A panel of federal judges in San Antonio proposed new redistricting maps for the Texas Senate and the Texas House late Thursday, asking for comments by noon on Friday. They're trying to finish maps before candidates start filing on November 28 — a date set by the court.Full Story
Work on the Formula One track under construction southeast of Austin came to a sudden halt Tuesday as the group of investors financing the project pulled the plug. The group has been unable to come to terms with the promoter of the project, Tavo Hellmund, to secure the rights to the race. The first race was to be held in November of next year, and the state of Texas had openly committed $25 million a year in incentives from the Major Events Trust Fund. But Comptroller Susan Combs announced that the state wouldn’t be willing to make the first payment until after the first race. The timing for resuming construction could be tricky if Austin wants to be on the 2012 F1 calendar.