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Top Morning Stories Monday, July 25, 2011

Photo courtesy Reagan County Sherriff's Department
Warren Jeffs faces sexual assault charges in San Angelo. Jury selection in the high-profile case begins today.

Warren Jeffs Trial seeking Jurors

Jury selection starts in San Angelo today in the sexual assault trial of polygamist religious leader Warren Jeffs. Jury selection in the high profile case is expected to be difficult, since few people in the town are unfamiliar with the case. If convicted, Jeffs faces a maximum sentence of life in prison for sexual assault of one child and aggravated sexual assault of another. He will face bigamy charges in a separate case in October.

Leffingwell to Announce Possible Ban on Plastic Bags

Mayor Lee Leffingwell will be announcing a City Council initiative today that could bring an eventual phaseout of plastic bag use at Austin retailers, the Austin American-Statesman reports. The resolution has the support of the mayor and councilmembers Laura Morrison and Chris Riley.

Closure at 34th and Shoal Creek Boulevard

Construction at 34th Street and Shoal Creek Boulevard will keep the intersection closed for the next month while the City updates water lines, adds new storm drainage systems and constructs a retaining wall for Shoal Creek. Construction is scheduled to be completed by August 21.

Matt Largey is the Projects Editor at KUT. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @mattlargey.