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3:33 pm
Thu November 18, 2010

How Domestic Violence Can Lead to Homelessness

A homeless woman sits on a street corner. Advocates say many women find themselves homeless because they're trying to flee domestic violence.
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How Domestic Violence Often Leads to Homelessness

It's National Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week, and the local non-profit SafePlace is hosting a discussion this afternoon about the relationship between domestic violence and homelessness. 

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development
3:23 pm
Thu November 18, 2010

City Council Gives Final Green Light to New Water Treatment Plant

City Council voted to dedicate $300 million to Austin's newest water treatment plant. WTP 4 will be located near the intersection of RR 2222 and RR 620.
Image courtesy City of Austin

Not a drop of rain in the sky, but it was a wet day at City hall, with the debate over Water Treatment Plant 4 flooding out other items set for the morning’s agenda. 

With a series of close votes, City Council dedicated $300 million dollars to the completion of Water Treatment Plant 4. It effectively gives the project a final green light.  The votes came after hours of sometimes emotional public comment and council discussion. Water Utility Director Greg Mazaros said it made sense for council to approve the remaining funds all in one go.

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kut news
10:52 am
Thu November 18, 2010

KUT News Audio Roundup

The internet is cool and all, but not as cool as a classic vintage radio! (Trust me on this one.) If you don't have a radio, here's the local news you're missing.
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Stories you may have heard on 90.5 FM over the past 24 hours.

KUT's Matt Largey reports on how people fleeing drug violence from the Mexican border town of Ciudad Mier are asking for help from Texas.

Meanwhile, KUT's Crystal Chavez spoke with Julian Aguilar with our reporting partner the Texas Tribune about his recent visit to a shelter housing people who fled drug violence in Ciudad Mier.

KUT's Mose Buchele tells us how shabby roads in Texas are damaging our cars to the tune of more than $20 billion a year.

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development
10:28 am
Thu November 18, 2010

What Are Those Dinosaur Bone Things on I-35?

These giant beams are light fixtures that will illuminate the parking lot underneath.
Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

Thousands of people drive over the I-35 bridge in downtown Austin everyday, and many are probably wondering about the large metal beams poking from underneath. Some people have compared them to dinosaur bones or whale bones.

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News Brief
6:09 am
Thu November 18, 2010

Top Morning Stories November 18, 2010

Defense testimony continues today in Tom DeLay's trial. The defense is focusing on when the former U.S. House majority leader learned about the money swap at the center of the money laundering case.
Photo by Erik Reyna for KUT News.

TCEQ Sunset to be Released

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Business
3:03 pm
Wed November 17, 2010

Austin-based Freebirds Burrito to Expand

Freebird's Super Monster Burrito in Action
Photo Courtesy of Jeff Kramer

Traveling Austinites with a taste for “Monster” burritos can rejoice as Freebirds World Burritos will be opening twenty more locations in Texas by the end of next year. The expansion of the Austin-based (although it was founded in Santa Barbara, CA) Mexican food chain will add in between 1,000 to 1,500 jobs to the state, the company stated in a press release.

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Traffic
12:21 pm
Wed November 17, 2010

Meetings Over MoPac Traffic Set

As Austin faces a substantial population boom, MoPac traffic issues could get far worse.
Photo courtesy of Google Maps

Many Austin motorists have found themselves stopped on MoPac Expressway, the North-South road that is intended to alleviate traffic on its cross-town alternative, Interstate 35.

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News Brief
5:28 am
Wed November 17, 2010

Top Morning Stories November 17, 2010

The makers of Four Loko have announced plans to pull the caffeine out of their caffeinated alcoholic drinks.
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Back to Class in RRISD Following Bomb Threat

Students at Deerpark Middle School and Live Oak Elementary School in the Round Rock Independent School District are having classes as usual today.  The schools were evacuated yesterday after a bomb threat was made on the Internet. Superintendent Dr. Jesus H. Chavez posted this update online last night:

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public safety
3:26 pm
Tue November 16, 2010

Transcript of News Conference On Round Rock School Evacuations

Here is a partial transcript of a news conference held with reporters this afternoon concerning the evacuation of Deerpark Middle School and Live Oak Elementary School in the Round Rock ISD

Sgt. John Foster with the Williamson County Sheriff's Office and Round Rock ISD spokesperson JoyLynne Occhiuzzi addressed reporters.  First, John Foster's comments. (You can download audio of his remarks here.)

