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Monday, November 14, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Despite law intended to ensure diversity, Travis County grand juries less racially diverse

In the year since Texas lawmakers mandated random selection of grand jurors in place of the controversial “key man” system, grand juries in Travis County have become less racially diverse.“The grand juries are to be selected at random from a…

Friday, November 11, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Austin loses appeal of appraisal district lawsuit

Texas’ 3rd Court of Appeals on Thursday firmly rejected the city of Austin’s attempt to get a judicial ruling on whether the alleged disparity between appraisals for residential property and commercial property meets constitutional muster.Led by Mayor Steve Adler, City…

Thursday, October 20, 2016 by Jo Clifton

SOS loses bid for MoPac injunction

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel declined to issue a preliminary injunction that would have prevented the beginning of construction on State Highway 45 Southwest. The judge ruled that the Save Our Springs Alliance and other plaintiffs in the…

Thursday, October 6, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Homeowners sue over neighbors’ rowdy parties

Tormented by loud, amplified music that lasted all night, drunken partygoers trespassing onto their property, cars blocking their driveway and “a parade of people coming to their door late at night ‘looking for the party,’” East Austin homeowners Christian Hartnett…

Thursday, September 8, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Environmentalists win one round of SH 45 SW suit

Federal Judge Lee Yeakel has rejected arguments from the Texas Department of Transportation and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority that would have ended a lawsuit against the two transportation agencies. The suit was filed by various environmental organizations and…

Friday, August 12, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Council approves alternatives to jail time for indigent defendants

City Council members approved a measure Thursday clarifying the process to be used by municipal judges to deem a defendant incapable of paying a municipal fine – and emphasizing community service as an alternative to jail time for unpaid fines.Council…

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