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KUT Afternoon Newscast for December 22, 2023

Central Texas top stories for December 22, 2023. The Texas Department of Public Safety and the City of Austin are ending their partnership this weekend. Texas led the country in employment growth over the last year. Texas education officials are sharing guidance on how to comply with House Bill 3.  Georgetown ISD buys land near East View High School.

KUT Morning Newscast for December 7, 2023

Central Texas top stories for December 7, 2023. More questions around the lack of alerts in Tuesday’s shooting. Some shooting victims have been identified. Austin City Council to vote on new zoning rules today. ACC’s Fall Commencement is tonight. Austin Energy completes “winterizing” power plants.

The Texas discovery of a new, dog-sized dinosaur

After months of stalemate, are the Texas House and Senate finally making progress on school spending?

For millions of years, the bones of a tiny dinosaur lay undisturbed in what are now the shores of Lake Grapevine. We’ll learn about a new species.

El Paso residents are concerned about the growing number of high-speed chases in their city.

And: Are city parks set to decline? A new law could make it tougher for urban areas to procure parkland.

Which major city in Texas has the worst weather?

Ken Paxton’s impeachment and Senate trial was the biggest political story in Texas in decades. History will no doubt recall what transpired over the previous two weeks at the Capitol, but how much do most Texans know that anything happened at all?

A state-imposed superintendent for Houston schools rolls out what he calls the New Education System – and it’s getting a lot of pushback.

Remembering Latina scientist Elma Gonzalez.

And with frequent hurricanes in Southeast Texas, and twisters up north … which big city has the worst weather in Texas, and why?

In attempts to ban library books, Texas leads the nation

Texas prisons are under a statewide lockdown as officials search for contraband to stem a rise in prison homicides.

More than 700 new state laws took effect in Texas on Sept. 1 out of the almost 3,000 that were filed – meaning the vast majority didn’t become law. Texas Public Radio’s David Martin Davies tells us more.

Texas had the most book challenges of any state last year, according to the American Library Association.

Outlaw country, born in the 1970s, has long been dominated by men. But female artists have been making noteworthy contributions, especially recently.

Plus the week in Texas politics with the Texas Tribune.

Workers rally to fight state bill ending water breaks

As Texans brace for another week of extreme heat, there’s pushback against a new state law that nullifies local rules requiring mandatory water breaks for outdoor workers.

Austin has ended its policing partnership with the Department of Public Safety – but Gov. Greg Abbott is sending more troopers to the capital city.

Some legal experts say the Supreme Court’s student debt decision may have scrambled the issue of standing, or whether a plaintiff has enough interest in a particular matter to stand before the court to request legal intervention. UT Law professor Stephen Vladeck explains.

And a new documentary on Jesse Treviño honors the late San Antonio artist, long considered one of the city’s finest.

KUT Morning Newscast for July 13, 2023

Central Texas top stories for July 13, 2023. DPS and Austin partnership suspended. High power demand for ERCOT as temperatures soar. Affordable housing projects on pause.

KUT Morning Newscast for June 26, 2023

Central Texas top stories for June 26, 2023. Extreme heat continues. Outdoor workers fear losing breaks. How to define a hate crime. Neighborhood meetings on DPS presence. Why animals sploot. Austin FC leads Copa Tejas. John Goodenough.

KUT Morning Newscast for June 23, 2023

Central Texas top stories for June 23, 2023. City of Austin budget planning. Possible hate crime investigation of killing in Cedar Park. DPS returns to patrol Austin.

KUT Morning Newscast for June 6, 2023

Central Texas top stories for June 6, 2023. Austin hiring process for new city manager. Williamson County landfill upgrade. Austin DPS partnership update. Austin Animal Center new adoption program. Light rail plan final vote. Georgetown ISD teacher externships.

KUT Morning Newscast for May 8, 2023

Central Texas top stories for May 8, 2023. May election results. Tenure for higher education. Overdose preventions. Amber alert. Man killed by DPS in Round Rock. 

Astronaut Christina Koch on NASA’s upcoming Artemis 2 mission

Tensions are growing in Austin over the use of DPS officers to augment local police.

Facing resistance to a plan similar to school vouchers, an alteration getting attention at the state Capitol is focused on students with disabilities. Talia Richman of the Dallas Morning News Education Lab has more.

NASA’s plans to return to the moon: We’ll talk with Christina Koch, one of the astronauts assigned to the upcoming Artemis 2 mission.

And on this 4/20, a closer look at the complicated relationship between country music and Willie Nelson’s favorite way to kick back.

KUT Morning Newscast for April 18, 2023

Central Texas top stories for April 18, 2023. Austin ISD request review of conservatorship decision. Austin on trial for trying to build a house. West fertilizer plant explosion 10 year anniversary. Austin City Council DPS partnership update. Leander ISD bond meeting.

KUT Morning Newscast for April 10, 2023

Central Texas top stories for April 10, 2023. Abbott seeking pardon of Daniel Perry. DPS partnership update. Austin ISD Special Education takeover appeal. Manor ISD Superintendent finalist. Austin emergency communications revamp. Monarch Butterflies on the decline. Austin FC. USWNT at Q2.

Is Houston still affordable?

An orange haze, a vicious wind, in some places visibility cut close to zero – is an exiting dust storm a warning of more? With high winds expected to return later this week, what the layers of dust across Texas may tell us about changes to our climate.

A recent survey from the U.S. Census Bureau revealed roughly four out of five Houstonians are stressed out about recent price increases – raising the question of whether Houston still deserves its long-held reputation as one of the most affordable large cities in the country.

Tens of thousands protest against the president in Mexico amid concerns about threats to elections there.

A bill set to raise the penalties for illegal voting in Texas gets the green light from a Senate committee.

On Rare Disease Day 2023, we’ll hear how advocates for people with such diseases are pushing for change.

And an online hack targeting Asian Texans.

Texas Standard: October 28, 2022

In the aftermath of the Uvalde shooting, calls grow louder for the resignation of the head of the Department of Public Safety, we’ll have the latest. Also one of the biggest county judges races in Texas takes an ugly turn with charges of racism. Plus a closer look at disinformation and the role of inflammatory language. And after a deadly coral disease decimates reefs in Florida and the Caribbean, fears grow over a protected marine reserve off the coast of Galveston. And the off ramp on the road that goes forever… Texas music legend Robert Earl Keen on his decision to retire from the stage. Our conversation and much more today on the Texas Standard:

Yonderings

Texas Standard commentator W.F. Strong explores Texas for us — often through history and lore. But he also picks up new stories from Texas. And, occasionally, he recommends one.

KUT Morning Newscast for September 7, 2022

Central Texas top stories for September 7, 2022. Power outage at Austin Bergstrom International Airport. DPS officer investigation over Uvalde school shooting. Uvalde CISD’s first day of school. JUUL settlement. Eanes ISD affordable housing. Black restaurant week. Brushy Creek underwater pipeline repair.

Texas Standard: June 16, 2022

In the wake of the Uvalde shooting, state lawmakers talking more money for mental health resources and for law enforcement, we’ll have the latest. Other stories we’re tracking: a widely expected reversal of Roe vs Wade. Sergio Martínez-Beltrán of the Texas Newsroom with a closer look at changes to Texas abortion laws over the last decade. And the water’s back on in Odessa, but don’t drink it just yet. How a city of more than a hundred thousand has coped without water during days of blistering temperatures. And this week’s election results from South Texas that have political observers here (and way beyond) buzzing big time. Those stories and much more today on the Texas Standard: