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Top Morning Stories August 24, 2011

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People downstream of the Colorado River are asked to stay away from the water following the release of possibly untreated wastewater into the River, near the airport.

South Austin Wastewater Treatment Plant Back Online

The Austin Water Utility said the plant was back in service at ten last night. The plant had been shut down earlier Tuesday because of a chlorine leak. The utility said about 300,000 gallons of what was believed to be untreated wastewater entered the Colorado River.

As a precautionary measure, people downstream of the river, near Austin Bergstrom International Airport, are asked to avoid contact with the water. And people who have private water wells near the river should boil that water.

Firefighters Contain Brush Fire

Fire officials say they've contained a brush fire at Sage Brush Nursery near the Y at Oak Hill this morning. Officials say the fire involves at least two buildings, brush and power lines. The fire is at 12009 W U.S. 290.

2011 SXSW Economic Impact Report Out

Remember how jam packed South-by-Southwest was last spring?  The annual study looking at the economic impact of the SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Conferences and Festivals has been released. The study says South By was directly and indirectly responsible for injecting about $167 million into Austin's economy this year.That figure includes SXSW operations and spending by attendees. In 2010, SXSW had a $113 million economic impact.

UT Back in Session

Get ready for more traffic...and fewer parking spots-near the UT campus.  Classes begin today for the fall semester.  Students already have a couple of things to look forward to.  The first Longhorn football gameis September 3rd against Rice.  And students can already look forward to a day off. Labor Day is September 5.