expanded coverage: governor indicted

Rick Perry is booked, calls charges ‘baseless’
Kelly West

Rick Perry is booked, calls charges ‘baseless’

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His head held high amid cheers, Gov. Rick Perry was booked into the Travis County criminal justice system Tuesday after surrendering to sheriff’s deputies shortly after 5 p.m.

Within a matter of 15 minutes, Perry was in and out of the county’s Central Booking Facility, where officers fingerprinted the state’s top elected leader and snapped a mug shot that quickly spread worldwide on social media.

After leaving the facility, Perry and two of his attorneys took a photograph in front of Sandy’s Hamburgers on Barton Springs Road and posted it on Twitter.


elections in-depth: rail

Commissioner Gómez, former Cap Met board chief, joins anti-rail fold
Robert Calzada

Commissioner Gómez, former Cap Met board chief, joins anti-rail fold

The city of Austin’s light rail bond proposition has picked up an unexpected foe: longtime Democratic Travis County Commissioner Margaret Gómez, who served on Capital Metro’s board for more than 12 years and chaired the transit agency panel during the final stages of MetroRail construction.

“It’s just unaffordable,” Gómez said of the $1.4 billion, 9.5-mile light rail proposal.


austin city council

78 people to run for Austin City Council
Ralph Barrera

78 people to run for Austin City Council

Get ready for a crazy election season.

Seventy-eight people have filed to run for 11 seats on the Austin City Council this fall. Monday was the filing deadline, and the city clerk’s office has compiled a final list of candidates.

It will be a historic election, not only because of the sheer number of people running, but because Austin is moving to a new form of government.

elections in-depth: round rock schools

Opponent bows out as Round Rock trustee raises $16,000 for campaign

Opponent bows out as Round Rock trustee raises $16,000 for campaign

Round Rock school board member Terri Romere, publicly censured four times in her first term by her peers on the board, collected almost $16,000 in political contributions as she prepared to run for re-election this fall.

It turns out that she probably won’t need it.

Her opponent Gregory Allen, an engineer, withdrew Tuesday, the day after filing for the Nov. 4 election ended.

google fiber

City staff seeks $1 million in funding for Google Fiber, AT&T projects

Two city of Austin departments are asking the City Council for $1 million in new funding in the upcoming budget year to pay for temporary staffing and other efforts related to Google Fiber and AT&T’s major fiber optic projects.

City staff members said the $1 million would fund about 20 part-time and full-time positions for new permit reviewers, inspectors and other new workers to help alleviate significant demands from the Internet and telecom giants on top of an ongoing pipeline of other area development efforts.


U.S. home construction up 15.7 percent in July

U.S. home construction rebounded in July, rising to an eight-month high and offering hope that housing has regained momentum after two months of declines.

Construction increased 15.7 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.09 million homes, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. That was the fastest pace since November and followed declines of 4 percent in June and 7.4 percent in May.

Missouri Police Shooting

How can authorities restore order in Ferguson?

How can authorities restore order in Ferguson?

They've lined the streets with police in riot gear, brought in a new black commander with an empathetic manner, imposed a curfew, lifted it and deployed the National Guard — and still the violence erupts nightly in the town of Ferguson, Missouri.

After more than a week of unrest following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, law enforcement and political leaders are left struggling for answers to a frustrating question: What can we do to restore peace to the community?


US trying to verify video of American's killing

US officials: Video shows American's beheading

Updated 11:51 p.m. — 

A grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The militants threatened to kill another captive they also identified as an American journalist.

Separately, Foley's family confirmed his death in a statement posted on a Facebook page that was created to rally support for his release, saying they "have never been prouder of him.


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