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News, events, and entertainment happening in and around Austin and the Central Texas counties of Travis, Hays, Caldwell, Bastrop and Williamson

Miguel Guitierrez Jr./KUT

On 6th Street just past midnight, small herds of young people mill in the street or near the entrances of bars – some smoking cigarettes, others looking at their phones. Virginia Alexander honks at them to move. She is trying to drive her ATV down the street to get to the trash cans.


Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon for KUT News

Near the intersection of Red River and Cesar Chavez, a large construction project is underway. A $370 million luxury hotel is being built there, the Fairmont Austin. A year ago, this construction site was a parking lot, rented out as a venue during South by Southwest. 


A Look Back at Austin's Eternal Arguments

Mar 16, 2016
Frank Albrecht, via Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Austin, it seems, is locked in an eternal personality crisis. To some, it’s the greatest city in the world – a wellspring of natural beauty, good food and plenty of live music. To others, it’s an ever-expanding, traffic-plagued, corporate-sponsored city that’s not as good as it used to be.

Miguel Guitierrez Jr./KUT

Many of us use apps like Facetime or SnapChat to connect with friends and family. But at a restaurant in South Austin, video messaging technology is helping deaf employees communicate.


Our next ATXplained voting round is here. This time, it's all about birds.

So far, we've collected nearly 150 questions about everything from Austin's allergens, its streets and highways, its iconic places and events, and even some simply answered questions, like what exactly our programming schedule is — for future reference, you can find it right here

Vanessa Rancaño for KUT News

After a decade of trying to get on the air, a community radio station outside Austin – with a range of about 10 miles – finally got its broadcast license from the Federal Communications Commission last month.


Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT

Some Austin tech leaders have said that the Austin City Council’s recent regulations of companies like Uber, Lyft and AirBnB are driving investment and innovation out of the city. So, South by Southwest Interactive seemed like the best time to test this perception on folks outside of Austin.


Todd Wiseman/Texas Tribune

Austin's ridesharing vote will go ahead as planned, it seems.

The Texas Supreme Court denied a request to order a rewrite of ballot language that Austin voters will consider in May regarding regulations for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft.

Austin resident Samantha Phelps filed a writ with the Supreme Court last week, arguing the language approved by the Austin City Council would mislead voters.

Jorge Sanhueza Lyon/KUT

Tech innovators from around the world are showing off their latest creations the South by Southwest Interactive Trade Show. So, KUT’s Syeda Hasan went to take a look at some of them. 


Jorge Sanhueza Lyon/KUT

Recently, residents of the city’s East Cesar Chavez neighborhood asked a city of Austin committee to put in place interim controls potentially limiting the influx of new bars, restaurants and breweries. The decision was delayed – and then eventually denied.

Had the action gone through, it would have been a rare decision. As things stand now, neighbors are at a loss for what power they have to temper the rapid development of East Austin.


Miguel Gutierrez Jr. for KUT News

There’s a big debate happening among Austin entrepreneurs over venture capital in the city – specifically, whether there is enough venture capital flowing into the city’s startups. It’s a debate that could reshape Austin’s identity – or, maybe it’s a debate because of Austin’s identity.

    

Bob Daemmrich/Texas Tribune

From the Texas Tribune:

Texas’ Republican leadership has stifled voter turnout, and the public sector should do more to encourage online voting and other civic engagement, President Barack Obama said in an interview Friday with Texas Tribune CEO and Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith.

Obama’s remarks at the South by Southwest Interactive festival in Austin focused on using Internet technology to encourage more civic participation, including voting.

whitehouse.gov and SXSW

Unless you've been locked in a soundproof lead box and submerged in Lady Bird Lake, you're fully aware of the traffic situation that's transpiring today: President Obama's visiting and it's the first day of SXSW Interactive.  

Suffice to say, people weren't too jazzed about the prospect and they're took to the Internet to vent about it.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon for KUT News

You've probably seen this memorial if you've ever driven on Lamar Blvd in Austin. It's right there, on the pillar holding up the train bridge where Third Street crosses Lamar.

It says: "Fair Sailing Tall Boy. Ivan Garth Johnson. Not forgotten. 1971 - 1989. Don't Drink and Drive, You Might Kill Someone's Kid."  

Lynett Oliver doesn’t know Ivan Garth Johnson. She doesn’t know anything about him. But if you’re like her, you can’t help but wonder: What’s the story behind this memorial?

Ilana Panich-Linsman for KUTX

If there are two things that can guarantee Austin traffic, they're South by Southwest and a presidential visit. Somehow, to the chagrin of any Austinite trying to get anywhere this year, the gods of gridlock have conspired to make both of those happen simultaneously this year.

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / KUT

From the Texas Tribune: The Texas Supreme Court has been pulled into the ongoing battle between Uber and the City of Austin.

An Austin resident, supported by Uber*, has asked the Supreme Court to weigh in on the ballot language for a new measure regulating vehicle-for-hire companies within the city, scheduled to come before voters on May 7.

Thousands of visitors will flock to Austin in the coming days and weeks for South by Southwest, but is there enough room to house all of them? Of course, it’s hard to pinpoint just how many people attend SXSW each year, but, as any Austinite can tell you, it’s a lot.


KUT News

With South by Southwest Film and Interactive starting Friday, and President Obama in Austin the same day, Austin is anticipating significant effects on traffic congestion. Austin ISD announced that 17 campuses will be letting students out early on Friday to “minimize complications” for families.

Jimmy Maas for KUT News

The U.S. Grand Prix is coming back to Austin, Circuit of the Americas officials announced Wednesday. Before the announcement, it was unknown whether the multi-million dollar racing facility would again host the country's only Formula One race.

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration

Information out from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirms what many probably already knew: It was a really warm winter. NOAA’s National Climate Summary for December through February says the lower 48 states experienced the warmest winter ever recorded when it comes to average temperature. 


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