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FORECAST: Thunderstorms could bring hail Sunday morning

The Austin area could see some thunderstorms on Sunday, with rainfall likely according to the National Weather Service. Isolated thunderstorms could produce large hail over Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Lee, Hays and surrounding counties, with the chance of storms dwindling in the afternoon and evening hours, according to the weather service. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent until 11 a.m....


UT police investigating domestic assault on campus Friday night

UT police investigating domestic assault on campus Friday night

University of Texas police are investigating an aggravated assault that occurred Friday night in an on-campus dorm, officials said in a safety alert. According to police, a UT student reported being assaulted Friday night by her boyfriend, who is also a UT student. The incident occurred in the Jester residence hall, authorities said. Police said they responded and arrested the man. Anyone with information...
Police searching for man that robbed Northeast Austin bank Saturday

Police searching for man that robbed Northeast Austin bank Saturday

12 p.m. update: Austin police are searching for a man who robbed a Compass Bank in Northeast Austin on Saturday, the second time that bank has been robbed this month, officials said. The bank robbery was reported at 9:09 a.m. Saturday at the BBVA Compass Bank in the 5700 block of Cameron Road, police said. Authorities said a man wearing a mask pulled a gun and demanded cash, leaving the scene with...
OVERNIGHT: Four injured, some critically, in crash in Northeast Austin

OVERNIGHT: Four injured, some critically, in crash in Northeast Austin

Four people were injured late Friday night in a crash in Northeast Austin, according to Austin-Travis County EMS. The crash occurred shortly before 11 p.m. in the 6200 block of Decker Lane, EMS said. Four ambulances responded and took a total of four people to the hospital, including a woman believed to be in her 20s who had critical, life-threatening injuries and a man with critical, life-threatening...
Comal River in New Braunfels remains closed Saturday for recreation

Comal River in New Braunfels remains closed Saturday for recreation

The Comal River will remain closed for recreational use on Saturday as crews clean up debris from the heavy storms on Friday, New Braunfels Police said. The waterway was closed on Friday after rain pummeled Central Texas. Now, officials say they waiting for water quality to return to normal before reopening the river for recreational use. Police say they will re-evaluate and make a decision on Sunday...
FORECAST: Storms possible Saturday in Austin, temps to reach a warm 76

FORECAST: Storms possible Saturday in Austin, temps to reach a warm 76

Isolated thunderstorms could make for a wet start to the weekend in the Austin area, however warm temperatures will prevail Saturday, when highs expected to reach 76 degrees, the National Weather Service says. The weather service has issued a special weather statement Saturday for several south Central Texas counties as scattered showers and thunderstorms move northeast across the region. Meteorologists...

Community news: Daylong ‘Explore UT’ event takes place Saturday

TRAVIS COUNTY UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS Explore UT event Saturday The University of Texas will host its annual Explore UT event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday with more than 400 free events for all ages, prospective students and area teachers. Events include tours, lectures, hands-on demonstrations, experiments, discussions, festivals, 3-D printing, games and activities. The event seeks to help parents...
UPDATE: Northbound I-35 down to one lane due to Jarrell tractor trailer fire

UPDATE: Northbound I-35 down to one lane due to Jarrell tractor trailer fire

10:20 p.m. update: Officials have opened one inside lane of northbound Interstate 35 after a vehicle fire in Jarrell. Earlier: The northbound lanes of Interstate 35 are shut down in Jarrell due to a tractor trailer fire, the Williamson County sheriff’s office said. Traffic is being diverted to the frontage road.
Police ID teen accused of threats to Akins High School

Police ID teen accused of threats to Akins High School

A 17-year-old accused of making threats to shoot up and bomb Akins High School was released Friday from the Travis County Jail, posting bail on charges that carry the possibility of 10 years in prison, according to court records. After a campus lockdown and police search, Ariel Alex Ramirez Navarro was taken into custody about 10:25 a.m. Thursday at the Southpark Meadows shopping center in South Austin...
About 1,500 Austin students protest, demand stricter gun control laws

About 1,500 Austin students protest, demand stricter gun control laws

At least 1,500 Austin students walked out of classes Friday to demand stricter gun laws in the second day of local demonstrations this week after the mass shooting at a school in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 people. Students in at least five middle schools and two high schools in Austin, with the largest gatherings at Bailey Middle School and Anderson High School, participated Friday in the...
Austin council members request visit with woman in letter to ICE

Austin council members request visit with woman in letter to ICE

Three Austin City Council members sent a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials on Friday asking permission to visit a woman being held in an immigrant detention center who has said she was sexually assaulted by a guard. The letter was sent three days after Austin Council Member Greg Casar showed up at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor to visit 23-year-old Laura Monterrosa...

