Freescale Semiconductor Ltd., headquartered at 6501 W. William Cannon Drive in Southwest Austin, plans to merge with Netherlands-based company NXP Semiconductors N.V. in mid-2015 as part of an agreement approved by shareholders July 2.

The merger was approved with more than 99 percent of votes cast in favor, according to an NXP news release. Richard Clemmer, NXP Chief Executive Officer, will be president and CEO of the merged company, and shareholders also appointed Gregory L. Summe and Peter Smitham as non-executive directors of NXP.

“We welcome the decisions to approve the merger proposal with such an overwhelming majority,” Clemmer said in the news release. “The combination of NXP and Freescale creates an industry powerhouse. … We fully expect to continue to significantly outgrow the overall market, drive world-class profitability and generate even more cash, which taken together will maximize value for both Freescale and NXP shareholders.”

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34 Wine and Spirits, a new liquor store co-owned by former NFL player Ricky Williams, is set to open on Southwest Parkway in Southwest Austin late summer 2015.

34 Wine and Spirits, a new liquor store co-owned by former NFL player Ricky Williams, is set to open on Southwest Parkway in Southwest Austin late summer 2015. Courtesy 34 Wine and Spirits

A new local liquor store co-owned by former NFL player Ricky Williams will open late this summer at 4601 Southwest Parkway, Ste. 100.

34 Wine and Spirits, a reference to Williams’ jersey number during his NFL career, will be stocking the products that customers request, as well as brands from standard distributors, co-owner AJ Godbolt said.

To further set the store apart, 34 Wine and Spirits will also deviate from the warehouse-like setup common in other liquor stores, Godbolt said.

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Road closures, bus detours, increased bus trip frequency and extended MetroRail operations will take place July 4 as the city celebrates Independence Day and Capital Metro aims to accommodate residents and visitors.

Bus route changes

From 8 p.m. to midnight July 4, MetroRapid Route 801 on North Lamar Boulevard/South Congress Avenue and Route 803 on Burnet Road/South Lamar Boulevard will operate on a special 15-minute frequency to accommodate more riders, according to a Capital Metro news release.

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Tawny Hammond will be the new Chief Animal Services Officer of the Austin Animal Center

Tawny Hammond will be the new Chief Animal Services Officer of the Austin Animal Center City of Austin, Austin Animal Center

The Austin Animal Center’s new Chief Animal Services Officer Tawny Hammond started her new position in mid-June. With 26 years of public service under her belt, Hammond said June 29 she is ready to enrich the animal welfare program of Austin.

Hammond previously served as the director of the Fairfax County animal shelter in Virginia before relocating to Austin. Impressed by the commitment and thoughtfulness of the city when it came to animal welfare, Hammond said she saw this opportunity as being at the right place at the right time.

“Austin is a beacon of hope for other communities that want to do what we’re doing,” Hammond said.

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Travis County Commissioners Court members were updated on the proposed civil and family courts complex during the court’s June 30 meeting.

Voters will decide in November whether to support the county’s $291.6 million bond proposal to build a new civil and family courts courthouse. There are also plans to develop an adjacent office tower along Fourth Street between Guadalupe and Lavaca streets.

On June 23, commissioners agreed to hold an industry forum and establish a formal process for developing the south portion of the proposed complex. During that process it will be decided whether to develop the office portion at the same time as the courthouse.

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