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Rep. Dawnna Dukes indicted on 15 charges, booked at county courthouse

State Rep. Dawnna Dukes turned herself in at the Travis County courthouse on Wednesday afternoon after a grand jury on Tuesday indicted her on 13 felony corruption charges and two misdemeanors. Speaking outside the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center before going in to stand for a mug shot and give her fingerprints, Dukes, D-Austin, said she would plead not guilty on all charges and will continue...

2-month-old girl killed by family dog, San Marcos police say

San Marcos police are investigating the death of a 2-month-old baby girl, who the father said was killed Wednesday by the family dog while he was asleep on the couch next to her. The baby, Skylar Dean Julius, was lying in an infant bouncer next to her father at their home, in the 1000 block of Sagewood Trail, and appeared to be sleeping. The father “said that he had fallen asleep,” said...
Police: Man who drove Ferrari off Westlake bridge charged with DWI

Police: Man who drove Ferrari off Westlake bridge charged with DWI

A man accused of drunken driving drove a $385,000 Ferrari off a bridge in Westlake, went airborne for 50 feet and crashed into the woods while speeding Friday night, officials said. James Allen, 28, is facing a charge of driving while intoxicated, authorities said. According to police, a witness at a boat ramp near Redbud Trail saw the vehicle drive by traveling faster than 100 mph. The witness saw...
Texas official: Video justified Planned Parenthood ouster

Texas official: Video justified Planned Parenthood ouster

Two state health officials, both involved in the decision to remove Planned Parenthood from Texas Medicaid, took the stand Wednesday, focusing attention on a central point of this week’s federal court hearing — whether the organization’s ouster was justified. Stuart Bowen Jr., inspector general for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, testified that he sent the Dec. 20...
Herman: Rick Perry ready for Dancing With The Senators

Herman: Rick Perry ready for Dancing With The Senators

Rick Perry went undefeated for many years, starting with his 1984 election to the Texas House and continuing with two successful races for ag commissioner, one for lieutenant governor and three for governor. But, alas, Perry now is on a losing streak dating back to 2012. He’s lost two bids for the GOP presidential nomination and, more recently, was equally spectacularly unsuccessful —...
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
Austin-born movement touts tea party tactics to trip up Trump

Austin-born movement touts tea party tactics to trip up Trump

When the history of grass-roots resistance to President Donald Trump is written, it might be recorded that the movement was born in Austin – prefigured at the Randalls supermarket on Brodie Lane in the summer of 2009, conceived at a North Loop neighborhood bar over Thanksgiving weekend 2016, and crafted in great part by battle-tested veterans of the office of U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett. It was...
Rainy week to give way to sunshine, then blustery weekend

Rainy week to give way to sunshine, then blustery weekend

Well, that was wet. Almost 4 inches of rain fell on Austin’s Camp Mabry from the first raindrops that fell on Friday the 13th to the final downpour Wednesday morning. The six-day stretch brought nearly double the normal January total monthly rainfall of 2.2 inches, yet managed to be merely soggy — albeit with a few tornado scares — without causing widespread flooding or other significant...
Some Austin people avoiding social media to avoid inauguration vitriol

Some Austin people avoiding social media to avoid inauguration vitriol

Friday will be the first time in 35-year-old Stephen Hood’s adult life that he will miss the inauguration of the president of the United States. That peaceful transition of power is an important aspect of American society, said Hood, a high school teacher in Austin. The self-described political junkie has watched every inauguration since George H.W. Bush’s. But “an inauguration is...
Improving energy sector helps region’s economic activity rise

Improving energy sector helps region’s economic activity rise

Strong demand across a wide swath of Texas industry, including the improving energy sector, helped boost regional economic growth, according to a report Wednesday from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. In its chapter of the Beige Book, an anecdotal survey of the economy compiled every six weeks by the Federal Reserve banks, the Dallas Fed said the economic activity in its district “expanded...

