Laura Rice, KUT News http://tpr.org en SXSW Filmmaker Spotlight: Austin's Kat Candler Explores Consequences in 'Hellion' http://tpr.org/post/sxsw-filmmaker-spotlight-austins-kat-candler-explores-consequences-hellion Austin-based writer/director Kat Candler’s star continues to rise. Her short film “Black Metal” attracted the attention of critics and her feature film “Hellion” premiered at Sundance.<p><a href="http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_FS15000" target="_blank">“Hellion”</a> is also screening at <a href="http://kut.org/post/sxsw-film-preview-trends-ones-watch-and-avoiding-long-lines" target="_blank">South by Southwest Film</a>. It's about a father and two sons struggling to deal with a recent death and the consequences of their poor choices in reaction to it.<p>KUT talked with Candler about her latest film:<p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/139213567&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe><p><strong> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:25:45 +0000 Laura Rice, KUT News & Laura Rice, KUT News 28458 at http://tpr.org SXSW Filmmaker Spotlight: Austin's Kat Candler Explores Consequences in 'Hellion' Find an Insect Like This? Don't Kill It – It's Killing Your Cockroaches http://tpr.org/post/find-insect-dont-kill-it-its-killing-your-cockroaches <em>Story originally published Jan. 2, 2014.</em><p>It’s that time of year when insects want to get out of the cold and into your house.<p>Most people aren’t big fans of sharing their space with these creepy-crawlers. But if you see one particular insect – you’re better off <em>not</em> grabbing the bug spray.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/127608802&color=ff6600&auto_play=false&show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 21:43:35 +0000 Laura Rice, KUT News 24533 at http://tpr.org Find an Insect Like This? Don't Kill It – It's Killing Your Cockroaches Texas Voters Approve All 9 State Constitutional Amendments http://tpr.org/post/texas-voters-approve-all-9-state-constitutional-amendments Texas voters approved all <a href="http://kut.org/post/9-state-propositions-texans-will-vote-next-week" target="_blank">nine state constitutional amendments</a> on the November ballot.<p>The issue that received the most attention was <a href="http://kut.org/post/how-prop-6-passed-and-what-s-next-water-projects-texas" target="_blank">Proposition 6</a>. It creates a new water fund with two billion dollars from the state’s Rainy Day fund.<p><a href="http://kut.org/post/texans-could-vote-help-cut-veterans-property-taxes" target="_blank">Propositions 1 and 4</a> cut property taxes for disabled veterans or their surviving spouse. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 18:54:13 +0000 Laura Rice, KUT News 21468 at http://tpr.org Texas Voters Approve All 9 State Constitutional Amendments Dell Shareholders OK Buyout Offer (Update) http://tpr.org/post/dell-shareholders-ok-buyout-offer-update <strong>Update</strong>: Dell stockholders approved Michael Dell's buyout offer this morning, according to a preliminary vote tally.<p>“I am pleased with this outcome and am energized to continue building Dell into the industry’s leading provider of scalable, end-to-end technology solutions,” Michael Dell said in a press release announcing the vote. &#160;You can <a href="http://www.dell.com/learn/us/en/uscorp1/secure/2013-09-12-michael-dell-silver-lake-stockholder-approval">read that release here</a>.&#160;<p><strong>Original post </strong>(9:06 a.m.): Dell shareholders are set to vote this morning on a nearly $25 billion buyout offer from founder Michael Dell. After several postponements, this time, the deal is expected to pass.<p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 20:08:04 +0000 Laura Rice, KUT News 18394 at http://tpr.org Dell Shareholders OK Buyout Offer (Update) Memories Not Extinguished: Two Years Since Labor Day Wildfires http://tpr.org/post/memories-not-extinguished-two-years-labor-day-wildfires <iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F89474663" width="100%"></iframe><p>Today marks two years since the start of the Labor Day wildfires – the worst in Texas history.<p>The fires in Bastrop, Pflugerville, Spicewood and Steiner Ranch in September of 2011 killed two people, destroyed 1,600 homes and burned tens of thousands of acres of land.<p>KUT produced an oral history titled “<a href="http://kut.org/forged-in-flames/" target="_blank">Forged in Flames</a>” last year for the first anniversary of the fires. Go to <a href="http://kut.org/forged-in-flames/" target="_blank">KUT.org</a> to hear the documentary, produced by KUT's Emily Donahue and the KUT News staff. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 14:18:49 +0000 Laura Rice, KUT News 17854 at http://tpr.org Memories Not Extinguished: Two Years Since Labor Day Wildfires Senate Committee Wraps Testimony on Texas Abortion Bill http://tpr.org/post/live-stream-watch-senate-committee-testimony-texas-abortion-bill <strong>Update: </strong>The Senate Health &#38; Human Services Committee public hearing on <a href="http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=832&#38;Bill=SB1" target="_blank">Senate Bill 1</a> wrapped up just before 2 a.m. Tuesday. Senators did not vote on the bill.<ul><li>Read the latest from KUT's Veronica Zaragovia:&#160;<strong><a href="http://kutnews.org/post/texas-senators-wrap-abortion-testimony-after-public-march-rally" style="font-family: Georgia, sans-serif; font-size: 28px; line-height: 30px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(0, 82, 155); ">Texas Senators Wrap Abortion Testimony After Public March, Rally</a></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Original Story </strong>(July 8, 10 a.m.): The Senate Health &#38; Human Services Committee is holding a public hearing today on a bill that would limit access to abortions in Texas. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 15:14:15 +0000 Laura Rice, KUT News 14396 at http://tpr.org Senate Committee Wraps Testimony on Texas Abortion Bill How SH 130's Credit Downgrade Could Actually Help Austin Drivers http://tpr.org/post/how-sh-130-credit-downgrade-could-help-austinsan-antonio-drivers The 85 mile-per-hour toll road that connects Austin with San Antonio is getting less traffic than planners hoped for.<p>In turn, Moody’s Investor Service lowered the credit rating of Cintra, the company that operates SH 130 toll road, by four grades. Moody’s says unless traffic increases significantly, the credit rating will continue to fall.<p> Fri, 31 May 2013 14:49:05 +0000 Laura Rice, KUT News 12358 at http://tpr.org How SH 130's Credit Downgrade Could Actually Help Austin Drivers Should Texas Use 'Rainy Day' Fund For Water Projects? http://tpr.org/post/should-texas-use-rainy-day-fund-water-projects Should Texas take money from the state’s so-called <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/agenda-texas-water-tops-legislative-agendas" target="_blank">Rainy Day Fund for water projects</a>? It’s an idea that will get a closer look today.<p>Lawmakers in the House Appropriations Committee are holding a <a href="http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/83R/schedules/html/C0162013031110001.HTM" target="_blank">public hearing this morning</a> on the proposal. The bill would set aside $2 billion from the economic stabilization or "Rainy Day" fund for water projects.<p>The bill’s author&#160;–&#160;<a href="http://www.house.state.tx.us/news/member/press-releases/?id=4152&#38;session=83&#38;district=21&#38;bill_code=4250" target="_blank">Rep. Allan Ritter (R-Nederland)&#160;–&#160;</a>says prolonged statewide drought has revealed the importance of developing a dedicated source of revenue for the state’s water plan. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:15:47 +0000 Laura Rice, KUT News 7775 at http://tpr.org Should Texas Use 'Rainy Day' Fund For Water Projects? Going Bowling: UT, Other Texas Teams Head Into Post-Season Play http://tpr.org/post/going-bowling-ut-other-texas-teams-head-post-season-play The Texas Longhorns will play Oregon State<a href="http://www.texassports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/120212aaa.html" target="_blank"> in the Alamo Bowl</a> in San Antonio <a href="http://espn.go.com/college-football/bowls" target="_blank">this post-season</a>.<p>The Longhorns have played the Oregon State Beavers twice. UT won both times. Oregon State does have a better record and a higher rank this season. The game is Dec. 29.<p>Some expected the Longhorns to head to the Cotton Bowl. Instead, that’s where UT’s <a href="http://www.soonersports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/120212aaa.html" target="_blank">Big 12 rival Oklahoma</a> will play<a href="http://kutnews.org/post/longhorn-tradition-without-traditional-foe" target="_blank"> former Big 12 rival Texas A&#38;M</a> on Jan. 4.<p>The Sooners lost out on a chance to play in a BCS bowl when Mid-American Conference champ Northern Illinois moved up in the rankings and earned an automatic bid. Mon, 03 Dec 2012 15:48:17 +0000 Laura Rice, KUT News 2695 at http://tpr.org Going Bowling: UT, Other Texas Teams Head Into Post-Season Play