Latest Headlines for Saturday, December 7

Friday, December 6, 2019 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin orders sweeping probe of alleged racism, bigotry among police, including social media audit

The city of Austin will conduct a department-wide investigation of discrimination in the Austin Police Department, following accusations of racism and homophobia among the highest ranks.“There comes a time in everybody’s existence to have to do something really hard because…

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Friday, December 6, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs amended emergency mutual aid pact

Council gave final approval Thursday to a mutual automatic aid agreement designed to ensure that 19 fire and rescue departments throughout Travis and Williamson counties will assist each other in far-flung parts of Austin and the included counties.The city has…

Friday, December 6, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Chamber forecast sees tight labor, housing markets as biggest threat to Austin economy

Austin’s economy continues to be one of the strongest in the nation and should stay that way for the foreseeable future, but a national economist said the city’s extremely tight labor market is likely acting as a drag on the…

Friday, December 6, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano

Daugherty will not seek reelection

Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty announced his retirement Thursday.“It has been a privilege and honor to serve my neighbors as their commissioner,” said Daugherty. “I’ve done my very best to deliver on the promises that I’ve made over time. I’ve…

Friday, December 6, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Firefighters union and commissioners call for strengthening AFD sexual harassment policy

In the aftermath of several public sexual harassment cases, Austin EMS and the police and fire departments are updating their sexual harassment policies to create consistency across city emergency services.The action comes in the wake of Austin Fire Department Lt.…

Thursday, December 5, 2019 by Jack Craver

Residents near Hamilton Pool up in arms about proposed RV park

The Travis County Commissioners Court spent all morning Tuesday discussing a proposed RV park on Stagecoach Ranch Road in Southwest Travis County, near Hamilton Pool. The court still hasn’t come to a decision on the matter and will take it…