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Susan Steeg faces Democratic challenger in justice of the peace race
 Handling traffic citations, eviction or debt collection cases might not sound like the sexiest job on the ballot this March, but both Democratic Precinct 3 justice of the peace candidates said the job offers a unique chance to help residents. “Most people overlook JP court,” said Sylvia Holmes, associate director at the University...

Posted: 11 hours ago

Handling traffic citations, eviction or debt collection cases might not sound like the sexiest job on the ballot this March, but both Democratic Precinct 3 justice of the peace candidates said the job offers a unique chance to help residents. “Most people overlook JP court,” said Sylvia Holmes, associate director at the University...
Court-at-Law No. 3 judge faces Democratic challenger
 As Travis County faces racial disparities in its jails, both Democratic judicial candidates for Court-at-Law No. 3 said tackling the issue will be among the biggest challenges for the winner. This summer, the civil rights organization Grassroots Leadership revealed that, according to an analysis of 2015 jail booking data, African-Americans...

Posted: a day ago

As Travis County faces racial disparities in its jails, both Democratic judicial candidates for Court-at-Law No. 3 said tackling the issue will be among the biggest challenges for the winner. This summer, the civil rights organization Grassroots Leadership revealed that, according to an analysis of 2015 jail booking data, African-Americans...
Voters Guide: Travis County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3
 Justices of the peace handle civil and criminal cases, including small claims court, justice court and administrative hearings, among other duties. They hear lawsuits over debts, evictions, car accidents, unlawful towing and property disputes. They serve four-year terms and make $120,540. CANDIDATES FOR TRAVIS COUNTY JUSTICE OF THE PEACE...

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Justices of the peace handle civil and criminal cases, including small claims court, justice court and administrative hearings, among other duties. They hear lawsuits over debts, evictions, car accidents, unlawful towing and property disputes. They serve four-year terms and make $120,540. CANDIDATES FOR TRAVIS COUNTY JUSTICE OF THE PEACE...
Voters Guide: Travis County Court-at-Law, No. 3
 County court-at-law judges preside over misdemeanor criminal cases for offenses such as drunken driving, drug possession and some assaults. They serve four-year terms and make $158,000 a year. JOHN LIPSCOMBE, 61, has served as Travis County Court-at-Law judge since 2011. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and...

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County court-at-law judges preside over misdemeanor criminal cases for offenses such as drunken driving, drug possession and some assaults. They serve four-year terms and make $158,000 a year. JOHN LIPSCOMBE, 61, has served as Travis County Court-at-Law judge since 2011. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and...
Amplify Austin aims to raise $10 million in 24 hours to aid nonprofits
 After Amplify Austin last year made it possible to save more than 400 pets, plant 235 trees, offer 1.1 million free meals to local families in need and more, the popular Central Texas online fundraising event will return March 1-2. Amplify Austin aims to raise $10 million in 24 hours, its most ambitious goal to date. “We’re all...

Posted: 8 days ago

After Amplify Austin last year made it possible to save more than 400 pets, plant 235 trees, offer 1.1 million free meals to local families in need and more, the popular Central Texas online fundraising event will return March 1-2. Amplify Austin aims to raise $10 million in 24 hours, its most ambitious goal to date. “We’re all...
Conjunto Los Pinkys wants you to be part of Saturday music video shoot
 Javier Cruz, left, and Isidro Samilpa of Conjunto Los Pinky’s perform at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Plaza Saltillo
                  District on Wednesday June 28, 2017. Scores of people attended the ceremony to mark the official beginning of construction
                  on the 10-acre mixed use development next to the Plaza...

Posted: 9 days ago

Javier Cruz, left, and Isidro Samilpa of Conjunto Los Pinky’s perform at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Plaza Saltillo District on Wednesday June 28, 2017. Scores of people attended the ceremony to mark the official beginning of construction on the 10-acre mixed use development next to the Plaza...
Texas union leaders demand Dream Act, TPS protections from Sen. Cornyn
 As the deadline for the next government shutdown looms, members of the Texas AFL-CIO on Wednesday met in Austin with a staffer for U.S. Sen. John Cornyn to demand the passage of a clean Dream Act as well as extensions for temporary protected status holders. “The ball is in Senator Cornyn’s court and the nation is watching,&rdquo...

