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Will Rick Perry bring high-level radioactive waste to Texas?

As governor, Rick Perry urged the federal government to make Texas the repository for highly radioactive waste from around the nation. The company that most stood to benefit had an owner who was one of the top donors to Perry’s campaigns. Now Perry is President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to be U.S. energy secretary — putting him in prime position to influence who gets permission...
Man with rifle killed in police shooting outside Northwest Austin church

Man with rifle killed in police shooting outside Northwest Austin church

7:40 a.m. update: An armed man in his 40s was shot and killed by Austin police outside a Northwest Austin church early Saturday. Before the fatal shooting, police said, the man had fired several times into the air with a rifle and had refused to put down his weapons. Police have not released the identities of either the man or the officer who fatally shot him. The incident began as a response...
Destination Texas, Part 2: Tom Herman catches on at Sam Houston State

Destination Texas, Part 2: Tom Herman catches on at Sam Houston State

HUNTSVILLE — More than 15 years ago, Texas football coach Tom Herman wore a different shade of orange. Fresh off his stint as a graduate assistant at Texas, Herman headed east for Huntsville in 2001.  Herman coached Sam Houston State’s wide receivers and special teams for four seasons, and multiple reports had Herman — Texas’ $5.25 million dollar man — making $10...

Black Lives Matter leader talks race, Trump, Twitter at Austin forum

At Huston-Tillotson University on Friday, DeRay Mckesson said the that he is getting ready for a new era in the Black Lives Matter movement. Mckesson, who has emerged as a national leader of the decentralized movement, is prepared to resist Donald Trump once he becomes president. The wait-and-see approach is off the table, he said. “I don’t know how to give someone a chance who is so openly...
Meet some Central Texas Trump supporters heading to the inauguration

Meet some Central Texas Trump supporters heading to the inauguration

It was Donald Trump’s last rally of the 2016 presidential campaign at the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. Trump did five rallies in five states that day and, by the time the candidate took the stage before a fervent crowd that had begun assembling at 9:30 a.m. and had come from as far as Chicago, it was past midnight and into Election Day Trump was in rare form. “It...
Judge dismisses largest case in 2014 SXSW crash

Judge dismisses largest case in 2014 SXSW crash

A Travis County judge has dismissed a flurry of claims brought against South by Southwest, the city of Austin and other defendants from victims of a 2014 crash during the international music festival that killed four people and injured 20. The suit — brought by six plaintiffs including those injured and family members of those who died — was the largest case arising from the incident in...
Thousands expected to protest Trump at Auditorium Shores

Thousands expected to protest Trump at Auditorium Shores

As Inauguration Day nears, more than 40 local organizations are preparing for a march and rally next Friday in downtown Austin that’s expected to draw more than 3,500 anti-Donald Trump protesters to Auditorium Shores. Shortly after the November election, community groups launched One Resistance, a nonpartisan coalition, to oppose the policies of the incoming Trump administration. Since then...
Travis County officers missed weapon in pat-downs 50 times since 2013

Travis County officers missed weapon in pat-downs 50 times since 2013

Nearly 50 times in the past four years, a suspect has managed to smuggle a weapon into the Travis County Jail’s central booking facility that has gone undiscovered by arresting officers. Officials say, given the estimated 45,000 inmates who move through the facility each year, the frequency of such incidents is exceedingly rare. Of the 50 weapons, one was a gun. Yet the self-inflicted shooting...
Herman: Driver needed. Must be willing to spend time with Sid Miller

Herman: Driver needed. Must be willing to spend time with Sid Miller

It seems that Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, he of the cowboy ways and colorful words, drives some people nuts. Now you have an opportunity to drive him everywhere. The commish is looking for a driver. The official title on the job posting is “Special Assistant to the Commissioner — Vehicle Driver,” and the “job objective” portion of the posting says the special...
UMC Brackenridge campus redevelopment raises affordability worries 

UMC Brackenridge campus redevelopment raises affordability worries 

Affordability was high on the minds of community members who went to a meeting Thursday night about one of the last big developments to come to downtown Austin: the University Medical Center Brackenridge hospital campus. The 14.3-acre site at 15th and Red River streets is owned by the board of Central Health, the Travis County agency charged with providing health care to low-income and uninsured residents...
Your guide to the 85th legislative session

Your guide to the 85th legislative session

Read about the top 10 issues to watch, the key players and Central Texas legislators
Round Rock Mayor Pro Tem Craig Morgan running for mayor

Round Rock Mayor Pro Tem Craig Morgan running for mayor

Round Rock Mayor Pro Tem Craig Morgan announced early Monday he is running for mayor. Morgan made the announcement following news Friday that Mayor Alan McGraw would not seek re-election in May. In a media release, Morgan thanked McGraw for his longtime service and his leadership that allowed the city to prosper. “I will continue our good work by focusing on bringing jobs to the area, keeping...

