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Man charged with aggravated assault in baseball bat attacks
 A 26-year-old man was charged with five counts of aggravated assault after police said he struck five people with his hands and an aluminum baseball bat in North Austin. Kenney Irons was booked into the Travis County Jail in lieu of bail set at $100,000 following the incident at Zoe’s Helping Hand, 8007 Burnet Road. An affidavit filed...

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A 26-year-old man was charged with five counts of aggravated assault after police said he struck five people with his hands and an aluminum baseball bat in North Austin. Kenney Irons was booked into the Travis County Jail in lieu of bail set at $100,000 following the incident at Zoe’s Helping Hand, 8007 Burnet Road. An affidavit filed...
FORECAST: Austin in for a run of cool nights, sunny days
 Sunday forecast for Austin
            : You can’t beat this kind of weather: cool, crisp mornings and sunny afternoons. Following overnight temperatures that dipped into the 40s, Sunday afternoon will be sunny with a high of 64 in Austin, according to the National Weather Service. It will be partly cloudy with a low around 40 tonight...

Posted: 22 hours ago

Sunday forecast for Austin : You can’t beat this kind of weather: cool, crisp mornings and sunny afternoons. Following overnight temperatures that dipped into the 40s, Sunday afternoon will be sunny with a high of 64 in Austin, according to the National Weather Service. It will be partly cloudy with a low around 40 tonight...
Police identify 3 killed in Killeen when stopped car is rear-ended

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Monday, Nov. 20 update: Killeen police have identifed the travelers killed in a collision early Sunday on Fort Hood Road. According to a preliminary investigation by police, Dustin Corey Moore drove a Kia sedan that rear-ended a Nissan sedan that was stopped at a red light around 3 a.m. Donald Christian Adu Larbi and Tanya Evette Perry, the...
University of California regents vote to bid for Los Alamos contract

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The University of California system, as expected, wants to keep operating Los Alamos National Laboratory. The system’s Board of Regents voted Thursday to authorize a bid for the management and operating contract at the federal nuclear weapons lab in the mountains of New Mexico. University of Texas System regents...
Texas State fraternity was under investigation before pledge’s death
 The death of a Texas State University student who attended an off-campus social event hosted by a fraternity could result in criminal charges, but no decision will be made until an extensive investigation is completed, San Marcos Police Chief Chase Stapp told the American-Statesman on Wednesday. “Any death in our community we take seriously...

Posted: 4 days ago

The death of a Texas State University student who attended an off-campus social event hosted by a fraternity could result in criminal charges, but no decision will be made until an extensive investigation is completed, San Marcos Police Chief Chase Stapp told the American-Statesman on Wednesday. “Any death in our community we take seriously...
Texas State University suspends Greek activities after pledge’s death
 Texas State University President Denise Trauth confirmed that a Phi Kappa Psi pledge died Monday after attending an off-campus fraternity event, and she announced an immediate suspension of all activities organized by fraternity and sorority chapters at the university while officials complete a review. Matthew McKinley Ellis, 20, was at an...

Posted: 5 days ago

Texas State University President Denise Trauth confirmed that a Phi Kappa Psi pledge died Monday after attending an off-campus fraternity event, and she announced an immediate suspension of all activities organized by fraternity and sorority chapters at the university while officials complete a review. Matthew McKinley Ellis, 20, was at an...
Four deaths make for grim weekend on Austin roads
 Two car wrecks, each causing two deaths, occurred within a few hours of each other Saturday on an unusually deadly weekend on Austin’s roads, police said. More than 60 traffic deaths have occurred in Austin in 2017, according to the Police Department. Though the city is not on track to surpass the 79 deaths on Austin roads last year...

Posted: 7 days ago

Two car wrecks, each causing two deaths, occurred within a few hours of each other Saturday on an unusually deadly weekend on Austin’s roads, police said. More than 60 traffic deaths have occurred in Austin in 2017, according to the Police Department. Though the city is not on track to surpass the 79 deaths on Austin roads last year...
Four deaths make for grim weekend on Austin roads
 Two car wrecks, each causing two deaths, occurred within a few hours of each other Saturday on an unusually deadly weekend on Austin’s roads, police said. More than 60 traffic deaths have occurred in Austin in 2017, according to the Police Department. Though the city is not on track to surpass the 79 deaths on Austin roads last year...

Posted: 7 days ago

Two car wrecks, each causing two deaths, occurred within a few hours of each other Saturday on an unusually deadly weekend on Austin’s roads, police said. More than 60 traffic deaths have occurred in Austin in 2017, according to the Police Department. Though the city is not on track to surpass the 79 deaths on Austin roads last year...
Bullet fired into display case to rob Dripping Springs jewelry store
 A jewelry store in Dripping Springs was robbed Saturday morning after a bullet was fired into a display case to gain access to jewelry, according to the Hays County sheriff’s office. Two suspects brandishing handguns entered Vik’s Jewelers on U.S. 290 shortly before 11:30 a.m. and ordered two employees to raise their hands, the...

Posted: 8 days ago

A jewelry store in Dripping Springs was robbed Saturday morning after a bullet was fired into a display case to gain access to jewelry, according to the Hays County sheriff’s office. Two suspects brandishing handguns entered Vik’s Jewelers on U.S. 290 shortly before 11:30 a.m. and ordered two employees to raise their hands, the...
Two dead after vehicle fire on East Riverside Drive
 9 p.m. update: Police, arson specialists and the medical examiner’s office are investigating a fiery crash that claimed two lives in the 6400 block of East Riverside Drive shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday. “Speed’s possibly a factor, but it’s not clear at this moment” pending further investigation, said Christopher...

