This week's news with a capital 'N'

• City Council meets today (Thursday) for the first of several public budget hearings – just how much is that trash pickup worth? See "City Hall Hustle."

Capital Metro moved closer to a systemwide fare increase, as a local government committee endorsed a plan to raise most fares over the next two years. See "Committee Approves Bus Fare Hike."

• On Wednesday night, the Austin Independent School District trustees were contemplating their new budget numbers, including a proposed tax rate that would require a public vote.

• In defiance of international law and our treaty obligations – a phrase increasingly common in discussions of American governance – Texas executed murderer José Medellín Tuesday night, clouding the fate of accused travelers everywhere. See "Medellín Executed."

Quote of the Week


"Most of us try to make our mark, in some small way. But it's a rare group of human beings who can look themselves in the mirror and know, beyond any doubt, that the world is a far worse place for their having lived in it." – Cartoonist Tom Tomorrow, on the 20th anniversary of the Rush Limbaugh talk show

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