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Cedar Park police identify second driver in crash that killed two young boys
 Cedar Park police have identified a second driver believed to have been involved in a crash that claimed the lives of two young boys  on Jan. 10.  Though authorities said they had identified the driver, the person was not publicly named, and it was unclear whether that person had been arrested or charged. Police arrested the other...

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Cedar Park police have identified a second driver believed to have been involved in a crash that claimed the lives of two young boys  on Jan. 10.  Though authorities said they had identified the driver, the person was not publicly named, and it was unclear whether that person had been arrested or charged. Police arrested the other...
Calendar’s ‘Warrior Women’ pose to depict opportunity at Austin police
 Austin police hope a new calendar featuring the “Warrior Women” of the department can help tell the story of female law enforcement professionals and bolster the ranks of women behind the badge. The calendars, which display photographs of female officers in a work environment, were first made available to police employees Thursday...

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Austin police hope a new calendar featuring the “Warrior Women” of the department can help tell the story of female law enforcement professionals and bolster the ranks of women behind the badge. The calendars, which display photographs of female officers in a work environment, were first made available to police employees Thursday...
TRAFFIC UPDATE: I-35 reopens near Grand Avenue Parkway, but expect delays through rush hour
 5 p.m. update: Northbound and southbound Interstate 35 is reopening near Grand Avenue Parkway after a big rig hit the center median and broke through the barrier.  Drivers heading in both directions should still expect major delays through rush hour, said officials with the Texas Department of Transportation.  Earlier...

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5 p.m. update: Northbound and southbound Interstate 35 is reopening near Grand Avenue Parkway after a big rig hit the center median and broke through the barrier.  Drivers heading in both directions should still expect major delays through rush hour, said officials with the Texas Department of Transportation.  Earlier...
Lockdown lifted at LBJ High School after report of gun on campus, no weapon found, district says
 2:46 p.m. update: Austin school district officials said no weapon was found on the LBJ High School campus after a roughly 30-minute lockdown on Thursday. 2:20 p.m. update: LBJ High School lifted the lockdown at the Northeast Austin campus at 2:12 p.m. Thursday, Austin school district officials said. Earlier: A report of a gun on the campus...

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2:46 p.m. update: Austin school district officials said no weapon was found on the LBJ High School campus after a roughly 30-minute lockdown on Thursday. 2:20 p.m. update: LBJ High School lifted the lockdown at the Northeast Austin campus at 2:12 p.m. Thursday, Austin school district officials said. Earlier: A report of a gun on the campus...
Seguin police use Facebook to help man get off work during Icepocalypse
 Seguin police used social media to offer a helping hand to a man trying to get off work as roads across the region began to ice over earlier this week. Police posted a warning on their Facebook page at 6:37 a.m. Tuesday telling citizens that all city offices would be closed. They urged area residents to stay inside and do their best to keep...

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Seguin police used social media to offer a helping hand to a man trying to get off work as roads across the region began to ice over earlier this week. Police posted a warning on their Facebook page at 6:37 a.m. Tuesday telling citizens that all city offices would be closed. They urged area residents to stay inside and do their best to keep...
Austin on short list for Amazon’s second headquarters 
 Amazon announced Thursday that Austin made its short list of 20 cities that could become the site of the retail giant’s planned second headquarters project. Dallas was the only other Texas city that made the cut. "We are pleased that the Austin region has advanced to the second round,"  Mike Berman, spokesman for the Greater...

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Amazon announced Thursday that Austin made its short list of 20 cities that could become the site of the retail giant’s planned second headquarters project. Dallas was the only other Texas city that made the cut. "We are pleased that the Austin region has advanced to the second round," Mike Berman, spokesman for the Greater...
FORECAST: Austin to slip back into hard freeze at night; protect people, pets, pipes
 3 p.m. update: The thawing of Central Texas will likely end around sundown Wednesday, and the region will be plunged into a hard freeze for one more night, forecasters say. The latest bulletin from the National Weather Service warns residents in the Austin metro area – including Travis, Hays, Williamson, Bastrop and Caldwell counties...

