Maj. Nidal Hasan

The Lead
8:59 am
Wed March 20, 2013

The Lead: Senate Bill Could Slash Number of Tx Abortion Facilities; Norwood & Hasan Trial Updates

Anti-abortion protesters marched on the Texas Capitol earlier this year. A bill in the Texas Senate could curtail the number of abortion providers in the state.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Good morning. After last night, Austin’s looking at decreasing rain chances as the morning goes on, lessening from as much as 50 percent to just a slight chance. Sorry, that means no more hail

Lead Story: The sponsor of a bill heard in a Texas Senate committee yesterday says the measure is about protecting the health of women who are getting abortions. But opponents say it will just make abortions harder to get, especially in rural areas.

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Texas
8:51 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Fort Hood Shootings: Hasan Returns to Court Today

Hasan faces 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 charges of attempted premeditated murder in the Nov. 5, 2009 incident.
Bell County Sheriff's Departmen

Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist charged in the November 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood,  is returning to court this morning.

It is still unclear if military judge Col. Tara Osborn will rule on Hasan’s motion to plead guilty to murder charges that don’t carry the death penalty.

Lawyers for the Army Major are requesting his murder trial be moved off the Army post and is also looking for changes in the military jury pool.

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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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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
6:59 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Judge in Hasan Case Removed

Major Nidal Hasan is accused of killing 13 people and wounded dozens in a shooting at Fort Hood in November 2009.
Bell County Sheriff's Department

UPDATE 12/4 at 5:45pm: Army Col. Tara Osborn has been appointed to replace Col. Gregory Gross as judge in the military trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan. He's charged with in the shooting rampage that left 13 people dead and dozens wounded at Fort Hood in November 2009. It's not clear when hearings will resume.

ORIGINAL STORY: A military appeals court has removed the judge in the trial of the suspect in the 2009 shooting 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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Fort Hood Shooting
5:33 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Appeals Court Upholds Hasan Shaving

Maj. Nidal Hasan stands accused of 13 murders in 2009's Fort Hood shooting.
Bell County Sheriff's Department

A military appeals court says Major Nidal Hasan can be forcibly shaved.

The judge in his court martial held Hasan in contempt six times for appearing in court with a beard, which violates Army regulations.

Today, the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals said Hasan did not prove the beard is an expression of religious belief.

His lawyers have indicated they will appeal today's ruling.

Hasan is on trial for killing 13 people and wounding dozens more in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood in 2009.

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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AM Update: 8/20/12
8:42 am
Mon August 20, 2012

AM Update: Willie Nelson Cancels Concert, Lettuce Recall, Hasan Trial Delay

Nelson, who was honored with a statue in Austin, reportedly canceled a performance due to health concerns.
KUT News

Reports: Willie Nelson Cancels Concert Due to Breathing Problems

Denver news outlets are reporting that Willie Nelson canceled an appearance at a fundraising event in Colorado on Saturday because the singer was taken to the hospital.

The fundraiser’s host told The Denver Post that he was informed that Nelson was taken to the hospital for breathing problems.

Nelson is 79-years-old. He’s scheduled to play at The Backyard at Bee Cave on Saturday. There’s no word on his current condition or if any upcoming performances will be canceled.

Recalled Lettuce Was Shipped to Texas

A California company is recalling more than 2,000 cases of romaine lettuce that were distributed to 19 states including Texas because the lettuce may be contaminated with E. Coli.

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AM Update: 8/16/12
8:38 am
Thu August 16, 2012

AM Update: LCRA Wants More Water, Parks Burn Ban, Another Hasan Trial Delay?

Securing More Water for Central Texas

The Lower Colorado River Authority is taking action on three projects that the Board of Directors say will increase its water supply and reduce demand for water from the Highland Lakes.

The LCRA has put money down to hold land near the Colorado River while it explores the option of building two water reservoirs there. The LCRA says water could be diverted to the reservoirs in times of heavy rain or floods and then be made available for customer use.

The LCRA is also putting together a purchase agreement to buy the Alcoa aluminum property northeast of Austin that would give it rights to a groundwater aquifer *as well as surface water.

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Texas
12:30 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Fort Hood Shooting Trial Starts Next Week

Jury panel selection in the trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan begins Monday, Aug. 20.
courtesy Bell County Sheriff's Department

The trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan – accused gunman in the 2009 shooting rampage at an Army base in Fort Hood, Texas – should begin next week as scheduled.

The Associated Press reports that military judge Col. Gregory Gross denied a request from Hasan’s attorneys today requesting a delay:

Hasan's attorneys had argued that they needed more time to look through 26 boxes of documents, including some of his medical records and jail logs.

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Texas
2:24 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Contempt of Court Charge for Accused Ft. Hood Shooter

An undated photo of Maj. Nidal Hasan. His facial hair goes against military tribunal protocols.
courtesy Bell County Sheriff's Department

Today, alleged Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Hasan was found in contempt of court, fined $1,000 and told he could be forcibly shaved if he didn’t remove his beard in time for his pending trial date.

Hasan’s facial hair has been a focal point throughout several recent court appearances. Army psychiatrist Hasan and his attorneys contend his beard is an expression of his Muslim faith; Army protocols, however, demand the beard be removed, which Hasan has so far refused to do.

The AP reports:

Hasan's defense attorneys argued that he had not shaved in observance of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan, KWTX-TV reported. Ramadan is expected to end just before the trial starts.

