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Why Are There So Few Female Headliners At ACL?

The second weekend of Austin City Limits starts today. There’s one difference from last week—Florence and the Machine is headlining Sunday night instead of The Strokes. And Modest Mouse is playing instead of Alabama Shakes. If you look at the line up overall, Florence Welch and Brittany Howard, the lead singer of Alabama Shakes, are the only female performers in the top ten performing slots. It’s a trend seen at music festivals across the country.
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A prepaid vacation to Florence, Italy is the latest procedural hiccup in the trial of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Perry was indicted on two felony counts last year of coercion and abuse of power during his time as governor. Perry’s lead attorney, David L. Botsford, filed the motion with the court yesterday to request a postponement of oral arguments in the case, which were previously scheduled for Nov. 4. According to the motion, Botsford and his wife scheduled the trip to Italy in August and, after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals scheduled arguments yesterday, Perry’s counsel petitioned the court to delay the case to “any other date convenient” to the court.

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The second weekend of the Austin City Limits Festival is upon us.

If you don’t go to ACL, you may just view the two-weekend music event as a headache that consumes a lot city attention and resources. But, the thousands of visitors it brings to the city pump millions of dollars into the Austin economy – $194 million last year, according to C3 Presents. In fact, the company says its annual shindig on the Zilker Park lawn has contributed nearly $1 billion in economic activity since 2006.

Just doing a back-of-the-envelope calculation, it’s definitely a lot more than the annual kite festival held in the same space.  Turns out, however, the exact amount of ACL’s impact, or any event's impact, is an elusive number to pin down.

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From Texas Standard: 

Sometime between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2, something unprecedented will happen at the nation's federal prisons: the largest one-time release of federal prisoners in U.S. history.

The first 6,000 of an expected 46,000 federal prison inmates will be released in that four day window. It's the result of a downward revision in mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders, a change that's being made retroactively.

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From Texas Standard:

It's college application season, and for many colleges the due date is next month. That means now is the time for writing essays, rounding up letters of recommendation and – lest we forget – figuring out how you're going to pay for a college education.

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This week on The Ticket: Bernie Sanders has been one of the biggest surprises of the 2016 Presidential campaign. But those who know the Vermont Senator’s history aren’t surprised at all. The Texas Tribune's Jay Root and KUT's Ben Philpott will go back in time to hear from Burlington Vermont Mayor Bernie Sanders. The two will also talk with UT-Austin pollster Jim Henson about what’s behind the Sanders Surge.  And we’ll hear a report on how the closure of several driver licenses offices could affect minority voter turnout in Alabama.

In a stunning turn of events, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has withdrawn from the race to become the next speaker of the House.

McCarthy was the favorite ahead of Thursday's closed-door vote by House Republicans. He was in a three-way race for the top spot in the House with Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Daniel Webster, R-Fla.


Today, the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros kick off their series in the American League divisional playoffs.

Any other year, that would have nothing to do with the Texas Constitution, but this year’s different. While the teams are on opposite sides of the diamond, this legislative session both teams joined sides for a common goal: charitable raffles.

Those raffles are the subject of one of the seven Constitutional propositions on this November's ballot.

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From Texas Standard:

Since 2009, chickens are legally free to roam a paved road in Bastrop called Farm Street – there's even a sign that says so. The stretch of road is home to an historic chicken sanctuary. But now there's so many chickens migrating into other roads in people's yards, it's creating considerable chaos.

Ken Kesselus, the mayor of Bastrop, says he doesn't give one cluck – if they wander away from safety, they might be fair game.

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From the Austin Monitor

Everyone is aware that Austin has major traffic problems, but not everyone agrees on how to fix them. A new report, however, may help bridge some of those gaps by presenting the 10 most popular ideas that community members generated and supported during an outreach effort earlier this year.

Mayor Steve Adler, City Council Member Ann Kitchen and others will attend a press conference Thursday morning to announce the release of the MobilityATX Findings Report, the outcome of a public-private partnership led by nonprofit think tank Glasshouse Policy aimed at mobilizing the public to help shape transportation policy in Austin.

When the Young Lieutenant Met the Wild Mustangs

Oct 8, 2015
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From Texas Standard:

He was 22 years old, riding his horse south of Corpus Christi in the vicinity of what would one day be called the King Ranch. But that wouldn’t happen for another twenty years.

This vast stretch of sandy prairie was still known as “The Wild Horse Desert."

In some ways it was a spooky place – ghostly. You would see horse tracks everywhere, but no people. There were plenty of worn trails, but the population was merely equestrian.


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