Austin Local News
Fire Ravages South Austin Building, Trump Touts Border Wall, Investors Sound Climate Change Alarm
1. 3-ALARM BLAZE ROCKS SOUTH AUSTIN
The fire is out but the damage is tremdous!!! A three-story apartment building under construction went up in flames this morning near 290 and banister. Eight cars also burned, as did utility poles, knocking out power for more than 1500 people. Some in the nieghborhood are speculating it may have been sparked by homeless, however, the Austin Fire Department says it has no reason to believe the blaze was connected to Austin's ongoing homeless issue.
2. HOW TRUMP DESCRIBES NEW BORDER WALL
Visiting the San Diego section of the newly constructed barrier, the U.S. president calls it a "world-class security system" that will be virtually impenetrable.
3. BIG MONEY URGES GOVERNMENTS TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE
A group of more than 500 major institutional investors warn that failure to combat global warming could have serious economic consequences.
4. SAFETY CONCERNS GROW FROM MASS VIOLENCE COMMITTEE
Multiple threats against members of the State House Mass Violence Prevention Committee has the Vice Chair wary of holding field hearings around the State. State Rep Poncho Nevarez says they used to blow off threats like the ones against his colleagues but in the current climate they can’t take them lightly.
"We should not leave Austin to travel the state. We need to be in Austin because of securtiy reasons," He says. "It's easier to keep us secure in Austin, and keep people that go to the meetings secure in Austin."
Two Republican members received threats last week from Gun Rights supporters. The committee has scheduled hearings in Amarillo, Dallas, El Paso, Houston and Odessa.