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Top Morning Stories June 8, 2011

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A candidate forum will be held Friday starting at 6:30 p.m. for the Austin City Council runoff election.

City Runoff Candidate Forum

Early voting continues in the Austin City Council runoff for Place Three.  So far about one-and-a-half percent of registered voters in Travis County have cast ballots.  Early voting runs through June 14.  Election Day is June 18.  Incumbent Randi Shade and challenger Kathie Tovo will answer questions at a candidate forum at City Hall on Friday night.  It’s open to the public and will air live on the city’s Channel Six.  Find Travis County early voting information here and Williamson County voting information here.

Travis County Kicks Off Redistricting Process

As state lawmakers work on congressional redistricting, Travis County has launched its redistricting process.  It will change the boundaries of the precincts for the Travis County Commissioners Court, justices of the peace and constables. 

Redistricting happens every ten years after the Census.  Travis County grew by more than 26 percent over the last decade.  Public hearings on the Travis County redistricting process are planned for the last week of June.

Major League Courts Longhorn Baseball

The Texas Longhorn baseball team is preparing for this weekend’s Super Regional but some players are already thinking about the pros.  Five Longhorns were picked yesterday on the second day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. 

The New York Yankees drafted Texas pitcher Sam Stafford in the second round.  Other teams who chose UT players: The Detroit Tigers, The Cincinnati Reds, the Chicago Cubs, and The New York Mets.  The draft continues this afternoon.

Record Temperatures Hit Central Texas

Austin had its sixth 100-degree day of the year yesterday. Don't expect any relief from the heat, temperatures are expected to be in the upper 90s and 100 through the weekend.YNN has more:

YNN's veteran meteorologist Dan Robertson said the recent days are reminiscent of Summer 2009, when 68 days hit the century temperature mark. The first 100-degree day in 2009 was June 15. This year, Austin saw the 100-mark by May 25, three weeks ahead of schedule. "Getting started that quickly, obviously it's going to be a very hot and very long summer," Robertson said.