Latest Headlines for Friday, January 20

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Friday, January 20, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

New sheriff defiantly reverses course on ICE cooperation

Travis County’s brand new Sheriff Sally Hernandez has thrown down the gauntlet at the feet of President Donald Trump. Late Friday afternoon, Hernandez officially announced, effective Feb. 1, the end of her office’s cooperation with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement…

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Friday, January 20, 2017 by Jo Clifton

City discovers problem with homestead districts

Since 2007, Austin has attempted to create several homestead preservation districts in low-income areas in order to fund more affordable housing and help people living below the poverty line stay in their homes. However, only one – District A –…

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Friday, January 20, 2017 by Jack Craver

Junior League contends with concerns over heritage trees

After a great deal of hand-wringing over the future of three heritage trees, the city’s Environmental Commission recommended that the Junior League of Austin be granted the several variances it needs to build a new facility in Northwest Austin at…

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Friday, January 20, 2017 by Cate Malek

Study reveals why some Austinites don’t recycle

Austin has declared that it will be a zero-waste city by 2040. But lack of progress toward that goal over the last five years has prompted the city to call in a team of researchers to better understand why Austinites…

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Friday, January 20, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

North Austin zoning case clears ZAP

At its meeting on Tuesday, the Zoning and Platting Commission approved a request to rezone a Northwest Austin property for Community Commercial (GR) use. Ron Thrower, the agent representing owner and applicant Douglas Reynolds, said his client intends to have…

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Thursday, January 19, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Sidewalk Master Plan recommendations move forward

An overhaul of Austin’s sidewalk regulations took a small but significant step forward Wednesday night after a vote held by a lesser-known body. The Planning and Zoning and Platting commissions’ Codes and Ordinances Joint Committee recommended the initiation of changes…

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Thursday, January 19, 2017 by Jack Craver

Candidates react to Dukes’ indictment

Two weeks after reneging on her promise to resign from her seat, state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, who represents much of eastern Travis County, was indicted by a grand jury for 15 offenses related to her alleged misuse of public funds.…

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Thursday, January 19, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

For Austin tech Trump means uncertainty, mixed with opportunity

On issues ranging from immigration to support for clean energy technology to the future of media, the coming Donald Trump presidency brings a whole lot of uncertainty and possibly some opportunity to the tech scene in Austin. That was the…

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Thursday, January 19, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Developer, city arborist agree on heritage tree removal

In a rare exception to the city’s 95 percent preservation rate for heritage trees, the Planning Commission approved staff’s recommendation of a variance during its Jan. 10 meeting that would permit applicant Stantec Inc. to remove two heritage trees in…

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