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Austin's NPR station makes changes amid backlash, plus the week's 5 most popular stories

Austin's NPR station makes changes, plus week's 5 most popular stories

Teresa Frontado KUT executive editor
Teresa Frontado will join KUT as executive editor next year. Photo courtesy of KUT

Editor's note: It's that time again — time to to check in with our top stories of the week. From changes at Austin's NPR station to a new restaurant from Perry's Steakhouse & Grille, here are the five stories that captured Austin's attention over the past seven days.

1. Austin's NPR station hires new executive editor following disturbing accusations. In September 2018, an industry magazine published a report detailing some disturbing accusations at KUT, Austin's NPR station. In the wake of the story, the radio station has focused on making positive changes, including a new hire announced this week.

2. This Austin suburb tops the list of biggest holiday spenders in U.S. Cedar Parkers (Parktonians?) really, really like to give presents. This year, it's estimated that individuals living in the Austin suburb will spend an average of $2,263 during the holiday season. 

3. Old-school downtown steakhouse primed to open new South Austin concept. Steakhouse/downtown dining staple Perry's is carving out a new future in Southwest Austin. Carve, an ever-so-slightly more casual concept, is making its debut on December 17. Diners can enjoy meat (of course!), a very cool wine program (it uses taps!), and beautiful al fresco views (the Hill Country!).

4. Ethereal West Texas attraction among best places in U.S. to see the stars. Any Austinite worth their salt has traveled to West Texas to stand under the night sky at the McDonald Observatory, but now it seems the rest of the world is taking notice. 

5. Vegan dim sum truck plows into popular East Austin coffee shop and bar. The pioneers behind Plow Burger and Plow-B-Q are dipping into the dumpling game. Plow Bao, which opens soon at Buzz Mill Shady, offers vegan dumplings and dim sum.