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$23 million in state-funded vests to raise police safety to new level

Posted: 6 days ago

Texas plans to spend $23 million to equip law enforcement officers across the state with rifle-resistant vests, which will provide officers with a level of security that most have never had. The law enforcement agencies that are receiving state grants to purchase the vests are big and small. Some have fewer than a dozen officers; others have...
2 children, 4 adults injured in Research Boulevard crash 
 Four adults and two children were injured in a  crash on northbound Research Boulevard at Oak Knoll Drive in Northwest Austin on Friday night, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. One woman’s injuries are potentially critical; the other victims’ injuries are potentially serious, EMS officials said.  Medics responded at...

Posted: 8 days ago

Four adults and two children were injured in a crash on northbound Research Boulevard at Oak Knoll Drive in Northwest Austin on Friday night, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. One woman’s injuries are potentially critical; the other victims’ injuries are potentially serious, EMS officials said.  Medics responded at...
Austin hotel fire confined to one room, fire officials say
 Austin firefighters extinguished a fire at the SpringHill Suites hotel, off Interstate 35 just south of Texas 71, Friday night. The fire was confined to one room on the third floor after an air conditioning unit caught fire, Austin fire officials said. The cause was accidental. Firefighters responded around 8:20 p.m. Crews were handling smoke...

Posted: 8 days ago

Austin firefighters extinguished a fire at the SpringHill Suites hotel, off Interstate 35 just south of Texas 71, Friday night. The fire was confined to one room on the third floor after an air conditioning unit caught fire, Austin fire officials said. The cause was accidental. Firefighters responded around 8:20 p.m. Crews were handling smoke...
Jury: Austin police officer used excessive force in jaywalking arrest
 A federal jury decided Friday that one Austin police officer used excessive force when he tackled, punched and handcuffed a man for jaywalking in downtown Austin, but the person who was arrested is not entitled to damages. The weeklong civil trial over the Nov. 6, 2015, incident concluded with the jury also determining that Austin police...

Posted: 9 days ago

A federal jury decided Friday that one Austin police officer used excessive force when he tackled, punched and handcuffed a man for jaywalking in downtown Austin, but the person who was arrested is not entitled to damages. The weeklong civil trial over the Nov. 6, 2015, incident concluded with the jury also determining that Austin police...
Flu-related deaths in Travis County rise to 11
 Eleven people have died from the flu in Travis County this season, according to updated numbers released Thursday. Officials do not release precise age and location information about those who died, but said all of the 11 people were older than 50. The previous report, from data gathered Dec. 23, stated that seven people had died from the...

Posted: 9 days ago

Eleven people have died from the flu in Travis County this season, according to updated numbers released Thursday. Officials do not release precise age and location information about those who died, but said all of the 11 people were older than 50. The previous report, from data gathered Dec. 23, stated that seven people had died from the...
WEATHER UPDATE: Snow in Austin possible Tuesday morning, forecasters say
 3:15 p.m. update: There is a chance it will snow  during morning rush hour in Austin on Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are forecast to drop drastically from overnight Monday into Tuesday, and beginning at 6 a.m. Tuesday it’s expected to be 32 degrees for the rest of the morning. ...

Posted: 10 days ago

3:15 p.m. update: There is a chance it will snow during morning rush hour in Austin on Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are forecast to drop drastically from overnight Monday into Tuesday, and beginning at 6 a.m. Tuesday it’s expected to be 32 degrees for the rest of the morning. ...
Flu-related deaths in Travis County rise to 11
 Eleven people have died from the flu in Travis County this flu season, according to updated numbers released Thursday. Officials do not release precise age and location information about those who died, but said all of the 11 people were older than 50. The last report, from data gathered Dec. 23, stated that  seven people had died from the...

Posted: 10 days ago

Eleven people have died from the flu in Travis County this flu season, according to updated numbers released Thursday. Officials do not release precise age and location information about those who died, but said all of the 11 people were older than 50. The last report, from data gathered Dec. 23, stated that seven people had died from the...
WEATHER UPDATE: Snow spotted in Llano County
 4:40 p.m. update: Brief light snow was observed in Llano between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. today, according to the National Weather Service.  The weather radar shows that light snow is currently falling in the Fort Worth area.  2 p.m. update: Austin Fire Department officials say weather conditions on Thursday “could cause elevated...

