The Wimberley View leads with Hays County commissioners’ 60-day moratorium on spending more parks and open space money until the county can reform the selection process. After ignoring recommendations from Grants Administrator Richard Salmon and Parks Director Jerry Pinnix that the committee have two different applications — one for parks and one for open space and conservation easements — the group is now going back to the drawing board. [subscription required] … Both The Hays Highway and the Hays Free Press run stories on Hays and Lehman high schools ending up unexpectedly in a district that includes Elgin, Manor, Del Valle and Lockhart instead of, as expected, with San Marcos and Dripping Springs. As it turns out, San Marcos got a surprise of its own as it was put in a San Antonio-centered district that may be one of the toughest in the state. … The Hays Free press gets a jump on a standoff on Interstate 35 in Kyle that shut down the interstate in both directions for hours. The newspaper quotes a witness in the Home Depot parking lot saying a man was in the back seat of a car with a gun pointed to his head surrounded by SWAT members, guns drawn. The man was later disarmed without further incident … The Austin American-Statesman tip-toes into questions about whether the Texas Department of Transportation violated state laws against state government agencies hiring lobbyists to persuade legislators.
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