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5:58 am
Wed November 24, 2010

Top Morning Stories November 24, 2010

 Neil Seeking a Recount

Republican Dan Neil is asking for a recount. Neil lost the race for the Texas House District 48 seat to incumbent Donna Howard by 16 votes.  Neil’s campaign manager told KUT he filed the paperwork for the recount yesterday. 

Jury Deliberations Day 3

Today will be the third day of jury deliberations in former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's trial.  Before going home yesterday, jurors said they were making progress. 

"We know they are working hard because they're writing intelligent questions. It means that they're looking very hard at the evidence. I think they're zeroing in right on the weaknesses of the state's case and I'm very encouraged," said Dick DeGuerin, DeLay's lawyer.

As KUT reported, Jurors asked several legal questions yesterday and requested to see some of the evidence again. "It's just a waiting game.  We expected it to be a long deliberation because of the complexity of the case," said prosecutor Gary Cobb.

DeLay faces money laundering charges in connection with the 2002 Texas elections.

ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot

About 15,000 people are expected to run in Austin's Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot.  Parts of downtown streets along the route will be closed between 7 a.m. and noon Thursday.  There will be free parking at the City Hall garage and the Palmer Events Center.  Find more information on the five mile run and street closures here

Thanksgiving Day Travel

Today’s one of the busiest travel days of the year at Austin Bergstrom International Airport.  Airport officials say Thanksgiving travelers should arrive two hours early since security lines are expected to be longer than normal.  For those of you taking a road trip, DPS troopers will be out in full force this weekend looking for drunk drivers, speeders, and people not wearing seat belts. 

During the Thanksgiving weekend last year troopers wrote more than 10-thousand speeding tickets statewide.  They also arrested about 450 drunk drivers.  Austin police have also launched their “Home for the Holidays” traffic safety initiative.  More officers will be on patrol through New Year’s Day.