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Austin school board calls for $1.05 billion November bond package

The Austin school board Monday night called for a $1.05 billion bond package to be placed before voters in November. The bond projects, rolled into one proposition, total $1.13 billion, but trustees plan to apply $83.8 million in projected leftover bond funds and possible land sales of East Austin schools to reduce the total package amount. Despite exceeding the $1 billion cap that several trustees...


Pastor arrested in SB 4 protest says he couldn’t stand on the sidelines

Pastor arrested in SB 4 protest says he couldn’t stand on the sidelines

Sharing a wooden bench at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center with criminal defendants in ball caps, shorts and ankle monitors was another defendant in a clerical collar. The Rev. Jim Rigby, pastor of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church of Austin, normally spends Monday mornings in planning meetings at the church, where he has worked for more than 30 years. This week he was summoned to...
Monk parakeet nest sparks North Austin pole fire, cuts power to 3,200

Monk parakeet nest sparks North Austin pole fire, cuts power to 3,200

More than 3,000 Austin Energy customers were left in the dark Monday morning after a monk parakeet nest sitting on top of a utility pole sparked a fire in North Austin. Austin Energy spokeswoman Jennifer Herber said the fire began around 5 a.m. and left a large area of North Austin — stretching east to west from Lamar Boulevard to MoPac Boulevard, and from north to south from Rundberg and Braker...
SB 4 court hearing brings hundreds of protesters to San Antonio

SB 4 court hearing brings hundreds of protesters to San Antonio

As lawyers argued for and against a state ban on “sanctuary cities” inside a federal courtroom in San Antonio on Monday, about 600 immigrant rights advocates rallied nearby in protest of the law. The protesters are concerned that the law will lead to increased racial profiling and to families being torn apart as a result of deportation. It also will allow law enforcement officers to ask...
Report: Woman attacked with hot sauce bottle in Austin karaoke fight

Report: Woman attacked with hot sauce bottle in Austin karaoke fight

A woman has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after attacking another woman with a hot sauce bottle following a karaoke performance, according to a report by CBS Austin. The news station, citing an affidavit, reports that Austin police responded to a call Thursday at La Catedral del Marisco on Oltorf Street, concerning an altercation between two women who sing karaoke...
How to teach Austinites about CodeNext? Let’s try Legos

How to teach Austinites about CodeNext? Let’s try Legos

For those looking to learn more about how CodeNext could affect the city, two Austin organizations say the best learning tool might be an old childhood favorite — Legos. The city’s land development code rewrite, known as CodeNext, is expected to be one of Austin’s most impactful long-term policies. But some residents have criticized the 1,100-plus page document’s complexity...
Austin ISD could shutter East Austin schools to keep bond under $1B

Austin ISD could shutter East Austin schools to keep bond under $1B

The Austin school district could shutter a handful of East Austin schools to bring down the costs of the proposed bond package that trustees are expected to approve tonight. Multiple school properties could be sold in the next five years to lower the bond project costs to under $1 billion, according to district documents obtained by the American-Statesman. A line item in other bond package documents...
Police: Trucker hauling beam charged after swerving ‘all over’ I-35

Police: Trucker hauling beam charged after swerving ‘all over’ I-35

Police arrested a truck driver hauling an 80,000-pound cement beam Thursday after seeing him weaving in and out of lanes on Interstate 35 in Georgetown, according to an arrest affidavit. Jeff Mills, 53, of San Antonio, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail. He also was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, which is...
Georgetown bakery offering free cupcakes for crime tips

Georgetown bakery offering free cupcakes for crime tips

That’s one way to crack down on crime ... Georgetown bakery Gigi’s Cupcakes is looking to serve up sweet, sweet justice in the form of free cupcakes for anyone who can help the shop track down a man they say is a counterfeiter, KVUE reports. The bakery is looking for information about a man whom owner Chet Kenisell said used fake $50 bills to buy a single cupcake...
JUST IN: Man rushed to hospital after falling 30 feet from scaffolding in West Austin

JUST IN: Man rushed to hospital after falling 30 feet from scaffolding in West Austin

