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How Zebra Mussels Will Change Austin Lakes (And Maybe Barton Springs) Forever

The invasive zebra mussel has been moving south for years, leaving destruction its wake. Now, it’s in Lake Travis (update: and Lake Austin ), and it will soon make its way downstream, changing the look, feel and maybe even the taste of Austin’s lakes forever.

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At a theater in Charlottesville, Va., the mother of Heather Heyer issued a rallying cry.

"They tried to kill my child to shut her up," Susan Bro said. "Well, guess what. You just magnified her."

She invoked her daughter's famous Facebook post — "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention."

National Press Club

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks to Jeff Ballou. Ballou is the National Press Club president and the news editor for Al-Jazeera's English-language channel. 

He spoke about his experience as journalist of color and the importance of attracting and retaining diverse voices in media. 

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Becca Dobberfuhl has a name for her Bouldin Creek home.

“It’s all this rusty, rusty, rusty color,” she says. “And the house is a modern house, and it has a box-like look to it so we call it the ‘Rusty Box.’”

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Expand the Austin Convention Center, a city task force recommended to City Council on Tuesday.  

Bob Daemmrich for the Texas Tribune

The Texas Legislature closed out the special session Tuesday night amid a stalemate on property tax reform, leaving unfinished Gov. Greg Abbott's top priority.

Illustration by Anneke Paterson/Todd Wiseman

Federal judges have invalidated two Texas congressional districts, ruling that they must be fixed by either the Legislature or a federal court.

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Austin City Council members agreed Tuesday to move ahead with the process of renaming roads named after Confederate leaders, following violence at a white supremacist rally last weekend in Charlottesville, Va.  

Updated at 7:26 p.m. ET

In a stunning reversal from comments he made just one day prior, President Trump said on Tuesday "there's blame on both sides" for the violence in Charlottesville, Va.

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From Texas Standard:

A plan for a high-speed rail line that would allow Texans to travel from Houston to Dallas in a quick 90 minutes is moving forward, but not without a lot of setbacks and continued opposition from some communities along the proposed route. Topics of concern include the possibility that train tracks will bisect private property, the high cost of building the bullet train and its financing.

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