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AM Update: Travis County Vote Centers, Fixing Food Insecurity, Top Austin High Schools

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Vote centers would allow Travis County voters to cast a ballot anywhere during the November Presidential elections; Lamakers are talking about ways to elimate 'food deserts' in Texas; New list ranks 10 Austin area high schools in America's top 1,000.

Vote Anywhere During November's Presidential Election?

The Travis County Commissioners are meeting this morning to talk about using vote centers for the November 2012 Presidential election.

Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir says vote centers, or countywide polling places, give all registered Travis County voters the option to vote at any polling location in the county on election day. Right now, that’s only allowed during early voting.DeBeauvoir says this system is more convenient for voters and eliminates some confusion.

During a public hearing last month, some expressed concerns about whether vote centers would increase the opportunity for voter fraud and whether the system would save the county money.

The Commissioners Court is meeting at 9 a.m. at the Travis County Administration Building.

Eliminating Texas 'Food Deserts'

Texas lawmakers from two House of Representatives committees are coming together this morning to talk about ways to reduce food insecurity and increase access to healthy foods.

The House Committee on Human Services and the House Committee on Public Health will look at what’s been done across Texas and in other states to eliminate so-called “food deserts”— those communities without ready access to a grocery store with a good, affordable supply of fresh, healthy food.

They’ll also consider ways to encourage urban farming and farmers’ markets.

Ten Austin High Schools Make the Grade

Ten Austin-area public high schools are among the top 1,000 best in the country. That’s according to a new list compiled by Newsweek. The list focuses on the schools best at turning out college-ready graduates.

Dallas had 28 of the top schools and Houston had 30.

Liberal Arts and Science Academy (#38) and Westwood (#95) were the only two schools listed in the top 100.

Here's the other area schools listed:

  • Westlake #160
  • Dripping Springs #483
  • Cedar Park #501
  • Lake Travis #511
  • L.C. Anderson #551
  • Harmony Science Academy-North Austin #688
  • Wimberley #830

Correction: Westlake Academy ranked #18 on the list and was originally identified as being in the Austin area. According to the Town of Westlake, Westlake Academy is the only municipally owned public, charter school in the State of Texas. Westlake Academy is located in the Town of Westlake, Tarrant County.

Laura first joined the KUT team in April 2012. She now works for the statewide program Texas Standard as a reporter and producer. Laura came to KUT from the world of television news. She has worn many different hats as an anchor, reporter and producer at TV stations in Austin, Amarillo and Toledo, OH. Laura is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, a triathlete and enjoys travel, film and a good beer. She enjoys spending time with her husband and pets.
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