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10:33 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Handbag Drive Gives Domestic Violence Victims Handle on Hope

Each handbag is equiped with a discreet purse tag featuring the Project's hotline number before being delivered to shelters across Texas.
Texas Advocacy Project

The Texas Advocacy Project and the Travis County Sheriff’s Office are launching its annual “Handbags for Hope” drive.

The sixth annual installment of the drive asks Austin-area residents to donate new and gently used handbags to give to domestic violence victims.

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Texas
10:05 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Two Bryan Firefighters Killed, Two Expected to Survive Injuries

Eric Wallace, left, and Greg Pickard, right, died battling a fire in Bryan.
City of Bryan

Two Bryan Firefighters remain in serious but stable condition today after a deadly fire on Friday. Two other Bryan firefighters were killed.

Fire Lieutenant Eric Wallace, 36, died in the line of duty and Fire Lieutenant Greg Pickard, 54, passed away late Saturday afternoon as a result of his injuries. Firefighters Ricky Mantey and Mitch Moran are being treated for burns at a Galveston hospital.

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The Lead
8:46 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Lead: CPRIT’s Trickle-Down Funding Troubles, Oil Field Thefts

A moratorium on CPRIT grants is affecting other cancer-fighting agencies.
Texas Tribune

Good morning, and happy Presidents Day. KUT News has a look at what’s open and closed today: all City of Austin’s administrative offices and other city are closed today, but trash, recycling and yard trimmings pick up will proceed as normal.  

The National Weather Service says Austin’s in for a warm, muggy day with a chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. High winds will make for elevated fire conditions, so be careful out there. 

Lead Story: The troubles roiling the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) are spreading to other research groups, The Texas Tribune reports.

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Texas
11:29 am
Thu February 14, 2013

'It Could Be A Lot Worse,' Triumph Passenger Says; Cruise Ship Docking At Ala. Port

Makeshift tents are seen on the deck of the Carnival cruise ship Triumph, in a photo taken Sunday, the first day it spent without engine power. The image was provided by Kalin Hill of Houston.
Kalin Hill AP

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 1:21 am

The Carnival cruise ship Triumph docked in Mobile, Ala., late Thursday night, as the job of towing the stricken 100,000-ton ship hundreds of miles across the Gulf of Mexico took longer than expected. The ship's 3,143 passengers had coped with sewage problems and a lack of ventilation since Sunday, when the Triumph was crippled by an engine room fire.

Updated 2:15 a.m. ET Friday: All Passengers Disembarked

A spokesman for Carnival says all passengers have left the cruise ship that was stranded for days without power and running water.

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Texas
2:24 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Photos: The Chris Kyle Funeral Procession Arrives in Austin (Update)

Supporters outside the Texas State Cemetery waited for Kyle's motorcade to arrive.
Luke Quinton for KUT News

Update: The funeral procession of Chris Kyle arrived in Austin around noon. Crowds of watchers lined  Interstate 35 and the Texas State Cemetery with flags and signs.

The procession was escorted by a motorcade which included 200 motorcycles, motor coaches, police cruisers, military personnel and first responders.

At least two Patriot Guard Riders who were riding ahead of the procession on its way to Austin were involved in an accident near Bell County according to Texas Department of Public Safety officials. They remain hospitalized.

Original Story:
Former Navy SEAL and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle will be buried in Austin today.

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Texas
12:27 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Cruise Ship Drifts In Gulf Of Mexico, Will Be Towed To Port

In a photo from 1999, the Carnival Cruise line Carnival Triumph, foreground, arrives in Miami. Measuring 893 feet in length, the ship has been adrift in the Gulf of Mexico for more than 24 hours, after a fire hit its engines.
Andy Newman AP

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 11:49 am

More than 3,000 cruise ship passengers who thought they'd be heading home today have instead been told they'll remain in the Gulf of Mexico until Wednesday, stranded by an engine fire that set their ship, the Triumph, adrift. Onboard power and sewer system outages have been reported. The ship, which was 150 miles north of the Yucatan Peninsula when the fire struck early Sunday, has a crew of more than 1,000.

