Are unlicensed teachers affecting student performance in Texas?

After the worst-ever wildfire disaster for Texas agriculture, there’s now an effort to help ranchers who lost large numbers of pregnant cows.
A year after the mall shooting in Allen, what the data reveals about gun violence there more broadly.
A new report documents how unlicensed teachers are becoming fixtures in many Texas schools.
Organizers of the Texas Eclipse Festival in Burnet County are now offering partial refunds to attendees because the event ended a day early.
Also, just how smart is artificial intelligence getting? Commentator W.F. Strong tried a little experiment.

Total eclipse 2024: A special broadcast from the Kerrclipse Festival

Eclipse day has finally arrived, and Texas Standard has a special broadcast from the path of totality.

We’re live at the Kerrclipse Festival, on the grounds of the famous Kerrville Folk Festival, to talk forecast, what NASA and other researchers hope to learn today, the eclipse “observer effect” and much more.

What ‘Cowboy Carter’ says about Blackness, Beyoncé and country music

Questions are still swirling around the deal cut with Attorney General Ken Paxton over securities fraud charges, with prosecutors pointing fingers – at each other. Investigative reporter Lauren McGaughy of The Texas Newsroom has the latest.
As Texans prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime moment, why some say viewing Monday’s total eclipse could make you a better person.
Beyoncé’s exploration of country music in “Cowboy Carter” has sparked conversations about genre stereotypes and cultural boundaries.
Plus: the week in politics with The Texas Tribune.

With the eclipse days away, this small city is more prepared than most

A plan will cap co-pays for state subsidized child care – how much of a difference will it make in stemming a childcare crisis?
On Wednesday, a federal appeals court heard the latest arguments over SB 4, Texas’ controversial new immigration enforcement law. In the meantime, where does the legal back-and-forth leave migrants?
Ennis, a North Texas town that attracts 100,000 visitors each April to see its bluebonnets, has an extra draw for tourists this year: It’s in the eclipse’s path of totality.
And: Why the Judd Foundation, named for Marfa’s most famous modern artist, is taking on Kim Kardashian in court.

KUT Morning Newscast for April 4, 2024

Central Texas top stories for April 4, 2024. Today is the last day to register to vote in May’s local elections. Professors are raising concerns about the University of Texas laying off dozens of staffers in an effort to comply with a new state law. Hutto ISD is trying to prevent construction of a wastewater treatment plant near two of its schools. The City of Austin is collecting eclipse glasses to recycle them after the event.

KUT Afternoon Newscast for April 3, 2024

Central Texas top stories for April 3, 2024. Professors are raising concerns about the dozens of positions UT Austin is eliminating to comply with a law banning DEI programs. Federal regulators say Austin’s water is free of what are referred to as “forever chemicals.” Abortion law survey. San Marcos officials want to change how the city manages water restrictions during drought. Unemployment in Austin is on the rise. Eclipse day weather forecast.

Bill Nye the Science Guy is coming to Texas for the eclipse

Dade Phelan’s fight to hang on to his Beaumont-based seat is seen as a proxy war for fights over the future direction of Texas Republicans. We’ll hear about how his fellow GOP opponents are seizing on an issue they think can topple the current House speaker.
The issue that is rapidly turning bipartisan: Both Republicans and Democrats are calling for solutions to a housing crisis in Texas.
Bill Nye the Science Guy is coming to Texas for the total eclipse and shares his top tips for experiencing the event.

KUT Morning Newscast for April 3, 2024

Central Texas top stories for April 3, 2024. UT Austin eliminates positions to comply with a state law banning diversity, equity, and inclusion offices at public universities. Preparation for Monday’s eclipse. Georgetown ISD students can earn a license to operate drones through a school program.

KUT Afternoon Newscast for April 2, 2024

Central Texas top stories for April 2, 2024. ACC keeps tuition rate the same for the 11th year in a row and offers free tuition for some 2024 grads. Eclipse preparation and weather forecast. Avian flu case. Repairs to a pipeline that brings water from Lake Travis to Leander are completed. Little to no detectable traces of “forever chemicals” found in Austin’s water.

