Austin resident, on and off, mostly on, since 1986. Covering news of Central Texas and beyond since 1994. Father since 2010. Maker of sounds, informational and otherwise, since longer ago than any of the above.
One week after strong winds sparked fires at City of Austin compost piles, Water Utility crews have started the process of putting them out.
The fires have been smoldering since Monday, February 25, in compost piles at the Hornsby Bend Biosolids Plant, where the fertilizer known as Dillo Dirt is produced. The fires were started by wind gusts of as much 50 mph.
The Austin Water Utility says air quality is being monitored with the use of "special" monitoring devices and says the amount of smoke should diminish this week.
Update: Parking meters in the Rainey Street District will start charging this morning. A $1 per hour parking cost will be applied and the schedule will be the same as downtown: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 8 a.m. to midnight Thursday and Friday, and 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturday. On Sundays parking in the Rainey Street area will be free.
The Rainy Street visitors can also park at the Mexican American Cultural Center. The parking fee will also be $1 per hour from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday and early Sundays. A 5$ flat fee from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m will be applied in the parking lot and besides those three late night hours, Sunday will be free.
There’s a new effort at the Texas Capitol to tie higher education funding to results -- to use a business term, “productivity.”
And that’s the word Texas Association of Business President Bill Hammond used today at an event headlined by State Representative Dan Branch, R-Dallas, the chairman of the House Higher Education Committee.
Branch has a bill connecting the amount of money colleges get from the state to the number of graduates they turn out.
Texas lawmakers are taking a fresh look at a statewide ban on texting while driving, but the Governor may not be budging.
Members of the House Transportation Committee heard testimony today from people whose relatives were killed in crashes blamed on use of mobile phones.
There are concerns about enforcement.
A veteran Houston Police officer says he has no trouble seeing when someone is texting behind the wheel, but as it is now, he has to wait for the driver to do something more dangerous before he can make a stop.
With lawmakers in Washington facing a March 1 deadline of automatic budget cuts, lawmakers here in Austin are doing what they can to get ready.
Texas is home to 15 active duty military installations, thousands of military personnel and thousands more in support jobs. A Texas House Committee put together to look at how to prepare for the cuts known as “sequestration” calls the impact on the defense and aerospace industries a particular concern, citing Fort Hood, alone, as having a $25 million impact on the Texas economy.