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First with signs, then with dance, dozens hold pro-LGBT rallies

First was the protest, then came the freakout. Dozens of people gathered Thursday afternoon in front of the Capitol to protest the state’s transgender bathroom bill and recent White House actions that protesters said threaten the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. In the evening, a second group mounted a different kind of protest at the Governor’s Mansion, where signs...
Austin police ID woman killed in South Austin police shooting

Austin police ID woman killed in South Austin police shooting

What started with two mysterious 911 calls ended in chaos at a South Austin neighborhood Wednesday night after Austin police say a woman tried to run over three officers, led authorities on a car chase and was shot to death by an officer she confronted with a knife, officials said. Morgan Rankins, 30, was the woman killed, police officials said Thursday. They also identified the officer who shot Rankins...
Herman: Progress on updating Austin’s Rosewood Courts public housing

Herman: Progress on updating Austin’s Rosewood Courts public housing

It’s time for our periodic update on the plan to improve Rosewood Courts. I’m pleased to report this can be viewed as a progress report, as in there are hints of progress on an important project that has defied progress. The quick history: As a project built by the feds in 1939 as the first public housing for blacks, Rosewood Courts on Rosewood Avenue in East Austin has an important place...
Transgender Texans push Legislature for better physician training

Transgender Texans push Legislature for better physician training

Desmion Dizney recounts spending a week at an Austin mental health facility last April to get his bipolar medication adjusted. A transgender man, Dizney said doctors and medical staff routinely asked him the same question that should have been irrelevant to his treatment: “Have you had that surgery?” “That’s the question I get from every health care provider who is not providing...
U.S. House leader Paul Ryan tours Texas border where Trump wants wall

U.S. House leader Paul Ryan tours Texas border where Trump wants wall

The visitor splashed by boat along the Rio Grande, straddling the rippling borderline, unseen in a procession of patrol vessels. To the right of him, on the Texas side, sat a row of moldering barbecue equipment and a feral cat. To the left, the tall brush of Mexico swayed in a too-faint breeze. Unlike most political trips to the border, including President Trump’s as a candidate, there was no...
New museum slated for Round Rock along Chisholm Trail

New museum slated for Round Rock along Chisholm Trail

A new museum is slated to open in Round Rock along the Chisholm Trail in the coming months. The museum is expected to be called the Williamson Museum on the Chisholm Trail and is slated to have a grand opening on April 1. Mickie Ross, executive director of the Williamson Museum in Georgetown, made the announcement Thursday at the Round Rock City Council meeting. The museum will be an extension of...
Roughly 100 have gathered for ‘Queer Dance Freakout’ in front of governor’s mansion in Austin

Roughly 100 have gathered for ‘Queer Dance Freakout’ in front of governor’s mansion in Austin

About 100 people are currently in front of the Texas governor’s mansion, at 1010 Colorado St., as part of the “Queer Dance Freakout.”  The event, which lasts until 9 p.m., is part gay pride celebration and part protest. Those in attendance showed up to take issue with the state’s proposed transgender bathroom bill, state lawmakers' efforts to limit same-sex...
Man shot near LBJ High School, officials say

Man shot near LBJ High School, officials say

10:25 p.m. update: Officials confirmed that a man was shot near the LBJ High School campus, which is what prompted a lockdown at the school just after 5 p.m. EMS medics took an adult man to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. His injuries are potentially life-threatening. The shooting happened in the 5600 block of Purple Sage Drive, which is near...
Political witchhunt: Magicians are gathering to cast a spell on Trump

Political witchhunt: Magicians are gathering to cast a spell on Trump

Even magicians are getting political these days. Across the world, “magical groups” are organizing to cast a mass spell on President Donald Trump every waning crescent moon starting Friday until — they’re hoping — he is removed from office, according to ExtraNewsfeed.
The siege of the Alamo began in 1836, but you can follow it ‘live’

The siege of the Alamo began in 1836, but you can follow it ‘live’

Look alive, Texas history nerds. One of our most cherished landmarks is having a big day on Twitter.
Appeals court reinstates a Texas immigration law

Appeals court reinstates a Texas immigration law

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Texas can once again enforce a 2015 state law that added criminal penalties for “harboring” or concealing immigrants who are in the United States illegally. Ten months ago, Senior U.S. District Judge David Alan Ezra blocked Texas from enforcing the anti-harboring provision, which was part of a sweeping border security law known as House Bill...
Sid Miller: Mexico should have ‘input’ on building Trump’s border wall

Sid Miller: Mexico should have ‘input’ on building Trump’s border wall

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, a robust supporter of President Donald Trump’s, says Mexico should have some “input” on a border wall. “If we’re going to build a wall, Mexico needs some input on that,” Miller told the Texas Tribune at an event in Laredo. “We don’t want to just build it and not know what the consequences are. We want input...

