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Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by KUT News

Austin is ready to close its shelter for Harvey evacuees

Austin’s centralized shelter for Hurricane Harvey evacuees at the Met Center could close by the end of the week. About 170 people remain at the South Austin shelter. It held as many as 400 evacuees after the storm, which brought…

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by KUT News

Mayor, City Council members hold news conference on ‘sanctuary’ suit

The city of Austin filed a motion in federal court Monday, seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent the enforcement of Senate Bill 4, the state’s new law barring so-called “sanctuary cities.”Mayor Steve Adler called SB 4 unconstitutional and said that…

Friday, June 2, 2017 by KUT News

Updated: City of Austin joins San Antonio in lawsuit against ‘sanctuary cities’ law

By Stephanie FedericoThe City of Austin has filed a legal challenge to the state’s new “sanctuary city” law, joining a suit filed Thursday by the City of San Antonio.“Elected leaders across the state are following the leadership of community members…

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 by KUT News

Demonstrators arrested after staging sit-in at state office to protest ‘sanctuary’ bill

State troopers began arresting demonstrators who had staged an all-day sit-in at a state office building to protest legislation banning so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions Monday. City Council Member Greg Casar was arrested and cited with a Class B misdemeanor for Criminal…

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by KUT News

Here’s how Austin wants to solve institutional racism

In November, Mayor Steve Adler announced the formation of a group of local leaders tasked with suggesting city policy that could begin to ensure equity throughout the city. On Tuesday, the Mayor’s Task Force on Institutional Racism and Systemic Equities…

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 by KUT News

Speakers at Muslim Capitol Day call for dialogue and civic engagement

Demonstrators linked arms to form a human wall around Muslims and protect them from potential protesters at the state Capitol on Tuesday for Muslim Capitol Day.Calling themselves “peace observers,” the demonstrators joined in support of Muslim participants from across the…

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 by KUT News

Texas education groups are trying to get more students, teachers to vote

By Kate Groetzinger & Kate McGeeAustin Independent School District Superintendent Paul Cruz chatted with six Reagan Early College High School students Monday afternoon as they gathered at the early voting center at Austin Community College-Highland Mall to cast their ballots…

Thursday, September 15, 2016 by KUT News

Listen: Is Austin City Hall a Boys Club?

On Tuesday, the Austin Monitor and Glasshouse Policy hosted a forum that addressed issues surrounding recent allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation at City Hall, as well as a training offered to city staff last year – a presentation that…

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 by KUT News

Austin’s development battle goes underground

Rapid development is just about everywhere in Austin, and some of that development has brought up issues such as questions about environmental impact and concerns over increased traffic. But one developer has a fight on its hands that’s not about…

Friday, May 13, 2016 by KUT News

Why driver distraction is a persistent problem that defies easy solutions

On Jan. 13, 2015, at about 9:30 p.m., 23-year-old James Robison was driving his motorcycle on Riverside Drive toward downtown.On the other side of the road, the driver of a Ford Focus had just gotten to Austin from Killeen. He…

Sunday, May 8, 2016 by KUT News

Prop 1 ride-hailing measure is soundly defeated

Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft were dealt a stunning blow Saturday, as Austin voters rejected Proposition 1 by a 12-percent margin.The proposition, put on the ballot by a petition circulated by the political action committee backed by Uber and Lyft,…

Monday, March 14, 2016 by KUT News

Texas Supreme Court denies bid to change ride-hailing ballot language

Austin’s ridesharing vote will go ahead as planned, it seems.The Texas Supreme Court denied a request to order a rewrite of ballot language that Austin voters will consider in May regarding regulations for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft.Austin resident…

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 by KUT News

Suit against APD alleges excessive use of force, racial discrimination in jaywalking arrest

From KUT: A local law firm is suing Austin police officers involved in an incident on Sixth Street downtown early in the morning of Nov. 6, 2015. The lawsuit (embedded below) claims that officers used excessive force and singled out…

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