Jill Ament

Texas Standard Producer
Photo courtesy of Austin Film Festival

Members of the Austin Film Festival community are mourning the loss of Oscar nominated production designer Polly Platt this week. She was 72.

Platt was known for her writing, producing and set design among many other things in the film industry. Some of her most notable works include the art direction for Terms of Endearment, which she was nominated for an Academy Award in 1983. She also worked on the set designs for movies like "The Last Picture Show," and "Paper Moon" as well as producing the films "Say Anything" and "Bottle Rocket."

One of Austin's newest family attractions, Jumpoline, is taking the idea of a trampoline to the next level.  First of all, it's indoors and air conditioned, making it an option for parents who want to take their kids out of the merciless Texas summer heat. Secondly, the trampoline is massive; it spans close to 10,000 square feet.

Jumpoline opened Saturday and is located on the corner of Wells Branch and MoPac. It's open from 10 am to 8 pm.  General manager Lucy Kim said the hours will be extended once construction is fully complete.

Kim said she and her husband Jason Kim, president and CEO of Jumpoline, always wanted to have this kind of business.

photo courtesy Daniel Reese, KUT News.

Two former Texas Longhorns, both NCAA All-Americans, will be at the helm of St. Edward's University's softball team.

Lindsay Gardner, who played for the 'Horns until 2002, was named Head Coach of the Hilltoppers. Olympic Gold and Silver medalist Cat Osterman, whose record-setting career on the Forty Acres ended in 2007, was named Assistant Coach.

photo courtesy of KUT News.

A man has been charged in connection with this morning's closure of the William P. Clements State Office building in downtown Austin.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says a 33-year-old man has been arrested and charged with possession of a prohibited weapon. Officials say he had a homemade gun silencer in his car. A state trooper noticed the silencer while doing a routine check of a neighboring parking garage.

The building was reopened just before 9:00 am. Officials are still investigating the incident.

Courtesy of KUT News.

As most of us may know by now, it's going to be hard to find a place to watch fireworks in Central Texas this Independence Day.

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