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April 2018

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PAGE 2 THE INLANDER • INLANDPRESS.ORG • APRIL 2018 BRIEFS GATEHOUSE MEDIA PARENT ACQUIRES AUSTIN AMERICAN- STATESMAN FROM COX MEDIA GROUP IN $47.5 MILLION DEAL N ew Media Investment Group Inc., the parent of GateHouse Media, bought the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman and its related print and digital properties from Cox Media Group LLC in a $47.5 million transaction. Included in the sale were Austin360, a city enter- tainment site; the Spanish-language weekly news- paper Ahora Si, and the Austin Community Newspapers group, which includes the Bastrop Advertiser, Lake Travis View, Pflugerville Pflag, Round Rock Leader, Smithville Times and the Westlake Picayune. The sale does not include the nearly 19 acres on Lady Bird Lake that is home to the Statesman's offices. The Statesman has daily circulation of 85,000. Its companion websites average more than 13 million page views per month. Dirks, Van Essen & Murray, a media merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, represented Cox Media Group in the transaction. "New Media is very excited to add the Austin American-Statesman and its associated publications to our portfolio of local media assets," Michael E. Reed, New Media president and CEO, said in a statement. "In addition to being known for its strong and trusted journalism and having high digital engagement, the city of Austin is a very attractive market for our growing business offerings. We look forward to working with Austin employees to further build upon their partnerships and carry on the strong local journalism they do in Austin." New Media is one of the largest publishers of locally based print and online media in the United States, publishing 142 daily publications and hundreds of community publications. According to the company, as of December 31, 2017, New Media operates in over 565 markets across 38 states reaching over 22 million people on a weekly basis and serves approximately 215,000 business customers. JASON TAYLOR JOINS INLAND PRESS ASSOCIATION BOARD Jason Taylor is joining Inland Press Association's board of directors as GateHouse Media brings its more than 300 newspaper titles to Inland. Taylor has multiple important responsibilities at GateHouse: President of its Western U.S. Publishing Operations, President of GateHouse Live and Virtual Events, and President and Publisher of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Before joining GateHouse, Taylor was East Group Regional President for Gannett Company Inc. as well as president and publisher of The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss. During his career, he has been president and publisher of the Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press. He served as senior vice president of sales for The Honolulu Advertiser when it was owned by Gannett, and was named the company's executive of the year in 2006. He previously served as general manager for The Times in Gainesville, Georgia, and director of advertising and marketing for The Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Taylor $2.00 Tuesday March 27, 2018 $2.00 TODAY 81 / 66 40% chance of rain SPORTS, C1 BOHLS: WILL DELL MATCH PLAY HAVE A LONG STAY? Statesman Weather App: Live radar, weather news and alerts. statesman.com | mystatesman.com WEDNESDAY 75 / 56 80% chance of storms THURSDAY 80 /57 Sunny skies AUSTIN360, D1 SOUND STYLE Noah Cyrus on perils of the public eye BUSINESS, B5 AUSTIN-BASED YETI PUTS PLANS FOR IPO ON ICE INDEX Austin360 D1 Business B5 Deaths B4 Sports C1 Classifieds C8 ONLY IN THE EPAPER Travel Extra section in today's ePaper Explore extra travel coverage, available only to subscribers at statesman.com/epaper. NATION & WORLD, A2 Trump lawyer denies porn star threat claim Stormy Daniels tells "60 Minutes" that a man approached her and told her to"leave Trump alone." To subscribe: Call 512-445-4040 or visit statesman.com/subscribe w(h65668*MKMKMs(x © 2018 Austin American-Statesman Vol. 147 No. 245 Tuesday SA1 Mar. 27, 2018 Cox Media Group TRAVEL EXTRA A B O N U S S E C T I O N F O R O U R S U B S C R I B E R S TODAY'S SUBSCRIBER BONUS COVER STORY TRAIN RIDE TRAVERSES DIFFERENT WORLDS By Josh Lederman Associated Press WASHINGTON — From Washing- ton to Warsaw, Western nations banded together Monday to expel more than 100 Russian diplomats they accused of being spies, pun- ishing Moscow for its alleged poi- soning of an ex-intelligence offi- cer in Britain. President Donald Trump, under constant political heat for his reluctance to challenge Russia, ordered 60 of its diplomats out of the U.S. — all of them spies, the White House said. The United States called it the largest expulsion of Russian spies in American history, and also shuttered Russia's consulate in Seattle, deeming it a counterin- telligence threat. All told, at least 21 countries have ousted more than 135 Rus- sians, including 23 kicked out earlier by the U.K. Expulsions continued on A6 President Trump orders 60 Russian diplomats out of U.S. U.S., allies unite, expel Russians over spy case DIPLOMACY People exit the Permanent Russian Mission to the United Nations in New York on Monday. In a coordinated response to the poisoning of a former Russian spy in the U.K., countries around the globe are expelling dozens of Russian diplomats. SPENCER PLATT / GETTY IMAGES By Katie Hall and Mark Wilson khall@statesman.com mdwilson@statesman.com In the third Austin police shoot- ing this month, officers respond- ing to an urgent 911 call in South- east Austin on Sunday night shot and killed a man after he wounded an officer. Interim Police Chief Brian Man- ley said officers were initially called out about 10:49 p.m. to a duplex in the 5500 block of Ponciana Drive, across the street from Josephine Houston Elemen- tary School. Someone had called 911 to request police, but the call Shooting continued on A6 Austin police kill man after officer is shot AUSTIN POLICE SHOOTING Incident at Southeast Austin duplex 3rd officer-involved shooting this month. Austin police continue to investigate at the scene of the shootings in the 5500 block of Poinciana Drive on Monday morning. The incident took a violent turn when, as police were leaving the scene, someone fired a gun from inside a home. