Fort Hood

Fort Hood Shootings
6:48 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Inside the Fort Hood Courtroom: Quotes from the Hasan Trial

Brigitte Woosley

Today wraps up the first week of testimony in the trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan, the man accused of killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 at the Fort Hood Army Post on Nov. 5, 2009.  

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Fort Hood Shootings
8:14 am
Wed August 7, 2013

What You Need to Know From Day One of the Fort Hood Trial

Sketch of Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford testifying in Tuesday's trial.
Brigitte Woosley, sketch artist

Today marks Day Two in the trial of Major Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 at Fort Hood on Nov. 5, 2009. The trial is expected to take months – only twelve of the nearly 300 witnesses testified Tuesday. More of the prosecution’s witnesses will testify today as prosecutors continue to build a case against Hasan. 

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Texas
9:40 am
Wed July 17, 2013

New Branch of Texas A&M Could Shake up Fort Hood's Economy

The new building for Texas A&M-Central Texas under construction in July 2013. It's scheduled for completion in 2014.
Luke Quinton for KUT News

The Army announced recently that it plans to eliminate combat brigades at 12 military bases. That’s a total of 80,000 soldiers. The cutbacks come as communities are already dealing with government furloughs. But military towns are trying to keep the old boom and bust economy a thing of the past.

Fort Hood is like a city. When it became a base in the 1940s, it cleared out 1,200 farms. Now it’s home to more than 40,000 assigned soldiers and tens of thousands of civilian workers. The base brings $25 billion to the Texas economy each year.

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Politics
5:50 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Fort Hood Civilian Workers to Feel Effects of Sequester

Fort Hood from above
Flickr, Virginia Guard Public Affairs http://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/5533101175/

Across-the-board federal budget cuts known as sequestration are about to have more effects in Central Texas.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Tuesday that his department has cut all it can on the military side and that any more would affect readiness, so Hagel says the time has come for civilian defense department workers to take unpaid days off: mandatory furloughs.

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Texas
5:12 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Killeen, Fort Hood Brace for Cutbacks

Thousands of civilian workers at Fort Hood may have to work reduced hours if Congress doesn't act.
KUT News

The automatic federal spending cuts set to take effect tomorrow could have a big impact on Texas. Specifically, cuts to army bases could cost the state’s economy nearly $2.5 billion.

For many people in Killeen, next to Fort Hood, the spending cuts are just abstract numbers. For Cheryl Eliano, president of the Fort Hood branch of the American Federation of Government Employees, they’re all too real.

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The Lead
9:04 am
Tue February 26, 2013

The Lead: AISD Board Adds Bond to Ballot; Sequester’s Texas Impact

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams visiting with students at Eastside Memorial High School.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Good morning! After yesterday’s high winds – which had gusts above 50 miles an hour and lead to widespread power outages – today looks considerably calmer. The National Weather Service says Austin’s in for a sunny and mild day with a high in the mid 60s.

Lead Story: Big items were on the agenda at last night’s Austin school board meeting, including a multi-million-dollar bond proposal and the question of what to do with a struggling Austin high school.

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Fort Hood
5:29 am
Tue February 19, 2013

From the Fort Hood Tragedy, An Unlikely Friendship Emerges

Kerry Cahill and Nader Hasan
Nathan Bernier, KUT News

The daughter of a man killed in the Fort Hood shooting rampage is now friends with the cousin of the accused shooter.

Kerry Cahill lost her father Michael Cahill at Fort Hood in 2009. Now, she's working with Nader Hasan, cousin of alleged shooter Nidal Hasan the alleged shooter, on Nader's effort to speak out against extremism through his organization, the Nawal Foundation.

Listen to our conversation with them by clicking the player above. 

Texas
5:00 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Fort Hood Community Reacts to Expansion of Same-Sex Benefits

Fort Hood Soldiers in 2009. Same-sex Partners of Soldiers will start Receiving Certain Benefits later this Year.
Photo by KUT News

The Pentagon says it will extend some benefits to same-sex domestic partners of military servicemembers. This comes a year and a half after the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy.

Outside the visitor’s center at Fort Hood, men and women in camouflage stream into the building, paperwork in hand. Paul Eagen, of nearby Copperas Cove, spent ten years working at Fort Hood.

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Texas
12:09 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Accused Fort Hood Shooter to Appear in Court (Updated)

Army Maj. Nidal Hasan.
Bell County Sheriff's Department

Update: The Army Major accused in the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood will still face the death penalty if he’s convicted.

Nidal Hasan is charged with killing 13 people and wounding dozens more. This morning the judge in his case denied a request from his lawyers to take the death penalty off the table.

Update (Jan. 30, 8:04 a.m.): Army Maj. Nidal Hasan returns to military court this morning—more than three years after he’s accused of going on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood.

