Latest Headlines for Wednesday, October 21

Thursday, October 8, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Bike Austin fights for Healthy Streets

The Austin Transportation Department removed two segments of Healthy Streets last week, and barring another wave of cases of Covid-19, will continue winding down the initiative by removing one or two street projects every couple of weeks until all eight…

Thursday, October 8, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin’s DNA lab has had issues for years. A new report outlines how it could be run in the future.

Poor supervision and untrained staff have long plagued the Austin Police Department’s DNA crime lab, forcing it to close briefly in 2016 and then be overseen by the state.So, what will a future lab look like?Consultants hired by the city…

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Group begins collecting signatures to put state law limiting police oversight to a vote

A new political action committee is trying to put a state law governing police oversight on the ballot next May.“I think it’s really unique and kind of amazing that (this petition could) allow the voters in Austin to decide if…

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Money flows into quiet races for Council

All Austin City Council candidates are required to file a campaign finance report 30 days before the election. Most of the candidates for the Nov. 3 election filed their reports Monday or a few days before. Despite the pandemic, there…

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

City advances speed management projects

On the heels of an ongoing citywide speed limit reduction program, the Austin Transportation Department has launched a new traffic calming program to help retrofit Austin’s streets for an increasingly urban environment.The speed mitigation program is intended to complement speed…

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Audit: Ex-employee stole $1.3 million from city

Randall Whited, a former employee of Austin Public Library, stole at least $1.3 million from the city by purchasing printer toner with a city credit card and reselling it online, according to an investigation released by the Office of the City…