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Best of the weekend, 6.23.14

ICYMI: Here’s some of the best from our Statesman journalists over the weekend!

Drugs follow Eagle Ford energy boom - Check out this interactive, investigative piece about drug-related arrests in the Eagle Ford Shale region, complete with photos and video.

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Austin’s incentives deals: What city has gotten for its money - Has the return been worth the money the city has spent? Read about the effects of incentives given to private companies here.

Video: Meredith Fortner and Cooper Crouse are nuts about their squirrel course

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Source: Austin American-Statesman

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Another win! Texas clips Vanderbilt 4-0 at College World Series http://www.atxne.ws/1iSfUnj 
More photos: http://atxne.ws/UoMxmP

Another win! Texas clips Vanderbilt 4-0 at College World Series http://www.atxne.ws/1iSfUnj 

More photos: http://atxne.ws/UoMxmP

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This is a must watch video.

18-year-old Mason Endres was injured when a car crashed into pedestrians at SXSW early Thursday morning. 

On Saturday, the members of one of her favorite bands, Jared and the Mill, visited her in the hospital to play for her.

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Our photojournalist Jay Janner recently spoke to photoblog A Little News about the photos he took during the abortion debates at the Texas Legislature earlier this year. 

“I’ve never seen that kind of intensity at the Capitol in the ten years I’ve worked here, and longtime Capitol journalists said they have never seen anything quite like it.  I’m glad I was able to record it for history.”
 

Read the full interview (x), then check out more of our team’s photos and our coverage of the debates (x) Above photo by Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman. Follow our Statesman photoblog, Collective Vision

Our photojournalist Jay Janner recently spoke to photoblog A Little News about the photos he took during the abortion debates at the Texas Legislature earlier this year. 


I’ve never seen that kind of intensity at the Capitol in the ten years I’ve worked here, and longtime Capitol journalists said they have never seen anything quite like it.  I’m glad I was able to record it for history.”

 

Read the full interview (x), then check out more of our team’s photos and our coverage of the debates (x

Above photo by Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman. Follow our Statesman photoblog, Collective Vision



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A generation of women wanted to try their hand (or feet) at grape stomping after seeing Lucy give it a shot on I Love Lucy

Here in the Hill Country, Dry Comal Creek winery gives people the opportunity to try it out - and to compete! Check out video from theis 11th annual grape stomp, and find out which Hill Country wineries you still have a chance to stomp grapes at this season! (x)

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97-year-old Edna McDonald of Evant has been catching snakes since she was 8 years old - and has never been bit. 

“I always keep one live rattlesnake around in case someone needs it,” she said. She also keeps dead rattlesnakes in her freezer to show to schoolchildren when she puts on exhibits for them at local schools.


Edna is about to make her second TV appearance, on a Sept. 10 episode of “Snake Salvation” on The National Geographic Channel. Read more about EdnaWatch video of Edna in action

97-year-old Edna McDonald of Evant has been catching snakes since she was 8 years old - and has never been bit. 

“I always keep one live rattlesnake around in case someone needs it,” she said. She also keeps dead rattlesnakes in her freezer to show to schoolchildren when she puts on exhibits for them at local schools.

Edna is about to make her second TV appearance, on a Sept. 10 episode of “Snake Salvation” on The National Geographic Channel. Read more about Edna

Watch video of Edna in action



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Statesman photographer Jay Janner has pulled together several of his riveting photos of abortion debates at the Texas Capitol, viewable on our Collective Vision photoblog.



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Gov. Rick Perry signs abortion legislation House Bill 2 into lawThe debates over abortion legislation during the regular and special sessions of the Texas Legislature this year came to an end - at least for legislators - with the signing of House Bill 2 on Thursday morning.

"Gov. Rick Perry signed stricter abortion regulations into law Thursday morning as supporters cheered and faint chants of “shame” intruded from protesters outside the Capitol auditorium.
“This is a happy, celebratory day,” Perry said, thanking supporters invited to join the audience. “Without your prayers, without your impact, you have been a very integral part of this very important day for all of us who support life.””

While the governor and the bill’s supporters cheered, opponents of the legislation outside shouted shame. (See Instagram video)See more photos from today.While the bill is now law, for may the fight is not over. 

