› City Council meets today with plenty of gristle to chew: a proposed consent decree with the feds on Austin Fire Department hiring, a resolution to resist regional plans to build SH 45, and a step toward approving rideshare systems for peak-time Downtown service. See "Council: Fire, Flood, and Men on Horseback."
› Fundraising season began May 8 for the November City Council races, and you can't swing a live armadillo without hitting somebody's campaign kickoff; the 10 district races are all in play, and it looks like at least five candidates for mayor. See the Chronicle Elections page online.
› Heavy rains and a cold snap interrupted the push toward summertime this week, and brought perhaps a couple of days of slightly higher water to the Highland Lakes, still suffering from years of drought.
› On Monday, a Travis County grand jury indicted former APD detective Charles Kleinert on manslaughter charges in the fatal shooting of Larry Eugene Jackson Jr. Kleinert was released on personal bond shortly after turning himself in to the Travis County Justice Center. See "Ex-APD Detective Indicted in Shooting."
› APD officer Robert Krummel, however, was cleared by a grand jury Tuesday. In October 2012, then-Coyote Ugly employee Gwen Daniels accelerated through Sixth Street, striking multiple pedestrians while fleeing an unruly crowd. Concerned about safety, Krummel fired at the car's windshield four times. Daniels was uninjured.
› In response to the drunken Sixth Street swell, new parking restrictions go into effect today along Sixth Street between Red River and Brazos. The new rules will restrict parking between 9pm and 3am Thursdays through Sundays.
› Mary Ann Barclay, an Austin lesbian who made waves in her effort to be ordained by the United Methodist Church, was denied recommendation by the Southwest Annual Texas Conference Tuesday. UMC's Book of Discipline bars "self-avowed practicing homosexuals" from ordination – a policy Barclay's home church, University United Methodist, says is discriminatory.
› On Tuesday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay of execution scheduled that evening in the case of Robert Campbell, ruling that he had not been given sufficient opportunity to present evidence that he is mentally retarded and therefore ineligible for capital punishment.
› Attorney General Greg Abbott is busy on the campaign trail, but not too busy to defend Texas' gerrymandering and voter ID laws. Last week he challenged subpoenas in two different courts that would require lawmakers to hand over emails relating to potential voter suppression.
› An embarrassing weekend for UT's football program, after precisely zero Longhorns were drafted by the NFL. The only headlines the program garnered were spurred by outrage at quarterback Case McCoy for tweeting "ESPN ... You serious right now?" in response to Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend after being picked by the St. Louis Rams.