Travis County files suit against pharmaceutical opioid companies, Pluckers opens first location in Oak Hill and more for South Austinites to know this week

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New business openings in South Austin and County Judge Sarah Eckhardt’s State of the County address dominated the Community Impact Newspaper headlines in South Austin last week. Here’s a rundown of what was reported.

Travis County files suit against pharmaceutical opioid manufacturers, distributors and marketers

Travis County filed suit against pharmaceutical opioids companies Feb. 5 claiming the marketing of the drugs has caused harm to the Travis County community and its families.

Endangered Barton Springs salamander found near Dripping Springs’ proposed wastewater discharge point in Onion Creek

The presence of a federally endangered species was recently discovered near the wastewater discharge point proposed by the city of Dripping Springs. Supervising Engineer of the Austin Watershed Department Chris Herrington was unable to say when exactly the species was first discovered outside of its known habitat.

Pluckers now open at Oak Hill Plaza in Southwest Austin

Austin-based sports bar and wing restaurant Pluckers opened Feb. 6 in Oak Hill Plaza. The company’s seventh Austin-area eatery offers signature menu items such as fried pickles, burgers and Pluckers wings with original sauces.

Medical marijuana dispensary in Manchaca now open to eligible patients

Compassionate Cultivation, one of three companies in the state licensed to grow medical marijuana under the Compassionate Use Act signed by Gov. Greg Abbott in 2015, opened to eligible patients Feb. 8.

Judge Sarah Eckhardt provides updates on bond projects, economic development and health care in State of the County

County Judge Sarah Eckhardt addressed county residents, employees and regional leaders Feb. 8 by declaring her goals and desires for 2018 as part of the State of the County address. County bond projects, improvements to eastern Travis County and health care were among the many topics she touched on.

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