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AM Update: Texans Support Death Penalty, Summer Film Series Starts, Cattle Loose on Dallas Freeway

Gavel photo courtesy; cattle photo courtesy Fox News 4 Dallas; Paramount photo by Teresa Vieira for KUT News

Poll Finds Most Texans Support the Death Penalty

A University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll shows that a majority of Texans support the death penalty.

The poll found 73 percent of respondents were strongly or somewhat supportive, while 21 percent were somewhat or strongly opposed. Five percent were unsure.

According to the poll, 51 percent of Texans believe the death penalty is fairly applied. Some 28 percent disagree, and 21 percent were unsure.

The state has recently come under fire for the 2004 execution of Cameron Todd Willingham and the 1989 execution of Carlos DeLuna. Since 1982,Texas has executed 482 people, by far the most of any U.S. state.

Summer Classic Film Series Begins

As temperatures rises, Austinites can once again find refuge in the cool darkness of the Paramount Theater for its annual Summer Classic Film Series.

The series, which has been going on for 37 years now, screens a wide variety of films ranging from Hitchcock thrillers to 80's teen comedies.

The series opens tonight at 7 p.m. with “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Pillow Talk.” Members of the theater’s “Film Fan” program are also invited to a kickoff party tonight at the Paramount, with complimentary beer, wine, and popcorn.

Cattle Roundup Shuts Down Part of I-35 in Dallas

There’s a cattle roundup in Dallas that’s causing quite a traffic headache — and some entertaining morning television for local viewers.

An 18-wheeler carrying cattle overturned on I-35 South of downtown Dallas, letting about 90 cows loose on the freeway.

A dispatcher with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office says cows are still running free despite an effort to load them up into a county cattle trailer. A few cows had to be euthanized because of injuries. No people were hurt.

The dispatcher didn’t expect the roadway to be clear until about 10 a.m. Right now, all northbound lanes of I-35 in the area are shut down.

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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