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Tornado, severe thunderstorm warnings expire for Austin metro area

12:45 a.m. update: Travis and Bastrop counties have been cleared of the severe thunderstorm warning, the National Weather Service said. However, the storm alert remains in effect for portions of Lee County and other areas east of the Austin metro area. The tornado warning for Williamson County also has expired. The threat has moved eastward into Milam County, the weather service said. 12:25 a.m. update...
Trump family's elaborate lifestyle is a 'logistical nightmare' - at taxpayer expense

Trump family's elaborate lifestyle is a 'logistical nightmare' - at taxpayer expense

On Friday, President Donald Trump and his entourage will jet for the third straight weekend to a working getaway at his oceanfront Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida. On Saturday, Trump's sons Eric and Don Jr., with their Secret Service details in tow, will be nearly 8,000 miles away in the United Arab Emirates, attending the grand opening of a Trump-brand golf resort in the "Beverly Hills...
Don’t get mad, get active: A list of several large protests planned in Austin for coming weeks

Don’t get mad, get active: A list of several large protests planned in Austin for coming weeks

Since President Donald Trump’s election and the start of the 85th Texas Legislature, Austin has seen several protests, rallies and lobbying days at or near the Texas State Capitol.
As legislative session heats up, rift deepens between Straus, Patrick

As legislative session heats up, rift deepens between Straus, Patrick

The differences in ideology and style between hard-line conservative Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and traditional Republican House Speaker Joe Straus are nothing new. This legislative session, however, the divide has widened to include disagreements over some of the basic mechanics of managing state finances. Texas, for instance, has been without a state auditor for more than a year because Patrick and Straus...
Central Texas Republicans sidestep calls for town hall meetings

Central Texas Republicans sidestep calls for town hall meetings

Frustrated by U.S. Rep. John Carter’s failure to schedule a town hall meeting with his constituents during next week’s President’s Day “district work period,” Felicia Miyakawa of Round Rock took matters into her own hands, scheduling a town hall meeting for Carter for next Wednesday, whether he shows up or not. “I came up with it on Sunday, I quickly put together...

Community news: ACC hosts health sciences open house Saturday

TRAVIS COUNTY EAST AUSTIN ACC hosts health sciences event Austin Community College’s Health Sciences Division will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the ACC Eastview Campus, 3401 Webberville Road. Participants can tour facilities, view demonstrations and meet with faculty and staff from the division’s programs, including nursing, dental hygiene, radiology, sonography...
Election officials: Hundreds of Texans might have voted improperly

Election officials: Hundreds of Texans might have voted improperly

Texas election officials have acknowledged that hundreds of people were allowed to bypass the state’s toughest-in-the-nation voter ID law and improperly cast ballots in the November presidential election after signing a sworn statement instead of showing a photo ID. The chief election officers in two of the state’s largest counties are considering whether to refer cases to prosecutors...

Texas Digest: Hunters who blamed immigrants are charged in shooting

PRESIDIO Hunters charged in shooting had blamed immigrants Two hunters accused in a shooting on a remote Texas ranch near the Mexican border had told authorities that they were attacked by immigrants who had entered the country illegally. Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez told Odessa television station KOSA that a grand jury indicted Michael Bryant and Walker Daugherty last week on charges of...

Suspect in Lockhart teen’s death charged with murder

CALDWELL COUNTY Suspect in teen’s death charged with murder A suspect in the death of a 19-year-old from Lockhart has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder, Caldwell County authorities said Saturday. Caldwell County Sheriff Daniel Law announced in a statement that 32-year-old Rudy Herrera Jr. was taken into custody Saturday after a seven-month investigation into the death of Emilia...
Hundreds seek audience with U.S. Rep. Roger Williams at Dripping Springs restaurant

Hundreds seek audience with U.S. Rep. Roger Williams at Dripping Springs restaurant

About 240 constituents from U.S. Rep. Roger Williams’ 25th District piled into Flores Mexican Restaurant in Dripping Springs for a town hall meeting, hoping the Central Texas congressman would show up. Williams did not attend. The gathering, organized by the group Indivisible Austin, drew residents who are challenging Williams and other area congressional members to answer their concerns...
Former UT football star Cedric Benson arrested for drunk driving

Former UT football star Cedric Benson arrested for drunk driving

Former UT football player Cedric Benson was charged with driving while intoxicated early Saturday morning, according to an arrest affidavit. An Austin police officer pulled Benson over around 2:47 a.m. when he observed his BMW speeding in the 800 block of West Sixth Street. Benson was driving 42 mph where the speed limit was 30 mph, according to the officer’s radar, and then Benson made an &ldquo...
Heavy rain in Austin to give way to sunshine, heat this week

Heavy rain in Austin to give way to sunshine, heat this week

Some lingering showers could slow traffic on Austin-area roads Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service, but any remaining rain clouds are expected to move out of the area altogether by noon. At press time Sunday, the weather service anticipated that the fiercest storms would rear up overnight and drop 1 to 2 inches of rain east of U.S. 281, which runs through Burnet and Blanco counties...