Posted: 11 days ago

4:40 p.m. update: Brief light snow was observed in Llano between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. today, according to the National Weather Service.  The weather radar shows that light snow is currently falling in the Fort Worth area. 2 p.m. update: Austin Fire Department officials say weather conditions on Thursday “could cause elevated...
Austin church director accused of covering up sexual incident on leave
 A director at a North Austin church has been placed on leave after a woman reported online that he urged her to stay quiet about a sexual incident with a youth pastor when she was 17. The woman, Jules Woodson, was quoted in a blog post Friday accusing Tennessee megachurch pastor Andy Savage of having her perform oral sex on him in 1998 when...

Posted: 11 days ago

A director at a North Austin church has been placed on leave after a woman reported online that he urged her to stay quiet about a sexual incident with a youth pastor when she was 17. The woman, Jules Woodson, was quoted in a blog post Friday accusing Tennessee megachurch pastor Andy Savage of having her perform oral sex on him in 1998 when...
UPDATE: No threat on campus after gunshots reported near Johnson Wildflower Center, UT police say
 4:45 p.m. update: Authorities have determined there is no threat on campus after someone reported hearing gunshots at the Johnson Wildflower Center, in South Austin off MoPac Boulevard. University of Texas and Austin police have cleared the scene, officials said. UT runs the Johnson Wildflower Center. Earlier: University of Texas police are...

Posted: 11 days ago

4:45 p.m. update: Authorities have determined there is no threat on campus after someone reported hearing gunshots at the Johnson Wildflower Center, in South Austin off MoPac Boulevard. University of Texas and Austin police have cleared the scene, officials said. UT runs the Johnson Wildflower Center. Earlier: University of Texas police are...
Church director on leave after being accused of covering up 1998 sexual incident
 A director at a North Austin church has been placed on leave after a woman reported online that he urged her to stay quiet about an alleged sexual incident with a youth pastor when she was 17. The woman, Jules Woodson, was quoted in a blog post Friday accusing Andy Savage of having her perform oral sex on him in 1998 when he was...

Posted: 11 days ago

A director at a North Austin church has been placed on leave after a woman reported online that he urged her to stay quiet about an alleged sexual incident with a youth pastor when she was 17. The woman, Jules Woodson, was quoted in a blog post Friday accusing Andy Savage of having her perform oral sex on him in 1998 when he was...
Security for thousands of Austin buildings compromised, city memo says
 The security systems at thousands of high-occupancy apartment and commercial buildings in Austin are being replaced after a burglary suspect was found to be in possession of a master key to lockboxes that first responders use, city officials said Tuesday. A few weeks ago, police arrested a man on the suspicion that he had burglarized two...

Posted: 12 days ago

The security systems at thousands of high-occupancy apartment and commercial buildings in Austin are being replaced after a burglary suspect was found to be in possession of a master key to lockboxes that first responders use, city officials said Tuesday. A few weeks ago, police arrested a man on the suspicion that he had burglarized two...
Security for thousands of Austin buildings compromised, city memo says
 The security systems at thousands of high-occupancy apartment and commercial buildings in Austin are being replaced after a burglary suspect was found to be in possession of a master key to lockboxes that first responders use, city officials said Tuesday. In November, authorities arrested 28-year-old Anthony Kavanaugh on the suspicion that...

Posted: 12 days ago

The security systems at thousands of high-occupancy apartment and commercial buildings in Austin are being replaced after a burglary suspect was found to be in possession of a master key to lockboxes that first responders use, city officials said Tuesday. In November, authorities arrested 28-year-old Anthony Kavanaugh on the suspicion that...
Austin police seek help solving killing on South Congress Avenue last year 
 Austin police are asking for the public’s help in finding the person who killed a man in the parking lot of a South Austin apartment complex in May. Officers responded to a shots fired call at 7:09 a.m. on May 19 and found 51-year-old Van Kevin White in the parking lot of 611 S. Congress Ave., just south of Riverside Drive, with obvious...

