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Update 12 a.m. With voter turnout hovering around 1 percent, Texans decided Tuesday which Democratic and Republican candidates they want to see in office.. 

In the race for Travis County Commissioners Court Precinct 1's Democratic nomination, Jeff Travillion won out over opponent Arthur Sampson, with 67 percent of the vote. As the Austin Monitor reports

Fried chicken sandwiches are enjoying renewed popularity, and there are a growing number of options in Austin. KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his new top ten favorite chicken sandwiches.

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Would you use a self-driving car? That’s the question the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) asked people in the Austin area.

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Update 9 p.m. Election day totals now are nearly the same as those reported earlier, with 44% in favor and 56% against Prop 1. 

7 p.m. Early voting totals are in for Austin's Proposition 1 election: 44% voted for Prop 1, and 56% voted against. Proposition 1 deals with regulations for ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft. Both companies have said they'll cease to operate in Austin if the measure does not pass. Uber set a hard-out for 8 a.m. Monday. Lyft set its out for 5 a.m. Monday.

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Austin voters head to the polls today to vote on the question known as Proposition 1, which deals with regulations for ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft. Only people who live inside the Austin city limits and are already registered to vote will be able to cast a ballot on this issue.  

You've probably heard something about the ballot measure, but if you're not fully up to speed, we've arranged this handy guide.

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Uber is facing a federal class action lawsuit after mass-texting its Austin users ahead of the Proposition 1 vote over ride-hailing regulations.

The lawsuit, filed by Austin activist Melissa Cubria, alleges Uber violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act when it robo-texted Austinites this week, urging them to support Proposition 1 at the ballot box. The suit argues that Uber's texts violated users' privacy and violated the law, which protects consumers against unwanted voice or text contact from political campaigns "unless in an emergency or with consent of the recipient of the call," according to the suit.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says it's "absurd" to firmly link football and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Is that true? KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Gardner Selby of PolitiFact Texas


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One of Austin's first food trailer parks was cleared to make way for a locally owned boutique hotel, and it includes several dining options. KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his review.


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UPDATE: In a news conference this afternoon, City of Houston officials made clear they did not plan to concede to Uber's demands to repeal the city's current regulations for permitting ride-hailing drivers.

“If the city’s process protected even one person as relates to public safety, it has been worth it, and in this city we cannot afford to compromise public safety,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

Turner said he hoped Uber would not leave, but stood firm that the company must comply with the city's current regulations. He claimed to be surprised by a letter from Uber today saying it would cease doing business in Houston if the rules, specifically related to fingerprint background checks, were not altered. Turner said the company had not expressed their need to leave, absent a change, in meetings he had with company officials in the past several months.

Turner called it "ironic" that Uber would make such a demand in the midst of Austin's vote on a measure that would roll back requirements for fingerprinting driver here.

From the Texas Tribune: Uber announced Wednesday that the company plans to cease operations in Houston if the city council does not repeal its existing regulations relating to vehicle-for-hire companies.

Houston is one of two cities in the country where Uber continues to operate despite a local requirement that its drivers undergo fingerprint-based background checks. Uber has recently left three cities in Texas for approving similar regulations and has threatened to do the same in Austin.

Tom "Smitty" Smith of Public Citizen says 600,000 Texas registered voters lack valid photo IDs to go to polls. Is it true? KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Gardner Selby of PolitiFact Texas.


Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller posted a photo on Facebook of President Obama grinning and holding a Che Guevara T-shirt. Was it real? KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Gardner Selby of PolitiFact Texas.


University of Texas at Austin Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found Tuesday on campus. It’s being treated as a possible homicide.

The body was found Tuesday morning along Waller Creek behind the alumni association building. Austin Police say they are assisting with the investigation.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug that will prevent and treat inhalational anthrax during its later stages. Until now, the disease could be successfully treated only if detected during its earlier stages, but the new drug can be used to treat the disease at any stage of progression.

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Austin police say an officer fatally shot man who had shot him in the stomach. Police Chief Art Acevedo says a security guard had seen the suspect breaking into cars Sunday morning. 

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Bastrop County leaders reviewed the final report on last fall’s Hidden Pines fire today, which found that the 9-1-1 call reporting the fire near Buescher State Park led to a delay in response by the Smithville Fire Department. 

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Today, the state’s largest law enforcement association formally appealed the firing of Austin Police Officer Geoffrey Freeman for the shooting death of 17-year-old David Joseph.

Attorneys with the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT) filed the paperwork Thursday with the Austin Civil Service Commission, arguing that Freeman acted in accordance when he shot and killed Joseph last month. Freeman was fired on Monday.

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The largest law enforcement union in Texas will appeal Austin Police's firing of Officer Geoffrey Freeman, the union said Monday afternoon in a statement. Austin Chief of Police Art Acevedo confirmed that the department has indefinitely suspended, or fired, Freeman, a ten-year department veteran, over his use of deadly force against a naked unarmed teenager, David Joseph, in February in North Austin. 

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President Obama’s motorcade proceeded from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Friday afternoon directly to Torchy’s Tacos on South First before making its way to the Long Center.

“I want to acknowledge your mayor, Steve Adler, who bought tacos with me,” the President said.

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A urbane Chinese restaurant in downtown Austin created a lot of buzz with its soup dumplings. Does the hype live up to reality? KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his review of Wu Chow


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If there are two things that can guarantee Austin traffic, they're South by Southwest and a presidential visit. Somehow, to the chagrin of any Austinite trying to get anywhere this year, the gods of gridlock have conspired to make both of those happen simultaneously this year.

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