City Council meetings resumed with a vengeance this week, featuring the regular work session Tuesday, a daylong budget work session Wednesday, and Thursday's regular meeting. (See "Council: The Devil in the Details," Aug. 5.)
Council moved closer to a November mobility bond election this week, reviewing proposed ballot language and confirming the "smart corridor" emphasis of the $720 million "Go Big" bond proposal. Still to come: public hearing and a vote on the proposition. (See "Go Big," Aug. 5.)
Cabinet shuffle at Mayor Steve Adler's office: Community Engagement Director Jim Wick is taking a leave of absence to shepherd the November transport bond campaign. Former Lee Leffingwell senior staffer Amy Everhart takes his place, stepping aside from her job with local PR firm Hahn Public Communications until after the election.
U.S. Marshals arrested alleged Sixth Street shooting suspect Endicott McCray in Atlanta on Wednesday. The 24-year-old from San Marcos is accused of opening fire early Sunday morning, killing one and injuring four others. Police charged McCray with first-degree murder on Sunday night.
Round Rock Police reported Wednesday that Travis County Sheriff's Sergeant Craig Hutchinson, found dead in his own backyard shortly before 2am on July 25, died from a bullet fired by his own weapon. Officials declined to confirm a cause of death but wouldn't rule out suicide. Previous reports indicated Hutchinson died while investigating a burglary.
Texas Facilities Commission plans for the Capitol Complex and the North Austin Complex (located between 45th and 51st streets along Lamar) were scheduled to be unveiled as the Chronicle went to press. The commission has been eyeing ways to develop the valuable real estate it controls around the Capitol, while pulling state employees out of expensive offices and getting more use out of the J.H. Winters building.
Last week, a group led by NARAL Pro-Choice Texas delivered nearly 5,000 public comments to the Department of State Health Services, opposing revisions to the state-issued "Woman's Right to Know" booklet. (See "Health Advocates Deliver Thousands of Comments to Oppose Texas' Pre-Abortion Booklet Revisions," July 27.)
A potential rift in Texas' U.S. Senate delegation developed after senior Sen. John Cornyn called junior Sen. Ted Cruz's decision to not endorse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during the Republican National Convention "a mistake." The comments add fuel to rumors that Cruz will face a serious primary challenge in 2018.