"Two public hearings drew 7,392 people who formally registered a position on HB 2 — 4,257 orange-clad opponents and 3,135 blue-clad supporters. Almost 450 people testified, a number depressed by the House committee chairman’s decision to limit that hearing to seven hours, enforcing a midnight deadline with about 1,000 still hoping to testify.…Democrats have promised to challenge all requirements (of the legislation) in court.”

View our full coverage of the abortion debates at the Texas Legislature, in stories, photos, videos and on social media

Gov. Rick Perry signs abortion legislation House Bill 2 into law

The debates over abortion legislation during the regular and special sessions of the Texas Legislature this year came to an end - at least for legislators - with the signing of House Bill 2 on Thursday morning.

"Gov. Rick Perry signed stricter abortion regulations into law Thursday morning as supporters cheered and faint chants of “shame” intruded from protesters outside the Capitol auditorium.

“This is a happy, celebratory day,” Perry said, thanking supporters invited to join the audience. “Without your prayers, without your impact, you have been a very integral part of this very important day for all of us who support life.””

While the governor and the bill’s supporters cheered, opponents of the legislation outside shouted shame. (See Instagram video)

See more photos from today.

While the bill is now law, for may the fight is not over. 

"Two public hearings drew 7,392 people who formally registered a position on HB 2 — 4,257 orange-clad opponents and 3,135 blue-clad supporters. Almost 450 people testified, a number depressed by the House committee chairman’s decision to limit that hearing to seven hours, enforcing a midnight deadline with about 1,000 still hoping to testify.



Democrats have promised to challenge all requirements (of the legislation) in court.”

View our full coverage of the abortion debates at the Texas Legislature, in stories, photos, videos and on social media



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Top Stories Today: 7.3.2013

The top 5 most clicked stories on Statesman online at 5 p.m.

  1. Austin man, 19, jailed over Facebook postingA teenager has spent almost 100 days in jail after making a Facebook post about shooting at a school.

  2. Panel OKs abortion bill with 1,000-plus waiting to testify: Voting 8-3 along party lines, the House State Affairs Committee approved sweeping abortion regulations early Wednesday morning, setting up a House vote next week. The vote came after hours of testimony and demonstrations from opponents and supporters of the bill.

  3. Zuiliani sentenced to 40 years in prison for attack on fianceeA man convicted for the death of his 20-month-old stepson in 1990 has been handed three 40-year prison sentences to be served concurrently for a violent attack against his fiancée in October 2012.

  4. 18-year-old charged with intoxication manslaughterPolice say the pickup he was driving struck a highway light pole in Northeast Austin, killing his passenger, according to an arrest affidavit.

  5. Police seek public’s help in sex assault caseA University of Texas at Austin student was raped after being forced into a car about 2 a.m. Monday, say Austin police, who are requesting the public’s help in finding the suspects.



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Top Stories Today: 7.2.2013

The top five most clicked stories on Statesman online at 5 p.m.

  1. Austin foursome breaks Guinness World RecordFour Austin-area golfers rewrote the history books early Tuesday morning, breaking the Guinness World Record for “Most Golf Holes Played by a Fourball in 24 Hours in a Cart,” playing more than 235 holes in a 24-hour period at Lakeway Live Oak Golf Course.

  2. 2 Texas A&M football players suspended after charges filed in Austin flight(AP story) Two Texas A&M football players were suspended Monday from team activities after being charged with misdemeanor assault and criminal mischief.

  3. Eight men accused of trolling online for underage girls in Travis, Williamson countiesTask force agents posing online as 14- and 15-year-old girls drew the attention of men who, authorities say, conducted sexually explicit chats and sent graphic text messages to the “girls,” then arranged to meet them in person — where officers were waiting to place them under arrest.

  4. 2nd overtime session begins with demonstrations, tense Senate sessionIn a Capitol crackling with energy from passionate crowds on both sides of the abortion debate, the second special session of the Texas Legislature kicked off Monday with a brief but tense Senate session that began with a prayer for healing. 

    Chanting, singing protesters, conspicuous law officers and dueling news conferences ruled the day. Photos
  5. Woman dealt drugs to support prison inmate, report saysA woman was arrested Thursday on suspicion of selling crack cocaine to help a drug dealer who is in jail, according to an arrest affidavit.


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