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Reminder: June 1st Set for 10 Digits
Starting June 1st (and according to some of our listeners, its already started), you will need to dial 10 digits to make a local call in Austin.  You will now need to add the '512' prefix, as the city prepares to add '737' to its callout list in July.

Detais and updates via Twitter, @TALK1370
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Rollover Causing Major Delays Headed Into Downtown
THURSDAY TRAFFIC NOTE: A rollover wreck on I-35 SB at William Cannon is affecting northbound traffic (headed towards downtown) with onlookers. You may need an extra 20 minutes if commuting from Kyle/Buda/San Marcos and South Austin.
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Physical Exam ordered by Judge in Hasan trial
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New Census Results Show Texas' Growth

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Texas can claim half of the Top 10 Fastest Growing Cities:

1. San Marcos, Texas
2. South Jordan, Utah
3. Midland, Texas
4. Cedar Park, Texas
5. Clarksville, Tennessee
6. Alpharetta, Georgia
7. Georgetown, Texas
8. Irvine, California
9. Buckeye, Arizona
10. Conroe, Texas

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Austin Has Double Standard In Recycling?
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UPDATE: Round Rock Bank Robber Arrested
On May 9, 2013, Round Rock Police along with the FBI Central Texas Violent Crime Task Force arrested a serial bank robber wanted out of Round Rock. 
On April 20, 2013 and April 30, 2013, 49-year-old Jeffrey Gray Wise from Dallas, Texas entered the Branch Bank and Trust (BB&T) bank located at 110 North IH-35 in Round Rock, Texas. Wise approached an employee and demanded money.

After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, Wise fled the bank. Witnesses reported that he left on foot heading north. 
The joint investigation led to the identification and capture of the two-time robber who was arrested and is currently in federal custody. 
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A&M Baseball Blansk Number 1 Ranked Team

HOOVER, Alabama – The Texas A&M Aggies handed the No. 1-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores their first shutout of the season in a 5-0 blanking at the SEC Baseball Tournament at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

In just his fifth career start, Parker Ray (1-1) earned his first win of the season as he stymied Vanderbilt hitters over a career-long 8.0 innings. Ray scattered three hits and three walks while striking out three. He walked the first batter of the ninth inning, but AJ Minter fanned Conrad Gregor and Jason Jester induced groundouts by Zander Wiel and Rhett Wiseman to complete the shutout.

The three pitchers combined to hold the Commodores to their lowest hit total of the season and it marked the first time Vanderbilt (48-8) had suffered a shutout since Mississippi State blanked the Commodores 3-0 in the SEC Tournament championship game last May.

On the offensive side of things, the Aggies registered three home runs in the game. Through the first seven games of the SEC Tournament, A&M accounted for the only four home runs hit at the cavernous Hoover Met.

In the second inning, Hunter Melton got the good times rolling as he hooked a 0-1 offering inside the leftfield foul pole for a one-out solo home run. It was Melton’s second home run of the tournament and his team-leading sixth of the season.

Texas A&M (32-25) staked claim to a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning when Cole Lankford tattooed a 2-0 offering, sending it over the rightfield fence for a leadoff dinger.

The Aggies inflated the cushion to 3-0 in the fifth inning. With one out, Krey Bratsen bounced a single through the right side of the infield and stole second base. After Jace Statum struck out looking for the second out of the frame, Mikey Reynolds deposited a double into the gap in right centerfield, plating Bratsen.

Troy Stein joined the long ball party in the sixth inning. With one out, he launched a full-count pitch down the leftfield line for his fifth home run of the season and a 4-0 lead.

The Aggies trimmed the Commodores’ topmast further with an insurance run in the ninth. With one out, Daniel Mengden reached on an infield single and was replaced at first by pinch-runner JB Moss. A grounder to first base by Brandon Wood pushed Moss to second and he scored when second baseman Tony Kemp made an ill-advised through on an infield single by Bratsen. The throw went wide of first base for an error and Moss raced home for the 5-0 lead.

The Vanderbilt bats were unable to save Walker Buehler (4-2) as the Commodore starter was saddled with the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out six over 6.0 innings.

The Aggies return to action on Thursday at approximately 7:30 pm when they face the winner of Wednesday night’s Mississippi State/South Carolina game.

