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Austin and other Texas cities are suing streaming giants over unpaid fees


Austin is suing Disney, Hulu and Netflix.

The capital city joined 24 other Texas cities in a lawsuit claiming that the streaming giants have stiffed them on a franchise fee required under state law. That fee is in exchange for using communication lines that transmit services to viewers.

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Austin indicts at least 19 APD officers on excessive force cases after 2020 protests

At least 19 Austin police officers have been indicted on excessive force cases after dozens of protestors were injured in the 2020 protests. (Mark Dewey/Austonia)

On the same day the city settled the largest excessive force lawsuit in city history, an Austin grand jury announced at least 19 indictments for Austin police officers who injured protestors with "less-lethal" bean bag rounds in 2020's George Floyd protests.

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Protestors Justin Howell and Anthony Evans were awarded a combined $10 million after being shot by bean bag rounds at the 2020 George Floyd protests in Austin. (Emma Freer/Austonia)

The city of Austin will pay a record-high $8 million to settle a federal lawsuit with Justin Howell, a then-20-year-old student at Texas State University who suffered head injuries from "less-lethal" bean bag rounds shot by Austin police officers in the 2020 George Floyd protests. The city will also award $2 million to Anthony Evans, who was also shot by APD officers during the protests.

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