- A big "to do list" was wrapped up over the weekend on the long running MoPac project. There is a real chance an entire section will open in a matter of days. The list of things to get done required several lane closures that started Friday and ended Sunday. The completion of that work, along with wrapping up some other projects, has road mangers now making plans for an opening date. The idea is to have the northbound lanes open to traffic by Sept. 30. that’s the end of next week.
- Travis County's fleet of StarFlight helicopters looks like new, but with about 700 flights a year they're more than slightly used and apparently about to go up for sale after a vote by Travis County Commissioners Tuesday morning. Selling the four helicopters is part of a plan to upgrade capabilities and avoid escalating maintenance costs.
The TEA is looking into the past actions of a former school administrator who worked in the Austin area. 59-year-old Karl Waggoner was arrested in Arizona for allegedly trying to lure teenagers to his home for skinny dipping. Waggoner worked several years at three Eanes ISD schools. More recently, he had brief stays with Austin ISD and Round Rock ISD. Waggoner was hired back in July by a school system near Phoenix.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".