By Robert Maxwell, KXAN

A six-month hiring freeze at Austin’s Fire Department shows few signs of thawing despite a new federally-motivated cadet hiring proposal headed to full city council for review later this month.

The Austin Firefighters Association is now calling for a ‘time-out’ so its team can verify the claims Justice Department lawyers first made last fall the city’s fire department cadet hiring process discriminates against African-American and Hispanic minority candidates.

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