Community news: Mobility solutions workshop March 4

TRAVIS COUNTY DOWNTOWN AUSTIN Mobility solutions workshop March 4 Capital Metro and the city of Austin will host a mobility solutions workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 4 at the Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave. The event will allow participants to provide feedback on the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan. Reservations are due by March 1 by calling 512-389-7525 or emailing sam...
Could Jollyville Road drivers survive a ‘road diet’?

Could Jollyville Road drivers survive a ‘road diet’?

Just to calm the waters up around the Arboretum, if I can, know first that the city of Austin is not about to narrow Jollyville Road from its current five lanes to three lanes. At least not in the next few years. City transportation officials told me this last week, and I believe them. So Northwest Austin residents who have been atwitter about the possibility after it emerged as an option in an ongoing...
Nonprofits to descend on the Legislature this spring

Nonprofits to descend on the Legislature this spring

Austin-area nonprofits are gearing up for their big day at the state Capitol, building on years of work in government advocacy. This spring, nonprofit fundraising professionals will hold about 60 meetings with state legislators and their staffs to educate them about the causes they represent and the fact that fundraising is a profession, not just work performed by volunteers. Organized by the Austin...

5 things to know about buying or selling products through social media

Austin police are urging people who plan on buying or selling products online to be careful after an uptick in robberies related to social media transactions. Here are five things to know: 1. Robberies in Region 3. Police said the department has seen several robberies involving online sales recently in its patrol areas in south-central and East Austin. 2. Daytime sales are better. Officers said buyers...
Achievements: Student earns Eagle Scout rank

Achievements: Student earns Eagle Scout rank

Student earns Eagle Scout rank The following student has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest recognition in the Boy Scouts: Carter Payne, 19, son of Brett and Angie Payne of Austin, designed, built and installed three chambered bat houses and an information sign about Mexican free-tailed bats and their benefits to the ecosystem along the Great Hills Park trail. Payne, a 2016 graduate of Anderson...
What will CodeNext bring to Central Austin neighborhoods?

What will CodeNext bring to Central Austin neighborhoods?

As residents, planners and activists pore through Austin’s 1,100-plus-page proposed rewrite of its zoning rules, one of the largest questions is how these new regulations will affect individual neighborhoods and blocks across the city. Those answers won’t become clear until City Hall releases new zoning maps in April, which will break down which sets of zoning rules and restrictions in...
Austin police say 2014 killing of Grace Chen could be solved

Austin police say 2014 killing of Grace Chen could be solved

Three years after Xiaoxia “Grace” Chen’s lifeless body was found in a bathroom at a shopping center in Northwest Austin, investigators say a resolution to the cold case could be on the horizon. Chen’s body was found in a second-floor restroom of the Galleria Oaks shopping center by a worker on the afternoon of Feb. 19, 2014. The area was in a part of the building that the public...
Crash closes two lanes of I-35 near Woodward Street in South Austin

Crash closes two lanes of I-35 near Woodward Street in South Austin

The two inside lanes of South Interstate 35 northbound near Woodward Street in South Austin are shut down due to a crash in the area, according to police. Austin police said a vehicle hit the median in the 3100 block of South Interstate 35 in the northbound lanes. The call reporting the crash came in around 5:31 p.m., police said. A tow truck is heading to the area to clear the scene, police said...
Suspect accused of killing 19-year-old from Lockhart arrested, charged

Suspect accused of killing 19-year-old from Lockhart arrested, charged

A suspect in the death of a 19-year-old from Lockhart has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder, Caldwell County authorities said Saturday. Caldwell County Sheriff Daniel Law announced in a statement that 32-year-old Rudy Herrera Jr. was taken into custody Saturday after a seven-month investigation into the death of Emilia Juarez, who was found near the intersection of FM 2720 and Jolly...
After initial delay, agencies report 10 officer-involved shootings

After initial delay, agencies report 10 officer-involved shootings

In the past two weeks, 10 Texas police departments rushed to belatedly file reports on fatal officer-involved shootings as required by a ground-breaking 2015 state law. Law enforcement agencies are supposed to submit the reports to the Texas attorney general’s office within 30 days of an officer being shot or shooting someone else. But two weeks ago, the American-Statesman and the Houston Chronicle...

