Jessie Wang

Jessie Wang is a news intern at KUT. She is studying International Relations, Chinese and Community Health at Tufts University in Medford, Mass.

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Both the wallets and the gas tanks of Austinites might be a little more full this weekend. Gas prices are down by more than seven cents since last Friday.   

A gallon of regular unleaded is now selling for an average of $3.521 in Austin, according to AAA.  The national average is $3.606 a gallon.

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With the sound of jack hammers in the background, Austin City Council members got a close up look at construction on Water Treatment Plant 4 (WTP4) today. The meeting was called by Mayor Lee Leffingwell, who has expressed concern over some city council members' calls for the project to be delayed.

“Don’t you think, looking out there, that it makes a much bigger impression on exactly the size and scope of this project?" Mayor Leffingwell said. "I just wanted to make everyone sure that they had an opportunity to do that."

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The San Marcos City Council has decided on a new way to thank America's service men and women. 

They approved a measure on Tuesday to waive utility deposits for honorably discharged veterans and current active duty soldiers.

According to a City press release: "The account must be established in the name of the veteran in order to qualify for the deposit waiver. Utility deposits can range from $50 to $400, depending on the services provided and usage history."

If a waiver recipient is delinquent in their bills the deposits will be reinstated.



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The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas issued its Texas Economic Indicators Report today. Reports show that while the rest of the country struggles, Texas is showing labor market gains.

Here in Austin, that means that we could see a healthier job market than other parts of the county, Texas A&M economist Mark Dotzour told the Austin Real Estate Council at their annual economic forecast.

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Financial forecasters have long been predicting that as the debt ceiling debate draws on, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the NASDAQ will be the first to crack. Both the Dow Jones and the NASDAQ were down today.

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It's every baseball player's dream: To be picked from the crowd at an open tryout at your hometown ball park to play for your favorite Major League team.

Scouts for the defending American League Champion Texas Rangers did just that Wednesday morning, holding  open tryouts for all positions at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock. Not surprisingly, many came out for a chance to show their talents to professional baseball scouts. The Horton family came from Crawford, Texas for the opportunity.

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A group that wants to create web applications and programs for more transparent government holds their first "meet up" tonight.

Austin is one of the top ten finalists for the next wave of Code for America, a nationwide push to help staffers within a city's government identify issues that can be answered through the use of computer technology.