Texas A&M Postgame Quotes

Head Coach Rob Childress
Opening statement
“I’m just really proud of our team. We played extremely well. It all starts on the mound and behind him (Parker Ray) we pitched extremely well. We played defense at a very high level. We grabbed the lead early and were able to extend it with some good swings. Parker wasn’t able to finish, but the bullpen made a stand up.”

On Parker Ray
“He was a walk-on. He came in and was an infielder. I told him if he came back he was going to try out. The kid came back to walk on tryouts his 3rd semester and we kept him. He had a good fall, but wasn’t going to pitch on that staff. I told him if he wanted to pitch at Texas A&M he needed to go to a junior college and prove you can pitch. Not many kids do that at Texas A&M. It’s a great place to be a student. He packed up his bags, went to Texarkana, pitched well and came back. All he does is keep his head down and grind. He was out of the bullpen last year and again this year. Every time he got the ball he kept doing well. It was a revolving door in our rotation about the middle of the year. The harder you work, the luckier you get. Everything he has ever gotten, he’s earned. He’s the definition of a grinder. He’s a guy that I want on my side. Now he’s one of our leaders, not just on the field, but in the clubhouse.”

On continuing in the tournament
“As far as the tournament, we haven’t done anything yet. We got into the eight-team tournament and won game one. There’s still a lot of baseball left to be played. There’s a trophy on the line and that’s what we’re here for. We’re here to win the tournament and do everything we can. We’ll have a big challenge tomorrow. If there’s a trophy or a ring on the line, why not play for it?”

Parker Ray
On his performance today
“I felt really good coming in. I had a short rest but I knew this was a big game so I needed to step up for the team and have the fastballs working so I could get ahead on the counts, and then the slider and the changeup fell nice for me there. Hats off to Coach Childress on a great game calling pitches, I have so much respect for him for giving me the opportunity to be in this situation. I tried to make the best of it.”

Hunter Melton
On his second home run of the tournament
“It started it off with a fastball, and then a slider and honestly I didn’t get the best of it. Luckily the ball carried out and that helped out a whole lot.”

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IRS' Lerner: "I have not done anything wrong"
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UPDATE: SWAT standoff ends, man in custody
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Aggies Cruise In Latest Win Over UTPA

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies scored in each of the first five innings and cruised to a 12-2 win over the UTPA Broncs in Tuesday evening’s run-rule shortened, seven-inning affair on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

The Aggies registered eight extra-base hits on the evening, including six doubles, one triple and one home run. A&M notched a season-high with 17 hits as the first six batters in the order recorded multiple-hit games and all nine starters registered at least one hit.

Cole Lankford went 3-for-4 with three doubles, two runs and two RBI to lead the hit parade. Hunter Melton also logged three hits, going 3-for-4 with one double, one triple, two runs and two RBI. Mikey Reynolds scored four runs, going 2-for-3 with his first home run of the season and his first career dinger at Blue Bell Park. Blake Allemand, Troy Stein and Daniel Mengden each added two hits.

The Aggies pounced on the Broncs early with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Reynolds followed with a double to the gap in right centerfield to put two runners in scoring position. Lankford plated Reynolds with a sacrifice fly to centerfield and A&M staked claim to a 1-0 lead.

The Maroon and White tacked on another run in the second inning. Mengden came up inches shy of a home run with a wall-banger to leftfield for a leadoff double, moved to third on a groundout by Mitchell Nau and scored on a sacrifice fly to centerfield by Krey Bratsen for the 2-0 advantage. 

The cavalcade of runs continued with four runs in the third inning. The frame was highlighted by an RBI triple by Melton and an RBI single by Bratsen.

Texas A&M (28-24) busted the Broncs with three runs in the fourth to inflate the cushion to 9-0. Lankford hit an RBI double, Stein tallied an RBI single and Melton scored on a passed ball to account for the runs.

Reynolds launched a 2-0 offering over the leftfield fence for a solo home run and a 10-0 lead.

UTPA (24-27) broke the scoring seal in the sixth inning when Alberto Morales sent a 2-1 pitch over the leftfield wall for a solo home run. The Broncs added a run in the seventh when Will Klausing scored on a groundout by Shane Klemcke, trimming the Aggie lead to 10-2.

