Ryan Autullo

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Texas House of Representatives, District 46
 Texas lawmakers meet at least once every two years to approve the state budget and vote on a range of state policies. House District 46 includes parts of East Austin, Pflugerville and Manor. The job pays $600 per month, or $7,200 per year, plus a per diem of $190 for each day the Legislature is in session, including special sessions. CANDIDATES...

Posted: 2 days ago

Texas lawmakers meet at least once every two years to approve the state budget and vote on a range of state policies. House District 46 includes parts of East Austin, Pflugerville and Manor. The job pays $600 per month, or $7,200 per year, plus a per diem of $190 for each day the Legislature is in session, including special sessions. CANDIDATES...
Dawnna Dukes says desk fell on her the night of Democratic forum

Posted: 3 days ago

In a Facebook post Tuesday night, state Rep. Dawnna Dukes said an adjustable standing desk fell on her the night she was supposed to be at a forum for Travis County Democratic candidates. “PAIN is indeed a 4 letter word; & full body sprains do hurt more than breaks,” Dukes, D-Austin, said in the post. “A varidesk hurts real...
Man key to ruling in Judge Kocurek shooting case doesn’t show in court
 A witness in the attempted murder of Travis County state District Judge Julie Kocurek failed to show up to testify in an Austin federal courtroom for the second time Wednesday about a traffic stop connected to the arrest of defendant Chimene Onyeri. With the hearing set to start, the defense informed the court they had lost contact with Onyeri...

Posted: 3 days ago

A witness in the attempted murder of Travis County state District Judge Julie Kocurek failed to show up to testify in an Austin federal courtroom for the second time Wednesday about a traffic stop connected to the arrest of defendant Chimene Onyeri. With the hearing set to start, the defense informed the court they had lost contact with Onyeri...
Houston man fails to show up to testify in Judge Kocurek shooting
 An associate of Chimene Onyeri failed to show up to federal court in Austin on Wednesday to testify on a defense motion to suppress evidence. The defense informed the court that Reginald Matthews had stopped returning phone calls and could not be found. His absence may have been related to his employment as an oil field worker, they said...

Posted: 3 days ago

An associate of Chimene Onyeri failed to show up to federal court in Austin on Wednesday to testify on a defense motion to suppress evidence. The defense informed the court that Reginald Matthews had stopped returning phone calls and could not be found. His absence may have been related to his employment as an oil field worker, they said...
Dawnna Dukes says standing desk fell on her the night of Democratic forum
 Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, sent praise to medical staff at the Austin Regional Clinic in Round Rock for caring for her after an adjustable standing desk fell on her the night she was supposed to be at a forum for Travis County Democratic candidates. “PAIN is indeed a 4 letter word; & full body sprains do hurt more than breaks,&rdquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, sent praise to medical staff at the Austin Regional Clinic in Round Rock for caring for her after an adjustable standing desk fell on her the night she was supposed to be at a forum for Travis County Democratic candidates. “PAIN is indeed a 4 letter word; & full body sprains do hurt more than breaks,&rdquo...
Lawyers waiting for DNA test results in Haruka Weiser murder case
 10:15 a.m. update: Meechaiel Criner appeared in court at his status hearing, but there was little in the way of significant developments in the murder case against him. Criner is accused of killing University of Texas student Haruka Weiser in April 2016. His trial is set for July 9. Lawyers are awaiting the results of DNA testing before proceeding...

Posted: 6 days ago

10:15 a.m. update: Meechaiel Criner appeared in court at his status hearing, but there was little in the way of significant developments in the murder case against him. Criner is accused of killing University of Texas student Haruka Weiser in April 2016. His trial is set for July 9. Lawyers are awaiting the results of DNA testing before proceeding...
Rep. Dawnna Dukes’ challengers nab Democratic support in HD 46 primary
 With less than a month to go before the March 6 Democratic primary, 12-term incumbent state Rep. Dawnna Dukes has a campaign that’s deep in debt and short on buzz while her challengers gain ground among Democratic groups in the House District 46 race. Sheryl Cole, a former Austin City Council member, has gotten endorsements from notable...

Posted: 8 days ago

With less than a month to go before the March 6 Democratic primary, 12-term incumbent state Rep. Dawnna Dukes has a campaign that’s deep in debt and short on buzz while her challengers gain ground among Democratic groups in the House District 46 race. Sheryl Cole, a former Austin City Council member, has gotten endorsements from notable...
Judge Kocurek’s accused shooter gets second chance to dispute evidence
 The defense in the attempted murder case of Travis County state District Judge Julie Kocurek will get a second chance to suppress key evidence after locating a previously-unavailable witness. Attorneys for Chimene Onyeri argued last week in federal court that a cell phone that shows Onyeri was in Austin around the time of Kocurek’s...

Posted: 8 days ago

The defense in the attempted murder case of Travis County state District Judge Julie Kocurek will get a second chance to suppress key evidence after locating a previously-unavailable witness. Attorneys for Chimene Onyeri argued last week in federal court that a cell phone that shows Onyeri was in Austin around the time of Kocurek’s...
Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt endorses Sheryl Cole in HD 46 race
 Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt is siding against longtime state Rep. Dawnna Dukes in the Democratic primary, announcing Tuesday an endorsement for Dukes’ challenger Sheryl Cole. Eckhardt, who presides over the county’s Commissioner’s Court, released a statement through Cole’s campaign, saying residents of Dukes&rsquo...

Posted: 11 days ago

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt is siding against longtime state Rep. Dawnna Dukes in the Democratic primary, announcing Tuesday an endorsement for Dukes’ challenger Sheryl Cole. Eckhardt, who presides over the county’s Commissioner’s Court, released a statement through Cole’s campaign, saying residents of Dukes&rsquo...
Charges against Texans’ D’Onta Foreman to be dropped with plea deal
 Former University of Texas standout football player D’Onta Foreman has entered into an agreement with Travis County prosecutors to dismiss all charges related to a July 2017 arrest in which campus police found a gun and marijuana in his vehicle. Foreman on Jan. 22 pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct for making...

Posted: 11 days ago

Former University of Texas standout football player D’Onta Foreman has entered into an agreement with Travis County prosecutors to dismiss all charges related to a July 2017 arrest in which campus police found a gun and marijuana in his vehicle. Foreman on Jan. 22 pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct for making...
Charges against former Longhorn D’Onta Foreman to be dropped
 Former University of Texas standout football player D’Onta Foreman has entered into an agreement with Travis County prosecutors
               to dismiss all charges related to a July 2017 arrest in which campus police found a gun and marijuana in his vehicle. Foreman on Jan. 22 pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of disorderly...

Posted: 12 days ago

Former University of Texas standout football player D’Onta Foreman has entered into an agreement with Travis County prosecutors to dismiss all charges related to a July 2017 arrest in which campus police found a gun and marijuana in his vehicle. Foreman on Jan. 22 pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of disorderly...