Posted: 8 days ago

9 p.m. update: Police, arson specialists and the medical examiner’s office are investigating a fiery crash that claimed two lives in the 6400 block of East Riverside Drive shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday. “Speed’s possibly a factor, but it’s not clear at this moment” pending further investigation, said Christopher...
Former San Marcos mayor Susan Narvaiz seeking congressional seat
 Former San Marcos mayor Susan Narvaiz announced Saturday that she is running for retiring U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith’s seat in Congress, joining a GOP field that includes state Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs. “Our country is at a crossroads and now more than ever, we need strong leaders who are not afraid to fight for conservative...

Posted: 8 days ago

Former San Marcos mayor Susan Narvaiz announced Saturday that she is running for retiring U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith’s seat in Congress, joining a GOP field that includes state Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs. “Our country is at a crossroads and now more than ever, we need strong leaders who are not afraid to fight for conservative...
Former San Marcos mayor Susan Narvaiz seeking congressional seat
 Former San Marcos mayor Susan Narvaiz announced Saturday that she is running for retiring U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith’s seat in Congress, joining a GOP field that includes state Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs. “Our country is at a crossroads and now more than ever, we need strong leaders who are not afraid to fight for conservative...

Posted: 8 days ago

Former San Marcos mayor Susan Narvaiz announced Saturday that she is running for retiring U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith’s seat in Congress, joining a GOP field that includes state Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs. “Our country is at a crossroads and now more than ever, we need strong leaders who are not afraid to fight for conservative...
Driver of vehicle causing fatal wreck on U.S. 183 among injured
 9:15 p.m. update: A man in his 30s who was driving a northbound Jeep that crossed into southbound lanes in the 9400 block of Research Boulevard in North Austin was critically injured in a wreck Saturday afternoon that left two other people dead and two others critically injured, police said. A woman in her 30s and a boy were killed when the...

Posted: 8 days ago

9:15 p.m. update: A man in his 30s who was driving a northbound Jeep that crossed into southbound lanes in the 9400 block of Research Boulevard in North Austin was critically injured in a wreck Saturday afternoon that left two other people dead and two others critically injured, police said. A woman in her 30s and a boy were killed when the...
Hundreds of dams in Texas could fail in worst-case flood
 Several hundred substandard dams upstream of populated areas in Texas violate state law intended to guard against dam breaching, or failure in catastrophic floods, an investigation by the American-Statesman has found. Those include six city-owned dams in Austin, as well as others in Central Texas, a region that has experienced some of the...

Posted: 9 days ago

Several hundred substandard dams upstream of populated areas in Texas violate state law intended to guard against dam breaching, or failure in catastrophic floods, an investigation by the American-Statesman has found. Those include six city-owned dams in Austin, as well as others in Central Texas, a region that has experienced some of the...
Hundreds of dams in Texas could fail in worst-case flood
 The earthen dam on the outskirts of this Williamson County city certainly does not look flimsy. At 35 feet high and nearly a third of a mile long, it has done a reliable job of holding back floodwaters on Chandler Branch, a normally placid tributary of Brushy Creek, for more than 50 years. But in a worst-case flood, like what Hurricane Harvey...

Posted: 10 days ago

The earthen dam on the outskirts of this Williamson County city certainly does not look flimsy. At 35 feet high and nearly a third of a mile long, it has done a reliable job of holding back floodwaters on Chandler Branch, a normally placid tributary of Brushy Creek, for more than 50 years. But in a worst-case flood, like what Hurricane Harvey...
UT regents unexpectedly postpone vote to bid for Los Alamos contract
 University of Texas System regents on Thursday unexpectedly postponed a vote on submitting a proposal to manage and operate Los Alamos National Laboratory, birthplace of the nation’s nuclear arsenal. Regents’ Chairwoman Sara Martinez Tucker gave no reason for the delay, simply saying that the matter was being postponed until Nov...

Posted: 10 days ago

University of Texas System regents on Thursday unexpectedly postponed a vote on submitting a proposal to manage and operate Los Alamos National Laboratory, birthplace of the nation’s nuclear arsenal. Regents’ Chairwoman Sara Martinez Tucker gave no reason for the delay, simply saying that the matter was being postponed until Nov...
UT regents postpone final vote on bidding for Los Alamos contract
 University of Texas System regents unexpectedly stopped short Thursday of giving the final go-ahead for a proposal to manage and operate Los Alamos National Laboratory, birthplace of the nation’s nuclear arsenal. Regents’ Chairwoman Sara Martinez Tucker gave no reason, simply saying that the matter was being postponed until Nov...

Posted: 10 days ago

University of Texas System regents unexpectedly stopped short Thursday of giving the final go-ahead for a proposal to manage and operate Los Alamos National Laboratory, birthplace of the nation’s nuclear arsenal. Regents’ Chairwoman Sara Martinez Tucker gave no reason, simply saying that the matter was being postponed until Nov...
UT Chancellor Bill McRaven feeling better after brief hospitalization

Posted: 11 days ago

University of Texas System Chancellor Bill McRaven says he’s feeling better by the day following a brief hospitalization in Dallas. “I’m far from 100 percent, but every day I’m feeling better,” McRaven, 62, told me following Wednesday’s Board of Regents’ meeting. The CEO of...
Minor tweaks in the offing for UT’s concealed handgun policy

Posted: 11 days ago

Rules regarding the carrying of concealed handguns at the University of Texas prompted considerable discussion by the university’s governing board as they were about to take effect last year. On Wednesday, members of a UT System Board of Regents committee didn’t say a word about minor revisions expected to take effect...
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