› If you hurry, you can swim with a Council member at Barton Springs. No regular meeting today (Sept. 19), but the whole dais is expected at the pool this morning (9am) to review improvements in progress. See "Council: Return to Forever."
› At press time, the Austin Business Journal reported that White Lodging has filed suit against the city over the cancellation of development incentives for the Congress Avenue hotel project.
› The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has notified the city of Austin that its hiring process for 2012 Austin Fire Dept. cadets had a "disparate impact" on African-American and Hispanic candidates, and was therefore discriminatory.
› The city of Austin Planning and Development Review Department has rejected a site plan submitted for the proposed Austin Aquarium. A revised plan, addressing deficiencies, must now be submitted. For more, see Newsdesk online.
› Attorney Adam Loewy filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the city and Austin Police Detective Charles Kleinert on behalf of the family of Larry Eugene Jackson Jr., fatally shot by Kleinert near Shoal Creek in Central Austin in July.
› More than three years after she went missing, APD last week announced that Julie Ann Gonzalez's estranged husband George De La Cruz has been charged with murder in connection with her 2010 disappearance.
› The bag ban lives on!(?) The Texas Retailers Association has withdrawn its lawsuit regarding "the clarity" of the city of Austin's rules against disposal shopping bags.
› Democrats, mark your calendars. Senator Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, told supporters via email that she will announce her future political plans – which many suspect include a run for governor in 2014 – on Oct. 3.
› Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is removing his foot from his mouth again after claiming that he has only given Senate Democrats chairs on unimportant committees. Cue the wrath of potential lite guv candidate Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, who reminded him pointedly that her Senate Veteran Affairs & Military Installations Committee is far from unimportant.
› The House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations has set its rules in its investigation and potential impeachment proceedings against UT Regent Wallace Hall. Hall's attorneys are furious that they won't be able to cross-examine witnesses giving testimony.
› Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Ben Loftsgaarden with Greyhill Advisors, and Mike Shea with South by Southwest announced on Wednesday the results of the SXSW Economic Impact Report. In 2013, the annual music, film, and interactive conferences brought $218.2 million into the Austin economy, along with $37.5 million in estimated media brand value.