect when they check in at Disney locations.
Image courtesy Gowalla

Austin-based Gowalla announced this morning that it's teaming up with Disney Parks to create a bunch of unique Disney themed locations for the social networking service.

Gowalla is an app that runs on smartphones and allows people to "check in" when they visit any location, from a restaurant, to a park, to a long line at a movie theater. Anyone can create locations, but some are custom made by Gowalla and have their own unique symbol. Checking in earns you a stamp on your virtual Gowalla passport.  Users can also earn pins and various other digital rewards.

KUT News called Gowalla today to talk about the new deal. We spoke with Andy Ellwood, their director of business development.

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austin
4:09 pm
Thu November 18, 2010

University of Texas Students React to Four Loko Ban [VIDEO]

With Four Loko effectively banned by the FDA, how are college students reacting? KUT News hit the UT campus to find out.
Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning yesterday to the makers of potent caffeinated alcoholic drinks like Four Loko. The New York Times says the FDA warned them to remove the caffeine in 15 days or stop selling the products.

These popular bevearges are marketed heavily at college students. KUT News took a stroll outside our studios and talked to some undergrads about their impressions regarding the ban. Check out the video below.

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