Latest Headlines for Sunday, April 30

Friday, April 28, 2017 by Michael Kanin

Onward (in a different kind of way…)

I write you all this morning with a bit of news: At the end of May, I’ll head over to The Texas Observer, where I will serve as that venerable publication’s publisher. I’m also pleased to say that the Austin…

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Friday, April 28, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Homestead exemption unlikely to change

After hours of budget presentations and discussions Wednesday, City Council took up the always controversial issue of homestead exemptions. They have heard for several months that this year’s budget will be tight, leaving no room for additions without corresponding subtractions.…

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Friday, April 28, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Judge orders Cross Creek Apartment complex to make repairs

For years, residents of the Cross Creek Apartments in North Austin have been complaining about poor living conditions. They say they continue to pay rent while living with broken windows, poor security and a lack of hot water, among other…

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Friday, April 28, 2017 by Jack Craver

Human Rights Commission ponders CodeNEXT

The city’s Human Rights Commission is taking a look at CodeNEXT in an attempt to understand the implications of the controversial overhaul of Austin’s land development code on vulnerable populations. On Monday, the commission, which last year urged City Council…

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Adler: Challenge to state’s sanctuary cities law ‘almost a certainty’

The state’s proposed sanctuary cities legislation faces an almost certain and likely quick challenge in court, Mayor Steve Adler said Wednesday after returning from his trip to Washington, D.C., to discuss the issue with federal law enforcement officials. The Texas…

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 by Jack Craver

What does CodeNEXT mean for Austin parks?

Parks advocates hope that the ongoing effort to overhaul the city’s land development code will make it easier to develop parks of all kinds throughout Austin. On Tuesday night, the Parks and Recreation Board voted to recommend three changes to…

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Teacher health care surfaces as key issue in AISD budget conversations

As the Austin Independent School District braces for a tough financial year, even by district standards, staff presented preliminary budget plans to the Board of Trustees at its regular meeting April 24. The rough waters are courtesy of Austin’s growth.…

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

County undaunted in North Campus planning

True to the word of staff and elected officials, Travis County is moving ahead with plans for a mixed-use development that unexpectedly came up short in a competition for state funding. Last Tuesday, April 18, Economic & Strategic Planning Director…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Complaint filed against former police monitor

The Office of the City Auditor has filed an ethics complaint against Austin’s former police monitor, Margo Frasier, alleging that she used her city computer for her outside consulting practice and that such use was a violation of the city’s…

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