Texas Digest: Son killed protecting mom at Subway shop, police say

HOUSTON Son killed protecting mom at eatery Houston police say an 18-year-old sandwich shop employee was fatally shot during an attempted robbery as he tried to protect his mother who also worked at the store. Police say the Javier Flores and his mother were the only people in the southeast Houston Subway restaurant near closing time Wednesday night when two assailants rushed in and pointed a gun...

What winter? Austin hits 90 degrees on hottest day of the year so far

Temperatures hit 90 on Thursday, making it the hottest day of 2017 so far in Austin. The milestone was 5 degrees shy of the record high set in 1996, but the temperature was still more than 20 degrees above normal for this time of year. Before we get hot and bothered about the mini heat wave, the National Weather Service says a cold front on Friday should curb daytime temperatures by about 10 degrees...
2 UT workers linked to seizure of 430 animals from Uhland home

2 UT workers linked to seizure of 430 animals from Uhland home

Two University of Texas employees are the focus of an animal cruelty investigation that led to the discovery of hundreds of animals at a Caldwell County home this week. About 430 animals — including dozens of snakes, pigs, dogs and goats — were taken from a home in the 100 block of Misty Drive in Uhland after investigators found them living in deplorable conditions Monday. Sheriff Daniel...
Friday temperatures cool down after Thursday’s 91 degree weather

Friday temperatures cool down after Thursday’s 91 degree weather

After unseasonable warmth yesterday, today will bring more mild temperatures, cooling to highs near 77 degrees with all sun and clear skies. According to the National Weather Service, Thursday marked the hottest day of the year so far, with the forecast reading 91 by the afternoon. But today’s mini cold front will curb temperatures away from this week’s heat wave, taking numbers down to...
Austin police IDs officer who shot, killed woman in South Austin

Austin police IDs officer who shot, killed woman in South Austin

5:30 p.m. update: Austin police have confirmed that the woman who was shot dead by a police officer Wednesday evening was 30-year-old Morgan London Rankins. Police also identified the officer who shot Rankins as officer Benjamin Rogers, a four-year veteran of the department who is assigned to patrols in Southeast and West Austin, officials said. Rogers has been placed in paid administrative leave...
Garza to step down as CEO of Seton Healthcare Family

Garza to step down as CEO of Seton Healthcare Family

Jesús Garza, a former Austin city manager and one of the leading architects of the health care safety net in Central Texas, said Thursday he will retire as CEO of the Seton Healthcare Family. Garza will continue to work with Seton as it identifies and transitions to new leadership and eventually plans to consult for Ascension, Seton’s parent organization. But in an interview Thursday...
The University of Texas is great, but is it safe?

The University of Texas is great, but is it safe?

  Sure, the University of Texas at Austin is currently ranked by some online lists as one of the best universities in Texas, but is it safe for students?

Business Digest: Austin gasoline prices mostly steady

FUEL Austin gasoline prices mostly steady Austin-area gas prices continued to hold mostly steady this week, mirroring the national trend, according to auto club AAA Texas. The average local price for a gallon of regular gasoline dropped 1 cent to $2.06, according to auto club AAA Texas. The price this week is 55 cents more than the same week last year, when the average price per gallon was $1.51,...
Seven years ago today, it was snowing in Round Rock

Seven years ago today, it was snowing in Round Rock

After two days of tornado warnings, tumultuous thunderstorms and damage to 20 Williamson County homes earlier this week, Thursday has somehow shaped up to be the hottest day of the year (so far). According to the National Weather Service, Central Texas reached up to a staggering 91 degrees today. It hasn’t been this hot since November, where numbers hit 91. In the wake of this bipolar weather...
This Texas steer may have the world’s longest horns

This Texas steer may have the world’s longest horns

Tejas Tip 2 Tip is a steer living on a ranch in South Texas. But he’s slightly more remarkable than that introduction might let on.
Science museum-on-wheels brought interactive exhibits to Round Rock

Science museum-on-wheels brought interactive exhibits to Round Rock

On Thursday, 300 lucky students from the Bluebonnet Elementary School took part in hair-raising experiences at the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering Trailblazer Science Museum trailer. The mobile museum was parked at the Bluebonnet Elementary School on 1010 Chisholm Valley Dr. in Round Rock. The TAME event, put on in collaboration with global engineering and technology company Emerson,...
Authorities: Couple who kept 430 animals in Uhland home worked at UT animal center

Authorities: Couple who kept 430 animals in Uhland home worked at UT animal center

Caldwell County authorities have identified the residents of Uhland home where about 430 animals were seized Monday in an animal cruelty investigation. The sheriff’s office on Thursday said Joseph Flores and Sarah Arevalo lived at the home in the 100 block of Misty Drive in Uhland. Authorities did not say what charges they face, but Sheriff Daniel Law said charges are likely. The two...
Anytime Fitness coming to Round Rock

