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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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Developing: Fort Hood
2:47 pm
Thu July 28, 2011

Soldier Arrested Near Fort Hood

Killeen Police released this photo of Nasser Abdo, the AWOL soldier suspected in a attack plot at Fort Hood.
Photo by Matt Largey for KUT News.

 

UPDATE 12:45pm:  Fort Hood officials have released information from the Department of the Army’s Public Affairs office about the Soldier arrested near Fort Hood yesterday.

“Private 1st Class Naser J. Abdo, age 21, was arrested on July 27. The Killeen Police Department is handling all information requests. The incident occurred in the Killeen community. U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, the KPD, and the FBI are involved in the ongoing investigation.

In June 2010, he submitted a Conscientious Objector packet that was approved in May 2011. The discharge was placed on hold pending disposition of charges of possession of child pornography that were preferred on May 13. His Article 32 hearing was completed June 15, and the investigating officer recommended referral of the charge to trial by General Court-Martial. On July 4, the Soldier’s status changed from present for duty to AWOL.

Since he is in the custody of civilian authorities, jurisdiction over any potential new charges is yet to be determined. If returned to military control, he may face additional charges including AWOL.

The Army lists Abdo as an infantryman who’s been stationed at Fort Campbell since July 2009.

UPDATE 3:32 p.m. US Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison released the following statement:

“I know that all Texans -- and Americans – are proud of the Killeen community and the Killeen Police Department for their vigilance and their quick response that led to the arrest of an AWOL soldier.  His arrest is a perfect example of how alert citizens and dedicated law enforcement personnel can work together to prevent a potential terrorist attack in our own backyard.”

EARLIER:  Killeen police arrested a soldier near Fort Hood yesterday afternoon. Fox News reports that the soldier had bomb-making equipment in his car. Authorities at Fort Hood say the soldier wasn't stationed there.

Pvt. Nasser Jason Abdo, an AWOL soldier from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, was arrested by the Killeen Police Department near Fort Hood and remains in custody there. Authorities, however, will not say if Abdo is the one who raised security concerns.

Abdo was allegedly found with weapons and explosives at the time of his arrest, a senior Army source confirms to Fox News. He was arrested at around 2 p.m. Wednesday after someone called authorities to report a suspicious individual. 

The Killeen Daily Herald says the man was arrested on a warrant related to child pornography.

In a written statement, officials at the world's largest U.S. Army installation say they are keeping their force protection at "appropriate levels."

Texas
2:19 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

Report: 2009 Fort Hood Massacre Could Have Been Prevented

Soldiers bow their heads at a memorial ceremony held days after the Fort Hood shootings in Nov. 2009. A new report suggests the FBI and Army failed to act on information that may have prevented the attack.
Image by KUT News

A new report issued today by two US Senators says the FBI and military officials repeatedly ignored signs that Nidal Hasan was a "ticking time bomb".  Hasan is facing court martial over the November 2009 shootings at Fort Hood, an army post

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fort hood
2:38 pm
Thu December 9, 2010

WWE Will Tape Star-Studded Wrestling Show At Fort Hood on Saturday

CM Punk at WWE's 2009 Tribute to the Troops. The 2010 edition will be taped at Fort Hood this weekend.
Image courtesy WWE

World Wrestling Entertainment is taping its annual "Tribute to the Troops" at Fort Hood this year.  A press release from Fort Hood's public affairs office says it will feature an all star cast.

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fort hood
10:33 am
Tue December 7, 2010

Fort Hood Will Break Ground Next Monday On This Massive Hospital

Fort Hood will break ground next Monday on this new 974,000 medical facility.
Image courtesy Balfour Beatty/McCarthy-HKS/Wingler & Sharp.

Fort Hood's Public Affairs Office is asking media to register for a groundbreaking ceremony next Monday for the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center's newest facility.  At 974,000 square feet, the $534 million building will be 60 percent larger than the current structure. For comparison, that's about the size of five Wal-Mart Supercenters.

Fort Hood says the Medical Center will include a six story hospital and three parking garages.

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health
1:48 pm
Mon November 22, 2010

Army Suicides This Year Already Surpass 2009 Total

Soldiers prepare for a CH-47 helicopter to land in a field in Afghanistan in 2006.
Image courtesy the U.S. Army

The Department of Defense released suicide data for October on Friday, reporting 25 potential suicides. That brings the total number of suicides so far this year to 172, meaning we've already surpassed the overall total for 2009, according to the National Journal.

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Wildfire
4:41 pm
Wed November 17, 2010

Wildfire Burning At Fort Hood Training Range

Fort Hood firefighters are working to put out an approximately 700-acre fire burning in a training range at the army post. It started around 2 p.m. today.  The fire is burning at the Dalton Mountain Training Range, in the north end of the post, and is currently moving south to the Lone Star Range. 

Read the press release from the Fort Hood Public Affairs Office, here.

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texas
11:13 am
Mon November 15, 2010

Defense Presents No Evidence At Fort Hood Hearing

A soldier gets down on one knee during a 2009 memorial for the 13 people killed in a shooting at Fort Hood. The defense team for the accused rested after just 4 minutes during a pre-trial hearing today.
Photo by Erika Aguilar for KUT News

It took military prosecutors nine days to present their evidence in the pre-trial hearing for Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people at Fort Hood on November 5, 2009.

Today, it was the defense's turn to present evidence in the Article 32 hearing, but Hasan's lawyers rested after just four minutes.

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