affordable Housing

KUT Afternoon Newscast for April 11, 2024

Central Texas top stories for April 11, 2024. Austin Public Health retired COVID-19 dashboard. Austin leaders hear from public about proposed code changes intended to improve housing affordability. High passenger traffic at Austin airport starting to ease up a bit. UT Austin student DEI opponents misunderstand its goals. San Marcos raising parking fines.

KUT Afternoon Newscast for March 21, 2024

Central Texas top stories for March 21, 2024. Even areas cities outside path of totality preparing for eclipse influx. Texas Medical Board to consider exception to abortion law. Loan from TxDOT could help pay for I-35 caps. Austin buys land for affordable housing. Austin looking at changes to food truck inspection process. Manufacturing facility coming to Williamson. Texas begins NCAA Tournament. 

Rio Grande Valley again draws attention ahead of 2024 elections

Is the boom in home prices in Austin, one of Texas’ hottest markets, over? And what might that mean for affordability?
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, long a champion of free markets, is now calling for lawmakers to take action and curb large-scale home purchases from institutional investors.
Some national politics watchers are pondering whether this is the year a long-time stronghold for Texas Democrats – Rio Grande Valley – turns solidly red.
And when it comes to chili, ¡Viva Terlingua! But chili’s got a new challenger. Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn samples what’s cookin.’

KUT Morning Newscast for February 27, 2024

Central Texas top stories for February 27, 2024. Local activists are asking the Department of Justice to investigate APD. Austin’s budget troubles. Latest plans for the downtown Health South development site. Dairy plant development lawsuit. Texas anti-abortion activists consider pushing for changes to the state’s IVF laws.

KUT Afternoon Newscast for January 08, 2023

Central Texas top stories for January 08, 2023. Wind advisory in effect until tomorrow. Austin is far from reaching its affordable housing goals. Utility company Aqua Texas is suing the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District. Austin light rail lawsuit update. San Marcos is in stage 2 drought restrictions. Del Valle ISD school board could fill a long-vacant seat at tonight’s meeting.

KUT Afternoon Newscast for December 13, 2023

Central Texas top stories for December 13, 2023. Much needed rain fell today. Fewer people live and work in Austin. Eanes ISD partners with the Texas Workforce Housing Foundation to provide affordable housing to teachers and staff. Hays CISD expects the student body to more than double by 2033. Peter Pan Mini Golf has its lease renewed. How to watch tonights Geminid meteor shower.

State stops effort to reclaim Fairfield Lake State Park

Expensive homes owned by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton have not been disclosed to the state as required by law. Investigative reporter Lauren McGaughy of the Texas Newsroom has more.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will no longer try to use eminent domain to reclaim Fairfield Lake State Park, ending a months-long struggle between the state and a Dallas developer.

The digital divide has for decades been a concern. Why many in Texas worry things are getting worse.

And: Remember expectations of a blue wave? How are Democrats’ chances for political success in Texas shaping up for 2024?

KUT Afternoon Newscast for November 16, 2023

Central Texas top stories for November 16, 2023. Austin ISD affordable housing plan. Funeral procession delays. Hays County bioterrorism drill. San Marcos animal shelter at full capacity. Austin ISD thanksgiving meals. USMNT at Q2 tonight. Allegiant non-stop to Eugene.

KUT Afternoon Newscast for September 26, 2023

Central Texas top stories for September 26, 2023. Judge hears arguments in case pitting property owners against affordable housing efforts. Austin using state money to get more homeless into shelters. More Central Texans turning to indigent health care, specifically mental health care. City audit of Austin Animal Center finds issues. Students argue issues at Model UN.

KUT Afternoon Newscast for September 22, 2023

Central Texas top stories for September 22, 2023. Summery start to fall this weekend in Central Texas. Another hot night under Friday night lights. AISD off Monday for Yom Kippur. City looking again at ways to develop affordable housing downtown. Indicted APD officers get trial dates. Problems persist with Medicaid disenrollments. Texas starts last round of Big 12 play tomorrow in Waco.

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.