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Texas News

by Sachin Shah

AUSTIN, TEXAS – To commemorate the landmark occasion of the 75th birthday of Barbara Jordan, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin is honoring her with a week of planned activities taking place through February 25 at locations throughout the LBJ School.

Faculty, students, and research centers across the LBJ School are participating this week designed to highlight Senator Jordan’s lifetime of contributions to the nation and society as politician, policymaker, activist and educator. [more]

The Austin American Statesman reported today that the “Guns 4 Groceries” program is returning to Austin on Saturday.

Austin police will be on hand to collect the weapons from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Oak Meadow Baptist Church, 6905 South Interstate 35 near William Cannon Drive in South Austin. A key draw: it’s a “no questions asked” program.

“The response was overwhelming last time. We had to shut down after a few hours,”said Cary Roberts, executive director for the Greater Austin Crime Commission, an Austin nonprofit that is co-sponsoring the event. “We anticipate the same interest this time.”

Participants can collect $200 for each assault rifle, $100 each for handguns and rifles and $10 apiece for air guns, BB guns or replicas, sponsors said. There is a two gun limit per participant.

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