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Sen. Leticia Van de Putte exchanges a laugh outside Travis Heights Elementary School, with her sister Annabelle Garcia (l) and mother Belle Ortiz. 
The lieutenant governor candidate ended her statewide bus tour in Austin on Monday.
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte exchanges a laugh outside Travis Heights Elementary School, with her sister Annabelle Garcia (l) and mother Belle Ortiz. The lieutenant governor candidate ended her statewide bus tour in Austin on Monday. (Photo by Jana Birchum)

› Today's City Council meeting is delayed until at least 1pm so council members can attend the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Library; eventually they'll discuss mid-year budget policy and vested development rights (grandfathering).

› Speaking of the Summit, which honors the 50th Anni­versary of Lyndon Johnson signing the 1964 Civil Rights Act, it has thus far featured panels on gay rights and immigration, Mavis Staples and Graham Nash, and Jimmy Carter. A very tough ticket, but live-streamed at www.civilrightssummit.org.

› Incumbent Council Members Chris Riley and Kathie Tovo said they will indeed be running for re-election, in the new District 9. More candidates are designating treasurers daily (see "Council: Water Into Whine").

› A first court appearance for Rashad Owens, charged with one count of capital murder and 20 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the SXSW Red River hit-and-run, has been rescheduled. Originally slated for Wednesday morning, Owens will now not appear in court until April 30.

› Plenty of transportation planning action this week, with movement forward on urban rail, TxDOT's I-35 Improvement Plan, and the Airport Boulevard Corridor; see p.16 for more.

› At last, there's one potential candidate for the November AISD board of trustees elections. Paul Saldaña, head of Saldaña Public Rela­tions, said he's "seriously considering" a run in District 6, currently held by Trustee Lori Moya.

› A highly unseasonable storm ripped through Austin on April 7, downing trees and causing power outages to 12,000 Austin Energy customers – including the AISD board of trustees, which had to cancel its Monday meeting.

› State Sen. and lieutenant governor candidate Leticia Van de Putte concluded a statewide campaign bus tour in Austin Monday, questioning incumbent Greg Abbott's education policies and the Legislature's underfunding of public schools.

› Controversial UT System Regent Wallace Hall may be one step closer to impeachment, after members of the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations received a 176-page draft report concluding that he leaked critical student information, violating both state and federal privacy laws, and coerced UT staff to alter their committee testimony.

› Special prosecutor Michael McCrum said he is "very concerned" about the legality of Gov. Rick Perry's 2013 veto of state funding for the Travis County Public Integrity Unit: Perry deleted the line item from the state budget after District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to resign over her DWI conviction. McCrum confirmed that a grand jury is being empanelled to consider charges.

› Rep. Paul Workman, R-Austin, has been named to the new House Select Committee on Transport­ation Funding, Expenditures, and Finance. Speaker Joe Straus has already described transportation as one of the top issues for the next legislative session.

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