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Who Pays For Police Union Work?
Last week two Austin Police Department officers, Cpls. John Coffey and George Jackoskie, filed a grievance with their union, the Austin Police Association, arguing that the union and city have broken the police contract by paying a member to be off the beat and working on statewide union issues.

3:48PM Sat. Aug. 6, 2011, Jordan Smith Read More | Comment »

Guilty
Polygamist prophet Warren Jeffs, head of the Mormon breakaway sect the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has been found guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a child and sexual assault of a child involving two teen girls who he had taken as "spiritual" wives.

7:12PM Fri. Aug. 5, 2011, Jordan Smith Read More | Comment »

Another Day, Another ERCOT Power Warning
For the fourth day Austin Energy and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas are asking people to cut power consumption until 7pm. Today's Stage One warning is better than yesterday's Stage Two warning, but still a bad sign for the power grid. They have issued a reminder about useful ways to conserve power.

3:59PM Fri. Aug. 5, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

ERCOT Issues Level 2 Power Emergency
Out of the frying pan, into the fire: The Electric Reliability Council of Texas just Tweeted that it is issuing a Level 2 energy emergency. This means that, among large industrial users, rolling blackouts may be necessary.

3:01PM Thu. Aug. 4, 2011, Lee Nichols Read More | Comment »

School Scores, School Funds
Mark Williams, president of Austin Independent School District, is facing a conundrum. How is he supposed to set policy for the years ahead when the state doesn't seem to know what it needs?

12:20PM Thu. Aug. 4, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Free Puppy (And Kitty) Love
This week we've got two super hot adoption specials from the Austin Humane Society, and a few details about a September paws-tastic event for dog lovers.

9:56AM Thu. Aug. 4, 2011, Jordan Smith Read More | Comment »

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ERCOT Issues Another Power Emergency
Just like yesterday, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas has issued a "Level 1" emergency power warning and asked Texans to reduce their electricity usage 3-7pm today. The agency warns that it may have to go to the more extreme Level 2.

3:46PM Wed. Aug. 3, 2011, Lee Nichols Read More | Comment »

ERCOT Issues Power Emergency Warning
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (the agency that manages the state's electricity grid) has issued an emergency warning that Texas' power reserves are dipping perilously low as today's heat taxes air conditioning systems statewide. In the press release below, ERCOT asks Texans to back off on power usage until 7pm, and offers tips on how to do so:

3:57PM Tue. Aug. 2, 2011, Lee Nichols Read More | Comment »

The Shadow of Oslo
First there were the Oslo terror attacks. Then there was the discovery of a new threat to Fort Hood. What has received less coverage is the fire bombing of a Planned Parenthood Clinic in McKinney, Texas.

9:00AM Mon. Aug. 1, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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