BG Note | News - What We're Reading (March 13, 2018)


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Austin Police Say A Series Of Package Bombs That Killed 2 Are Related (KUT) LINK TO STORY

"We will leave no stone unturned," interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said today in response to three package explosions in Austin over the past 10 days.
A 17-year-old boy was killed and a woman was injured when a package exploded at a home near Martin Luther King Boulevard and Springdale before 7 a.m. today.
A few hours later, a 75-year-old woman was taken to the hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries after an explosion in the Montopolis neighborhood. 
Less than two weeks ago, a package exploded and killed 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House at his home near I-35 and Howard Lane...

Destructive package bomb incidents rare, but often end in arrest (Austin American-Statesman)

You can now 3D-print a house in under a day (Quartz) LINK TO STORY 

In the near future, building a new home may be as easy as printing out an airline boarding pass.
At South By Southwest Monday, New Story, a Y Combinator-backedcharity that works to build houses for people in developing nations, and Icon, a robotics construction company in Austin, Texas, unveiled what is believed to be the first 3D-printed house that is fully up to code and permitted for people to inhabit...

Mix of startups, incoming firms keeps Austin job growth buzzing (Austin American-Statesman) LINK TO STORY

Austin occupies a rare and fortunate niche in the country’s high-tech labor market.
On one hand, local universities and entrepreneurs have spawned enough research and startup activity to sustain local growth. On the other, the region remains inexpensive enough – and retains a deep enough talent pool – to draw in new jobs and workers, especially from the coasts.
The result, according to a partial update of a Brookings Institution study, is a growing concentration of certain core tech jobs in Austin and Silicon Valley...


Under new management, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission mends fences after scandal (Texas Tribune) LINK TO STORY

Five years ago the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission spent more than $10,000 in taxpayer money to send four employees to Honolulu to attend a national liquor conference — complete with open bar, golf tournament and a “luau under the stars.” 
This summer, the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators is again holding its annual meeting in Hawaii — Waikoloa Beach to be exact — but there won’t be an official delegation from the TABC. In fact, the state’s alcohol regulators won’t be sending anyone to any liquor conferences outside Texas anytime soon...


In "race to the courthouse," lawyers urge Texas counties to sue over opioids (Texas Tribune) LINK TO STORY

Bill Bilyeu started receiving the Powerpoint presentations in October.
The administrator for Collin County, north of Dallas, found the slides interesting at first, with their charts, numbers and logos from law firms seeking to sue opioid manufacturers on the county’s behalf. But Bilyeu soon grew weary, finding that none of the pitches seemed tailored to the needs of his suburban county, which had 85 drug-related deaths in 2016...


Trump to inspect border wall prototypes (Austin American-Statesman) LINK TO STORY

President Donald Trump is scheduled to travel Tuesday to the Mexican border near San Diego to inspect prototypes of what is, in many ways, the cornerstone of his 2016 candidacy: the wall.
“This was not just another promise for President Trump; it was the most important promise,” said Brandon Rottinghaus, a political science professor at the University of Houston. “The wall is a physical manifestation of Trump’s vision of a winning America.”...

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