Austin temps hit 85 (20 degrees above normal); storms coming Sunday

3:30 p.m. update: Temperatures have reached 85 degrees at Austin’s official weather station at Camp Mabry, the National Weather Service says. But later tonight, forecasters say, clouds are due to start rolling in, producing light showers, ahead of stronger storms on Sunday. Although chances are lower for showers Sunday morning during the Austin Marathon, storm chances will increase by the afternoon...
Industry veteran leading integration of design into UT curriculum

Industry veteran leading integration of design into UT curriculum

When the University of Texas decided to make design a bigger part of its undergraduate curriculum, it hired Doreen Lorenzo, a former president of Frog Design Inc., which she helped build from a boutique firm into a global consultancy advising major companies. Design these days isn’t just about the color, shape and texture of a product or finish. Services, procedures, experiences &mdash...

An acceptable alternative to Obamacare

Brenda Davis, 60, lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Her husband is 65, retired and on Medicare. But for Brenda, who is self-employed, her only option is Obamacare. Brenda earns too much to get an Obamacare subsidy. Last year Brenda enrolled with Aetna in a PPO policy. A PPO is a preferred provider policy; it lets Brenda choose her doctors and hospitals. That policy cost $6,552 for the year with...
Facebook comments: Feb. 19, 2017

Facebook comments: Feb. 19, 2017

As reported by Jonathan Tilove, the Senate State Affairs Committee held a hearing Thursday on Gov. Greg Abbott’s call for a Convention of States. Some of nine constitutional amendments that Abbott said he would like to see would: Prohibit Congress from regulating activity that occurs wholly within one State; give state officials the power to sue in federal court when federal officials overstep...
Top Local Business Stories of the Week

Top Local Business Stories of the Week

HOME SALES Austin-area home sales jump in January: Continuing its six-year bull run, Central Texas’ housing market kicked off 2017 with gains in both the number of home sales and the median sale price, the Austin Board of Realtors said last week. The board said January saw 1,549 pre-owned and newly built houses change hands in the overall Austin metro area, 7 percent more than in January 2016...
Do you crave pecan pies? This vending machine will happily drive you nuts.

Do you crave pecan pies? This vending machine will happily drive you nuts.

  Do you crave pecan pies every day? Do you dream about them in your sleep? If so, this pecan pie vending machine can satisfy your cravings for this sweet, nutty delight any hour of the day or night.
U.S. judge sanctions Texas in voter registration case

U.S. judge sanctions Texas in voter registration case

A federal judge has sanctioned the state of Texas for disregarding court orders to provide documents in a lawsuit over the state’s voter registration practices. U.S. District Court Judge Orlando Garcia of San Antonio said the months-long delay wasted time and money and was disruptive to the case. Garcia also singled out the attorney general’s office for deficient performance. “Defendants...
Mayors fear impact of transgender bathroom bill

Mayors fear impact of transgender bathroom bill

Arguing that Texas cities are essential to the state’s continued prosperity, a group of mayors on Friday urged the Legislature to avoid enacting laws that could harm their success, including proposals to crack down on transgender-friendly bathroom policies. As cities brace for continued, explosive population growth, fear of an economic backlash over the transgender bathroom bill is a growing...
Georgetown mayor, council member face opponents in May election

Georgetown mayor, council member face opponents in May election

Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross and City Council Member Rachael Jonrowe both face opponents in the May 6 election. Two people are also running for Georgetown City Council Member Keith Brainard’s seat since he decided not to seek reelection. The filing period for the May election ended at 5 p.m. Friday. Ross, who has served one three-year term as mayor, is seeking re-election against Dr. Sherwin Kahn...
Bill would crack down on bad nursing homes

Bill would crack down on bad nursing homes

State lawmakers are trying to crack down on bad nursing homes after data has shown that the state government gives many troubled facilities a free pass each year. In fiscal 2015, state officials cited nursing homes for 17,466 state violations, but officials took just 40 enforcement actions, according to a report released by AARP Texas last month. Most of the serious violations occurred in 328 of the...

More than 20,000 AISD students miss school on ‘Day Without Immigrants’

More than 20,000 Austin school district students — nearly one in four — were absent Thursday on a “Day without Immigrants.” It’s unclear how many of those students missed school because of the event, a day of national protests to call attention to the economic and social contributions of immigrants. The “Day without Immigrants” also was a response to President...
Police: Man kidnapped, robbed by 6 at South Austin gas station

Police: Man kidnapped, robbed by 6 at South Austin gas station

Police say a man was briefly kidnapped last month while getting gas at a Texaco in South Austin, held at gunpoint and robbed by six people in their late teens and early twenties. According to an arrest affidavit, the victim was kidnapped and robbed the evening of Jan. 16. The victim told authorities he was traveling back to Austin from working in San Marcos and stopped at the Texaco at 1801 East Stassney...

