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Two people dead after crash in Hays County

2:20 AM Tuesday, Jan. 03, 2017

Two people died Monday night in a fatal crash in Hays County, authorities said. The crash happened around 7:45 p.m. on State Highway 21, just south of Farm to Market Road 2001, according to the Department of Public Safety. Two people were confirmed dead. Two other people were involved in the crash: a two-year old child who was taken to Dell...
Three people displaced by fire in Northwest Austin duplex

10:12 PM Monday, Jan. 02, 2017

5:37 p.m. update: Three people have been displaced from their home after a fire at a duplex in Northwest Austin, authorities said. Firefighters responded to the fire at a duplex on the 8100 block of Tuscarora Trail at 4:44 p.m. Less than an hour later, firefighters had put out the fire but the duplex had received heavy damage to both sides...
Man arrested for firing shots into air to scare New Year revelers

10:02 PM Monday, Jan. 02, 2017

An Austin man was arrested early New Year’s Day for firing a gun in the air to scare off neighbors who were popping firecrackers in his neighborhood, according to police. Shawn Smith, 40, was arrested for discharging a firearm in certain municipalities. He was not in custody as of Monday afternoon. Police responded to a call of shots...
Manor teenager arrested after threatening father, shooting at police
 An 18-year-old Manor man was arrested early New Year’s Day after he threatened his father with a knife and fired on officers responding to a police call at his home, police said. Allen Gordon remained in custody at the Travis County Jail Monday afternoon on counts of aggravated assault against a public servant and aggravated assault...

9:14 PM Monday, Jan. 02, 2017

An 18-year-old Manor man was arrested early New Year’s Day after he threatened his father with a knife and fired on officers responding to a police call at his home, police said. Allen Gordon remained in custody at the Travis County Jail Monday afternoon on counts of aggravated assault against a public servant and aggravated assault...
Plenty of nonprofits looking for holiday help
 For many nonprofit, charity and community organizations, the December holiday season is a very busy time of giving as well as fundraising. This December, you can help out the groups that help out so many others. Here is the first of our weekly columns during the holiday season to connect you with groups that need help. Mission: Caritas of...

6:00 AM Sunday, Dec. 04, 2016

For many nonprofit, charity and community organizations, the December holiday season is a very busy time of giving as well as fundraising. This December, you can help out the groups that help out so many others. Here is the first of our weekly columns during the holiday season to connect you with groups that need help. Mission: Caritas of...
Austin Monitor teams with website to amplify nonprofit coverage
 Covering the philanthropy beat in Austin is a tall task. There is some dispute over the actual number, but it is estimated that there are more than 5,600 nonprofits in the Austin metro area, which makes the region one of the densest with regards to nonprofits per capita in the country and the densest in the state of Texas and the southwest...

6:00 AM Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016

Covering the philanthropy beat in Austin is a tall task. There is some dispute over the actual number, but it is estimated that there are more than 5,600 nonprofits in the Austin metro area, which makes the region one of the densest with regards to nonprofits per capita in the country and the densest in the state of Texas and the southwest...
Gobierno mexicano no abordará públicamente planes de Trump
 El diplomático mexicano de mayor rango en Norteamérica dijo el lunes 14 que su gobierno no comentará públicamente sobre la construcción de un muro en la frontera sur de Estados Unidos, deportaciones ni cualquier otro asunto discutido durante la campaña presidencial estadounidense, hasta que el presidente...

4:39 PM Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016

El diplomático mexicano de mayor rango en Norteamérica dijo el lunes 14 que su gobierno no comentará públicamente sobre la construcción de un muro en la frontera sur de Estados Unidos, deportaciones ni cualquier otro asunto discutido durante la campaña presidencial estadounidense, hasta que el presidente...
Mexican official strikes cautious tone when discussing Trump’s policies
 In what can be seen as the extension of a diplomatic olive branch, the highest-ranking Mexican diplomat in North America said Monday that his government was not going to publicly engage in conversations about a border wall, deportations or any other issues discussed in the U.S. presidential campaign until after President-elect Donald Trump...

12:42 AM Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016

In what can be seen as the extension of a diplomatic olive branch, the highest-ranking Mexican diplomat in North America said Monday that his government was not going to publicly engage in conversations about a border wall, deportations or any other issues discussed in the U.S. presidential campaign until after President-elect Donald Trump...
Inmigrantes indocumentados de Austin en alerta tras victoria de Trump
 A medida que los resultados de la elección presidencial del martes 8 comenzaron a mostrar que el candidato republicano Donald Trump llevaba la ventaja, Sheridan Aguirre recibió una llamada de su hermano de 10 años. Él niño estaba preocupado de que Trump ganará la presidencia y deportara a los miembros...

3:20 PM Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016

A medida que los resultados de la elección presidencial del martes 8 comenzaron a mostrar que el candidato republicano Donald Trump llevaba la ventaja, Sheridan Aguirre recibió una llamada de su hermano de 10 años. Él niño estaba preocupado de que Trump ganará la presidencia y deportara a los miembros...
For unauthorized immigrant community, Trump’s election sparks fear
 As election results began pouring in Tuesday night showing Republican candidate Donald Trump with a surprising lead, Sheridan Aguirre received a phone call from his 10-year-old brother. He was worried that Trump would win the presidency and deport his family members, said Aguirre, who is an immigrant and works for the immigrant advocacy group...

12:29 AM Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016

As election results began pouring in Tuesday night showing Republican candidate Donald Trump with a surprising lead, Sheridan Aguirre received a phone call from his 10-year-old brother. He was worried that Trump would win the presidency and deport his family members, said Aguirre, who is an immigrant and works for the immigrant advocacy group...
Follow Austin and Central Texas election results live
On Election Night, five Austin City Council seats are up for grabs, and the fate of a $720 million transportation bond to address the city’s traffic problems will be determined.

