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The Lead: Early Voting Begins, Violent Night on Sixth Street, Austin’s F1 Track Opens

Good morning. It’s a muggy start to the week; the National Weather Service says Austin is in store for a partly cloudy, warm and breezy day, with a high in the mid-80s. Here’s some stories KUT News has been working on this morning:

And here’s some more Austin and Texas stories from around the web:
Officer Fires on Car in Weekend Sixth Street Incident  

Shortly after 2 a.m. early Sunday morning on Sixth Street, an Austin police officer opened fire on a car that the officer said was driving straight at them, after hitting two bystanders.

The Statesmanreports that the driver of the car, an unidentified woman, was uninjured; the two alleged victims of the driver were reported to have non-life threatening injuries. 

YNN Austin quotes police chief Art Acevedo’s description of the scene:

"This person, for unknown reasons, decided to rapidly accelerate to the extent that she left acceleration skid mark on the pavement … And not only drove toward civilian victims – and struck civilian victims – but also drove toward the officer and refused to stop until shots rang out."

Amateur video of the incident's aftermath has been uploaded to YouTube:

Celebrities, Exotic Cars And A Whole Lotta Noise: Opening Day At Austin’s Formula One Track (Jalopnik)

The event was perhaps Austin's first real taste of the sights, sounds and smells of F1 racing. Our city will host the inaugural U.S. Grand Prix the weekend of Nov. 16. True, there have been events at the track before, but nothing like this. It was also the most complete iteration I've seen of the 20 turn, 3.4 mile track, which promoters say is the first modern purpose-built F1 track in the U.S.

In Wake of Report, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro Defends Solar Deal (Express-News)

On a sunny day last January, CPS Energy announced it had reached a long-awaited deal with OCI Solar Power to construct one of the largest solar projects in the world, a plan that is to add 400 megawatts of clean energy in San Antonio. … On Friday, cable news network CNN aired a seven-minute segment critical of the deal, speculating that CPS could have contracted with U.S. firms that have more experience and alleges the mayor backed a plan to send millions of dollars overseas. …  Castro said the deal brings good jobs employing American workers in an industry that will be making solar materials here, “yet folks who watched that (segment) got the sense that the opposite was true.”

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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