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February 15, 2013, News

• Federal District Judge Lee Yeakel on Tuesday denied an attempt to unseal internal police department documents related to the May 2011 police killing of Byron Carter, ruling that the documents should remain confidential unless a civil rights suit filed in the aftermath of the shooting death goes to trial in July.

• At its Tuesday work session, City Council agreed to spend a $14.3 million 2013 budget surplus on a range of needs, including $10 million for affordable housing. See "Council: Valentine's Day Expenses."

• Today's (Thursday) headline item is a controversial proposal to create an independent board to manage Austin Energy. With the backing of at least four Council members, a resolution to kickstart the process is expected to move forward today, but not without plenty of resistance from environmental and consumer activists. See "Then There's This."

• The special court of inquiry convened to investigate prosecutorial misconduct in the Michael Morton case concluded Friday, Feb. 8, with the judge expected to rule later this spring. The inquiry considered allegations that former Wil­liam­son County District Attorney Ken Anderson withheld evidence from Morton's defense in his trial for the murder of his wife; he spent 25 years in prison before DNA evidence cleared him.

• A funeral procession for former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle made its way from North Texas to Austin on Tuesday for burial services at the state cemetery in East Austin; Kyle was killed at a shooting range south of Fort Worth.

KLBJ's Barbara McCarley died Wednesday after a car crash on RM 2222. Station director Todd Jeffries mourned her loss on his Facebook page, saying he and his co-workers were "heart broken." She leaves behind a husband and two kids.

• City buildings including City Hall, arts centers and museums, and all Austin Public Library locations will be closed Monday, Feb. 18, in observance of Presidents Day. Trash collection remains unaltered.

• President Obama delivered his State of the Union speech Tuesday evening, emphasizing the scheduled departure of combat troops from Afghanistan, a higher minimum wage, immigration reform, gun control, and a brace of domestic programs not likely to escape Congress.

• After a heated manhunt across southern Cali­for­nia, police ended their standoff with former Los Angeles Police Officer Christopher Dorner on Tuesday at a burned-out cabin in the San Bernardino mountains. There are conflicting reports on whether Dorner's body has been recovered or identified. He was suspected of killing at least three people.

Pope Benedict XVI (né Joseph Ratzinger) announced Monday that he would resign from his post as pontiff at the end of this month. He is the first pope to do so in six centuries.

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