Andrew Weber

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Andrew Weber is a web producer for KUT News. A graduate of St. Edward's University with a degree in English, Andrew has previously interned with The Texas Tribune, The Austin American-Statesman and KOOP Radio.

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Top intelligence officials are testifying before U.S. Senators this morning on Capitol Hill. Heads of the FBI, CIA, NSA and the Defense Intelligence Agency will brief the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on “worldwide threats,” including the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and North Korea’s nuclear program.

Watch a livestream of the hearing below, courtesy of NPR.

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In 1967, famed landscape artist Peter Hurd unveiled a portrait of then-President Lyndon B. Johnson. It was to be Johnson's official portrait and would hang in the White House in perpetuity. There was one problem: LBJ hated it. 

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SpaceX is gearing up to launch its Falcon Heavy rocket from Kennedy Space Center this afternoon. The rocket is the most powerful to be launched in the U.S. since the Saturn V rocket, which carried NASA’s first astronauts to the moon. SpaceX says the launch will carry the largest payload of any rocket since Saturn V in 1973.

The test launch will also carry Musk’s personal Tesla Roadster into space as payload, which will (ideally) careen into orbit around Mars while playing David Bowie's "Space Oddity." 

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Welcome to Austin, Spencer.

We’re a vibrant city nestled in the Texas Hill Country that combines tech-minded innovation with the laid-back feel of a college town. And – you may or may not have heard – we’re always trying to keep it weird. You may or may not have also heard, we’re a pretty big deal these days, and it’s easy to understand why.

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It happens. You get busy. You forget things. You’re trying to have it all. You’re also not registered to vote. Not yet, that is.

Today is the last day to register to vote in the March primaries in Texas. Here’s everything you need to know to avoid a dereliction of your civic duty.

VoteTexas.gov has a quick registration check. Just provide any of the following, and it’ll tell you if you’re registered:

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This post has been updated to reflect the Austin City Council's approval of the pilot program.

Nobody wants to be the withholding stepparent.

That’s why, when dockless bike companies Ofo and Spin rolled out over SXSW last year, they put the city in a tough spot.

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Gov. Greg Abbott is calling on the Texas Rangers to investigate allegations of sexual assault at the former site of the National Training Center for USA Gymnastics. The property’s owners, Bela and Marta Karolyi, were recently implicated in a widespread sexual assault and abuse scandal that ended with the imprisonment of former USA Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar.

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Austin’s Historic Landmark Commission has approved the demolition of the so-called Graffiti Park on Castle Hill – a street-art-adorned collection of concrete slabs on the site of an unfinished multifamily development west of downtown.

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Austin’s police union says it’s ready to resume contract negotiations after the City Council rejected a new five-year contract in December. 

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The group trying to move a Major League Soccer team to Austin says it has reconsidered Butler Shores as a possible stadium venue.

Precourt Sports Ventures said in a statement this afternoon that the parcel of land near Zilker Park is no longer on its shortlist for a stadium. The prospect had angered Zilker-area neighbors and spurred a denunciatory resolution from Austin City Council Member Ann Kitchen, whose district includes Butler Shores.

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Hurricane Harvey brought more rain than any other hurricane in recorded U.S. history, the National Hurricane Center says.

The center released its final report on the record-breaking storm this morning, putting the death toll at at least 68, all in Texas, with 36 of those in the Houston and Harris County area. Harvey is second only to Hurricane Katrina in terms of storm damage, as well, the center found, with an estimated cost of $125 billion in damages, compared to Katrina’s $160 billion.

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Precourt Sports Ventures, the firm that’s hoping to bring a Major League Soccer team to Austin, isn’t happy with the Austin City Council – specifically, Council Member Ann Kitchen.

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Your face is a work of art.

Your face is also a marketable product that will feed an Orwellian database of biometrics that will in turn distill any and all meaningful human features and identifiers into datapoints that will be monitored and marketed by a faceless, digital empire.

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And then there were 20.

Amazon has whittled the number of potential sites for its second headquarters from 238 to 20, and Austin has a spot in the final slate of cities vying to host the e-commerce giant.

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Austin pretty much shut down for the day today. The freezing temperatures, sleet and (a little) snow iced-over roads throughout Central Texas – and even closed a few – leading the Austin Police Department to ask drivers to stay off the roads, giving them (more or less) a snow day. 

Here’s a look around town from our photographers, who ventured out into the cold.

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Winter is here. For the third time in a little over a month, Austin is staring down another storm system that's expected to bring ice, sleet and maybe snow to Central and South Central Texas. 

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The Capital Metro Board of Directors has chosen Randy Clarke to replace Linda Watson as its next president and CEO.

Clarke comes to Cap Metro from the American Public Transportation Association, where he had been vice president of operations and member services since May 2016. Before that, he was director of security for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

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A new partnership between UT-Austin and the city plans to automate the data-gathering process for traffic studies, while making the results immediately available.

In theory, it's simple: Take the video from the city's 360 traffic cameras and make a computer count all the bikes and buses and pedestrians and cars on a given roadway.

In reality, it's not that simple.

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Minnesota Sen. Al Franken announced his resignation this morning after several allegations of sexual misconduct.

After two allegations last month, the senator apologized to his accusers and said that he would "do a lot of reflecting," but not resign. A Politico story yesterday detailed another story of a woman who said Franken forcibly kissed her in 2006. While Franken denies the claim, Democrats are calling for his resignation. 

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The City of Austin has unveiled its pitch to revamp Guadalupe Street near UT campus in a plan that favors bike- and bus-minded improvements.

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Traffic is terrible.

City and state officials are really good at counting cars to see how terrible traffic is and how it got that way, but that sort of data collection doesn’t exist for bike and pedestrian traffic. New research hopes to change that.

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Blue Bell is in hot water again.

The Brenham-based creamery is getting a cold shoulder from fans looking for its newest, Yuletide-themed flavor. After an objectively early launch a week before Halloween, it seems Blue Bell’s Christmas Cookies Ice Cream won’t be home for the holidays for many rabid fans.

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The Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the sale of $64 million in district-owned properties at its meeting tonight.

The district’s 2.75-acre downtown headquarters and its 4.36-acre teaching facility in Hyde Park were the highest-value of the five properties approved for sale.

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When Thanksgiving’s profile grew from a harvest festival in New England to a full-fledged national holiday, Texans had a hard time nailing down exactly when to celebrate.

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The Austin Independent School District is prepared to sell two of its largest, highest-value properties. Bids for the district’s downtown headquarters and its teaching facility in Hyde Park were revealed in the agenda for the Board of Trustee’s Nov. 27 meeting, where members are expected to OK the sale.

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Sometimes, people are the worst. If you want proof of that, sit in traffic.

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is headed back to Capitol Hill today to testify before the House Judiciary Committee.

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Texas' seven constitutional amendments aren't the only thing on the ballot this Election Day. 

Voters across Central Texas will decide the fate of school bond propositions, charter amendments and plenty of city council elections on Nov. 7. Here's a roundup of everything on the upcoming ballot. 

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Lawmakers are expected to grill representatives of Facebook, Google and Twitter today on Capitol Hill.

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In a strange twist of fate, Austin City Council – which currently includes members who’ve been vehemently resistant to President Trump's policies – could get a long-lost wish granted today when the administration releases more than thousands of files related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

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