Anytime Fitness coming to Round Rock

Anytime Fitness is giving Round Rock residents one more reason to break out the sweats. The 24-hour fitness club franchise has announced a grand opening party in celebration of its third Round Rock location on 620 and Deep Wood Dr. The festivities will take place from 5-8 p.m. March 2. The event will include food, drinks, raffles, games and an opportunity to purchase a discounted membership from 8...
Appeals court reinstates Texas immigration law

Appeals court reinstates Texas immigration law

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Texas can once again enforce a 2015 state law that added criminal penalties for “harboring” or concealing immigrants who are in the United States illegally. Ten months ago, Senior U.S. District Judge David Alan Ezra blocked Texas from enforcing the anti-harboring provision, included in a sweeping border security law known as House Bill 11, ruling...
Man injured after crashing into church building in Northwest Austin

Man injured after crashing into church building in Northwest Austin

A man was injured on Thursday morning after crashing into a building in Northwest Austin. Austin-Travis County EMS medics were sent out to the crash into the Westover Hills Church of Christ in the 8300 block of Mesa Drive around 11:15 a.m. The church building is across the street from Anderson High School. Authorities said a man in his 60s was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge in critical...
Father, 21, charged in connection with death of 16-month-old son

Father, 21, charged in connection with death of 16-month-old son

A 21-year-old has been charged with injury to a child after his 16-month-old son died under suspicious circumstances on Tuesday morning. William Robert Falcon Gallogly was booked into the Travis County Jail around 5:20 a.m. on Tuesday, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Gallogly called 911 from a Motel 6 in the 8000 block of Interstate 35 North at 11:52 p.m. and told authorities that his son...
Improper teacher-student relationships in Texas on the rise again

Improper teacher-student relationships in Texas on the rise again

The number of reported cases of improper teacher-student relationships so far this school year is on pace to surpass last year’s record — underscoring a growing problem that the Legislature hopes to address. The Texas Education Agency has opened 97 such cases from Sept. 1 through Jan. 31. There were 66 cases that were opened during the same period last year, which saw the highest number...
Barton Springs Pool to reopen Friday

Barton Springs Pool to reopen Friday

Barton Springs Pool will be reopened on Friday, Austin parks officials said Thursday.  The pool had been closed on Monday because of flooding after severe storms late Sunday. Earlier this month, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department closed the pool while city crews finished work on Eliza Spring, the sunken, fenced-off amphitheater area by the Zilker Zephyr train stop. Barton Springs Pool...

Community news: Barton Springs Pool reopens Friday

TRAVIS COUNTY SOUTH AUSTIN Barton Springs Pool to reopen Barton Springs Pool will reopen Friday, Austin parks officials said Thursday. The pool had been closed since Monday because of flooding after severe storms late Sunday. The pool will resume its normal operating hours from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. It is closed from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays for cleaning. For more information, swimmers can call...
Judge sides with developer in Crestview garage apartment lawsuit

Judge sides with developer in Crestview garage apartment lawsuit

A Travis County District Court cleared the way last week for a developer to begin work on a project that includes a garage apartment in the Crestview neighborhood. The ruling, issued Friday and first reported by the Austin Monitor, ends nearly a year of litigation over the project, which seeks to build a house and a “granny flat” on the lot on the 7800 block of Mullen Drive. “We...
Want to teach your tot Spanish? MamaLingua app can help

Want to teach your tot Spanish? MamaLingua app can help

MamaLingua app helps parents and their young children learn Spanish or English. It’s from the minds of Austin moms Aileen Passariello-McAleer and Christia Madacsi Hoffman.
Austin billionaire David Booth steps down at Dimensional Fund Advisors

Austin billionaire David Booth steps down at Dimensional Fund Advisors

Billionaire investment guru David Booth, one of the biggest names in Austin’s financial sector as founder of investment management powerhouse Dimensional Fund Advisors, is stepping away from the daily management of the firm he founded in 1981. Booth is stepping down as co-CEO, although he will remain as the firm’s executive chairman, Dimensional Fund Advisors said in a news release. Dimensional...
Know how to take great bluebonnet photos with your kids

Know how to take great bluebonnet photos with your kids

AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2009 Cindy Bye of Austin snaps a picture of her children as they pose in front of a bed of bluebonnets at the Lady Bird Wildflower Center Sunday, March 22, 2009.
Poll: Greg Abbott most popular of the Big Five in Texas politics

Poll: Greg Abbott most popular of the Big Five in Texas politics

Gov. Greg Abbott is the most popular of Texas’ top political figures, according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll out this week. Forty-five percent of Texans approve of Abbott’s performance while 33 percent don’t. The governor’s standing is pretty much where it was in the UT/Texas Tribune June 2015 poll, when he was favorably viewed by 46 percent of respondents...
LCRA meteorologist’s data backs up our suspicions about Austin’s so-called winter

