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FORECAST: ‘Critical’ fire danger in Hill Country, ‘elevated’ danger in Austin this afternoon



Marty Toohey

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Marty Toohey is a reporter covering science and weather at the Austin American-Statesman.

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Texas sees highest number of mumps cases in 25 years
 Texas has already seen more mumps cases this year than during any year since 1992, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. Thus far, doctors have diagnosed 236 cases, mostly in the Fort Worth area, health services spokesman Chris Van Deusen said. State health officials suspect many of the Texas cases are related to an...

Posted: 12 hours ago

Texas has already seen more mumps cases this year than during any year since 1992, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. Thus far, doctors have diagnosed 236 cases, mostly in the Fort Worth area, health services spokesman Chris Van Deusen said. State health officials suspect many of the Texas cases are related to an...
Texas scientists closer to diabetes cure with unconventional treatment
 Health researchers at the University of Texas think they have found a way to trick the body into curing Type 1 diabetes. The immune system of a person with diabetes kills off useful “beta” cells, but the UT researchers say they have found a way to make other cells in the pancreas perform the necessary work. Their approach, announced...

Posted: 16 hours ago

Health researchers at the University of Texas think they have found a way to trick the body into curing Type 1 diabetes. The immune system of a person with diabetes kills off useful “beta” cells, but the UT researchers say they have found a way to make other cells in the pancreas perform the necessary work. Their approach, announced...
Texas scientists closer to diabetes cure with unconventional approach
 Health researchers at the University of Texas think they have found a way to trick the body into curing Type 1 diabetes. The immune system of a person with diabetes kills off useful “beta” cells, but the UT researchers say they have found a way to make other cells in the pancreas perform the necessary work. Their approach, announced...

Posted: a day ago

Health researchers at the University of Texas think they have found a way to trick the body into curing Type 1 diabetes. The immune system of a person with diabetes kills off useful “beta” cells, but the UT researchers say they have found a way to make other cells in the pancreas perform the necessary work. Their approach, announced...
Do you drink too much? Here’s what Texas A&M experts have to say
 Texas A&M University researchers, concerned as always for your health, say that anything more than 15 drinks a week for men and eight drinks for women is excessive. That doesn’t mean you should save up for the weekend – they say anything more than two drinks per sitting for men and one drink per sitting for women is excessive...

Posted: a day ago

Texas A&M University researchers, concerned as always for your health, say that anything more than 15 drinks a week for men and eight drinks for women is excessive. That doesn’t mean you should save up for the weekend – they say anything more than two drinks per sitting for men and one drink per sitting for women is excessive...
Forecast: Cooler air, dry skies for science march, Statesman Cap10K

Posted: 4 days ago

Sunday should be a great day to run a 10K, but those not participating might want to stay away, at least if crowds and parties and road closures don’t sound OK. Forecasters say the isolated showers early Saturday should be long gone by Sunday. Temperatures should be in the mid-50s for the 8 a.m. start of the Statesman Capitol 10,000...
MARCH FOR SCIENCE: Organizers seek revival of reason over ideology
 Liz Hostetler traces the origins of this Saturday’s March for Science back to Badlands National Park. It was January and Hostetler, already no fan of President Donald Trump, had flown from Austin to the nation’s capital in January to attend the Women’s March. Around that time, the Badlands Twitter feed posted global climate...

Posted: 4 days ago

Liz Hostetler traces the origins of this Saturday’s March for Science back to Badlands National Park. It was January and Hostetler, already no fan of President Donald Trump, had flown from Austin to the nation’s capital in January to attend the Women’s March. Around that time, the Badlands Twitter feed posted global climate...
March for Science organizers seek revival of reason over ideology
 Liz Hostetler traces the origins of this Saturday’s March for Science back to Badlands National Park. It was January and Hostetler, already no fan of President Donald Trump, had flown from Austin to the nation’s capital in January to attend the Women’s March. Around that time, the Badlands Twitter feed posted global climate...

Posted: 5 days ago

Liz Hostetler traces the origins of this Saturday’s March for Science back to Badlands National Park. It was January and Hostetler, already no fan of President Donald Trump, had flown from Austin to the nation’s capital in January to attend the Women’s March. Around that time, the Badlands Twitter feed posted global climate...
WEATHER UPDATE: A fairly calm commute period, though storms possible tonight
 6 p.m. update: The evening commute period is nearly done and, according to the National Weather Service, was a relatively quiet period weather-wise. Storms are still possible this evening, according to the weather service, though nothing severe is expected. “Although we expect that most storms will end later this evening as the atmosphere...

Posted: 8 days ago

6 p.m. update: The evening commute period is nearly done and, according to the National Weather Service, was a relatively quiet period weather-wise. Storms are still possible this evening, according to the weather service, though nothing severe is expected. “Although we expect that most storms will end later this evening as the atmosphere...
Vehicle of slain Austin attorney James Short found in Louisiana
 The Chevy Suburban of slain Austin attorney James Short has been found in Louisiana, according to the Travis County sheriff’s office. The suburban had been missing when police found Short dead at his northwestern Travis County home last week. Law enforcement officials have accused 24-year-old Justin Nickolas Twyne of killing Short...

Posted: 11 days ago

The Chevy Suburban of slain Austin attorney James Short has been found in Louisiana, according to the Travis County sheriff’s office. The suburban had been missing when police found Short dead at his northwestern Travis County home last week. Law enforcement officials have accused 24-year-old Justin Nickolas Twyne of killing Short...
FAILED JAILBREAK: Man accused of killing stepmom hid in recycling bin, authorities say
 Twenty-year-old Pontrey Jones tried to escape last week from the Travis County Jail by hiding in a recycling bin, according to an arrest affidavit released Friday. Jones had been accused by Austin police of killing his stepmother, according to the affidavit. On April 3, Jones watched a guard and nurse pass by from a shower stall, then donned...

Posted: 11 days ago

Twenty-year-old Pontrey Jones tried to escape last week from the Travis County Jail by hiding in a recycling bin, according to an arrest affidavit released Friday. Jones had been accused by Austin police of killing his stepmother, according to the affidavit. On April 3, Jones watched a guard and nurse pass by from a shower stall, then donned...
NEW: Want to ensure our food supply? Help TxDot plant flowers for butterflies
 Pollinators like bees and butterflies help crops reproduce, thus ensuring our food supply chain continues season after season. But the populations of many of them, including the iconic monarch butterfly that migrates through Texas, are diminishing because of the loss of habitat and disease. The Texas Department...

Posted: 11 days ago

Pollinators like bees and butterflies help crops reproduce, thus ensuring our food supply chain continues season after season. But the populations of many of them, including the iconic monarch butterfly that migrates through Texas, are diminishing because of the loss of habitat and disease. The Texas Department...