The Aggies ended the contest in the seventh when they scored two runs to invoke the predetermined 10-run role. Melton plated a run with a single and Stein ended the contest with an RBI single of his own.

Pitching for the first time since April 16, Grayson Long (4-1) earned the win, allowing one run on two hits and three walks while striking out three over 6.0 innings. It marked the longest outing of his career.

Matt Daniels (1-6) was saddled with the loss for UTPA. He allowed six runs, five earned, on nine hits and one walk over 2.2 innings.

Texas A&M returns to action with a three-game series in Knoxville against the Tennessee Volunteers starting Thursday at 5 pm Central.


Head Coach Rob Childress

Opening Statement: “We played really well tonight. I’m proud of the guys. We showed up ready to play. Grayson Long had a great start. We were able to score early and continue to extend the lead. We seized the momentum and never gave it back. This was just what the doctor ordered.”

On the challenge ahead of the team: “This is a great way to head to Tennessee. We’re feeling pretty good about ourselves. We have a tough challenge ahead of us, but this was exactly what we needed tonight.”

On pitching: “We’re going to need all our pitching the rest of the way. The guys that we’re taking, we’re going to need them all. It’s all about taking them one game at a time and preparing for Thursday night against Tennessee.”

On the offensive performance tonight: “We swung the bats really well tonight. Even some of our outs were loud outs. I’m really proud of our guys.”

On playing to make the postseason: “I think we’ve been playing that way for the last two weeks. I see it in our guys. They show up ready to get after it. I’m really proud of them.”

Senior shortstop Mikey Reynolds

On scoring so many runs tonight: “Runs are fun. When it’s fun, you’re confident. You believe in yourself. We’re just out there having fun and it ended up good for us tonight.”

On his home run: “I saw two pitches out of the zone and I knew he had to come with a fastball in the 2-0 count. The wind was howling out of here. I was able to get it up and the wind pushed it out. I didn’t think it was gone, but the wind carried it.”

On the team’s momentum: “We’re just playing some good baseball. We had a great series against LSU. We would’ve liked to win two out of three. We have the momentum right now and we’re looking to build that into the Tennessee series.”

On Grayson Long’s performance on the mound: “That’s what Grayson needed tonight. He’s a big-time pitcher and hopefully tonight was a big confidence boost for him.”

On getting into the postseason: “We have to play our butts off to get into a regional and that’s what we plan to do because we want to get there, especially me as a senior.”

Sophomore first baseman Cole Lankford

On getting three doubles in the game: “It feels great. I got lucky and found some holes. I think everyone hit the ball well and hit the ball hard. It’s just a good team win. It’s awesome when everyone’s crushing the ball.”

On getting the offense rolling: “I think it’s huge for us to get the ball going. We played well this past weekend. Guys battled all weekend. Everyone’s swinging the bat well. We’re excited to get to Tennessee. We’re just going to take it one game at a time and see what happens.”

On Grayson Long’s performance: “Grayson competed well all night. He let one get away from him but that’s baseball. You’re going to have ups and downs, but he came back and got the next guy. He did an unbelievable job tonight. He deserves all the credit.”

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30th Auto Fatality of 2013 For Austin
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APD Warns Residents To Lock Garages
Recently, APD has seen an increase in burglaries of residential backyard sheds and garages where doors are left unlocked or open.  APD reminds residents to lock backyard gates and sheds and keep garage doors closed when no one is around.  It is also important to keep bicycles, lawn mowers and other property locked up and put away. For more information about how you can keep your property safe and secure contact your District Representative Officer.

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APD News Release: Bank Robbery #5
Case:        13-1231004
Date:         Friday, May 3, 2013
Time:        1:09 p.m.
Location:   Prosperity Bank, 12730 Research Blvd.
APD’s preliminary investigation shows that a White male entered the bank and demanded cash. The suspect left the scene on foot and was last seen headed southbound on Jollyville with an undisclosed amount of money. No injuries were reported.
The suspect was last seen wearing a dark blue jacket and blue jeans:
  • White male
  • Approximately 6 feet tall
  • Heavy set
  • Wearing glasses
  • Bald head on top, dark hair on the sides
  • Dark goatee
This case remains under investigation by APD Robbery detectives. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Robbery tip line at (512) 974-5092, Crime Stoppers at (512) 472-TIPS or text “Tip 103” + your message to CRIMES. You may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 if your tip leads to an arrest or charges being filed. This is the 5th bank robbery of 2013. At this time in 2012, there were five bank robberies.

