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Wells Dunbar

As  online editor for KUT News, Wells Dunbar covers news in Austin, Central Texas and beyond. Before joining the KUT family, Wells served as staff writer and news blog editor at The Austin Chronicle, and covered the Texas Legislature for Gallery Watch. Hailing from El Paso, Wells is a longtime Austin resident whose interests include technology and social media, film and music, and spending quality time with his wife and cat.

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  • Details surrounding the elementary school shooting in Newton, Connecticut are still unfolding. The Associated Press cites a police source reporting 27 dead, including 18 children. You can follow updates in a live blog from NPR, and get real time coverage from Google News. Elected officials in Texas are beginning to issue statements about the shooting. KUT News has compiled them below; we will update this post as more come in. Texas Gov. Rick Perry: “The horrific event that transpired at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut is as profoundly disturbing as it is impossible to fully understand. The fact that so many victims were children weighs heavily upon the hearts and souls of each Texan and every American. Anita and I send our personal condolences to everyone touched by this senseless tragedy, pray for the quick healing of those injured, and extend our hopes that time will help ease the suffering of those who lost loved ones.” Texas Attorney Gen. Greg Abbott: "The senseless and cowardly shooting in Connecticut reminds us all of the vigilance we must maintain to protect our children in their schools. I pray for the victims, their families and the Newtown community as they deal with this horrendous tragedy. As a board member of the Texas School Safety Center, I am committed to making sure educators, students and law enforcement are working together to prepare Texas schools for the unthinkable. We must not wait until it's too late to act. We remind all schools to review their school safety plan to ensure they have proper procedures to keep students and campuses safe." Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson (in remarks to Houston Chronicle, “ Texas Land Commissioner: Schools should have armed personnel”): "The common denominator for the school shootings in Aurora, Columbine and Virginia Tech is that we have a target-rich environment … You have a shooter that is completely free to go about his sick fantasy. We need to do what it takes to change that." "Had there been (armed security guard and citizens) in Colorado, at Virginia Tech or now in Connecticut – someone that could have changed the dynamic and to do so by having a firearm – there would be fewer lives lost." Texas Comptroller Susan Combs ( via Twitter) "Our thoughts & prayers are with all those affected by the horrible tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut." U.S. Sen. John Cornyn( via Twitter) "Thoughts & prayers with the families, teachers, and entire community of Newtown, CT on this tragic day" U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison ( via Twitter) “Please keep your thoughts and prayers with those affected by the school shooting in Connecticut today” U.S Representative-Elect Pete Gallego( via Twitter): "Can't imagine the pain of losing a child - so innocent & young. What a senseless act! My heart & prayers are w/ victims & their families. Hug you children as soon as they get home from school-& say a prayer for those parents who won't get to do that today. How horrific." Texas State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte( via Twitter) "My prayers go out to the parents and children in Connecticut."
  • And now for something completely different: KUT News’ pals  at StateImpact Texas point to reports that a Nacogdoches veterinarian claims to have sequenced Bigfoot’s DNA. Melba Ketchum says she’s plotted the genetic makeup of the elusive cryptid via DNA from hair, blood and tissue samples. (Maybe not so surprisingly, many folks still have questions.) StateImpact Texas also reminds us that, should you come across an ornery Yeti, yes, it is legal to kill it in Texas. “Bigfoot would be a non-protected wild animal,” Texas Parks and Wildlife’s L. David Sinclair told StateImpact Texas earlier this year. KUT News is relatively new to the Bigfoot beat, but a good local source for all your Bigfoot news is Austin’s , located on Sixth Street. The museum has a section dedicated to Bigfoot, and its website has all the info you need on the big fella, including a recent alleged  sighting in East Texas.  “I’ve been keeping close tabs on this story; it’s been developing the last few years,” says museum owner Steve Busti. “I think it’s really big news.” But how does one get into that line of work exaclty? “One of my earliest experiences as a young child was when I got to see this Bigfoot-like creature that was in a sideshow,” Busti says. “It was this body frozen in ice. Today it’s known as the Minnesota Iceman." “Today its been proven as a hoax," he says. "But when I was a kid it sparked my imagination.”