City Council OKs new utility plant at Austin airport; more steps in expansion to come "The unanimous decision, the first of at least nine expansion-related votes planned this year, approves a $162 million construction contract to build a new utility plant for the city-run airport." (Chase Rogers, Austin American-Statesman)

Austin developer files for bankruptcy on 155-acre New Braunfels housing development "On April 16, TBOTG Development Inc., the developer behind The Bluffs on the Guadalupe in Comal County, voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas." (Ramzi Abou Ghalioum, Austin Business Journal)

Cisco Systems inks lease downtown, bucking trend of tech firms shedding office space "San Jose-based Cisco Systems Inc., an international telecommunications company, signed a roughly 27,400-square-foot lease at the Horizon Bank building at 600 W. Fifth St. earlier this year. (Cody Baird, Austin Business Journal)

Austin outlaws the construction of windowless bedrooms "Developers in Austin will have to provide some form of natural light in bedrooms after Austin City Council members voted Thursday to amend the city’s building code." (Audrey McGlinchy, KUT 90.5)

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick asks Texas senators to look into ending property taxes "The request comes eight months after Texas lawmakers approved $18 billion in property tax cuts. Patrick, who oversees the Senate and largely controls which bills the chamber passes, created a 57-item to-do list for senators to complete before the next legislative session begins in January." (Hannah Norton, Community Impact)