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Austin, Texas Cities Promise Legal Fight Against SB 4
Local leaders from across Texas banded together Tuesday (May 16) on the Capitol‘s south steps to announce joint plans to file suit against the anti-immigrant Senate Bill 4 (signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott earlier this month) on grounds that the impending law violates the U.S. Constitution.

4:26PM Tue. May 16, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

Cornyn Rumored as FBI Chief
It’s been a mixed weekend for Sen. John Cornyn. First Texas’ senior senator had his invitation to speak at Texas Southern University’s commencement revoked. On the upswing, he was rumored to be shortlisted as the next director of the FBI – then one of his fellow GOP senators said he’d be a bad choice as the government’s top cop.

1:41PM Mon. May 15, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Cornyn Rumored as FBI Chief
Reporters Roundtable
Chronicle staff writer Michael King joined the Austin Monitor May 9 to talk City Hall. Monitor publisher Mike Kanin (soon moving to the Texas Observer) moderated King, Monitor Editor Elizabeth Pagano, and staffer Nina Hernandez in a discussion of the budget forecast, CodeNEXT, the homestead exemption, and more.

1:30PM Mon. May 15, the News Staff Read More | Comment »

Council: Whatever It Is, I’m Against It
As anticipated, City Council’s May 11 meeting was abbreviated, roughly three hours in the afternoon. Members did manage to use one of them to dither a proposed student commission within an inch of its life.

8:00AM Mon. May 15, Michael King Read More | Comment »

APD Officer Fired for Tampering With Rape Case
Interim Police Chief Brian Manley fired APD Officer Carlos Mayfield on Friday, May 5, after an Internal Affairs investigation concluded that the 13-year veteran tampered with a sexual assault case in November.

5:00PM Mon. May 8, Sarah Marloff Read More | Comment »

In Pre-emptive Attack, Texas Files Suit Against Austin Over "Sanctuary Cities"
Just one day after Gov. Greg Abbott’s secretive signing of a bill that would punish so-called “sanctuary cities,” the state of Texas has stoked a legal battle against Travis County and the City of Austin in order to “uphold the constitutionality” of anti-immigrant Senate Bill 4.

4:20PM Mon. May 8, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

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Return of the Panama Hat
With much of the tough action moving to budget prep, current City Council agendas are fairly light and adjournments relatively early. Nevertheless, last Thursday the dais did move forward on the Mobility Bond, worked through a brace of zoning cases, and somewhat grudgingly approved a Downtown rail plaza.

8:00AM Mon. May 8, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Abbott Signs "Sanctuary Cities" Bill Into Law
Without warning Sunday evening, Gov. Greg Abbott signed the anti-immigrant Senate Bill 4 into law.

8:50PM Sun. May 7, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

One Dead in Officer Involved Shooting on Sixth Street
A 24-year-old man was shot and killed by Austin Police last night after the man fired a pistol on Sixth Street, engaged in a foot chase with Downtown officers, then attempted to shoot those pursuing officers after turning north onto Trinity Street.

7:45AM Sun. May 7, Chase Hoffberger Read More | Comment »

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