Texas

Texas
1:05 pm
Thu December 30, 2010

Court Deals TCEQ "No" on Stay Request

An appeals court hands the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality a setback in its ongoing dispute with the EPA.
Image courtesy Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

The battle between the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took another step yesterday.  And it was a step toward the Feds.

Texas
3:41 pm
Wed December 29, 2010

Warren Jeffs Pleads Not Guilty To Child Rape In West Texas

Warren Jeffs, ecclesiastical head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, appeared in a San Angelo courtroom today.

The Associated Press reports the polygamist sect leader stood silently during a hearing in a West Texas court Wednesday. The court entered the not guilty pleas on his behalf.

The 55-year-old Jeffs faces charges of bigamy and sexual assault of a child.  He’s scheduled to stand trial for the aggravated sexual assault charge January 24th. The AP reports says he plans to hire a Texas attorney but doesn’t have one yet.

Read more
Texas
10:13 am
Wed December 29, 2010

Read This Dramatic Account Of BP Well Blowout

Image courtesy SkyTruth http://www.flickr.com/photos/skytruth/

In one of the most detailed accounts of the explosion on board the Deepwater Horizon oil rig earlier this year, New York Times reporters David Barstow, David Rohde, Stephanie Saul and Ian Urbina tell the story of a disaster that killed 11 men and led to one of the largest environmental catastrophes in United States history.

Read more
Texas
5:00 pm
Tue December 28, 2010

Texas Mirrors Nation In Percentage Of High Income Earners

Image by Erik Reyna for KUT News

It's traditionally the slowest news week of the year, so thank goodness the folks at Yahoo! Finance came up with the idea of parsing new US Census Bureau data to rank states based on their percentage of high income earners. Texas came in at number fourteen, but rate of high income earners was only slightly higher than the national average.

Read more
Texas
9:48 am
Wed December 22, 2010

Tuesday Morning Update

Fort Hood and other military posts prepare for implementation of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
Photo by KUT News/Erika Aguilar

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repealed

President Obama formally signed the bill repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."  In the signing ceremony, the President said, "valor and sacrifice are no longer defined by sexual orientation."  He also encouraged people discharged under the old policy against gays in the military to return to the armed forces. 

Texas to Pick Up Four Congressional Seats

Read more
Texas
9:00 am
Tue December 21, 2010

Tuesday Morning Update

Evening and Saturday parking downtown could start costing you.
Photo by KUT News

Parking Subcommittee Meets

The city subcommittee that will explore whether to extend paid downtown parking to evenings and Saturdays met for the first time yesterday.  KUT's Mose Buchele reports that some fear that a time line to end free downtown parking has more to do with Austin’s political calendar than with good city government.

High Fire Danger = No High-Flying Fireworks

Read more
Texas
4:31 pm
Mon December 20, 2010

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Approves Devils River Land Deal

TPW approves a land deal for frontage along Devils River
Photo courtesy of Laurence Parent.

Texas Parks and Wildlife today approved the purchase of land fronting the Devil's River.

As KUT previously reported, The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commissioners pulled the original Devil's River land deal at their November 4 meeting, after public feedback that the plan blocked access to the river.  

In a statement released today TPW said

Read more
Texas
12:25 pm
Mon December 20, 2010

Appliance Rebate, Part II

The purchase period for the state’s appliance mail-in rebate program starts today.

The last time the state did this, the website and phone lines were jammed with people trying to get in on the action. This time, consumers are supposed to buy the energy-efficient appliance first, and then mail-in a rebate application form.

The State Comptroller’s office says just over $18-million in federal stimulus funding is available for the rebates.  The program will remain open until all the funds have been distributed.

Texas
4:04 pm
Thu December 16, 2010

Avoid at Christmas: Fruitcake, Family Drama and Mexico

State officials say stay away from Mexico over the holidays
Picture by KUT

In a move that seems to be becoming a holiday tradition, the Texas Department of Public Safety released it's annual call for Texans to avoid Mexico over the holidays.  DPS sighted increased violence, kidnappings, assault and rape along the boarder as reasons Texans should stay away.

In a press release today, DPS Director Steven C. McCraw says that while the department knows people safely travel and vacation in Mexico on a daily basis, the increase in violence is also a reality.

Read more
Texas
9:52 pm
Wed December 15, 2010

Amber Alert for McAllen Toddler

Police in McAllen have issued an Amber Alert for two-year-old Terry Bennett
Photo courtesy AmberAlert.gov

Police in McAllen have issued an Amber Alert for Terry Onne Bennett.

Texas
4:48 pm
Fri December 10, 2010

East Texas Church Arsonists to Plead Guilty

The guilty please are expected December 15th.
Image courtesy Keith Burtis http://www.flickr.com/photos/keithburtis/

The two men charged in a string of church fires last year in East Texas have announced their plan to plead guilty, reports the Associated Press. 

