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AUSTIN

SB I-35 at Braker Closed After 2-Semi Collision Kills 1

All of southbound I-35 at Braker Lane has been shut down while crews clean up what remains after an early morning wreck between two semi trucks killed one. Police say it could take hours to reopen, and they're suggesting drivers take MoPac or the toll road to avoid heavy traffic. Updated 8:32 AM

Hundreds of people are chiming in on a Texas Department of Transportation plan to build a new tollway through South Austin. If approved, State Highway 45 would connect MoPac to FM 1626, with the goal of improving traffic flow between Travis and Hays counties. But as our Mitch Goulding reports, the city of Austin is now asking TxDOT to take another look at the proposed highway.

6:43 AM

Cell Phone Use Behind Wheel Under Legal Scrutiny

The city's Distracted Driving Study Group has recommended banning any hands-on use of a cell phone while driving. The group says people that use their phones to call, text or check maps are distracted drivers.

7:36 AM

Another Appeal Filed in UT Race-Based Admissions Case

Attorneys for Abigail Fisher have filed an appeal to overturn a ruling that upheld the use of race in the admissions process at the University of Texas. Fisher, who is white, sued the university in 2008 after she was denied admission, claiming that less qualified minority students where admitted ahead of her.

7:25 AM

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AUSTIN

Despite Judge's Ruling, Austin Still Charging Drainage Fee

Austin water customers may be in for a surprise when they get their utility bill this month. A district judge ruled that the City of Austin's drainage fee is unfair, but you'll still find that fee on your bill. Our Victoria Maranan has more. 07/29/2014 04:15 PM

AUSTIN

UT Regents Pick McRaven as Sole Chancellor Finalist

Regents picked Navy Adm. William McRaven, head of U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida, on Tuesday. McRaven has been credited with spearheading the operation that led to the death of Osama bin Laden in a raid in 2011. 07/29/2014 06:55 PM

AUSTIN

Lawmakers Mull Effectiveness of Border Deployments

Governor Rick Perry deployed National Guard troops to the border without recommendation from DPS or the Guard, according to leaders of both organizations. Our political reporter Karina Kling was at the meeting and has the latest on Texas’ role in the border crisis. 07/29/2014 05:46 PM

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