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200 Texas small businesses oppose transgender bathroom law
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200 Texas small businesses oppose transgender bathroom law

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Updated 10:12 a.m. — 

Saying Texas Republican leaders are threatening jobs and the economy, more than 200 small-business owners issued an open letter Tuesday urging legislators to abandon plans for a state law targeting transgender bathrooms.

The letter described “a growing sense of dread” that Texas will follow the path set by North Carolina, where a backlash to a similar law enacted in March will cost its economy several hundred million dollars in canceled sporting events, conventions, concerts and corporate investments.

American-Statesman Special Report: Silent Majority

A small change on a map makes a big difference
Deborah Cannon

A small change on a map makes a big difference

Steve García Sr. had been the elected constable for Guadalupe County’s Precinct 2 since 1993, when he began campaigning for re-election in 2012. But this time around, the political landscape had changed — literally.

narrow strip that ran north from the county seat Seguin, Precinct 2 had been deliberately created a generation ago to give Guadalupe County’s growing Latino population its best opportunity to elect its own representatives. With a 70 percent Latino population throughout the 1990s and 2000s, the precinct’s county commissioner, justice of the peace and constable had all been Hispanic.


West Nile virus found in samples outside Georgetown, in county park

Updated 10:59 a.m. — 

Two more positive results for the West Nile virus have been discovered in mosquitoes this month in Williamson County, authorities said Tuesday.

The first positive sample came from mosquitoes trapped Oct. 13 at Southwest Williamson County Regional County Park at 3005 County Road 175 in Leander, said John Teel, the executive director of the Williamson County and Cities Health District.


Elections 2016

First-day voting shatters records in parts of Central Texas
Deborah Cannon

After record-setting day, early voting sites have shorter lines today

Updated 7 mins ago — 

More than 6 percent of Travis County voters have cast their ballots for the general election.

The first day of early voting ended Monday evening with 35,066 people in Travis County casting ballots at early voting and mobile voting locations — more than the 33,354 people who set the county’s previous first day early voting record in 2008. Add in the 11,020 mail-in ballots received from Travis County voters so far, and the elections office has posted a 6.32 percent turnout by the close of Monday.

November 2016 Voters Guide

Elections 2016

State’s biggest counties shatter early voting turnout records
Deborah Cannon

State’s biggest counties shatter early voting turnout records

Updated 44 mins ago — 

The state’s five largest counties all set new records for voter turnout on the first day of early voting Monday, surpassing previously records by tens of thousands of voters.

Texans across the state shared photos of lines they were encountering at various polling locations on Twitter and some voters reported having to wait in lines for up to an hour.

Austin Courts

Defense: Charles Fischer’s accusers are mentally ill, can’t be believed

Defense: Charles Fischer’s accusers are mentally ill, can’t be believed

Updated 5 mins ago — 

11 a.m. The defense says Charles Fischer’s accusers suffer from psychiatric disorders such as bipolar, borderline personality and oppositional defiant.

For those reasons, attorney Gerry Morris argued in opening statements, they cannot be believed.

“Look at each case individually,” Morris instructed the jury.

Morris added one of the accusers admitted to investigators that he came forward with accusations only because another accuser threatened to beat him up.


Amazon opens a new Austin studio for software development

Amazon opens a new Austin office for software development

Updated 10:47 a.m. — 

Amazon is opening a new Austin office that will work on Lumberyard, its software for game developers.

The office is in the Domain in North Austin, at 11501 Alterra Parkway.

"Our team is still growing, and today we’re excited to announce that Lumberyard has opened a new office in Austin, one of the long-standing centers of gravity for great game- development talent, and innovation in community-driven games," said Derick Thomas, a spokesman for Amazon Web Services.

Capital Metro

Cap Metro cutting premium fares for struggling MetroRapid buses
Rodolfo Gonzalez

Cap Metro cutting premium fares for struggling MetroRapid buses

The Capital Metro board voted Monday to lower fares next year on its two MetroRapid and nine “flyer” routes.

Starting Jan. 8, those premium services will cost the same as Capital Metro’s local bus service: $1.25 for a single ride, $2.50 for a day pass and $41.25 for a 31-day pass. Until that change, the MetroRapid and flyer routes cost $1.

Where to Eat in Austin

2016 Dining Guide
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Hungry? The 2016 Dining Guide is here

How does a restaurant stand out in a booming city? Dedication to quality ingredients, a strong point of view, value and execution all are of great importance. A thoughtfully designed space and warm vibe help, and an exceptional staff can make all the difference between a good meal and great one.

The restaurants on this year’s list have distinguished themselves in these areas. Deciding on the top spot, and then ordering sequentially through the rest of the Top 25, can make for tough work.


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