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Austin ISD $1B Decision, Looming
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Latest on Boston Marathon Bomb Suspects
A law enforcement source tells CBS News investigators now believe suspected Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was "well on the road to radicalization " prior to his trip to Russia in 2012.
The source says an analysis of Tamerlan's electronic communications including emails, on-line chats and various video messages indicate that his radicalization had been underway before his 2012 visit.
Investigators continue to conduct digital forensics on the older brother's online discussions, including analysis of his demeanor and language in those interactions and his email exchanges. 
They believe that much of his radicalization was inspired by AQAP--Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula--including the on-line "Inspire" magazine and sermons by American-born cleric Anwar al Awalaki, who is also believed to have inspired the Christmas Day underwear bomber and others. 
The source adds the visit to Russia remains a key component in the investigation.
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THIS WEEKEND: Aggies Featured on Fox Sports SW
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Fox Sports Southwest, in conjunction with 12th Man Productions and Learfield Sports, is presenting a pair of games between the Texas A&M Aggies and the Missouri Tigers. The Friday and Saturday games will be televised live with 12thManTV’s Will Johnson and Matt Simon announcing the action.

The Friday game, with a 6:35 pm Central first pitch, will air on Fox Sports Southwest in the Houston and in the Spurs portion of Texas as well as throughout Louisiana. Viewers in northern Texas (including College Station) can watch the game on the FSSW Plus channel. All cable viewers will also have access to the game on FOX College Sports Central. The game will air on DirectTV channel 677 (677-1 HD) and Dish Network channel 446. Fox Sports Midwest can access the game on the FSMW Plus channel.
Saturday’s game, with a 2:05 pm Central first pitch, will be aired Fox Sports Southwest throughout the entire region, as well as on FOX College Sports Central and Fox Sports Midwest.
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Breaking: The SEC Network Is Coming In 2014

Atlanta -- The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have signed a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a multiplatform network, which will launch in August 2014, it was announced today by SEC Commissioner Mike Slive and ESPN President John Skipper. The new network and its accompanying digital platform will air SEC content 24/7 including more than 1,000 events in its first year.

"This network is going to take the SEC out of the SEC -- we are now a national conference. The SEC simply is the best in the country in terms of both competition and exposure, and it's only getting better.

What's particularly exciting is the investment in new technology, which will bring the SEC to the entire nation anywhere, anytime."

- Director of Athletics Eric Hyman

The network will televise approximately 45 SEC football games, more than 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games, and events from across the SEC’s 21 sports annually. Programming will also include studio shows, original content such as SEC Storied, spring football games, signing day and pro days coverage. Hundreds of additional live events from various sports will be offered exclusively on the digital platform. The network and its digital extensions will connect with each SEC institution and create opportunities for each school to produce and develop content.

"The announcement of the SEC network represents another major milestone for what we consider the top collegiate athletic conference in the nation—and of which we are very proud to belong. In only one year, membership in the SEC has brought us tremendous national visibility and greatly enhanced the Texas A&M brand.

It's not only a terrific opportunity to showcase our highly talented student-athletes, but it opens even wider the window through which audiences across the country can view our outstanding academic programs as well as the superb students, faculty and staff that make up this great university."

- Texas A&M University President R. Bowen Loftin

“The SEC Network will provide an unparalleled fan experience of top quality SEC content presented across the television network and its accompanying digital platforms,” stated Slive. “We will increase exposure of SEC athletics programs at all 14 member institutions, as we showcase the incredible student-athletes in our league. The agreement for a network streamlines and completes an overall media rights package that will continue the SEC’s leadership for the foreseeable future.”   

"We have already seen the power of the SEC in just our first year in the league. This new network will further solidify the SEC's status as the best in the country.

The additional visibility that Texas A&M and our football program will receive through ESPN is exciting for all of us, and particularly for our student-athletes."