Read more
Fort Hood
11:57 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Accused Fort Hood Shooter Undergoing Mental Evaluation

The family of Staff Sgt. Amy Kreuger mourns her death at a ceremony marking the one year anniversary of the November 2009 Fort Hood shootings.
Image courtesy 807MDSC http://www.flickr.com/photos/807thpao/

Three psychological experts appointed by the Pentagon have been examining the Army Major accused of killing 13 people during a shooting rampage last year at Fort Hood.

Nidal Hasan's lawyer, John Galligan, told KUT News that the evaluation started on Wednesday. The experts will determine whether Hasan is fit to stand trial.  Galligan objects to the evaluation because he says he hasn't received all evidence in the case, including some held by the White House. He is prohibited from attending the evaluation.

Read more
fort hood
2:38 pm
Thu December 9, 2010

WWE Will Tape Star-Studded Wrestling Show At Fort Hood on Saturday

CM Punk at WWE's 2009 Tribute to the Troops. The 2010 edition will be taped at Fort Hood this weekend.
Image courtesy WWE

World Wrestling Entertainment is taping its annual "Tribute to the Troops" at Fort Hood this year.  A press release from Fort Hood's public affairs office says it will feature an all star cast.

Read more
immigration
1:37 pm
Thu December 9, 2010

DREAM Act In Limbo, Undocumented UT Students Bummed

Image courtesy Kevin Dooley http://www.flickr.com/photos/pagedooley/

Texas has a large share of students with no legal immigration status in the US. Many of them come to this country with their parents, and grow up learning English and assimilating to American culture. The Texas Comptroller estimated that about 3 percent of students are undocumented immigrants.

Read more
Texas
1:11 pm
Thu December 9, 2010

Dallas Ordinance Targets Panhandlers During Superbowl

Dallas City Council voted to ban panhandling 24/7 in its downtown business district, partly they don't want Superbowl visitors to be approached by the homeless.
Image courtesy skys the limit2 http://www.flickr.com/photos/52949402@N03/

Dallas is getting revved up to host Superbowl XLV on February 6, 2011, and yesterday the Dallas City Council voted to prohibit people from begging for change in the downtown business district.

Read more
Texas
12:14 pm
Thu December 9, 2010

New Proposal For Devil's River Land Deal

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is holding a special meeting December 20 to consider a new plan for a Devil's River state park.
Photo courtesy of Laurence Parent.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has scheduled a public meeting for December 20 on an updated version of the Devil's River land deal. The department's website includes maps of the area and other information on the proposed site.

Read more
Texas
11:32 am
Thu December 9, 2010

Drought Conditions Threaten Texas

A dry lakebed near Dallas in 2005. Latest weather data indicates most of Texas is "abnormally dry" right now.
Image courtesy Whatknot http://www.flickr.com/photos/whatknot/

The latest US Drought Monitor Map, released this morning, shows 85 percent of Texas is "abnormally dry."

Eighty Texas counties currently have burn bans in effect, according to a Texas Parks and Wildlife map. Travis County is not currently under a burn ban but the neighboring counties of Williamson, Lee, Burnet, and Blanco are.

Read more
fort hood
10:33 am
Tue December 7, 2010

Fort Hood Will Break Ground Next Monday On This Massive Hospital

Fort Hood will break ground next Monday on this new 974,000 medical facility.
Image courtesy Balfour Beatty/McCarthy-HKS/Wingler & Sharp.

Fort Hood's Public Affairs Office is asking media to register for a groundbreaking ceremony next Monday for the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center's newest facility.  At 974,000 square feet, the $534 million building will be 60 percent larger than the current structure. For comparison, that's about the size of five Wal-Mart Supercenters.

Fort Hood says the Medical Center will include a six story hospital and three parking garages.

Read more
football
1:04 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

Is Greg Davis Out of Longhorns?

The Yahoo! owned Longhorns news site Orangebloods.com is reporting that Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis is on the way out.

Read more
Texas
11:59 am
Wed December 1, 2010

Atheist Bus Ads Appear In Fort Worth Just In Time For Christmas

An atheist group in Fort Worth is causing a stir with some Christians for these bus ads.
Image courtesy the Dallas-Fort Worth Coalition of Reason

An atheist group called the Dallas-Fort Worth Coalition of Reason has purchased what they call "Godless Ads" on busses in Tarrant County.

The ads remind people that "Millions of Americans Are Good Without God." They appear on both sides of the bus. Similar billboard ads appeared in Austin this summer. The parent organization, the United Coalition of Reason, has also helped pay for ads in cities like Detroit, Philadelphia and Washington DC.

Read more

Pages