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Austin ISD’s bond package includes funding to completely modernize 14 campuses. This normally means tearing down the sch...
10/21/2022
Austin ISD has a big bond on the ballot. Here’s how it would impact schools if voters approve it.

Austin ISD’s bond package includes funding to completely modernize 14 campuses. This normally means tearing down the school and building a new one.

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The Austin ISD Board of Trustees has put the largest bond in district history on the ballot this election season. The 2022 package is divided into three propositions that focus on renovating schools, investing in technology and upgrading shared athletic facilities.

In the unlikely case lawmakers pass an exception bill, it would be up to Gov. Greg Abbott, who's running for a third ter...
10/21/2022
Some Texas Republicans want an exception for r**e in the abortion ban. That doesn't mean much.

In the unlikely case lawmakers pass an exception bill, it would be up to Gov. Greg Abbott, who's running for a third term, to sign it. On the campaign trail, the Republican has not wanted to answer the question directly.

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State Sen. Robert Nichols became the first GOP lawmaker to publicly say he wants to change the law. But he’s not even willing to craft a bill.

Ten years later, DACA remains in a legal limbo and its future uncertain after a seesaw of court rulings. At stake are th...
10/20/2022
DACA recipients in Texas worry about the future and their immigration status

Ten years later, DACA remains in a legal limbo and its future uncertain after a seesaw of court rulings. At stake are the lives of more than 101,000 Texas residents who have DACA status, their families and their employers.

via KERA

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A decade after the Obama-era DACA program was created, its future remains uncertain. It affects more than 101,000 Texas residents temporarily protected from deportation

Reporters from across the state have been asking Latino voters what they hope candidates know about them and their commu...
10/20/2022
Everybody wants the ‘Latino vote’ in Texas. But what do Latino voters want?

Reporters from across the state have been asking Latino voters what they hope candidates know about them and their community, along with what they think elected officials should prioritize.

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We're talking to dozens of Hispanic voters before the November midterms about the top issues on their mind — including what they want from candidates and their state government. We'd love to hear from you too!

It’s not labeled on maps or recognized in official documents, but most kayakers who have explored Lady Bird Lake east of...
10/20/2022
What’s the story behind Snake Island on Lady Bird Lake?

It’s not labeled on maps or recognized in official documents, but most kayakers who have explored Lady Bird Lake east of I-35 can tell you about the forest in the middle of the lake — Snake Island.

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It’s not labeled on maps or recognized in official documents, but most kayakers who have explored Lady Bird Lake east of I-35 can tell you about the forest in the middle of the water. K*T listener Alex Kane wanted to know more about it and reached out to K*T’s ATXplained project.

Some of the state's abortion laws right now are criminal. Some are civil. Some are recently passed laws. Some have been ...
10/20/2022
The post-Roe legal landscape regulating abortion in Texas: 'Myriad laws on top of laws'

Some of the state's abortion laws right now are criminal. Some are civil. Some are recently passed laws. Some have been on the books for decades. Here's an explainer of the post-Roe v. Wade legal landscape in Texas.

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Some of Texas' abortion laws right now are criminal. Some are civil. Some are recently passed laws. Some have been on the books for decades. One thing is clear: Abortion is banned with limited exceptions.

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10/20/2022

Take advantage of our Early Bird Special today – either the K*T T-shirt or the K*TX T-shirt for just $8 per month! Both shirts were designed by Texas-based artist Lauren Ibañez. kutne.ws/3TBwJek

“Big Tex really personifies what a Texan is,” fair spokesperson Taylor Austin said. “He's friendly, he's loyal. He's rea...
10/19/2022
Big Tex, the iconic state fair cowboy, turns 70 (or is it 10?)

“Big Tex really personifies what a Texan is,” fair spokesperson Taylor Austin said. “He's friendly, he's loyal. He's really just a good neighbor, and so he's all things Texan, and he really is iconic to our state.”

via KERA

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This year, the colossal cowboy celebrates seven decades greeting fairgoers. It's also 10 years since the beloved mascot burst into flames.

"I'm an abortion doula, I fund people's abortions, I make sure they can get to their appointments, period," said Ash Wil...
10/19/2022
What it's like being an abortion doula in a state with restrictive laws

"I'm an abortion doula, I fund people's abortions, I make sure they can get to their appointments, period," said Ash Williams of North Carolina. "I can do that. I just need to keep doing that."

via NPR

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"I'm an abortion doula, I fund people's abortions, I make sure they can get to their appointments, period," said Ash Williams of North Carolina. "I can do that. I just need to keep doing that."

