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A second attacker is believed to have been involved in the subway bombing in Brussels and might still be at large, the Associated Press reports. 20 people died during the attack on the Maelbeek subway station and many more were injured. Belgian prosecutors had previously believed four people were involved in the attacks, including brothers and suicide bombers Ibrahim and Khalid El Bakraoui. Najim Laachraoui, who was a suspected bombmaker involved in the Paris attacks, was identified as another suicide bomber. A man seen in a hat, suspected of involvement in the airport attack that left 11 confirmed dead, is also believed to currently be at large. It is still unclear if the suspect at large in the metro attack was killed during the bombing or not. The same cell of the Islamic State that claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks has done so for the attacks in Brussels.
How does it feel to wake up in a city of more than 2 million residents? According to numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau Thursday, the Austin metro area is home to more than 2 million people and, for the fifth year in a row, holds the top spot as the fastest-growing city with a population over 1 million, the American-Statesman’s James Barragan reports. From July 2014 to July 2015 the Austin metro area grew by nearly 60,000 residents. Although exciting and definitely a factor in the city’s strong economy, Austin’s rapid growth continues to fuel problems like traffic and affordability.
Many Republicans who aim their attacks at their own front-runner, Donald Trump, have said the attacks have the desired effect, even if they wind up weakening the GOP nominee, the Associated Press reports. Many of the ads that attack Trump are sponsored by fellow Republicans (more than are sponsored by Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner) who are attempting to keep him from the nomination. These ads, however, also serve to provide Democrats with pre-fabricated attacks, ready for use when and if Trump becomes the GOP nominee.
The tower at 100 Congress is looking for a joint-venture partner for the 22-story building, recently appraised at $160.5 million by the Travis Central Appraisal District, the American-Statesman’s Shonda Novak reports. The building was developed in 1987 and holds a prominent spot in the city’s skyline in the central business district. The building is currently 95 percent leased (tenants include several law firms) and has 411,536 square feet of rentable space.
After the Travis Central Appraisal District reduced the property values of the Circuit of the Americas track over the past three years, the tax bill for the property has dropped more than $14 million, the American-Statesman’s Claudia Grisales and Shonda Novak report. A settlement that lead to the lowering of the track’s assessed value lead to a property tax bill that was $7.4 million.