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Faster Than Sound: Music Advocates Say Convention Center Expansion Key to Unlocking City Funds
Can the commercial music industry finally get a cut of the HOT action? Also: City protects venue employees from receiving sound citations and Austin rapper Hella Sketchy dies of overdose.
"..."State statute says hotel tax funds are supposed to be..."

July 5, 2019 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

Is the City Dumping Longtime Tech Nonprofit Austin Free-Net for a Cali Company?
CM Pool punts vote to March 1 over "transparency" concerns
" contract to a company that’s located out of state...."

Feb. 23, 2018 News Post by Mary Tuma

Sheriff Sally Hernandez Continues to Do "What’s Right"
Besieged by the state GOP, Hernandez shows no sign of backing down from her immigration policies
"...federal lawsuit, the withholding of millions of dollars in state grants, and the filing of Senate Bill 4, the..."

July 7, 2017 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Lege Lines: Think of the Children
Can the Lege fix Child Protective Services?
"...inmates continue to go unnoticed. In 2009, it was state schools (now redubbed "state supported living centers"), where patients..."

May 12, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Lege Lines: Left in the Dark
Who knew about the ICE raids this weekend? Not your state reps.
"...he had heard word of other arrests across the state, but nothing of the scale of what happened in..."

Feb. 17, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

How Much Does a Witch Hunt Cost?
The state has spent tens of thousands investigating Planned Parenthood
"...the illegal sale of fetal tissue by Planned Parenthood, state officials last year launched two investigations into the reproductive..."

June 3, 2016 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Paying Out of Pocket for Autism
Needed treatment deemed "not cost-effective" by city insurer
"...of 1974) permit self-funded municipal health plans to circumvent state law and provide their own amended benefits packages. Towers..."

March 27, 2015 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

"...after the council candidates forum hosted by the Real Estate Coun­cil of Austin turned up some interesting results: Randi..."

April 29, 2011 News Feature

Lege Land: Budget Imbalancing Act
Texas faces $4.3 billion revenue shortfall
"...The Texas Constitution instructs the state Legislature to pass a balanced budget. So now that..."

Jan. 14, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Two Snapshots, One Problem
Hispanics won battles this week that they shouldn't have had to fight
" assured we take these matters very seriously," the statement read, "and will take appropriate action."..."

April 24, 2009 News Feature by Michael King

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"...– Independent gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman, to the Austin American-Statesman, on attempts to woo him to run as a..."

Aug. 12, 2005 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Lege Wrap-Up
" social services – the biggest victim of the state's $10 billion shortfall. The new bill includes $37.8 billion..."

June 3, 2005 News Feature

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"...members, the top priority is reducing property taxes." – State Rep. Kent Grusendorf, R-Arlington, chair of the House Select..."

May 7, 2004 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Naked City
Beyond City Limits
"...much BSEACD can do. (On a brighter note, the state has since granted Ruby Ranchers a public hearing on..."

Aug. 1, 2003 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

The Biennial Bash
Gay-bashing bills are a biennial tradition.
"...rights in some years, with TX DOMA -- the state's "Defense of Marriage Act" -- leading the pack. Here's..."

May 2, 2003 News Feature by Amy Smith

Capitol Chronicle: Patriotic Gore
The Texas House wants to cut health care, human services, and education, but it's really enthusiastic about war.
"...Burleson, Rep. Arlene Wohlgemuth. Blandly captioned as "relating to state policy relating to financing of certain health and human..."

April 11, 2003 News Column by Michael King

The Battle for Senate District 14
Incumbent Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos faces a serious challenge in Dellionaire Ben Bentzin
"...One of the most intriguing fall state races pits a well-known incumbent with a lengthy political..."

Aug. 23, 2002 News Column by Michael King

Death Star and Fat Boy
The "invisible hand" of utility deregulation looks an awful lot like Ken Lay's.
"...the cost of billions of dollars to both the state and citizens of California. The traders used fraudulent maneuvers..."

May 17, 2002 News Column by Michael King

They're History
The Blue Genie boys -- those whimsical artists responsible for the armadillo-festooned entrance to Threadgill's World Headquarters, the guitar gal atop Fran's Hamburgers, and other mini-landmarks around Austin -- have been fun for the people who see them and fun for the people who made them. Making giant panels for the new Texas State History Museum, though, was a bit more than just that.
"...the front face of the new Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum at the corner of Martin Luther King..."

April 27, 2001 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

The Deal of a Lifetime
TDHCA Board member Florita Bell Griffin is standing trial in a Houston federal courtroom on allegations that she, along with two co-defendants, conspired to profit from deals she helped approve.
"...The story that emerged in the courtroom where state housing agency board member Florita Bell Griffin is being..."

Nov. 3, 2000 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

On the Lege
Christian Sabotage?
" Capitol sources, Christian had threatened to release a statement declaring the Byrd family's opposition to the hate crimes..."

Feb. 26, 1999 News Column

Postmarks Scandal!
"...Boss," Vol. 16, No. 45] issue concerning the Austin-American Statesman to be overly sympathetic to the subject. I have..."

Aug. 1, 1997 Column

Texas Feels Ripple Effects From Green Investment Ban
Blocking environmentally minded investment is harder than it may seem
" felt. Senate Bill 13, adopted in 2021, prohibits state retirement and investment funds, estimated to be worth about..."

Sept. 9, 2022 News Feature by Isabel Maney

Day Trips & Beyond: Daytripping in the Age of a Pandemic
Stay home, stay safe, and still scratch that travel itch
"...might improve your mental health, it goes against the statewide ban on nonessential travel. A little daytripping may not..."

April 8, 2020 Travel Post by Gerald E. McLeod

Paxton Stacks AG’s Office With Anti-LGBT Culture Warriors
AG hires opponents of church-state separation
"...doesn’t seem to be the game plan for the state’s top law enforcement officer...."

April 12, 2016 News Post by Mary Tuma

Lege Lines: Kill Bill(s)
Abbott vetoes more than 40 bills
"...he pulled an extra $295 million out of the state budget through line item vetoes...."

June 26, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Fake Press Conferences Concerning Texas Football: Nov. 17, 2014
Rick Perry gets excited about a Texas bowl game
"...Texas easily dispatched Oklahoma State 28-7 in Stillwater Saturday night. Tyrone Swoopes threw for..."

Nov. 17, 2014 Sports Post by Eric Sollenberger

Bill of the Week: Building a Better Texas
Construction industry in need of legislative remodel
" the results of a groundbreaking report on the state of the construction industry in Texas released this week,..."

Feb. 2, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

Reefer Roundup: 12/9/11
Get your fix of drug war news
"...researchers at the University of Colorado Denver and Montana State University, beer sales and the number of traffic fatalities..."

Dec. 9, 2011 News Post by Jordan Smith

Wildfire News Update
Latest info from county, state and school districts UPDATED
"...are the latest available updates from city, county and state agencies...."

Sept. 6, 2011 News Post by Richard Whittaker

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