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Top Morning Stories Sunday, September 4, 2011

Stage 2 Water Restrictions Go Into Effect Tuesday in the City of Austin. Image courtesy City of Austin.
Stage 2 Water Restrictions Go Into Effect Tuesday in the City of Austin. Image courtesy City of Austin.

Fire Danger Levels High in Central Texas Today

The breezy conditions and lower temperatures might feel better than the weather we've had for most of the summer, but given how dry it's been, they do give us added risk for fire. The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for Central Texas until 11:00 p.m. tonight. That means any fire that starts up outside could spread quickly because of the windy and dry conditions, coupled with low humidity. A wind advisory is in effect for this afternoon. And for Labor Day, Central Texas will be under a Fire Weather Watch until Monday evening.

The weather forecast does indicate lower temperatures for the week ahead.Click here for YNN's extended weather forecast. For today, expect sunny skies and high temps near 1o0 (maybe for the last time this year!).

Tropical Storm Lee Hits Louisiana Coast

Central Texas will not see any of the rain from Tropical Storm Lee, which hit the Louisiana coast early Sunday. Click here for NPR's coverage of the storm.

Austin Primes for Stage 2 Water Restrictions

Texas' prolonged drought is sending Austin intoStage 2 Water Restrictions starting Tuesday. Households will only be able to water their lawns once a week, and restaurants will only serve water upon request. Citations for a violation can cost you $475.

Texas Longhorns Beat Rice in Season Opener 34-9

Football fans and players sweated it out Saturday night to watch Texas triumph over the Owls.  As always, there is much drama off the field.  ESPN and many other outlets have reported that the University of Oklahoma may be looking to leave the Big 12 Conference, just as Texas A&M did recently.  What might that mean for Texas? Stay tuned.

Governor Rick Perry Back on the Presidential Campaign Trail

Aggie Alumnus and Texas Governor Rick Perry is on the campaign trail this Labor Day weekend.  Click herefor theTexas Tribune's coverage of the Governor's stops in New Hampshire, before heading to South Carolina and then  California. Click hereto follow KUT's coverage of the Texas Governor running for the GOP presidential nomination.


Jennifer Stayton is the local host for NPR's "Morning Edition" on KUT. Got a tip? Email her at Follow her on X @jenstayton.