A local Austin icon, Leslie Cochran, remains in hospice care at this time and residents are joining together in order to raise funds for any medical bills that may arise.
According to the Daily Texan Online, Cochran has been in the hospital since Feb. 16 when he was found unconscious on South Fifth Street. Officials have stated that Cochran’s condition is a result of a motorcycle accident that occurred 25 years ago in Colorado combined with another head injury that occurred in 2009 when he fell down a curb.
The head injuries left Cochran with seizures that would occur once a month. Friends stated that he would go into the hospital when he knew a seizure would be coming.
Recently, Cochran was unable to always make it to the hospital before they occurred and it is thought that this is what happened on the day he was found.
Florists in the Austin are preparing for the busiest day of the year, Valentine’s Day.
According to KXAN news, the Ben White Florists in South Austin has stated that they will be delivering at least 400 bundles of flowers this holiday. The owner of the Ben White Florist has stated that the only other time of year that there is this much business is the Christmas season.
Since last year, the business has increased its revenue by 50 percent. In order to plan for this holiday, flower shops begin to prepare as far back as the summer months.
The city of Austin has drafted a proposal that would ban the use of most plastic and paper bags in the city.
According to the bill, by 2013, retailers can begin to charge 25 cents for plastic bags and by 2016, bags will be completely removed from most all retailers.
There are a few exceptions to this ban and those include, carry out food bags, wine and beer bags, bags for meat and fish, pharmaceutical bags and bags for bulk food. The bill states that retailers must offer reusable fabric bags. The draft may be voted on by City Council next month.
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