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Top Morning Stories 11/25/11: Longhorns Win

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Longhorns Beat Aggies In Last Ever Thanksgiving Day Game

What was possibly the final Thanksgiving Day football game between the University of Texas and Texas A&M University ended with a last second win for UT. Justin Tucker hit a 40 yard field goal to win the game 27-25. It was the 118th game between the bitter rivals. But now that A&M is switching athletic conferences, another Turkey Day matchup is unlikely.

At least one commentator took offense to how Longhorn’s Network reported on the game. Culture Map’s Chris Baldwin says the new ESPN station turned the historic rivalry into a big commercial for itself.

The lowest of the lows came when with Texas driving for the game-winning field goal, ESPN decided to use some of the time between plays to put up a full-screen ad/plea for the Longhorn Network. Not during a commercial break either. Right in the middle of the most crucial moments of the night.

Meanwhile, many people are now asking what’s next for the century-long rivalry between Texas and A&M.

Austin State Hospital Psychiatrist Faces Sex Abuse Allegations

The Texas Medical Board has temporarily suspended the license of Dr. Charles Henry Fisher, a psychiatrist who worked at the Austin State Hospital. The board says Dr. Fisher was fired from the hospital on November 14 after state child welfare officials said he was involved in at least two instances of sexual abuse of a child.

But the order from the Texas Medical Board details allegations from eight victims, all in their teens, who accuse Dr. Fisher of sexual contact. All but one of the alleged incidents happened at the Austin State Hospital.

Dr. Fisher has also worked as a psychiatrist at the Waco Center for Youth, the Southwest Neuropsychiatric Institute in San Antonio, the Lutheran Social Services Residential Treatment Center for Girls, and Central Counties Mental Health and Mental Retardation.

Black Friday Milder Than Usual?

With many retail outlets opening on Thanksgiving night and offering advance specials online, the regular morning rush at stores like Best Buy, Target, and Wal-Mart wasn’t as intense as in recent years, KXAN reports.

But nationwide, the consumer frenzy was not without violence. At a Wal-Mart in Porter Ranch, California, one woman reportedly started pepper spraying her fellow shoppers, the Los Angeles Times reports.  Twenty customers were attacked, including children. Police are still looking for woman.  

KUT's Crystal Chavez reports this morning that while many are looking to save money on Black Friday, others are looking to make some. She has more on Austinites babysitting for deal-seeking shoppers.

Statesman Reports on New KUT Building

In case you haven’t heard, KUT is getting ready to move into a brand new, state-of-the-art facility being constructed across the street from our current studio at Dean Keaton and Guadalupe Streets. The Austin American-Statesman explains that the 120,000-square-foot Belo Center for New Media will open in June 2012.

In the Belo Center, the station will take up 20,000 square feet, which is almost all of the first floor and a significant chunk of the second floor. People who produce content — disc jockeys, news reporters and Web staffers — are clustered together in a large, open area, known as the "producer commons," designed to foster collaboration.

You can learn more from this page on KUT’s website.

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion-dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on X @KUTnathan.