Paramedics rushed a man to Dell Seton Medical Center in serious condition Monday afternoon after he fell off of scaffolding that was 30 feet high in far West Austin, Austin-Travis County officials said. His injuries are not expected to be life-threatening, authorities said.  The victim, a man in his 20s, fell shortly after 1 p.m. from a scaffolding set up along St. Stephens School Road...
THE LATEST: Judge jabs at challengers’ arguments over ‘sanctuary cities’ bill

THE LATEST: Judge jabs at challengers’ arguments over ‘sanctuary cities’ bill

In Monday’s first court hearing on challenges against Texas’ “sanctuary cities” ban, lawyers representing various Texas cities and counties have focused largely on the constitutional issues they believe enforcing Senate Bill 4 would cause. During the first half of the day’s hearing at the federal court in San Antonio, presiding federal District Court Judge Orlando Garcia...
REPORT: Baylor to release information on sexual assaults going back to 2003

REPORT: Baylor to release information on sexual assaults going back to 2003

Baylor University will release information in sexual assault reports dating back to 2003, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported on its website Monday. According to a brief filed Friday by Baylor lawyers, the information will be organized in a spreadsheet and will include dates and locations of reported assaults, the genders of victims and accused assailants, and dispositions of the complaints. The...

Community news: Input sought on Austin’s budget priorities

TRAVIS COUNTY AUSTIN Input sought on budget priorities The city of Austin’s budget office is seeking resident input and feedback on city services and budget priorities as part of the budget development process. Residents may use the Austin Budget Simulator to provide funding preferences by 11 city of Austin service areas. It is designed to be accessible and inclusive, with versions in English...
Authorities arrest person after seven-hour standoff in Hutto

Authorities arrest person after seven-hour standoff in Hutto

1 p.m. update: Authorities arrested a person at 12:44 p.m. in Hutto who had been barricaded inside a home since 5 a.m., an official said. No injuries were reported, said Sgt. David Daniels, a spokesman for the Austin Police Department. Previously: Authorities are in a standoff in Hutto with a person barricaded inside a home, an official said. Austin police working with the Williamson County sheriff&rsquo...
Minority groups threaten to oppose $990 million Austin ISD bond plan

Minority groups threaten to oppose $990 million Austin ISD bond plan

The Austin school board tonight is slated to call for a November bond election, putting before voters more than $990 million worth of bond projects packaged into one proposition. As it was last week, this meeting could become heated as some community members plan to rally against the package in its current form. Latino and black community leaders have said the bond in its current form is inequitable...
AUSTIN PROTESTS: A guide to marches demonstrations and rallies coming up this summer

AUSTIN PROTESTS: A guide to marches demonstrations and rallies coming up this summer

Ready to throw yourself behind a cause this summer? Here are some Austin protests, marches and rallies scheduled in the coming weeks that you can join:   The Austin Gay & Lesbian Pride Foundation (AGLPF) in conjunction with Transgender Education Network of Texas, Equality Texas, and Austin's fabulous Drag Community Wednesday, June 28 7 p.m. Texas Capitol   Texans United for America Saturday...
Immigrants’ rights rally draws more than 600 to San Antonio courthouse

Immigrants’ rights rally draws more than 600 to San Antonio courthouse

1:05 p.m. update: More than 600 immigrants rights protesters have been rallying against Senate Bill 4 in front of the federal courthouse in San Antonio, through intermittent showers and sunshine since early Monday morning. The Austin-based Workers Defense Project brought a bus full of about 50 people and left Austin at 6 a.m. Monday to attend the event. Gerardo Tovar, 60, a member of the group&rsquo...
WEATHER UPDATE: Weather advisory for Travis, Williamson counties expires

WEATHER UPDATE: Weather advisory for Travis, Williamson counties expires

10:22 p.m. update: A bridge in Old Spicewood Springs has flooded over, Austin police said. APD has advised that  bridge located between 5200 and 5300 Old Spicewood Springs Road be avoided as the water is “fast moving.”  10:10 p.m. update: The significant weather advisory for Williamson and Travis counties have expired, the National Weather Service said.  9:15 p.m. update...
Police: Woman used company credit card to pay her bills in Georgetown

Police: Woman used company credit card to pay her bills in Georgetown

A former employee of a management company in Austin is accused of making unauthorized charges on company credit cards of more than $14,000, according to an arrest affidavit. Emily Colleen Springs, 41, of Georgetown was charged with theft, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail. Springs was the controller at CM Management, the affidavit said. The company manages accounting departments...