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As the deadline for the next government shutdown looms, members of the Texas AFL-CIO on Wednesday met in Austin with a staffer for U.S. Sen. John Cornyn to demand the passage of a clean Dream Act as well as extensions for temporary protected status holders. “The ball is in Senator Cornyn’s court and the nation is watching,&rdquo...
Mobile home residents fear they’ll get displaced out of Austin
 The sleepless nights don’t seem to end for Magda Acuña. On most days she drives from her Southeast Austin home throughout Austin and to nearby cities searching desperately for a new mobile home park to live in. The clock is ticking. Before New Year’s Eve, her family received a notice to vacate a mobile home park off East...

Posted: 11 days ago

The sleepless nights don’t seem to end for Magda Acuña. On most days she drives from her Southeast Austin home throughout Austin and to nearby cities searching desperately for a new mobile home park to live in. The clock is ticking. Before New Year’s Eve, her family received a notice to vacate a mobile home park off East...
Mobile home parks at risk of redevelopment
 The sleepless nights don’t seem to end for Magda Acuña. On most days she drives from her Southeast Austin home throughout Austin and to nearby cities such as Bastrop, Lockhart and Buda, searching desperately for a new mobile home park to live in. Each time Acuña returns without any leads, she’s deflated. The clock...

Posted: 11 days ago

The sleepless nights don’t seem to end for Magda Acuña. On most days she drives from her Southeast Austin home throughout Austin and to nearby cities such as Bastrop, Lockhart and Buda, searching desperately for a new mobile home park to live in. Each time Acuña returns without any leads, she’s deflated. The clock...
Frida Friday ATX market features female artisans of color
 When jewelry maker TK Tunchez found herself having a hard time breaking into Austin’s pop-up market scene with her Latina-inspired art and stylish handmade flower crowns, she decided to create a new path for minority women artisans whose work wasn’t always understood. Last spring, Tunchez launched Frida Friday ATX, a monthly market...

Posted: 17 days ago

When jewelry maker TK Tunchez found herself having a hard time breaking into Austin’s pop-up market scene with her Latina-inspired art and stylish handmade flower crowns, she decided to create a new path for minority women artisans whose work wasn’t always understood. Last spring, Tunchez launched Frida Friday ATX, a monthly market...
Texas immigrant advocates denounce Trump’s ‘divisive rhetoric’
 While President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union speech mostly struck a conciliatory tone Tuesday night, Texas immigrant rights advocates said that wasn’t the case when he spoke about immigration. “Trump’s divisive rhetoric, likening Central American immigrants to MS-13 and saying that ‘Americans are Dreamers...

Posted: 17 days ago

While President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union speech mostly struck a conciliatory tone Tuesday night, Texas immigrant rights advocates said that wasn’t the case when he spoke about immigration. “Trump’s divisive rhetoric, likening Central American immigrants to MS-13 and saying that ‘Americans are Dreamers...
Cultura en Austin: Disfruta de mercados y música de conjunto
 Cultura en Austin Cuando la fabricante de joyas TK Tunchez se enfrentó a dificultades para entrar al sector de mercados callejeros en Austin con su arte inspirado en la cultura latina y coronas de flores hechas a mano, decidió crear un nuevo camino para artesanas minoritarias cuyo trabajo no siempre es entendido. La primavera...

Posted: 18 days ago

Cultura en Austin Cuando la fabricante de joyas TK Tunchez se enfrentó a dificultades para entrar al sector de mercados callejeros en Austin con su arte inspirado en la cultura latina y coronas de flores hechas a mano, decidió crear un nuevo camino para artesanas minoritarias cuyo trabajo no siempre es entendido. La primavera...
DACA recipients renew protections while they can
 When a federal court order this month allowed recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals to temporarily renew the permits that allow young immigrants to live and work in the United States legally, many eligible DACA holders across the country rushed to take advantage of the unique small window of opportunity. In Austin, immigrant...

