Wednesday evening First Warning Forecast
Cooler, wetter weather looking more likely next week.
The Whistleblower – For the first time since the impeachment verdict, we’re hearing from the whistleblowers who reported Ken Paxton to the FBI. Blake Brickman speaks with Ryan Chandler about how they’re planning to push forward with their wrongful termination lawsuit, and why he believes it’s important to keep the case going even though Paxton will remain in office.
Defending the Decision – Some state senators are pushing back on accusations that political pressure influenced the Senate’s decision to acquit Ken Paxton. Ryan interviews State Sen. Paul Bettencourt about his response to the criticism and concerns about outside influence.
Whistleblowers suing Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for wrongful termination will move forward with their lawsuit in a Travis County court, the Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday, lifting a procedural pause and extending Paxton’s legal troubles past his impeachment trial. Read more https://www.kxan.com/news/texas-politics/whistleblower-lawsuit-against-ken-paxton-can-move-forward-in-real-court-supreme-court-rules/
Austin Parks wants to to make sure playgrounds, athletic courts and all other sorts of other shared places have the shade they need to help you beat the heat. The City of Austin unveiled some new shade structures at Pomerleau Pocket Park in east Austin on Friday.
Despite the abnormally warm temperatures in Central Texas, fall is here and along with it a reminder from doctors who say some viruses tend to hit hard this time of year. Read more https://www.kxan.com/news/simplehealth/doctors-stress-vaccines-to-protect-against-triple-threat-of-flu-covid-and-rsv/
Nearly 800,000 Texans could lose access to a supplemental nutrition program this week unless Congress can avert a federal government shutdown before Sunday, according to a Texas nonprofit. Read more https://www.kxan.com/news/texas/800000-texans-may-lose-wic-benefits-if-congress-fails-to-avert-federal-government-shutdown/
Myrtle Robinson and her daughter Carol Williams took a walk down memory lane on the grounds of Austin’s first all-Black school. Read more https://www.kxan.com/news/rooted-deep-inside-meet-the-two-women-who-led-charge-saving-site-of-austins-first-black-school/
A Travis County resident has died after getting sick from West Nile virus. It marks 2023’s first reported death from the virus in the county, according to Austin Public Health. Read more https://www.kxan.com/news/local/travis-county/travis-county-resident-dies-from-west-nile-virus/