LCRA meteorologist’s data backs up our suspicions about Austin’s so-called winter

Travis Ramos of Bastrop paddleboards on Barton Creek during unseasonable warm weather in the low 70s on Saturday December 17, 2016.
Traffic snarled on I-35 in New Braunfels after 18-wheeler crash

Traffic snarled on I-35 in New Braunfels after 18-wheeler crash

The southbound lanes of Interstate 35 have been partially shut down at Watson Lane in New Braunfels after a crash involving an 18-wheeler. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the crash happened before 6:30 a.m., and at least two lanes of the highway have been closed. No additional information on the crash was immediately available, but traffic is heavily congested in the area.
A beautiful weekend to explore STEM and more family events, Feb. 24-26

A beautiful weekend to explore STEM and more family events, Feb. 24-26

Ellie Arntson, Iliana Casati, and Mia Jones explore as part of the Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and Girl Day STEM Festival in 2015.
It’s Austin’s hottest day of the year (so far): 90 degrees – and it’s only Feb. 23

It’s Austin’s hottest day of the year (so far): 90 degrees – and it’s only Feb. 23

3:15 p.m. update: Now it’s 90 degrees at Camp Mabry and 89 at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, making it the hottest day at either of Austin’s official weather stations all year. It hasn’t been this hot in Austin since it hit 91 degrees almost four months ago on Nov. 1, 2016. 2:30 p.m. update: It’s officially the hottest day of the year in Austin – so...
Austin police: Woman killed in officer involved-shooting tried to run over cops, brandished knife at another 

Austin police: Woman killed in officer involved-shooting tried to run over cops, brandished knife at another 

11:35 p.m. update: A 25-year-old woman tried to run over three Austin police officers who were responding to a 911 call in South Austin before she crashed her vehicle, approached an officer with a knife and was shot dead by that officer, Austin police Chief Brian Manley said Wednesday night. Police have not yet identified the woman. No officers were injured in the incident, Manley said. Police...
Austin No. 1 in U.S. — for noncriminals arrested in ICE raids

Austin No. 1 in U.S. — for noncriminals arrested in ICE raids

U.S. immigration agents who conducted a recent operation in the Austin area arrested a higher percentage of people here with no previous criminal convictions compared with other regions of the country and swept up more people found guilty of drunken driving than any other offense, federal documents obtained by the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV show. The information, compiled by the U.S. Immigration...

Business Digest: Stocks slip from highs as energy companies drop

WALL STREET Stocks slip from highs as energy companies drop U.S. stocks slipped Wednesday after their recent record-setting run. Energy companies stumbled, but basic materials makers rose as investors hoped two large deals will win approval from regulators. While energy stocks fell with the price of oil, most other sectors didn’t make big moves. Technology companies eked out a small gain. They...

Panel opts for less-dense zoning change for planned NW Austin project

A city of Austin panel recommended a zoning change that would scale back the number of homes a local developer could build on 42 acres in Northwest Austin. MileStone Community Builders had requested zoning changes for two tracts in the River Place area — one 40 acres for a proposed autism center and another 42 acres for a subdivision with 82 homes. MileStone previously said that proceeds from...
Man suspected of abducting, shooting woman in Del Valle last week dies

Man suspected of abducting, shooting woman in Del Valle last week dies

Charles Werchan made two posts to his Facebook page around 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 15. The first was a video showing him inside a car flashing a wad of money and a chrome pistol. The second was a photo of him in a white T-shirt in front of a blue sky under the caption: “No more pain.” Werchan walked into a Sport Clips barbershop in Bastrop less than an hour after that last post and forced his...
Poll: Private school voucher not a popular fix for public schools

Poll: Private school voucher not a popular fix for public schools

Reducing standardized tests is the most popular way to improve the state’s public school system, according to the results of a poll released by the Texas Tribune and the University of Texas on Wednesday. The internet survey of 1,200 registered voters, conducted Feb. 3-10, found that 21 percent of respondents believed that reducing the number of tests was the most effective way to improve schools...
Man, woman shot in Del Valle knew attackers, officials say

Man, woman shot in Del Valle knew attackers, officials say

DEL VALLE Man, woman injured in shooting The Travis County sheriff’s office is looking for the suspects in a Del Valle shooting that left a man and a woman injured Tuesday night. The sheriff’s office did not name the suspects or say how many people they were looking for, but stated the attackers knew the victims. Officials do not believe residents in the area are in any danger, spokeswoman...
UT Chancellor McRaven calls Trump’s media comment ‘threat to democracy’

UT Chancellor McRaven calls Trump’s media comment ‘threat to democracy’

UT System Chancellor Bill McRaven on Tuesday night said President Trump’s recent description of the media as “the enemy of the American people” must be challenged and “this sentiment may be the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime.” McRaven, a retired U.S. Navy admiral, is former commander of the Special Operations Command. He made the comment during the inaugural...
Bill seeks to strengthen Texas farmworker housing inspections