Community news: Sidewalk project’s completion celebrated Thursday

TRAVIS COUNTY CENTRAL AUSTIN End of sidewalk project celebrated The city of Austin will host an event to celebrate the completion of the first 2016 Mobility Bond sidewalk project, a newly constructed sidewalk in the North Loop neighborhood, at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. The celebration will start in the parking lot of the Sky-View Baptist Church, 211 W. Koenig Lane. Mayor Steve Adler, Mayor Pro-Tem Kathie...
Nonprofits say new child services law could be tough on youths

Nonprofits say new child services law could be tough on youths

A new law that allows public and private foster care and adoption agencies to deny services and placement to people based on “sincerely held religious beliefs” will be toughest on youths in foster care, some local experts say. And the organizations that serve youths are wondering how to help them navigate the new system. The law goes into effect Sept. 1. “A lot of the focus on this...
Fonda San Miguel chef shaped Austin’s food scene

Fonda San Miguel chef shaped Austin’s food scene

Chef Miguel Ravago, one of the early leaders of the Austin culinary scene and a founder of seminal interior Mexican restaurant Fonda San Miguel, died Saturday, according to friends. He was 72. Fonda San Miguel helped shift the way Austinites understood their neighbor to the south, and before the ubiquity of celebrity chefs on television, Ravago served as a shining light in the Austin restaurant world...
Victims of fatal single-car crash in Burnet County identified

Victims of fatal single-car crash in Burnet County identified

Authorities have identified driver Lila Acosta, 34, of El Paso and passenger Audrey Regnold, 31, of Marble Falls as the victims of a fatal single-car crash that occurred Saturday afternoon on U.S. 281 near Park Road 4 in Burnet County. STAY ON TOP OF THE NEWS: Click here to sign up for our Breaking News emails The Texas Department of Public Safety said the two women were traveling on U.S. 281 &ldquo...
Storms roll through Bastrop, Elgin

Storms roll through Bastrop, Elgin

Update 1:30 p.m. Rainstorms, some heavy, are rolling through Bastrop and Elgin right now with scattered showers expected for the rest of the afternoon. “We’re not expecting anything severe,” said Yvette Benavides, a National Weather Service meteorologist. “It’ll be ongoing for the next several hours, but then die off in the evening.” Earlier: Keep those umbrellas...
Wear: Barton Creek bike bridge built, but few coming so far

Wear: Barton Creek bike bridge built, but few coming so far

I tweeted out just after sunrise Friday that I was hanging out at the new Barton Creek bike bridge in Southwest Austin to see how many cyclists and others might be using the $14.5 million edifice. I noted that in the half-hour or so I was there, I had seen one commuting cyclist cross the 1,045-foot span over the creek gorge. Not surprisingly, the qualifiers quickly started appearing in my...

Traffic report for June 26, 2017

Interstate 35 (Travis County): The outside lane on the southbound access road will be closed between Parmer Lane and Rundberg Lane from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday and Tuesday nights; locations will change nightly, and Exits 245 through 241 will be closed as needed. Multiple southbound lane closures between Colonial Park Boulevard and Boggy Creek from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday and Tuesday nights; may be...
Challengers of ‘sanctuary cities’ ban to get their day in federal court

Challengers of ‘sanctuary cities’ ban to get their day in federal court

Challengers of Senate Bill 4, the “sanctuary cities” ban, will have their first day in federal court Monday before a presiding judge who has recently ruled that federal immigration detention requests central to the controversial state law are unconstitutional. Monday’s hearing in San Antonio before U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia will be the first time a coalition of advocacy...

Community news: Survey launched for Austin’s artists

TRAVIS COUNTY AUSTIN Survey launched for Austin artists The city of Austin’s Economic Development Department has launched a “Creative Space Survey” to gain an understanding of the specific space needs of Austin’s artists, arts organizations and other creatives. The survey will be conducted annually as part of the city’s cultural planning efforts and will help the city...

