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Top Morning Stories July 29, 2011

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The Austin City Council Thursday approved a resolution, sponsored by Council Members Bill Spelman, Laura Morrison and Chris Riley, to research the costs of temporarily stopping construction of the controversial Water Treatment Plant 4.

City Taking a 2nd Look at WTP4

The Austin City Council  approved a resolution Thursday to look into how much it would cost the city to postpone construction of the rest of Water Treatment Plant No. 4  for five or ten years.

Staff will also research how much it would cost to beef up water conservation efforts. The vote was 5-2.  Mayor Lee Leffingwell and City Council Member Mike Martinez voted against the resolution. The city has already committed over $400 million to Water Treatment Plant 4.

School State Ratings Being Released Today

Texas parents will get a better idea of how good their children’s schools are today. The state’s Education Commissioner is releasing state accountability ratings for Texas schools this afternoon. The ratings are based on graduation rates, drop-out rates and scores on standardized tests. 

San Antonio Street Lane Closures

The Austin Water Utility has reduced lanes on San Antonio Street between Third Street and Cesar Chavez. The city says the lane closures are to make room for equipment being used to repair a wastewater main under Cesar Chavez.

  • The southbound lane of San Antonio Street is down to one lane from Third to Cesar Chavez Street.
  • The northbound lane of San Antonio is down to one lane from Cesar Chavez to Second Street.

The project is scheduled to be finished the week of August 22.
H-E-B Recalls Some Dairy Products

H-E-B is recalling four sizes of H-E-B brand cottage cheese, dip, yogurt and sour cream over concern that "foreign material" may have made its way into those products. The recall applies to items sold between June 18 and July 27 at H-E-B, Central Market, Mi Tienda and Joe V's. H-E-B says the recall is precautionary and no one has reported getting sick.