Business Digest: Southwest adds seasonal Austin to Pensacola flights

TRAVEL Southwest adds seasonal flights to Pensacola, Fla. Southwest Airlines is beefing up its presence at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The airline said Wednesday that it will offer summer-only service to Pensacola, Fla., beginning June 10. The flights will operate Saturdays only. Several other changes are set to take place June 4, including an additional nonstop flight to Denver on Sundays...
Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross files to run for reelection in May

Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross files to run for reelection in May

On the first day of the filing period, Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross on Wednesday filed to run for reelection on May 6. The District 2 and District 6 City Council seats are also up for election. Valerie Nicholson filed Wednesday to run for the District 2 position that is held by Keith Brainard. Rachael Jonrowe is the District 6 council member. The filing period ends Feb. 17. A packet of information for...
Crash involving 18-wheeler hauling Colgate products causing traffic jam on NB I-35

Crash involving 18-wheeler hauling Colgate products causing traffic jam on NB I-35

A crash involving an 18-wheeler that was apparently hauling dental hygiene products is causing a traffic nightmare in northbound Interstate 35 in South Austin.  Austin police have shut down one lane of I-35 just north of William Cannon Drive.  It appears the back of the trailer dropped on the highway, immobilizing the truck. Cleanup crews have brought large dollies to the site to unload...
Barton Springs Pool closed because of flooding, Austin parks officials say

Barton Springs Pool closed because of flooding, Austin parks officials say

         Austin parks officials have closed Barton Springs Pool until further notice because of flooding from recent heavy rains. The Austin Parks and Recreation Department said it will reassess pool conditions as waters recede. Until Barton Springs Pool reopens, early morning swimmers can use Deep Eddy Pool, which will open at 6 a.m. beginning Thursday.   ...

Fire at North Austin triplex displaces 13, including 4 children

A fire at a North Austin triplex displaced 13 people, including four children, the Austin Fire Department said. The fire in the 300 block of John Nance Garner Circle resulted in one man in his 60s being taken University Medical Center Brackenridge for second-degree burns and smoke inhalation, but 8 other adults and four children escaped safely, officials said. Austin firefighters received reports...
San Marcos City Manager Jared Miller is leaving for Amarillo

San Marcos City Manager Jared Miller is leaving for Amarillo

After three years running one of the fastest growing cities in the country, City Manager Jared Miller announced he is leaving San Marcos. Miller, 47, has accepted the job of city manager of Amarillo. He announced his departure at the City Council meeting Tuesday evening. “We have achieved many wonderful things together during the last three years in San Marcos,” Miller said, according...
At ABIA, Southwest adds service to 1 city, increases flights to 4 more

At ABIA, Southwest adds service to 1 city, increases flights to 4 more

Southwest Airlines is beefing up its presence at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The discount airline said Wednesday that it will offer summer-only service to Pensacola, Fla., beginning June 10. The flights will operate Saturdays only. Several other changes are set to take place June 4, including an additional nonstop flight to Denver on Sundays; an extra flight to New Orleans, La., each weekday...
Cedar Park woman accused of breastfeeding while on meth

Cedar Park woman accused of breastfeeding while on meth

A Cedar Park woman is accused of breastfeeding her baby while she was illegally taking methamphetamines, according to an arrest warrant. Melina Wright, 30, was charged with endangering a child, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail. Cedar Park police were notified about 10:30 a.m. Dec. 25 that a 1½-month-old boy had been left alone at a house on South Buffalo Avenue, according...
Developer plans apartments, retail for West Anderson Lane site

Developer plans apartments, retail for West Anderson Lane site

A mixed-used project is envisioned for a rapidly changing street corner in North Central Austin. California-based Paydar Properties Inc. said this week it has acquired the 27 Eleven office building at 2711 W. Anderson Lane. A Chase bank branch is the primary tenant in the two-story, 31,326-square-foot building. Other occupants include a State Farm insurance office and a property management company...
What was the fastest speeding ticket issued in Texas in 2016?

What was the fastest speeding ticket issued in Texas in 2016?

