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Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - De­layed honor: No charges in shoot­ing: bwear@states­man.com Tolls

A district judge in Travis County says he will de­cide Mon­day whether to grant a re­strain­ing or­der that would keep Planned Par­ent­hood from be­ing kicked out of the Women’s Health Pro­gram.

Af­ter 45 years, a Ge­orge­town High School grad­u­ate will be awarded the Sil­ver Star posthu­mously for his courage in bat­tle dur­ing the Viet­nam War.

A Travis County grand jury is­sues a no bill in the case of a woman whose lawyer says she killed her boyfriend while pro­tect­ing her­self and her two sons.

By BenWear

There was a time, early in the his­tory of the Cen­tral Texas Re­gional Mo­bil­ity Author­ity, when it was by no means clear that the agency would see its 10th birth­day this fall.

Nei­ther was it clear that it would have two toll roads open by now, nearly a bil­lion dol­lars in as­sets and enough cred­i­bil­ity that lo­cal elected of­fi­cials, with lit­tle or no con- stituent blow-back, could vote this year to loan the author­ity $130 mil­lion to add toll lanes to MoPac Boule­vard. Un­der that ar­range­ment, the author­ity has 25 years to pay back the money, plus $100 mil­lion in what amounts to in­ter­est.

Those ex­press lanes on MoPac (Loop 1), to run from near Lady Bird Lake to Parmer Lane, should be un­der con­struc­tion by sum­mer 2013 and take about two years to open.

In 2004, the agency at age 2 had no roads in place or un­der con­struc­tion, lit­tle money and al­most no staff. What it had 2 Num­ber of toll­ways 11 Miles of toll­ways $43.2 mil­lion An­nual bud­get 22.4 mil­lion Toll trans­ac­tions in 2011-12 $23.6 mil­lion Toll rev­enue in 2011-12 554,000 Cen­tral Texas toll tags

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