Teen pleads guilty to fatal drive-by shooting in Kyle

KYLE Teen pleads guilty to fatal drive-by shooting A Kyle teenager has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder in a 2016 drive-by shooting. Jamez Gabriel Sanchez, 17, was arrested for the murder of 18-year-old Natanaell Bardales in 2016. Kyle police say Bardales was shot in the head by a gunman that opened fire from a passing car on April 2, 2016, in the 300 block of Discovery...
Hutto EDC member resigned, saying city manager behaved inappropriately

Hutto EDC member resigned, saying city manager behaved inappropriately

A Hutto Economic Development Corporation board member submitted a resignation letter this month that said the city manager had acted inappropriately in rebuking the group’s executive director, who disagreed with him during a meeting. “I believe that people need to be treated with respect and fairness. The happenings at the last EDC meeting, Monday Feb. 5 shows that may not be happening...
Lawsuit: Taylor facility forces detainees to work for little or no pay

Lawsuit: Taylor facility forces detainees to work for little or no pay

A class-action lawsuit filed in federal court Thursday argues that a company that manages immigrant detention centers — including the T. Don Hutto Center in Taylor — is violating the federal Trafficking Victims and Protection Act by forcing labor on those in the center. Martha Gonzalez — a Harris County resident who was formerly detained at one center in Laredo, one in Taylor and...
Six months after Hurricane Harvey, is Port Aransas ready for visitors?

Six months after Hurricane Harvey, is Port Aransas ready for visitors?

Wide-eyed children can hardly believe their luck as they enter Winton’s Island Candy, some smudging the glass as they peer into fudge-filled cases while others eagerly pile gummi worms and saltwater taffy into paper bags. But on the door at Winton’s, which has been a Port Aransas staple since 1995, a thigh-high waterline offers a somber reminder of the hurricane-induced flooding the shop...
Austin Answered: Who has the 737 area code, and can you still get 512?

Austin Answered: Who has the 737 area code, and can you still get 512?

There are two kinds of Austinites: Those with 512 phone numbers … and those without. Since its introduction in 2013, the 737 area code in Central Texas has become a blatant social marker distinguishing recent transplants from longtime residents. Seeking to blend in with the locals, newcomers or people switching numbers may have asked for a 512 number from their carrier — only to be told...
Austin’s got a crush on the Winter Olympics, and here’s why

Austin’s got a crush on the Winter Olympics, and here’s why

With the curtain closing this weekend on the Pyeongchang Games, one of the most unexpected TV love affairs will pack up its skates and skis for the next four years: Austin and the Winter Olympics. Austin has been one of the top 10 U.S. television audiences for the Winter Games. The list of powerhouse TV markets for these Olympics have all the other usual suspects — winter sports cities such...
Police seeking identity of man hit by train in New Braunfels on Friday

Police seeking identity of man hit by train in New Braunfels on Friday

New Braunfels police are trying to identify a man who was critically injured after being hit by a train on Friday morning. First responders were called to the 500 block of North Hidalgo Avenue around 2:45 a.m. after receiving reports of a crash involving a train and a pedestrian. Authorities arrived and found a man in his 40s suffering from life-threatening injuries lying near the railroad tracks...
Early Austin minority neighborhood remembered

Early Austin minority neighborhood remembered

Tucked behind a burgeoning commercial district off of West Sixth Street near Lamar Boulevard sits a little-known part of Austin history. After the Civil War, a community of formerly enslaved African-Americans settled on the northern half of Wood Street near the west bank of Shoal Creek. Over the decades, the enclave experienced a cultural shift as a 1928 city master plan began pushing African-Americans...
JUST IN: Teen pleads guilty to Kyle drive-by shooting, sentenced to 25 years for murder  

JUST IN: Teen pleads guilty to Kyle drive-by shooting, sentenced to 25 years for murder  

A Kyle teenager has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder in a 2016 drive-by shooting. Jamez Gabriel Sanchez, 17, was arrested for the murder of 18-year-old Natanaell Bardales in 2016. Kyle police say Bardales was shot in the head by a gunman that opened fire from a passing car on April 2, 2016, in the 300 block of Discovery in Kyle. READ MORE: 16-year-old charged with...
Judge denies motion to toss out key evidence in Judge Kocurek shooting

