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Planned Parenthood protesters stormed the Capitol on Nov. 5, as part of a six-city #PinkOutTX movement to pressure Gov. Greg Abbott into reversing the decision to cut the women's health organization from Medicaid funding. Additional bursts of pink made their cases in Brownsville, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. (Photo by John Anderson)

City Council meets today (Thursday, Nov. 12) with a full slate of zoning cases along with contentious matters like short-term rentals and a Convention Center Master Plan, while hoping the next flood is not imminent. See "Council: It Never Rains but It Pours," Nov. 13.

The U.S. Justice Department announced it would appeal to the Supreme Court the 5th Circuit Court's 2-1 decision overruling President Obama's executive action directing "deferred action" on deportation of an estimated 5 million undocumented immigrants.

Flood aftermath and flood threat remain ongoing concerns in the Onion Creek and Williamson Creek area, as City Council held a special-called meeting Sunday and an open house at Perez Elementary Monday to hear affected residents and take steps to accelerate city buyouts of flooded homes. See "Council: It Never Rains but It Pours," Nov. 13.


Photo by John Anderson

Austin Pets Alive! has regained custody of Neville, the 30-pound lab mix that bit a 2-year-old boy in the face in September. Previously sentenced to death by the Austin Municipal Court, Neville will now be placed in a home, provided (by order of Travis County Attorney David Escamilla) he receives behavioral training and is not placed in a home with children.

A McLennan County grand jury issued 106 indictments on Tuesday in connection to the May 17 shootout that left nine dead at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco. Each of the 106 have been charged with engaging in organized crime. Seventy-one more arrestees are yet to go before the grand jury. Proceedings were not open to the public, and a judge has put a gag order over the many cases.

Marlin Police Chief Darrell Allen, 43, died Tuesday after being shot in the face on Nov. 1 while working off-duty security at the Laid Back Lounge II in nearby Temple. Temple police arrested 24-year-old Derrick Wayne Gamble in connection.

Raphael Holiday becomes the 13th and final Texan to be executed in 2015; there currently remain no more state-approved killings on the docket. In 2002, Holiday, 36, was convicted of killing his daughter and two step-daughters by setting fire to their home.

Gerrymandering remains, as a U.S. District Court in San Antonio said the contested congressional and state House maps drawn by Repub­licans in 2013 will be used in the 2016 elections. The judges denied a request for a temporary injunction, ruling that changing the maps this close to the primaries would be too disruptive to democracy.

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