Man accused of exposing self in Jack in the Box drive-thru lane

A man has been accused of exposing himself and masturbating in front of customers outside a Jack in the Box at 9825 Burnet Road. Joshua Reeves, 19, was arrested on a charge of indecent exposure. The incident took place around 3 a.m. Saturday. Reeves was wearing no shirt and was lying on the ground behind the building and in the drive-thru lane, according to an arrest affidavit. Police said he also...
Troopers: Single-car crash kills two women in Burnet County

Troopers: Single-car crash kills two women in Burnet County

Two women in their early 30s died Saturday afternoon in a single-car crash on U.S. 281 near Park Road 4 in Burnet County, officials said. The crash happened around 2 p.m., said state Trooper Shannon Simpson. “Two females going south on U.S. 281 at a very high rate of speed passed a vehicle and lost control,” he said. The 2012 Hyundai carrying the two women passed through a fence, trees...
Authorities: Small plane damaged during landing at Burnet airport

Authorities: Small plane damaged during landing at Burnet airport

A small plane carrying only its pilot was damaged while landing at around 7:21 a.m. Saturday at Burnet Municipal Airport, officials said. Department of Public Safety officer Andrew Thomas said the pilot, Mark Rankin, was uninjured and that the airport runway was not damaged. “It was a pretty simple crash,” Thomas said. “The plane touched down and the pilot said it started pulling...
Pedicab cyclist: Lyft driver pulled a gun after Rainey Street dustup

Pedicab cyclist: Lyft driver pulled a gun after Rainey Street dustup

A Lyft driver pulled a gun on a pedicab driver and threatened to kill her early Saturday morning after an argument in which she kicked his car near the Rainey Street entertainment district, the pedicabber told police. Austin Police arrested Robert Henderson Rush, 58, on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon — though the weapon they found in his car turned out to be a realistic-looking...
Weekend storms cool down Central Texas after Friday’s record heat

Weekend storms cool down Central Texas after Friday’s record heat

Cloud cover and a significant drop in temperature made Friday’s record-setting 104-degree heat at Camp Mabry just a memory on Saturday, with thunderstorms and a forecast in the 80s expected for the rest of the weekend. For Sunday, scattered thunderstorms are expected throughout the day with a low of 73 and a high of 89 with an 60 percent chance of rain. Scattered thunderstorms and highs in the...
New St. David’s Foundation leader selected at pivotal time

New St. David’s Foundation leader selected at pivotal time

The announcement of William Buster to oversee the St. David’s Foundation’s grant-making work marks a milestone in Austin philanthropy. Not only does he replace the influential Bobbie Barker, but he also takes on the role as the foundation has become the largest grant-maker in Central Texas. “I kind of feel like the dog that caught the car,” said Buster, who is new to Austin...
Austin grants aim to keep arts organizations from losing their leases

Austin grants aim to keep arts organizations from losing their leases

It’s a tired tale in Austin: Ritzy downtown development and new techie-popular shops and bars driving to the fringes the music and art that once defined the city. A $200,000 city pilot program will attempt to help a handful of those arts organizations this summer, with microgrants to provide emergency rent or renovation assistance. Nonprofit arts organizations are eligible to apply by Aug. 1...
Rain to continue off and on past the weekend

Rain to continue off and on past the weekend

Keep an eye on the sky if you’re heading to Barton Springs Pool on Sunday. Saturday’s sporadic thunderstorms in Austin are expected to continue off and on throughout the day, with possible thunder and wind, according to the National Weather Service. The good news is, temperatures are expected to stay well below the triple digits, with a Sunday high of 89. Monday’s forecast calls...
HELP WANTED: City manager search leaves several top city jobs in limbo

HELP WANTED: City manager search leaves several top city jobs in limbo

As Austin nears a full year since former City Manager Marc Ott left for a job in Washington, D.C., the lack of an official replacement has led to a pileup of vacancies in City Hall’s most senior positions. It has led to more than a quarter of the city’s top executive positions — department heads, assistant city managers and the police chief — being staffed by interim or acting...
UPDATE: Search crews find body of swimmer in McKinney Falls Park

UPDATE: Search crews find body of swimmer in McKinney Falls Park

9:55 p.m. update: Search crews have found the body of the swimmer who went missing at McKinney Falls Park, confirming the man has died. Austin police had no additional information. Earlier: Search crews looking for a male swimmer that was reported missing at McKinney Falls Park on Friday evening have ceased rescue operations and are now in recovery mode, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. ...