Bill seeks to strengthen Texas farmworker housing inspections

A bill filed Wednesday by state Sen. José Rodríguez, D-El Paso, would overhaul the oversight of farmworker housing in Texas, calling for stricter housing inspections, tougher penalties for violators and enhanced community outreach. The bill, co-authored by Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, comes after a 2016 American-Statesman investigation found numerous deficiencies in Texas&rsquo...
Leander’s H-E-B plus to celebrate 10-year anniversary

Leander’s H-E-B plus to celebrate 10-year anniversary

The H-E-B plus! in Leander will celebrate its 10-year anniversary by giving the community two days of fun activities and donation drives this Friday and Saturday. The grand celebration will receive remarks from Leander Mayor Pro Tem Ron Abruzzese in honor of the store’s continued community support, and H-E-B will be giving back to local organizations like Bagdad Senior Center, Leander Public...
More sun to shine throughout Central Texas

More sun to shine throughout Central Texas

Today’s forecast calls for warm, dry temperatures in Central Texas, with numbers reaching up to the mid 80s by the afternoon. The mostly clear evening will take numbers down to a low of around 58. According to the National Weather Service, Wednesday and Thursday mark this week’s hottest days. The sun will stick around Friday, with highs dropping to 78 before a low of around 41. Sunny skies...
2 more Austin-area tornadoes confirmed by National Weather Service

2 more Austin-area tornadoes confirmed by National Weather Service

Chalk up two more twisters for a total of four in the Austin area during Sunday night’s storms, the National Weather Service said Wednesday in a preliminary report. In addition to the two tornadoes that ravaged southeastern Williamson County overnight Sunday into Monday, the weather service has confirmed two more twisters in Hays County: one near San Marcos and Kyle and one near Niederwald and...
Motorcyclist dies after falling from U.S. 290 flyover at I-35 in North Austin

Motorcyclist dies after falling from U.S. 290 flyover at I-35 in North Austin

5:45 p.m. update: A motorcyclist died Wednesday afternoon after falling from the westbound U.S. 290 flyover that feeds into Interstate 35, Austin police officials said.  The victim, a woman between 35 and 45 years old, was turning on the ramp when she hit an edge and flipped, officials said. Her motorcycle stayed at the top of the flyover, but she fell between the I-35 lanes and landed on Koenig...
Keep track of your child’s teammates on the field with new Name the Teammate app

Keep track of your child’s teammates on the field with new Name the Teammate app

Name the Teammate app lets you follow your child’s game from your phone. Austin mom Laura LeMond has two boys ages 14 and 16 who grew up playing flag football.
Legislator seeks to keep guns out of state psychiatric hospitals

Legislator seeks to keep guns out of state psychiatric hospitals

One year after state psychiatric hospitals began letting people carry guns on their campuses, a Republican legislator is pushing a bill that reverses course. House Bill 14, filed by state Rep. Andrew Murr, R-Junction, outlaws firearms at the state’s 10 mental health hospitals, which provide care for people with severe illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. “No...
UT Chancellor McRaven calls Trump’s media comment ‘threat to democracy’

UT Chancellor McRaven calls Trump’s media comment ‘threat to democracy’

UT System Chancellor Bill McRaven on Tuesday night said President Trump’s recent description of the media as “the enemy of the American people” must be challenged and “this sentiment may be the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime.” McRaven, a retired U.S. Navy admiral, is former commander of the Special Operations Command. He made the comment during the inaugural...
Austin No. 1 in U.S. — for non-criminals arrested in ICE raids

Austin No. 1 in U.S. — for non-criminals arrested in ICE raids

U.S. immigration agents who conducted a recent operation in the Austin area arrested a higher percentage of people with no previous criminal convictions compared with other regions of the country and swept up more people found guilty of drunken driving than any other offense, federal documents obtained by the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV show. The information, compiled by the U.S. Immigration and...
Veterans press Legislature for medical use of marijuana

Veterans press Legislature for medical use of marijuana

Texas military veterans gathered Wednesday at the Capitol to press lawmakers and Gov. Greg Abbott to allow for the medical use of marijuana, saying the drug offers life-saving treatment for those afflicted with chronic pain, brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. “I wake up each day in pain,” said retired Army Sgt. Javier Tovias of Edinburg, who stopped taking prescription...
In one of warmest years ever, Texas wildflower season has come early

In one of warmest years ever, Texas wildflower season has come early

Bluebonnets are already beginning to bloom — more than a month ahead of the typical April flowering season — during what’s turning into one of Austin’s warmest winters on record. The relatively rainy 2016 and warm winter have triggered an early wildflower season, according to experts at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The blooming purple spiderworts near Lake Austin...
Entertainment center, pet hotel, 3 eateries coming to Oak Hill Plaza