- Head Football Coach Kevin Sumlin

Each weekend throughout the season, the new network will air multiple top-tier matchups from the strongest conference in college football. Since 2006, the SEC has claimed seven consecutive football national championships.  In 2011-12, SEC teams won eight national championships: football (Alabama), men’s basketball (Kentucky), gymnastics (Alabama), men’s indoor track and field (Florida), women’s tennis (Florida), women’s golf (Alabama), men’s outdoor track and field (Florida), and softball (Alabama). Since 1990, the SEC has won 149 national team championships for an average of more than six per year.

"I have been associated with the SEC for many years, and this conference has always been the best -- top to bottom -- from a competitive standpoint.

The SEC will now provide unmatched exposure for our student-athletes. The network will be a significant advantage for Texas A&M and for the entire sport of track and field."

- Head Track & Field Coach Pat Henry

Skipper said, “The SEC is unmatched in its success on the field and its popularity with fans nationwide. The new network’s top-quality SEC matchups across a range of sports will serve all sports enthusiasts including the most passionate, die-hard SEC fans. Also, it will serve the needs of our multichannel distributors and advertisers by providing extremely attractive programming options across all platforms.”

As part of the agreement, ESPN will now oversee the SEC’s official Corporate Sponsor Program. In addition, ESPN and the SEC also agreed to extend their existing media rights agreement through 2034. ESPN has televised the SEC since 1982.  ESPN’s existing networks present more than 1,600 hours of SEC action each year. The new network will focus exclusively on the SEC and add another outlet to deliver sports fans more SEC content than ever.

AT&T U-verse® has been secured as the network’s first national distributor. AT&T U-verse is the fastest growing TV provider in the U.S. and their subscribers will have access to an unprecedented amount of SEC content across all platforms.  Subscribers receiving the live linear network via a multichannel subscription will also have access to the network on PCs, tablets, smartphones and select gaming devices like Xbox. Additional games and coverage will be available through an authenticated digital offering. Fans looking to learn more about how to get the SEC Network can visit GetSECNetwork.com for more information.

“We are pleased to be involved with the SEC and ESPN at the very beginning of this great alliance,” said Jeff Weber, President of Content and Advertising Sales, AT&T. “As the fastest growing and most advanced pay TV service, we want to bring our customers the highest value and most compelling product that we possibly can. Access to the SEC Network, across multiple platforms, will only increase the demand for U-verse.”

ESPN’s Justin Connolly, formerly senior vice president, ESPN affiliate sales and marketing, will oversee the network’s day-to-day operations. The network will originate from ESPN’s Charlotte, N.C., offices with additional staff located at the company’s Bristol, Conn., headquarters. Staff announcements and additional details will be made in the coming months.



1. When will the SEC Network launch?
The Network will launch in August 2014.

2. What will the Network be called?
The Network will be called the "SEC Network." The formal name is the "SEC ESPN Network."

3. How is this different than other conference or single-school networks? 
This collaboration between the SEC and ESPN will bring together unparalleled content from one of the most competitive conferences in the country with the highest quality, most innovative production partner in the sports industry.

4. Will the Network look similar to ESPN channels?
The Network will have the highest quality production value and a look and feel consistent with ESPN's other networks.

5. Where will the Network be located?
The production home will be in Charlotte, N.C. This location will provide for efficient use of ESPN's existing production facility in Charlotte and it will have support from all of ESPN's resources in Bristol, Conn.

6. Why is Charlotte the Network's home especially since there are no SEC teams in N.C.?
ESPN already have a state-of-the-art facility in Charlotte that is easily accessible from across the SEC footprint.

7. Will each campus (or the SEC Offices) have upgraded television facilities?
Each campus is being assessed for its capabilities and level of content integration from each of the school campuses. We anticipate some level of connection and integration with each institution's facilities so we can produce and deliver content in an efficient manner.

8. How many people will work for the SEC Network?
We anticipate more than 100 full-time staff for the Network across ESPN.


9. Will the SEC Network be 24 hours a day, seven days a week?
The SEC Network will have 24/7 programming; it's a dedicated channel for all things SEC.

10. What kind of shows will I see on the SEC Network?
At the outset, the Network will offer SEC sports and sports-related studio programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More than 1,000 live events will be available in the first full year across the television Network and its digital extensions. This will include approximately 45 football games, more than 100 men's basketball games, 60 women's basketball games and events from across all 21 SEC-sponsored sports.

