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News Brief
5:05 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Top Morning Stories November 8, 2011: Election Day, Police OT for Occupy Austin

Photo by KUT News.

Election Day is Here!

What's on the Ballot?

Today Texans will decide the fate of ten amendments to the state constitution. You can find KUT's reports on all of the state propositions here. Travis County voters are also voting on two bond propositions for transportation and park projects.

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Austin
4:23 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Council Members: When Can Occupy Austin Trespassers Return?

Members of the Austin Police Department arrest Occupied Austin protesters.
Photo by Ann Harkness http://www.flickr.com/photos/annharkness/)

After last Saturday's 45 arrests at the Occupy Austin protest at city hall, some council members are now asking questions about the notices of criminal trespassing that were issued.

At today's Austin city council meeting, Laura Morrison and Kathie Tovo voiced concern about whether those who had received the notices would be allowed to return and conduct city business and how long that might take.

Council member Tovo said that she had received a call from a subcontractor for a city project who was issued a criminal trespassing notice.  The subcontractor asked if and when he would be allowed to come back and conduct his business.

Tovo said that she had talked to City Manager Marc Ott about what constitutes "city business," and whether or not that includes citizen communication period

"I'm hopeful we'll get some answers," Tovo said.

A city memo released Wednesday said protestors could request an invididual review of their case, according to the Statesman, but it remained unclear how long those reviews could take.

Austin
5:10 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Video: Occupy Austin Arrests

Texas State University undergraduate student Tony Gibson says he shot this video of the Saturday night arrests at the Occupy Austin protest at City Hall. Demonstrators refused to move to allow crews to pressure wash the ground.

Their decision to stay put stemmed from arrests earlier in the night over a new city rule requiring food tables be removed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

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Austin
1:55 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

After Arrests, Occupy Austin Protestors Meet With City Officials

Occupy Austin protesters on Friday, before the weekend's arrests.
Photo by Raymond Thompson for KUT News and ReportingTexas.com

Austin police chief Art Acevedo and assistant city manager Michael McDonald were among the city officials who met with more than a dozen members of Occupy Austin for about two hours this morning.

Both sides commented that the tone of the meeting was positive and cooperative.  A spokesman for Occupy Austin wouldn't talk about the specifics of what they discussed, but said that the issues raised by the city would be taken up at the group's general assembly at 7 p.m.

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News Brief
9:21 am
Sun October 30, 2011

Morning Update for October 30, 2011

APD arrest over three dozen Occupy Austin protestors overnight.
Photo by I-Hwa Cheng for KUT News

Occupy Austin protestors clash with police overnight...First African American firefighters in Austin honored...and UT pounds Kansas in college football.

Overnight Arrests in Occupy Austin Demonstration

Dozens of Occupy Austin protestors were arrested early this morning, as police began enforcing a new rule limiting  how late the demonstrators can hand out food. Memos from city officials last week prohibited sleeping on the city hall mezzanine and distributing food after 10:00 p.m.

Demonstrators told the Austin American-Statesman that APD officers warned them at 9:45 last night that the food rule would be enforced. About 12:30 this morning, police tried to shut down the food distribution table. When the protestors refused, officers started making arrests.

As many as 40 were reportedly arrested, charged mainly with trespassing. The only resistance occupiers apparently gave police was passive. Police Chief Art Acevedo arrived at the city hall plaza in the pre-dawn hours. He told reporters that there were no injuries in the mass arrests.

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News Brief
5:03 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Top Morning Stories October 13, 2011

State park and fire officials are releasing an update this morning on Bastrop State Park, which was burned by wildfires last month.
Photo by KUT News.

Update Today on Bastrop State Park

Later this morning the Texas Forest Service and Texas Parks and Wildlife will give an update on damage assessments and restoration plans for Bastrop State Park. The wildfires last month scorched much of the 6,000-acre park. The Forest Service says many of the trees are still unstable. The park has been closed to the public. KUT's Mose Buchele took a tour last month and took these pictures of the damage

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Politics
4:36 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

Social Movements Expert Examines Occupy Austin

Occupy Austin protestors spent a second day outside city hall today to express their grievances about issues ranging from socioeconomic stratification to the role of money in the political process. Demonstrators say they plan to keep people there around the clock until December.

Given that Austin is anchored by a major academic institution, we thought an academic perspective might be in order. We contacted Michael P. Young, a social movements scholar in the department of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin.

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News Brief
7:40 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Top Morning Stories October 7, 2011

Protesters gathered outside of City Hall last night as part of the Occupy Austin event.
Photo by Lizzie Chen for KUT News

No Arrests at Occupy Austin

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Politics
4:35 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Occupy Austin Demonstration Begins [VIDEO]

People from all around Central Texas gathered at Austin City Hall on October 6 as part of a growing nationwide demonstration that began as a demonstration in New York City called Occupy Wall Street. People who attended the mass demonstration are protesting against what they say is the corrupting influence of money on American politics. Protestors plan on staying indefinitely, with demonstrations continuing around the clock.

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Austin
3:12 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Occupy Austin Protestors Gather At City Hall

Photo by Lizzie Chen for KUT News and ReportingTexas.com

Dozens of demonstrators have gathered outside city hall today as part of an emerging social movement inspired by an encampment set up three weeks ago on Wall Street in New York City. Occupy Austin protestors are taking turns speaking their minds on issues generally related to the rich-poor divide and the influence of wealth on American politics.

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