Today in Austin News

Oh, brother.  “Gun Permit Allows Visitors Quick Access to Texas Capitol” (via FOX News):

Everyone from lobbyists to lawyers and journalists is rushing to get permits to carry guns inside the Texas Capitol, where legislators already often tote pistols in boots and purses or stow them away inside their desks.

A unique loophole in a new security procedure means a gun permit is like a special-access pass into the domed building, allowing people who are certified to carry a gun to bypass lines at the metal detectors that were set up after a shooting incident earlier this year.

Stop with the plastic water bottles“New UT Water Tower” (via KUT, our NPR station):

About 40 percent of the proceeds from the bottled water will help raise money for student scholarships, fellowships, and internships. The goal is to raise $1 million dollars a year for at least the next 10 years.

The water bottle will distributed in Austin and selected major Texas cities.

The Soup Peddler, one of my most favorite local Austin businesses, is going to open a new store.  That’s all I know and it’s from Twitter, with this accompanying photograph.

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