Motorcyclist, 19, killed in crash near Marble Falls

MARBLE FALLS Motorcyclist, 19, killed in crash A 19-year-old motorcyclist died Wednesday after he crashed into a pickup truck that was pulling out of a drive onto FM 1431, about 2 and a half miles east of Marble Falls, officials said. Daniel Elites, 19, was killed in the crash, said Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Robbie Barrera. The crash was reported at 7:55 p.m. Wednesday. The pickup truck&rsquo...
Greg Abbott visits Robertson Elementary in Round Rock ISD

Greg Abbott visits Robertson Elementary in Round Rock ISD

Governor Greg Abbott visited with students at Robertson Elementary in the Round Rock school district Friday to learn about Blueprint, an early learning math program. The program is an online solution designed for early learners that builds conceptual understanding through exercises, explanations and educational animations, according to a press release from the education nonprofit Reasoning Mind. Blueprint...

BUSINESS DIGEST: U.S. rig count up 10 this week; Texas adds 16

OIL & GAS U.S. rig count up 10 this week; Texas adds 16 HOUSTON — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 10 this week to 751. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 597 rigs sought oil and 153 explored for natural gas this week. One was listed as miscellaneous. Texas increased by 16 rigs and Utah gained one. Louisiana lost...
Inmate at focus of jail ‘sanctuary’ battle here legally, attorney says

Inmate at focus of jail ‘sanctuary’ battle here legally, attorney says

A man who became a focal point this week in the debate over so-called sanctuary cities and whether Travis County should hold inmates on behalf of immigration agents is legally in the United States, his attorney told the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV. Hugo Gallardo-Gonzalez, who is charged with sexually assaulting a young girl, is a “resident alien,” his court-appointed defense lawyer...
More than 20,000 AISD students miss school on ‘Day without Immigrants’

More than 20,000 AISD students miss school on ‘Day without Immigrants’

More than 20,000 Austin district students — nearly one in four — were absent Thursday on a “Day without Immigrants.” It’s unclear how many of those students missed school because of the event, a day of national protests to call attention to the economic and social contributions of immigrants. The “Day without Immigrants” also was a response to President Trump&rsquo...
Euphoria Music Festival loses appeal against Travis County

Euphoria Music Festival loses appeal against Travis County

Euphoria Music Festival lost its appeal against Travis County, a judge ruled this week, affirming a district judge’s decision from more than a year ago to dismiss the case. The organizers of Euphoria Music and Camping Festival sued the county in 2015 over the mass gathering permit guidelines the Commissioners Court had just approved, which regulate hours for large permitted events. Organizers...
Travis County lifts burn ban

Travis County lifts burn ban

From the Travis County fire marshal’s office: The Travis County Judge and Travis County Fire Marshal are lifting the burn ban that was originally set on Tuesday. Conditions have improved and rain is forecast for this weekend, which will lower the potential risk of wildfire. We encourage you to take this time to mitigate dead vegetation in and around your property to prepare for future wildfire...
Get ready for summer camp with these tips

Get ready for summer camp with these tips

Clara Brady, 8, climbs at the Rock About Climbing Adventures Camp in Reimers Ranch last year. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN We’re getting excited about our summer camp guide.
Reports: Texas state senator smashed glass table with gavel during hearing

Reports: Texas state senator smashed glass table with gavel during hearing

State Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, who is chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, broke a glass table when he smashed his gavel on its surface to stop the testimony of an intern with NARAL Pro-Choice Texas during a Wednesday hearing, according to reports.
Cap Metro, fighting ridership slump, nears an overhaul of bus system

Cap Metro, fighting ridership slump, nears an overhaul of bus system

Capital Metro, beset by several years of falling ridership, is about to take a sharp turn. The transit agency board late this month will likely approve a Connections 2025 plan that calls for eliminating, replacing, rerouting or changing the frequency of all but three of the agency’s 80 or so bus routes over the next couple of years. The point would be to emphasize increasing ridership over providing...
Audit: Austin music official failed to report employee’s bogus invoice

Audit: Austin music official failed to report employee’s bogus invoice

Austin City Hall’s top music official, Don Pitts, failed to report a subordinate who billed the city $2,500 for work her boyfriend apparently never performed as part of a scheme to be reimbursed for unauthorized travel expenses, an investigation by the city auditor found. Additionally, the auditor’s office filed an ethics complaint against the now-former city employee Pitts failed to discipline...
Cruz, Cornyn slow-play Texas judicial vacancies after Trump election

Cruz, Cornyn slow-play Texas judicial vacancies after Trump election

Last fall, when Donald Trump was flagging in the presidential polls and conventional Washington wisdom had Hillary Clinton headed to the White House, U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn were pushing five judges to fill vacancies in Texas. The Texas senators recommended the judges to the White House and supported their nominations at a September hearing — unusual for its timing, two months before...
Students protest immigration arrests in North Austin

Students protest immigration arrests in North Austin

1:57 p.m. update: Yeisson Alvarado, a 15-year-old student at Lanier High School, said he missed school to protest because his mother is an immigrant who came from Honduras while she was pregnant with him. “She sacrificed a lot so that I could have a better life,” Alvarado said.  Alvarado said that when President Donald Trump was elected it felt unreal, but now that people have...

