Latest Headlines for Wednesday, August 4

Monday, July 26, 2021 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

Austin announces new policy to release video footage of police shootings within 10 business days

The Austin Police Department says it will try to release video footage of incidents where police seriously injure or kill someone more quickly than in the past. Previously, the department’s policy was to release this footage within 60 days; the…

Friday, July 23, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Police spending proves top concern in first budget comment session

Community members weighed on the city manager’s preliminary budget proposal Thursday before a mostly in-person City Council – the first in-person meeting since the beginning of the pandemic. A vast majority of speakers criticized the proposed police spending, arguing that…

Friday, July 23, 2021 by Nathan Bernier, KUT

Underground light-rail tunnel could be more than a mile longer than expected

Austin’s multibillion-dollar transit expansion will require extending an underground light-rail tunnel from Auditorium Shores to as far south as Lively Middle School on South Congress Avenue. The change could cost hundreds of millions of dollars, but transit planners vow to work it…

Friday, July 23, 2021 by Amy Smith

Redistricting commission races to fulfill its mission in short time frame

With a Nov. 1 deadline just months away, the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission is moving at an unusually fast pace to hold public hearings in each City Council district, draft new district lines based on delayed 2020 census data, gather…

Friday, July 23, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

Convention center plans meet resistance from Downtown Commission skeptics

The Downtown Commission will consider asking City Council not to move forward with any new plans to expand the Austin Convention Center, with commission members asking city staff for more information to justify the project. Staffers gave an update on…

Thursday, July 22, 2021 by Sean Saldaña

Animal Advisory Commission looks to reform operations at city shelter

At last week’s meeting of the Animal Advisory Commission, commissioners voted to form a working group aimed at addressing the ongoing capacity crisis at the Austin Animal Center. The move came after Chief Animal Services Officer Don Bland sent a…