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Top Morning Stories January 28, 2011

Photo courtesy of the City of Austin.
The City of Austin has approved an agreement with TXDOT for some transportation improvements at the Y in Oak Hill.

City Green Lights Mobility Projects

Remember that transportation bond voters approved back in November? The Austin City Council has approved the first two projects from the $90 million dollar 2010 Mobility Bond.    The city’s collaborating with TXDOT for projects to alleviate congestion at the Y in Oak Hill and at the I-35/51st Street interchange.  The Mobility Bond includes money for a total of about 50 transportation projects across the city.


What is a Legislative "Emergency"?

In legislative terms, when is an emergency actually an “emergency?" The answer is, "When the Governor says it is."

Governor Rick Perry has designated several issues as “emergencies” for this legislative session. That allows the Legislature to take up those issues more quickly.

One emergency issue, Voter ID, has already passed the Texas Senate and is on its way to the House. KUT’s Ian Crawford and Jason Embry of the Austin American-Statesman discuss this session's emergency declarations in this week’s “Texas Political Parlor”.  Click below to listen. 


Fatal Scaffolding Incident

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating a fatal incident at a South Austin apartment complex yesterday.  One man died and another was injured after falling from scaffolding while working at the complex.  Austin police say it’s not clear if the men fell or if the scaffolding collapsed.   


Attention Property Owners:

Monday is the deadline to pay 2010 property taxes in Texas.  The Travis County Tax Office says it expects to collect over $2 billion for different taxing jurisdictions including the City of Austin and the Austin Independent School District.  Property tax payments postmarked on Monday will be considered on time.