Judge denies motion to toss out key evidence in Judge Kocurek shooting

Federal prosecutors will be able to use incriminating cell phone records in the spring trial of the primary suspect in the shooting of Travis County state District Judge Julie Kocurek. A defense motion to suppress the records, which authorities say place defendant Chimene Onyeri and two associates in Austin around the time of the November 2015 attack, was denied Friday by U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel...
Affidavit: Man arrested after police chase near Jarrell identified

Affidavit: Man arrested after police chase near Jarrell identified

Saturday update: A man who police say stole a vehicle and led authorities on a chase from Pflugerville to Jarrell on Friday has been identified as 27-year-old Brandon Seffens, according to an arrest affidavit. Seffens is one of two people who were arrested by police after the chase. Authorities had been monitoring a vehicle for possible narcotics activity at an apartment complex in the 1000 block...
EXCLUSIVE: Citing fatal flaws, Texas rewrites plan to save rare lizard

EXCLUSIVE: Citing fatal flaws, Texas rewrites plan to save rare lizard

In 2012, fearing that the federal government’s move to protect a small reptile could cripple the oil and gas business, Texas unveiled its own plan to look after the dunes sagebrush lizard and its habitat in the middle of the petroleum-rich Permian Basin. Unlike other states, in Texas species protection falls to the head financial officer. The Texas Conservation Plan, shepherded by then-Comptroller...
Historical marker honors story of formerly enslaved Austin residents

Historical marker honors story of formerly enslaved Austin residents

The Texas Historical Commission on Friday designated a historical marker for the Wood Street Settlement in downtown Austin. The designation, part of the commission’s Undertold Markers Program, aims to address historical gaps and document underrepresented people and untold stories. The Wood Street Settlement, near the west bank of Shoal Creek, was once home to a distinct enclave of African Americans...

Community news: Austin, Georgetown names Mayors Challenge finalists

CENTRAL TEXAS Austin, Georgetown named finalists Austin and Georgetown are two of 35 cities selected as finalists in the 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge, a competition that encourages city leaders to develop innovative ideas that confront challenges facing their cities. The cities now advance to the six-month Test, Learn and Adapt phase of the competition sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Cities will...
Teen made threats to Akins High with smoke bombs, ammo, police say

Teen made threats to Akins High with smoke bombs, ammo, police say

Austin police have identified the 17-year-old accused of threatening to “shoot and blow up” Akins High School on Thursday as Ariel Alex Ramirez Navarro. Navarro was booked into the Travis County Jail and charged with making a terroristic threat, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. After his arrest on Thursday, police seized ammunition...
Giving City: Need cited for providing foster parent info in Spanish

Giving City: Need cited for providing foster parent info in Spanish

For Spanish-speakers in the Austin area seeking to foster or adopt a child in the care of the state, there are very limited opportunities to do so. That’s because the required information and training sessions here are not offered in Spanish. In fact, Austin is the only region in Texas that does not offer the required information in Spanish, according to Patrick Crimmins, a spokesman from the...
SCHOOL WALKOUTS: Anderson High School students join demonstrations demanding gun control

SCHOOL WALKOUTS: Anderson High School students join demonstrations demanding gun control

1:20 p.m. update: Students at Anderson High School in northwest Austin walked out of their classrooms on Friday afternoon, joining several demonstrations throughout Austin to demand stricter gun laws. About 400 students huddled near the front of the high school carrying signs, observing 17 minutes of silence to honor the 17 students who were killed in a shooting in Florida last week...
LATEST: SWAT standoff in Southeast Austin ends without arrest

LATEST: SWAT standoff in Southeast Austin ends without arrest

12:30 p.m. update: Austin police say a SWAT standoff in Southeast Austin has ended, but no one has been taken into custody. SWAT officers had been stationed outside a home in the 6900 block of Villita Avenida in the Montopolis neighborhood after a woman called police to report a domestic disturbance with a man that was possibly armed, police said. When officers arrived, the woman was...
Heavy rain prompts New Braunfels to close Comal River for recreation

Heavy rain prompts New Braunfels to close Comal River for recreation

New Braunfels officials have banned recreational use on the Comal River there after heavy rains pummeled Central Texas early Friday. “This closure will remain in effect until further notice,” the city of New Braunfels said in a statement. Authorities cited high water flow rates and said water was flowing over the Tube Chute Dam. “Conditions on the Comal River will be reevaluated...
FORECAST UPDATE: Dense fog lingering in Austin; Saturday temps could hit 75