Community news: Meeting set for Tuesday on hazardous cargo routes

TRAVIS COUNTY EAST AUSTIN Meeting on hazardous cargo routes The city of Austin will host an open house meeting for the Non-Radioactive Hazardous Materials Route Designation Study from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Austin Public Library Terrazas Branch, 1105 E. Cesar Chavez St. City staff will share initial draft routes suggested by technical analysis. Community members will have the opportunity to provide...

Kyle debris fires sending smoke as far away as South Austin

If you live in southern Travis County and you are wondering what’s with all the smoke, it might be coming from over the county line in Kyle. The Kyle Fire Department said debris piles are being burned as part a cleanup effort following recent flooding along the Blanco River. Although the fires are in Hays County, residents in South Austin have reported smoke. As of 11 a.m., the National...
Nonprofit Faith in Action Georgetown expands office hours

Nonprofit Faith in Action Georgetown expands office hours

Faith in Action Georgetown will begin offering full-day office hours beginning March 15. The nonprofit, which provides transportation services for seniors 65 and older in Georgetown, has expanded hours to better accommodate and serve more than 500 clients. “This grant is about mobility management and coordination,” FIAG Executive Director Vickie Orcutt said in a press release. “We&rsquo...
Woman charged with DWI; police say she was driving with 2 infants in South Austin

Woman charged with DWI; police say she was driving with 2 infants in South Austin

A woman is accused of driving while intoxicated with two 6-month-old infants in the back seat, according to an arrest affidavit. Police responded to a call shortly after midnight to the 1300 block of Oltorf Street. just west of Interstate 35. An officer found a woman, who police identified as 33-year-old Stephanie Clark, passed out in a Buick, the affidavit said. The officer said in the affidavit...
Enjoy “An Evening in Paris” at the Georgetown library

Enjoy “An Evening in Paris” at the Georgetown library

The Georgetown Public Library has teamed up with the Assistance League of Georgetown Area to host its first “An Evening in Paris” fundraiser. The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. April 8 at the library, and tickets are on sale at the library circulation desk. All funds raised from the event will help benefit the philanthropic missions of both organizations, which focus on providing...
Sunny skies Friday before expected showers later in the weekend

Sunny skies Friday before expected showers later in the weekend

Central Texas is expecting another day of sunny skies, with highs reaching into the mid-70s by Friday afternoon. The evening will bring in some clouds and patchy fog after 3 a.m., with lows reaching about 55 degrees. The warm weather is to carry on into Saturday, where the forecast expects more sun and temperatures jumping up to the mid-80s. Make sure you spend the day outside at the park or pool...
Update: Airliner that reported technical issue lands safely, Austin airport says

Update: Airliner that reported technical issue lands safely, Austin airport says

8:30 a.m. update: An American Airlines flight that had reported technical problems Friday morning has landed safely in Austin. Emergency crews at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport are standing down. Airport spokesman Derick Hackett said Flight 2575 was headed to Chicago. The plane had just taken off when the crew aboard the Boeing 737 jet reported techinical difficulties that forced them to return...
Strong storms possible Sunday afternoon with heavy rain at night

Strong storms possible Sunday afternoon with heavy rain at night

2:15 p.m. update: Strong to severe storms that could produce heavy rainfall are expected to roll into the Austin metro area starting Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service says.  In its updated forecast on Friday, the weather service said the storms would approach the Hill Country and Interstate 35 corridor on Sunday afternoon and evening. Widespread rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches...
Gail Collins: Well, Trump watchers, things could be worse

Gail Collins: Well, Trump watchers, things could be worse

I know a lot of you were saying in December that this administration wouldn’t last a month. But I’ll bet you didn’t actually have “worry about collapse of the government” written down on your schedule for February. Americans who went into a state of shock after the election are now floating in new, hitherto-uncharted realms of worry. We’ve learned that Donald Trump&rsquo...
Charles Krauthammer: The case of the cover-up in search of a crime

