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APD releases footage of assault: UPDATE Suspect detained
Bus Driver Beaten
A Capital Metro bus driver was badly beaten and robbed by an angry passenger last Friday, June 10, at a bus stop in the 6000 block of Techni Center Drive in East Austin. UPDATE: APD has reported that it has the suspect, 21 year old Rickey Desean Walls, in custody. Walls was already in jail for an unconnected robbery on June 12 when he was identified.

2:28PM Fri. Jun. 17, 2011, Katie Tomasino Read More | Comment »

No More For Schools
The Texas House of Representatives had one chance to add a little bit more money into public education: And, because of the GOP's seemingly eternal and blind adherence to preserving the Rainy Day Fund, yesterday they turned their back on that decision.

9:00AM Fri. Jun. 17, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Swami Sez:
A month ago, I told y'all that F1 would be coming to city council at some point in the summer, asking for $4 million a year in tax money, on an emergency basis. They came to council last week, asking for $40 million, on an emergency basis.

Now let me tell you what's going to happen over the next week:

8:31AM Fri. Jun. 17, 2011, Nick Barbaro Read More | Comment »

F1 Funds Handshake Deal Reached
"Formula 1 has agreed to pay the $4 million contribution to the Major Events Trust Fund for the full 10 years." That was the word late Thursday from Council Member Bill Spelman. Shortly thereafter, Mayor Lee Leffingwell confirmed the Local Organizing Committee's proposal, moving the project closer to accessing the state's Major Events Trust Fund.

6:22PM Thu. Jun. 16, 2011, Michael King Read More | Comment »

TDH: 6/16/11
Our column today headed once more unto the breach on single-member districts. But what's a SMD column without maps? After the jump, we've got more SMD maps than you could ever want – that is, if you agree with the mayor's call for only six districts.

9:11AM Thu. Jun. 16, 2011, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect Highland Lake Water
As if the construction of a coal power plant by an energy corporation named White Stallion weren't ironic enough, the company behind the project is asking the Lower Colorado River Authority for an enormous water usage permit during the worst drought in 50 years. However, the LCRA board voted this morning to delay a decision until early August.

6:15PM Wed. Jun. 15, 2011, Ramon Martinez Read More | Comment »

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Will Legislation Save Humberto Leal?
Vermont Democratic U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy on June 14 filed a bill that would ensure U.S. compliance with the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, which in part guarantees foreign nationals abroad access to consular officials. Advocates representing Texas death row inmate Humberto Leal hope the legislation will save their client's life.

3:59PM Wed. Jun. 15, 2011, Jordan Smith Read More | Comment »

Reward Offered in Cap Met Assault Case
Veolia Transportation, one of Capital Metro's labor contractors, is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man alleged to have assaulted one of its drivers. The suspect is a black male in his early 20s to 30s, 5 feet 9 inches tall, and skinny (see photo).

3:56PM Wed. Jun. 15, 2011, Lee Nichols Read More | Comment »

TDH: 6/15/11
City Council got a tantalizing glimpse at urban rail routes yesterday – and a reality check on cost – as staff presented four routes with price tags ranging from $250 to $680 million.

2:47PM Wed. Jun. 15, 2011, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

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