Editor's note: We hear there's an important football game of sorts happening this weekend, so before you tune in, take a peek at our top stories. (Oh, and hook 'em.)
1. Austin nails down ‘attainable’ housing development with $100K homes. A planned 198-acre expansion at Oak Ranch, located near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, includes Austin's buzziest of buzzwords: affordable housing. Once complete, Oak Hill will offer manufactured homes from $60,000-$100,000, a welcome option in a real estate market where homes average well over $300,000.
2. Monet's beloved water lilies come to Texas in new blockbuster exhibition. The water lilies are coming! The water lilies are coming! French Impressionist Claude Monet will be on full display at Fort Worth's Kimbell Art Museum beginning in June 2019.
3. Austin sours on Lime bikes and orders removal of 1,000 electric scooters. The Austin Transportation Department ordered Lime, purveyors of those bright green (or ... lime green) electric scooters, reduce its fleet by 1,000 bikes. ATD claims the company repeatedly violated Austin's rules by overly saturating the downtown area with scooters, creating a safety issue.
4. Austin's homegrown taco chain blazes into downtown with new restaurant. Time to get fired up. Torchy's is bringing its green chili queso, President Barack Obama-approved tacos, and, yes, margaritas to downtown Austin.
5. Big 12 bans 'Horns Down' sign ahead of historic Texas/OU championship game. After West Virginia was penalized for throwing the "Horns Down" in early November, Oklahoma's head football coach reached out to the Big 12 to see if they too could get in trouble for using the disrespectful sign. The Big 12's short answer? Yup.