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Shooter who attacked Austin police headquarters is killed

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— 11:50 a.m. update: Despite signs of damage, the BB&T bank at 601 W. 5th Street near the U.S. Federal Courthouse is not one of the several buildings targeted during the early Friday morning shooting attacks in downtown Austin, police said.

Several law enforcement agencies have been at the U.S. Federal Courthouse at Fifth and Nueces Streets investigating after reports of gunfire about 2:22 a.m. Police had said Friday that the suspected gunman was also responsible of the incident at the BB&T bank, which is less than a block away from the courthouse.

9:55 a.m. update: A man suspected of shooting attacks on at least three buildings in downtown Austin was killed early Friday morning outside of Austin police headquarters, one the buildings he targeted.

CONTINUING COVERAGE: Medicaid

Will Legislature reverse course and expand Medicaid?

The once taboo subject of expanding Medicaid in Texas has been broached in recent weeks by some Republicans and GOP-friendly organizations, as the Legislature prepares to reconvene early next year.

Few topics in the state Capitol were as toxic in 2013 as expanding Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Conservative leaders exploited the public’s displeasure with President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul and rejected the idea of expanding the entitlement for Texans with incomes below 138 percent of the poverty level.

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STATESMAN IN-DEPTH: AFFIRMATIVE ACTION SUIT

UT’s biggest admissions critic turns sights to Harvard, North Carolina
Jay Janner

UT’s biggest admissions critic turns sights to Harvard, North Carolina

Not too many people take a case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Edward Blum has ushered four to the court — including one involving the University of Texas — in a 20-year quest to end the use of racial and ethnic considerations in college admissions, voting rights and other aspects of public policy.

And he’s not even a lawyer.

Rather, his role has been primarily as a strategist and matchmaker, lining up funding, lawyers and plaintiffs.

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Health

Student-run clinic costs patients nothing, shapes lives
Ricardo Brazziell

Student-run clinic costs patients nothing, shapes lives

In the heart of a downtown Austin block where homeless adults congregate and seek shelter at night, some of the brightest college students gather in a nearby building. They place chairs around long tables, check supplies and sling stethoscopes around their necks.

The free C.D. Doyle Clinic is open for business.

In this airy space provided by the nonprofit Trinity Center, an unusual pairing of highly motivated students and homeless men and women interact in ways that shape lives and inspire gratitude.

When the doors open at 2 p.m., the first patients, some bent by backpacks, enter through tall, arched doors at Seventh and Trinity streets, part of the complex of St. David’s Episcopal Church, which created Trinity Center to help Austin’s poor and homeless residents. Some come to the clinic — open 2-5 p.m. the first three Sunday afternoons of each month — with wounds slow to heal. Others are ill with a cough or need help managing blood pressure, diabetes and other conditions.

season for caring

Fresh starts in new homes for 2013 Season for Caring families
Jay Janner

Fresh starts in new homes for 2013 Season for Caring families

A safe place to live. A car to drive. Medical bills erased. Peace of mind.

That’s what Statesman readers gave to last year’s Season for Caring featured families.

Since 1999, Statesman Season for Caring has raised more than $8 million in monetary donations and in-kind goods and services and helped thousands of people around Central Texas through the nonprofit agencies that are part of the program.

Ferguson

Protesters dwindle to small groups in Ferguson

Ferguson gives thanks after a quiet night

Protesters in Ferguson pressed pause Thursday as the city welcomed Thanksgiving, decorating boarded-up storefronts with some Dr. Seuss inspiration and gathering for church services — a stark contrast to previous days of outrage over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case.

No police officers or Missouri National Guard members stood sentry outside the Ferguson police station, which has been a nexus for protesters since Monday night's announcement that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who is white, wouldn't be indicted for fatally shooting the unarmed black 18-year-old in August.


Austin

Austin’s moonlight towers to get $2.1 million restoration
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Austin’s moonlight towers to get $2.1 million restoration

The 155-foot tall Zilker Holiday Tree will start providing its seasonal glow on Sunday, and this year city officials are putting a big present, quite literally, under the tree.

Austin Energy has hired a contractor to embark on a $2.1 million restoration of the city’s 17 historic moonlight towers, one of which forms the trunk for the brightly lit Zilker tree.

thanksgiving

US celebrates Thanksgiving with parades, turkey

Millions of Americans across the country marked Thanksgiving Day with lots of turkey, football, parades and early shopping, while many overcame nasty weather, power outages and even being buried in the snow. At the White House, President Barack Obama spent a quiet holiday with a traditional meal.

Here's a look at how Americans celebrated:

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A MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY SUCCESS

Heavy security including bomb-sniffing dogs and police helicopters protected spectators of all ages who lined the route of the nationally televised Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which counted Thomas the Tank Engine, Paddington bear and the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger among its six new giant balloons.

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The company, operating under names such as Readers Payment Service and Associated Publishers Network, is quoting subscription prices that are higher than those offered by the American-Statesman.


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