Charles Krauthammer: The case of the cover-up in search of a crime

It’s a Watergate-era cliche that the cover-up is always worse than the crime. In the Mike Flynn affair, we have the first recorded instance of a cover-up in the absence of a crime. Being covered up were the Dec. 29 phone calls between Flynn and the Russian ambassador to Washington. The presumed violation was Flynn negotiating with a foreign adversary while the Obama administration was still...
Plaza Saltillo developer to council: We’ve maxed out affordable units

Plaza Saltillo developer to council: We’ve maxed out affordable units

The Austin City Council once again put off final action Thursday evening on the Plaza Saltillo development, instead approving a proposed zoning change only on second reading to allow further negotiations between the developers and neighborhood critics of the East Austin project. The vote on the zoning change, which would allow Endeavor Real Estate Group and Columbus Realty Partners to build taller...
Inmate at focus of Travis sanctuary battle here legally, attorney says

Inmate at focus of Travis sanctuary battle here legally, attorney says

A man who became a focal point this week in a debate about so-called sanctuary cities and whether Travis County should hold inmates on behalf of immigration agents is legally in the United States, his attorney told the American-Statesman and KVUE Thursday night. Hugo Gallardo-Gonzalez, who is charged with continuing to sexually assault a young girl, is a “resident alien,” his court-appointed...
MedSpring UT campus location closing permanently

MedSpring UT campus location closing permanently

MedSpring Urgent Care will be permanently closing its University of Texas campus location as of Friday, the clinic announced Thursday. This clinic, located on Guadalupe Street within walking distance of the UT campus, is a popular place for students to go to for various health services. MedSpring confirmed the closing Wednesday in an email to former and current patients. The clinic did not say...
Family: Woman killed Wednesday in Del Valle was shot by ex-boyfriend

Family: Woman killed Wednesday in Del Valle was shot by ex-boyfriend

The family of the woman who was shot and killed near a Del Valle church Wednesday afternoon said it was her ex-boyfriend who kidnapped her at gunpoint before shooting her in front of deputies. Ibeth Lopez, 26, was a single mother who lived in Elgin with her 8-year-old daughter, family members said Thursday. “She was a hard-working single mom,” Lopez’s sister-in-law Crystal Jaramillo...
Joseph shooting: Council OKs unprecedented $3.25 million settlement

Joseph shooting: Council OKs unprecedented $3.25 million settlement

The Austin City Council has approved a groundbreaking $3.25 million settlement with the family of David Joseph, the 17-year-old gunned down a year ago by an Austin police officer. The council unanimously voted in favor of the settlement Thursday, making it the largest payout the city has made to the surviving family of a person killed at the hands of Austin police. Mayor Steve Adler announced...
Abbott call for Convention of States clears first hurdle in the Senate

Abbott call for Convention of States clears first hurdle in the Senate

Gov. Greg Abbott’s emergency item, calling for a national Convention of States to amend the U.S. Constitution, cleared its first hurdle Thursday, with the Senate State Affairs Committee sending the resolution to the floor on a 6-2 party-line vote. “We are on the precipice of history we have not seen before,” said Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, the lead Senate sponsor, arguing that...
On ‘Day Without Immigrants,’ call to embrace Austin workers, families

On ‘Day Without Immigrants,’ call to embrace Austin workers, families

Noemi Covarrubias finished exhorting the protesters gathered on the south steps of the Capitol and passed the mic, the defiance draining from her voice as she stepped aside and spoke about the labor her immigrant father has put into Austin. On drives, “He’ll say, ‘Look! I helped build that, I helped build that,” said Covarrubias, 17. Her father and mother entered the United...

Business Digest: Q2 Holdings shares soar on earnings report

SOFTWARE Q2 Holdings shares soar on earnings report Shares Austin’s Q2 Holdings jumped Thursday after the digital banking company exceeded Wall Street expectations in the fourth quarter. The company, which sells online banking software, reported a loss of $7.5 million in its fourth quarter, or 19 cents per share. Losses, adjusted for one-time expenses, came to 3 cents per share. The results...
Wife of man charged with indecency with a child also in custody

Wife of man charged with indecency with a child also in custody

3:45 p.m. Friday update: The wife of a man who has been arrested for indecency with a child was taken into custody Thursday and charged with failure to report a felony, according to Pflugerville police. Mary Ann Hernandez, 46, was booked into the Travis County Jail, according a statement from the Pflugerville Police Department. The investigation is ongoing, police said. Thursday: Pflugerville police...
Police: Round Rock car repair employee overcharged customers

Police: Round Rock car repair employee overcharged customers

An employee is accused of stealing $11,000 from a transmission repair business in Round Rock by overcharging customers for about four months in 2015, according to an arrest affidavit. William James Beck, 39, was charged Thursday with theft, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail. A general manager at AAMCO, at 1901 Interstate 35 South in Round Rock, told police Sept. 23, 2015, that...
Foundation picks Lake Austin site for educator center