2/7/2012 – Jay Janner/AMERICAN-STATESMAN – A sign warns of a red light camera on the I-35 northbound frontage road at 11th Street on Tuesday Feb 7, 2012.
Showdown looms between CVS pharmacies and Texas Medicaid regulators

Showdown looms between CVS pharmacies and Texas Medicaid regulators

The Texas Attorney General’s office has accused some of the state’s largest pharmacies of cheating the Medicaid program by reporting exaggerated prices on medications and raking in larger reimbursements than they deserve. And while several pharmacies have settled with the state and gone about their business, CVS is giving the state its stiffest opposition yet. Five years of negotiations...
Charges dropped against model Blac Chyna from arrest at Austin airport

Charges dropped against model Blac Chyna from arrest at Austin airport

Travis County district attorney’s office has dismissed public intoxication and drug possession charges against the model and celebrity gossip fixture Blac Chyna from her arrest at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in January 2016. The woman, whose real name is Angela Renee White, underwent treatment and counseling for 10 months in California, according to district attorney Margaret...
Austin giving pedestrians, cyclists a piece of traffic light time

Austin giving pedestrians, cyclists a piece of traffic light time

Pedestrians and cyclists are getting a head start at more Austin intersections, part of a broad set of changes by the city to make it easier and safer for people to travel around town under their own power. Added time has been provided for pedestrians to cross at eight intersections along South Congress Avenue while all cars are idled at red lights. The city also plans to install bike signals at 12...

State official: Video shows reasons to cut Planned Parenthood

The second day of a hearing on plans to cut Planned Parenthood from Texas Medicaid opened Wednesday with extensive testimony from the state official who moved to oust the organization. Stuart Bowen Jr., inspector general for the Health and Human Services Commission, testified that he sent the Dec. 20 termination notice to Planned Parenthood’s Texas affiliates after repeatedly viewing more than...

Community news: Veterans benefits fair Saturday

TRAVIS COUNTY SOUTHEAST AUSTIN Veterans benefits fair Saturday The Veterans Land Board will host a free benefits fair for Texas veterans from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Austin Outpatient Clinic, 7901 Metropolis Drive. Board officials will provide information on state programs, including land, home and home improvement loans, as well as Texas State Veterans Homes and cemeteries for veterans...
Austin-area home sales, median price hit all-time high in 2016

Austin-area home sales, median price hit all-time high in 2016

Central Texas home sales and home prices hit a record high in 2016, the Austin Board of Realtors said Wednesday. It was the sixth straight year of record sales and prices in the Austin metro area. Economists are forecasting a strong housing market for 2017, though perhaps not as robust as 2016. Austin-area buyers purchased 29,569 single-family homes last year, the board said, a 3.9 percent increase...
San Marcos baby who appears to have been mauled by family dog is identified

San Marcos baby who appears to have been mauled by family dog is identified

2:50 p.m. update: San Marcos police are investigating the death of a 2-month-old baby girl, who the father said was killed by the family dog, as an accidental death, a police spokesperson said. Police and Child Protective Services are investigating the case together, said San Marcos police Cmdr. Kelly Earnest. The Travis County medical examiner’s office will be conducting the child&rsquo...
Police: Bicyclist killed in North Austin crash was 61

Police: Bicyclist killed in North Austin crash was 61

A bicyclist who died last week after being hit by a Ford Explorer in North Austin has been identified as 61-year-old Paul Pittman. Austin police said Pittman was headed west on Riata Trace Parkway around 3:31 p.m. on Jan. 8 when he rode in front of the SUV as it headed north on the U.S. 183 frontage road. The SUV slammed into Pittman, who was taken to St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center where...
Dawnna Dukes is booked into Travis Co. courthouse, gets mug shot taken

Dawnna Dukes is booked into Travis Co. courthouse, gets mug shot taken

3:20 p.m. update: After being indicted on corruption charges, state Rep. Dawnna Dukes on Wednesday afternoon turned herself in at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center and stood for a mugshot. “I have been silent at the advice of my attorneys since February, and I am very relieved that my attorneys … are here today to begin the process of getting out the other side of the story...
Austin sailor honored in Japan for heroism

