Mark Richardson http://kut.org en Civil Rights Groups Say Video Jail Visits Too Costly, May Violate Civil Rights http://kut.org/post/civil-rights-groups-say-video-jail-visits-too-costly-may-violate-civil-rights <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This is an article from our Austin City Hall reporting partner, the</em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</span><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><a href="http://www.austinmonitor.com/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Austin Monitor</a></em><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;(formerly&nbsp;</em><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">In Fact Daily</em><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">).</em></p><p>A two-way video conferencing system that has all but replaced in-person visits by friends and family members with those incarcerated at the Travis County Jail is coming under fire&nbsp; as being too expensive, too impersonal and possibly even dangerous to an inmate’s health. Critics are also concerned about the possibility that attorney-client conversations are being illegally recorded and provided to prosecutors.</p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:36:55 +0000 Mark Richardson 9541 at http://kut.org Civil Rights Groups Say Video Jail Visits Too Costly, May Violate Civil Rights Eckhardt Criticizes McCombs for Seeking Tax Breaks, Suing Appraisal District http://kut.org/post/eckhardt-criticizes-mccombs-seeking-tax-breaks-suing-appraisal-district <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This is an excerpt from an article written by our Austin City Hall reporting partner, the</em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</span><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><a href="http://www.austinmonitor.com/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Austin Monitor</a></em><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;(formerly&nbsp;</em><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">In Fact Daily</em><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">).</em></p><p>Travis County Judge&nbsp;candidate&nbsp;<a href="http://saraheckhardt.com/">Sarah Eckhardt</a>&nbsp;continued her verbal campaign against billionaire businessman&nbsp;<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_McCombs">Red McCombs</a>&nbsp;<span data-term="goog_406645815" tabindex="0">Thursday</span>, taking him to task for asking taxpayers to contribute millions of dollars to build the&nbsp;Circuit of the Americas&nbsp;race track but going to court to get his property tax bill on the facility lowered.</p><p>Eckhardt, a former Pct. 2 Commissioner who is <a href="http://kut.org/post/update-bruce-todd-replace-travis-co-commissioner-eckhardt">running for the top job</a> in Travis County, issued a statement criticizing McCombs – one of the developers of the Formula 1 race track – for throwing his political and financial weight around to get what he wants.</p><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 18:42:03 +0000 Mark Richardson 9519 at http://kut.org Eckhardt Criticizes McCombs for Seeking Tax Breaks, Suing Appraisal District Current Long-Term Plans Do Nothing to Improve Austin’s I-35 Headaches http://kut.org/post/current-long-term-plans-do-nothing-improve-austin-s-i-35-headaches <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">This article is written by KUT’s reporting partner the <a href="http://austinmonitor.org">Austin Monitor (formerly In Fact Daily)</a>. Below, listen to an interview with author Mark Richardson.&nbsp;</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Current long-term plans – such as the&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">2035 CAMPO Transportation Plan</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;– will do little more than maintain the current level of traffic bottlenecks on&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Interstate 35</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and won’t take enough vehicles off the road to significantly cut commute times, according to a report on traffic congestion on the I-35 corridor through Austin.</span></p><p>The report,&nbsp;<em>Long-Term Central Texas IH 35 Improvement Scenarios,&nbsp;</em>was done by the&nbsp;<strong>Texas A&amp;M Transportation Institute</strong>&nbsp;as part of a study ordered by the&nbsp;<strong>83rd Texas Legislature</strong>. It is a comprehensive look at long-term strategies to alleviate traffic congestion on I-35 between Buda and Round Rock.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/124549317&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:13:57 +0000 Mark Richardson 9361 at http://kut.org Current Long-Term Plans Do Nothing to Improve Austin’s I-35 Headaches