Foundation picks Lake Austin site for educator center

The Holdsworth Foundation has selected a 44 scenic acres on Lake Austin to build a “world-class” institute to train public education leaders across the state. Charles Butt, chairman and CEO of the H-E-B grocery chain, founded The Holdsworth Center to improve the quality of public education by cultivating its leaders, who in turn are key to teacher development and retention...
Capitol view corridor proposal moves forward, minus one piece

Capitol view corridor proposal moves forward, minus one piece

Austin city staff will start studying four possible new Capitol view corridors that could limit taller buildings in East Austin, but the City Council delayed a decision Thursday on studying a proposed corridor from Rosewood Park that could impede redevelopment of the University Medical Center Brackenridge site. Existing view corridors limit the height of development extending outward from the Texas...
A Texas representative wants you to stop using the Chilean flag emoji

A Texas representative wants you to stop using the Chilean flag emoji

When Texans text, we sometimes need to express our love of our state. One of the best ways to do that is through emojis.
Employee accused of stealing $61,000 from Round Rock business

Employee accused of stealing $61,000 from Round Rock business

A former employee has been accused of stealing more than $60,000 from a home health care agency in Round Rock, according to an arrest affidavit. Michelle Davidson, 40, of Pflugerville, was charged Thursday with theft, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The owner of Apicon Home Health Agency Inc., at 1850 Round Rock Ave., told police that Davidson was her former office manager...
Austin-based Yeti unwraps flagship store on South Congress

Austin-based Yeti unwraps flagship store on South Congress

After 18 months of construction – much of it done in stealth mode in a bid to keep word from spreading – Austin-based Yeti is ready to officially take the wraps off its new flagship store on South Congress Avenue. The maker of high-end coolers and travel mugs showed off the store – and its accompanying indoor-outdoor bar – during a sneak preview Thursday night. The venue will...
Austin Marathon will be followed by storms and possible flooding

Austin Marathon will be followed by storms and possible flooding

If you’re running in this year’s 26th annual Austin Marathon on Sunday, be prepared to see some rain. Friday and Saturday are expected to be mostly sunny with high temperatures in the upper 70s and mid-80s, according to the National Weather Service. Normally, daytime highs for this time of year are at least 10 degrees cooler. Lows for Friday and Saturday will be in the upper 40s and lower...

Texas Digest: San Antonio school trustee arrested in bribery inquiry

SAN ANTONIO School trustee arrested in bribery inquiry Prosecutors say a San Antonio school board member has been indicted in a public corruption investigation involving alleged bribes from insurers seeking district contracts. FBI agents on Thursday arrested Olga Hernandez in San Antonio. The 66-year-old San Antonio Independent School District trustee faces one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud...
Ballet Afrique takes audiences back to Harlem Renaissance

Ballet Afrique takes audiences back to Harlem Renaissance

At the height of the Harlem Renaissance nearly a century ago, the famed Cotton Club featured some of the era’s best blues and jazz performers. The venue, which featured African-American entertainers, had a whites-only clientele. Singers, dancers and musicians weren’t allowed to mix with the club’s audience. And their families couldn’t watch loved ones take the stage. But on...
City Council approves aid for immigrants after emotional debate

City Council approves aid for immigrants after emotional debate

Austin City Council members approved giving $200,000 in emergency city funding on Thursday to provide legal help to immigrants, after an emotionally charged debate in which two council members fought back tears. The money, proposed by Council Member Greg Casar, adds to the city’s existing contract with Catholic Charities of Central Texas, which helps immigrants secure legal status, obtain U...
Herman: Texas lawmakers want to move away from mobile polling places

Herman: Texas lawmakers want to move away from mobile polling places

A Republican-led effort at the Capitol would do away with the places where 22,934 Travis County residents cast their ballots in last November’s general election. That’s just under 5 percent of all votes cast in the county. But before you knee-jerk react to Dallas state Sen. Don Huffines and blast his Senate Bill 703 as just another GOP voter suppression effort, let’s hear him out...