Community news: Disabilities rights discussion Jan. 25

TRAVIS COUNTY NORTH AUSTIN Disabilities discussion Jan. 25 The League of Women Voters Austin Area will host a roundtable discussion on disability rights and the voting experience from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 25. The free event will be held at the Disability Rights Texas Headquarters, 2222 W. Braker Lane. Speakers will include Molly Broadway from Disability Rights Texas, Cassie Champion from Texas Civil Rights...

Traffic report

Interstate 35 (Travis County): The inside lane will be closed in both directions between Stassney and Slaughter lanes from Monday through Thursday night; northbound closures will be from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. and southbound closures will be from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. One lane will be closed on the northbound access road will be closed between William Cannon Drive and Stassney Lane from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday...
Lawyers raised doubts about Austin DNA lab work as early as 2009

Lawyers raised doubts about Austin DNA lab work as early as 2009

Long before the Austin Police Department’s DNA crime lab was shuttered, prosecutors and defense lawyers were second-guessing its work. In 2009, prosecutors raised red flags about DNA results in a rape case, later dismissed the charges against the suspect and eventually hired two private labs to double check the department’s results before refiling them. In 2015, a rape suspect’s...
No house, but $15,000 raise in Kyle city manager’s latest contract

No house, but $15,000 raise in Kyle city manager’s latest contract

The deal won’t include a half-million-dollar home, but the city of Kyle has found a way to keep its city manager for three more years. The new contract for City Manager Scott Sellers contains a nearly $15,000 pay bump and spells out retirement contributions, health insurance coverage and an $800-a-month car allowance. It will be reviewed by the Kyle City Council for approval at its Tuesday meeting...
PolitiFact: Promise on schools morphed into other reforms

PolitiFact: Promise on schools morphed into other reforms

Greg Abbott ran for governor calling for Texas to detach the repeatedly worst-performing elementary schools from local school districts and give them new oversight by grouping them together. In his campaign’s compendium of gubernatorial goals, Abbott said state law should be revised to direct the state education commissioner to launch a Texas Achievement School District for the state’s...
At end of Restore Rundberg grant period: crime down, future uncertain

At end of Restore Rundberg grant period: crime down, future uncertain

A few years ago, Barbara Williams said, she carried a pistol and a knife with her everywhere she went. She called police after hearing the cries of a little girl assaulted outside her window. She watched her neighbors openly dealing drugs out of the front doors of their North Austin apartments. She said she put a sign on her own door: “This is not the drug house.” Now things have changed...
What to expect in the Texas case against Planned Parenthood

What to expect in the Texas case against Planned Parenthood

Texas officials are back in federal court this week over abortion-related policy, this time to defend efforts to oust Planned Parenthood from Medicaid. Planned Parenthood has asked U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks to block the ouster as illegal, unjustified and unfair — an improperly political move that could deprive about 11,000 low-income Texans of access to contraceptives, cancer screening...

Woman killed in collision on U.S. 183 in Northwest Austin

NORTHWEST AUSTIN Woman killed in collision U.S. 183 near Pond Springs Road was briefly closed after a fatal collision early Sunday, officials said. A woman was killed when the vehicle she was in crashed into another vehicle around 2 a.m. Authorities have not identified the woman who was killed but said she was in her 30s. She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Austin-Travis County EMS...
Foggy, soggy weekend weather to remain for next few days

Foggy, soggy weekend weather to remain for next few days

The Austin metro area spent most of the weekend blanketed in a thick veil of fog, with patches of mist and rain breaking through the clouds. Similar conditions, including more rain, are likely to continue through the first half of the week, according to the National Weather Service, because of a strong cold front moving across Texas from the west. Stormy weather Sunday evening triggered a tornado...
More than 200 at interfaith forum hear update on Islamic Center blaze

More than 200 at interfaith forum hear update on Islamic Center blaze

Investigators offered new details Sunday about the investigation of the blaze that leveled the partially constructed Islamic Center of Lake Travis in Hudson Bend last weekend. The fire harmed no one but has left the area’s Muslim community on edge. The update on the investigation, which authorities described as an around-the-clock affair, came during an afternoon interfaith forum hosted by a...
Austin DJ beats luck, plays Friday the 13th gig after getting stabbed

Austin DJ beats luck, plays Friday the 13th gig after getting stabbed

Just after 1 a.m. Saturday, Austin DJ Miguel Angel showed up to a popular downtown club to play a show with fresh knife wounds across his face. Only hours earlier, on Friday the 13th, Angel had been stabbed in his East Austin apartment, Austin police said. Angel, known to fans as “ulovei,” chronicled the night on social media, proving the old adage that the show must go on. Austin police...
Will lawmakers expand disclosure of lobbyist spending, transparency?

