Headlines: Bonus Round
Super Bowl Sunday, Central Health, and more
By Monica Riese, 3:23PM, Fri. Feb. 1
There's always something happening in Austin. We try to keep you up to date in our weekly roundup of Headlines, but here's a couple noteworthy items that we didn't want you to miss.
• On Thursday, Judge Lee Yeakel dismissed the lawsuit challenging the validity of Central Health Proposition 1, a ballot measure passed last November that helps fund a medical school, teaching hospital, and much-needed clinics in Travis County through a property-tax bump. Opponents argued that property taxes are already too high, that funds should be directed at indigent care, and that partner Seton HealthCare is a Catholic institution. The Austin American-Statesman reports that the plaintiffs intend to refile in state court, which may or may not be legal.
• Just like on Labor Day, New Year's Eve, and the Fourth of July, the Austin Police Department will be enforcing a "no-refusal" initiative on Super Bowl Sunday to discourage drunken driving. Between the hours of 7:30pm Sunday, Feb. 3, and 5am Monday, Feb. 4, police can require blood draws from drivers suspected of driving while intoxicated who refuse to provide a blood or breath sample of their own accord. Designate a driver, call a cab, or hope your Super Bowl Squares picks pay out so you can pay your ticket.
• Mayor Lee Leffingwell delivers his annual State of the City address on Tuesday at 11:30am from the Four Seasons hotel Downtown. No clue yet what he'll discuss – keep your eyes on Newsdesk for updates day-of – but at least bumbling Gov. Rick Perry is an easy enough act to follow.