FORECAST UPDATE: Dense fog lingering in Austin; Saturday temps could hit 75

12:45 p.m. update: Dense fog continued to wrap itself around the Austin area on Friday afternoon, well after a National Weather advisory that warned Central Texas about low visibility had expired. Noon temperatures at Camp Mabry in Austin hit 53 degrees and were expected to rise to 65 before nightfall. Amid the dense fog, humidity levels were at 100 percent. The nighttime forecast includes a 40 percent...
Lawsuit accuses Taylor facility of forcing immigrant detainees to work for little or no pay

Lawsuit accuses Taylor facility of forcing immigrant detainees to work for little or no pay

A class action lawsuit filed in federal court Thursday argues that a company that manages immigrant detention centers — including the T. Don Hutto Center in Taylor — is violating the federal Trafficking Victims and Protection Act by forcing labor on those in the center. Martha Gonzalez — a Harris County resident who was formerly detained at one center in Laredo, one in Taylor and...
Teen charged with making threats, prompts Akins High lockdown

Teen charged with making threats, prompts Akins High lockdown

A 17-year-old former student was arrested after he “threatened to shoot and blow up” Akins High School on Thursday, the Austin school district police chief said. The teen, who up until two weeks ago had been a student, made threats in person at the school and on a school bus, interim Chief Chris Evoy said. Police seized a magazine and ammunition from him, but no gun, the chief said. The...

Man accused of pulling gun on off-duty cop in road rage incident

SOUTH AUSTIN Man accused of pulling gun on off-duty cop Authorities have accused a driver of pulling a gun on an off-duty police officer in an apparent road rage incident in South Austin, court documents say. Michael Christopher Tello, 21, was booked into the Travis County Jail on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony punishable up to 20 years in prison. According...
4 Democrats vie for Congress in Williamson, Bell counties

4 Democrats vie for Congress in Williamson, Bell counties

Texas’ 31st Congressional District, which encompasses most of Williamson and Bell counties, hasn’t been friendly territory for Democrats since it was created after the 2000 census. U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, was first elected in 2002 and has won re-election seven times by at least 19 percentage points. President Donald Trump won the district by 13 points, more than the statewide...
Police: Man hit woman with pickup after she refused his advances

Police: Man hit woman with pickup after she refused his advances

A man is accused of hitting a woman with his pickup in Leander after she refused his advances toward her, according to an arrest affidavit. Carlos Amozurrutia, 27, of Round Rock was charged with accident involving personal injury, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The victim said Amozurrutia was giving her a ride home Sunday when he began making unwanted advances toward...
Austin launches Anti-Displacement Task Force to combat gentrification

Austin launches Anti-Displacement Task Force to combat gentrification

The city of Austin is kicking off its latest task force to tackle gentrification with a public forum Saturday, which proponents hope will offer more substantial action to combat the displacement of minorities than previous efforts. The latest effort is the city’s new Anti-Displacement Task Force, a 17-member group of appointees who will have until October to deliver action items to the City...
Smithville woman gets 20 years for violating probation in child’s death

Smithville woman gets 20 years for violating probation in child’s death

A Smithville woman with three DWI arrests was sentenced to 20 years in prison for violating the conditions of her probation in connection with her young daughter’s traffic death. A September 2015 crash report shows Jennifer Lynn Zapalac’s blood alcohol level was 0.211 — more than twice the legal limit for driving — when her 7-year-old daughter, Victoria, was killed along a...
Denton man won’t register as sex offender after attack on Austin trip

Denton man won’t register as sex offender after attack on Austin trip

A Denton man accused of trying to sexually assault his adult niece at an Austin vacation home pleaded guilty in Travis County district court on Thursday. Charles Wayne Beverly, Jr., 46, accepted a third-degree felony unlawful restraint conviction in exchange for a deal that will likely send him to jail for 30 days when he is sentenced on April 5. But the victim, Beverly’s 26-year-old niece,...
Herman: Should doctors play with guns?

Herman: Should doctors play with guns?

It remains a Rorschach test for our times. As I’ve noted after previous incarnations of this ongoing discussion, different people see different things when they see a gun. Some see only a potential murder weapon. Some see good, clean recreational fun. Few have no reaction when they see or talk about guns. So perhaps it was foreseeable that the Travis County Medical Society event that had been...
‘What happened to Austin?’ This one-handed barber has a story to tell

‘What happened to Austin?’ This one-handed barber has a story to tell

On the door of Austin’s Most Wanted, a no-frills barbershop in an industrial strip off Burleson Road in Southeast Austin, a muscular character with an impeccable fade smirks through prison bars he bends like rubber bands. Inside, Lawrence “Lench” Martinez efficiently wields his clippers to help his clients achieve similar swag. Working with his left hand, the only hand he has, he...

