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Sunday Headlines for October 2, 2011

It's another dry day in Austin and that means the weather is again the top story. But today, it's for good reasons! It'll be in the mid-to-high 80's with plenty of sun. Tonight, lows in the 50's. Although, if you suffer from allergies, molds are high and ragweeds are out too.

Of course, Longhorns fans would argue that UT's big win over Iowa State is the top story. Those Horns just steam rolled the Cyclones. This morning, the Austin America-Statesman's Mark Rosner said the win was down to turnover. 

The 17th-ranked Longhorns recovered two fumbles and grabbed an interception against Iowa Saturday night during a 37-14 victory. Texas, meanwhile, had no turnovers on offense. "When you force turnovers like we did tonight, you are going to win a lot of football games," Brown said. After dominating Iowa State, the Longhorns (4-0) have an 11-5 edge for the season. Before Saturday, the Longhorn ranked 13th nationally with their 8-5 margin.


A small grassfire in South Austin yesterday was a potent reminder that burn bans remain in effect for a reason. The AFD put out the blaze quickly but the plume could be seen - and smelled - for several miles.  

A rally at the Capitol today was all about demanding the U.S. government to label foods that contain genetically modified material. A World Food Day by activists is planned on October 16. The anti-GMO movement has been strong in Europe for years but is starting to take off in the U.S. 

And Governor Perry spent the weekend refining his message on immigration, showing his history of increased border security and his support for an "anti sanctuary cities" law this year. Previously the Governor lost support among more conservative GOP voters for what appeared to them a less-than-conservative stance: from supporting in-state tuition for foreign-born children of illegal immigrants to saying that tough anti-illegal immigration laws like Arizona's won't work for Texas. 

Emily Donahue is a former grants writer for KUT. She previously served as news director and helped launch KUT’s news department in 2001.