Formula 1

News Brief
6:09 am
Wed October 26, 2011

Top Morning Stories October 26, 2011

A second unmanned drone is being sent to patrol Texas' 1, 254-mile border with Mexico.
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

2nd Drone to Patrol Texas-Mexico Border

U.S. Customs and Border Protection will soon have second drone to patrol the Texas-Mexico border. The Associated Press reports the Predator drone is scheduled to arrive in Corpus Christi next week. Officials had announced in July that the state would be getting another drone. Here are more details from the AP:

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12:45 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Austin’s First F1 Race Confirmed For November 2012

An artist's rendering of the RV stands to be installed at the Circuit of the Americas track
Photo by Circuit of the Americas

It’s official. Austin’s first Formula One race is scheduled for November 18, 2012. FIA’s World Sport Motor Council unanimously approved a 2012 schedule today. F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone said earlier this month that he wanted the race to occur in November; today’s vote made it official.

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12:09 pm
Wed August 10, 2011

Report: First Austin F1 Race Pushed Back To November 2012

Artist's rendering of Circuit of the Americas provided by Full Throttle Productions

After several days of speculation, Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone says Austin’s first F1 race will happen in November 2012 instead of June 2012. reports that the official justification is for fans and racers to avoid the blistering Texas summer.

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News Brief
5:59 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Top Morning Stories August 2, 2011

Daytime high temperatures will continue to rocket past the 100-degree mark for the rest of the week, according to the National Weather Service.
Photo by Daniel Reese for KUT News

Austin’s Heat Wave is Breaking Records 

Camp Mabry reached a record 107 degrees yesterday. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory from noon today until 10:00 pm Friday night. The Weather Service says too much physical activity outdoors could cause heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

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Sunday Roundup
9:14 am
Sun July 17, 2011

Sunday Morning Roundup

The local organizing committee for F1 racing in Austin shifted into a higher gear Saturday.
Image courtesy of the Circuit of the Americas

You probably didn't feel it, but it was a little cooler in Austin yesterday. The high of 99 degrees at Camp Mabry broke a two-week string of triple-digit temperatures. But the break's over, with temperatures expected to cruise back to the 100-degree mark.

F1 Committee Speeds Up Race Progress

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News Brief
5:46 am
Thu July 14, 2011

Top Morning Stories July 14, 2011

The UT Board of Regents is scheduled to vote Thursday on an item to increase the 2012 distribution from the Permanent University Fund.
Photo by KUT News.

UT Regents To Consider Increasing Endowment Payout

The University of Texas System Board of Regents is scheduled to vote  today on whether to increase the payout rate for the state's largest higher education endowment, the Permanent University Fund.  It's a 13.65 percent increase for a total of more than $575 million.  The UT System and the Texas A&M System share the funds, but UT gets more. 

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1:01 pm
Wed July 13, 2011

F1 To Get More Building Permits Today

This view will change significantly now that Formula One has secured more building permits and FEMA has issued a conditional map revision.
Photo courtesy of Circuit of the Americas

Planners for the proposed Formula One race track in Southeast Travis County are a step closer to starting construction on some of the buildings at the track.

Officials met with several Travis County agencies last night, including the Transportation and Natural Resources and Sheriff's Departments and Fire Marshal’s Office, to discuss transportation and safety planning. County authorities are issuing building permits for more structures at the track today.

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12:43 pm
Mon July 11, 2011

Updated: F1 Organizing Committee Meeting Canceled

A schematic of the Circuit of the Americas track.
Photo by Full Throttle Productions

Update: The meeting has been canceled. Council member Laura Morrison's policy advisor Barbara Rush said in an email that it was due to a "public posting issue." A new meeting date has yet to be scheduled.

Earlier: Formula One event organizers will hold a public meeting downtown this afternoon to talk about and possibly take action on a deal authorized by Austin City Council last month. The council gave its endorsement of an F1 racetrack being constructed in southeastern Travis County, unlocking $250 million state subsidies over ten years.

The board of directors of the Circuit Events Local Organizing Committee (CELOC) has scheduled a 2:30 pm meeting at 100 Congress Ave., Suite 1300. You can read their agenda here.

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5:17 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

Texplainer: What are the State Event Trust Funds?

Comptroller Susan Combs giving the biennial revenue estimate in Austin January 10, 2011.
Photo by Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

Hey, Texplainer: What are the State Comptroller’s Events Trust Funds, and how do they work?

With ground broken on the Formula 1 Circuit of the Americas racetrack southeast of Austin, the racing venue recently found itself in a dispute between the city of Austin and State Comptroller Susan Combs over the use of one of four trust funds intended to encourage the hosting of events in Texas. The funds provide money upfront to host events before the state recovers the money from hotel, alcoholic beverage, car rental, sales, and general use taxes in the period during and after the event.

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9:04 am
Thu June 30, 2011

Top Morning Stories for June 30, 2011

The other shoe could drop any day...or not.
Picture by KUT News

THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION IS OVER!!! (Sorry just had to get that out of my system)

On to the news of the day (so far):

Watching and Waiting for Gov. Perry

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8:16 am
Sun June 26, 2011

Sunday Morning Round-Up: June 26, 2011

Your round up of the day's news from KUT. (Now with Coffee!)
Photo by KUT News

Another hot day ahead in Central Texas. Not that you needed me to tell you that. The forecast will remain pretty much the same until....hmmm....maybe October?

So why not sit back, stay cool and read this round up of the day's news.

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11:22 am
Fri June 24, 2011

F1 Talk Brings Huge Spike In City Council Viewership

Channel six saw a spike in viewership when F1 was discussed on Thursday.
Screen shot by Mose Buchele for KUT News.

Austinites will have to wait till next week to know the fate of a planned Formula One racetrack in Southeastern Travis County, but its not just Austinites paying attention.  People from around the world are voicing their opinions on the racetrack in online forums, op-eds and emails to City Hall. 

The debate is driving a lot more traffic to the City's TV station as well.

Channel Six, the station that broadcasts city meetings, normally attracts between 300 to 400 viewers to its websites during council meetings. But not on Thursday.

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5:14 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

Austin City Council Delays F1 Vote Till Wednesday

Construction on the F1 track continues in southeastern Travis County.
Photo by Circuit of the Americas

Saying they need more time to consider a proposal to endorse a Formula One track being constructed in southeastern Travis County, Austin City Council members voted 6-1 to postpone a vote on a deal that would unlock $25 million in state subsidies to pay for costs associated with F1 races in Austin. Mayor Lee Leffingwell was the lone dissenter.

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3:40 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

San Antonio Hopes to Cash In On Austin's F1 Visitors

San Antonio tourism officials hope F1 tourists are interested in seeing sights such as the Alamo.
Photo by Broken Piggy Bank

San Antonio tourism officials are hoping to attract the international travelers who could flood Austin during Formula One events. Casandra Matej, executive director of the San Antonio Visitors and Convention Bureau, says the ideal international visitor would stay a few evenings in Austin and then head to San Antonio.

“There will be San Antonio opportunities to kind of create synergy for that," she said. "We can provided that extended stay for the people that are going to enjoy the race.”

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1:25 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

The Formula One PR Blitz at City Hall

Formula One branded merchandise was passed out at to crowds at Austin City Hall Thursday.
Photo by Mose Buchele for KUT News.

Want to load up on the latest Formula One paraphernalia? Race over to Austin City Hall.

F1 baseball caps, water bottles and bumper stickers were distributed today in a public relations blitz ahead of City Council's vote on the race track project. So many were given out that white caps speckled the capacity audience in City Council Chambers -- a dramatic image for City Council members from their seats on the dais.

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