Monday, January 08, 2007

More on the Dead Birds

More on the dead birds that were found in downtown Austin this morning …

According to Department of Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke, there is no “credible intelligence to suggest an imminent threat to the homeland or Austin at this time.".

Although tests on the birds have not been concluded, authorities say they do not believe Avian Flu was responsible for the deaths. West Nile Virus or poisoning were suggested as possible causes.

Meanwhile, Congress Avenue will remain closed until at least noon. The closure has caused all businesses along the street to be closed. The state capitol, however, is open. Today is the day before the beginning of the legislative session.

As this news story notes, there was also a scare in New York City this morning when a mysterious gas odor moved across the city.