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The Lead: Texas Inmate Executed, Hasan Back in Court, Police and Occupy Austin

Good morning. Austin’s expecting partly cloudy, warm and humid weather today, according to the National Weather Service. Here’s some of KUT News’ top stories from the last 24 hours.

Here’s some other state and local stories that have people talking:
Fort Hood Suspect's Nidal Hasan‘s Beard Case at Appeals Court Today (AP)

The U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals at Fort Belvoir in Virginia will hear oral arguments. The court also will hear from government attorneys who have said forcibly shaving Hasan would not violate his religious rights, and that the judge has the authority to enforce the Army rule prohibiting beards.

Houston Has Problem With APD Occupy Case (Austin Chronicle)

If the city of Austin – and, importantly, the Austin Police Department – had its way, the charges pending in Houston against a handful of Occupy protesters charged with blocking a road last winter at the Port of Houston would be dismissed. If that happens, the APD will not have to reveal the names of two undercover officers who were part of a three-investigator contingent that worked to keep tabs on the activities of Occupy Austin members; the department would like to keep those two names confidential.

Texas Native is Romney Campaign's Top Ad Man (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

After a long and remarkable rise to the top of American advertising, Jim Ferguson was back home in Texas in 2011, running a boutique agency in Dallas and making weekend jaunts to his boyhood home, Hico, population 1,300. … But that summer, a man named Stuart Stevens came calling. A senior strategist for presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Stevens had a slightly less bucolic vision in mind for Ferguson. He wanted him to serve as creative director and chief image maker for the Republican's 2012 campaign.

North Austin Mr. Natural Location Gives To Crime Ridden Neighborhood (KEYE)

Mr. Natural opened at 205 E Rundberg in April. This is the third store in Austin.  Owner Maria Luisa Mendoza says they offer alternative herbal medicine. She says she opens the stores in less fortunate communities to give people who don't have health insurance a choice. 

Wells has been a part of KUT News since 2012, when he was hired as the station's first online reporter. He's currently the social media host and producer for Texas Standard, KUT's flagship news program. In between those gigs, he served as online editor for KUT, covering news in Austin, Central Texas and beyond.
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