Top Morning Stories 12/06/11: Yogurt Shop Murders:20 Yrs Later, Baylor QB Named Heisman Finalist
20 Years Since Yogurt Shop Murders
Today marks 20 years since the Austin yogurt shop murders, and the case remains unsolved. Four teenage girls were murdered at a north Austin yogurt shop in December 1991. The victims were 13 year-old Amy Ayers, 17-year old Eliza Thomas and sisters Sarah and Jennifer Harbison, who were 15 and 17.
In October 2009, Travis County prosecutors dropped murder charges against two men who had been convicted of the murders, amid new DNA evidence and allegations of coerced confessions. A third suspect in the murders was fatally shot by a police officer last year after slashing the officer with a knife.
Austin Postal Facility May Close, Another May Expand
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A small U.S. Postal Service mail processing center in Austin is one of ten such centers in Texas that could be closed next year. The Postal Service announced yesterday that it’s moving forward with measures to cut $3 billion in costs. The Postal Service is dealing with record losses and a decline in mail volume. The agency expects to start closing processing centers in April. The closures will slow delivery of first class mail.
A Postal Service spokesman told KUT while the Austin Annex location may close, Austin's larger mail processing facility may expand as other centers across the state are shut down.
Baylor's RG3 Named Heisman Finalist
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III is one of five finalists for the Heisman Trophy, college football’s most prestigious award. Also on the list: Stanford’s Andrew Luck and Alabama’s Trent Richardson. Griffin lead 12th-ranked Baylor to its first nine-win season since 1986. The Heisman Trophy will be awarded Saturday in New York. Here's more on Griffin's record from BaylorBears.com:
RG3 passed for a school-record 3,998 yards and 36 touchdowns with just six interceptions. RG3 leads the nation with a 192.31 passing efficiency that is on pace to shatter the NCAA record. He has also rushed for 644 yards and nine touchdowns, making him the nation's leader in points responsibility with 22.67 per game.
Griffin III ranks second nationally in total offense with 386.83 yards per game, fourth in touchdown passes with 36 and fifth in completion percentage at 72.36.