5:10 PM Tuesday, Nov. 08, 2016

On Election Night, five Austin City Council seats are up for grabs, and the fate of a $720 million transportation bond to address the city’s traffic problems will be determined.
Election throwback: Corridos, madrinas and how to woo the Latino vote
 A day away from the presidential election, early voting returns show an increase in Latino voter turnout in key states across the country, including Texas. In Texas alone, Latino turnout in 20 of the state’s largest counties had already exceeded Latino early voting turnout in 2012 by 26 percent, and voters with Spanish surnames...

8:16 PM Monday, Nov. 07, 2016

A day away from the presidential election, early voting returns show an increase in Latino voter turnout in key states across the country, including Texas. In Texas alone, Latino turnout in 20 of the state’s largest counties had already exceeded Latino early voting turnout in 2012 by 26 percent, and voters with Spanish surnames...
Real estate group volunteers help spruce up Sammy’s House

10:58 PM Saturday, Nov. 05, 2016

As Isabel Huerta gave a recent tour of Sammy’s House, a nonprofit facility that serves medically fragile and developmentally delayed children, she noted the new floors in every room, the occasional fresh paint and a recently cleared space on the second floor that now acts as a meeting space. “Our kids,” she said, &ldquo...
Central Texas Food Bank to name new CEO Monday
 The Central Texas Food Bank, the area’s largest nonprofit hunger relief agency, will announce that Derrick Chubbs will be its new chief executive officer Monday morning. Chubbs, the fifth president and CEO in the food bank’s 35-year history, comes to the nonprofit from the national American Red Cross, where he worked most recently...

5:00 AM Saturday, Nov. 05, 2016

The Central Texas Food Bank, the area’s largest nonprofit hunger relief agency, will announce that Derrick Chubbs will be its new chief executive officer Monday morning. Chubbs, the fifth president and CEO in the food bank’s 35-year history, comes to the nonprofit from the national American Red Cross, where he worked most recently...
Cost of expanding women’s shelter grows
 In 2012, Austin voters approved a bond that would help renovate and expand the Austin Shelter for Women and Children. After its passage, the city and county’s Health and Human Services Department asked for and received $3.8 million to complete the project. Four years later, the project’s budget has ballooned to $6.5 million, a...

9:41 PM Thursday, Nov. 03, 2016

In 2012, Austin voters approved a bond that would help renovate and expand the Austin Shelter for Women and Children. After its passage, the city and county’s Health and Human Services Department asked for and received $3.8 million to complete the project. Four years later, the project’s budget has ballooned to $6.5 million, a...
Giant garage sale raises funds to help neglected, abused children
 In a warehouse at the Settlement Home for Children property in North Austin on Saturday, more than 100 volunteers worked diligently moving boxes of toys, furniture, clothing and other assorted items down a makeshift assembly line and into moving trucks. Those trucks then made their way south about 11 miles to the Palmer Events Center, where...

8:02 PM Thursday, Nov. 03, 2016

In a warehouse at the Settlement Home for Children property in North Austin on Saturday, more than 100 volunteers worked diligently moving boxes of toys, furniture, clothing and other assorted items down a makeshift assembly line and into moving trucks. Those trucks then made their way south about 11 miles to the Palmer Events Center, where...
¡Ahora Si! spotlight: Activists report issues with misinformation at Texas polling stations

4:14 PM Thursday, Nov. 03, 2016

A group of representatives from civil and voting rights organizations say they have received hundreds of reports of problems with misinformation at voting polls across the state, including Travis County. The findings were brought to the public’s attention by the Texas Election Protection Coalition, made up of various nonprofit organizations...
Carmen Aristegui denunció abusos y represalias en México en visita UT
 Carmen Aristegui, la reconocida periodista Mexicana, tenía una pregunta para el teatro lleno de gente al interior de la Universidad de Texas en Austin (UT) el martes 1 por la noche. “¿Qué ha pasado aquí que Donald Trump está a la cabeza en la última encuesta por 1%?”, preguntó,...

2:42 PM Thursday, Nov. 03, 2016

Carmen Aristegui, la reconocida periodista Mexicana, tenía una pregunta para el teatro lleno de gente al interior de la Universidad de Texas en Austin (UT) el martes 1 por la noche. “¿Qué ha pasado aquí que Donald Trump está a la cabeza en la última encuesta por 1%?”, preguntó,...
Aristegui: Mexico going through ‘profound’ humanitarian crisis
 Carmen Aristegui, the renowned Mexican journalist, had one question for a packed Union Theater at the University of Texas on Tuesday night. “What has happened here that Donald Trump is leading the latest poll by 1 percent?” she asked, referring to a Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll released Tuesday. “That certainly...

12:51 AM Thursday, Nov. 03, 2016

Carmen Aristegui, the renowned Mexican journalist, had one question for a packed Union Theater at the University of Texas on Tuesday night. “What has happened here that Donald Trump is leading the latest poll by 1 percent?” she asked, referring to a Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll released Tuesday. “That certainly...
Austin public health professional honored for her work
 As she watched her ex-husband battle with HIV/AIDS in the 1980s, Susan Campion learned how miserable that diagnosis could be. She remembers making desperate phone calls to medical care providers and health nonprofits to better understand the disease. She also remembers how rudimentary the treatment was and how many service providers did not...

7:06 PM Wednesday, Nov. 02, 2016

As she watched her ex-husband battle with HIV/AIDS in the 1980s, Susan Campion learned how miserable that diagnosis could be. She remembers making desperate phone calls to medical care providers and health nonprofits to better understand the disease. She also remembers how rudimentary the treatment was and how many service providers did not...
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