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KUT Roundup: DIY Divorce, Historic Clarksville, Weekend Music Picks, and a Belo Center Preview

An architectural rendering of the Belo Center for New Media, opening this year.
Image courtesy University of Texas College of Communication
An architectural rendering of the Belo Center for New Media, opening this year.

Divorce may become easier to do without the help of a lawyer. A photo exhibit documenting Clarksville’s African-American history is launched. An Austin suburb’s water supply has gone dry. And you can take a virtual tour of KUT’s new home in the under-construction Belo Center. KUT creates great amounts of content, so here’s a roundup of what you might have missed, along with work from StateImpact Texas, our joint reporting project with NPR.

KUT News: Panel Drafts Forms for Do-It-Yourself Divorce

"People have chosen to represent themselves in Texas divorce cases for years, but often use documents that aren’t accepted by some courts. The introduction of a standardized divorce form could streamline the process. However, there’s resistance to this proposed do-it-yourself approach, as family lawyers are concerned that standardized divorce forms will be misused."

KUT News: Clarksville Neighborhood Celebrates Rich History

"When longtime Clarksville resident Pauline Brown died several years ago, she left behind a historical treasure. Her rare collection of photographs depicting the people and places of old Clarksville will be on display throughout the month of February in one of Austin’s most storied neighborhoods."

Changing Austin: Meeting Tonight Could Reshape Austin City Council

"A citizen panel will vote tonight on recommendations that could shape how Austin elects its city council. For this week’s Changing Austin, KUT’s Matt Largey talked with Nelson Linder, a member of the Charter Revision Committee, about the effects of possibly electing members from geographic districts and whether a “hybrid” system with some at-large seats would be enough of a change."

StateImapct TexasMore than One Million Gallons of Water Sold From Spicewood Beach Before it Ran Dry

"Just how much water was sold from Spicewood Beach, the place with the dubious honor of being the first Texas town to run out of water during the current drought? We now have an idea. The paradox is clear: just weeks before water had to be trucked in to the dry wells of Spicewood Beach, water haulers were trucking it out to sell elsewhere. To make matters worse, the community is now under a boil water notice."

StateImpact TexasThe Countdown Continues: 5 Percent of Texas is Now Drought-Free

"Congratulations, residents of Dallas/Fort Worth. You are part of the five percent of Texas officially no longer living in drought. (In comparison, a year ago twenty percent of Texas was drought-free.)

The latest National Drought Monitor report was released today, and you can see a large band of white (that’s the drought-free portion of the state) elbowing its way into Texas, taking over most of Dallas and Tarrant Counties."

Song of the Day: Caitlin Rose: “Shanghai Cigarettes”

"This Saturday, Nashville-bred singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose makes a stop at Stubbs. Even though she’s from Nashville, young Caitlin Rose doesn’t exactly fit the squeaky clean polish of a Music City singer-songwriter."

Austin Music Minute: The Lost Bayou Ramblers Play Saturday Night at The Continental Club

"Most fans of The Lost Bayou Ramblers that I’ve chatted with tell me they were first introduced to their music at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, or in similar settings. I found out about them through the wonderful songwriter, singer and music historian Caroline Casey, who knows these gents personally. Casey intuitively felt this would instantly catch my ear. The band breathes new life into traditional Cajun music without taking away from the genuine feel of those classic sounds."

Virtually Tour the New Belo Center: You’ve seen the timelapse video of construction at the Belo Center for New Media. Now you can take a virtual tour of the under construction center, the new home of KUT. The 15-minute animated is narrated by KUT’s David Brown.


Belo Center for New Media - College of Communication : The University of Texas at Austin from UT College of Communication on Vimeo.

Wells has been a part of KUT News since 2012, when he was hired as the station's first online reporter. He's currently the social media host and producer for Texas Standard, KUT's flagship news program. In between those gigs, he served as online editor for KUT, covering news in Austin, Central Texas and beyond.