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Guns
4:57 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

'American Sniper' Chris Kyle To Be Interred in Texas State Cemetery

Retired Navy SEAL and sniper Chris Kyle will be buried in Austin's state cemetery.
flickr.com/austincameraguy

Services were held for Chad Littleton today at the First Baptist Church in Midlothian, Texas. He, along with former Navy SEAL and best-selling “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle were killed Saturday at a gun range outside of Fort Worth. Kyle was reportedly killed by a fellow veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Kyle will be buried Tuesday at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, following a Monday service at the Dallas Cowboys stadium. Thousands are expected to attend the public ceremony Monday to remember the man widely recognized as “America’s deadliest sniper.”

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Sports
11:45 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Why Texas Might Limit Full-Contact Football Practice

Full-contact football practices could be curtailed under a House proposal.
flickr.com/shutterdog

With all  the talk of football player safety at the professional level, it's not surprising that some Texas lawmakers are talking about requiring more precautions for younger athletes.

Texas currently allows 30 days of full-contact practice for high school and middle school athletes, but this could soon change.

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2013 Legislative Sesssion
11:58 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Lege Could Ban Drone Surveillance of Private Property

icheal Cincienne of Absolute Aerospace and Texas A&M Corpus Christi, engineering student Adam Ersepke, and lab coordinator Jack Edward Esparza carry a University drone back to the command center.
Eddie Seal, Texas Tribune

A drone, no bigger than a toy airplane, hovered north of the Texas Capitol, floating over the heads of lawmakers momentarily distracted from their morning meetings. Several of them gathered beneath it, faces tilted skyward, marveling over a pair of goggles that allowed them to watch live video of the drone’s panoramic bird’s eye view.

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Texas
10:59 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Reports: 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle Died While Trying To Help Fellow Veteran

Chris Kyle, retired Navy SEAL and bestselling author of the book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, in April 2012. He was killed Saturday.
Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram MCT /Landov

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 11:56 am

More is being learned today about former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and the man accused of killing the decorated Iraq War veteran.

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Immigration
11:50 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Obama's Immigration Plan Inspires Some, Irks Others

President Obama speaks to about 1,100 supporters at the Austin Music Hall on July 17. 2012.
Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

A day after a bipartisan group of U.S. senators offered a plan to fix the country’s immigration system, President Obama offered up his own — and warned lawmakers to get serious about the issue or deal with him.

“If Congress is unable to move forward in a timely fashion, I will send up a bill based on my proposal and insist that they vote on it right away,” he told a crowd in Las Vegas.

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Politics
5:37 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Perry Spends Billions in State of the State

Gov. Rick Perry
Ben Philpott, KUT News

Story as heard on KUT 90.5

Texas Governor Rick Perry delivered his seventh state of the state address to the Texas Legislature Tuesday.

Looking back at Governor Perry’s past speeches, the state of our state has varied from strong, to vibrant, to good, back to strong…and now, "...It is my pleasure to report that the state of our state is stronger than ever," Perry said.

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Politics
1:12 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Keeping a Long-Distance Eye on the Legislature

Lege watchers outside of Austin rely on technology to keep in the Capitol loop.
KUT News

Story as heard on KUT 90.5

With the Texas Legislature in session, thousands of people will visit the capitol to talk with lawmakers and their staffs about bills being debated. But Texas is a giant state, and many Texans can’t make the trip to Austin.

Francis Curry is a member of the United Methodist Women. It’s a group that advocates for several legislative topics, including issues of faith and caring for low-income Texans.

