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9:46am

Fri September 14, 2012
The Two-Way

University of Texas In Austin Reopens After Bomb-Threat Evacuation

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 12:13 pm

Update at 12:57 p.m. ET. University of Texas Reopens:

The University of Texas has reopened, after a phoned bomb threat prompted the evacuation of its entire Austin campus this morning.

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4:56pm

Tue September 11, 2012
NPR Cities: Urban Life In The 21st Century

City Life Snapshot: Music In Austin, Texas

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 8:46 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

A different take on city as melting pot now, in this City Life Snapshot from Austin, Texas.

BALDOMERO FRANK ALVAREZ CUELLAR: I'm Baldomero Frank Alvarez Cuellar, and that's a mouthful. And I am one-half of the owners of Rancho Alegre Radio.

BLOCK: Back in the '70s and '80s, Conjunto music was everywhere in Austin, and Alvarez is trying to bring it back.

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2:21pm

Fri September 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Texas Road Will Inaugurate 85 MPH Speed Limit, Nation's Highest

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 4:18 pm

The highest speed limit in America will be officially unveiled in November, when drivers on one portion of a Texas highway will be allowed to reach 85 mph without keeping an eye out for police cars and speed cameras.

As Transportation Nation reports, the new speed limit allows drivers to "legally drive faster than hurricane force winds."

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2:30pm

Thu August 30, 2012
NPR Story

Federal Court Rejects Texas' Voter ID Law As Unfair

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 4:09 pm

A federal three judge panel has struck down a new voter ID law in Texas, ruling that it would disproportionately harm Hispanic and African American voters, who are less likely to have the required photo identification. Pam Fessler talks to Melissa Block.

11:33am

Thu August 30, 2012
It's All Politics

Federal Court Rules Against Texas Voter ID Law

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 12:21 pm

A federal court has rejected a Texas law that would have required voters to show a photo ID before allowing them to cast a ballot, saying the measure would effectively discriminate against racial minorities and the poor.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., said the Texas law — passed by the state's Republican-dominated Legislature in 2011 but not yet enacted — "imposes strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor, and racial minorities in Texas."

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