Texas Legislature

KUT Afternoon Newscast for April 17, 2024

Central Texas top stories for April 17, 2024. What the next regular session of the Texas Legislature could mean for the state’s power grid. More lawsuits have been filed in the deadly Hays CISD bus crash. Texas State University needs more housing for students. The City of Austin wants to give more resources to re-envisioning how sexual assault cases are investigated. We are seeing another spike in prices at the gas pumps. The 47th annual O. Henry Museum Pun Off World Championships are coming up next month.

KUT Afternoon Newscast for April 15, 2024

Central Texas top stories for April 15, 2024. Redevelopment of the former Austin-American Statesman offices site hits a roadblock. Hays CISD is making a plan to ensure all school buses are equipped with seat belts. ERCOT has told power plant operators to put off scheduled maintenance this week as temperatures rise. This week’s weather. The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced plans to invest 6.4 billion federal dollars into Samsung to expand its semiconductor manufacturing in Central Texas. Childcare availability will be a key issue in the Texas Legislature’s next regular session. The deadline to participate in Austin’s warrant amnesty program is Friday. 

KUT Morning Newscast for December 22, 2023

Central Texas top stories for December 22, 2023. Travis County Commissioners approve an expansion for The Sobering Center. Texas voters are skeptical of the state Legislature’s efforts this year to improve the safety of public schools. Gas prices climbing again. Holiday pet safety tips.

KUT Morning Newscast for December 6, 2023

Central Texas top stories for December 6, 2023. Austin ISD shooting suspect in custody. Ascension Seton nurses are on strike today. Austin City Council set to vote on HOME initiative. A fourth special legislative session has ended.

60 years after JFK assassination, revisiting the stories of two witnesses in Dallas

It’s been a political season in Texas like few others in recent memory. After a legislative session and four special sessions, where do we stand?

November 22, 1963: It was on this date 60 years ago that a sunny Friday in Dallas turned into one of the darkest days in the history of the United States. We’ll hear firsthand accounts from two who were there in John F. Kennedy’s presidential motorcade when shots rang out in Dealey Plaza, and the world held its breath.

KUT Morning Newscast for November 6, 2023

Central Texas top stories for November 6, 2023. I-35 Anti-expansion rally. Christopher Taylor trial continues. Low turnout for early voting. Immigration enforcement bill. Sims elementary repurposing. Longhorns stay put in rankings.

What new polling says about Texans’ presidential preferences

With the Texas House and Senate in special session, border security is taking center stage – including one measure that sparked a verbal brawl in the state Capitol on Wednesday night.


Tech expert Omar Gallaga tells us why social media companies are de-emphasizing news, and what that means.


Also, a new poll from the Texas Public Policy Project shares clues on where Texans stand on the eve of the 2024 election cycle.

KUT Morning Newscast for October 26, 2023

Central Texas top stories for October 26, 2023. Potential flooding in Central Texas today. Early voting numbers in Travis County. Land code public hearings begin today. Central Health leadership vote postponed. Vaccine mandate ban bill. Poll on school vouchers.

KUT Morning Newscast for October 20, 2023

Central Texas top stories for October 20, 2023. Record temperatures today. Austin Convention Center overhaul. Public education funding plan. Early voting locations. Georgetown bonds. Little Amal.

KUT Morning Newscast for October 16, 2023

Central Texas top stories for October 16, 2023. School vouchers. Texas Legislature. Office vacancy in Austin. New EMS app. Texas Rangers beat Houston Astros in first game of playoff series.

KUT Morning Newscast for October 9, 2023

Central Texas top stories for October 9, 2023. Rally against school vouchers. New climate vulnerability study. Rent prices continue to drop. Texas loses Red River Showdown. Austin FC eliminated from playoff contention. Indigenous peoples day.

KUT Morning Newscast for October 6, 2023

Central Texas top stories for October 6, 2023. ACL road closures. Austin offers neighborhood guides in Spanish. Special session for school vouchers. Red River Rivalry resumes this weekend.

KUT Morning Newscast for September 8, 2023

Central Texas top stories for September 8, 2023. Excessive Heat Warning. ERCOT Weather Watch. Rent numbers. TEA proposal reactions. Paxton Trial Day 4. Narcan Distribution. Zilker Relays Closures.

KUT Morning Newscast for August 21 2023

Central Texas top stories for August 21 2023. Austin Police Chief retires. Death Star bill. Hays CISD Dismissals. National Weather Service. Pet Fire Safety. Austin FC. 

KUT Morning Newscast for June 19 2023

Central Texas top stories for June 19, 2023. Excessive Heat Warning. Special Cooling Centers. Juneteenth 2023 Closures. Abbott 2023 Vetoes. Student Overdose Prevention.

What are the weirdest laws in Texas?

The Texas Legislature’s regular session is nearing an end. While some of the laws passed during these sessions are crucial to keep the state running, other laws have been a little more interesting.

Expanded telehealth is coming to an end

A Texas couple chose midwife care over a hospital, and now their baby is in foster care. Why this story is sounding alarm bells for many across the state.

Changes are coming to telehealth with the end of a federal pandemic order – and some patients will have to return to in-person medical care.

A bill in the Texas Legislature could lead to fines for some Texans who report pollution concerns.

Texas is home to millions of bats. But according to a new report out this week, more than half of North America’s bats are in peril if action isn’t taken to protect them.

TxDOT wants to bury a highway. The Dallas City Council wants to get rid of it.

Tenure is on the agenda in the Texas Senate this week, as lawmakers weigh a bill that would end the practice for the new faculty at public colleges and universities.

The Texas Department of Transportation wants to bury Interstate 345, a 1.4-mile stretch of highway that connects Dallas to its Deep Ellum neighborhood. But the Dallas City Council wants to get rid of it.

A Hill Country destination looks beyond tourism: The city of Kerrville gets busy on a plan to attract industry.

Pro sports teams shunned gambling on games, but now, Texas’ 11 top franchises are teaming up to legalize sports betting in the Lone Star State.

Five prescriptions for fixing Texas’ affordability crisis

With Texans across the state  struggling to find affordable housing, we’ll hear from a team of experts who have some solutions.

The Texas Council on Family Violence has a list of legislative priorities for protecting survivors.

Saving wild African penguins: How people in North Texas are helping with a survival guide.

The original Angry Birds – the one you could buy and download for a small, one-time fee – is history. Our tech expert explains.