Fri., Sept. 6, 2013
› No regular meeting of City Council this week; instead, three days – Sept. 9, 10, 11 – of "budget readings," usually a pro forma affair but likely more intense this round, as Council spent Tuesday's work session trying to adjust the budget to avoid or diminish a property tax increase – we'll find out if they succeeded.
› British Airways announced this week that in March 2014 it will begin non-stop flights from Austin to London Heathrow. Flights will begin four days a week, moving to daily in May.
› A Travis County grand jury has declined to indict APD Officer Eric Copeland for the April 2012 shooting death of Ahmede Bradley. Copeland chased Bradley on foot after he fled from a traffic stop. The two got into a scuffle seen by witnesses who called 911 to report that Bradley was trying to get access to Copeland's gun.
› Lawyers for the State Bar and former Williamson County D.A. Ken Anderson, accused of withholding exculpatory evidence from Michael Morton's defense more than 25 years ago is set to go to trial at the end of the month. Anderson argued that the statute of limitations on any alleged infraction would've run out years ago – while Morton was still wrongly incarcerated for the murder of his wife.
› The 3rd Court of Appeals has overturned the conviction of Dennis Davis, saying that his attorney failed to present to a jury key evidence suggesting that someone else killed Natalie Antonetti, mother of musician Johnny Goudie, back in 1985.
› Wallace Jefferson, the first African American to serve as chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court, has announced he will retire his post, effective Oct. 1. Jefferson's early exit means Gov. Rick Perry will have yet another opportunity to appoint another judge to the state's highest civil court mid-term, offering that candidate the advantage of psuedo-incumbency by the time the November 2014 elections roll around.
› Keeping up with Mississippi, the Texas National Guard says it will not process requests for marital benefits from same-sex couples, despite a Department of Defense directive to do so. The Guard cited Texas law banning same-sex marriages, although it said Guard members can still apply for benefits at federal facilities in Texas.
› Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo has named Jessica Robledo as the department's first Hispanic assistant chief. She replaces retiring AC Patti Robinson.
› Texas voter ID laws will get their day in court: On Aug. 30, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos consolidated the two pending cases against the state's rules into one suit, and set a hearing date for Oct. 25.
› East Side Tubes has reopened after gaining a temporary restraining order against the city of Austin. Code compliance had shut down the tubing business, claiming health and safety issues, and will make that case before a judge on Sept. 12.