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This North Austin home is listed at $566K, just under the median home price in Austin. (realtor.com)

The median home price in the city of Austin reached an all-time high of $566,500 in May, jumping nearly 35% year-over-year, according to the Austin Board of Realtors' latest market report.

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The City of Austin law department has more than 100 attorneys and staff. Yet when time came to litigate a new land use proposal last year, the city turned to an outside firm. That decision has so far cost the city $119,583 in a hitherto fruitless lawsuit.

Financial records reviewed by The Austin Bulldog show that the city paid that amount to the firm Scott Douglass & McConnico LLP, mostly for attorney Jane Webre, who charged $480 an hour.

Read the full story at The Austin Bulldog.

(Bob Daemmrich)

Early voting begins Thursday and runs through Friday, Dec. 11 for the Dec. 15 runoff election.

Here's everything you need to know before you vote, including which races are on the ballot and where to cast yours.

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The land use code has been a controversial subject, as it determines how land can be used in the city, including the types, sizes and locations of new buildings.

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