Maj. Nidal Hasan

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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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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News Brief
5:43 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Top Morning Stories 11/30/11: Hasan Hearing, Wildfire Response Report & Jobless Benefits Extended

Travis County Report Assesses Wildfire Response Successes, Failures

Travis County's Office of Emergency Management has released a report outlining what went right--and what didn't--in the response to the Labor Day weekend fires. Travis County had six large fires on September 4th, including the Steiner Ranch and Pedernales fires.  57 homes were destroyed and the fires burned about 7,000 acres. The report praised responders for doing their best with the local resources at hand. The report says state and federal resources were not available because of all of the other wildfires burning across the state.

The report laid out several communication failures. It says more public information officers were needed to get accurate information out to residents more quickly. The report even cited a "rumor mill at the shelter due to lack of information and conflicting media reports." It also suggested more social media networks need to be created to get out information to the public.

Hasan Hearing Wednesday

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News Brief
5:36 am
Thu October 27, 2011

Top Morning Stories October 27, 2011

An administrative hearing will be held Thursday for Major Nidal Hasan, the accused Fort Hood shooter.
Photo by KUT News.

Hasan Court Hearing Today

A pre-trial hearing is scheduled this morning for the accused Fort Hood shooter. A military judge will hear two motions brought forward by Major Nidal Hasan's defense. The defense is asking whether Hasan is entitled to certain expert assistance at the government's expense. Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder for the shootings at Fort Hood in November 2009. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

Former Morton Prosecutor to Testify

Former Williamson County District Attorney Ken Anderson will have to provide testimony in an investigation into whether alleged misconduct by his office led to the wrongful conviction of Michael Morton. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has denied Anderson's request to void a subpoena requiring him to answer question's from Morton's lawyers.

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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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News Brief
5:45 am
Wed July 20, 2011

Top Morning Stories July 20, 2011

Rais Bhuiyan (center) was shot by a stranger shortly after 9/11. He's trying to stop the shooter's execution scheduled for Wednesday.
Photo by Erika Aguilar for KUT News

Hate Crime Victim Trying to Delay Attacker's Execution

A federal court in Austin this morning will hear the case of a man who is trying to stop the execution of his attacker. Rais Bhuiyan survived a hate crime shooting after 9/11. He’s suing the State of Texas to halt the execution of Mark Stroman, who also shot and killed two people in the Dallas area in October 2001.

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Fort Hood
12:31 pm
Fri July 15, 2011

Hasan Arraignment Date Set

Army Major Nidal Hasan will enter pleas to 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in a Fort Hood courtroom next week.
Sketch courtesy of Pat Lopez

An arraignment date has been set for the accused Fort Hood shooter.  Major Nidal Hasan’s will hear the charges filed against him for his general court-martial on Wednesday afternoon on post. At the proceeding Hasan will be asked to enter a plea.

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