4:12 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

People Still Stuck At DFW, Three Austin-Dallas Flights Canceled

This is what the sky looked like in Red Oak, Texas last night just outside Dallas. An intense storm dumped large hail and spawned tornadoes.
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Travel may be slowly returning to normal at Dallas' largest airport, but many people are still stranded after hail storms suspended service last night. NBC Dallas-Fort Worth says about 10,000 people got stuck when airport officials took tornado precautions and pulled passengers off planes.

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11:51 am
Wed May 25, 2011

Perry Signs Human Trafficking Bills

Stricter penalties for human trafficking take effect in Texas September 1.
Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

Governor Rick Perry signed legislation today that toughens penalties for people convicted of human trafficking. House Bill 3000 creates a first-degree felony charge for people convicted two or more times of illegally transporting people into the U.S. Another conviction on the Continuous Trafficking of Persons charge would result in a life sentence in prison.

Developing: Amber Alert
8:12 pm
Tue May 24, 2011

Amber Alert for Hays Toddlers

Jasmine and Mariana Pinales were last seen in Kyle on Friday.
Photo courtesy Hays Co. Sheriff's Office

The Hays County Sheriff’s office has issued an Amber Alert for two missing children last seen on Windy Hill Road in Kyle on Friday.

Mariana Lynn Pinales is a year old, 2’5”, 30lbs, with brown eyes and black hair. She was last seen wearing a pink faded “onesie” and a diaper and pink diamond earrings. Jasmine Marie Pinales is two years old, 2’5”, 40lbs with brown eyes and black hair. Jasmine was last seen wearing a long-sleeved gray shirt with a heart on the front of the shirt and pull ups.

2:18 pm
Mon May 23, 2011

Crime Rate Drops Across Texas

The overall number of major crimes was down in Austin in 2010, despite 16 more murders than in 2009.
Photo by Nasha Lee for KUT News.

New statistics released today show a drop in the number of crimes committed in Texas last year.

The Uniform Crime Report issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety found that the crime rate dropped 6% between 2009 and 2010.  The crime rate measures crimes committed per 100,000 people in the state. Violent crime was down 8.3% and property crimes fell by 5.7%.  The number of crimes committed statewide was also down.

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Amber Alert
8:55 am
Mon May 23, 2011

Hays Teen Found Safe in Madisonville, TX

Dakota Shane Thompson, 13, was found in Madisonville,Texas.
Image courtesy Hays County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE 11:00 a.m.  An Amber Alert for a missing 13-year-old boy was canceled Monday, after the Wimberley teen was found safe in Madisonville, Texas.  He was reportedly in the company of a family friend.

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11:33 am
Thu May 19, 2011

US Navy Names Ship After Cesar Chavez, Controversy Ensues

A Cesar Chavez poster by the US Department of Labor to mark Cesar Chavez Day.
Photo by US Department of Labor

Mexican-American civil rights leader Cesar Chavez may not get much appreciation from Texas political leaders, but the US Navy has chosen to honor Chavez by naming a cargo ship after him. 

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9:55 am
Sun May 15, 2011

Sunday Roundup for May 15

Kathie Tovo got the most votes for Austin City Council Place Three Saturday, but not enough to avoid a June runoff with incumbent Randi Shade.
Photo by Erika Aguilar for KUT News

A beautiful Sunday graces Central Texas, with seasonable temperatures and bright sunshine all day long.

Shade, Tovo Face June Runoff

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4:46 pm
Wed May 11, 2011

Farmers Sound Alarm On Drought Disaster

Photo by Whatknot http://www.flickr.com/photos/whatknot/

Historically dry conditions have brought the the Texas agriculture industry to its knees, according to the Texas Farm Bureau's board of directors. The board met for its quarterly meeting in Waco today and released this statement.

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9:01 am
Tue May 10, 2011

Top Morning Stories for May 10, 2010

President Obama speaking at the University of Texas in August 2010. Mr. Obama returns to Austin tonight to speak at a campaign fundraiser at the new ACL studios downtown.
Filipa Rodrigues

President Obama in Austin

President Obama winds up a day-long, two-stop trip to Texas in Austin late this afternoon.  Mr. Obama starts the day in El Paso, discussing border security and trade.  He's schedule to arrive in Austin about 5:00 p.m. for a campaign fundraiser downtown.  The President leaves for Washington about 9:00 p.m.

Busy Night at the Legislature

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4:33 pm
Mon May 9, 2011

FDA Recalls Supplements

The FDA has ordered dietary supplement Amoxilina off the shelves.
Photo by Gretch Sanders for KUT News.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration ordered nine dietary supplements be recalled by Georgia-based Multi-Mex Distributor.  Among the supplements is Amoxilina, which was subject of a lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.

