Just under six months after the Texas Tribune weathered its first-ever round of layoffs, staff announced this morning that they are unionizing with the NewsGuild-CWA and asking for voluntary recognition from management by January 31.
Travis County District AttorneyJosé Garza has appointed a new leader to the office’s Special Victims Unit, which assists victims of family violence and sexual assault. Andrea Austin, who has tried cases for 12 years with the D.A.’s office, was announced as the new director of SVU on Thursday.
Art Acevedo, a controversial former chief of the Austin Police Department, is now an assistant city manager at City Hall with a $271,000-a-year salary, according to reporting by Tony Plohetski at the Statesman.
As the White House has continued its support of Israel amid what humanitarian experts around the world have called a genocide in Gaza, advocates have been steadily convincing city officials around the country to adopt resolutions calling for a cease-fire, in an attempt to send a message to the Biden administration.
Maybe Texas Republicans aren’t that good at writing censorship laws. On Wednesday, the most conservative federal appeals court in the country overturned House Bill 900, a law passed this spring that would ban books from public school libraries.