AM Update
8:19 am
Mon April 30, 2012

AM Update: Early Voting Starts, Education Committee Meets, Toros Win Title

Early Voting Begins Today

Early voting begins today in the Austin city election. There are a total of 14 candidates running for four different positions, including mayor and three city council seats.

You can find information on the candidates and their views on Austin’s pressing issues at kutnews.org. You can stream interviews with candidates for the Place 5Place 2 and Place 6 seats, and beginning today, interview with Austin’s mayoral candidates. The City of Austin has also put videos for the council candidates including those vying for mayor.

Early voting runs through May 8th. The election is May 12th. During early voting, you can vote at any polling place throughout Austin.

Education Committee Reviews Disciplinary Programs

The Texas House Committee on Public Education will review several disciplinary programs during a public hearing today.

Lawmakers will look at both Disciplinary Alternative in Education Programs (DAEP) and Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Programs (JJAEP) and review how effective these programs are at reducing problems with students.

Currently, K-12 students can be removed from their regular classes and placed in DAEPs. Students who are expelled from those programs or who are juvenile offenders, however, are put into JJAEPs.

The House committee will talk about how to fund these programs and how to use technology to educate students with disciplinary problems.

Austin Toros Win Title

The Austin Toros routed the Los Angeles D-Fenders this weekend to become the NBA Development League champions. The Toros won two of the three-game series – capping off the final game with a 122 to 110 victory.

Guard Justin Dentmon led the Toros with 30 points for the night, helping the D-League team maintain their lead throughout the night.

Today, fans are invited to celebrate the team’s first championship in a rally at the Cedar Park Center.

The rally is free and so is parking. The event starts at 7 p.m.

In the Development League, the Toros are the farm team for the San Antonio Spurs.