METRO & STATE
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.
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