affordable Housing

Suburban school districts revolt against ‘recapture’ funding

What does Ron DeSantis really want from Texas? Jeremy Wallace of the Houston Chronicle weighs in on the GOP presidential candidate’s curious Texas tour.

Two North Texas school districts, Keller and Carroll, take steps to challenge one of the lynchpins of state education funding: revenue recapture.

What the auto strike means for the evolution to electric vehicles.

Fantastic Fest, a terrifying film festival that’s the biggest of its kind in the world, is back for its 18th year in Austin.

And we’ll meet the youngest reporter to cover Ken Paxton’s impeachment trial.

KUT Afternoon Newscast for August 28, 2023

Central Texas top stories for August 28, 2023. Court weighs Texas school library law ahead of implementation this week. Judge considers suit against Austin affordable housing program. CapMetro eliminating routes suspended during pandemic. Protected crossing coming to I-35 and 4th St. Longhorns start football season at home this week. Austin FC hope for tie between Dallas and Houston.

KUT Afternoon Newscast for August 24, 2023

Central Texas top stories for August 24, 2023. ERCOT calls for electricity conservation, warning of ‘high potential to enter emergency operations’. Austin Water facing dwindling supply as lakes drop. Program to create affordable housing challenged by property owners. Efforts to save beloved Barton Springs tree. Kind Clinic offers intersex-specific health care.

Grow or Die

(Episode 7) Now that the machine has done its job, what now? We explore some of the existential questions that Austin’s housing market has wrought.

Fertility Drugs for Cars

(BONUS) We talked in episode 2 about cars and roads — and how they affect where we live. We didn’t talk about one other way that cars affect housing: making places to put all the cars.

Smart Growth or Dumb Growth?

(Episode 4) When a new mayor came to power, he found what he thought would be a compromise — a way to bring new businesses and build housing for all the people coming to Austin without threatening the city’s ecological gems. It turned out to be more complicated than that.

We Planned This

(Episode 1) Austin has grown a lot in recent years — and the East Side has been impacted the most. To understand the city’s pattern of displacement, we have to go back to 1928.

KUT Morning Newscast for May 1, 2023

Central Texas top stories for May 1, 2023. Early voting ends tomorrow. Court ruling in Travis County Democratic Party firebombing case. Nueces street expansion. Austin ISD teacher housing. Fentanyl test strip legalization. State government limiting home rule powers. Texas Stars leading playoff series. Austinite drafted in the NFL.

KUT Afternoon Newscast for April 7, 2023

Central Texas top stories for April 7, 2023. Austin increasing park ranger patrols near Rainey Street trailhead. San Marcos man pleads guilty to synagogue fire. Officer indicted in Joshua Wright killing. Travis County board for low-income housing votes to sell 200-unit building. San Antonio Spurs plan to hold more games in Austin. The Verde and Black are back in action.

Five prescriptions for fixing Texas’ affordability crisis

With Texans across the state  struggling to find affordable housing, we’ll hear from a team of experts who have some solutions.

The Texas Council on Family Violence has a list of legislative priorities for protecting survivors.

Saving wild African penguins: How people in North Texas are helping with a survival guide.

The original Angry Birds – the one you could buy and download for a small, one-time fee – is history. Our tech expert explains.

Texas Republican says banning college polling places is about safety. Students don’t buy it.

The Supreme Court hears oral arguments in two challenges to student loan forgiveness. With Texas having the second highest number of student loans in the nation, a University of Houston legal scholar offers analysis and what comes next.

There’s a push in the Texas Legislature to ban polling places on college campuses – but some students see it as voter suppression.

Once upon a time in the not-so-distant past there was a planned mega-merger in the publishing biz. Today: the postscript.

KUT Morning Newscast for November 9, 2022

Central Texas top stories for November 9, 2022. Austin Mayor runoff. City Council election results. Affordable housing. AISD Bonds pass. AISD Board of Trustees new members. Manor and Lago Vista keep CapMetro. San Marcos decriminalizes cannabis. Governor Abbott wins re-election. Railroad Commissioner re-elected.

KUT Morning Newscast for October 13, 2022

Central Texas top stories for October 13, 2022. Austin Energy rates. High wildfire risk. Single use plastic. Travis County affordable housing. Elon Musk wastewater. Austin art grants.

KUT Morning Newscast for September 22, 2022

Central Texas top stories for September 22, 2022. Austin affordable housing update. Voter registration without a drivers license. Uvalde CISD new elementary school. UT monkeypox vaccine clinic. Texas Longhorns volleyball vs. Kansas Jayhawks.

KUT Morning Newscast for September 16, 2022

Central Texas top stories for September 16, 2022. APD license plate readers. Parkland dedication fee increase. Austin Police Oversight Act. Leander water restrictions. AISD affordable housing. Sticky “honeydew” secreted by aphids. Mexican American Cultural Center’s Diez y Seis de Septiembre celebration.

KUT Morning Newscast for August 22, 2022

Central Texas top stories for August 22, 2022. Central Texas under a Flood Watch. Affordable housing bond election. First day of fall classes at UT Austin and Texas State. Hays County school resource officers. Free CapMetro rides to Travis County cooling centers. East Austin Barrio Landmarks Project. Austin FC v Minnesota United. 

Texas Standard: February 17, 2022

Looking back at the winter storm of last February and why one year later disparities in the death toll persist; Mose Buschele, of KUT Austin, has more on that story. Also, efforts to secure federal recognition for Texas’ emancipation trail. And, the state’s legal challenge to the company formerly known as Facebook. These stories and more today on the Texas Standard:

Could affordable housing save Austin’s music scene?

In the latest episode, you’ll learn how Austin non-profit Foundation Communities helped musician James Shelton find affordable housing the central Austin. And you’ll get a crash course in how affordable housing works from Foundation Communities Executive Director, Walter Moreau.

Walter Moreau of Foundation Communities is pictured on Jan. 12, 2022, outside of Bluebonnet Studios. Michael Minasi/KUTX

Read “The Artist Loft: Affordable Housing (for White People)” from the Atlantic

Read “The Rise of WhiteSegregated
Subsidized Housing
” from The Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity at the Minnesota School of Law.