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Texas
6:36 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Beard Issue Continues to Hold Up Fort Hood Shooting Trial

Hasan's beard has become a focus of court appearances for months.
Bell County Sheriff's Department

Attorneys for the Army psychiatrist accused in the Fort Hood shooting have filed an appeal with the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

Maj. Nidal Hasan has grown a beard in his time behind bars awaiting trial for the 2009 shooting—an act his lawyers say is an expression of his Muslim faith. But the facial hair violates Army regulations.

Hasan has be held in contempt of court several times for refusing to shave. In September, a judge ordered Hasan to shave or be forcibly shaved. Hasan's counsel appealed that decision but it was upheld last month. Now, they're appealing again.

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Fort Hood
5:46 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Fort Hood Families Sue U.S. Government

A still from a video posted on TruthAboutFortHood.com, a website in support of the Fort Hood victims and family members.

Today is the third anniversary of a shooting rampage that killed 13 people and wounded dozens at the Fort Hood Army post in Killeen. Survivors and family members today filed a lawsuit against the federal government.

Lawyers for the victims say the Army ignored warning signs that Major Nidal Hasan was embracing militant Islamist views and violating military regulations in the months before the attack. If officials hadn't, they say, they could have prevented the shooting. Attorney Reed Rubinstein says victims want the attack reclassified as terrorism, which could qualify them for additional benefits. 

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Texas
4:09 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Attorneys Claim Hasan Offered Guilty Plea in Fort Hood Shooting Trial

Maj. Nidal Hasan stands accused of multiple murders in 2009's Fort Hood shooting.
courtesy Bell County Sheriff's Department

What looked like another increasingly routine hearing of Maj. Nidal Hasan – the accused gunman behind the 2009 shooting spree at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas – now appears to be less so, as Hasan’s lawyers claim he offered to enter a guilty plea.

Hasan’s trial has been slow to start, as legal wrangling over whether or not the Army can shave Hasan’s beard has taken center stage. Hasan claims the beard is an expression of her Muslim faith, but Army codes dictate a soldier must be clean-shaven at his court martial. Today, Judge Col. Gregory Gross ordered that Hasan’s beard by shaved, reports The New York Times.

Overshadowed by the beard aspect was an announcement from Hasan’s attorneys that he had offered to enter a guilty plea, but as the Associated Press reports,  he’s prevented from doing so in the Fort Hood case:

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Texas
10:25 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Life Sentence for Naser Abdo in Ft. Hood Bomb Plot

Army Pfc. Abdo represented himself at his trial.
Matt Largey for KUT News

Update: The Austin American-Statesman notes that Abdo received two life sentences today, plus an additional 60 years in prison. 

The daily reports that Abdo expressed no remorse at sentencing: 

“I don’t ask the court for mercy because Allah is the one who gives me mercy,” Adbo said, referring to God in Arabic. He said he was motivated by what he called crimes committed by the U.S. and the U.S. military against Muslims.

“I have continued to answer the call of jihad and will continue to the day I am called to account for my deeds,” he continued.

Original post: This morning, a  federal judge sentenced the AWOL soldier convicted of plotting to blow up a restaurant popular with Fort Hood troops to life in prison.

Private First Class Naser Jason Abdo was found guilty in May of charges including attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. Killeen police arrested Abdo last July with bomb-making materials.

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AM Update: 8/10/12
8:39 am
Fri August 10, 2012

AM Update: Armstrong Doping Case in Court, Ft. Hood Bomb Plot Sentencing, UT Olympic Outlook

Armstrong has maintained he is not guilty of doping.
flickr.com/rubenstein

Armstrong’s Doping Case in Court

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong is scheduled to have his case in an Austin federal court today.

Armstrong is fighting claims by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that he used performance enhancing drugs. The agency wants to ban Armstrong from competition for life and take away his titles.

Armstrong has denied doping and his lawyers are arguing the USADA doesn’t have the authority to bring the charges against him. They are asking a judge to issue an injunction to stop the case.

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Texas
9:15 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Military Lawyers to Discuss Jury Issue in Fort Hood Murder Trial Hearing Today

The jury questionnaire will be sent to the military jury pool before Maj. Nidal Hasan's murder trial starts Aug. 20.
flickr.com/fabliaux

Military prosecutors and defense attorneys cannot agree on the pre-trial questions that the jury will be asked for the Fort Hood murder trial. They are discussing the issue today at a hearing for the Army psychiatrist charged in the 2009 shooting.

Maj. Nidal Hasan’s murder trial begins on Aug. 20. Hasan’s attorneys want the jurors to return the form a month before the trail begins, so they need to have the form sent out soon. The judge will decide on the questionnaire that will be sent to the military jury pool.

Hasan faces the death penalty if he’s convicted of the 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the Fort Hood shooting rampage.

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