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Kate McGee, KUT News

Kate is the education reporter at KUT, covering the Austin Independent School District, public, and higher education in Texas. She got her public radio start at Fordham University's WFUV. Her voice has been heard on the East and West coasts as a reporter and producer for WNYC and KUNR in Reno, Nevada. She has also appeared on NPR's Morning Edition,  All Things Considered, The Takeaway  and more. In her spare time, Kate enjoys discovering new music, traveling and trying local beers. 

A little more than 10 years ago, Texas banned soda machines and deep fryers in public school cafeterias. Now the state's current agriculture commissioner, Sid Miller , wants to do away with that ban. He believes these kinds of restrictions should be in the hands of local school boards — not state regulators. But some students are among those who aren't happy about this idea. Take fifth-grader Austin Tharpe, who recently guided me through the narrow lunch line at Doss Elementary School in...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: After five-and-a-half years, there is now full recognition for the victims of the shooting rampage at Fort Hood in Texas. It was the deadliest mass shooting on a U.S. military base. Thirteen people were killed and more than 30 others were injured. Kate McGee, of member station KUT, reports on a ceremony that honored victims and marked a change of course by the military. KATE MCGEE, BYLINE: At Fort Hood...