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4th deadly motorcycle crash in 48 hours reported in Austin

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Austin has seen a slew of motorcycle crashes in the past two days, continuing a trend of deadly traffic accidents seen last year.


The latest crash was reported just after 3 a.m. Friday, when a hit-and-run between a vehicle and motorcycle left one dead at I-35 near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

The other three deadly motorcycle crashes were within two hours on Thursday night.

At 1000 Ed Bluestein Blvd. northbound, first responders responded to a single motorcycle accident around 7:45 p.m. The person was pronounced dead at the scene.

The next incident was a vehicle-motorcycle crash at 9600 Research Blvd. northbound at 8:30 p.m. One person was pronounced dead at the scene.

Then just after 9:30 p.m., first responders responded to a motorcycle collision that happened at Anderson Mill Road and Centennial Trail. The person was taken to St. David's Round Rock Medical Center for serious injuries.

The Austin Police Department has documented six deadly crashes with 7 fatalities since the start of the year to Feb. 9.

Traffic deaths have been on the rise, hitting records in 2020 and 2021. Last year saw 120 traffic fatalities from 111 crashes.

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With deposition and trial looming, Elon Musk has offered $44B for Twitter, again
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Elon Musk has proposed once again to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share.

The news that Musk is offering to carry on with the $44 billion buyout was first reported by Bloomberg. Now, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows Musk made the proposal in a letter to the tech giant on Monday.

The New York Stock Exchange temporarily halted trading in Twitter stock twice Tuesday, first because of a big price move and the second time for a news event, presumably the announcement of Musk's renewed offer.

While the per share offer price on this latest proposal remains the same as the original offer, it’s unclear if Musk has made other term changes or if Twitter would reject it. According to other reports, a deal could be reached this week.

The stock closed at $52.00/share Tuesday, indicating market uncertainty around the $54.20 offer.

After Musk informed Twitter of plans to terminate the original agreement in July, Twitter sued. A trial has been expected in Delaware Chancery Court on Oct. 17.

With the proposition of a buyout on the table again, it revives the question of whether Musk might move Twitter from San Francisco to Central Texas.

He’s done so with some of his other companies. Tesla’s headquarters in southeast Travis County had its grand opening earlier this year and tunneling business The Boring Company moved to Pflugerville. At least two other Musk companies, SpaceX and Neuralink, have a Central Texas presence without being headquartered here.

Technology journalist Nilay Patel this afternoon voiced concerns that owning Twitter and Tesla together could be problematic for Musk, as his Tesla manufacturing facilities in Germany and China are both in countries that have disputes with Twitter over content moderation and censorship.

Telsa shares fell after the Twitter news became public, before rallying to close up, at $249.44.

Austin rents nearly double in a year and are now in the top 5 nationwide
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While searching for a place to live, Austin renters will face monthly rates of nearly $3,000, a recent guide from rental marketplace Dwellsy shows.

The median rent in August this year was $2,930, a more than 86% increase since August 2021. That’s $820 more than the nationwide median asking rent in August and puts Austin just below the Bay Area, Boston and New York for large cities with the most expensive asking rent.

“Within this group, Austin, TX stands out for the highest increases in asking rent, which has nearly doubled since this time last year,” the study notes.

Outside of those large cities, however, others are seeing even higher rent spikes. Metro areas that ranked above Austin in one-year increases include those like Kansas City, MO with a 112% change in rent since last August and Tucson, AZ with a 124% change.

The data reflects large apartment communities, single-family homes and 2-6 unit buildings.