Officials ID woman who died trapped under vehicle in Jonestown

JONESTOWN Woman who died trapped under vehicle ID’d The Travis County sheriff’s office has identified the woman who died trapped under a vehicle in Jonestown on Thursday evening as 62-year-old Denise Lynn Coonrod, of Jonestown. Authorities responded at about 7 p.m. to a call from the 10000 block of Deer Canyon Drive, officials said. “Evidence collected at the scene and eye witness...
Businesses fear more fallout may follow California travel ban to Texas

Businesses fear more fallout may follow California travel ban to Texas

California’s decision to ban its state employees from traveling to Texas on their taxpayers’ dime after Texas lawmakers passed new limits on gay parents adopting and fostering children set off a new round of recriminations Friday between the nation’s two largest states. But with the usual exchange of barbs came a new set of warnings from business groups to Texas lawmakers: passing...

GREG KELLEY CASE: Rangers’ report finds ‘previously undetected’ crimes

A Texas Rangers report looking into new allegations in the case involving Greg Kelley, who was convicted in the sexual assault of a 4-year-old boy in 2014, is soon to be finalized and hints at a finding of newly discovered criminal activity, Williamson County court documents show. However, the document will not be immediately released to the public after prosecutors received a judge’s order...
Trump administration to defend ‘sanctuary cities’ ban in Texas lawsuit

Trump administration to defend ‘sanctuary cities’ ban in Texas lawsuit

Trump administration lawyers announced Friday that they will defend Texas’ Senate Bill 4, a state ban on “ sanctuary cities,” from myriad legal challenges when it heads to a federal courtroom next week. “The Department of Justice fully supports Texas’s effort and is participating in this lawsuit because of the strong federal interest in facilitating the state...
LAWSUIT FILED: Woman sues Austin, accusing city of negligence after convention center fall

LAWSUIT FILED: Woman sues Austin, accusing city of negligence after convention center fall

A Florida woman who had attended a conference at the Austin Convention Center is suing the city and two other defendants for more than a $1 million after a set of stage stairs she was walking down collapsed, leaving her with “severe personal injuries and damages.” The lawsuit, filed in Travis County district court on Friday by Julie Auslander, accuses city employees of failing to...
Man watching pornography on McDonald’s Wi-Fi arrested: police

Man watching pornography on McDonald’s Wi-Fi arrested: police

Police arrested a man last week at a Pennsylvania McDonald’s after they said he refused to stop watching pornography on the restaurant’s Wi-Fi, according to multiple reports. Employees at the McDonald’s in West Hanover Township told police that they had previously confronted 61-year-old Todd McMillan, of Bay Shore, New York, for watching pornography on the fast-food establishment&rsquo...
Tempers flare at BET Awards when things get heated between Migos and Joe Budden

Tempers flare at BET Awards when things get heated between Migos and Joe Budden

Tempers flared at the BET Awards Sunday night between  members of the Atlanta rap group Migos and interviewer Joe Budden after an abrupt mic-drop end to an interview. Actually, the interview wasn’t going that well even before Budden abruptly bolted. He, DJ Akademiks and Nadeska Alexis were asking what became a contentious line of questioning when Akademiks said Takeoff (Kirshnik...
Nintendo: Super NES Classic Edition with 21 games will hit stores in September

Nintendo: Super NES Classic Edition with 21 games will hit stores in September

More than 25 years after the Super Nintendo Entertainment System hit store shelves and two months after Nintendo stopped production on its revamped NES Classic Edition, the company announced Monday that the Super NES will be back in a mini version slated for a September release. The Super NES Classic Edition will come with 21 classic games installed, including Donkey Kong Country, Final Fantasy III...
Supreme Court to hear arguments over Trump travel ban

Supreme Court to hear arguments over Trump travel ban

The Supreme Court on Monday announced that it would listen to arguments surrounding President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban during its October sitting.
Janet Jackson loving motherhood as she gets back into her music, producer says

Janet Jackson loving motherhood as she gets back into her music, producer says

Janet Jackson welcomed her very first child, son Eissa, in January and is having a great time being a mom! “She’s so happy,” her longtime producer, Jimmy Jam, told Entertainment Tonight. “I get FaceTime [calls] at like two in the morning, usually when I’m wrapping up in the studio. It’s always just Isa [on FaceTime], she’s in the background somewhere. He&rsquo...
California woman finds frog in her salad

