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Giving in the Heat
Yesterday you good people stepped up to the heat at our annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival to help the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas: Today, the homeless animals of Austin need your help as the Austin Humane Society finds itself in dire need. Their AC has burnt out, and they need homes for their animals now.

4:30PM Mon. Aug. 29, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

The Passion of the Kinky
When we heard that Kinky Friedman was getting back into political punditry, we had one thought: What's he selling now? Whatever it was, seems someone isn't buying, because he is backing away from last week's headline-grabbing endorsement of Gov. Rick Perry for president.

1:48PM Mon. Aug. 29, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

TDH: 8/29/11
If the City Council approves a raise for the City Manager and no one hears it, does it make a sound? That riddle’s on the Hustle’s mind after council’s procedural, cut-and-dry approach to a raise for City Manager Marc Ott last week.

12:32PM Mon. Aug. 29, 2011, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

TDH: 8/26/11
Where to even start? Yesterday’s City Council meeting included settlement of the Nathaniel Sanders II and Sir Smith cases, discussion of when to hold the city’s next election, and the City Hall circus sideshow. And if that ain’t enough, now we have cost estimates for mothballing WTP4. We hit it all after the jump.

5:16PM Fri. Aug. 26, 2011, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

Austin's Planned Parenthood Loses State Funding
As predicted, a host of family planning providers – including Planned Parenthood – have lost all state funding as a result of lawmakers' draconian cuts to the budget traditionally used to provide low-income and uninsured women with access to basic reproductive health care.

5:02PM Fri. Aug. 26, 2011, Jordan Smith Read More | Comment »

The Totally Awesome Auschron Newscast Splits
More downloadable sonic pleasure from Newsdesk: Lee Nichols talks congressional redistricting, Wells Dunbar goes over all the recent city settlements, and Richard Whittaker pulls on the wild wires coming out of the Perry campaign.

4:24PM Fri. Aug. 26, 2011, Lee Nichols, Wells Dunbar and Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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TDH: 8/25/11
If it's Thursday, that must mean the Hustle is down at City Hall, live tweeting the week's council goodness. Follow along on our Twitter page, and see this week's preview and column for an idea of what's about to happen.

10:22AM Thu. Aug. 25, 2011, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

Texas Under Power Warning
Today Central Texas reached its 70th day of triple-digit temperatures, and the resultant strain on the electric grid has caused the Electric Reliability Council of Texas to issue a Power Warning. They are asking everyone to cut electricity consumption until 7pm. This is serious: If things get worse, we could be looking at rolling blackouts.

3:44PM Wed. Aug. 24, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Sparks Strikes Again in Abortion Case
Just when you thought federal District Judge Sam Sparks might have some time to work on his first opinion related to the state's new ultrasound-before-abortion bill, he's had to stop and take time out, once again, to fend off the attempts of political grandstanders wanting to intervene and tell him what's what. He ain't havin' it.

5:32PM Tue. Aug. 23, 2011, Jordan Smith Read More | Comment »

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