KUT Morning Newspod January 11, 2012
City Commission to Review Proposed Bags Ban
The City of Austin’s Solid Waste Advisory Commission is scheduled to take up the city’s proposed plastic bags ban Wednesday night. The draft ban, as it’s currently written, would ban single-use plastic and paper bags starting in January 2013. And from June to December this year businesses would have to charge ten cents a bag.
The Solid Waste Advisory Commission meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. The Austin City Council would still have to vote on the ban before it could take effect.
Immigrant Family Detention Could Return to Texas
A coalition of immigration rights organizations has sent a letter to the federal government asking it to stop building a new immigrant family detention center in Austin. KUT’s Erika Aguilar had details on the podcast.
Recovery Work Resuming in Bastrop
Recovery work will resume in wildfire-damaged Bastrop County. Federal officials Tuesday cleared Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative to get back to work clearing trees, picking up debris and putting up electric lines and meters in burned areas.
FEMA had temporarily stopped work in Bastrop last week, while it studied the impact on the endangered Houston Toad. A Bluebonnet spokesman said the utility is committed to protecting the Toad’s habitat.