11. How will the SEC Network enhance the SEC fan experience?
More than 1,000 live events will be available. The SEC Network will provide more than 450 live games each year. An additional 550 games will be distributed digitally. The Network will bring football, basketball, baseball, and all SEC campus sports to SEC fans. These outlets will provide more in-depth content to fans across the country than ever before. Fans will be able to access content on a range of devices. Also, there will be programming dedicated to news and analysis surrounding the events.

12. How many football games will be aired on the Network?
The Network will televise approximately 45 football games per season.

13. How many basketball games? Baseball? Women's sports? Olympic?
At least 450 events will be televised on the Network each year. Of the 450 events, there will be more than 100 men's basketball games, 60 women's basketball games and 250 Olympic sports on the Network. More than 550 additional sporting events will be available on our digital platforms. The digital platform will include an outlet, similar to ESPN3, for the other 550 games and a live linear stream of the television network. This content will be available to Network subscribers across a range of devices.

14. Will each school have a block of time to program as they see fit?
This is a conference-wide network. The goal is to provide equitable exposure for each of the SEC member institutions. The Network will achieve this goal without each school having its own block of time to program.

15. Will the Network show breaking news or investigative pieces about the conference similar to ESPN? 
The Network will cover and report on sports news and information in an objective manner, but the basic premise is the Network will represent the conference and its member institutions. The Network has created a Content Board which has equal representation from the SEC and ESPN. The Board will work collaboratively on the programming and presentation. The Network, along with its digital extensions, will serve SEC sports fans and sports fans more broadly.

16. Will there be academic programming?
We have 16 months between now and the launch. We will continue to build out the full scope of the Network which will include content beyond live events. The Content Board will continue to build out the programming schedule for the Network and its digital extensions.

17. What access and programming is each school obligated to provide to the SEC Network?
Outside of the rights in the existing CBS and ESPN agreements, each school provides the rights and access to all other live events for the SEC Network.

18. Will the SEC Network air high school football games?

19. Will the SEC Network be able to re-air games shown on other ESPN networks? CBS?

20. Will the conference staff be on air or have any regular shows?

21. Will the SEC Network air bowl games? SEC Conference Championships? 
There are no current plans to air bowl games on the Network. The Network will televise the SEC Championships for all sports other than football.

22. Will there be fewer games available to me now that there is a Network?
The Network will provide more than 1,000 live events per year for SEC fans and sports fans across the country. These games will also be available online on a range of devices to allow for widespread access that is not currently available.

23. Will the Network include new personalities or use existing ESPN personalities for the games and studio shows?
A mix of both existing ESPN personnel and new on-air staff will be present on the Network.


24. How can I get the SEC Network in time for the August 2014 launch?
An agreement is already in place with AT&T U-verse to distribute the Network. ESPN is working hard to ensure that the Network will be available via cable, satellite and telco distributors (such as Comcast, Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, Cox and Verizon FiOS). ESPN will continue negotiating with the other distributors in the coming months. Your cable, satellite, or telco provider makes programming decisions based on customer requests. As a fan of the Southeastern Conference, please support the SEC Network by calling your cable, satellite or telco provider and requesting the SEC Network.

25. Are there currently any carriage agreements?
Yes. An agreement is already done with AT&T U-verse, the fastest growing multi-channel distributor in the country.

26. How do I get the digital part of the Network?
Provided you are a customer who receives the Network from your cable, satellite or telco provider, you can contact that provider and get a username and password which will allow you to access the content on computers, tablets, mobile phones and other consumer devices like Xbox.

27. What is the best way for fans and alumni who want to make sure their cable company carries the Network?
Please visit www.GetSECNetwork.com to show your interest in the Network and provide some general contact information.

28. What's the expected reach of the Network outside the SEC footprint and on what level of service will distributors carry the Network (Expanded basic? Tier?) 
The Network will have strong appeal and interest beyond the 11-state SEC footprint. While this is all subject to negotiation, carriage will be sought on broadly distributed packages.

29. Will I be able to watch the Network on my mobile phone or similar device?
Yes. The SEC Network will be available on computers, tablets, mobile phones and other consumer devices like Xbox to fans who receive their video subscription through an affiliated provider. The aim is to make this content available to fans anytime, anywhere, similar to how the WatchESPN application works today.

