Top Morning Stories May 17, 2011
2011 ACL Lineup Released
This year's ACL lineup is out, and it's causing a stir. Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, Arcade Fire and Coldplay are headlining the 10th annual Austin City Limits Music Festival. My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes, Alison Krauss & Union Station, and Cee Lo will also grace the stages of the three day music fest. ACL will be September 16-18 at Zilker Park. Single day tickets go on sale this morning at ten. Three day passes are already sold out. Texas Music Matters' David Brown has more on this year's lineup here.
Voter ID Bill One Step Closer to Becoming Law
A highly-debated Voter ID bill is headed to Governor Rick Perry’s desk. The Texas House voted Monday to approve a final version of the bill that had been in a House-Senate conference committee. The Voter ID measure would require voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot at the polls.
Republican lawmakers say the bill would prevent voter fraud. Democratic lawmakers say it would disenfranchise poor and minority voters. Governor Perry is expected to sign the bill which he designated emergency legislation.
Police Say Gang Fight Led to 6th Street Shootings
The Austin American-Statesman is reporting a 16 year old, who police say is a gang member, was responsible for the shootings on Sixth Street over the weekend. The Statesman's Isadora Vail is reporting the four people who were shot and injured were bystanders.
Witnesses told police that they saw a quarrel between a group of people wearing red and two men wearing blue near Sabine and Sixth streets, where close to 200 people were walking shortly after the bars had closed, police said. The quarrel escalated into a fight, said Austin police Cmdr. Donald Baker, who oversees the organized crime division. Then a 16-year-old pulled out a gun and started firing, he said. When police arrived around 2:20 a.m., they found that two men and two women had been shot; three suffered wounds to their legs, and one man was shot in the torso. All have been treated at and released from hospitals. "We are thinking of these victims because they were just innocent bystanders," Baker said. "This could have happened to anybody."