Posted: 12 days ago

Austin police are asking for the public’s help in finding the person who killed a man in the parking lot of a South Austin apartment complex in May. Officers responded to a shots fired call at 7:09 a.m. on May 19 and found 51-year-old Van Kevin White in the parking lot of 611 S. Congress Ave., just south of Riverside Drive, with obvious...
LBJ High School put on brief lockdowns Tuesday, Monday 
 School officials put LBJ High School  on brief lockdowns Monday and Tuesday after Austin police received a 911 call each day about a suspicious person with a weapon being near the school. Police did not find anyone in the area either time, said Cristina Nguyen, Austin school district spokeswoman. The lockdown Tuesday began around 12...

Posted: 12 days ago

School officials put LBJ High School on brief lockdowns Monday and Tuesday after Austin police received a 911 call each day about a suspicious person with a weapon being near the school. Police did not find anyone in the area either time, said Cristina Nguyen, Austin school district spokeswoman. The lockdown Tuesday began around 12...
Coast Guard ends its search for pilot who was headed to Georgetown
 The Coast Guard ended its search over the Gulf of Mexico on Monday for a missing Oklahoma pilot who was flying to Georgetown to pick up a rescue dog. Bill Kinsinger, a 55-year-old volunteer pilot for the Pilots N Paws rescue group, left from the Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City, where he is from, on Wednesday evening, officials said...

Posted: 12 days ago

The Coast Guard ended its search over the Gulf of Mexico on Monday for a missing Oklahoma pilot who was flying to Georgetown to pick up a rescue dog. Bill Kinsinger, a 55-year-old volunteer pilot for the Pilots N Paws rescue group, left from the Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City, where he is from, on Wednesday evening, officials said...
SAN MARCOS: Student discharges bullet by rubbing it on ground, officials say
 An eighth-grade student discharged a bullet during lunch hour Monday in the courtyard of Goodnight Middle School in San Marcos by rubbing it on the concrete on the ground, school district officials said. No one was injured in the incident, said Andrew Fernandez, spokesman for the San Marcos school district. School leaders heard a loud...

Posted: 13 days ago

An eighth-grade student discharged a bullet during lunch hour Monday in the courtyard of Goodnight Middle School in San Marcos by rubbing it on the concrete on the ground, school district officials said. No one was injured in the incident, said Andrew Fernandez, spokesman for the San Marcos school district. School leaders heard a loud...
JUST IN: Car crashes into William Cannon convenience store
 A car crashed into a gas station convenience store on William Cannon Drive, just off Interstate 35, Friday evening, Austin fire officials said. No one was injured in the crash at the Shell gas station, at 907 E. William Cannon Drive, fire officials said.

Posted: 16 days ago

A car crashed into a gas station convenience store on William Cannon Drive, just off Interstate 35, Friday evening, Austin fire officials said. No one was injured in the crash at the Shell gas station, at 907 E. William Cannon Drive, fire officials said.
Future of Austin’s police monitor’s office, oversight panel in question
 When Austin city officials opened their police monitor’s office in February 2002, they credited a police employment contract for giving the new oversight agency unfettered access to confidential internal affairs records about officer misconduct allegations. Police union and city officials touted the decision allowing civilians working...

Posted: 16 days ago

When Austin city officials opened their police monitor’s office in February 2002, they credited a police employment contract for giving the new oversight agency unfettered access to confidential internal affairs records about officer misconduct allegations. Police union and city officials touted the decision allowing civilians working...
Future of Austin’s police monitor’s office, oversight panel in question
 When Austin city officials opened their police monitor’s office in February 2002, they credited a police employment contract for giving the new oversight agency unfettered access to confidential internal affairs records about officer misconduct allegations. Police union and city officials touted the decision to allow civilians working...

Posted: 16 days ago

When Austin city officials opened their police monitor’s office in February 2002, they credited a police employment contract for giving the new oversight agency unfettered access to confidential internal affairs records about officer misconduct allegations. Police union and city officials touted the decision to allow civilians working...
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