Latest Headlines for Friday, September 22

Thursday, September 21, 2017 by Claire McInerny

East versus West: Who wins with the Austin ISD bond?

The Austin Independent School District has a $1 billion bond that voters will be asked to approve this November. The bond would pay for projects at schools all over the district, but there’s a difference between funding for schools on…

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by Cate Malek

Despite Austin’s crime lab meltdown, Texas is working to clear its DNA backlog

When Wendy Davis decided to find out how many untested rape kits there were in the state of Texas, she readily admits she had no idea what she was getting into.Davis, a former state senator, was first told that there…

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by Jack Craver

How much do Council members spend on travel?

Late last Wednesday, as City Council neared the end of its wrangling over the Fiscal Year 2017-18 budget, Council Member Ellen Troxclair made what she framed as a modest request of her colleagues.The budget presented by staff included a $6,000…

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

First progress and then postponement as Central Health returns to Commissioners Court

The Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday signed off on Central Health’s proposed $238 million budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18, but came up short on reaching an accord between the hospital district and activists who demand more transparency from it.State…

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro takes its bus network realignment to the riders

The largest overhaul of Austin’s bus network in recent memory is about to go before the court of public opinion.Next week, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority will hold three feedback sessions to hear residents’ opinions on proposed service changes that…

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 by Cate Malek

Austin’s crime lab failure points to national crisis

The latest audit of the Austin Police Department’s crime lab would read as a comedy of errors, if the stakes weren’t so high.Some concerns in the report released last fall are simpler to fix – equipment failures or cross-contaminating evidence.…