Experts and advocacy groups are warning the state's Medicaid program may be unable to bear the burden of more low-income...
10/19/2022
Texas' abortion ban adds pressure to already strained Medicaid system

Experts and advocacy groups are warning the state's Medicaid program may be unable to bear the burden of more low-income Texans getting pregnant now that abortion is no longer an option in the state.

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Low-income Texans no longer able to access abortion are likely to carry out a pregnancy. Many of them don’t have health insurance, which means they’re eligible for Medicaid. But the system operates at the minimum here.

The first tenure of Austin’s next mayor will be cut in half because of a measure backed by voters in 2021. The intent? T...
10/18/2022
Austin’s next mayor will serve two years, not the usual four

The first tenure of Austin’s next mayor will be cut in half because of a measure backed by voters in 2021. The intent? To Increase voter turnout in mayoral elections. In 2016, nearly 65% of Austin voters cast a vote, while fewer than 62% did in 2018.

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Last year, two-thirds of voters supported Proposition D, which moves the city’s mayoral elections to the same year as presidential elections.

Since its launch on Friday, more than 8 million borrowers have already applied for debt relief, with no reported glitche...
10/18/2022
You can now apply for Biden's student loan relief plan. Here's how

Since its launch on Friday, more than 8 million borrowers have already applied for debt relief, with no reported glitches or crashes according to the White House.

via NPR

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"It's easy, it's fast," Biden said in a press conference announcing the launch, noting applications take less than 5 minutes and can be done on desktop or phone.

Currently, Austin gets its water from reservoirs in the Highland Lakes along the Colorado River. The new plan is to pump...
10/18/2022
Austin is looking for a place to store massive amounts of water to pull from during droughts

Currently, Austin gets its water from reservoirs in the Highland Lakes along the Colorado River. The new plan is to pump some of that water underground when there’s plenty of it, then pull it back up in times of scarcity.

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City officials are deciding where to store about three Lake Austin’s worth of water underground. They'll meet with residents in Lee, Bastrop and Travis counties this week to discuss the proposed aquifer storage and recovery project.

“When I'm dating a man, I have to ask myself, am I worth more than $10,000 to them?” Amanda Phillips said. She's referri...
10/18/2022
What it’s like to date (and have s*x) under Texas' abortion ban

“When I'm dating a man, I have to ask myself, am I worth more than $10,000 to them?” Amanda Phillips said. She's referring to the Texas law that allows citizens to sue someone who helped or encouraged a woman get an abortion. If their lawsuit is successful, they can claim up to $10,000.

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Some people are having deeper conversations earlier on in dating — not just about contraception and potential pregnancy but about values. The result can be increased intimacy, but also exhaustion, particularly among women.

The labor organizer – a Mexican American with radical views on immigration, who swore by nonviolence but subsidized an i...
10/17/2022
The complicated legacy of César Chávez

The labor organizer – a Mexican American with radical views on immigration, who swore by nonviolence but subsidized an illegal border patrol operation – was a man of many contradictions.

via Texas Standard

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The labor organizer – a Mexican American with radical views on immigration, who swore by nonviolence but subsidized an illegal border patrol operation – was a man of many contradictions.

Monkeypox cases have declined since a peak in early August – from 440 cases a day, down to 60 – and they're the lowest t...
10/17/2022
Monkeypox cases in the U.S. are way down — can the virus be eliminated?

Monkeypox cases have declined since a peak in early August – from 440 cases a day, down to 60 – and they're the lowest they've been since June.

via NPR

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Early fears of an escalating outbreak have not come to pass. Scientists are finding that the virus needs a very particular set of circumstances to spread effectively.

Local doctors have seen a surge in requests for vasectomies and salpingectomies since Texas' abortion bans went into eff...
10/17/2022
With abortions banned, these Central Texans turned to permanent forms of birth control

Local doctors have seen a surge in requests for vasectomies and salpingectomies since Texas' abortion bans went into effect. Some people see this as a way to remain childfree, while others want to avoid high-risk pregnancies.