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3 p.m. update: The thawing of Central Texas will likely end around sundown Wednesday, and the region will be plunged into a hard freeze for one more night, forecasters say. The latest bulletin from the National Weather Service warns residents in the Austin metro area – including Travis, Hays, Williamson, Bastrop and Caldwell counties...
‘WARRIOR WOMEN’: Austin police union to launch calendar of female officers on Thursday
 The Austin Police Association is set to release this week a calendar of “Warrior Women” who serve on the force. The calendars feature photographs of female officers in their working environment, and will first be available to sworn and non-sworn police employees during a launch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, union officials...

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The Austin Police Association is set to release this week a calendar of “Warrior Women” who serve on the force. The calendars feature photographs of female officers in their working environment, and will first be available to sworn and non-sworn police employees during a launch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, union officials...
Man arrested in Sixth St. fight was wearing body armor, affidavit says
 A man who Austin police arrested after fighting on Sixth Street on Saturday now faces a felony charge after he was found  wearing body armor, court documents say. The fight broke out around 2 a.m. on Jan. 13 in the 400 block of East Sixth Street, according to an arrest affidavit. The document says officers reported seeing two men throwing...

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A man who Austin police arrested after fighting on Sixth Street on Saturday now faces a felony charge after he was found wearing body armor, court documents say. The fight broke out around 2 a.m. on Jan. 13 in the 400 block of East Sixth Street, according to an arrest affidavit. The document says officers reported seeing two men throwing...
Firefighters battling apartment fire in North Austin
 Austin firefighters responded to a fire at an apartment complex in North Austin on Wednesday afternoon. Crews were first called out to the Northstar Apartments, 12001 Metric Blvd, shortly before 1 p.m. First responders arrived within a few minutes and found fire inside a wall of a building. Firefighters had to cut into the walls and attic...

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Austin firefighters responded to a fire at an apartment complex in North Austin on Wednesday afternoon. Crews were first called out to the Northstar Apartments, 12001 Metric Blvd, shortly before 1 p.m. First responders arrived within a few minutes and found fire inside a wall of a building. Firefighters had to cut into the walls and attic...
Slaughter Lane overpass in South Austin reopens early after deadly crash
 Austin police have reopened an elevated portion of Slaughter Lane in South Austin ahead of schedule after a fatal crash on Tuesday evening. Police shut down all traffic in the 1500 block of West Slaughter Lane after a pickup tumbled off a roughly 30-foot high bridge just east of Manchaca Road on Tuesday evening. Authorities at the time of...

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Austin police have reopened an elevated portion of Slaughter Lane in South Austin ahead of schedule after a fatal crash on Tuesday evening. Police shut down all traffic in the 1500 block of West Slaughter Lane after a pickup tumbled off a roughly 30-foot high bridge just east of Manchaca Road on Tuesday evening. Authorities at the time of...
Austin’s demand for electricity set new winter record, Austin Energy says
 4:45 p.m. update: As subfreezing temperatures gripped Central Texas, Austin Energy customers consumed more electricity on Wednesday than on any other winter day, the utility said. Customer demand reached a record winter peak load of 2,377 megawatts of power, or about 28 percent more than was used on the Friday before the storm hit, city officials...

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4:45 p.m. update: As subfreezing temperatures gripped Central Texas, Austin Energy customers consumed more electricity on Wednesday than on any other winter day, the utility said. Customer demand reached a record winter peak load of 2,377 megawatts of power, or about 28 percent more than was used on the Friday before the storm hit, city officials...
Despite hard freeze Tuesday morning, electricity demand fell short of record, ERCOT says
 Though many Texans hunkered down in their homes on Tuesday  morning and kicked their heaters into overdrive, it wasn’t enough to set a new ERCOT winter peak electricity demand record.  ERCOT spokeswoman Leslie Sopko said the frigid temperatures on Tuesday morning did not generate enough demand to bump the current record of 62,855...

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Though many Texans hunkered down in their homes on Tuesday morning and kicked their heaters into overdrive, it wasn’t enough to set a new ERCOT winter peak electricity demand record.  ERCOT spokeswoman Leslie Sopko said the frigid temperatures on Tuesday morning did not generate enough demand to bump the current record of 62,855...
AIRPORT ALERT: More than 70 flights canceled at Austin-Bergstrom amid winter weather
 8:50 p.m. update: Nearly every flight from Houston flying to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Tuesday evening was canceled due to winter weather. Many departures to Houston out of the Austin airport were also canceled.   Several other arrivals and departures appear to be canceled, according to the Austin airport&rsquo...