Will lawmakers expand disclosure of lobbyist spending, transparency?

Two years after attempts to strengthen the state’s ethics rules died in dramatic fashion, state Sen. Van Taylor has outlined his plan to take another bite at the apple this legislative session. The package by Taylor and state Rep. Charlie Geren, both North Texas Republicans, will include measures that gained broad support in the 2015 Legislature — such as expanding disclosure of lobbyists&rsquo...

Panel speakers at Huston-Tillotson reflect on race, policing issues

In tackling the issues of race and police in Texas, State Rep. Eric Johnson said that it was time to stop “admiring the problem” and time to find solutions. He spoke Saturday as part of a panel of Texas law enforcement leaders, including former Austin police Chief Art Acevedo, during a Texas Tribune symposium on race and public policy at Huston-Tillotson University. Johnson said solving...
I-35 service road at Rundberg Lane closed for semi trailer crash

I-35 service road at Rundberg Lane closed for semi trailer crash

One man was taken to the hospital after a multi-vehicle and semi trailer collision along Interstate 35 and Rundberg Lane in North Austin Sunday, officials said. The crash occurred around 12:30 p.m. and has closed the southbound service road to I-35 at Rundberg, police said. One man, believed to be in his 20s, was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge with injuries that are not expected to...
Rain and wind, but worst case avoided as storms sweep through Austin

Rain and wind, but worst case avoided as storms sweep through Austin

11 p.m. update: The string of storms from the west that had threatened Austin with the potential for tornadoes were rolling through the city late Sunday night, bringing rain and wind — but with relatively little drama so far. Forecasters with the National Weather Service warned of potentially strong thunderstorms with rain, winds of more than 40 miles-per-hour and possible dime sized...
U.S. 183 reopened after fatal crash that killed one woman Sunday

U.S. 183 reopened after fatal crash that killed one woman Sunday

9:45 a.m. update: All lanes of U.S. 183 near Pond Springs Road have reopened after an overnight fatal crash, officials said. Police have still not released the identity of the woman killed in the two-vehicle collision. Earlier: A woman was killed overnight Sunday in a two-vehicle collision on U.S. 183 in Northwest Austin. The crash occurred around 2 a.m. near the intersection of U.S. 183 and Pond...
What lesson can you teach this Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

What lesson can you teach this Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

Thousands march from The University of Texas to Huston-Tillotson University during the Annual Community March Celebration for Dr.
Want to eat better in 2017? Try ‘The Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet’

Want to eat better in 2017? Try ‘The Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet’

Back in 2009, when “The Engine 2 Diet” first came out, I jumped on the fire truck, trying an eating plan that focuses on plants, eliminates meat, fish, dairy and added oils, and limits sugar, salt and fat. For 28 days, I became a bean-, tofu- and vegetable-eating machine, and blood tests showed that my cholesterol dropped 40 milligrams. I felt great but struggled when it came to sticking...

Some investments aren’t worth the trouble

I am 62 and have about $700,000 in savings. Half is invested in Vanguard Balanced Index Fund, half in cash. I have no debt and no income need now, but I will need about $2,000 a month at age 65. I feel this stock market is getting real tired. I’m thinking of selling $100,000 of VBINX and buying a three-year deferred annuity. I’d buy an annuity with a five-year payout of $1,800 a month...
DNA evidence to be analyzed again in death penalty case appeal

DNA evidence to be analyzed again in death penalty case appeal

A lawyer for Steven Thomas, who faces the death penalty after being convicted of capital murder in Williamson County, says some of the DNA evidence presented at the trial was false, according to court documents. A district judge approved payments this month for the lawyer to hire a DNA analyst and a fingerprint analyst to review the evidence in Thomas’ case, court orders showed. Thomas was convicted...
PolitiFact: Viral post inaccurately mocks embassy proposal

PolitiFact: Viral post inaccurately mocks embassy proposal

Are three Republican senators who once blasted lax diplomatic security in Benghazi, Libya, now playing Russian roulette with other embassies around the world? A meme making the social media rounds says so, and readers asked us to check it out. The image, created by a group called the Other 98, includes pictures of three Republican senators — Ted Cruz of Texas, Dean Heller of Nevada and Marco...