Entertainment center, pet hotel, 3 eateries coming to Oak Hill Plaza

Tenants are lining up to lease space in a newly renovated shopping center in the Oak Hill area. BBD Commercial gave Oak Hill Plaza, at 7101 W. Texas 71, a substantial makeover that included a new façade, fresh paint, a copper mansard roof, improved signage and landscaping and a repaved, restriped parking lot. That investment appears to be paying off, with five new businesses set to move in...
‘The Profit’ Greek restaurant spices up Round Rock

‘The Profit’ Greek restaurant spices up Round Rock

Calling all gyro-lovers — if you haven’t yet, it’s time to embrace this Round Rock restaurant opening. The Simple Greek, a Mediterranean eatery concept born on the CNBC’s TV reality program “The Profit,” will be getting two dozen franchise openings around the country. One of its new locations includes a front that debuted Thursday in Round Rock at 3200 Greenlawn...
Hands-on Round Rock Junior Police Academy enrollment open Monday

Hands-on Round Rock Junior Police Academy enrollment open Monday

Youth in Round Rock will be given the opportunity to experience a day in the life of an officer during the Round Rock Police Department’s 2017 Junior Police Academy in June and August. Registration begins Monday for the summer camp, which will take place at the police department on 2701 N. Mays Street. The purpose of the camp is to strengthen relationships between local youth and law enforcement...
Officials: Voter ID confusion, not voter fraud, at issue in election

Officials: Voter ID confusion, not voter fraud, at issue in election

After confusion over whether several hundred Texans voted improperly in the November election, local election officials say that the ballots in question likely were cast by eligible voters who got caught up in the chaotic scramble to implement a court order loosening the state’s strict voter identification law. The law, adopted in 2011 by the GOP-controlled Legislature and mired in a years-long...
AFD crews extinguish large trash fire in South Austin

AFD crews extinguish large trash fire in South Austin

Austin firefighters are responding to a trash fire near an apartment complex fire in South Austin. Crews were dispatched to the fire in the 2200 block of Willow Creek Drive around 1:08 p.m. According to AFD, the blaze began as a trash fire, but the flames spread to a wooden privacy fence at an adjacent day care. No injuries have been reported.
Texas Senate panel votes to end set-asides for college tuition

Texas Senate panel votes to end set-asides for college tuition

A state Senate panel approved a measure Wednesday that would eliminate a requirement that public colleges and universities set aside 15 percent of tuition increases for student financial aid. The vote by the Higher Education Committee was 4-2, with state Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, registering as present but not voting. Senate Bill 18, authored by Sen. Kel Seliger, a Republican from Amarillo who chairs...
Students at town hall say UT tolerates racism, discrimination

Students at town hall say UT tolerates racism, discrimination

A town hall-style gathering at the University of Texas on Wednesday to air concerns about race, immigration and gender identity quickly turned into repeated condemnations of top university officials for what the officials conceded has sometimes been a tepid response to incidents of discrimination or hate on campus. “The university really hasn’t addressed white supremacy and other hate...
Panel OKs less-dense zoning change for planned NW Austin project

Panel OKs less-dense zoning change for planned NW Austin project

A city of Austin panel recommended a zoning change that would scale back the number of houses allowed in a proposed development in Northwest Austin. MileStone Community Builders had requested zoning changes for two tracts in the River Place area — one 40 acres for a proposed autism center and another 42 acres for a subdivision with 82 homes. MileStone previously said that proceeds from its purchase...
2 more tornadoes confirmed in Austin area in late Sunday storms, National Weather Service says

2 more tornadoes confirmed in Austin area in late Sunday storms, National Weather Service says

Norma Prieto’s house on 12300 block of Mustang Mesa Drive in southern Travis County was badly damaged by a storm on the night of Feb.

Community news: Meeting on Saturday about Convention Center expansion

TRAVIS COUNTY DOWNTOWN AUSTIN Convention Center meeting set A community meeting about the proposed expansion of the Austin Convention Center will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez Street. Attendees will be able to learn more and provide feedback on the expansion as well as discuss future plans for Palm Park and the Travis County-owned Palm School. Mayor Pro...
Want to get pregnant? Could your weight be holding you back?

Want to get pregnant? Could your weight be holding you back?

