Andrew Weber

Digital Reporter

Andrew Weber is a digital reporter for KUT News. A graduate of St. Edward's University with a degree in English, Andrew has previously interned with The Texas Tribune, The Austin American-Statesman and KOOP Radio.

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Revisions to Austin's rules against panhandling, camping and sitting or lying down in public are in effect.

Austinites have expressed concern about how the rules will impact those experiencing homelessness and how officers will enforce the laws. KUT asked the Austin Police Department to help clarify things.

Pavel Mezihorak for KUT

Austin is in the grips of an affordability crisis. That's not news to Austinites, really, but a large part of that crisis stems from the housing supply failing to keep up with demand. 

A study out this week from Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies shows Austin's not alone.

Austin Animal Center

The Austin Animal Center is at full capacity and is waiving adoption fees this weekend. The city's shelter says it has no more kennels left; it aims to get 500 animals adopted over the weekend to free up space.

Why do some Austin drivers think turn indicators are optional? Why are bugs so big in Austin? Are swingers running rampant in Steiner Ranch? 

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

The Austin Police Department is still working out the kinks in its body-camera program, according to a new city audit.

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. for KUT

A new report from the Austin Police Department shows crime overall increased in 2018, with property crimes up 9%. Violent crimes dropped slightly, however.

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Federal immigration authorities say they arrested 52 people in Central and South Texas last week.

The arrests came before telegraphed operations in 10 major cities, including Houston, that President Donald Trump had touted. The president tweeted Saturday that he would delay the large-scale raids to give Congress time to make adjustments to U.S. asylum laws.

Emree Weaver for KUT

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he expects state lawmakers to overturn Austin's revision to its homelessness ordinances.

In a tweet last night, Abbott said "there are far better solutions for the homeless & citizens," referring to the Austin City Council's approval of new rules that loosen regulations banning camping in public.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said revisions to city laws banning camping, panhandling and sitting or lying down will "fundamentally change" how police interact with people experiencing homelessness.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

The Austin City Council voted to scale back city rules on camping, panhandling and sitting or lying down in public. Council members heard hours of impassioned testimony on the ordinances at the tail end of a marathon meeting that stretched into early Friday morning. 

Emree Weaver for KUT

Austin is getting a new homeless shelter. City Council approved the $8.6 million purchase of a building for a 100-bed emergency shelter at Ben White Boulevard and Bannister Lane.

Pu Ying Huang for KUT

At best, Austin's housing market is unforgiving. Though the city's renters outnumber its homeowners, searching for – and finding – an affordable rental can be hell. If you're transitioning out of homelessness, it's nearly impossible.

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez / KUT

To afford a two-bedroom rental home in the Austin-Round Rock area, you'll need a $25-an-hour job, according to a new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. If you're working a job that pays minimum wage, you're looking at a 140-hour workweek to afford that same two-bedroom.

Federal guidelines say residents should pay no more than 30% of their household income on rent and utilities.

Courtesy of Ed Hawkins

Texas is hot. That is not news. It has, seemingly, always been hot. Again, not news. Here is some news: A climate scientist visualized the Lone Star State's average annual temperatures. It shows that Texas (which, again – we've covered – is hot) is getting hotter.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

An oxygen-sapping, fish-killing swath of algae is headed to Gulf of Mexico this summer.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

After decades of serving burgers to patrons downtown, Hut's Hamburgers is shutting down. The beloved burger spot, which originally opened its doors in 1939, is closing, according to owners Mike and Kim Hutchinson. Its last day of business will be Oct. 20.

Austin FC

Precourt Sports Ventures, the owner of Austin's Major League Soccer team, has offered a better look at the Austin FC's $240-million stadium at McKalla Place. Development on the 24-acre site will begin in September and is expected to be completed ahead of the team's first season in 2021.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

City Council members voted to expand the number of beds in Austin's homeless shelters.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Development has overtaken Rainey Street for the past decade and a half, but musician John Contreras was long a stalwart in the face of expansion and said he never planned on selling his home at 71 Rainey St. But now it's for sale. 

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

For the last handful of legislative sessions, the Texas Legislature has had it in for Austin and other cities.

GOP lawmakers who regularly thumb their noses at "big government"-minded efforts in D.C. have filed bills targeting city laws regulating everything from plastic bag usage to how residents preserve trees, arguing city laws in Austin create a so-called patchwork of onerous regulations.

Julia Reihs / KUT

The City of Austin has the resources to build out only 3% of its missing sidewalks, according to a new city audit.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

The City of Austin has firmed up rules of the road for people riding rentable, dockless e-scooters. The city council unanimously approved the rules Thursday.

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Central Texas through 8 p.m. tonight, affected areas include Travis, Bastrop, Caldwell, Blanco, Hays and Burnet counties.

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. for KUT

Texas lawmakers have approved a repeal of the state’s Driver Responsibility Program, which suspends the licenses of drivers who haven't paid surcharges associated with traffic tickets. 

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Travis County – the largest jurisdiction in the United States without a public defender office – is getting a public defender office.

National Weather Service

Much of Central Texas is under a flash flood watch until 7 p.m., including Travis, Hays, Caldwell, Blanco and Burnet counties. The National Weather Service also issued a flood warning for the Perdernales River and Barton and Onion creeks until Thursday.

Parts of Hays and Comal counties are under a flash flood warning until 6:15 tonight. 

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Update:Travis County is one step closer to creating a public defender office that would handle felony and misdemeanor cases of low-income defendants who can’t afford a lawyer.

A flash-flood warning is in effect for Austin, Pflugerville, Wells Branch and northern Hays County until 2:30 a.m. Saturday, and parts of Bastrop and Caldwell counties until 1:15 a.m.

Officials are urging residents to stay inside and off the roads.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Nearly 200 people were injured because of rentable scooters between Sept. 5 and Nov. 30 last year, according to a first-of-its-kind study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Austin Public Health Department.

During that time, there were about 940,000 rides taken in Austin overall, according to the Austin Transportation Department. That results in a ratio of 20 injuries per 100,000 rides.

Austin Price for KUT

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice will no longer share the last written words of death row inmates after criticism from a Houston lawmaker.

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