California woman finds frog in her salad

A California woman found an unpleasant addition to her salad earlier this month, as she uncovered a dead frog nestled inside the lettuce. >> Read more trending news  Shawna Cepeda was dining at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse in West Covina and noticed her salad had a bitter taste, according to a Yelp review she posted on June 13. She began stirring the salad and found the frog...
Infant needing transplant aided by Arkansas T-shirt company

Infant needing transplant aided by Arkansas T-shirt company

An 8-month old baby from Arkansas in need of a liver transplant is being helped by a T-shirt manufacturer who is raising money to help cover expenses. >> Read more trending news  Amelia Fowler was diagnosed with biliary atresia four days after her birth, KTHV reported. Doctors told Amelia’s parents, Jack and Mary Lu Fowler, that a liver transplant  was the child’s...
Wisconsin boy burned after park slide 'explodes'

Wisconsin boy burned after park slide 'explodes'

A Wisconsin boy suffered second-degree burns on a slide in a park, WISN reported. >> Read more trending news  The family of Giuseppe Storniolo, 9, of West Allis, said the slide “exploded” after spontaneously bubbling. “I was about to get off and it just started to happen and it came up shaking,” Storniolo said. “I never saw any cracks on it or no...
London tower blocks evacuated over fire concerns

London tower blocks evacuated over fire concerns

Thousands of residents in a north London housing complex were evacuated from their apartments Friday night after fire checks revealed the buildings were unsafe, Reuters reported. >> Read more trending news The checks were done in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire on June 14. Residents, along with their children and pets were removed from five tower blocks and headed to a local sports center...
Hugh Grant offering reward for WWII vet's lost medals

Hugh Grant offering reward for WWII vet's lost medals

Actor Hugh Grant is offering a $1,100 reward for the return of a blind British World War II veterans medals after the 95-year-old man lost them at a service station. >> Read more trending news D-Day veteran Alfred Barlow landed on Sword Beach on June 6, 1944. Barlow, who was a corporal when Allied forces attacked the French coast, attended this year’s Memorial in Normandy, the Manchester...
'Flower man' steals the show at Wisconsin wedding

'Flower man' steals the show at Wisconsin wedding

Traditional weddings usually include a flower girl and a ring bearer. But nuptials last week in Wisconsin included a flower man -- and he did his job so well, he nearly stole the attention from the bride. >> Read more trending news Andria Farthing got married in Madison on June 17. For her flower girl, she chose her 28-year-old cousin, Patrick Casey. The two relatives were close as children...
2 arrested in 30-person brawl after N.Y. high school graduation

2 arrested in 30-person brawl after N.Y. high school graduation

A high school graduation ceremony in upstate New York ended with a brawl that injured one police officer and led to the arrest of two teenagers, the Albany Times Union reported. >> Read more trending news The brawl outside Watervliet High School in suburban Albany on Thursday night required four police agencies to respond before it was under control, police said. Police arrested 18-year-old...
Nebraska mom begs thieves to return Porsche tires used for memorial

Nebraska mom begs thieves to return Porsche tires used for memorial

A Nebraska woman is making an appeal to thieves who stole the Porsche tires she had built as a memorial to her late son. >> Read more trending news Angel Pike and her son Ben built the memorial in April to honor Mike Pike, who died in his sleep four years ago, KETV reported.  The stone in Pike’s front yard in Omaha reads “Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the...
Human toe stolen from Yukon bar returned, with apology

Human toe stolen from Yukon bar returned, with apology

There’s good news afoot -- the toe stolen from the Downtown Hotel Sourdough Saloon in the Yukon has been returned to its rightful owner, along with a letter of apology. >> Read more trending news “We’re happy as clams about it,” Sue Taylor told the Alaska Dispatch News.Taylor is a “toe captain” at the bar in Dawson City. The mummified human toe that...
TV crew's SUV stolen while they filmed story about crime

TV crew's SUV stolen while they filmed story about crime

A television news crew in New Mexico, gathering footage for a story about crime, became part of the story Friday when a thief stole the station’s SUV, the Albuquerque Journal reported. >> Read more trending news KOB news director Michelle Donaldson said her crew was filming in downtown Albuquerque and watched as the vehicle was stolen. The story the crew was shooting footage for was about...
Colorado fire department honors 5-year-old who saved mom’s life