Austin sailor honored in Japan for heroism

Six U.S. service members, including a sailor from Austin, were recognized by the mayor of a Japanese city for their heroic efforts to aid passengers in a vehicle mishap on New Year’s Eve. A vehicle with a family of five inside fell from a fifth-floor parking garage near the U.S. Navy base in Yokosuka. Four Marines and two sailors were able to help rescue two boys from the wreckage. Three adults...
Pedestrian hospitalized after hit by vehicle in South Austin

Pedestrian hospitalized after hit by vehicle in South Austin

A man in his 50s was hospitalized on Wednesday morning after being hit by a vehicle in South Austin, authorities said. Austin-Travis County EMS medics were called out to the crash in the 3600 block of Manchaca Road near Larchmont Drive around 7:27 a.m. EMS officials said the man was taken to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center with potentially serious, but not life-threatening injuries. ...
Celebrate 100 years of the Girl Scout cookie

Celebrate 100 years of the Girl Scout cookie

Girl Scouts have been using cookie sales to fund their outings for 100 years. Girl Scouts USA A hundred years ago, just a few years after Girl Scouts began, a group of girls in Muskogee, Okla.
13 displaced after space heater causes triplex fire in North Austin, officials say

13 displaced after space heater causes triplex fire in North Austin, officials say

10:45 a.m. update: A fire at a North Austin triplex Wednesday morning that displaced 13 people has been blamed on an electrical malfunction in a space heater, the Austin Fire Department said. The fire in the 300 block of John Nance Garner Circle resulted in one man in his 60s being taken University Medical Center Brackenridge for second-degree burns and smoke inhalation, but 8 other adults and 4 children ...
Storms drift eastward; flood advisory for Austin metro area ends

Storms drift eastward; flood advisory for Austin metro area ends

11:05 a.m. update: Doppler radar shows the large band of heavy storms that soaked Central Texas early Wednesday is drifting eastward toward the Piney Woods and the Louisiana border. Flood advisories that had been issued for the Austin metro area, including parts of Travis and Hays counties, have expired. In the past 24 hours, more than 3 inches of rain have fallen throughout Travis County, with...
Flipping the script: Austin-born movement touts tea party tactics to trip Trump

Flipping the script: Austin-born movement touts tea party tactics to trip Trump

      Good morning Austin: When the history of the national grassroots effort to resist President Donald Trump is written, it may be recorded that the movement was born in Austin – prefigured at a Randalls supermarket in South Austin in the summer of 2009, forged at Drink.Well. on East 53rd Street over Thanksgiving weekend 2016, and conceived, in great part, by battle-tested veterans...
What being a Girl Scout leader has taught me

What being a Girl Scout leader has taught me

During a photo scavenger hunt at Camp Texlake in October 2012, the girls of Troop 1124 had to pile onto a bench and jump in the air with the lake in the background.

What selling Girl Scout cookies teaches girls

I wrote this column five years ago, when my daughter was a second-grader. Five year’s later, she’s still a scout and I’m still their leader: “Would you like to buy some Girl Scout cookies?” That is what you’re going to hear outside stores starting today. Though Girl Scout cookie sales started Wednesday, things really get rolling on Saturday, the first day of booth...
Share your Girl Scout cookies memories

Share your Girl Scout cookies memories

Nicole Villalpando leads Troop 1124, a group of eighth- and seventh-grade Girl Scouts and was once a Brownie and Junior Girl Scout.
Bill Maher talks about Trump, how he wishes there was more TX in ATX

Bill Maher talks about Trump, how he wishes there was more TX in ATX

Bill Maher of HBO’s “Real Time” will be at ACL Live on Jan. 21, the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration as president, which would be a very good time to see him if that inauguration concerns you. However, if you don’t already have tickets, the show is technically sold out. (You can also see him when “Real Time” returns to HBO on Jan. 20 at 9 p.m.) I interviewed...
Police ID man charged with DWI after driving $385,000 Ferrari off Westlake bridge  

