April 24


Headlines: There is no plan

• The Edwards Aquifer Authority board failed to approve a pumping plan Tuesday, which means a likely missed deadline and potential lawsuits against clients like SA, the E-N reports.

• Child homelessness is on the rise, the Express-News reports, with the problem worse in southern states, including Texas.

• Attorney General Eric Holder said in a speech Tuesday that he will be tough on new voting-rights laws that could discourage minority participation in next year's elections, the New York Times reports.

• KUT reports on the relationship between TX wholesale energy prices and energy-plant development.

• The Dallas Morning News reports on the new fuel-efficient jets that will be joining Southwest Airlines' fleet in 2017.


Headlines: VIA cashes in, Occupiers check out

• VIA won a $15 million TIGER III grant from the feds for its West Side Multimodal Center, the Express-News reports.

• The City wants Occupy SA protesters to move out of HemisFair Park, and the protesters are kinda complying, the E-N reports.

• The Texas Tribune reports on questions about a $500,000 "forgivable" loan that the UT School of Law Foundation issued to the school's recently ousted dean, Larry Sager, in 2007.

• State Comptroller Susan Combs said Texas is seeing job growth and increasing tax revenue, the Chron reports, but the risk of a new recession is out there.


Headlines: Problems on the homefront

• Southside ISD trustee Alma Rosa Guzman, a former employee of the district, is suing Southside, alleging that her November 2010 firing stemmed from gender discrimination, the Express-News reports. Which should make for fun times in the board's executive sessions, where trustees discuss litigation.

• The City of Austin is considering a ban on all paper and plastic bags at checkout lines starting in 2016, the Statesman reports.

Not even the State Republican Executive Committee is sold on Rick Perry's presidential bid, the Dallas Morning News reports.


Weekly Roundup: Dec. 4-10, 2011

Gilbert Garcia wrote about the new Council's sparing use of CCRs, one of the few tools it has to drive the policy conversation rather than react to City Manager Sheryl Sculley's initiative.

Elaine Wolff reported on the latest maneuvers in the zoning fight between Trinity University, which owns several houses in historic Monte Vista, and the neighborhood's residents.

Greg Jefferson analyzed the political luck that fuels the ambition of District 3 Councilwoman Jennifer Ramos, who finally announced last week she's stepping down to take on County Commissioner Chico Rodriguez.

• Garcia also wrote about the determination among some state GOP leadership to revisit redistricting circa 2003, with all the bloody battle and drama that entailed.

• Wolff speculated about the fallout for DA Susan Reed from the Newby's mistrial, caused by extraordinary tactics used by her prosecutors.

Jade Esteban Estrada sat down with Judge Karen Crouch, who's campaigning for a return to the courthouse following a harrowing collision with a drunk driver that killed her sister-in-law, and took readers onstage for the San Antonio Ballet's production of The Nutcracker.

Gregg Barrios reviewed Lars von Trier's Melancholia, playing this weekend at the Bijou.

Top Chisme included the lack of public input to the River Walk's new holiday look and a possible Clamp-Haass rematch.

Headlines: Rubber-stamping, firing, and fracking

• City Council members groused that they wouldn't rubber-stamp a succession of SAWS rate increases, and then voted for a 7.9 percent rate increase, the Express-News reports. Carlton Soules voted against the hike and Elisa Chan abstained.

• UT President Bill Powers has forced UT School of Law Dean Larry Sager to resign because of concerns about his management style, the Texas Tribune reports.

• For the first time a study by the EPA linked fracking with groundwater contamination, the Houston Chronicle reports.


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