Arrests target 145 immigrants in Texas with criminal history, ICE says

Immigration authorities on Thursday announced the arrest of 45 people in Austin as part of a wider federal operation earlier this month that targeted undocumented immigrants with criminal histories throughout South and Central Texas. According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, agents arrested a total of 145 people in Austin, San Antonio, the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo and Waco in the seven...
Drinking this type of tea could ruin your teeth, study says

Drinking this type of tea could ruin your teeth, study says

Do you love sipping tea? Beware of the fruity flavors, because they could be bad for your teeth, according to a new report.  Researchers from King's College London Dental Institute recently conducted a study, published in British Dental Journal, to determine how certain foods and drinks can affect tooth wear.  To do so, researchers examined a previous study that compared...
WATCH: 'Frozen' Broadway musical debuts new song for Elsa

WATCH: 'Frozen' Broadway musical debuts new song for Elsa

Just when you got “Let It Go” out of your head, there’s a new “Frozen” song to check out. Mashable reported that “Monster,” the first original song from the “Frozen” Broadway musical, was released on Friday, along with a music video featuring Caissie Levy, who’ll play Elsa on stage, belting out the tune. The Broadway production...
Lisa Marie Presley sues ex-manager contending he lost her $100 million fortune

Lisa Marie Presley sues ex-manager contending he lost her $100 million fortune

Lisa Marie Presley is suing her former manager, Barry Siegel, for “reckless and negligent mismanagement” of her inherited estate, but her estranged husband was quick to call her so-called mountain of debt a lie. >> Read more trending news  Presley inherited $100 million from her rock ‘n’ roll father Elvis Presley back in 1993. Today, she said she only has $14...
Perilous times for historically black colleges

Perilous times for historically black colleges

Two years ago, Amelia Smith received the one thing she thought she always wanted – a blue envelope from Spelman College. She had been accepted to what many consider the finest black college in America. Her grandmother went to Spelman. So did her mother. And her aunt. And her sister, who’s a senior there now. So Smith wasn’t surprised when she was accepted, too.  She is just...
Red Cross says 21 staffers paid for sexual service in past 3 years

Red Cross says 21 staffers paid for sexual service in past 3 years

A member of the International Committee of the Red Cross said that in the past three years, 21 staff members have resigned or were fired for “paying for sexual services,” CNN reported. Two other staff members suspected of sexual misconduct also did not have their contracts renewed, according to Yves Daccord, director general of the ICRC. "This behavior is a betrayal of the people...
What covering the 2017 NRA convention was like

What covering the 2017 NRA convention was like

Last year’s National Rifle Association convention brought 80,000 people to downtown Atlanta, and on opening day I interviewed some of the nicest people I’d ever met. Given the heated protests that preceded the April 2017 event at the Georgia World Congress Center and the “fake news media” narrative some have embraced, I thought covering it might be awkward. Nope. Everyone I...
Deputy who failed to engage Parkland shooter had solid work history

Deputy who failed to engage Parkland shooter had solid work history

For years, Scot Peterson loved working as a school resource deputy with the Broward Sheriff’s Office in South Florida. He was dependable. He intervened in conflicts as a mediator. He was awarded school resource deputy of the year about four years ago and was recognized at a Parkland City Commission meeting. He volunteered to help with a lockdown drill at a Catholic school four years ago...
Senior at Parkland high school recalls moments when gunman opened fire

Senior at Parkland high school recalls moments when gunman opened fire

A high school senior spoke about her terrifying experience in the building at a high school in South Florida where a gunman opened fire last week, killing 17 people, WFOR reported.  Samantha Fuentes said she bruised her eye and cut her forehead during the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. She also suffered gunshot wounds to both legs, WFOR reported. &ldquo...
3 rental car companies cancel discounts for NRA members

3 rental car companies cancel discounts for NRA members

Three car rental companies have discontinued discounts and deals for National Rifle Association members, The Dallas Morning News reported. The moves by Alamo Rent A Car, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental, all owned by Enterprise Holdings, were done in the wake of the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead. The car rental companies will end their discounts...
McDonald's manager in Cleveland accused of firing shots at customers

McDonald's manager in Cleveland accused of firing shots at customers

A McDonald’s manager in Cleveland allegedly fired shots at three women in a car at the restaurant’s drive-thru, police said. Cleveland police said they have issued an arrest warrant for the man after the alleged incident Wednesday morning, WJW reported. According to a police report, the women were buying a smoothie at the drive-thru window. When one of the women opened her water...
Could blood and urine test be used to diagnose autism?

