Wells Dunbar, KUT News http://tpr.org en Four Dead After Shooting at Fort Hood http://tpr.org/post/active-shooter-fort-hood-army-base <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Four are dead and 16 are injured</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;from a shooting today at the Fort Hood Army post. The accused shooter is among the dead, killed by a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. Just outside</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;of Killeen, Texas, Fort Hood is&#160;</span><a href="http://goo.gl/maps/4HzSG" style="line-height: 1.5;">about an hour north&#160;</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">of Austin.&#160;</span><p>Army officials have not released the identity of the shooter because his next-of-kin has not yet been notified, Lieutenant General&#160;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mark Milley&#160;said at a news conference Wednesday night. But&#160;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">NPR has confirmed his identity as 34-year-old soldier Ivan Lopez.&#160;</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"The events of the past have taught us many things at Fort Hood," Milley said. "We will get through this."</span><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 22:52:34 +0000 Wells Dunbar, KUT News 29380 at http://tpr.org Four Dead After Shooting at Fort Hood Wendy Davis Announces Run For Governor http://tpr.org/post/wendy-davis-announces-run-governor <strong>Update</strong>: Our reporting partners at the Texas Tribune <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2013/10/03/wendy-davis-finally-jumps-governors-race/">have a recap of Davis&#39; announcement</a>: &#160;<blockquote><div>Davis promised to be an advocate for those who feel they no longer have a voice in the halls of the Texas Capitol, to fight for more education dollars and to take on Republicans leaders who she said are listening to their campaign contributors instead of average Texans.<p></div><div>&#160;</div><div>"In Austin today, our current leadership thinks promises are just something you make to the people who write big checks," she said, according to remarks distributed before she delivered them. "But the promise I&#8217;m talking about is bigger than that. It&#8217;s the promise of a better tomorrow for everyone. Texas deserves a leader who will protect this promise. Texas deserves a leader who will keep it."</div></blockquote><p>It&#8217;s a long campaign ahead. Republican opponent Greg Abbott has a head-start in fundraising; the Davis campaign is said to need to raise about $40 million to be competitive.<p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 13:13:30 +0000 Wells Dunbar, KUT News 19626 at http://tpr.org Wendy Davis Announces Run For Governor Committee Weighs Impeaching UT Regent: How We Got Here and What's Next http://tpr.org/post/committee-weighs-impeaching-ut-regent-how-we-got-here-and-whats-next <strong>Update</strong>: The Texas House Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations met Monday to discuss an investigation that could lead to impeachment proceedings against a University of Texas System Regent.<p>The committee is tasked with deciding which articles for impeachment it could possibly bring against Wallace Hall. But at a committee hearing, lawmakers found there&#39;s little historic precedent to guide the process. According to Jeff Archer with the Texas Legislative Counsel, there have been few attempts to impeach a public official in Texas and there&#8217;s no definition or standard for what&#8217;s considered an impeachable offense.&#160;<p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 18:26:12 +0000 Emery Reifsnyder & Wells Dunbar, KUT News 14845 at http://tpr.org Committee Weighs Impeaching UT Regent: How We Got Here and What's Next Why Austin's the Reason 7-Eleven Stays Open Around the Clock http://tpr.org/post/why-austins-reason-7-eleven-stays-open-around-clock If you're heading to 7-Eleven today for <a href="http://corp.7-eleven.com/Newsroom/2013NewsReleases/GetDownwithyourSlurpeeSelf/tabid/570/Default.aspx">a free Slurpee</a>, raise your glass to the city of Austin and her Texas Longhorns: After all, it was here in Austin the convenience store giant first went 24/7.<p>In <a href="http://corp.7-eleven.com/AboutUs/History/tabid/75/Default.aspx">its corporate history</a>, the Dallas-based chain writes that in 1963 “one 7-Eleven store in Austin, Texas, located close to the University of Texas, stayed so busy after a football game, it couldn’t close. The store just remained open.” That night’s success kept the store open 24 hours from there on out - inspiring other locations to do the same.<p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 20:09:00 +0000 Wells Dunbar, KUT News 14626 at http://tpr.org Why Austin's the Reason 7-Eleven Stays Open Around the Clock Report: Gov. Perry Pressuring UT-Austin President Powers to Resign http://tpr.org/post/report-gov-perry-pressuring-ut-austin-president-powers-resign Simmering tensions between University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers and the UT Board of Regents keep rising: An article <a href="http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/kilday-hart/article/Perry-UT-power-struggle-intensifies-4379796.php">in the <em>Houston Chronicle</em></a> claims Gov. Rick Perry – who appoints the regents – “has communicated through emissaries that Powers should resign to avoid an embarrassing regents vote to fire him.”<p><em>Chronicle</em> reporter Patricia Kilday Hart spoke with Texas Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo. Sen. Zaffirini argues that recent several actions by the Board of Regents – a special-called meeting to <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/when-will-ut-football-rally">discuss a sexual encounter</a> between assistant football coach Major Applewhite and an adult student, a sweeping open records request, and the controversial decision to <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/ut-system-seeks-external-review-law-foundation">re-investigate financial arrangements</a> at the UT Law School foundation – are designed to “make life miserable” for Powers and lead to his resignation.<p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:04:32 +0000 Wells Dunbar, KUT News 8527 at http://tpr.org Report: Gov. Perry Pressuring UT-Austin President Powers to Resign Google's Driverless Car Stops At TxDOT Conference, Watch It In Action http://tpr.org/post/googles-driverless-car-stops-txdot-conference-watch-it-action A Texas Department of Transportation conference wouldn’t normally attract much attention. But invite a robot car to your meeting, and everything changes.<p>Google and its <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_driverless_car">self-driving car</a> were on hand at the <a href="http://www.txdot.gov/ttf/">Texas Transportation Forum</a> today. The car – which relies on technology like radar and cameras to pilot itself – was the star of a panel on transportation and technology this morning.<p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 20:16:41 +0000 Wells Dunbar, KUT News 6649 at http://tpr.org Google's Driverless Car Stops At TxDOT Conference, Watch It In Action It's a Dog's Life: Texas Court Considers Pets' Sentimental Value http://tpr.org/post/its-dogs-life-texas-court-considers-pets-sentimental-value Can you put a price tag on man’s best friend?<p>The <a href="http://www.supreme.courts.state.tx.us/">Texas Supreme Court</a> heard oral arguments Thursday morning in a case that could answer that question.&#160; An animal shelter employee is appealing a lower court’s ruling that found her accidental euthanasia of a family dog gave the pet’s owners grounds to recover damages related to the dog’s “sentimental or intrinsic value.”<p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 22:00:18 +0000 Wells Dunbar, KUT News 4589 at http://tpr.org It's a Dog's Life: Texas Court Considers Pets' Sentimental Value