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Texas judge pushes Disney to consider move to Lone Star State

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Imagine a trip to Disney being less than a 3-hour car ride away?

Fort Bend County Judge KP George wrote to the chairman of Disney to consider relocating the amusement park from Florida to the Texas county outside of Houston.


Why now? Disney has been critical of Florida's newest passed "Don't Say Gay" law, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis most recently signed a law to dissolve Reedy Creek Improvement District, a private government controlled by Disney.

"I welcome @Disney to visit Fort Bend County as your next destination while you face attacks from the modern day political extremists like @RonDeSantisFL," George tweeted.

A deeper look: Disney was rumored to be making plans for a new amusement park right outside of Austin in Jerald, Texas last year, but no such plans were found to be in the works.

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Austin rents nearly double in a year and are now in the top 5 nationwide
Dwellsy

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.

Setting the stage for safety at ACL
ACL Festival

Remember that ticket you and hundreds of thousands of others bought to get into this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park? Well it turns out it guarantees you a lot more than just music this year.

"By purchasing a ticket, you agree to submit to a full body pat down and magnetometer screening before entry," says the festival's website, which goes on to add, "Persons that refuse to comply with the search will be refused entry to the event."

It's all part of a safety and security plan festival organizers say they're working on 24/7 that changes every day.

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