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Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT News

If it seems like most of the people you meet in Austin just moved here from some other state, it turns out, many of them have. 

Restaurant Review: Otoko

Jul 7, 2016
Ricard B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman

Otoko offers high end Japanese food, but it's also one of Austin's most expensive restaurants with a fixed price menu starting at $150. Is it worth it? KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his latest review


Today is the birthday of sorts for Texas’ favorite brain tonic: Dr Pepper.

The first DP was served in 1885 in a Waco pharmacy by proto-soda jerk Charles Alderton, and years later the “King of Beverages” quickly gained a grassroots following throughout the southwest after its recipe began being distributed out of Dublin, Texas.

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / KUT

The Austin Police Department’s new program to address homelessness is about a month old. A few weeks ago, officers took to the streets of West Campus and downtown Austin. Their goal was to better understand the needs of people experiencing homelessness who often congregate in these neighborhoods. 


Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / KUT

Steps past a motorized gate and calf-deep in dung-spotted grass, Rick Cofer looked upon the acres of land that make up John Trevino Jr. Park. The entire park, Cofer said, is 330 acres. Yards in front of him, a herd of cows sought shade on a Texas summer afternoon.


Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / KUT

According to the City of Austin’s latest annual performance review released June 22, the time it takes Austin police officers to respond to high-priority calls has been steadily increasing over the past five years.

Ilana Panich-Linsman for KUT

In a vote that pit representatives of the city’s lowest-income districts against their colleagues, Austin City Council members narrowly approved an 8 percent homestead exemption on Wednesday – an increase of 2 percent over last year’s exemption. To a resident with a home worth $250,000, that equates to a nearly $23 in annual savings on their property taxes.


Texas Department of Transportation

I-35 was closed for about nine hours overnight at Slaughter Lane so the Texas Department of Transportation could begin tearing down an almost 60-year old overpass. TxDOT opened the highway ahead of schedule Saturday at 8 a.m.

A closure of I-35 is scheduled again from 11 p.m. Saturday night to 10 a.m. Sunday morning, weather permitting. Drivers will be directed off the road at the Slaughter lane exit and can pass the area via the frontage road.

KUT News

The Austin City Council met Thursday for its final meeting before the July recess. Council met past midnight and into early Friday, passing several measures, including the approval to move forward with a $720-million mobility bond.

Gabriel Cristóval Pérez / KUT

From the Austin Monitor: While most of Austin slept early Friday morning, City Council gave the green light to a mobility bond with little historical precedent.

Just after 1:30 a.m., following a tortuous and fraught discussion marked by simmering tensions that at times neared outright hostility, Council voted 8-3 to direct staff to prepare ballot language for a $720 million grab bag of road, sidewalk, bike and transit infrastructure.

Restaurant Review: Chicon

Jun 23, 2016
Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman

The owners of a failed East Austin restaurant have opened a more accessible dining experience in the same location. KUT's Nathan Bernier speaks to Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his review of Chicon


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From the Austin Monitor: After years of decline, Austin’s African-American population appears to be growing again.

In a presentation during a City Council work session Tuesday, city demographer Ryan Robinson explained to Council members that the black population within Austin’s city limits increased by an estimated 8,000 in the four years following the 2010 census. In the entire Austin metropolitan area, it grew by an estimated 20,000.

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Austin is trying to end homelessness among veterans. Homeless advocates say the city has already attained “functional zero” veteran homelessness, and they’re awaiting formal recognition from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The term “functional zero” could be confusing, because Austin still has veterans living on the street. So what does it mean?


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Well, it’s summer. And, if there are any certainties in this life, you’re bound to hear people complaining about the heat – you’re also likely to see a smattering of summer recipes, as well as tips for beating the heat. So what sage wisdom did Austinites of summers past have to offer? What were Victorian-era Austinites' summer complaints?

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Groups around Austin have organized various events to raise money for victims of the deadly shooting earlier this month at an Orlando nightclub. Forty-nine people were killed and dozens more sustained injuries. If you want to show your support for the victims, here are some of the benefit screenings, concerts and parties you could attend around Austin this week. 

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / KUT

From the Austin Monitor: It appears that United States Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx has decided that Austin is not a Smart City.

On Tuesday, Ohio’s two members of the U.S. Senate announced that their state capital, Columbus, won the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge and the $50 million purse that comes with the title.

Daniel Reese for KUT News

Austin City Manager Marc Ott may be leaving.

Ott told members of the Austin City Council on Monday that he’s a finalist for the executive director position at the Washington, D.C.-based International City/County Management Association, a self-described research and training organization for municipal managers. Ott explains he was approached about the job about a year ago.


From the Austin Monitor: According to a poll conducted for the Austin Monitor, a majority of those polled in City Council Member Don Zimmerman’s district — 52 percent — approve of how Council handled the Uber/Lyft election issue. At the same time, 51 percent said they would vote to re-elect their Council member, who was not mentioned by name in the question.


Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

District 6 Austin City Council Member Don Zimmerman has filed a lawsuit against Mayor Steve Adler that seeks to quash the result of Austin's ride-hailing election on May 7, arguing the Austin City Council misled voters and that the "swiss-cheese" framework of regulations is unenforceable.

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / KUT

April Marshall stood among the remains of her mother’s home last month in southeast Travis County, pointing out the new, donated couch still wrapped plastic. The family was still in the process of furnishing their home wrecked by flooding in October, when roughly three feet of floodwaters rushed their home again in May.


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