Latest Headlines for Friday, August 29

Decker Creek Power Plant
Friday, August 29, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Riley resolution passes in chaotic Council finish

A twisting, chaotic end to Austin City Council’s Thursday meeting resulted in fast passage of two Austin Energy-related items — one that had drawn uncharacteristically vocal opposition from the utility in recent days. That resolution — a move, in part,…

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Friday, August 29, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Acevedo predicts changes to deportation program

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo told the Monitor on Thursday that he believes the focus of the federal Secure Communities Program could change by the end of 2014. Speaking after he briefed the Council on a proposed new city booking facility, Acevedo…

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Friday, August 29, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Butler Park Pitch and Putt stays in family

Though the terms have yet to be hashed out, the Kinser family will continue operating Butler Park Pitch and Putt, as they have for the past 64 years. “Shame on us for letting it go so long without raising the…

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Friday, August 29, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Owner seeks demolition of Red River house

The Red River International House moved one step closer to demolition Tuesday night. The city has initiated historic zoning on the well-known red and white house at 3805 Red River St., after its owner sought permission to tear it down.…

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Thursday, August 28, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Candidates talk transportation at mayoral forum

Though Austin residents can only vote for one Council member to represent their geographic district this Election Day, everyone in the city gets a say in who becomes the next mayor. Five of those in the running showed up for the…

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Thursday, August 28, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Commission rejects parking changes

A proposal that would allow businesses to count metered street parking toward their parking requirements found no friends at Tuesday night’s Planning Commission meeting. Currently, city code requires that businesses outside of downtown fulfill minimum parking requirements primarily through off-street…

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Thursday, August 28, 2014 by Gene Davis

AISD funding situation dire, panel hears

On the second day back in school for students, Austin Independent School District Chief Financial Officer Nicole Conley briefed the Council Audit and Finance Committee on the severe financial challenges the district is facing. Or, as Council Member Laura Morrison…

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Thursday, August 28, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

County getting funds for Timber Creek

The Travis County Commissioners Court has agreed to enter into a Project Partnership Agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that will provide the county with federal funding for home buyouts in the flood-prone Timber Creek subdivision. The agreement provides…

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by Beth Cortez-Neavel

Central Health’s 2015 budget up 8.8 percent

If you think your health care bill is big and confusing, check out the one at Central Health. The Travis County’s health care district brought its Fiscal Year 2015 budget to the Commissioner’s Court Tuesday with an 8.8 percent increase…

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