Austin Local News
DAILY DOSSIER: Epstein Death, Austin Expands Drag Queen Story Time, AISD Moves Headquarters
Jeffrey Epstein...the disgraced millionaire financier charged with sex trafficking of underage girls...was found dead in his New York City jail cell Saturday morning. He died of apparent suicide, reportedly by hanging. Attorney General William Barr says Epstein's death doesn't let his associates off the hook.
"Let me assure you that this case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein," Barr says. "Any co-conspirators should not rest easy. Victims deserve justice, and they will get it."
Epstein's death is now under investigation. It has been reported that Epstein was not checked on for several hours leading up to his death. He should have been checked on every 30 minutes.
The Trump administration claims its effort to refocus the immigration system on merit is not a rejection of long-held American values.
The administration Monday issued rules that could deny green cards to immigrants who use public assistance, prompting advocates to worry immigrants will be scared into not asking for help.
Citizenship and Immigration Services acting boss Ken Cuccinelli says the rules aren't an attempt to wipe away the nation's longtime commitment to taking in immigrants in need.
The City of Austin has not been swayed by recent pushback over men dressed as women reading stories to children in public libraries. The issue surfaced at City Hall, and council member Jimmy Flannigan was quick to ridicule a young man who spoke against those events.
"The real story is that people want to lie and spread misinformation about my community to spread some pointless political points. It's ridiculous," Flannigan says.
A protester then spat on the man who criticized Drag Queen Story Time. This week, the LGBT Commission is recommending the city not only continue the events, but add even more of them.
The toxic blue-green algae in Lady Bird Lake is thought to be behind the death of four dogs.
Three of those dogs reportedly belonged to one person.
A GoFundMe account has been launched to help raise money to have signs installed in areas where the algae is in an effort to spare other dog owners from the heartbreak of losing their four-legged family members.
The Austin school district has begun the process of moving its headquarters from downtown to a new location in the 4000 block of I-35.
The district spent more than $28-million to buy the 142-thousand-square-foot building, and plans to spend an additional $22-million to renovate it, since the building is reportedly plagued with plumbing and electrical problems.