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Police tape marks off the neighborhood where a package bomb went off on March 19 in Austin. Photo: Drew Anthony Smith / Getty Images

Austin's interim police chief Brian Manley said Thursday that Mark Conditt, who detonated a series of bombs across the city this month before committing suicide last week, was a domestic terrorist — a label Manley was initially hesitant to give him while the investigation was still underway.

"I actually agree now that he was a domestic terrorist for what he did to us... This is a distinction I wanted to make today."
— Manley during a panel discussion hosted by KUT-FM, Austin's National Public Radio station.

Activist Chas Moore, executive director of the Austin Justice Coalition, claimed Thursday that Conditt's race likely factored into why it took so long for police to label him a terrorist, according to KUT. "Because he was white, we gave him the benefit of being a human first," Moore said.

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The Federal Reserve said on Friday it would again lower the minimum loan size for its pandemic-era small business program.

Details: Businesses and nonprofits will be able to borrow a minimum of $100,000 from the facility, down from $250,000 — a move that might attract smaller businesses that don't need as hefty of a loan. Since the program launched earlier this year, the minimum loan size has been reduced twice.

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