Tanker base unveiled at Austin airport to fight Austin-area wildfires

Central Texas’ first tanker base should prevent a repeat of one of the most infuriating emergency responses to wildfires in recent memory, officials said as they unveiled the facility Thursday. In 2011, as the most destructive wildfire in Texas history was burning through Bastrop County, the U.S. Forest Service rerouted a huge DC-10 cargo plane from an active California fire to drop flame retardant...
No ruling on trial move in Paxton pretrial hearing

No ruling on trial move in Paxton pretrial hearing

A pretrial hearing in McKinney in the criminal case against Attorney General Ken Paxton ended Thursday without a ruling from the judge on whether to move Paxton’s trial out of Collin County. State District Judge George Gallagher said, however, that he would like to try to pick a jury in Collin County, the Texas Tribune reported. Prosecutors also sought to separate the three charges against Paxton...
Family identifies woman fatally shot in Del Valle after kidnapping 

Family identifies woman fatally shot in Del Valle after kidnapping 

4 p.m. update: Family members have identified the woman who authorities say was shot and killed by a kidnapper in southeastern Travis County on Wednesday. The family of Ibeth Lopez says she is the woman who was taken at gunpoint by a man from a Bastrop barbershop before being killed in Del Valle on Wednesday afternoon. Lopez leaves behind an 8-year-old daughter, Lopez’s sister-in-law Crystal...
Tanker base unveiled at Austin airport to fight Austin-area wildfires

Tanker base unveiled at Austin airport to fight Austin-area wildfires

Central Texas’ first air tanker base should prevent a repeat of one of the most infuriating emergency responses to wildfires in recent memory, officials said as they unveiled the facility Thursday. In 2011, as the most destructive wildfire in Texas history was burning through Bastrop County, the U.S. Forest Service rerouted a huge DC-10 cargo plane from an active California fire to drop flame...
Round Rock resident claims $1M scratch ticket prize

Round Rock resident claims $1M scratch ticket prize

A Round Rock resident just got a whole lot richer. Oliver J. McCurry won the Texas Lottery scratch ticket game 50X The Cash on Tuesday after buying a ticket from Blackhawk Convenience Store in Pflugerville. The store, located at 20205 FM 685 Suite A, is now eligible for a $10,000 retailer bonus. McCurry claimed the second of five top prizes worth $1 million available in the lottery game. He requested...
Richard Moya, first Mexican-American Travis County officeholder, dies

Richard Moya, first Mexican-American Travis County officeholder, dies

Richard Moya, political trailblazer and the first Mexican-American elected to public office in Travis County, died early Thursday after a battle with prostate cancer at age 84. Moya, a Democrat, rode the first wave of successful Hispanic political activism in the county when he was elected to the Travis County Commissioners Court in 1970. Former Austin Mayor Gus Garcia said that Moya was a brilliant...
Federal agents raid state Sen. Carlos Uresti’s San Antonio law office

Federal agents raid state Sen. Carlos Uresti’s San Antonio law office

Federal investigators on Thursday raided the San Antonio law office of state Sen. Carlos Uresti, casting a cloud over the future of the longtime Democratic lawmaker. Agents with the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service confiscated documents from the office of Uresti, who is embroiled in an investigation into his role at an oil and gas company accused of defrauding investors. Uresti, who had served...

Austin-area home sales rise 7 percent in January

Continuing its six-year bull run, Central Texas’ housing market kicked off 2017 with gains in both the number of home sales and the median sales price, the Austin Board of Realtors said Thursday. The board said January saw 1,549 pre-owned and newly built houses change hands in the overall Austin metro area, 7 percent more than in January 2016. The median price of homes sold last month was $279...

Golf course being converted into flood control site

Officials in flood-prone Houston are planning to excavate a former golf course so that it can be used to hold 350 million gallons of stormwater, more than enough to fill the Astrodome. The intention is to build 10 connected basins at the old Inwood Forest Golf Course so that it can be a key resource for flood control in Northwest Houston. The city purchased the 227 acres in 2011 for $9.3 million and...
Richard Moya, trailblazing political activist, has died

Richard Moya, trailblazing political activist, has died

Richard Moya, political trailblazer and the first Hispanic Travis County commissioner, has died. He was 84. Moya said he was inspired by the example of Roy Guerrero, who organized activities for Hispanic children, later doing it in an official capacity for the city of Austin. In 1970, Moya was elected to the Travis County Commissioners Court from a precinct representing the heavily Hispanic district...

Austin, TX – Sting performs in concert at ACL Live on February 19, 2017. Suzanne Cordeiro/For American-Statesman Every touring artist panders to the city he’s performing in, but Sting seemed genuine when he called Austin “the hippest town in America” at the top of his set at ACL Live on Sunday.
DeMarcus Cousins reportedly traded to Pelicans in blockbuster deal

DeMarcus Cousins reportedly traded to Pelicans in blockbuster deal

Cousins is arguably one of the top big men in the NBA today, and pairing him with Anthony Davis and standout guard Jrue Holiday makes a serious trio in New Orleans. The move to trade Cousins comes on the heels of the Kings making public proclamations to keep the disgruntled center. Here’s what Yahoo! reported led to eventually trading the center:
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