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The Lead: Aerial Surveillance, Cyber Warfare, Cuts Coming at AMD?

Good morning. Austin can expect cloud coverage for most of the day, and the occasional shower. The National Weather Service says we can a 40 percent chance of rain today. Here's some of KUT’s top stories this morning:

Here's  more stories of interest from Central Texas: 

  • Cyber Warfare Here To Stay; Austin Could Play Key Role (KVUE)
"It's a spy versus spy kind of world," said Ken Phillips, business development manager at Overwatch Textron Systems. The Austin-based business is developing the latest line of defense against cyber threats, which focuses on security at the file level in order to overcome internal leaks or systems that have been compromised.

  • AMD Said To Plan Up To 2,340 Job Cuts (Bloomberg)
AMD is striving to trim expenses to help cope with sagging demand for personal computers that rely on its processors. Sales in the third quarter will decline about 10 percent from the prior period, a bigger drop than previously forecast, the Sunnyvale, California-based company said on Oct. 11. “With PC demand being so weak, we don’t think the company has any choice but to do some considerable cost-cutting measures,” said Betsy Van Hees, an analyst at Wedbush Securities Inc. in San Francisco.

  • Permit Fees Pricing Some Vendors Out Of Austin Farmer's Markets (KEYE)
The city of Austin took in $63,000 from 10 different farmer's markets this year. The Sustainable Food Center is pushing for state-wide regulations to keep the fees in check.  There are currently no set standard, which means fees can change dramatically between different cities and towns across the state.  For example, to bring eggs to Austin's farmers’ market, one farmer tells us it requires a $215 permit. To bring the same amount of eggs to a Williamson County farmers’ market, it costs just $35.

  • Fewer AISD Students Joining Gangs (KXAN)
AISD Police Chief Eric Mendez says there are currently 759 students out of about 87,000 who are documented gang members. In previous years, Chief Mendez says the number has been more than a thousand. "Our belief is that it’s through our intervention efforts that those numbers are declining," said Chief Mendez.

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.
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