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Austin
2:07 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Pregnancy Resource Center Sues City of Austin

An Austin pregnancy resource center is suing the City of Austin over a city ordinance passed in the spring.
Photo courtesy of William J. Serson via Flickr, http://www.flickr.com/people/wjserson/

The City of Austin is facing a lawsuit from a pregnancy resource center. The lawsuit is over a city ordinance passed in April. It requires pregnancy resource centers that don’t offer or refer women to abortion or birth control services to post notices saying that they don’t.

The city was concerned that some pregnancy centers were representing themselves as medical or therapeutic counseling centers when they were religious organizations. The lawsuit from these groups claims that the city ordinance is violating their constitutional rights.

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Environment
12:35 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

City Switch To Green Energy To Cost $6 Million Over 10 Years

Photo by Austin Energy

The City of Austin says it will become the largest local government in the United States to be powered entirely by renewable electricity when it flicks the switch on Saturday. The move is estimated to cost taxpayers $6 million over ten years.

“It’s a commitment you make to further the goal of reducing carbon emissions,” Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell told KUT News. “That’s a value to everybody that lives in the city.”

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Environment
2:06 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Austin Water Use Drops 12 Percent, Round Rock Down 8 Percent

Shoal "Creek" at Lamar and 15th Streets
Photo by Daniel Reese for KUT News

Almost two weeks after Austin implemented Stage II water restrictions, water usage has dropped across the city. Since the new rules took effect on September 6, Austin has been using about 179 million gallons of water a day. Before Stage II restrictions, our water usage was averaging closer to 203 million gallons a day. That’s a decrease of about 12 percent.

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Austin
10:01 am
Mon August 22, 2011

Interactive Project Map Featured on Bond Site

Austin's redesigned bond website contains features that lets people see updates on projects around the city.
Photo by Jessie Wang for KUT News

The City of Austin has launched a redesigned website that contains an interactive project map where users can see progress on projects.

Last year, Austin voters passed a $90 million transportation bond to pay for more bike paths, sidewalks, streets and trails with hopes of reducing commuters' reliance on cars. Visitors of the site can view status reports, photos of projects and project updates.

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Austin
2:28 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

City Budget Could See More Money From Austin Energy, Higher Tax Rate

Photo by Liang Shi/KUT News

Austin City Council got some surprises at a budget meeting today, both pleasant ones for the city’s fiscal outlook.

City budget officers told the Council it underestimated how high the city’s property tax rate could be under the rollback rate. That means the city will be able to raise taxes higher then once believed without having to get voter approval.

If City Council chooses to raise property taxes to the new rollback rate, it would generate an additional $1.6 million in revenue.

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Austin
1:39 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

Your Property Tax and Utility Bills Would Increase Under Proposed City Budget

City budget director Leslie Browder, presents the proposed budget to council members at Austin City Hall.
Photo by Daniel Reese for KUT News

Austin city manager Marc Ott unveiled a proposed $2.8 billion budget to council members today. It includes an increase in property taxes, energy and water fees, pay raises for city staff, and $6.9 million in spending cuts and new revenues.

City council members will evaluate the plan, make any changes they think are necessary, and move to adopt it in September. Expect public hearings between now and then.

The first volume of the budget document alone is 665 pages. Do you have time to read that? We didn’t think so.  Here are some of the highlights:

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Austin
4:50 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

City Selling 12 Subsidized Homes For $110,000 Each

This flier shows the homes and describes where they are located in the southeast Austin subdivision of Frontier at Montana.
Photo by City of Austin

People who meet the income requirements can apply to purchase one of twelve newly constructed homes in a southeast Austin subdivision. The three-bedroom/two-bathroom homes were built with federal money and offer these features:

  • $110,000 price (homes are valued at $120,000)
  • Zero percent interest
  • No money down
  • 10-year home warranty
  • High energy efficiency

The income requirements are calculated as a multiple of federal poverty guidelines.  A single individual making $25,850 would qualify for the zero percent interest program. A family of six with combined income of $42,850 would also qualify. People who make more than that could possibly apply for down payment assistance.

The new homes, announced today, have already attracted a lot of attention. "The phones have literally been ringing off the hook," City of Austin spokesperson Jill Goodman told KUT News.

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Environment
1:02 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

Austin Takes Nominations for Tree of the Year

Today's the last day to nominate a tree to be honored as Austin's "Tree of the Year" for 2011.
Photo by KUT News

"I think that I shall never see/A poem as lovely as a tree," wrote Joyce Kilmer almost a century ago. The City of Austin is taking nominations for the loveliest of trees to honor as the 2011 "Tree of the Year."

Today's the last day to nominate a tree to be this year's honoree. The tree can be in any part of Austin. It can be any species of tree, but there are some eligibility requirements.

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Austin
12:10 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

Street Closure Map for Republic of Texas Rally 2011

View Austin Street Closures- ROT Rally in a larger map

Fire up your choppers! The annual Republic of Texas Biker Rally is underway. The four day event is the largest motorcycle rally in Texas and brings over 200,000 bikers and spectators to downtown Austin.

