Not such a big box after all: Wal-Mart and Lincoln Properties announced Monday that the planned supercenter at Northcross, vigorously opposed by nearby neighborhoods, will be scaled back to under 100,000 square feet, with no immediate timeline for construction. See "Wal-Mart Puts Smiley Faces on Neighbors."
The state Sunset Advisory Commission grilled Department of Public Safety officials over inefficient and inadequate management Tuesday in the wake of the fire at the Governor's Mansion – while an open records request for the fire-night video was withheld on grounds that it might provide security info to "terrorists." Right. See "DPS Turns to Secret Service for Security Advice."
The U.S. Senate prepared to approve the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act amendments this week, following last week's House vote that would expand the president's authority for warrantless wiretapping. As of Wednesday, there was growing opposition in the Senate, which may at least delay passage. See "Point Austin."