Could blood and urine test be used to diagnose autism?

A newly developed blood and urine test could potentially detect autism in young children. That’s according to new research from scientists in the United Kingdom and Italy who conducted tests searching for damage to proteins previously known to be higher in children with autism spectrum disorders. The study, published this week in the academic journal Molecular Autism, tested 38 children...
Indiana man's casket discovered missing from gravesite after wife's death

Indiana man's casket discovered missing from gravesite after wife's death

An Indiana woman is angry after learning her father’s casket is missing from his gravesite, WISH reported. Mary Helen Samson Bovenschen died Feb. 18 at the age of 88. She was to buried next to her husband, Charles Bovenschen, who died Nov. 4, 2006 at age 80. But the couple’s daughter, Sandi Vasel, was stunned when speaking to a funeral home employee after her mother&rsquo...
Proposed bill in California would provide a choice in driver's license photos

Proposed bill in California would provide a choice in driver's license photos

Have you ever met anyone who liked their driver’s license photo?  Of course not.  Photos on driver’s licenses always seem to show a person at his or her worst, but a bill proposed in the California state legislature would give drivers a choice, KABC reported. The bill would allow drivers to have multiple photos taken, and would allow them to choose a favorite for the...
Teen admits to killing Tennessee couple, setting apartment on fire

Teen admits to killing Tennessee couple, setting apartment on fire

A Tennessee man was arrested in connection with the deaths of a Memphis couple who was found dead in an apartment that caught fire Thursday afternoon. Aareon Berryman, 18, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, especially aggravated robbery, aggravated arson, possession of marijuana with the intent to manufacture or sell, and possession of ecstasy with the intent to manufacture or sell...
Convicted murderer mistakenly released from jail 

Convicted murderer mistakenly released from jail 

The Georgia jail that mistakenly released a convicted murderer said no one will be disciplined for what happened. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office realized a mistake was made after the murder victim's family saw the murderer on the streets. "Sounds like somebody didn't relay the right information or didn't look," one DeKalb County resident said. Jail officials said they didn't...

Flu shots less effective than normal, CDC report says

It turns out the rumors were true: This year’s flu shot is indeed less effective than usual. An unusually resilient strain of influenza called H3N2 has been the predominant assailant this season, and the vaccine rolled out last year was ill-suited to protect against it. While previous analyses from Canada and Australia on its H3N2 effectiveness lent some non-significant support to suspicions...
Insurance plans push healthier choices at grocery store

Insurance plans push healthier choices at grocery store

MINNEAPOLIS — Sandy Brezinski savored the savings last week when her preferred brand of organic tortilla chips went on sale. Not only did her grocery store discount the item to $2.99, a program offered through her employer’s health insurance knocked another $2 off the price. “You get that for 99 cents,” Brezinski said. “How good is that?” More health plans are dabbling...
FDA approves first blood test that can help diagnose a concussion

FDA approves first blood test that can help diagnose a concussion

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a first-ever blood test to detect the telltale signs of serious brain injury, bringing to fruition a long quest to make the diagnosis of concussions simpler and more precise. After deliberations that took less than six months, the FDA approved the marketing of the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator to aid the evaluation of concussions in adults. The speedy...
Britney Spear’s ex K-Fed wants child support increase amid star’s Vegas success

Britney Spear’s ex K-Fed wants child support increase amid star’s Vegas success

After seeing how successful her four-year Las Vegas residency has been, Britney Spears’ ex-husband Kevin Federline is asking for an increase in child support. >> Read more trending news  Federline’s attorney reportedly sent the pop singer a letter recently indicating that he would like to renegotiate the $20,000 monthly payment he currently receives from...
Actress Nanette Fabray, Tony, Emmy-winning star of stage and screen, dead at 97

Actress Nanette Fabray, Tony, Emmy-winning star of stage and screen, dead at 97

Award-winning actress and comedian Nanette Fabray has died at the age of 97, Variety reported Friday. Fabray was known for her charm, energetic exuberance and multi-talented performances in musical theatre in the 1940’s, as well as movies and TV in the 1950’s. >> Read more trending news  She won a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway musical “Love Life&rdquo...
Black History Month at UT: Remembering three Longhorns sports pioneers

Black History Month at UT: Remembering three Longhorns sports pioneers

On Jan. 4, 2006, on a fourth-and-5 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Vince Young ran into the end zone and Longhorns lore. Young’s touchdown that won the national championship is perhaps the most famous play in the history of UT sports. It also was just one of many athletic achievements attributed to a black athlete at Texas. The jerseys of Kevin Durant and T.J. Ford have ascended to the...
Jennifer Lopez celebrates twins Max and Emme’s 10th birthday

