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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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public safety
3:46 pm
Thu November 18, 2010

Round Rock Bomb Threat Came from Saudi Arabia

The Round Rock Independent School District says a bomb threat that led to the evacuation of two schools earlier this week originated in the Saudi Kingdom.

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austin
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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