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Morning Update for October 30, 2011

APD arrest over three dozen Occupy Austin protestors overnight.
Photo by I-Hwa Cheng for KUT News
APD arrest over three dozen Occupy Austin protestors overnight.

Occupy Austin protestors clash with police overnight...First African American firefighters in Austin honored...and UT pounds Kansas in college football.

Overnight Arrests in Occupy Austin Demonstration

Dozens of Occupy Austin protestors were arrested early this morning, as police began enforcing a new rule limiting  how late the demonstrators can hand out food. Memos from city officials last week prohibited sleeping on the city hall mezzanine and distributing food after 10:00 p.m.

Demonstrators told the Austin American-Statesman that APD officers warned them at 9:45 last night that the food rule would be enforced. About 12:30 this morning, police tried to shut down the food distribution table. When the protestors refused, officers started making arrests.

As many as 40 were reportedly arrested, charged mainly with trespassing. The only resistance occupiers apparently gave police was passive. Police Chief Art Acevedo arrived at the city hall plaza in the pre-dawn hours. He told reporters that there were no injuries in the mass arrests.

Honors for First African American Firefighters

A statuette honoring the first three African American men hired by the Austin Fire Department was unveiled yesterday at the George Washington Carver Cultural Center. Willie Ray Davis, Roy Greene and Nathaniel Kindred were the first black firefighters in Texas, when they arrived at AFD Station Five, then on Lydia St. in East Austin. KUT's Erika Aguilar was at the ceremony.

Longhorns Ground Jayhawks

For only the second time in October, the Texas Longhorns won a football game. UT beat Kansas in Austin last night, 43-0. The 'Horns run their record to 5-2 overall, 2-2 in Big 12 conference play. Texas continues its push for a post-season bowl game next weekend, as they host Texas Tech next Saturday morning at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium.

Ian Crawford joined KUT as News Editor in 2008, after spending over four years as a reporter/anchor at KLBJ Radio in Austin. He began his broadcasting career while still in high school in Southern Oregon. During high school and college at the University of Oregon, he worked at times as a reporter, news anchor, sports play-by-play reporter, music host and commercial producer before moving to Texas in 2003.
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