Jennifer Lopez celebrates twins Max and Emme’s 10th birthday

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony’s twins are growing up so fast! Max and Emme celebrated their 10th birthday on Feb. 22, and Lopez was right there to celebrate with her kids, sharing multiple posts on Instagram.  >> Read more trending news  Sharing a video of her kids’ -- whom she affectionately calls her coconuts -- cutest moments throughout the years, Lopez wrote, &ldquo...
5 simple things you can do for the environment and your health

5 simple things you can do for the environment and your health

With climate change predictions coming from scientists on a regular basis, many people are increasingly concerned about their personal impact on the environment. At the same time, who isn't concerned about their health and well-being? While it's a no-brainer that severe pollution and ominous natural disasters can be detrimental to humanity, there are small things we do daily that negatively impact...
Stuck between a Columbus and an Austin, has Precourt dropped the ball?

Stuck between a Columbus and an Austin, has Precourt dropped the ball?

The Major League Soccer franchise that at times seems to have one foot in Columbus, Ohio and the other in Austin may be kicking away a prime opportunity with both feet. Anthony Precourt needs to get his stuff together. Now. And so should the city of Austin. The owner of the Columbus Crew has dilly-dallied around for months, courting Austin as a potential new site for his MLS team but almost simultaneously...
Police: No threat today at Fenwick High School

Police: No threat today at Fenwick High School

UPDATE @1:15 P.M.: There was no threat at Fenwick High School this morning, Middletown police have determined. A former student entered the Ohio 122 school building to visit former teachers and was walking through the school at some point by himself, said Middletown Maj. David Birk. “Some people who were unfamiliar with the former student became suspicious, but there was not threat at all,&rdquo...
Kentucky teacher arrested after allegedly snorting crushed pill in class

Kentucky teacher arrested after allegedly snorting crushed pill in class

A Kentucky teacher was arrested Thursday on suspicion of snorting drugs in class, WLEX reported. Students at Menifee County Elementary/Middle School in Frenchburg told officials they saw Cherish Rednour, 41, crush a pill with a credit card and make a line with the powder. They alleged that after snorting the pill, Rednour slumped over her desk and was having trouble staying awake. Rednour was...
A decade later, Russian couple discover their dead infant son is actually alive

A decade later, Russian couple discover their dead infant son is actually alive

For nearly a decade, a Russian couple believed their infant son was dead. Instead, they discovered the child is alive; an “administrative mix-up” led to miscommunication. In 2011, the couple, who live in Volgograd, were told by their doctor that their newborn boy would die within the week, The Independent reported. Believing that their time with him was coming to a close, the...
Veteran claims homeless woman she invited into home stole her car

Veteran claims homeless woman she invited into home stole her car

A military veteran thought she was being a good Samaritan when she invited a homeless woman into her California home to avoid cold weather. Instead, she is lamenting the loss of her car, which she alleges the homeless woman took, KRON reported. Sharon Larson, 69, said she saw a homeless woman outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Fairfield on Monday night and wanted to help. “There&rsquo...
Pennsylvania school district officials cancel classes over potential threat

Pennsylvania school district officials cancel classes over potential threat

Officials in a school district in Pennsylvania decided to cancel classes for Friday after an alleged threat was found at a high school. The Greater Latrobe School District announced that a note was found in a bathroom at Greater Latrobe Senior High School, school officials said. The note was scribbled on a bathroom wall and mentioned Friday's date.  School leaders do not think it's credible,...
Texas superintendent threatens suspension for students who protest gun laws

Texas superintendent threatens suspension for students who protest gun laws

A superintendent in a Texas school district near Houston threatened a three-day suspension for any student who walks out to protest current gun laws, the Houston Chronicle reported. Needville Independent School District Superintendent Curtis Rhodes sent letters to parents and posted on social media that an out-of-school suspension would be enforced. Students nationwide have been protesting in...
Rev. Billy Graham chose John 14:6 to be placed on his grave marker

Rev. Billy Graham chose John 14:6 to be placed on his grave marker

Before his death, Rev. Billy Graham chose one of his favorite Scripture verses from the Bible to be placed on his grave marker. Graham selected John 14:6 and the following inscription to be on his marker: BILLY GRAHAM NOVEMBER 7, 1918 – FEBRUARY 21, 2018 PREACHER OF THE GOSPEL OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST JOHN 14:16 John 14:6 reads, “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way, the truth, and...
Teen’s warning thwarts possible school shooting in Vermont

