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Bastrop Wildfire Recovery
9:18 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Memories Not Extinguished: Two Years Since Labor Day Wildfires

Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 8:22 am

Today marks two years since the start of the Labor Day wildfires – the worst in Texas history.

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.

KUT produced an oral history titled “Forged in Flames” last year for the first anniversary of the fires. Go to KUT.org to hear the documentary, produced by KUT's Emily Donahue and the KUT News staff.

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Texas Drought
8:14 am
Sun September 1, 2013

Austin Lakefront Institution Closes Doors For Lack Of Water

Dockside at Carlos 'n Charlie's on Lake Travis.
Pete Clark

Originally published on Sun September 8, 2013 2:54 pm

Carlos 'n Charlie's restaurant on Lake Travis in Austin, Texas, will be having its last last call on Monday. But don't bother coming by boat.

The restaurant has been a lakeside hotspot since it opened in 1995. Back then, docking at the restaurant's wharf was a popular way to take in the party atmosphere, which part-owner Pete Clark describes as like "a cheap Spring break movie."

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Texas Adoption
9:31 am
Fri August 30, 2013

This Portrait Gallery is Helping Central Texas Children Get Adopted

Joy Diaz, KUT News

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 10:18 am

Update: The Heart Gallery of Central Texas is on display at Austin City Hall through tomorrow.

Original story (Aug. 29): Think about adoption, and you’re probably thinking about babies.

That's one of the reasons why older children struggle to get adopted. Two other groups that have a hard time finding their "forever homes" are children with disabilities and sibling groups – about half of the children in foster care who are waiting to be adopted are groups of siblings.

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Fort Hood
11:03 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Hasan Faces Lengthy Appeals Process Before Execution

Landov Landov

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 10:18 am

The jury in the court martial of Nidal Hasan sentenced him to death Wednesday. He was convicted of killing 13 people and wounding more 32 in the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood. But legal experts say it could still be years before the death sentence is carried out – if at all.

Under military law, Hasan’s case will automatically be appealed because he received a death sentence, even if he doesn’t want to appeal.

But before the case goes to an appeals court, the commanding general of Fort Hood must approve the findings and the sentence. That alone will take a while.

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Fort Hood
2:26 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Hasan Sentenced to Death for 2009 Fort Hood Shootings

Brigitte Woosley

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 5:50 am

Army Major Nidal Hasan has been sentenced to death for the 2009 shootings at Fort Hood that left 13 people dead and 32 wounded.

The military jury deliberated for a little more than two hours before announcing their decision. Military law requires the panel be unanimous to impose the death sentence.

Hasan could be the first member of the military executed since 1961, though the sentence triggers an automatic appeals process that could stretch for years to come.

In representing himself during the trial, Hasan presented little in the way of a defense. In his opening argument, he admitted the evidence would show he was the shooter. He offered no closing argument and did not call any witnesses during either the trial or penalty phase. 

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Fort Hood
1:53 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Emotional Testimony During Sentencing of Fort Hood Shooter

Brigitte Woosley

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 9:11 am

The second day of sentencing begins today in the military trial of convicted Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan.

The court is likely to hear more testimony from survivors and the families of those killed.

A jury found Hasan guilty of premeditated murder Friday in the November 2009 mass shooting that killed 13 and wounded 32. In the sentencing phase, the focus has shifted to the human cost of Hasan's shooting spree.

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2014 Election Campaign
1:52 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Some Texas Democrats Waiting on Davis Before Joining 2014 Races

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon, KUT News

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 8:50 am

The Wendy Davis Watch continues in Texas politics. The Fort Worth state senator is expected to announce in the next few days whether she will or won’t run for the Democratic nomination for Governor. But Democratic activists aren’t the only ones waiting.

So are potential Democratic candidates, as state-wide races up and down the ticket, so far, remain empty. 

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Fort Hood
12:54 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Hasan Guilty on All Counts in Fort Hood Shooting Trial

Brigitte Woosley

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 4:18 am

Update: Army Maj. Nidal Hasan has been found guilty on all counts of premeditated murder and attempted murder in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood. Hasan now faces either life in prison or the death penalty. Sentencing begins Monday. 

Army psychiatrist Hasan acted as his own attorney in the case – but he did so little in his own defense that his standby counsel expressed concern that he was purposely seeking the death penalty.

Sentencing begins Monday. The sentencing phase runs similarly to a trial. The 13 members of the military panel will decide Hasan’s sentence—not the judge. Prosecutors  are expected to call 19 witnesses, including family members. They’re expected to talk about the grief they experienced losing a loved one.

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Fort Hood
11:30 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Jury Deliberating in Fort Hood Shooting Trial

Brigitte Woosley

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 4:47 pm

Update: The jury in the court martial of Major Nidal Hasan has begun to deliberate. They're considering whether or not Hasan is guilty of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of premeditated attempted murder in the Fort Hood shooting in 2009. 

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2014 Election
1:18 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Democrats Crank Up Pressure on Wendy Davis to Run for Governor

wewantwendydavis.com

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 1:23 pm

Update: Texas Democratic Party chairman Gilberto Hinojosa has released a statement explaining the new website gathering support for a Davis run for Governor.

"We know she can win this race. Wendy has faced long odds before – and they've never stopped her. But before she decides to run, we need to show her that we have her back."

Original post (12:04 p.m.): Texas Democrats appear on the fence over whether Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, should run for governor in 2014 – much like the candidate herself.

But with nobody else on the ballot so far, the minority party is ramping up its efforts to make sure their new rising star will have money and manpower – just in case.

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