Bastrop Shooting

People stand outside the police tape talking about the shooting Saturday
Nell Carroll

Police: Man, 2 women, 1 child shot to death at Bastrop apartments

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A man, two women and a child were shot to death at a Bastrop apartment complex Saturday evening, Bastrop police said.

The shooter is dead and not a threat to the public, police Detective Vicky Steffanic told reporters in a briefing late Saturday. Although initial reports indicated that the shooter committed suicide, Steffanic declined to say how the shooter died and said the investigation was ongoing.

One child was taken to a hospital with injuries not expected to be life-threatening, she said.


Salt Lick owner bringing mixed-use Driftwood project to life
Rodolfo Gonzalez

Salt Lick owner bringing mixed-use Driftwood project to life

Decade-old plans to develop several hundred acres near the Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood are becoming reality at last for Scott Roberts, who owns the popular restaurant and whose family ties to the area date to 1881.

Roberts has started marketing the first 31 home sites in the development, which about 30 miles southwest of Austin off FM 1826, in northern Hays County. In the next three to five years, the project, named Driftwood could have 85 to 100 homes bearing pric etags of $1 million and up.

The homes will be among an estimated 8,000 residential units that city of Dripping Springs officials say are in the planning, permitting and construction pipeline in the area over the next five years.

Austin Police Use Of Force

Austin leaders dismayed by Breaion King arrest, back chief’s response

Calling the incident troubling, several Austin City Council members spoke out Friday about a 2015 arrest shown in video made public Thursday in which an Austin police officer is seen slamming an African-American woman to the ground twice during a traffic stop and another officer says police are sometimes wary of black people because of their “violent tendencies.”


2016 Presidential Race: Democrats

Clinton chooses Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as running mate
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Clinton says veep pick Kaine is everything GOP ticket isn't

Hillary Clinton debuted running mate Sen. Tim Kaine on Saturday as a can-do progressive committed to social justice and equality — "everything Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not" — at a boisterous rally ahead of next week's Democratic National Convention.

"He is qualified to step into this job and lead from Day One. And he is a progressive who likes to get things done," Clinton declared at Florida International University.

Austin Found

Back when MoPac was Austin’s motoring model
Tom Lankes

Back when MoPac was Austin’s motoring model

Few subjects start readers’ motors as much as Austin traffic.

Recently, Austin Mayor Steve Adler and State Sen. Kirk Watson made matching proposals to relieve congestion on Interstate 35 and other major thoroughfares. In an opinion piece, former Mayor Bruce Todd chimed in with a timely suggestion about government worker carpools, thereby potentially taking tens of thousands of cars off the road.

Heart Of Texas

Retired roommates’ friendship began as childhood neighbors
Tamir Kalifa

Retired roommates’ friendship began as childhood neighbors

After nearly 80 years of friendship, Wilda Hopingardner and Betty King are right back where they started — living just a room away from each other.

The two friends started life on neighboring sides of a duplex that their families called home in Houston. Now, the lifelong friends share a home at the Buckner Villas retirement complex in North Austin.

Tim Eaton: Capitol Business

Pro-medical marijuana legislators have more ammo
Marina Riker

Pro-medical marijuana legislators have more ammo

Legislators who want to expand the use of medical marijuana in Texas — as well as the green-seeking entrepreneurs who could benefit financially from more state-approved, pot-derived treatments for what ails Texans — might be able to lean on a new study to bolster their argument when the Legislature convenes in January.

State senators and Texas House members undoubtedly will be looking for ways to save money next session, especially since the price of oil has dropped into an abyss, taking with it much of the state’s oil-based tax revenue.

Public Art

Austin’s latest public art installment crosses Lake Austin Boulevard

Austin’s latest public art installment crosses Lake Austin Boulevard

It’s art. And it could make the street a little safer, too.

Artists Mery Godigna Collet and Luis R. Gutierrez recently partnered with city road crews to add wavy ribbons of bright blue paint, evocative of a waterway, across a crosswalk on Lake Austin Boulevard. The project, funded by a cultural arts grant, is Austin’s first “Creative Crosswalk.


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