Posted: 23 days ago

When a federal court order this month allowed recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals to temporarily renew the permits that allow young immigrants to live and work in the United States legally, many eligible DACA holders across the country rushed to take advantage of the unique small window of opportunity. In Austin, immigrant...
Empleadores de Texas preocupados por posible falta de mano de obra
 Si no fuera por las personas a quienes se les permite laborar en Estados Unidos bajo un permiso temporal de trabajo, Bill Carson dudaría poder mantener su negocio en el condado de Travis. El dueño del vivero Texas Native Nursery, una negocio de plantas y árboles de 40 acres en el este de Austin, dice que tiene dificultades...

Posted: 24 days ago

Si no fuera por las personas a quienes se les permite laborar en Estados Unidos bajo un permiso temporal de trabajo, Bill Carson dudaría poder mantener su negocio en el condado de Travis. El dueño del vivero Texas Native Nursery, una negocio de plantas y árboles de 40 acres en el este de Austin, dice que tiene dificultades...
Life in limbo for more than 100,000 DACA recipients in Texas
 As Congress negotiates on a temporary spending bill, Austin-based recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, better known as DACA, and the Mexican American Legislative Caucus gathered at the Texas Capitol on Thursday to call for a legislative fix for the program that gives work permits and protection from deportation to more than...

Posted: 30 days ago

As Congress negotiates on a temporary spending bill, Austin-based recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, better known as DACA, and the Mexican American Legislative Caucus gathered at the Texas Capitol on Thursday to call for a legislative fix for the program that gives work permits and protection from deportation to more than...
Texas employers worry immigration crackdown may cause worker shortage
 If it weren’t for people allowed into the United States under temporary work permits, Bill Carson doubts he’d be in business in Travis County. The owner of Native Texas Nursery — a 40-acre tree and plant farm in East Austin — says he has trouble hiring U.S. citizens for the physically demanding, outdoor labor. &ldquo...

10:53 PM Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

If it weren’t for people allowed into the United States under temporary work permits, Bill Carson doubts he’d be in business in Travis County. The owner of Native Texas Nursery — a 40-acre tree and plant farm in East Austin — says he has trouble hiring U.S. citizens for the physically demanding, outdoor labor. &ldquo...
Austin activist Shudde Fath to turn 102
 She’s advocated for consumers, fought for environmental issues and spearheaded civil rights causes. Now one of Austin’s esteemed activists, Shudde Fath turns 102 on Thursday. Fath’s been described as the “grande dame of the environmental movement,” and for a long time her living room was known as a hotbed...

11:44 PM Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

She’s advocated for consumers, fought for environmental issues and spearheaded civil rights causes. Now one of Austin’s esteemed activists, Shudde Fath turns 102 on Thursday. Fath’s been described as the “grande dame of the environmental movement,” and for a long time her living room was known as a hotbed...
What’s next for Salvadorans in Texas after TPS cancellation?

11:21 PM Monday, Jan. 08, 2018

American Gateways, one of Texas’ largest immigration legal service providers, called on the Trump administration to rescind Monday’s decision to end legal protection for more than 36,000 Salvadoran residents who were legally allowed to live and work in this country through temporary protected status. The organization joined numerous...
Salvadorans could lose protected status in U.S.
 Fear of losing jobs, driver’s licenses and the lives they’ve built in Texas haunt many of immigration lawyer Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch’s clients from El Salvador who soon could lose the legal protection to live and work in the United States through their temporary protected status. The Homeland Security Department is expected...

6:00 AM Saturday, Jan. 06, 2018

Fear of losing jobs, driver’s licenses and the lives they’ve built in Texas haunt many of immigration lawyer Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch’s clients from El Salvador who soon could lose the legal protection to live and work in the United States through their temporary protected status. The Homeland Security Department is expected...
Meet the voice of Austin’s MetroRail trains
 When riders step onto the MetroRail, they might not realize the voice announcing the train’s next stop belongs to one of Austin’s top talents. Meet Alex Marrero, a musician and vocalist who forms part of the funk ensemble Brownout, which this summer released its latest EP “Over the Covers.” About three years ago...

6:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017

When riders step onto the MetroRail, they might not realize the voice announcing the train’s next stop belongs to one of Austin’s top talents. Meet Alex Marrero, a musician and vocalist who forms part of the funk ensemble Brownout, which this summer released its latest EP “Over the Covers.” About three years ago...
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