KUT Morning Newspod July 12, 2011
Clements State Office Building Reopened
The William P. Clements building at 15th and Lavaca has been reopened. So has the building’s parking lot. The Texas Department of Public Safety closed the building as a precautionary measure Tuesday morning. DPS officers detained a suspect and searched his vehicle. Officials say nothing was found.
Travis County Taking Public Input on Redistricting
Travis County is holding a public hearing Tuesday morning on its redistricting plans. The county is redrawing boundary lines for county commissioner, justice of the peace, constable and election precincts. This process happens every ten years after the Census. County officials are trying to get more public input before Commissioners adopt the final maps next month.
The hearing started at 9 a.m. in the Commissioners Courtroom at 314 West 11th St. You can watch the meeting live by clicking here.
Budget Talks Spark High-Rise Fire Debate
The discussion over where to cut and where to keep spending in the City of Austin’s upcoming budget has re-ignited an old debate over fire safety. Specifically, fire safety in the high-rise buildings that have sprouted up downtown in recent years. KUT’s Mose Buchele has the story on today’s podcast.
Feds ask States to Report Multiple Sales of Semi-Automatic Rifles
The U.S. Justice Department is now requiring gun sellers in the four Southwest border states, including Texas, to alert it of frequent buyers of high-powered rifles. Firearm sellers will have to report when a person purchases multiple semi-automatic rifles (greater than .22 caliber) with detachable magazines within a five day period.
This is part of a crackdown on weapons trafficking by transnational gangs. Arizona, California and New Mexico are also required to report these rifle sales.