Teen’s warning thwarts possible school shooting in Vermont

A high school junior in New York may have prevented an 18-year-old man from carrying out a shooting last week at a Vermont high school, the Poughkeepsie Journal reported. Angela McDevitt, 17, who attends Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, New York, said she was trading Facebook messages with Jack Sawyer of Poultney, Vermont, when he said that he planned “on shooting up&rdquo...
Police: Student was punched, spat on before dorm stabbing

Police: Student was punched, spat on before dorm stabbing

A Georgia State University student walked up to another student, spat on him and punched him before the suspect stabbed him multiple times in a university dorm, the school’s police chief said Thursday. University and Atlanta police responded to a call about the fight Tuesday, GSU police chief Joe Spillane said. Nakia Roach was found in the the laundry room of a dorm with multiple stab wounds...
Some Ohio school districts arm staff, but don't tell public 

Some Ohio school districts arm staff, but don't tell public 

Several school districts in Ohio have armed staff and teachers in an effort to prevent school shootings, but some of those districts have not told parents, students and taxpayers about the firearms in their buildings. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump said that if one of the victims, a football coach, in last week’s Florida school shooting had been armed “he would have shot...
NC woman wins $1 million scratch-off jackpot

NC woman wins $1 million scratch-off jackpot

Winner, winner, before that chicken dinner. A North Carolina woman is $1 million richer after buying a scratch-off ticket while purchasing her meal, WRAL reported. Sayanna Bragg bought a dozen chicken wings and a soft drink at a Durham convenience store and decided to purchase a Million Dollar Fever scratch-off ticket.  When she got to her car, Bragg began to scratch the ticket. “When...
Georgia dad, daughter sing their way to more Girl Scout cookie sales

Georgia dad, daughter sing their way to more Girl Scout cookie sales

Who knew Childish Gambino’s “Redbone” would make good Girl Scout cookie-selling music? A father and daughter team from Georgia created a viral video in which they ride in the car while subbing out the song’s original lyrics to push Girl Scout cookies. The song is performed by Grammy-winning Georgia artist Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover. Seymore Harrison Jr. and his...
67-year-old Jane Seymour poses for ‘Playboy,’ ‘I feel much sexier now’

67-year-old Jane Seymour poses for ‘Playboy,’ ‘I feel much sexier now’

Elegant actress Jane Seymour is about to grace the pages of “Playboy” magazine at 67-years-old. >> Read more trending news  The former Bond girl took to social media Wednesday to share a modest photograph from her upcoming spread in the iconic men’s magazine. “I’m thrilled to finally share this with you! I was recently photographed and interviewed in my home...
One Texas city is getting a taco fest. But it’s not Austin

One Texas city is getting a taco fest. But it’s not Austin

Taco fest? Yayyyy. Not in Austin? Boooo. Austin’s Central Texas neighbor and taco war adversary, San Antonio has announced Taco Fest: Music y Más, a new food and music festival to be held in April, the San Antonio Express-News reports.  The festival is set to feature the tortilla-wrapped creations of more than 30 taco vendors and 20 live music acts. According to the...
5 Austin spots to get both chili and a margarita

5 Austin spots to get both chili and a margarita

Sometimes things just work out.  Today is both National Margarita Day and National Chili Day. That’s Texas’ official state dish and unofficial, but mostly official, state drink. Sounds like a meal if I’ve ever had one.  Because we live where we do, you don’t have to choose which favorite you’ll honor by celebrating today. You can do both! Here are five spots...
Here are tips on keeping a snake-free yard

Here are tips on keeping a snake-free yard

Forget about "Snakes on a Plane," we're more concerned with snakes in the yard. Even though snakes are nowhere near as prevalent as our irrational fears would have us think (assuming you don't live smack dab in the middle of rattlesnake territory), if you're a homeowner with a bit of landscape or yard under your direction, you may encounter snakes on occasion. That should be no biggie...
Police ID 23-year-old pedestrian killed in South Austin last weekend

Police ID 23-year-old pedestrian killed in South Austin last weekend

Austin police have identified a pedestrian who was fatally struck by a vehicle in South Austin last weekend as 23-year-old Devon Reed Gerald. According to a preliminary police investigation, a Toyota Highlander was traveling east on West Slaughter Lane around 8:40 p.m. Saturday, when it approached the intersection of Southpark Meadows Drive and West Slaughter Lane with a green traffic light. ...
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