Colorado fire department honors 5-year-old who saved mom’s life

A 5-year-old Colorado boy was made an honorary member of his local fire department Wednesday after he dialed 911 when his mother needed medical attention, the Journal-Advocate reported. >> Read more trending news Xander Carpenter was given a special tour of the Sterling Fire Department, was given his own special uniform for the inspection,  took a ride in Tower 18 and also helped put out...
BET Awards 2017: What time, what channel, who is nominated, performing

BET Awards 2017: What time, what channel, who is nominated, performing

Some of the biggest artists in rap, hip hop, pop, R&B, movies and TV will be at the BET Awards on Sunday. Remy Ma, DJ Khaled, New Edition and more  are scheduled to be at the show at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.  Here’s what you need to know before the show: What time: 8 p.m. ET What channel: BET, with live streams on BET.com and YouTube.  A backstage live stream will...
FBI to Round Rock police: Bigfoot is ‘most wanted fugitive’

FBI to Round Rock police: Bigfoot is ‘most wanted fugitive’

Round Rock Police Chief Allen Banks has received a special message from the Federal Bureau of Investigation: the Hairy Man seen galavanting around the Round Rock trails is a “most wanted fugitive.” According to the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, which has been keeping residents abreast of recent Bigfoot sightings, Round Rock’s top police official got an email...
‘You’re my butter half’ mural in East Austin vandalized

‘You’re my butter half’ mural in East Austin vandalized

The “You’re my butter half” mural in East Austin is the latest iconic local mural to be hit by vandals. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/statesman">@statesman</a> The "You're my Butter Half Mural" has been vandalized!...
Dayton Air Show crash: latest updates

Dayton Air Show crash: latest updates

The Vectren Dayton Air Show will launch today without the Air Force Thunderbirds after one of the team’s F-16 jets apparently skidded off a runway and landed on its top Friday, trapping two people inside. The cause of the accident is under investigation, according to Air Force Lt. Col. Jason Heard, who said the pilot and a Thunderbird team member who was a passenger in the two-seat F-16 were...
TSA agent stole from passenger's belongings, police say

TSA agent stole from passenger's belongings, police say

A Transportation Security Administration agent has been arrested after he was accused of stealing money from a passenger at Orlando International Airport in Florida, Orlando police said. Alexander Shae Johnson, 22, was arrested Thursday night. Passenger Kathleen Duddleston entered the TSA checkpoint and was stopped for additional screening, police said. While she was patted down, Duddleston told TSA...
Here’s what Take Your Dog to Work Day looks like in Austin

Here’s what Take Your Dog to Work Day looks like in Austin

It’s Friday. And the first weekend of summer. But you still needed one more thing to distract you at work. Luckily it’s Take Your Dog to Work Day. Austin businesses were not about to miss out on the petting. Here’s a look at what Take Your Dog to Work Day is looking like in the city:
Police investigate video of man kicking cat off cliff

Police investigate video of man kicking cat off cliff

Police in North Carolina are investigating a viral video that appears to show a Charlotte man gleefully kick a cat off a steep hill. The man apparently recorded himself abusing the animal and then posted the video to Facebook. As the man appears to kick the cat like a football, he can be heard exclaiming, “In the hole you go.” After thousands of people shared the post and the video racked...
Heat advisory issued Friday for Bastrop County, south central Texas

Heat advisory issued Friday for Bastrop County, south central Texas

It’s going to be a hot one, Central Texas. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for 20 Texas counties, including Bastrop and Travis counties, between 1 and 8 p.m. on Friday. Bastrop and Austin could be impacted by elevated heat. Temperatures are expected to reach a high around 100 in the day, yet with heat and humidity combined, it could feel more like 113, the weather service...
Watch: Zola the gorilla dancing like a ‘Maniac’

Watch: Zola the gorilla dancing like a ‘Maniac’

Zola the gorilla is at it again. And he’s dancing like he’s never danced before. >> Read more trending news  The gorilla was caught on video dancing, spinning and splashing in a tub at the Dallas Zoo, and one viewer decided to overlay the song “Maniac” from the movie “Flashdance,” over the clip, Mashable reported. Zola has attracted attention...
Queen Elizabeth II reported to police for not wearing seat belt