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5:12 pm
Fri May 6, 2011

Human Case Of Bubonic Plague Reported in New Mexico

The Wayson stain of bubonic plague, or Yersinia pestis. The bacteria has a characteristic "safety pin" appearance.
Photo by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Our neighbors to the west have recorded the country's first human case this year of the dreaded bubonic plague. A 58-year-old man in the area of Santa Fe, New Mexico is recovering in hospital, reports Albuquerque CBS affiliate KRQE.

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4:02 pm
Fri May 6, 2011

Texas Drought: Could It Get Any Worse?

This map shows more of Texas in drought than any other time since it was introduced by the US Drought Monitor in January 2000.
Image courtesy US Drought Monitor

The U.S. Drought Monitor started using the above map in 2000 to visually represent drought conditions. The newest map, released May 5, shows more land than ever before is in "exceptional drought," the most intense drought category used by the U.S. Drought Monitor.

The Associated Press talked to National Weather Service Meteorologist Victor Murphy who said the same is true of the amount of land in "extreme drought", the second most severe category.

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11:40 am
Tue May 3, 2011

How To Get A Year Of Free Credit Monitoring From Texas Comptroller

The 3.5 million people whose personal data was compromised by the Texas Comptroller can receive a year of free credit monitoring paid for with Comptroller campaign funds.
Photo by B. Rosen http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosengrant/

If your personal data was among the 3.5 million records leaked by the Texas Comptroller, you should have received a letter in the mail by now explaining how to set up free 90-day credit monitoring. What that letter didn't explain, however, was the subsequent decision by the comptroller to use her own campaign funds to pay for you to receive an entire year of credit monitoring and identity restoration services.

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11:12 am
Fri April 29, 2011

Extreme Fire Conditions Forecast Today Across Texas

A U.S. Dept. of Agriculture plane flies over firefighting operations in Scurry County, Texas on April 27. Extreme fire conditions are forecast across much of the state today.
Photo by DVIDSHUB http://www.flickr.com/photos/dvids/

Ten major wildfires are still burning across Texas today, an area that spans 562,004 acres. No new fires were reported on Thursday, but extreme fire conditions are predicted across West Texas today, with red flag warnings in effect. Some two-million acres have already been scorched in Texas since January 1.

One bit of news from the Texas Forest Service. It says the Possum Kingdom wildfire, which burned more than 126,000 acres, has been completely contained.

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4:23 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Legal Actions Taken Against Comptroller Over Privacy Invasion

Two Texas lawyers have filed a petition to request a permission to question Comb over the security breach, which exposed the personal information of 3.5 million Texans.
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After state and federal investigations started over the State Comptroller's office's exposure of personal information for over 3.5 million people, now an outside group is joining in.  Two lawyers of the Texas Civil Rights Project are asking a Travis County court to give them permission to investigate the security lapse.

In response to the legal actions taken by the Texas Civil Rights Project, Combs emailed her response to KUT via her spokesperson.

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12:11 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Six New Wildfires Erupt Across Texas

Austin is facing elevated fire weather conditions.
Photo courtesy by Texas Forest Service

Forecasters say this is the worst drought to hit the state in 45 years. Today, the dangerously dry weather is increasing potential for wildfires as volunteer fire departments battle fatigue to save their communities from the flames.

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9:47 am
Mon April 25, 2011

Crews Winning Wildfire Battles But Dry Winds Bearing Down

Extreme drought has made for tinderbox conditions that are fueling wildfires across Texas, like this one earlier this month in Oak Hill.
Photo by US Air Force http://www.flickr.com/photos/usairforce/

No new large wildfires were reported yesterday, but the weather is worsening for crews combating four major blazes that cover more than 500,000 acres. Here is the latest update from the Texas Forest Service.

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1:30 pm
Fri April 22, 2011

Wimberley Fire May Have Been Caused By Outdoor Grill

Images of the fire taken by YNN's Russell Wilde.

In an area that is currently facing an extreme drought, "wildfire" is one of the last words you want to hear when you wake up on Friday morning. But that's exactly what happened today in Wimberley, a small town with a vibrant artistic community that is less than an hour's drive from Austin.

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12:12 pm
Thu April 21, 2011

Texas Wildfire Chief: "We Are Making Successes"

Fire bosses say more humid weather will help them get a handle on blazes that have scorched over 1.4 million acres across Texas.
Photo by Official U.S. Air Force http://www.flickr.com/photos/usairforce/with/5638679968/

Media will receive a tour of wildfire scorched zones in the Possum Kingdom Lake area this afternoon, so we can expect to get a closer glimpse of the devastation this evening. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that damper weather has helped prevent the wildfires from spreading more aggressively.

[O]vernight moisture, higher humidity and cooler temperatures temporarily lowered the danger of the fires further spreading, officials said.

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