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Texas
12:23 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Five Takeaways from Gov. Perry’s State of the State Speech

In a speech before the Texas Legislature today, Gov. Perry marked legislative priorities.
Filipa Rodrigues, KUT News

In his 2013 State of the State address, Governor Rick Perry said Texas is “stronger than ever.”

In his address to the 83rd Texas Legislature this morning, Gov. Perry outlined priorities for the session: first and foremost is dispensing “at least” $1.8 billion in tax cuts and possible refunds over the next two years.

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Politics
2:35 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Will Texas Reverse Decision, Provide Medicaid To 1.5 Million?

Shelley Kofler KERA News

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 7:45 pm

Governor Rick Perry is adamant, Texas will not make Medicaid available to more Texans by taking part in a federal program. But recently other Republican governors in Nevada and Arizona have changed their minds, saying they can’t ignore the billions of federal dollars they’d lose by opting out.

Lawmakers in Austin are now debating what Texas should do, including a senator from  Greenville who also wears a stethoscope.  

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The Lead
8:35 am
Fri January 25, 2013

The Lead: Texas Medicaid Expansion Debated, Ed Funding Takes Center Stage

Medicaid and education funding are two hot topics under the dome of the Texas Capitol.
Filipa Rodrigues/KUT News

Good morning! With highs in the upper-70s, Austin’s in for another day of well-above average temperatures, according to the National Weather Service. This weekend should see similar weather, albeit with a little more cloud cover. 

Speaking of the weather: Yesterday’s near record-high temperatures could mean many area plants are at risk of blooming too soon – which could mean a poor year for wildflowers, according to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Lead story: The chair of the Texas Senate's Health and Human Services Committee says she hopes Washington will allow Texas to receive $27 billion to expand Medicaid to people who can't afford private insurance.

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Texas
4:24 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Funeral Tomorrow for Algerian Hostage Standoff Victim

The hostage crisis unfolded in In Amenas, Algeria, near the Libyan border.
cia.gov

A visitation will be held tomorrow in Katy for Frederick Buttaccio, one of two Texans killed in the recent hostage standoff at a natural gas complex in Algeria.

The University of Texas at Austin has one of the largest petroleum engineering programs in the country, and the hostage crisis is on the minds of some of those students, who may one day find themselves working in unstable parts of the world.

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The Lead
8:54 am
Thu January 24, 2013

The Lead: Lege Talks School Funding, F1 Traffic Mitigation Could Return for SXSW

Public education funding got a vetting in the Senate Finance Committee yesterday.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Good morning. Hope you’re sick of winter weather, because the National Weather Service says Austin can expect a high in the upper 70s today – a full ten to fifteen degrees above normal.

Lead Story: Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams is asking lawmakers to wait until after a court ruling before they talk about restoring $5.4 billion that was cut from classrooms two years ago. More than 600 Texas school districts are suing the state, and a ruling isn’t expected until February.

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Environment
12:31 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Texas Ranks Tenth in U.S. for Sustainable Building

UT's LEED Gold certified Student Activity Center.
University of Texas at Austin

Texas ranks tenth in the country in Leadership Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. That's according to a report issued by the U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit that issues LEED certification.

The LEED 100-point scale rates the design, construction, and operation of buildings, neighborhoods, and homes to promote sustainable infrastructure. It looks at factors such as sustainability, water and energy efficiency, materials, indoor environmental quality, as well as design and innovation to issue one of four different levels of certification: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

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The Lead
8:51 am
Wed January 23, 2013

The Lead: Houston Campus Shooting, CPRIT Investigation, Keystone XL Pipeline OK’d in NB

A billboard for Houston-area gun shows. Three were injured in a shooting at a Houston college campus that began as an argument.
flickr.com/nakrnsm

Good morning! Stat safe on the roads, as dense fog this morning made for many interesting commutes. The National Weather Service says the fog should burn off mid-morning leaving Austin with an afternoon high in the mid-70s.

Lead Story: More reactions to the shooting at a Lone Star College campus in Houston, which left three injured.

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