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Outgoing Austin city council member Randi Shade kicked off this morning’s city council meeting with a goodbye speech in front of a packed council chamber. It’s her last day on the dais, after losing last Saturday’s runoff election.

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Groundbreaking for African American Cultural Facility

The City of Austin is inviting people to celebrate Juneteenth at a groundbreaking ceremony this morning for the city’s African American Cultural and Heritage Facility.  It’s going to be built on 912 East 11th Street and includes the restoration of the historic Dedrick-Hamilton House, which was home to the family of one of the first freed slaves in Travis County. 

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Last Day to Vote Early

Today is the last day to cast an early ballot in the Austin City Council runoff election for Place Three. On the ballot: incumbent Randi Shade and challenger Kathie Tovo. So far 4.77 percent of registered voters in Travis County have cast a ballot. Election Day is Saturday June 18. 

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Pentagon Papers Being Released Today

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum at UT is one of a handful of libraries across the country releasing a complete set of the Pentagon Papers today. The release comes 40 years after The New York Times published leaked parts of the report. The Pentagon Papers include 7,000 pages of a top secret federal government study on the Vietnam War.

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Only 3 percent of Austin voters cast ballots in this city council matchup, but tonight, the two candidates in the runoff race for Place 3 will go head-to-head in an hour-long debate at City Hall. Incumbent Randi Shade and challenger Kathie Tovo square off at 6:30 pm.

You don’t even need to hunt for downtown parking to watch it. The entire forum will be streamed live online and broadcast on Time Warner Cable Channel 6.

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City Runoff Candidate Forum

Early voting continues in the Austin City Council runoff for Place Three.  So far about one-and-a-half percent of registered voters in Travis County have cast ballots.  Early voting runs through June 14.  Election Day is June 18.  Incumbent Randi Shade and challenger Kathie Tovo will answer questions at a candidate forum at City Hall on Friday night.  It’s open to the public and will air live on the city’s Channel Six.  Find Travis County early voting information here and Williamson County voting information here.

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Early voting starts today in a runoff for a seat on Austin’s City Council. Elections were last month, but in the Place Three seat, challenger Kathie Tovo was three percentage points shy of the simple majority needed to oust incumbent Randi Shade.

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Two first-term Austin City Council members announced they will seek reelection in May 2011. Place 3 council member Randi Shade was first to market with her press release at 2:15 p.m. today. Less than an hour later, at 3:11 p.m., Place 1 council member Chris Riley announced that he too would be seeking reelection.