Looking ahead to the eclipse day weather forecast

A Texas public health expert explains what bird flu means after a case of the illness was found in a worker on a dairy farm.
The effort to expand high-speed broadband in North Texas slows down as a company doing the work pulls out.
Could clouds obscure eclipse day in Texas? We’ll take a look at the latest forecast for next Monday.
Exploring Texas parks that are off the beaten path … and away from crowds.
Plus, one of the fiercest wildcats in the world is only eight inches tall. A Texas-based wildlife center is working to save the black-footed cat.

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.

KUT Morning Newscast for April 2, 2024

Central Texas top stories for April 2, 2024. ACC is going to offer free tuition to 2024 high school graduates starting this fall. The city of Austin aims to improve permitting to speed up development. New restrictions for eclipse day.

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 28, 2024

Central Texas top stories for March 28, 2024. U.S. oil and gas production decreased slightly in the first quarter of the year. Central Health has started planning for its 2025 fiscal year budget. Eclipse day at Eanes ISD. New rules for E-Scooters. Gas prices. Longhorn sports.

What’s next for Ken Paxton?

After reaching a deal to dismiss securities fraud charges, Ken Paxton’s political fortunes appear on the rise. What’s next for the attorney general?
One day after a US abstention in a UN Gaza cease-fire vote, how some Arab Americans in North Texas are planning to make their voices heard at the ballot box.
The San Antonio Police Department is getting pushback over the its participation in an international competition alongside police forces the U.S. State Department says have violated human and civil rights.
And with a once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse on the horizon, a UTSA astronomy professor talks us through what to watch for in the hours and minutes before and after the main event.

KUT Afternoon Newscast for March 26, 2024

Central Texas top stories for March 26, 2024. Travis County waives property taxes for some childcare centers. Austin’s ten-mile light-rail system could be up and running by the year 2033. Austin Pets Alive! is looking to build a Pet Resource Center in Hays County. Austin Community College is offering free eclipse viewing glasses ahead of the total solar eclipse on April 8th. Travis County’s award winning park.

An Indigenous perspective on the solar eclipse from a traditional healer

In a long-running securities fraud case against Ken Paxton, a deal has been reached that will let the attorney general avoid trial or an admission of guilt.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today in what could be the most important case on reproductive rights since the Dobbs decision, this time on access to medication abortion.
Autonomous vehicles are getting a lot of bad press. Could smart roads pave the way to self-driving cars and trucks? A smart highway in Texas may put that to the test.
Marika Alvarado, who describes herself as a “direct descendant of generations of Medicine Women: traditional native healers of body, midwives and plant medicine,” shares her Indigenous perspective on the solar eclipse.
And: A UT San Antonio professor has dubbed the upcoming eclipse “the most profitable 22 minutes in Texas history.” Bulent Temel joins the show with more.

Questions over how to remember an East Texas manhunt

SpaceX successfully conducted a test launch of its massive Starship rocket from its Starbase facility in Boca Chica this morning. We’ll hear from Gaige Davila of Texas Public Radio live from Brownsville.
The U.S. House voted overwhelmingly yesterday to ban TikTok, citing security concerns related to the Chinese-owned platform’s control of Americans’ data. The Standard’s Shelly Brisbin has been following the story, including where Texans in Congress stand.
And: Why a courthouse renovation is East Texas is dividing a community.

KUT Afternoon Newscast for March 11, 2024

Central Texas top stories for March 11, 2024. Austin City Council approved the creation of a workforce development program. Austin could be doing more to address 911 calls. UT Austin plans to require standardized test scores for admissions. Some school districts are staying open during next month’s eclipse. Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center’s new Owl Cam.

KUT Morning Newscast for March 08, 2024

Central Texas top stories for March 08, 2024. Former Williamson County Sheriff’s deputies acquitted in manslaughter case. The Austin Independent School District is preparing to make significant spending cuts to remain financially stable. City of Uvalde independent investigation finds officers did not violate department policies in Robb Elementary shooting. SXSW road closures. Austin’s Living Streets Program. Hays CISD will close for the April 8th eclipse.