Matt Largey

Managing Editor

Matt Largey is the managing editor at KUT. He previously worked at WBUR in Boston. His work has appeared on many national radio shows. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including a national Edward R. Murrow award in 2013. He’s originally from Maine, but has lived in Austin since 2006. While it might sound hard to believe, he thinks Maine and Texas are remarkably similar.

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President Donald Trump is expected to deliver a statement on yesterday's shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla. that left 17 people dead and more wounded.

He's scheduled to start speaking at 10 a.m. CST.

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UPDATE 12:00 pm: Austin is seeing some scattered freezing rain this afternoon, which could make for some icy conditions on elevated roadways. Some scattered thunderstorms are moving through the area.

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In our ATXplained project, we answer your questions about Austin.

Now it's your turn to answer a question. 

Listener Dan Brooks is looking for the best books about Austin (or Texas) for newcomers to the city. So we're asking you for your recommendations. 

This March, Texas voters will decide who will appear on November's general election ballot.

Primary elections work a little differently from general elections, and the barriers to participation in Texas appear to be higher. Texas consistently has among the lowest voter turnouts in primary elections. In 2016 — even with a battle over presidential nominations playing out — only 21 percent of Texas voters turned out.

So, we want to help make participation in primaries easier for voters – by making the primaries themselves easier to understand.

On Thursday, KUT aired a story, reported by Syeda Hasan and edited by myself, about the language used in the debate around CodeNEXT, Austin’s re-write of its land development code.

We’ve gotten a good deal of reaction to that story — much of it negative.

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At the corner of Airport Boulevard and Schieffer Avenue, there’s something that sticks out. Next to the community garden and skate park in Patterson Park, there’s a giant metal flower, surrounded by a colorful concrete mosaic. On a pole nearby, there’s a plaque shaped like a leaf that explains — kind of.

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Twenty-six people are dead after a mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, about 30 miles east of San Antonio.

Gov. Greg Abbott called it "the largest mass shooting in our state's history."

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Austin City Council members have been meeting this week with candidates to be Austin’s next city manager — which is among the most powerful positions at City Hall. But the city's gone to great lengths to keep this selection process secret. 

It's declined to name the candidates, and council members appear to have gone to great lengths to conceal their identities.

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Editor's note: This post contains explicit language.

A series of sexual assault scandals has prompted an intense debate in Austin’s independent film community — and beyond — for the past year, reaching a fever pitch in the past few weeks. 

Austin is one step closer to being at the center of the world's first Hyperloop transportation system.

The technology — the brainchild of SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk — is envisioned as passenger pods traveling at speeds up to 700 miles per hour through a low-pressure tube. So far, only a short test track has been constructed.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to announce an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shields people brought to the U.S. illegally as children from deportation. The program was started by an executive order from former President Obama in 2012.

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After Hurricane Harvey, some state officials are insisting there is no shortage of gasoline in Texas. 

The record rains and flooding limited the state's oil refining capacity, which has led to long lines at gas stations across Texas. But while drivers worry of a possible gas shortage in the near future, Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton said the problem is really just a matter of logistics and demand.

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Many people are looking for ways to help survivors of Hurricane Harvey and the flooding that followed. Here are a few things you can do this long holiday weekend:

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Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to have a news conference at 4 p.m. in Corpus Christi. He spent the day surveying damage along the Gulf Coast.

Listen to the news conference:

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The Austin City Council has scrapped plans for a mega-shelter at the Austin Convention Center to house evacuees from Hurricane Harvey. The council instead voted today on a lease for a vacant office building at 7000 Metropolis Drive in Southeast Austin to house evacuees.

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The city says more than 200 musicians have volunteered to play for evacuees at Austin shelters.

The Austin Music Office put out the call on social media yesterday. Since then, it has been overwhelmed with responses.

President Trump visited Corpus Christi to be briefed on damage sustained during Hurricane Harvey last week.
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5:05 p.m. President Trump has left Austin after meeting with state officials at the Texas Department of Public Safety.  

4:18 p.m. Trump again praised state relief efforts following Tropical Storm Harvey, according to pool reports. The president said the recovery is going to be long term, but that it would be a "costly proposition." 

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Harvey brought catastrophic flooding and damage to parts of Texas. Houston was especially hard hit, with rain totals estimated in excess of 50 inches. Thousands of homes have been damaged.

The devastation will leave many people in need of help rebuilding their lives, and in the meantime, many people will need help making it day-to-day. 

Here are some ideas for how you can help. 

Austin Disaster Relief Network

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Austin's world-renowned Franklin Barbecue suffered $250,000 in damage due to a fire early Saturday.

The Austin Fire Department first reported the fire around 6 a.m.

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A federal judge in Corpus Christi has issued a permanent injunction against Texas' voter ID law, which required voters to show one of several approved forms of photo ID before casting a ballot.

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University of Texas at Austin has removed four statues on campus overnight, three of which memorialize Confederate figures, on the orders of university President Greg Fenves.

Take a look at this radar image of Central Texas. What do you see?

Do you see what look like green explosions? You can see the circles radiating from single points.

But that’s not rain — it’s bats.

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Austin may not be in best spot to see the solar eclipse Monday, Aug. 21, but there will be a show, nonetheless.

The visible path of the total eclipse runs diagonally across the U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina — well to our north — but we’ll still see about 65 percent of the sun obscured by the moon at its peak.

The eclipse will begin in Austin at around 11:41 a.m., reach its maximum at about 1:10 p.m. and then be completely over by 2:39 p.m.

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About 85,000 people visit Hippie Hollow every year.

The park on the shore of Lake Travis, just outside Austin, is well-known as a place where you can go to get some sun – without the tan lines. It's thought to be Texas' only clothing-optional public park.

But how did it get that way?

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It's time for another voting round for our ATXplained project.

We've gathered questions from audience members that they want us to investigate. Now, you get to choose which question we pursue. 

This time, we have three questions about streets in Austin.

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez / KUT

When you're driving down Lamar Boulevard between Lady Bird Lake and Fifth Street, do you ever look at the walls of the underpass beneath the train bridge? Do you look at those blank blue signs on the walls of the underpass and wonder: What the heck are those things?

Laura Bauman does. So she asked about them for our ATXplained project.

We're ready for the next voting round in our ATXplained project, where we collect questions from our audience, put them to a vote and then investigate the winning question.

This time, as we enter the hottest months of the year, we're putting three lake-related questions head-to-head. 

Here are the candidates:

  • What happened to Austin's "Aqua Fest"? Why did it stop?
  • What effort went into taming the Colorado River into the Highland Lakes?
  • Why is Hippie Hollow on Lake Travis clothing optional?

Use the form below to cast your vote!

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez / KUT

Capital Metro is moving ahead with plans to build a signature station at the MetroRail stop near the Austin Convention Center. The $22 million project will include upgrades to shade passengers waiting at the Fourth Street commuter train stop. 

That got us wondering about the 2,649 CapMetro bus stops that may not be getting this kind of attention. Anyone who has ever waited for the bus in the summer knows it can be a torturous experience. 

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President Donald Trump addressed this morning's shooting at a ballpark in Alexandria, Va., that wounded GOP House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and an aide to Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas) this morning.

The next voting round for our ATXplained series is all about bridges.

We've collected your questions and chosen three to put head to head. This time, we chose questions on the theme of bridges in Austin. Whichever question gets the most votes will be the next story we investigate for our ATXplained series. 

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