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Latest Headlines for Tuesday, April 16

Judge rules city can’t use taxpayer money for South Central TIRZ

Travis County District Court Judge Jessica Mangrum has ruled that the city of Austin and the developers of the Statesman Planned Unit Development may not move forward with funding of the development on Lady Bird Lake with $354 million in…

City eyes code amendments to increase affordable housing for UT students

City Council members hope that a series of amendments to a planning tool can increase housing affordability and the quality of life for University of Texas students, with the possibility of bringing a much-needed grocery store to the West Campus…

ACLU sues Travis County for failing to provide legal counsel

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a class action lawsuit against Travis County for its failure to provide arrestees access to a court-appointed lawyer preceding their first hearing before a judge, known as counsel at first appearance, or CAFA. …

Enduring clarity and pressing forward with you

Running a nonprofit news organization is both hard and easy in this day and age.  On the hard side, I’m not exaggerating when I say that the media industry at large is in a transformative period that will ultimately lead…

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Featured Collection: 35 expands

Council pushes for pause on I-35 expansion, citing air quality concerns

Citing concerns over possible environmental and air quality impacts, City Council wants to delay the start of the reconstruction of Interstate 35. By a 7-3 vote, Council approved a resolution Thursday that asked the Texas Department of Transportation and Capital…

Advocates for ending homelessness say rental assistance program doesn't go far enough

Tony Carter lives in a two-bedroom apartment in South Austin. He was placed there in February through a rapid rehousing program. Rapid rehousing programs in Austin provide up to 24 months of rental assistance and support services to people experiencing…

Disability commission to seek replacement of group home rules stricken from code

Advocates for people with disabilities are expected to ask the city to update recent building code changes that promote density but could make it easier for unregulated group homes to set up shop throughout Austin. At Friday’s meeting of the…

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Historic Landmark Commission to honor Russell Lee, iconic American photojournalist

The longtime home of one of history’s most prolific photojournalists may soon be crowned a local landmark, thanks to a vote at last week’s Historic Landmark Commission. The 110-year-old home, located at 3110 West Ave., secured the commission’s blessing due…

Save Our Springs Alliance sues City Council over Open Meetings Act

As he threatened to do at last week’s City Council meeting, Save Our Springs Alliance Executive Director Bill Bunch has sued the city, the mayor and Council for alleged violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act, the Austin City Charter…

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Featured Data: Austin Police Department’s 148th cadet class

This data graphic first appeared in the story APD Training Academy audit shows improvement – but not enough to curb attrition on October 19, 2023 by Emma Freer.  Graphic credit: Kroll Audit of APD Training Academy – 148th Cadet Class

Updated: Council and Planning Commission hear from public on proposed land use changes

With City Council all but certain to approve extensive revisions to Austin’s land use code next month, Thursday’s public hearing on the proposed changes lacked the fire-in-the-belly resistance demonstrated at last October’s hearing. Back then, the joint Council hearing with…

Tourism Commission pushes Council for more equitable funding for arts groups, districts

Using Hotel Occupancy Tax dollars or General Fund budget allocations, the Tourism Commission wants the city to fund cultural districts and local arts groups that have historically been left out of consideration for ongoing city support. At its most recent…

Austin Mayor Kirk Watson declares his plans to run for reelection

To the surprise of practically no one in Austin, Mayor Kirk Watson announced on Wednesday that he will run for reelection this November. In an email to supporters, he outlined victories so far in his current two-year term. “For example,…

PARD updates plans for new Dougherty and for cultural center expansions

The city is moving forward with plans to replace the Dougherty Arts Center with a new multiphased facility located in the Butler Shores Park area. The Parks and Recreation Department plans to begin the permitting process for the new arts…

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NONPROFIT SPOTLIGHT

Nonprofit spotlight: Four questions for American Gateways

American Gateways ensures access to the justice system for low-income immigrants. We serve 23 counties in Central Texas and provide high-quality legal representation and accurate information about what is happening in our immigration system. What is the mission of American…