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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
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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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Fort Hood
4:55 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Soldier Found Guilty in Fort Hood Bomb Plot

Photo courtesy of Killeen Police Department

Naser Jason Abdo, a Muslim-American soldier, was convicted by a jury in Waco today of attempting to blow up a restaurant in Killeen that was popular among soldiers at Fort Hood. The Associated Press broke the news this afternoon.

The Waco jury convicted Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo of the most serious charge, attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, which could land him in prison for life. Abdo also was convicted of attempted murder of U.S. officers or employees, and four counts of possessing a weapon in furtherance of a federal crime of violence.

The Austin-American Statesman sent a reporter to cover the trial and said jurors deliberated for only about an hour. None of them would talk to reporters afterwards.  

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AM Update
8:10 am
Mon May 21, 2012

AM Update: Fort Hood Bombing Trial, AISD Tax Talk, Longhorn Tourney Time

Jurors are being selected in the trial of Naser Abdo this week.
Photo by Matt Largey for KUT News

Jury selection begins for Fort Hood bomber suspect

Jury selection is set to begin this morning in the trial of a soldier accused of planning to blow up a Killeen restaurant filled with Fort Hood soldiers.

Private First Class Naser Abdo could face up to life in prison if convicted of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and other charges.

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AM Update
8:24 am
Fri April 27, 2012

AM Update: Army Bases Go Green, Food & Wine Fest, and Austin Toros Force Game Three

"Da Bull" will be cheering on the Toros in their championship game.
Photo courtesy of facebook.com/austintoros

Army Bases in Texas Going Green

Fort Hood and other Texas Army bases are working to become more energy efficient, according to an article in the Texas Tribune.

By 2020 the Central Texas base aims to reduce its waste to “net zero.” Brian Dosa, Fort Hood’s director of public works, believes it won’t be an easy task.  

“It’s really as much about behavior change as it is about technology,” said Dosa. Recycling rates at soldiers’ housing complexes, for example, are low, he said.

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Texas
9:22 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Maj. Nidal Hasan Appears in Court Tomorrow

Attorneys for Maj. Nidal Hasan will be requesting a forensic pathologist.
U.S. Army

The Army psychiatrist accused in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shootings will be back in court this week.

Attorneys for Major Nidal Hasan will ask a judge to rule Wednesday on a request for the government to pay for a forensic pathologist to serve as an expert witness.

The judge may also rule on a defense request for notes from meetings between President Obama and high-ranking Defense Department officials after the November 2009 shootings.

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Top Stories
10:13 am
Sun December 25, 2011

Top Morning Stories, December 25, 2011

Part of the LBJ Ranch house near Johnson City. The National Parks Service has opened the living quarters of Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson to the public.
Image courtesy flickr.com/CoreyPud

Best wishes for this Christmas Day! There was a Christmas homecoming at Fort Hood, the loss of a house in East Austin this morning, and a look into the Hill Country home of America's 36th President.

Troops Return to Fort Hood

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wildfires
12:23 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Fire Near Fort Hood Grows To 3,700 Acres

A wildfire burning about 11 miles from the major buildings at Fort Hood grew by 700 acres overnight to span 3,700 acres. No evacuations are underway, and fire crews are battling the blaze from the ground and in the air.

Bulldozers are trying to cut a fire break around the perimeter of what’s being called the Jack Mountain blaze.  It is currently 10 percent contained.

“With calmer winds forecasted today, Fort Hood officials think we should be able to get this fire under control today,” III Corps spokesman Tyler Broadway told KUT news.

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News Brief
9:29 am
Wed August 10, 2011

Top Morning Stories August 10, 2011

Killeen Police released a mug shot of Nasar Abdo, the soldier accused of planning an attack on Fort Hood soldiers. He was indicted on three charges Tuesday.
Photo by Matt Largey for KUT News.

Naser Abdo Indicted in Fort Hood Bomb Plot

The AWOL soldier accused of planning an attack on Fort Hood soldiers has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Waco. Naser Abdo is charged with possession of a firearm, possession of an unregistered destructive device and possession of ammunition as a fugitive from justice. The 21-year-old faces up to ten years in prison for each charge, if convicted.

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Austin
7:32 am
Thu August 4, 2011

Top Morning Stories August 4, 2011

Former president of Huston-Tillotson University, has died. John Quill Taylor King, Sr. was 89.
Photo courtesy of Houston-Tillotson University

Former Huston-Tillotson University President Dies

John Quill Taylor King, Sr., the longest serving president of Huston-Tillotson University, died yesterday. King, 89, served as president of the school from 1965 to 1988. He began his career at Huston-Tillotson College as an Instructor of Mathematics and Business Administration immediately after earning his Bachelor of Science degree from the school in 1947.

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