John Foster: Throughout the day we found this internet connection has gone to more than just one student. We have other information that we don't feel comfortable sharing right now because obviously what we want to do, what I want to do, and what everybody wants done, is somebody needs to go to jail for making this threat. If it's legitimate or if it's not legitimate, somebody needs to go to jail.

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Public Safety
2:42 pm
Tue November 16, 2010

Two Round Rock ISD Schools Evacuated

Updated at 4:45pm: Round Rock school officials say the school is still being searched.  The WilCo Sheriff's Office is giving them a tentative re-opening time of 7 pm.  As of now, the search has not yielded anything out of the ordinary.   RRISD officials say, as far as they can tell, school is still on at Deerpark and Live Oak as usual on Wednesday.

Updated at 2:45 pm: Bomb sniffing dogs are searching Deerpark Middle School and Live Oak Elementary School in Round Rock. Both schools were evacuated around noon due because of a bomb threat.

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Business
1:00 pm
Tue November 16, 2010

Lacks Having Closing Sales as it Files for Bankruptcy

Texas-based Lacks Stores, Inc. is filing for Chapter 11 federal bankruptcy.  Lack’s has been in business for 73 years.  In a press release, the Victoria-based furniture company said, while it's been profitable this year, lenders no longer want to help the company finance customer purchases. 

Lacks also gave some information about how it was affected by the recession:

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austin
11:48 am
Tue November 16, 2010

Cathedral of Junk Can Live On, Just Not as "Tourist Attraction"

A City of Austin news release issued today says the Cathedral of Junk can live on, but can't be promoted as a tourist attraction.
Photo by Mose Buchele for KUT News

The City's Planning & Development Review Department issued a news release this morning saying that the City of Austin and the Cathedral of Junk reached an agreement to keep the structure on the property.



KUT News reported in June that the Cathedral of Junk would be allowed to remain, after city inspectors initially told owner Vince Hannemann to destroy the bizarre attraction.

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austin
11:05 am
Tue November 16, 2010

"Groin Checks" and Long Security Lines at Austin Airport

Passengers traveling through ABIA will encounter "enhanced" pat-downs and longer security lines this holiday season.
courtesy flickr.com/dawilson/

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport officials are scrambling to deal with longer security lines brought on by the continued growth in passenger traffic. Meanwhile, the Transportation and Security Administration began implementing more "thorough" pat-down procedures at the beginning of the month.

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News Brief
6:08 am
Tue November 16, 2010

Top Morning Stories November 16, 2010

The City of Austin is holding a public workshop tonight to talk about the future of trash and recycling services in the city.
Photo by KUT News.

Give Your Input on Trash & Recycling

The City of Austin’s inviting people to a workshop tonight to talk trash and recycling.  The city’s looking for input on its Solid Waste Management Master Plan.  That plan outlines the programs, infrastructure, staffing, and funding needed for Austin to reach zero waste by 2040, the city’s goal to drastically reduce the amount of waste going to landfills.  Tonight’s workshop is from 6:30 to 8 at Fiesta Gardens.

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austin
4:50 pm
Mon November 15, 2010

Two Austin City Council Members Announce Re-Election Bids

Two Austin City Council members, Randi Shade and Chris Riley, announced today that they will run for reelection in May 2011.
Photo by Callie Hernandez for KUT News

Two first-term Austin City Council members announced they will seek reelection in May 2011. Place 3 council member Randi Shade was first to market with her press release at 2:15 p.m. today. Less than an hour later, at 3:11 p.m., Place 1 council member Chris Riley announced that he too would be seeking reelection.

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