Andrew Weber

Web Producer

Andrew Weber is a web producer 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.

Ways to Connect

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

A lawsuit challenging the City of Austin's decision to rename Manchaca Road will go to trial. 

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. for KUT

Facing a shortfall and declining enrollment, the Austin Independent School District is considering consolidating schools, among other options, to cut its deficit by as much as $55 million over the next few years.

Salvador Castro for KUT

You're not done voting yet. There are several Austin City Council races, an Austin ISD board race and a runoff for the Austin Community College board. None of the candidates in those races got 50 percent of the vote on Nov. 6, so the top two finishers are in a runoff. Election Day is today, and ballots open at 7 a.m.

Martin do Nascimento / KUT

Severe weather is headed to Central Texas. To keep you up-to-date, we've collated a list of resources to turn to during weather events.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for much of Central Texas that goes into effect Friday at noon and last through Saturday morning. A flood warning was also issued for Onion Creek and the Colorado and Pedernales rivers.

Wells Dunbar/KUT

Hours after going on sale, H-E-B's commemorative reusable bags honoring Texas pop legend Selena were selling fast, but folks looking to get one online encountered some hurdles.

The reusable bags went on sale Wednesday at 6 a.m. for $2 at H-E-B stores or on the Texas grocer's website. But the site couldn't correctly process some customers' payments.

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT

A Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit is suing the Texas Department of Public Safety over its automatic driver license-suspension program. The suit alleges the state's Driver Responsibility Program has unconstitutionally suspended 1.4 million Texans' licenses for failure to pay fines.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

A Travis County district judge has paused the city's attempt to change Manchaca Road to Menchaca – again.

Business owners from a group called Leave Manchaca Alone sued to block the Austin City Council's October decision to change the name of the 8-mile South Austin road earlier this month on grounds that the city failed to give public notice and that the name-change would be cost prohibitive for businesses along the road who would have to alter signs and other branding.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Austin is ordering dockless scooter operator Lime to pull 1,000 scooters from its fleet after the city alleges Lime violated its agreement with the city.

A memo from the Austin Transportation Department says it ordered Lime to cut its 5,000-scooter fleet by a fifth on Tuesday. ATD Director Rob Spillar said Lime violated the terms of the city's agreement by rolling out more than 500 scooters in the downtown area.

NASA

NASA's InSight probe is set to land on Mars this afternoon at around 2 p.m. CST. Launched in May, the probe will end its journey to the Red Planet, where it will begin a two-year mission to gather data on Mars' terrain. 

Watch a livestream of the landing below, courtesy of NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. 

McFaddin-Ward House Museum via Texas Portal to History

It's not Turkey Day without turkey, but let's be honest: Genetics aside, your shared love of stuffing and cornbread is pretty much the only connective tissue binding you and that one cousin who drank seven Bud Lights last year and tried to explain blockchain to your grandmother.

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. for KUT

Officers with the Austin Police Department are getting a new labor contract.

After nearly a year of negotiations, City Council members unanimously approved a four-year and $44.6 million contract between the city and the local police union. Police reform activists celebrated the contract as a step toward more transparency – including the ability to file complaints online and anonymously.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Manchaca Road is still Manchaca – for now.

A Travis County judge has temporarily blocked Austin from changing the name of the 8-mile South Austin road from Manchaca to Menchaca the day before it was slated to go into effect.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

A group of property owners and businesses along what's (for now) Manchaca Road is challenging the city's move to change the South Austin road's name before it goes into effect Thursday.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Turnout was strong across Texas during early voting, far surpassing participation in the 2014 midterms. That momentum continued on Election Day. Nearly 100,000 people in Travis County cast ballots today. 

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. for KUT

A municipal court on Friday ruled in favor of Austin's ban against camping in public places.

In his decision, Municipal Judge Mitchell Solomon sided with the city in the case of Gary Bowens, an Austinite who has multiple citations for camping in public, a Class C misdemeanor that his attorneys and homelessness advocates say targets homeless people unfairly.

For residents of the Rio Grande Valley, immigration is more than an election issue. It doesn't ebb and flow with the tides of politics; it is embedded in the lives of people who live there.

Audrey McGlinchy / KUT

Update: Austin's boil-water notice has been lifted. Find out more here.

Original story:

Austin Water officials say the water utility is on track to end its boil-water notice by Sunday evening at the latest.

Julia Reihs / KUT

After a day of uncertainty, Austin officials say the city's boil-water notice could be lifted as soon as this weekend.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

At face value, Proposition K seems pretty milquetoast. It's about auditing. Not a dollars-and-cents, scream-into-the-void-while-hoping-you-don't-go-to-federal-prison-for-tax-fraud kind of audit. It's, seemingly, about efficiency, about how well city departments function and where the proverbial fat could be trimmed.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt issued a local disaster declaration Thursday after flooding damaged properties along Highland Lakes.

Twitter via @TravisCOSW

The Lower Colorado River Authority is advising residents along Lake Travis to be wary of rising water as levels at Lake Travis are forecast to reach near-record highs.

Andrea Garcia for KUT

The Llano River reached historic levels of flooding Tuesday, prompting officials in Marble Falls to order evacuations and open shelters for displaced residents. 

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

A lawsuit challenging Austin's ban on camping in public places was in court today.

Attorneys representing Gary Bowens, who is chronically homeless, argued in front of Municipal Judge Mitchell Solomon that the city law is unconstitutionally vague and violates the Eighth Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

The Diocese of Austin says it will release the names of clergy who have been accused of molestation.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune

A Houston-based religious nonprofit behind the so-called bathroom bill is suing the City of Austin over its anti-discrimination hiring ordinance. The U.S. Pastor Council filed suit in a federal district court late last week, alleging the city rule's lack of exemptions for churches or other religiously affiliated groups violates state and federal law.

San Jacinto Museum

Whether you end up pronouncing it differently or not, the road formerly known as Manchaca has a new name: Menchaca. The Austin City Council overwhelmingly approved an ordinance to change the name of the South Austin road to honor the Tejano revolutionary and San Antonio luminary, José Antonio Menchaca.

So who was he?

Martin do Nascimento / KUT

The city has given the go-ahead to a contract that would keep its portable public toilet operating for the next five years. The 24-hour toilet, which aims to keep the downtown area clean over special events like this weekend's Austin City Limits Festival, will cost Austin $115,000 this year.  

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

City Council members voted today to rename the South Austin road some believe was named for José Antonio Menchaca to reflect the correct spelling of his name. Currently spelled Manchaca – note the "a" in lieu of an "e" – its colloquialism, Manchac, has been chiseled into the cerebellum of any human who's ever crossed into Austin's city limits.

Emree Weaver for KUT

It's a new fiscal year for the City of Austin, and one of the myriad items on City Council agendas over the next year will be an overhaul of ordinances relating to homelessness. That won't be easy, as federal courts could inform – and complicate – that effort.

Pages