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AM Update: Central Texas Ozone Watch, Texas Supreme Court Judge Resigns

Jillian Schantz Patrick for KUT

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Central Texas Ozone Watch

The Clean Air Force of Central Texas is predicting “Level Orange” ozone levels for today. The areas affected by this Ozone Watch include Hays, Travis, Williamson, Caldwell and Bastrop Counties.

According to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s Air Quality Index,Austin’s air quality is currently “good."

Individuals with chronic lung disease, the elderly and young children are particularly sensitive to ground-level ozone. They should attempt to avoid exposure by minimizing exertion outdoors today.

The Clean Air Force of Central Texas encourages everyone to reduce air pollution by carpooling or riding the bus, tuning up vehicles and waiting to refuel until after 6 p.m.

Texas Supreme Court Justice Resigns

A Texas Supreme Court Justice is resigning and will go into private law practice in Austin.

Supreme Court Justice Dale Wainwright announced his resignation yesterday. He’ll leave the court at the end of the month.

Wainwright starting serving on the court in 2003. His current term was not scheduled to end until 2014.

In a statement on the court’s website, Wainwright says his time on the court has been “profoundly satisfying.” But, he says, he enjoyed private practice and believes it’s time he return to it.

An appointment to replace Wainwright will be subject to Senate confirmation.

Laura first joined the KUT team in April 2012. She now works for the statewide program Texas Standard as a reporter and producer. Laura came to KUT from the world of television news. She has worn many different hats as an anchor, reporter and producer at TV stations in Austin, Amarillo and Toledo, OH. Laura is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, a triathlete and enjoys travel, film and a good beer. She enjoys spending time with her husband and pets.
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