The main event - the ROT Motorcycle Parade and Downtown Bash - is set to begin at 7:30 this evening. The 11 mile parade was named in 2006 as the "Longest Parade of Motorcycles Known to Mankind” by the Guinness Book of World Records.

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Arts and Culture
1:17 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

Alamo Drafthouse Founder “Furious” Napoleon Dynamite Canceled

Tim League is founder and CEO of the Alamo Drafthouse
Photo by Chris Jackson http://www.flickr.com/photos/26547909@N07/

A move by the City of Austin to cancel a free outdoor screening of Napoleon Dynamite earlier this month has incensed Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League. The Drafthouse sponsored the free screenings in Republic Square Park and used its equipment to display the movies.

“That kind of stuff drives me bananas,” League told KUT News. "I was furious about this."

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Austin
1:17 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

City Projects Deficit, Tax Increase Expected

Photo by Liang Shi/KUT News

The Austin City Council got its first look at budget projections for the next fiscal year today.

Budget managers told council members that falling property values and sales tax collections mean revenue is not keeping up with the cost of maintaining city services at current levels. The projections showed homeowners could face higher property taxes next year.

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Austin
4:00 pm
Wed April 13, 2011

Technical Difficulties with City of Austin Website

A partial screen shot of where visitors to Austin's City Website were taken when they tried to visit the city site today.
Screen shot by Mose Buchele for KUT News.

Visitors to the City of Austin's website were surprised to be re-directed this afternoon to a page saying the "US Locality domain you are searching for has been given back to Neustar Registry to manage." The City's Public Information Office quickly followed up on a phone call to their office with this Tweet:

If you're experiencing difficulties viewing our website, try www.austintx.gov Thank you for your patience as we work on this!

Austin
11:58 am
Thu March 3, 2011

Council Approves Weekend and Evening Parking Fees

Austin City Council approved by a vote of 6-1 paid parking downtown on evenings and weekends starting August 2011.
Photo by Callie Hernandez/KUT.

By a vote of 6-1, the Austin City Council today approved charging fees for street parking downtown on evenings and weekends.

The vote extended paid meter downtown until midnight weekdays and all day Saturdays.  Parking meters elsewhere in the city will be enforced from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 

The extended meter hours will take effect sometime after August.

Austin
4:35 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Website Sues City Over Records Disclosures

Photo by Callie Hernandez/KUT.

The Austin Bulldog, a non-profit investigative website, has filed a lawsuit against the City of Austin and members of the City Council, alleging they did not disclose records in compliance with the Texas Public Information Act.

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Austin
5:31 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Town Lake Animal Center Hits 90% Live Outcomes For 1st Time

Photo by KUT.

Officials at Austin's Town Lake Animal Center have announced they've surpassed a 90% live outcome rate for the first time last month.  February saw 92% of animals that entered the shelter leave alive.

The milestone means the shelter is now officially "no-kill", as defined by an implementation plan approved by city council almost one year ago.

In a memo to the city council today, interim animal services officer Filip Gecic said the shelter's rescue partners get a big share of the credit, although there were many factors that contributed to the shelter's success...

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Austin
2:50 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

City to Seek Public Input on Rainey Street Development

The City of Austin will host an open house Wednesday, Feb. 23, to provide information and receive public input on the Rainey Street development plans.
Photo by KUT News

The City of Austin is seeking public input on urban growth issues surrounding the Rainey Street development project.

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City of Austin
5:07 pm
Thu February 10, 2011

Name That Department!

The City of Austin's Solid Waste Services Department is looking for a new name and the people of Austin have responded...creatively.
Erika Aguilar for KUT News.

Austin is a music town, sure, but naming a city department after Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst? Why not? More than 29,000 votes have been cast to rename the City of Austin’s Solid Waste Services Department the “Fred Durst Society of the Humanities and the Arts. ” 

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Austin
2:12 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

Bull Creek Park Meeting Tonight

The future uses of Bull Creek District Park (pictured) will be the subject of a public meeting tonight.
Photo by KUT News

City officials will hold a public meeting tonight to discuss the future of Bull Creek District Park and get input from the community about that future.  The meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 Water St.

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Austin
11:19 am
Fri January 14, 2011

Abigail Smith Chosen As New Animal Shelter Boss, Begins March 15, 2011

Abigail Smith will run the Town Lake Animal Center starting March 15.
Image courtesy City of Austin

No a huge surprise here; Abigail Smith was already named the lone finalist for the job. But now it's official. City Manager Marc Ott just announced he has selected the director of a no kill animal shelter in Ithaca, New York to run the Town Lake Animal Center in Austin.

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Politics
1:59 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

How To Watch The 2011 Legislative Session From The Comfort Of Home

Image Courtesy StarMama http://www.flickr.com/photos/thestarmama/

Political junkies who don't have time to spend all day at the Capitol can watch the Texas legislative session unfold from behind a TV or computer monitor.

Here's how you can do it:

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