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Texas
12:40 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Read the FBI Report on the Fort Hood Shooting

"Nidal Malik Hasan's transformation into a killer underscores the dilemma confronting the FBI," the report states.
U.S. Army

The Federal Bureau of Investigation released its report on the incidents surrounding the 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood which left 13 dead and dozens wounded.

“The investigation did not probe the shootings, which are the subject of a U.S. Army-led inquiry and military criminal proceeding against Major Nidal Hasan,” a press release states. Rather, the report, drafted by Judge William H. Webster, considers whether the FBI missed warning signs that shooting suspect Hasan would launch an attack against fellow service members.

Discussion of the report has focused on competing assessments of army psychiatrist Hasan from separate FBI field offices – specifically whether correspondence with slain terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki was work-related or something more. 

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Texas
2:51 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Sen. Cornyn Calls on FBI to Release Ft. Hood Shooting Report

Sen. John Cornyn (right) has asked FBI Director Robert Mueller (left) to make its findings in the Ft. Hood shooting public.
FBI, U.S. Senate

U.S. Senator John Cornyn has called for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to release its report into the 2009 Fort Hood shooting that left 13 dead. The FBI tells KUT News it will do so as soon as possible.

This morning, Sen. Cornyn issued a statement referring to a story from FOX News stating the report will “include eighteen (18) formal recommendations for corrective and enhancing measures on matters ranging from FBI policies and operations to information systems infrastructure, review protocols and training."

“This report is a matter of tremendous public importance, and I call on you to release an unclassified version of it as soon as possible,” Cornyn writes to FBI Director Robert Mueller. “ … The key findings and recommendations of this report must be made public, so we can glean any and all lessons from this incident.  The American people and specifically the Fort Hood community in Texas have the right to know.”

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AM Update 6/29/12
7:26 am
Fri June 29, 2012

AM Update: Drought Improves Texas Beaches, Another Ft. Hood Trial Delay?, Deep Eddy Re-Opens

The Deep Eddy Pool closed in November to undergo renovations.
Austin Parks and Recreation Department

Less Rain is the Texas Beach-Goer’s Gain?

Turns out, there may be a positive side to the state's historic drought. Less rain means less polluted runoff – so Texas beaches are cleaner than they have been in years. It's all detailed in a report released this week by the National Resources Defense Council.

The report details the testing done on hundreds of state beaches around the nation and evaluates the levels of certain bacteria found in the water. Texas’ South Padre Island was rated one of the nation’s twelve cleanest beaches, though Nueces, Matagorda, Kleberg, Harris and Aransas beaches exceeded the daily maximum bacteria standard. 

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AM Update 6/19/12
6:46 am
Tue June 19, 2012

AM Update: STAAR Heads to Public Ed Committee, Hasan Trial Delay, Juneteenth Celebration

The House Public Education Committee will discuss the STAAR exam today.
KUT News

Lawmakers to Hear Testimony on STAAR Implementation

State lawmakers will get an update today on how the rollout of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, known as STAAR, went this spring. The exam is the state’s latest school accountability test.

Figures released this month indicated that many Texas ninth graders performed poorly on the test. As the Texas Tribune previously reported, “This year, the scores on the exams don’t count toward high school students’ final grades or toward school districts’ accountability ratings. But a requirement that students retake a test if they do not achieve a minimum score remains in place.” So due to low scores, many students will retake exams this summer.

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AM Update 6/18/12
7:15 am
Mon June 18, 2012

AM Update: AISD Board Tackles Budget, Zeta Money Laundering Hearing, Hasan Returning to Court

The audience podium at AISD headquarters. Tonight, speakers can sound off on AISD's 2013 budget.
KUT News

Austin School Board Takes Up Budget Tonight

The Austin School Board meets tonight to discuss its budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The proposed $838.9 million budget is closely aligned to the board’s “Strategic Plan Priorities,” which include expanding academic, physical, emotional initiatives to enhance the education of the “whole child,” as well as better preparing students for college and improving recruitment of educators.

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AM Update
7:21 am
Thu June 7, 2012

AM Update: Future of Lady Bird Lake, Fort Hood Suspect in Court, Spurs Lose Conference Finals

Sketch of what Lady Bird Lake's south shore could look like in the future; Maj. Nidal Hasan will appear in court tomorrow; Kevin Durant and the OKC Thunder beat the Spurs.
The Sustainable Design Assessment Team; Photo courtesy U.S. Army; Photo by NBAE/Getty Images

Three Proposals for Future of Austin's "South Shore"

A team of architects and planners has been studying the south shore of Lady Bird Lake near Congress and South First Street. Last night, they presented three proposals for future of the south shore.

The first focuses on using the area as a natural resource for things like urban agriculture and recreation. The second proposal would include public space but also make room for hotels and food trailers. The third option would include lots of housing and transit.

The expert team will present a more detailed report in the next few months.

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AM Update
8:55 am
Thu April 5, 2012

AM Update: Governor Perry Touring North Texas, Nidal Hasan Trial, Assault Suspect Arrested

The aftermath of severe weather which produced multiple tornadoes in North Texas.
Photo Courtesy of National Weather Service

Governor Perry to Tour Tornado Damaged Areas

Governor Rick Perry is scheduled to take an aerial tour of the Dallas-Fort Worth area damaged by tornadoes today. Perry plans to tour Lancaster, one of the hardest hit areas by the storms, according to the Texas Tribune.

The National Weather Service estimates up to a dozen tornadoes touched down in North Texas on Tuesday—one of those tornadoes was rated an E-F-3 with winds of up to 165 miles-per-hour.

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