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi of Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine. A new study from the National Institutes of Health looked at 501 couples from Michigan and Texas from 2005 to 2009 who were trying to get pregnant.
Rise of the Trumpenvolk: On President Trump, populism and the mistrust of expertise

Rise of the Trumpenvolk: On President Trump, populism and the mistrust of expertise

Good day Austin: I attended the Williamson County Republican Party Reagan Dinner Monday night at the Sheraton Georgetown.
Sheriff’s office ID’s man suspected of gunning down woman in Del Valle last week

Sheriff’s office ID’s man suspected of gunning down woman in Del Valle last week

  The man who authorities say shot and killed Ibeth Lopez after kidnapping her from a Bastrop barbershop last week has died, according to the Travis County sheriff’s office. The sheriff’s office has confirmed that Charles Henry Werchan, 26, was the suspect in Wednesday’s shooting in Del Valle.   Authorities said Werchan kidnapped Lopez at gunpoint Wednesday...
1934-2017: Texas Monthly writer Gary Cartwright dies at age 82

1934-2017: Texas Monthly writer Gary Cartwright dies at age 82

Lively, hard-living magazine writer, Gary Cartwright, 82, died at Seton Medical Center Austin about 6 a.m. Wednesday. Cartwright spent most of his career at Texas Monthly magazine, where he was among its first writers hired in the 1970s. He remained among its most durable contributors until his retirement as senior editor in 2010. “Gary was a master storyteller,” said former Texas Monthly...
Poll: Standardized tests won’t fix problems in Texas education

Poll: Standardized tests won’t fix problems in Texas education

The most effective way to improve the state’s public school system is to cut standardized tests, according to the results of a new poll released by the Texas Tribune and the University of Texas on Wednesday. The internet survey of 1,200 registered voters, conducted Feb. 3-10, found that 21 percent of them believed that cutting tests was the most effective way to improve schools, followed closely...
Warm, dry conditions expected in Austin on Wednesday

Warm, dry conditions expected in Austin on Wednesday

Wednesday forecast for Austin: Forecasters are calling for a warm, dry day in Austin as temperatures are expected to climb into the mid-80s on Wednesday afternoon. According to the National Weather Service, Wednesday and Thursday are shaping up to be the hottest days of the week. At 6 a.m., temperatures in the Austin metro area were sitting at 56 degrees, a few degrees higher than the same time on...
Plans for Kyle sports complex lead to conflict of interest accusation

Plans for Kyle sports complex lead to conflict of interest accusation

Providing one of the missing pieces to a discussion about possible ethics violations, City Manager Scott Sellers revealed Tuesday evening that Kyle officials are negotiating with a group of private community and sports-related entities to build a sports complex. The lease of the city-owned land would be discounted as an incentive to bring the entities to the city, Sellers said. The deal is still being...
Rove to Trump: Lose the pettiness, stop whining, think big

Rove to Trump: Lose the pettiness, stop whining, think big

For an hour Monday night, Karl Rove regaled some 450 people at the Williamson County Republican Party Reagan Dinner at the Sheraton Georgetown with tales of William McKinley and his extraordinary but little remembered success as a Republican candidate for president and occupant of the White House. And then Rove brought the lessons of the 25th president of the United States home for his party today...
Look ahead to March with our family events calendar

Look ahead to March with our family events calendar

Daniel McLean, 7, gets excited as he runs behind a kite with Julian Martinez during the 2015 ABC Zilker Kite Festival.
U.S. judge: Texas cannot oust Planned Parenthood from Medicaid

U.S. judge: Texas cannot oust Planned Parenthood from Medicaid

A federal judge Tuesday blocked Texas officials from ousting Planned Parenthood as a Medicaid health care provider, dealing another blow to Republican-led efforts to enforce stricter abortion-related regulations and policy. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks of Austin said state health officials tried to punish Planned Parenthood based on “unsubstantiated and indeterminate allegations&rdquo...
Texans see no urgent need for bathroom bill or Convention of States

Texans see no urgent need for bathroom bill or Convention of States

Most Texas voters don’t think it’s important for the Texas Legislature to regulate transgender access to public restrooms or that it would be wise to reopen the U.S. Constitution for amending at a Convention of States, according to a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll. The results suggest that, on those issues, the public lacks the sense of urgency that Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick brings...
Plane crash in Australia kills 4 Austin-area men

Plane crash in Australia kills 4 Austin-area men

It was supposed to be the “trip of a lifetime” for four Austin-area men, but their voyage to the other side of the world ended in tragedy after their plane crashed Tuesday in Australia, killing all passengers. The victims are Spicewood residents Greg DeHaven, Russell Munsch and John Washburn, as well as Glenn Garland of Austin. The pilot of the twin-engine airplane was also killed. The...
7-Eleven clerk accused of beating customer who said ‘go back to Pakistan you Muslim’

7-Eleven clerk accused of beating customer who said ‘go back to Pakistan you Muslim’

An argument over a candy bar between a 7-Eleven clerk and a customer, conducted in their shared language of Punjabi, turned violent after the customer told the clerk to “go back to Pakistan you Muslim,” according to an arrest warrant affidavit. The clerk, identified by police as 26-year-old Parminder Gill, has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after hitting...
Wave of deportations predicted as Trump changes immigration orders

