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Why Aren't West Lake Hills, Sunset Valley And Rollingwood Part Of Austin?

The City of West Lake Hills started with a drunken plot of revenge. A decade before Emmett Shelton founded the city in 1953, his brother, Polk, had political aspirations. But when he failed to win the 1937 Democratic primary for a seat in Congress – losing to Lyndon B. Johnson – the brothers and their friends hatched a different plan: build a city to keep their political enemies out. At least that's how the legend goes.

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On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with radio and television veteran Donnie Simpson about growing up in Detroit, becoming a DJ at the age of 15 and being a part of cable television history at the launch of BET.

Austin Playhouse Presents 'This Random World'

Sep 14, 2017

"I was on my way to a writers' retreat...  and on the airplane there I made a list of some possible characters," says playwright Steven Dietz. "And then, probably because I've written too many plays, I made of list of 'this is all the scenes that would happen.' As the plane was landing, I realized that's what I always do in my plays... so I decided to make that the list of the scenes that could not happen."

Attica Locke's new novel Bluebird, Bluebird unfolds in rural East Texas along a stretch of U.S. highway 59. She describes it as "a thread on the map that ties together small towns like knots on a string."

During the Great Migration — the period during the 20th century when millions of African-Americans left the Southern U.S. — highway 59 was the road north: "That was the road to get out of Texas," Locke says.

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President Trump affirmed Thursday morning that a deal was in the works with Democrats that would protect some 800,000 DREAMers who could face deportation when DACA expires next year in exchange for "massive border controls."

It wasn't clear, however, whether a border wall would be part of an emerging pact, as Trump had seemed to suggest at one point.

Early Thursday, he told reporters: "The wall will come later, we're right now renovating large sections of wall, massive sections, making it brand new."

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As college football season gets underway, some teams are getting as much attention for what's happening off the field as what's happening on.

A federal judge in New York has revoked the bail of former pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli after he offered to pay $5,000 for a strand of Hillary Clinton's hair, follicle included.

U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto said the offer made on Facebook "is a solicitation of assault. That is not protected by the First Amendment."

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Texas hasn’t been enforcing compliance with a 30-year-old law requiring public and private high schools to hand out voter registration applications to eligible students at least twice a school year, civil rights groups say.

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“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” Donald Trump said at the kickoff of his presidential campaign in 2015. "They're bringing drugs," he said. "They're bringing crime. They're rapists," allowing that "some, I assume, are good people."

The greater Austin area is home to myriad art galleries and museums, and on one day every year, dozens of those institutions open their doors, free of charge, to anybody who'd like to pop in and soak up a little culture. It happens on the third Sunday in September, also known as Austin Museum Day, which this year falls on this coming Sunday.

"This is our 20th year of hosting Austin Museum Day," says Austin Museum Partnership co-chair Lani Gonzalez. "That's a very exciting milestone."

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While we’re still a long way from understanding the full environmental impact of Hurricane Harvey, the damage has been done, and experts say Harvey has highlighted inconsistencies in Texas’ ability to contain hazardous materials in the face of future storms.

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