Juneteenth Battle of the Bands competition harkens back to days when marching bands enjoyed a celebrated place in Austin's black community, and creates opportunity for greater future African-American involvement in school bands.
Although the U.S. House of Representatives rejected a measure that would ban the DOJ from using taxpayer money to arrest, jail, and prosecute medi-pot patients in compliance with state law, the number of reps voting in favor of the Hinchey-Rohrabacher amendment is growing. Also, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act makes its debut.
Members of Texas Campaign for the Environment joined local community groups in denouncing Gov. Perry's decision to sign a bill that will eliminate statewide, mandatory public meetings for hazardous waste sites, landfills, sludge dumps, and other trash facilities.