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN Teri Rd. E. St. Elmo Rd. 1 / 4 mile N 35 71 P oncian a D r . E . S ta s s ne y Ln. Suspect killed, 2 officers injured S. P l e a sant V a lle y R d . Source: maps4news.com/©HERE STAFF By Ben Wear bwear@statesman.com Capital Metro, once again grab- bing the wheel of Central Texas' potential transit future, revealed a long-term vision Monday that includes 11 corridors for rail ser- vice or "rapid" buses traveling on segregated lanes. And the Capital Metro board voted unanimously Monday to ask the city of Austin to contrib- ute up to $15 million for engineer- ing and environmental analysis — by including that money in a probable bond election this fall — in effect, startup funding for a first round of projects early next decade. Capital Metro, according to agency documents, believes it could kick in another $5 million for the first studies and will also ask Travis County to help pay for them. The money would be used for analysis of an initial group of highest priority projects, Capi- tal Metro officials said. Precisely which projects won't be decided by the agency's board until late this year, they said. The money from the city "is really critical to keep the ball roll- ing," said Todd Hemingson, Cap- ital Metro's vice president of stra- tegic planning and development. That Capital Metro is asking the city for help at the begin- ning of what would be a "mul- tigenerational investment," in Cap Metro continued on A5 Ambitious rail and rapid bus plan laid out GOVERNMENT SPENDING CAPITAL METRO City, county funding sought for studies. CAPITAL METRO TRANSIT VISION What 11 rail or"rapid"bus lines Cost $6 billion to $8 billion Time frame 25 to 30 years By Ryan Autullo rautullo@statesman.com The teenage son of Travis County state District Judge Julie Kocurek expected the worst when a man dressed in black sprinted toward the family's West Austin home on a Friday night in Novem- ber 2015 and fired several gun- shots at his mother as she sat in her SUV. Finding his mom covered in blood on the passenger seat of her Lexus SUV, Will Kocurek told a packed Austin federal court- room Monday, "I thought there was no way she would be alive." The testimony of Kocurek, who was 15 and a sophomore at Austin High at the time, set the stage for what will be a lengthy trial about the extraordinary lengths pros- ecutors say defendant Chimene Onyeri took to preserve an ille- gal money-making ent erpris e. Concerned that the judge would send him to prison for violating the terms of his probation from a 2012 fraud case, Onyeri, a Hous- ton resident, gathered personal Trial continued on A6 'This guy ... shot my mom,' Will Kocurek told 911 operator. Kocurek's son takes stand in shooting trial COURTS Will Kocurek was 15 when a man dressed in black shot his mother, Judge Julie Kocurek. "A LOOK BACK AT AUSTIN'S CULTURE, PEOPLE, AND HISTORY" FEATURING STATESMAN SOCIAL COLUMNIST, MICHAEL BARNES Join us from 11am–1pm on April 10th at the Austin American-Statesman FREE PARKING AND LUNCH PROVIDED. LIMITED SEATING • RESERVE SPACE NOW AT 50ATX.COM JOIN THE CONVERSATION CNHI PROMOTES MIENK TO PUBLISHER OF TWO OF ITS EAST TEXAS NEWSPAPERS Jake Mienk, publisher of the Palestine Herald-Press and Corsicana Daily Sun, has expanded his pub- lisher responsibilities to two other CNHI Texas dailies, The Huntsville Item and Jacksonville Progress. CNHI Executive Vice President, Newspaper Operations Steve McPhaul said Mienk was promoted to the regional publisher's posi- tion because of his leadership skills and knowledge of local markets. "We are excited about Jake's ability to provide the energy and initiatives needed to advance all these papers deeper into the digital era," McPhaul said, announcing the promotion. "He understands the fast-changing news environment and how to collabo- rate with local communities to serve their needs." Mienk started in the newspaper business in 2005 as an advertising account executive at the Tyler (Texas) Morning Telegraph. He joined CNHI as a regional advertising director in 2012. He was named pub- lisher of the Palestine paper in 2014, and a year later added Corsicana to his portfolio. "I'm enthusiastic about the future of community newspapers," Mienk said in a statement. "There has never been a more exciting time to be a part of this multimedia industry." Mienk LARRY HENSLEY RETURNS TO SCHURZ AS GENERAL MANAGER OF HOOSIER TIMES Larry Hensley is the new general manager of Schurz Communications Inc.'s Hoosier Times Group, marking a return to the family-owned diversified media company he first joined in 2007. As general manager, Hensley will oversee the day-to-day oper- ations of Schurz Indiana news- p a p e r s , i n c l u d i n g T h e Herald-Times in Bloomington, the Times-Mail in Bedford, the Martinsville Reporter-Times, the Mooresville Times and the Spencer Evening World group. He will report to Schurz Vice President of Publishing and Hoosier Times Publisher Cory Bollinger. Hensley began his career in 2007 with Schurz Communications as the CFO responsible for the Petoskey, Charlevoix and Gaylord newspapers in northern Michigan. He also served as publisher for the PhoneGuide publications during that time, until he accepted the role of publisher of Schurz Kentucky properties in 2014. After Schurz sold the properties in 2015, Hensley continued to serve as publisher for The Danville Advocate-Messenger, The Stanford Hensley COMINGS AND GOINGS HENSLEY, CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

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