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Nicole Barrios

Reporter, Pflugerville Pflag & Round Rock Leader

Nicole Barrios is a reporter for the Pflugerville Pflag and Round Rock Leader newspapers covering city governments, the Round Rock Independent School District, community issues and the interesting people of Pflugerville and Round Rock. Nicole is also a breaking news reporter on Saturdays for the Austin American-Statesman. A bobcat for life, Nicole earned a degree in journalism from Texas State University. Previously, she interned at the Hays Free Press in Kyle and was the editor of The University Star, the Texas State student newspaper. She joined the Statesman team in June 2015. 

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More than 100 gather in Austin to hold vigil for Charlottesville
 Hours after a car plowed into a crowd of people protesting against a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, more than 100 people in Austin gathered at Wooldridge Square Park near the Travis County Courthouse to honor those killed and injured in the incident. The attack on the crowd in Charlottesville killed one person...

8:25 PM Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017

Hours after a car plowed into a crowd of people protesting against a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, more than 100 people in Austin gathered at Wooldridge Square Park near the Travis County Courthouse to honor those killed and injured in the incident. The attack on the crowd in Charlottesville killed one person...
More than 100 gather in Austin, hold vigil for Charlottesville
 More than 100 people gathered at Wooldridge Square Park near the Travis County Courthouse on Saturday to support those who were killed or injured as they protested against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. Nathan Simmons, who spoke at the vigil and said he was of Jewish and Chinese decent, called for those against white supremacy...

12:45 AM Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017

More than 100 people gathered at Wooldridge Square Park near the Travis County Courthouse on Saturday to support those who were killed or injured as they protested against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. Nathan Simmons, who spoke at the vigil and said he was of Jewish and Chinese decent, called for those against white supremacy...
Texas political leaders, Austin officials react to violence at Charlottesville rally
 5:15 p.m. update: Central Texas political leaders and officials have joined the voices in condemning the violence at a white nationalist rally Saturday in downtown Charlottesville, Va. Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who noted that his mother was from Charlottesville, tweeted that “we must stand against all who try to divide us...

7:58 PM Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017

5:15 p.m. update: Central Texas political leaders and officials have joined the voices in condemning the violence at a white nationalist rally Saturday in downtown Charlottesville, Va. Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who noted that his mother was from Charlottesville, tweeted that “we must stand against all who try to divide us...
2ND PFLUGERVILLE CRASH: Police close parts of Heatherwilde Blvd. again
 5:45 p.m. update: Pflugerville police are reporting a collision on Heatherwilde Boulevard at the Black Locust Drive intersection, only a few hours after another collision less than a mile away prompted road closures. The crash on Black Locust Drive also has caused police to close some roads in the area. Police are asking drivers to avoid...

7:39 PM Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017

5:45 p.m. update: Pflugerville police are reporting a collision on Heatherwilde Boulevard at the Black Locust Drive intersection, only a few hours after another collision less than a mile away prompted road closures. The crash on Black Locust Drive also has caused police to close some roads in the area. Police are asking drivers to avoid...
Round Rock’s Mambo House closes, announces new restaurant
 Round Rock’s Mambo House restaurant has closed its doors but new ownership and a new name bringing Latin-inspired cuisine will be taking its place in a few weeks, according to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page. The Cuban restaurant in downtown Round Rock announced its closing July 30, but assured customers that the restaurant...

10:16 PM Friday, Aug. 11, 2017

Round Rock’s Mambo House restaurant has closed its doors but new ownership and a new name bringing Latin-inspired cuisine will be taking its place in a few weeks, according to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page. The Cuban restaurant in downtown Round Rock announced its closing July 30, but assured customers that the restaurant...
Rep. Celia Israel: legislative special session ‘pure politics’
 Words like “compromise” and “moderate” becoming taboo in the state Legislature is not good for the Lone Star State, Rep. Celia Israel told Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce members during a luncheon this week. “I come from an era in Texas when it was OK to use words like compromise and it was OK to be a moderate...

9:41 PM Friday, Aug. 11, 2017

Words like “compromise” and “moderate” becoming taboo in the state Legislature is not good for the Lone Star State, Rep. Celia Israel told Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce members during a luncheon this week. “I come from an era in Texas when it was OK to use words like compromise and it was OK to be a moderate...
Round Rock Council approves agreement for $7M industrial buildings
 More industrial business space is coming to Round Rock after the Round Rock City Council approved an economic development agreement with Mississippi-based real estate firm EastGroup Properties. The Chapter 380 Economic Development Agreement between the city and EastGroup Properties states that the firm will spend $7 million in construction...

12:50 AM Friday, Aug. 11, 2017

More industrial business space is coming to Round Rock after the Round Rock City Council approved an economic development agreement with Mississippi-based real estate firm EastGroup Properties. The Chapter 380 Economic Development Agreement between the city and EastGroup Properties states that the firm will spend $7 million in construction...
Pflugerville settles with woman for $7K after officer hits vehicle
 A woman received a $7,000 settlement after she and her legal representation filed suit against the city of Pflugerville following a police officer rear-ending her vehicle at a traffic light in March. Lee Perez, the attorney for the plaintiff, Dania Hunter, and the city reached a settlement of $7,000, said Pflugerville police spokeswoman Sara...

8:32 PM Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017

A woman received a $7,000 settlement after she and her legal representation filed suit against the city of Pflugerville following a police officer rear-ending her vehicle at a traffic light in March. Lee Perez, the attorney for the plaintiff, Dania Hunter, and the city reached a settlement of $7,000, said Pflugerville police spokeswoman Sara...
Round Rock teachers prepare for classroom injuries, attacks
 Twenty-five Round Rock teachers sat at desks this week usually occupied by pupils to learn how to save lives in the event of classroom injuries or an attack. “If they’re going to bleed out in a few minutes and it takes more than a few minutes for EMS to arrive, you’re the only chance they have,” Kristen Hullum told...

10:03 PM Wednesday, Aug. 09, 2017

Twenty-five Round Rock teachers sat at desks this week usually occupied by pupils to learn how to save lives in the event of classroom injuries or an attack. “If they’re going to bleed out in a few minutes and it takes more than a few minutes for EMS to arrive, you’re the only chance they have,” Kristen Hullum told...
UPDATE: Driver who hit power pole arrested for controlled substance
 4:45 p.m. Thursday update: Jamie Russell Respert was arrested and booked into the Travis County Jail Wednesday after he crashed into a telephone power pole while evading police, according to authorities. Police charged Respert with possession of two ounces or less of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance 28 grams or more but less...

6:30 PM Wednesday, Aug. 09, 2017

4:45 p.m. Thursday update: Jamie Russell Respert was arrested and booked into the Travis County Jail Wednesday after he crashed into a telephone power pole while evading police, according to authorities. Police charged Respert with possession of two ounces or less of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance 28 grams or more but less...
Pflugerville resolution opposes ‘harmful’ state legislation

2:06 AM Wednesday, Aug. 09, 2017

With just eight days left in the legislative special session and no bills yet on Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk, Pflugerville has joined Round Rock in opposing what many city officials are calling “harmful” legislation. Pflugerville unanimously passed a resolution similar to one approved by Round Rock opposing several pieces of...