The Lead
8:57 am
Tue March 5, 2013

The Lead: ABIA and the Sequester, Spring Break, Warrant Roundup

Good morning. The National Weather Service says a Red Flag Warning in effect until 8 p.m. today. The windy, dry conditions mean a high risk of fire in Central Texas. The Travis County Fire Marshal is asking everyone to be careful and to avoid doing things like mowing, welding and outdoor cooking.

Lead Story: The nation is three days into those across-the-board federal budget cuts called the sequester.  And the Secretary of Homeland Security says some of the nation’s bigger airports are already seeing security-line waits up 150 to 200 percent because of immediate cuts to overtime pay.

Here in Austin, however, an airport official says today was just a typically-busy Monday for them, but the expectation is that there may be longer waits at Austin-Bergstrom in the weeks and months ahead.

In the meantime, expect bigger crowds at the Austin airport as South by Southwest and Spring Break get going. The recommendation is to get to ABIA two hours before your flight starting this Wednesday through March 20.

Party Responsibly this Spring Break:  Texas state troopers are increasing patrols for spring break next week.

More troopers will be on the roads watching for speeders, seat belt violations and especially drunk drivers. Over last spring break, DPS netted over 1,000 DWI arrests.

DPS is also warning spring breakers to avoid traveling to Mexico, due to drug cartel violence.

Warrant Roundup Underway: The Great Texas Warrant Roundup got started over the weekend.

Yup – that’s warrant as in “arrest warrant.”

Here in Austin, there’s a focus this time on outstanding parking citations, so if you don’t want to get arrested, you want get that ticket paid.

The roundup started Saturday, but keeps going until March 10.