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8:50 p.m. update: Nearly every flight from Houston flying to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Tuesday evening was canceled due to winter weather. Many departures to Houston out of the Austin airport were also canceled.   Several other arrivals and departures appear to be canceled, according to the Austin airport&rsquo...
UPDATE: Power restored to more than 1,000 in Northeast Austin, Austin Energy says
 7:35 a.m. update: A power outage that affected more than 1,600 Austin Energy customers on Tuesday morning as ice accumulated throughout Central Texas began when a vehicle crashed into a pole in the  area near Dessau Road and East Braker Lane. Austin Energy said repair crews isolated the damaged pole and resorted power to all but 120...

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7:35 a.m. update: A power outage that affected more than 1,600 Austin Energy customers on Tuesday morning as ice accumulated throughout Central Texas began when a vehicle crashed into a pole in the  area near Dessau Road and East Braker Lane. Austin Energy said repair crews isolated the damaged pole and resorted power to all but 120...
TRAFFIC ALERT: Road closures, crashes reported in Austin as ice accumulates
 10 a.m. update: Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services crews responded to 136 incidents from midnight to 9 a.m. on Tuesday. Of those incidents, 18 were related to weather, and 13 were crashes, the agency said. Ice is still accumulating on overpasses and bridges across the city. Authorities are urging area residents to stay off the...

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10 a.m. update: Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services crews responded to 136 incidents from midnight to 9 a.m. on Tuesday. Of those incidents, 18 were related to weather, and 13 were crashes, the agency said. Ice is still accumulating on overpasses and bridges across the city. Authorities are urging area residents to stay off the...
WEATHER UPDATE: Hard freeze warning in effect till noon Wednesday
 LATEST FORECAST: Wednesday will get brief relief from freeze; high near 36 9 p.m. update: A hard freeze warning is in effect for Central Texas until noon Wednesday, the National Weather Service announced. Temperatures are expected to be in the 20s and high teens overnight and through all of Wednesday morning. As of Tuesday night, there...

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LATEST FORECAST: Wednesday will get brief relief from freeze; high near 36 9 p.m. update: A hard freeze warning is in effect for Central Texas until noon Wednesday, the National Weather Service announced. Temperatures are expected to be in the 20s and high teens overnight and through all of Wednesday morning. As of Tuesday night, there...
Mass casualty events prompt FBI, local agencies to forge closer ties
 Columbine. Newtown. Sutherland Springs. There is not a single place in this country bucolic enough that it is immune to violence on a scale that could be enough to cripple local first responders. Authorities acknowledge that the threat of so-called mass casualty incidents has fundamentally changed training, preparation and relationships among...

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Columbine. Newtown. Sutherland Springs. There is not a single place in this country bucolic enough that it is immune to violence on a scale that could be enough to cripple local first responders. Authorities acknowledge that the threat of so-called mass casualty incidents has fundamentally changed training, preparation and relationships among...
Firefighters battling blaze in Southeast Austin
 Austin firefighters responded to a house fire in Southeast Austin on Friday morning. Crews were called out to a home in the 6400 block of Spring Fever Trail, near East William Cannon and Salt Springs drives, around 9:20 a.m. First responders arrived to find heavy smoke and fire pouring from a two-story home. Medics are evaluating one person...

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Austin firefighters responded to a house fire in Southeast Austin on Friday morning. Crews were called out to a home in the 6400 block of Spring Fever Trail, near East William Cannon and Salt Springs drives, around 9:20 a.m. First responders arrived to find heavy smoke and fire pouring from a two-story home. Medics are evaluating one person...
Big rig rolls over in Southeast Austin as winds gust at 30 miles per hour
 Austin police responded Thursday to a rollover crash involving an 18-wheeler in Southeast Austin  as winds in the area gusted at more than 30 miles per hour. The crash happened near the 6500 block of Metropolis Drive around 3:30 p.m., police said. Video  taken by Sam Riojas after the incident showed the rig’s trailer lying on its side...

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Austin police responded Thursday to a rollover crash involving an 18-wheeler in Southeast Austin as winds in the area gusted at more than 30 miles per hour. The crash happened near the 6500 block of Metropolis Drive around 3:30 p.m., police said. Video taken by Sam Riojas after the incident showed the rig’s trailer lying on its side...
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