The Lead
9:05 am
Tue March 12, 2013

The Lead: SXSW 'Calmer' This Year, Travis County Incentives

Good morning, Austin! Ready for a sunny start to SXSW Music? The National Weather Service says Austin's due for a high near 77 today.  The evening will be clear with a low around 44.

Here's a roundup of some KUT News stories for today:

The Lead: Austin's Police Chief says he thinks South by Southwest has been a little calmer so far this year.

But APD Chief Art Acevedo acknowledges that things will probably start to heat up a bit as the music portion of the festival gets going. Acevedo plans to hit the streets over the next several days.

“I’ll be working with my guys. I’ll be putting on my shorts tomorrow, grabbing a bicycle and working, cycling around, man, keeping it green and keeping it weird here in Austin, Texas,” Acevedo said. 

SXSW continues through this Sunday.

Travis County Incentives:  An Austin technology and software company could get another incentive to expand its workforce in Central Texas today. Travis County is considering offering National Instruments about $1.3 million in economic incentives to add at least 1,000 local jobs.

Travis County Commissioners are also set to vote on an agreement with the City of Austin over developing a regional wildfire protection plan today. Both the city and the county have put $100,000 towards hiring a consultant to develop the plan – including identifying areas of wildfire risk and recommending ways to reduce that risk.

Big 12 Basketball Tournament: The Baylor Women’s Basketball team claimed its third straight Big 12 tournament title last night. The Lady Bears easily beat Iowa State 75-47.

The University of Texas at Austin women’s basketball was out in the first round of the tournament.

The men’s Big 12 Basketball tournament starts tomorrow in Kansas City. Seventh-seeded Texas takes on tenth-seeded TCU.