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Tropical Storm Harvey has brought the mighty Texas oil refining industry to its knees, at least temporarily, and Texas drivers are just starting to feel the pain.

5:05 p.m. President Trump has left Austin after meeting with state officials at the Texas Department of Public Safety.  

4:18 p.m. Trump again praised state relief efforts following Tropical Storm Harvey, according to pool reports. The president said the recovery is going to be long term, but that it would be a "costly proposition." 

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Late Sunday night, 10 days before classes were scheduled to start, workers at the University of Texas at Austin began removing three Confederate statues from a prominent grass mall on campus. 

On a Sunday in late April, Pastor Clarence Jones asked his congregation to join him.

"Oh magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt his name together. Congregation?" he said, his voice booming from the front of the church. Roughly 40 congregants seated in the pews responded: "I saw the Lord and he heard me ..."

Officers arrested demonstrators who staged an all-day sit-in Monday to protest legislation banning so-called "sanctuary" jurisdictions.

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To live “comfortably” in Dallas these days, you’ll need $57,984 per year, according to a report published this week by Go Banking Rates, a financial website.

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On Monday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions criticized so-called "sanctuary cities" and threatened cuts in federal funding if local governments do not cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requests to detain people in their jails who may be undocumented. In Austin, both the city and county government have resisted some federal hold requests, and Mayor Steve Adler says he’s looking for clarification as to the federal government’s intentions.

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Property ownership can be a stealth business, with land changing hands before anyone even has time to notice.

An estimated 300 people showed up in the rain to march in support of President Donald Trump in downtown Austin on Saturday.

Fifty-one foreign nationals were arrested Thursday and Friday in the Austin area, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said.

Last October, Austin made history under a shroud of secrecy, it seems.

Today, Google’s parent company Alphabet announced its intention to bring driverless cars to the open market in a new endeavor called Waymo – a project that, according to the company, had its first successful, truly driverless test on Austin’s roads. 

Chief Art Acevedo is ending his nine and a half year tenure as the head of the Austin Police Department. Acevedo is going to lead the Houston Police Department, according to a statement from Austin Mayor Steve Adler.

Why Bats Aren't So Scary After All

Oct 31, 2016
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Austin is home to a colony of 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats that live under the Congress Avenue Bridge. On Think, Krys Boyd talked with Mike Ryan, professor of integrative biology at UT-Austin, and UT graduate student May Dixon about how bats navigate and communicate, and about the many misconceptions that haunt the flying mammal.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Crowdsourcing for a new school moniker invited several snarky submissions; a Texas photographer found Georgia O’Keeffe’s elusive landscape; what do Washington D.C. passersby think of Texas?; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: San Antonio files petition against a New York writer for “Taco Negligence”; Leon Bridges will perform at the White House; view Dallas in rare, poetic form; and more.

 

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KERA's Think just wrapped a week of broadcasting in Austin with two Texas Book Festival authors who relish the hard copy's preciousness.

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UPDATE, 6:35 p.m.: Austin police say any additional charges in the SXSW crash will be presented to the Travis County Grand Jury at a later date.

"The reason only one capital murder charge was filed is that Texas State law requires two or more deaths in the same criminal transaction for the filing of a capital murder charge," police said in an update sent to reporters.

Thursday, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said that Owens would face two charges of capital murder and multiple counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle.

Driver Crashes Through SXSW Crowd, Killing 2 And Injuring 23

Mar 13, 2014
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We'll be posting updates with new information and eyewitness accounts throughout the day.

A driver plowed through a barricade into a crowd of people in downtown Austin where South By Southwest Festival events were happening around 12:30 a.m. A woman on a moped and a male cyclist were killed and dozens of others were injured, three critically. The driver had been fleeing from police after trying to avoid a sobriety checkpoint that had been set up nearby. Police have the driver in custody, identified as 21-year-0ld Rashad Charjuan Owens, and are charging him with two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle.

Four decades ago, Austin, Texas, had a population of 250,000 and a reputation as a laid-back oasis of liberal politics and live music. Today, the Austin metro area is home to 1.8 million people and has some of the nation's worst traffic congestion.

For years, the city has done little to address the growing problem. But most in the Texas capital now agree something has to change if Austin is to save what's left of its quirky character.

Vice President Joe Biden visited Austin today to announce that the underfunded 24-hour National Domestic Violence Hotline will be getting more dollars.

He helped create the hotline when the Violence Against Women Act that he sponsored in Congress was passed in 1994. 

Since 1996, "in most cases, the voice a woman in distress hears is yours -- the folks here in Austin, Texas," he told a small, packed room of activists, stakeholders and staff. "They're prisoners in plain sight. And the only voice so many of them hear is the people at the other end of the line here."

Disclosure: KUT is a media sponsor of the Austin Film Festival.

Actors, writers and directors will be making their way to Central Texas over the next week for the Austin Film Festival.

The 20thannual festival will screen more than 180 films and feature more than 80 panels with industry pros.

About a dozen staffers work year-round to make it all happen. But the Austin Film Festival also relies on hundreds of volunteers. A contingent of those volunteers have been doing this for years – and donate countless hours to the fest.

Sara Ricke has been volunteering with the Austin Film Festival for the past seven years. And it’s safe to say, she loves it.

Texas was the first state in 1985 to pass a law requiring students to test and treat students with dyslexia, but many parents still feel schools aren’t doing enough to help dyslexic kids.

Someday, you might be able to travel between Austin and San Antonio via high-speed rail.

ESPN's Summer X-Games will complete its last run in Los Angeles this weekend before it moves to Texas. Austin will house the X-Games for the next three years, which could bring a positive economic impact to the city. L.A. benefited from it in 2010 with a cool $30 million alone

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The steps of the state Capitol were awash in orange and blue Monday night as the Texas House prepares for the abortion bill to come to the floor Tuesday.

After pro-choice activists packed the Capitol and helped kill abortion restrictions two weeks ago, the right-to-life crowd is leaving nothing to chance.

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Dallas City Councilman Dwaine Caraway pushed his plastic bag ban in a committee today.  He says empty grocery bags blow through and pollute neighborhoods.

If your mouth waters upon seeing a $100,000 Tesla electric car in the company's Austin showroom, there's no instant gratification possible for you -- not even a test drive. Car makers can't sell new cars directly to customers in Texas. Tesla says that if that doesn't change, the company won't survive. So Tesla suits and enthusiasts are pulling for a revise. One customer, William Jones, appealed to lawmakers this week: “Please drive it. It will blow you away."

Google says Austin will be the next city to receive the search giant's ultra-fast Internet service starting next year. 'Google Fiber' is estimated to be about 100 times faster than basic cable service.

Seven Memorable Moments At SXSW Interactive

Mar 4, 2013
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Best known as the festival that launched Foursquare and popularized Twitter, SXSW Interactive has for nearly two decades been a meeting ground for geeks, marketers, hackers, and social media ninjas. This week KERA will begin the annual swing through Austin for SXSW, starting with education, then interactive and film -- and music of course.

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