30. Will I be able to watch the Network on a device other than my TV (online? tablet)
Provided you are a subscriber of an affiliated provider (a cable, satellite or telco partner), you will be able to access the content with your existing login credentials, which will allow you to access the content on computers, tablets, mobile phones and other devices like Xbox.

31. How will you decide what games to televise early in the Network's existence?
The SEC has great depth in all major sports so the Network will have top-tier matchups each week to serve viewers and those distributors that choose to carry the network.

32. Can I pay to subscribe to the network online, Pay-Per-View or via ESPN3 if I can't get it on TV?
No. The games will be exclusive to the Network and its digital extensions. However, once a subscriber has access to the Network via an affiliated provider, that subscriber will have access to the content on computers, tablets, mobile phones and other consumer devices like Xbox. The aim is to make this content available to fans anytime, anywhere.

33. How will this impact my cable bill?
ESPN negotiates for license fee payments from its distributors and has no control over retail pricing. Retail prices are determined by each distributor.

34. Will all SEC campuses carry the network?
Campuses served by an affiliated provider will have access to the Network.

35. I live in [state outside SEC footprint]. Are you working to make sure we are able to see the Network too?
Yes. Our interest is in delivering this content in broadly distributed packages across the country.

36. Right now, I see all my favorite team's games online at the [SEC school athletics] site. Will I still be able to see all those games?
The Network is for media rights to all sports across our 14 member institutions. Any games produced by the schools will have an outlet, either the SEC Network or its digital extensions, where fans can watch.

37. Who will sell sponsorship for the Network?
ESPN will sell advertising and sponsorship on behalf of the Network. ESPN will also represent the SEC's Corporate Sponsor Program.

38. Where can I apply for a job at SEC Network?
You can apply online at ESPNcareers.com. Job openings for the SEC Network positions will be posted in late Spring 2014.

39. Will the Network have an internship program?
ESPN has a SEC internship program already in place. The Network will source candidates from the existing process and pool. Information about where to apply is forthcoming.

40. How will money from the Network be used on campuses? 
Each member institution has control and discretion on how they use any proceeds from their media rights.

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Proposed towers possibly Austin's tallest buildings
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UPDATE: APD makes arrest in North Austin Robberies
Update: APD has arrested Marek Dillard, Black male, (D.O.B. 10-11-83), and a juvenile suspect in these robberies. Dillard's booking photo is attached. Both suspects have been charged with two counts of Aggravated Robbery, 2nd Degree Felonies.

Previous Release:
APD Robbery Detectives believe that the gold-colored SUV may be a Buick Rendezvous. The detectives also have new still photos of the suspect and the suspect’s vehicle, see below. In addition, they have a person of interest who they would like to speak with, also see below.

The Austin Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect wanted for two aggravated robberies in North Austin.
Case #1:        13-1181910
Date:              Sunday, April 28, 2013
Time:             11:28 p.m.
Location:      Laurel Ridge Apartments, 13005 Heinemann Drive
APD’s preliminary investigation shows that the victim was walking toward the H-E-B at 6001 West Parmer Lane next to his apartment complex. While still inside the complex, the victim observed a white male exit a gold-colored SUV. The white male approached the victim, pointed a shot gun at him and demanded his personal property. The victim complied and threw down his wallet. The suspect left the scene in the SUV without harming the victim. It is believed that he then used the victim’s credit card at another store.
Case #2:        13-1190012
Date:              Monday, April 29, 2013
Time:             12:10 a.m.
Location:       Texaco gas station, 5301 North Lamar Blvd.
APD’s preliminary investigation shows that the victim, a Texaco employee, was sitting in his vehicle after closing the store for the night and was approached by a white male, who pointed a shot gun at him. The victim was shot by the suspect and is in critical, but stable condition. It is unclear if the suspect attempted to take any property or said anything.  

The suspect in both of the North Austin cases is described as a white male, approximately 18 years old with a slim build, approximately 5’ 9” with brownish red hair. At both scenes, he was wearing a blue or black t-shirt and khaki shorts.
This case remains under investigation by APD Robbery detectives.  Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Robbery tip line at (512) 974-5092.

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Locations: Austin
People: Laurel RidgeMarek Dillard

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