Latest Headlines for Monday, July 25

Monday, July 25, 2016 by Cate Malek

Austin’s reputation as an animal haven may be slowing pet rescues

Six years ago, City Council passed a resolution that animal shelters would no longer kill homeless pets for the sake of space or convenience. But now that Austin has a solid reputation as a no-kill city, Animal Services officials are…

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Monday, July 25, 2016 by Jack Craver

After some haggling, commission approves a few apartments in Allandale

Allandale residents concerned about the arrival of intense commercial activity in a largely residential neighborhood achieved a partial victory at the Zoning and Platting Commission on Tuesday. Robert P. Stern, who is planning to add a 2,424-square-foot restaurant and 994…

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Monday, July 25, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

New plan fails to impress in the wake of unapproved East Austin demolition

Almost two years later, one East Austin homeowner is back at the Board of Adjustment asking for a variance redo, with a promise to reconstruct the demolished home it had promised to preserve. At this point, owner 2100 E. 14…

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Monday, July 25, 2016 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Kitten tsunami

Ignorance and arrogance… In her bid to stall the creation of the WildHorse Ranch public improvement district, City Council Member Ora Houston found support this weekend from none other than the Austin American-Statesman. The editorial board of the Lady Bird…

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Friday, July 22, 2016 by Jo Clifton

City wins lawsuit despite appearance of loss

On Wednesday, Federal Judge Lee Yeakel invalidated the city of Austin’s prohibition on collecting campaign funds outside the six months prior to a City Council election. However, the city’s outside counsel on the matter, Renea Hicks, says the city won…

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Friday, July 22, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Corridors that cure cancer? Preventing it, maybe

Could streets be like doctors? A streetlight that diagnoses ulcerous colon. A sidewalk that administers chemotherapy. That question is what City Council Member Delia Garza levied at the oft-optimistic Mayor Steve Adler during the last Council meeting before members broke…

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Friday, July 22, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Commissioners Court sides with defense attorneys in courthouse screening case

The Travis County Commissioners Court has come to the aid of defense attorneys in their battle to ward off tighter security measures at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center. On Tuesday, the court voted to ask the Travis County Sheriff’s Office…

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Friday, July 22, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Austin homeowners, hotel industry spar over city’s STR ordinance

The city of Austin is facing legal action over its rules governing short-term rentals. But some in the hospitality industry say those rentals should have to play by the same rules as hotels. Short-term rental supporters and critics sparred over…

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Thursday, July 21, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Judge strikes down two Austin campaign finance rules

A federal district court ruled late Wednesday that two rules governing how candidates for Austin office handle campaign funds violate the First Amendment. The ruling came after Council member Don Zimmerman filed a lawsuit challenging the city’s campaign finance rules…

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