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Tonja Walls-Davis has a new favorite grave site: one for a child, where the headstone is in the shape of a single Lego.

“I’ve traveled these grounds so many times,” she said. “But, like I said, every time I come I see something new. Their life a lot of times is represented on their headstones.”


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State leaders are considering selling the Austin State Hospital, a historic facility near Hyde Park, but residents are divided over the future of the site.


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A Travis County Sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed at his home early this morning in the Round Rock neighborhood of Cimarron. Sergeant Craig Hutchinson, a 32-year veteran of the department, reportedly spotted intruders in his backyard and called for backup at around 1:22 a.m., according to the Austin American-Statesman.

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Riesling doesn't have to be the sickly sweet wine many Americans associate with the grape. More than a dozen Austin restaurants are serving a variety of Riseling wines, from the very dry to the very sweet. KUT's Nathan Bernier learns more about the "Summer of Riesling" from Texas Monthly drinks columnist Jessica Dupuy.


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Three people have become infected with Shigella bacteria after swimming at Bull Creek Park, prompting the Austin/Travis County Health department to advise people to stay out of the creek. Dr. Phillip Huang, the Health Department’s Medical Director, said:

“There’s always a risk when you’re swimming in any of these natural bodies of water, so we always have the recommendation that people swim at their own risk. What we’ve identified is that we just received three reports of Shigella infection that are linked to sort of exposure at the Bull Creek Park in particular.”

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Could streets be like doctors? A streetlight that diagnoses an ulcerous colon, or sidewalk that administers chemotherapy?

That question is what Austin City Council Member Delia Garza leveled at the oft-optimistic Mayor Steve Adler during the last Council meeting before members broke for the month of July.


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A federal district court ruled late Wednesday that two rules governing how candidates for Austin office handle campaign funds violate the First Amendment. The ruling came after Council member Don Zimmerman filed a lawsuit challenging the city’s campaign finance rules last year.

In a release from his lawyer, Zimmerman said, “We are examining our further options regarding the affirmation of our First Amendment rights to political speech.”

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Amir Khalil and his girlfriend Emily Thomas bought a duplex off South Lamar in February, but so far, it doesn’t feel quite like home.

Khalil points out the damage that’s left over from an incomplete remodel job on the house. The laundry room ceiling bares a gaping hole. In the kitchen, sections of the walls and ceiling have been torn out.


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The “Godzilla” El Niño that brought plenty of rainfall to Austinand record flooding to parts of Central Texas – last year is no more, and Austinites are settling into the oppressive heat that accompanies a dry Central Texas summer. Luckily, Austinites have Barton Springs Pool. But, 60 years ago, waves of floods over two summers shuttered the pool to summertime swimmers, and recently unearthed footage offers a glimpse of one of those deluges. 

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This week, students from across the city are getting the chance to interact with Austin police in a summer camp called Gang Resistance Education and Training, or GREAT.

The camp is part of a larger program to reduce gang activity in Austin.

At Martin Middle School, rising fifth graders were taking a tour of an Austin Police Department helicopter at one of several events scheduled for GREAT camp this week.

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Austin City Council candidates scouting for new or incumbent leadership filed their first campaign finance reports Friday. Sure, it's still early going, but the fundraising cycle has ramped up in the five Council districts with races on the ballot in November.


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Austin is building new homes at more than twice the rate of the U.S. as a whole. Still, analysts say builders are struggling to catch up to the growing demand of homebuyers. 


Last Sunday, St. Paul Catholic Church welcomed some new parishioners into the fold, albeit briefly.

During the the 5 p.m. service last Sunday, several new faces walked into the chapel. They weren’t seeking confession or absolution, or even a good homily. They were, in the evening hours of the Lord’s Day, looking for a Bulbasaur.

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The U.S State Department confirmed Friday morning that two Americans were killed in Thursday’s attack on a crowd during a Bastille Day parade in Nice, France.

Austin's Mediterranean food options have grown over the past few years, but still aren't as widespread as fans of the cuisine would desire. KUT's Nathan Bernier gets some recommendations from Austin-American Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam.


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As investigations into the police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota have begun, some may wonder what that process is like here in Austin. The Austin Police Department is no stranger to similar police shootings – most notably the 2013 police shooting of Larry Jackson and, more recently, the shooting of 17-year-old David Joseph. So, what happens after an officer uses deadly force? 


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Homeless advocates in Austin got a $1.1 million infusion from the federal government to advance a relatively new, market-based approach to getting people off the streets.

KLRU-TV hosted a public discussion on civil rights, race and law enforcement Monday night, in the wake of a violent week across the country. Discussion focused around last week's fatal police shootings of two black men, Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., and Philando Castile in Minn., and the ambush in Dallas that killed five police officers. 

The discussion, which was simulcast on KUT 90.5 FM and KUT online, is a move toward coming up with solutions to long-persisting problems of equality, education and diversity, both in Austin and across the country.

Listen to the entire KUT broadcast, and watch an extended version from KLRU's Facebook Live below.

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It’s been one week since Baton Rouge police officers shot and killed Alton Sterling, a black man selling CDs outside a convenience store. Just a day later, Philando Castile was shot and killed by police outside St. Paul, Minn.

Then last Thursday, a lone gunman killed five Dallas police officers as protestors were winding down what was, by many accounts, a peaceful rally. The following day, the Austin Police Department ushered 37 new police officers onto the force.


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In the photo, a curly-haired woman stares into the camera wearing a red lifeguard bathing suit, holding a long, red rectangular flotation device over her shoulder.

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