Police ID man charged with DWI after driving $385,000 Ferrari off Westlake bridge  

Wednesday update: Austin police have identified a man who is accused of drunken driving after he drove a $385,000 Ferrari off a bridge in Westlake last week. According to police, 28-year-old James Allen is facing a charge of driving while intoxicated. A witness had been stopped at a boat ramp near Redbud Trail when he saw a vehicle drive by travelling faster than 100 mph, according to police...
Texas Senate, House budget proposals $5.3 billion apart

Texas Senate, House budget proposals $5.3 billion apart

Republican leaders of the Texas House and Senate Tuesday unveiled competing budget proposals for the 2018-2019 biennium, setting the stage for coming legislative battles over how much the state should spend on public education, border security and other priorities while managing a tight budget. Senate Bill 1, filed by Senate Finance Committee Chairwoman Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, spends $213.4 billion...
Judge: Video not crux of Texas Planned Parenthood case

Judge: Video not crux of Texas Planned Parenthood case

Although an undercover video is the centerpiece of the state’s case, a federal judge who will determine whether Planned Parenthood can be kicked out of Medicaid in Texas told lawyers Tuesday that he wants them to focus on more basic information if he is to make a ruling before Saturday’s planned ouster. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks gave the direction at the start of Tuesday’s hearing...
Teen faces murder charge as 2nd suspect in North Austin homicide

Teen faces murder charge as 2nd suspect in North Austin homicide

NORTH AUSTIN Second teen accused in homicide Austin police have accused a second 19-year-old of being involved in the shooting death of a man over a marijuana deal about three weeks ago in North Austin. Police on Tuesday issued a warrant for the arrest of Javier Teague-Salas, 19, on a charge of murder in the Dec. 29 killing of Anthony Brown, 26. Police have already arrested 19-year-old Mosses Howell...
Man who fired rifle into air, was killed by police is identified

Man who fired rifle into air, was killed by police is identified

Austin police have identified the man killed in a fatal police shooting on Saturday as 47-year-old Scott Laurance Gilpin. Gilpin died after a 2 ½-year veteran of Austin police shot him near a Northwest Austin church. Police on Tuesday also identified that officer as Jesse Lane. Lane is assigned to patrol in Northwest Austin. He is on paid administrative leave while police investigate the incident...
Austin police to help with Trump inauguration, plan for local protests

Austin police to help with Trump inauguration, plan for local protests

Austin police will send 67 officers from the department’s specialized crowd control team to Washington, D.C., to help with Friday’s inauguration of Donald Trump, but will keep the rest of the unit on hand in preparation for local protests expected to draw thousands. The number represents about half as many officers as the Police Department sent to inaugurations in 2013 and 2009. The remaining...
Mother, daughter charged in North Austin game room killing

Mother, daughter charged in North Austin game room killing

Austin police have identified more suspects in the fatal shooting of a 58-year-old woman over the summer at an illegal North Austin game room.  Lestelle Scott, 47, and Shalonda Scott, 23 – an Austin mother and daughter – are wanted on charges of capital murder in the shooting death of Ga Young Chon, according to their arrest affidavits. Police believe that Chon managed and owned...
Texas joins other states in suit over federal mining rule

Texas joins other states in suit over federal mining rule

Angered at new Obama administration rules to protect waterways from coal mining, Texas joined a dozen states on Tuesday asking a court to halt their implementation. Texas and the other states are asking the federal district court in Washington, D.C. to vacate the new rules. The plaintiffs — Ohio, West Virginia, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, Texas, Utah, and...
Astronaut Gene Cernan to be buried at Texas State Cemetery

Astronaut Gene Cernan to be buried at Texas State Cemetery

Gene Cernan, the last human to walk on the moon, will become the first astronaut to be buried at the Texas State Cemetery in East Austin, officials said Tuesday. Cernan, who died at a Houston hospital Monday after ongoing health issues at age 82, will be buried with full military honors during a private service Jan. 25, said Harry Bradley, cemetery superintendent. “He was a strong Texan,&rdquo...