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The Lead: Veterans Day News, Armstrong Out at Livestrong

Good morning. This morning's chilly temperatures  aren't going anywhere; the National Weather Service says the season’s first freeze is expected in the Hill Country tonight. Here’s some stories KUT News has been working on:

On Monday, state officials and business leaders will also gather at the Capitol to show gratitude. The event is part of Operation Enduring Opportunity, which encourages businesses nationwide to hire and recruit veterans and their spouses.

On Veterans Day, Americans salute those who have served this country in the armed forces. But service takes many forms: and this year, KUT followed one family dealing with military service. From the soldier whose family has served for generations dating back to World War I, to the family who had to learn how to live without him.

All City of Austin bonds passed on election night except one: Proposition 15, which would have dedicated $78.3 million to affordable housing. While Prop 15 carried Central Austin,  a majority of suburban precincts, largely west of MoPac, voted it down.

There’s a lot more drilling for gas and oil in Texas these days. A recent court case is raising questions about the disposal of waste from drilling sites.  For StateImpact Texas, KUHF’s Dave Fehling reports.

And here’s more stories that have folks talking:

  • Lance Armstrong Cuts Livestrong Ties to Save Donations (Bloomberg)
The move, coming 18 days after he stepped down as the group’s chairman, is designed to further distance him from the Austin, Texas-based foundation as a way to help it survive the fall from grace of one of the world’s best-known athletes, officials said yesterday in announcing the move.

  • Politicians celebrate Veterans Day in Austin (KVUE)
[Gov. Rick Perry] said, 'We need to do everything that we can to make sure those young men and women, our veterans,  as they come home, are very efficiently, very effectively, taken care of.'"

  • First Fatal Crash on 85 Mph SH130 Toll (KXAN)
Police are still investigating the cause of the accident and did not say how fast the cars were traveling. But they did confirm that wild hogs were not a factor in the crash. Four accidents involved wild hogs the first night the toll road opened.

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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