Thursday Morning Newspod for 3/3/2011
Council Votes Today on Parking Meters
The Austin City Council is scheduled to vote on an ordinance today to extend downtown parking meters until midnight — and all day Saturdays. Parking meters elsewhere in the city would be enforced from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Right now meters are enforced from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays, and weekends are free. The city says it wants to make the changes to increase turnover of metered parking spots, to get more people to park in garages, and to increase city revenue.
Ranger College Bracing for Possible Closure
Higher education would take a big hit under proposed state budget cuts. One proposal by House lawmakers would eliminate four community colleges in Texas. All four are located in rural areas with limited access to higher education. On today’s podcast, KUT’s Nathan Bernier reports on one of those colleges slated for closure located a couple hours west of Dallas.
House Could Vote on Sonogram Bill Today
Today the Texas House will again take up a bill that would require sonograms before abortions. Democrats managed to delay a vote yesterday by challenging committee procedures. A House vote could come down today. If the bill passes, it goes to a conference committee. A less stringent sonogram bill passed the Senate last month.