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Perry's Response Begins Saturday

Gov. Rick Perry will host  "The Response", a religious revival, in Houston tomorrow at the Reliant Stadium.  The seven hour long event will include a day of prayer and fasting for a "nation in crisis" along with several religious leaders in line to speak. NPR reports that "the event has touched off a holy war among critics, who claim it is Jesus-exclusive and political."

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In a case challenging the Texas Open Beaches Act, the Texas Supreme Court ruled today that it cannot decide whether to proceed with the case. Instead, the question must be answered by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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H-E-B is recalling 32 of their products including H-E-B brand cottage cheese, dip, yogurt and sour cream over concern that "foreign material" may have made its way into those products.

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Austin Planetarium hosted an Austin Space Day event to honor the end of the space shuttle era. The shuttle Atlantis returned to Earth on Thursday, capping the program's final mission.

Texas has played a large role in NASA’s history. Austin Planetarium director Torvald Hessel said he isn’t worried about citizens losing interest in space missions.

“ [From] the kids, parents and scientists that I talk to, there is so much innate interest in  science, astronomy, engineering and also human space flight,” Hessel said. "I really see this as a new opportunity."


The former Tower Records building on The Drag is undergoing a renovation to house three new eateries, and owners are preserving the building's artwork, which has become a landmark for University of Texas students and Austinites.

Local artist Federico Archuleta created his first set of murals in 2003, at the intersection of 24th and Guadalupe. He used stencils and spray paint to portray iconic artists such as Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash.

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House the Homeless is trying to find hats with tails to help homeless folks to try to help keep them cool on these blistering summer days.

The Swap-A-Hat program is looking for hats that have a fabric sheet, or tail, that hangs down and covers the back of the wearer's neck and ears. The group is also giving out UV-rated sunglasses for dollar donations.

Perry Points Finger at Obama for Ending Era

Governor Rick Perry criticized President Obama over the cost-saving decision to end the space shuttle era Thursday. He accuses the Obama Administration for  “leaving American astronauts with no alternative but to hitchhike into space.” NASA is set to have astronaut expeditions to an asteroid by 2025 and later to Mars. Perry said in a statement yesterday that President Obama is leading federal agencies astray through his  plans.

Poultry Giant Recalls Two Products

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Austin is hosting part of the Davis Cup for the first time in the tennis tournament’s history. The cup kicked off on Friday drawing thousands of tennis fans. U.S. tennis pro and Austinite Andy Roddick lobbied  for the quarterfinals between the U.S. and Spain to be in Austin. The tournament may be a trial run before Austin plays host to another international event.

Erin Rockenhaus from Temple, Texas, thinks Austin was a good choice for the tournament.

The UT System Board of Regents is suing actor Ryan O'Neal over a portrait of actress - and his long-time partner- Farrah Fawcett created by artist Andy Warhol in 1979.

The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin currently has an exhibit underway About Face: Portraiture as Subject running through September 4, 2011.

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It’s pretty well-known by now that burn bans across the state caused bans on personal fireworks and canceled numerous public fireworks shows. But that hasn’t stopped some towns from still putting on public fireworks displays.

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Gas Prices Drop

Gas prices have fallen in time if you’re planning on filling up your gas tank to travel for the 4th of July. Prices across the state and in Austin dropped seven cents in the past week to about $3.43 for a gallon of regular unleaded.

I35 Closed Near San Marcos

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Correction for Clarification: The Lower Colorado River Authority requests that customers impose mandatory water restrictions when the combines lake storage drop below 900,000 acre-feet of water, but does not curtail.

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The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for all of Central Texas today through 7 p.m. tonight.

A heat advisory is issued when both hot temperatures and high humidity fell like it is over 100 degrees outside and can cause heat illnesses. Highs for today are between 100 and 105 and could feel up to 109 outside.

The Weather Service recommends drinking plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors.