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New Year's Eve
2:35 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Austin's Fireworks Ban Continues - But Don't Call 911

New Year's Eve Fireworks over the ever-changing Austin skyline. Firefighters urge Austinites to leave the light shows to the professionals.
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If you see, smell or hear fireworks this New Year’s Eve, don’t dial 911. Call 311.

The Austin Fire Department has asked Austin residents to keep the emergency lines free off all firework complaints and to use the city’s 311 service instead.

In light of the ongoing drought, the Fire Department is also reminding citizens that fireworks remain illegal in Austin city limits, and their sale has been banned in Travis County. The fine for possession of fireworks in Austin can be up to $500.

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Texas
2:52 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Report Finds Texas 'Energy Inefficient'

Texas wasn't ranked very high in energy efficiency according to ACEEE Scorecard
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The ACEEE (American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy) has released its 2012 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. According to their findings, Texas didn't do so well.

The report ranks the 50 states and the District of Columbia according to their policies and programs regarding the use of energy in buildings, transportation, and industry. This year, Texas is ranked #33

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Austin
12:47 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

It's Official: 737 Coming to the 512

Austinites will soon have to get used to ten digit dialing.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

With Austin’s growth comes some changes. This morning, the Public Utility Commission voted to adopt a new area code for the Austin area. The 737 area code will be introduced to the 512 in July of 2013.

Commissioner Ken Anderson says the transition shouldn’t be difficult for Austinites.

“We’ve had ten digit dialing in North Texas for a long time. So welcome to the 21st century,” said Anderson.

Ten digit dialing will be phased in starting this December.

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News Brief
9:29 am
Wed August 10, 2011

Top Morning Stories August 10, 2011

Killeen Police released a mug shot of Nasar Abdo, the soldier accused of planning an attack on Fort Hood soldiers. He was indicted on three charges Tuesday.
Photo by Matt Largey for KUT News.

Naser Abdo Indicted in Fort Hood Bomb Plot

The AWOL soldier accused of planning an attack on Fort Hood soldiers has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Waco. Naser Abdo is charged with possession of a firearm, possession of an unregistered destructive device and possession of ammunition as a fugitive from justice. The 21-year-old faces up to ten years in prison for each charge, if convicted.

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Austin
10:23 am
Wed August 3, 2011

What Were You Doing On 9/11?

9/11 World Trade Center Flag repaired as a tribute with other retired American flags
Photo by Nicholas Vinacco http://www.flickr.com/photos/nvinacco/

What were you doing the day of the 9/11 terror attacks? Did you call in to KUT 90.5? If so we want to hear from you again for a special report on the anniversary of 9/11.  Send us an email at news@kut.org.

We will be recording Austinites' memories of that day Sunday, August 7 at noon here at the KUT studios on the University of Texas campus. 

Here are some of the comments we've received on Facebook:

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News Brief
5:24 am
Tue May 31, 2011

Top Morning Stories May 31, 2011

The Austin Police Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting that left one suspect dead and an officer injured late last night.
Image courtesy of the Austin Police Department.

Officer-Involved Shooting in Austin

The Austin Police Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened late last night.  Police say drivers should expect detours or delays at 8th Street and the I-35 frontage road. 

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Health
1:43 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

Top 21 Bars Where DWI Suspects Drank in Austin

Image courtesy Thomas Hawk http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/

The Austin Police Department has released its annual list of local bars where drunken driving suspects reported having their last drink before getting behind the wheel.

West 6th Street bars make up the top four establishments on the list, with J. Blacks coming in at number one for the second year in a row. Twenty-nine drunken driving suspects who were arrested told police they had come from J. Blacks in 2010.

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