KUT Afternoon Newscast for February 27, 2024

Central Texas top stories for February 27, 2024. Many public school teachers considered leaving their jobs in the last year. Passenger growth at Austin-Bergstrom appears to be slowing down. Pflugerville is enacting Stage 1 water restrictions starting this Friday. Repairs begin tomorrow for a pipeline that transports water from Lake Travis to cities in Williamson County. HealthSouth development’s future is unclear. Kerville is selling parking in advance of the upcoming eclipse. Longhorns basketball.

Why a brand-new mental health hospital is sitting empty

There is a critical shortage of mental health care professionals amid surging demand statewide, with almost 99% of Texas designated as a shortage area for mental health professionals.

With heightened demand for mental health treatment, you’d expect the Kerrville State Hospital – a new, $30 million state-owned inpatient mental health facility – to be full. Instead, it’s completely empty.

A professor at Texas Woman’s University says Chat GPT and other AI tools present an opportunity to teach and learn in new ways.

And the story of Herman Barnett, a Black veteran who desegregated a Texas medical school.