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Top Morning Stories For April 22, 2011

Firefighters are battling a blaze in the 2100 block of Flite Acres Road east of Ranch Road 12 in Wimberly, TX.

Fire in Wimberley

Two homes are on fire in Wimberley.  The Hays County Sheriff's office says the fire is in the 2100 block of Flite Acres Road east of Ranch Road 12. The Sheriff’s office says the fire is currently contained to the two properties, though with wildfires burning across the state people are concerned about any fires right now.  It’s not clear yet how the fire started.  The Wimberley Fire Department is responding as well as several other agencies.

Fort Hood Has a New Leader

Fort Hood has a new commanding general.  Lieutenant General Don Campbell took over during a ceremony yesterday on post.  Campbell is coming from Fort Knox, Kentucky, but he’s worked at Fort Hood before.  He’s replacing Lieutenant General Bob Cone.  Lt. Gen. Cone is taking command of the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Monroe in Virginia.

1 Student Caught For Steroid Use

Just one high school student tested positive for performance enhancing drugs in the latest round of steroid testing in Texas.  The University Interscholastic League released the results of last fall's tests on Thursday.  2,083 students were tested at 135 schools. 

Football was the most tested sport for guys, soccer for girls.  State lawmakers are debating whether to continue the steroid testing program.  Some argue it's not worth the cost, especially while lawmakers are making deep budget cuts.

City Picks One Recycling Company...For Now

The Austin City Council voted yesterday to have Balcones Resources handle 60 percent of the city's single stream recycling program.  The way things stand now the city would split its recycling deal with two companies. As the Austin American-Statesman reports, the second deal hasn't been hammered out:

The council unanimously agreed to sign a 20-year deal with Balcones Resources to sort, bundle and sell 60 percent of Austin's recyclables at a plant the company plans to build in northeast Austin. The council then asked city staffers to negotiate the final details of a 20-year contract with Texas Disposal Systems to process up to 40 percent of Austin's recyclables. The council will vote on that contract next week, and could refuse to sign a deal with that company if the negotiations — now in their seventh month — fizzle out.