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A 15,000-member association of attorneys and law professors said on Wednesday that it is relocating its 2018 convention out of Texas in response to the state legislature passing Senate bill 4, a sweeping and controversial immigration enforcement measure.

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Robots aren’t just in our living rooms vacuuming rugs or in warehouses moving boxes. They’re everywhere: connecting pipes on offshore oil rigs, harvesting marijuana in Colorado and replacing batteries outside the International Space Station. They're even helping rescue refugees who are trying to cross the Mediterranean.

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The empty lot at the corner of Red River and Seventh streets turned into a village of services for people experiencing homelessness Saturday. Around 350 people living on the streets were able to get everything from a shower to yoga lessons at the Pop-Up Care Village. 

After last week’s dustup surrounding immigration-related language in its performance contract, South by Southwest has formally announced a change of policy. The Austin-based festival was lambasted on social media after an artist announced they were refusing to perform because of contract language that suggested the festival could notify U.S. immigration authorities under certain circumstances.

Former Vice President Joe Biden will make an appearance at this year’s South by Southwest festival.

SXSW announced he will speak at the convention center on Sunday, March 12, about the Cancer Moonshot initiative he started last year, a $1 billion research project.

One week and a day before thousands will descend on downtown Austin for South By Southwest 2017, what seemed like a standard bit of legalese in contracts given to artists performing at this year's SXSW music festival has, amidst a markedly shifted political climate, erupted into controversy. Musicians have accused the festival of threatening foreign performers with deportation if they appear outside official festival venues.

South By Southwest organizers say the festival continues to bring a growing economic benefit to Austin. The festival's annual economic impact report released today shows this year’s SXSW brought $325.3 million to Austin’s economy, an increase of more than $8 million from last year.


The most meme-able moment of Michelle Obama's keynote event at yesterday's South by Southwest conference and festival came when she responded to a question from her friend Queen Latifah by crooning a few bars of the Motown weeper "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday." The novelty of a first lady si

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AUSTIN – Earlier this month, Ray Tomlinson, the inventor of e-mail, died. And now the tech industry is trying to bury his greatest invention.

With the Texas open carry law in effect, visitors at this year’s South by Southwest festival could see more guns in public.

For the third year in a row, guns rights activists are planning to take to the streets at SXSW, openly displaying their firearms. Before this year, they could only legally carry long guns like rifles and shotguns. But Texas' open carry law, which went into effect in January, allows license holders to visibly wear a wide range of firearms, as long as they’re in a holster.


Two panels, scheduled to be held during SXSW Interactive in March 2016, were canceled Monday on account of “numerous threats of on-site violence,” according to the press release sent out by the head of the conference, Hugh Forrest.

Abbott Won't Keep Longtime Texas Music Office Director

Jan 8, 2015
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Since the Texas Music Office was established in 1990, the division housed in the Texas governor's office has been run by Casey Monahan, a former music writer. After a quarter century, that's about to change.

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Officials in Austin say they're at a "critical point" to make the South by Southwest festival safer after a car crash earlier this year killed four people.

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Yes, SXSW is over for the year, but the music lives on thanks to public radio. NPR Music checked in with public radio music experts across the country to see what SXSW acts they enjoyed this month. The list includes Mark Abuzzahab, KXT’s program director.

Fort Worth Teen Dies Following SXSW Crash In Austin

Mar 27, 2014
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A Fort Worth teenager who was injured when a car plowed into a crowd at the South by Southwest festival in Austin has died.

De'Andre Tatum, 18, was a 2013 Trimble Tech High School graduate. He's the fourth person to die in the SXSW crash.

Questions raised by this year's South by Southwest festival and conference aren't restricted to think pieces: The Austin City Council is now asking for "a full post-event evaluation" of the ever-growing event. The findings could result in changes to the way Austin deals with safety, crowds, permits, and even alcohol during SXSW and other events. 

Coming off its 27th year, the SXSW event itself generated as many headlines as its performers and conference breakouts. 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: more details on Tuesday’s strange traffic scene on LBJ; Big Hoss has its big debut; a Northeast Texas woman has given birth to quintuplets; and more. 

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Students and teachers at Trimble Tech High School in Fort Worth are coping with a pair of tragedies. Just before spring break, junior Jocelyn Saucedo was fatally stabbed. And last week, a cheerleader and her boyfriend were among the two dozen injured in Austin when a car plowed into a crowd at the South by Southwest festival.

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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.

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Bedford teacher Jesse Hidalgo was in line outside the Mohawk this morning when a car plowed through the crowd he was standing in. Meanwhile, D Magazine photographer Andi Harman was inside the venue - just barely - when the incident changed SXSW history.

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Nearly 300,000 Texans Signed Up For Obamacare

Mar 12, 2014
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Five stories that have North Texas talking: More Texans signing up for Obamacare; Guns on Sixth Street during SXSW; Sing the national anthem at AT&T Stadium; and more.

 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: A Dallas Stars star is honored; a North Texan was on the plane that disappeared in Asia over the weekend; South by Southwest continues; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: A little festival starts today in Austin; say "so long" to Gloria Campos; the wildflower forecast looks pretty good; and more:

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The South by Southwest Music Festival has released its first list of artists for 2014, which includes 183 acts from 27 countries.

The six-day conference takes over downtown Austin in March and specializes in showcasing up-and-coming acts and a handful of established talent in thousands of performances.

Dynamic engagement is behind a boom in Latino-produced online media. One example: Texas blogger Armando Rayo calls himself a “taco journalist.” He explains how his dual heritage reflects a larger shift in interests in an interview with KERA's Lauren Silverman at SXSW Interactive. “I was born and raised here in Texas, I’m Mexican at heart but Tejano by birth so that experience is my own bicultural experience ... you won’t see me watching novelas, but you will see me watching the 'Daily Show',” Rayo says.

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Austin's South by Southwest has recently grown into more than ground zero for music, art and film. It’s also become a launching pad for the latest digital developments, and education has moved to the head of the high-tech class.

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