Wave of deportations predicted as Trump changes immigration orders

The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday released a set of documents translating President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration and border security into policy, bringing a major shift in the way the agency enforces the nation’s immigration laws. Under the Obama administration, undocumented immigrants convicted of serious crimes were the priority for removal. Now, immigration...
Austin City Council members criticize new Trump immigration measures

Austin City Council members criticize new Trump immigration measures

Members of the Austin City Council lined up Tuesday to condemn the Trump administration’s expansion of deportation criteria for undocumented immigrants in the country, blasting the administration’s efforts as an attack on the city’s Latino community. The Homeland Security Department memos, signed by Secretary John Kelly, lay out that any immigrant living in the United States illegally...
Two Kyle City Council members accuse each other of ethics violations

Two Kyle City Council members accuse each other of ethics violations

Two Kyle City Council members have accused each other of ethics violations, setting the stage for a contentious council meeting on Tuesday evening. At issue is an agenda item brought by Council Member Travis Mitchell regarding possible ethics violations by Council Member Daphne Tenorio. The agenda item does not provide more detail on the alleged violations. However, a letter from Chevo Pastrano, an...
Task force draft says CodeNext is a ‘tool of institutionalized racism’

Task force draft says CodeNext is a ‘tool of institutionalized racism’

An incendiary draft report circulating among members of Mayor Steve Adler’s Task Force on Institutional Racism describes the city’s high-profile land development code rewrite as “the most recent tool of institutionalized racism.” Proponents argue that the city’s proposed 1,100-plus-page overhaul of its zoning rules, known as CodeNext, is essential to encouraging and speeding...

Central Texas members of Congress react to Trump deportation rules

“The American people should thank Secretary Kelly for issuing two enforcement memorandums today that overturn the dangerous immigration policies of President Obama. Secretary Kelly’s actions return the Department of Homeland Security to its central mission. These actions prioritize the deportation of criminal immigrants, allocate resources to construct physical barriers along our southern...

The unspoken etiquette of airline, bus and train travel

Jacy Reese was just being polite when he offered to switch airline seats with a mother and her young son on a recent flight from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Toronto. But as the old saying goes, no good deed goes unpunished.  "I had preordered a vegan entree," remembers Reese, who works for a nonprofit organization in Berlin. "It went to my original seat. By the time I found out, the...
5 wines for the week

5 wines for the week

This week, take a virtual trip to Australia with three outstanding wines that represent that country's new voice in wine. And fans of "natural" wines - or anyone curious about wines without sulfur added as preservative - will want to seek out two delicious examples from France. Three stars. Tasmania, Australia, $60 It's priced like a high-end white Burgundy, and it delivers. This is an amazing...
McDonald’s offers diners ancient road on the side

McDonald’s offers diners ancient road on the side

It’s a common enough story in Italy: An ancient ruin — in this case, a tract of Roman road — is discovered during the construction of a building — in this case, a McDonald’s — and puts a halt to the work until the site can be excavated. Rather than fret about lost time and money, McDonald’s decided to sponsor the dig, and it worked with the archaeological...
This spring, plan for a colorful garden with these ideas

This spring, plan for a colorful garden with these ideas

GARDENING This spring, plan for a colorful garden For me, few things are more inspiring than the arrival of early spring blooms. One of my favorite harbingers of spring is flowering quince. Its bare, sculptural branches typically come alive in February with charming clusters of red, pink, apricot or white flowering buds. This year, mine also bloomed through most of the winter. Native to China and...
Celebrate music legends, beer and bourbon this weekend

Celebrate music legends, beer and bourbon this weekend

Music Johnny Cash’s 85th Birthday Bash at Mean Eyed Cat. Live music from Band in Black will serenade this celebration of Mean Eyed Cat’s favorite musician, who would have celebrated his birthday on Feb. 26. There will also be beer and drink specials, $5 Mean Nachos and Stubb’s concert ticket giveaways. 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Free. 1621 W. Fifth St. themeaneyedcat.com/events/. Bobby...
Austin’s Hand to Hold starts ‘NICU Now’ podcast for parents of preemies

Austin’s Hand to Hold starts ‘NICU Now’ podcast for parents of preemies

This month, local nonprofit Hand to Hold released podcast “NICU Now” on iTunes and Stitcher. Hand to Hold connects parents of babies who are born early or are medically fragile to resources like peer mentors and written materials about life in the neonatal intensive care unit. The podcast is a new way for Hand to Hold to reach more parents and make them aware of the services Hand to Hold...
P.J. Hoover is back with ‘Tut’ sequel and at BookPeople next month

P.J. Hoover is back with ‘Tut’ sequel and at BookPeople next month

Writing the sequel to a successful novel can be even more challenging than penning the original. An author must revisit the elements that made the first book a hit while steering clear of retreads. The plot must be kept fresh enough to satisfy stalwart fans, yet still win over new ones who might not be familiar with the backstory. Back in 2015, Austin author P.J. Hoover tapped into the mythology-hungry...
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