April 8th Eclipse

Eclipse Week: For Austin-area porta potty purveyors, the total eclipse is big business

The eclipse is coming to Texas! And so are millions of people hoping to catch a glimpse. All this week, the KUT Newsroom will be reporting on this once-in-a-lifetime event and what it means for central Texas. You may have heard concerns about how hard it will be to find a place to stay…or how we might get stuck in traffic for hours. But when all those people flood local businesses, parks and outdoor spaces…they’re also gonna need a place to, you know, use the bathroom. KUT’s Olivia Aldridge reports from the eclipse sanitation beat.

Eclipse Week: Central Texas could make millions because of the eclipse. Will businesses be ready?

A total solar eclipse will cross North America on April 8th. Central Texas cities, including Austin, will be some of the best places to watch in the country. All this week, the KUT Newsroom will be reporting on this once- in- a-lifetime event in Morning Edition, All Things Considered and of course at KUT-dot-ORG. This morning, we’ll kick off our coverage by looking at how Central Texas businesses are bracing for a large influx of people. Larger cities are excited about the economic benefits…  but smaller ones may not be able to handle the crowds. 

KUT’s Maya Fawaz and Luz Moreno-Lozano having been checking in to see how central Texas cities are handling it. We’ll start with Maya out in Hays County.

KUT Afternoon Newscast for March 8, 2024

Central Texas top stories for March 8, 2024. The Austin Independent School District is preparing to make major budget cuts to remain financially stable. A jury in Travis County has acquitted two former Williamson County Sheriff’s deputies of manslaughter charges. Today is your last day to order free at-home COVID-19 tests through the U.S. Postal Service. Hays CISD is one of several school districts in Central Texas now planning to close schools for the total solar eclipse on April 8th. Travis County has issued a disaster declaration ahead of the total solar eclipse on April 8th. CapMetro Rail service will be free tomorrow for the second Austin FC home game this season. The Annual Art and Parks Tour is tomorrow.