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Local doctors have seen a surge in requests for vasectomies and salpingectomies since Texas' abortion bans went into effect. Some people see this as a way to remain childfree, while others want to avoid high-risk pregnancies.

“Most Hispanics feel like Democrats take their votes for granted," says Danielle Alvarez, communications director of the...
10/17/2022
As midterm elections near, Republicans try to make gains with Latinos in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley

“Most Hispanics feel like Democrats take their votes for granted," says Danielle Alvarez, communications director of the Republican National Committee.

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Sharon Navarro, a professor of political science at the University of Texas at San Antonio, said the messages Republicans are using to target Latino voters — about immigration and the economy — seem to be working.

According to the report's authors, the main cause of biodiversity loss is land-use changes driven by human activity, suc...
10/14/2022
Animal populations shrunk an average of 69% over the last half-century, a report says

According to the report's authors, the main cause of biodiversity loss is land-use changes driven by human activity, such as infrastructure development, energy production and deforestation.

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A new report from the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London analyzed years of data on wildlife populations across the world and found a downward trend in the Earth's biodiversity.

The U.S. is experiencing an Adderall shortage, and many pharmacies around the country have been unable to fill prescript...
10/14/2022
The FDA has officially declared a shortage of Adderall

The U.S. is experiencing an Adderall shortage, and many pharmacies around the country have been unable to fill prescriptions and keep up with demand, according to the FDA.

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The FDA has confirmed the nation is experiencing a shortage of Adderall after many pharmacies around the country have been unable to fill prescriptions and keep up with demand.

Take advantage of our Early Bird Special – either the K*T T-shirt or the K*TX T-shirt for just $8 per month! Both shirts...
10/13/2022

Take advantage of our Early Bird Special – either the K*T T-shirt or the K*TX T-shirt for just $8 per month! Both shirts were designed by Texas-based artist Lauren Ibañez. kutne.ws/3E8QX8J

A jury recommended that the shooter who killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School be sentenced to life in...
10/13/2022
A jury recommends life in prison for Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz

A jury recommended that the shooter who killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Unanimity among the 12 jurors is required to impose the death penalty.

via NPR

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Fourteen students and three staff members were killed in the rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day in 2018. Cruz, 24, pleaded guilty last year to first-degree murder.

UT researchers will examine brain responses following treatment with psilocybin, a psychedelic derived from certain mush...
10/13/2022
Can psychedelics combat prolonged grief? Dell Medical School launches study to find out.

UT researchers will examine brain responses following treatment with psilocybin, a psychedelic derived from certain mushrooms, and 5-MeO-DMT, which comes from toad venom.

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Researchers will examine brain responses following treatment with psilocybin, a psychedelic derived from certain mushrooms, and 5-MeO-DMT, which comes from toad venom.

Moriba Jah, an associate professor of engineering at UT Austin, is one of 25 winners of MacArthur “genius” grants this y...
10/13/2022
UT professor wins MacArthur 'genius' grant

Moriba Jah, an associate professor of engineering at UT Austin, is one of 25 winners of MacArthur “genius” grants this year.

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Aerospace engineer Moriba Jah is one of 25 MacArthur Fellows this year for his work in aerospace engineering and mechanics developing tools to detect debris in space.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler has reached his term limit, and six candidates are vying to replace him this election. https://...
10/12/2022
Meet the six candidates vying to be Austin's next mayor

Austin Mayor Steve Adler has reached his term limit, and six candidates are vying to replace him this election.

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The mayor elected in this cycle will serve a two-year term, as opposed to four years. A ballot measure passed in May 2021 moved Austin's mayoral race to align with presidential elections in an effort to increase voter turnout.

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Thanks for being their through this chaos.

VACCINE
received notice I can make appointment. system is just whirling and whirling. tried refresh. made me fill out questionairre again. More whilrling. Called phone numbre on screen. Busy. (multiple times)

Logged out and back in.... surprise... no more appoinntments. This is almost more stressful than the pandemic. I am almost having a panic attack trying to get in. Anxiety. NOT good.
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I spent my free time in the last 4 months learning how to make video games. In the time, I created one and want to share it with you. Here it is:

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Ps. Keep up the awesome work K*T, I love tuning in
AUSTIN ACTS! A Capital City Virtual Stage Talent Competition. Judges have voted and the final eight performers announced - meet the talented cast! Competing since July, the acting contenders are now set and vying for the prize - and the crown - in an end-of-year online event, which features the performances that got them to the top spot. Performances by playwrights Tom Stoppard, Edward Albee, Paula Vogel, Neil Simon, Terrence McNally, Tennessee Williams, Anna Deveare Smith, and many more. As we move through these challenging and uncertain moments, Austin Acts! is an exciting way to find a safe, unique, and challenging performance opportunity for all local performers, and bring those performances to the Austin community. Keeping arts in motion! Produced and sponsored by City Theatre Austin and the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin. Online December 24 – January 10. Info 512-470-1100 or [email protected]. www.citytheatreaustin.org
Hi K*T Austin! I've been an avid listener this year since the pandemic broke. I listen whenever I'm in the car and every morning when I'm getting ready for work. I was very disappointed over your lack of coverage and dismissal of the fine school I work at which is Texas School for the Deaf. They received national coverage on NBC Today Show, yet local media seemed to have overlook our school on local TV news and your station K*T radio. I would have been so proud to hear about the school I work at and our football team of which one of my students is on. If they win, it will be the first in the 150 years history of this school. Perhaps it got mentioned later in the day but at 7 am when everyone is tuned in while y'all name off all the local AISD schools and completely skipped our school was a little hurtful. Hope y'all do better to keep up with the achievements of our athletic department since we have one of the best in the state! TSDRangers
I just want to say how much young Jim's COVID songs have brought me joy this year. I love his new "Jingle Bells" edition, which was a lovely surprise this morning! ^_^
K*T calls itself true independent journalism. The "present facts and let public make their own opinions".

Well, at least that's what they say.

Let's do Facebook's favorite thing - independent fact check.

In last 4 years K*T presented nothing but lies about the President of the US, about executive orders, about country response to COVID-19, about police, about ..... well, it seems that they lied to us on every issue on every occasion. No facts, just their very on-sided opinions, extremely left wing agenda, almost exclusively pro-democratic party speakers, etc.

My major is in something other then journalism, so please tell me - the K*T version of independent journalism is about picking a side and presenting facts in the way that fits that's side agenda? It is about showing your disrespect to the President of your country on every occasion? Is it about passing judgements and finding people guilty before the trial? This is exactly what your reporting on so called impeachment of Donald Trump was.

I think not, but please do tell me.

Thank you.
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I would like a copy of the program that ended at 2. Slander is illegal. It's sad that this election has led to people using misinformation to further disgrace the office of president and inflaming the passions of the misinformed to push a biased agenda.
We recorded this song because we are infuriated and disgusted by the lies, divisiveness and inhumanity of Trumpism. If you could share it, it would be appreciated. Thank you. Link to video: https://youtu.be/ifzrL-PmXq8 Peace.
Greetings K*T,

We’re still being told that Project Connect is going to help us “fight climate change”. But I still have yet to see how.

To this date, not one environmental impact study has been conducted. So, we don’t actually know what we’re likely to run into once we start digging or how that will impact the amount of work (and therefore co2 and other emissions) will be created by this project.

One thing we do know is that they plan to build 24 park & ride facilities and two new train lines. In addition to all the other things required for construction of those new facilities, some as yet unknown amount of concrete will be required. And, concrete is the 3rd leading cause of co2 emissions. How much concrete goes into building reinforced tunnels? Or, parking structures?
No idea. But probably a LOT.

So, in building the facilities needed to make Project Connect a reality, we will be producing MORE not less greenhouse gasses over the next several years. And, as traffic is rerouted and interrupted due to construction of Project Connect facilities and services, we will be producing still MORE greenhouse gasses while we wait for these new services to come on line.

Once Project Connect DOES finally come on line, how much ADDITIONAL greenhouse gasses will have been emitted than if we had done nothing at all?

I’m not sure anyone knows the answer to that. But, I bet it’s a non-zero amount.

So, the real question is, how long will Project Connect have to operate before we MAKE UP for the emissions released during its construction? How many years will these trains and extra busses have to operate before we make up for the deficit that we’re creating?

In other words, how many years after this system goes into effect will it be before it ACTUALLY starts to “fight climate change”?

I've contacted our city leaders numerous times over the last several weeks to no avail. If you have any light to shed on this, I'm sure I'm not the only one who would appreciate it.
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