Latest Headlines for Thursday, July 30

Thursday, July 30, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Can Austin help save Austin music?

Amid concerns that Austin’s rising costs may be driving out the music industry that has been so integral to the city’s popularity, Austin Music People released its Biennial White Paper yesterday. As a supplement to the paper’s extensive policy recommendations,…

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

CTRMA announces MoPac project delay, again

Mike Heiligenstein, the executive director for the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, told board members Wednesday that the MoPac Improvement Project is expected to be fully operational sometime in the second half of 2016, a far cry from its originally stated Sept.…

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 by Jack Craver

Commission reverses Mt. Zion church decision

Confronted with new information about zoning regulations related to the Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church at 1801 Pennsylvania Ave., the Planning Commission voted Tuesday night to reverse a decision it had made in June aimed at helping the church sell…

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Zimmerman suit could undo campaign finance law

City Council Member Don Zimmerman, who plans to run for re-election in 2016, has filed suit in federal court against the city of Austin, seeking to overturn four important provisions of the city’s campaign finance rules. If he wins, the…

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Landmark Commission’s first case reveals deeper concerns

An ideological split and a skeleton crew of a commission have left the landmark status of an East Austin home in limbo for now. Historic Preservation Officer Steve Sadowsky “wholeheartedly recommended” historic zoning for the residence at 2005 Hamilton Ave.,…

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

MetroRail downtown station expansion plans underway

Capital Metro staff wants MetroRail’s downtown station on Fourth Street to become a staple in the area’s transportation corridor, and on Monday, board members were shown two proposed ways to expand the terminal’s platform. Javier Arguello, CapMetro’s director of long-range…

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Democratic activists push for fifth candidate in sheriff’s race

Several top local Democrats are seeking to fit one more candidate of their choice in the already crowded race for the party’s nomination for Travis County sheriff. A professional draft campaign is underway to build buzz for Constable Sally Hernandez’s…

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Panelists discuss growth policies at BBB forum

The cranes crowding Austin’s skyline reveal that the city is growing quickly. But is it growing in a sustainable way? And what policies and strategies can city leaders adopt to ensure that it does? These are some of the questions…

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Industry leaders discuss policy potentials to secure Austin’s music scene

People active in the Austin music business gathered Thursday at a studio space on East Fifth Street to talk about issues inhibiting the growth and sustainability of the city’s music life – a talk organizers called “State of the Arts,”…

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