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An Austin man with dual US-Egyptian citizenship has reportedly been detained in Syria, a country whose authoritarian regime has been rattled by an uprising.  Syria’s state run news agency, Sana, claims a man “confessed” to selling photos and videos of protests.

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Weekend traffic felt more like rush hour for many people who had to drive through South Austin on Saturday.  The Texas Department of Transportation closed I-35 at Ben White to work on completing an interchange.  KVUE reports this morning that everything has now been reopened. 

Image courtesy Gabrielle Giffords' Congressional website.

All the papers lead today with the biggest national story of the weekend, a shooting in Tuscon, Arizona that killed six people, including a federal judge, and critically wounded US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Some of the most comprehensive coverage can be found from news organizations with the biggest newsrooms such as the New York Times (including their slideshow of images from the scene), NPR, the Washington Post, CNN, and the LA Times.  But it’s also worth browsing coverage from local news outlets that often have more contacts within the city and state than national media. Check out coverage from the Tuscon Citizen, the Arizona Daily Star, the Arizona Republic, and Arizona TV stations KMSB,  KOLD,  KVOA, KGUN, KNXV and KPHO.

KUT News sought local reaction from Texas lawmakers last night, and spoke on the phone with US Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin) and US Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Austin). We also talked to a friend of Giffords’, Austin philanthropist Marc Winkelman, who told us Giffords “loves Austin" and has visited the city half-a-dozen times over the past five years.

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Morning News Roundup

Oct 21, 2010
KUT News

A roundup of some of the stories worth checking out this morning.

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