Queen Elizabeth II reported to police for not wearing seat belt

A sharp-eyed observer noticed that Queen Elizabeth II, riding in a car en route to the State Opening of Parliament on Wednesday, was not wearing a seat belt. So the person decided to dial 999, which is Great Britain’s emergency telephone line, The Telegraph reported. >> Read more trending news  The call was taken by the West Yorkshire Police Customer Contact Centre, according...
Police considering manslaughter charges in Grenfell Tower fire

Police considering manslaughter charges in Grenfell Tower fire

Police said Friday that they are considering manslaughter charges in the Grenfell Tower fire in London, adding that the blaze started in a refrigerator freezer, the BBC reported. >> Read more trending news  The police investigation is focusing on how the fire began, how it spread and who should be held responsible, Detective Chief Superintendent Fiona McCormack told a press briefing...
Johnny Depp: ‘When was the last time an actor assassinated a president’

Johnny Depp: ‘When was the last time an actor assassinated a president’

Johnny Depp knew his comments to his British audience were going to spark controversy, even as he said them. The actor was speaking to an audience in a British theater Thursday when he made a vague reference to John Wilkes Booth assassinating a president, The Telegraph reported. >> Read more trending news  Depp was taking questions at the Cinemageddon at the Glastonbury Festival after...
Trevor Noah on Philando Castile footage: ‘It broke me’

Trevor Noah on Philando Castile footage: ‘It broke me’

The “Daily Show” detoured from comedy on Wednesday, as Trevor Noah talked frankly and emotionally about the released dashcam footage in which a Minnesota man was killed by police last year during a traffic stop. >> Read more trending news “It broke me,” Noah said, saying he was moved by the final part of the footage showing the death of Philando Castile. In that...
Couple win nearly $1 million in penny slots

Couple win nearly $1 million in penny slots

This was better than a golden ticket. >> Read more trending news  A couple from Arizona gambling on a Willy Wonka-themed penny slot machine at a Las Vegas casino won nearly $1 million over the weekend, KMPH reported. According to Caesars Entertainment, Nicholas Blaskowski and Nicole Perry, of Phoenix, hit the jackpot at Harrah's Las Vegas on Sunday while playing Willy Wonka: World of Wonka...
Report: Russian warships fire missiles at ISIS targets in Syria

Report: Russian warships fire missiles at ISIS targets in Syria

Russian warships fired six missiles at ISIS targets in Syria on Friday, according to the country’s state media. According to CNN, a statement from Russia’s Defense Ministry that was posted to RIA said that the missiles were fired  from the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea. The Cailber missiles were fired from the frigates “Admiral Essen,” “Admiral Grigorovich...
Oreo to unveil candy canes for Christmas

Oreo to unveil candy canes for Christmas

It is still six months until Christmas, but Oreo cookies could be part of your holiday tree decorations. >> Read more trending news The cookie maker is unveiling candy canes for Christmas, Country Living reported. The Candy Hunting Instagram account revealed that Oreo Cookies & Creme Candy Canes will be available in time for Christmas. However, Nabisco, the parent company for Oreo...
Ellen DeGeneres calls out audience member for dishonesty

Ellen DeGeneres calls out audience member for dishonesty

Ellen DeGeneres tested the honesty of her audience in a recent show, and most of them passed. The one woman who didn’t was embarrassed with a reprimand on national television. >> Read more trending news  With “Ellen” in its 14th season, DeGeneres gave her audience members the chance to choose one item from the Ellen Shop, the Huffington Post reported. What the...
Federal judge temporarily blocks deportation of Iraqis in Michigan

Federal judge temporarily blocks deportation of Iraqis in Michigan

A federal judge granted a 14-day stay of removal Thursday, blocking the deportation  of more than 100 Iraqis living in Michigan, CNN reported. >> Read more trending news The temporary stay allows any of the men and women detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to appear before an immigration judge and make their case for remaining in the United States. ICE has arrested...
THE FINAL FIVE: San Marcos city manager finalists are named

THE FINAL FIVE: San Marcos city manager finalists are named

The national search for San Marcos’ next city manager has produced five finalists — four of them relatively close to home. Strategic Government Resources, a firm hired to help the city with a nationwide search, received 55 applications from candidates in 21 states to succeed Jared Miller, who stepped down in January to become city manager of Amarillo. Four of the finalists for the...
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