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Travis GOP chair will run for re-election in March
 Travis County Republican Party Chairman Matt Mackowiak announced Thursday that he will run for re-election. Mackowiak was elected in June to finish one year of the unexpired term of James Dickey, who stepped down after being elected chair of the state GOP. If voters pick him in the March Republican primary, Mackowiak would serve a full, two-year...

Posted: 4 days ago

Travis County Republican Party Chairman Matt Mackowiak announced Thursday that he will run for re-election. Mackowiak was elected in June to finish one year of the unexpired term of James Dickey, who stepped down after being elected chair of the state GOP. If voters pick him in the March Republican primary, Mackowiak would serve a full, two-year...
Travis County GOP chairman announces re-election bid
 Travis County Republican Party Chairman Matt Mackowiak announced Thursday that he will run for re-election. Mackowiak was elected in June to finish one year of the unexpired term of James Dickey, who stepped down after being elected chair of the state GOP. If voters pick him in the March Republican primary, Mackowiak would serve a full, two-year...

Posted: 4 days ago

Travis County Republican Party Chairman Matt Mackowiak announced Thursday that he will run for re-election. Mackowiak was elected in June to finish one year of the unexpired term of James Dickey, who stepped down after being elected chair of the state GOP. If voters pick him in the March Republican primary, Mackowiak would serve a full, two-year...
Pence, in Austin, stresses federal commitment to Harvey recovery
 On the day that Vice President Mike Pence visited the South Texas city of Victoria after Hurricane Harvey, one he said he’ll never forget, he noticed that volunteers were distinguishable by their T-shirt colors. A few were wearing blue, and many were wearing red. Pence, who was in Austin on Wednesday to receive a briefing from Federal...

Posted: 5 days ago

On the day that Vice President Mike Pence visited the South Texas city of Victoria after Hurricane Harvey, one he said he’ll never forget, he noticed that volunteers were distinguishable by their T-shirt colors. A few were wearing blue, and many were wearing red. Pence, who was in Austin on Wednesday to receive a briefing from Federal...
Vice President Pence says he’s committed to Texas’ Harvey recovery
 Update 3 p.m.: Vice President Mike Pence, in Austin to receive a briefing from Federal Emergency Management Agency officials on Hurricane Harvey response, praised state and federal leaders for the way they have handled the disaster recovery. “President Trump asked me to be here today not only for an update but also as continuing our...

Posted: 6 days ago

Update 3 p.m.: Vice President Mike Pence, in Austin to receive a briefing from Federal Emergency Management Agency officials on Hurricane Harvey response, praised state and federal leaders for the way they have handled the disaster recovery. “President Trump asked me to be here today not only for an update but also as continuing our...
Travis County approves $1.8 million in employee raises
 Travis County commissioners on Tuesday approved $1.8 million in raises for some county employees, saying the extra pay was needed to keep up with market changes. The increases, which span the areas of finance, social services and maintenance and will affect 649 employees, come as a result of a benchmark study done by county staff. Commissioners...

Posted: 6 days ago

Travis County commissioners on Tuesday approved $1.8 million in raises for some county employees, saying the extra pay was needed to keep up with market changes. The increases, which span the areas of finance, social services and maintenance and will affect 649 employees, come as a result of a benchmark study done by county staff. Commissioners...
Travis County approves $1.8 million in employee raises
 Travis County commissioners on Tuesday approved $1.8 million in raises for some county employees, saying the extra pay was needed to keep up with market changes. The increases, which span the areas of finance, social services and maintenance and will affect 649 employees, come as a result of a benchmark study done by county staff. Commissioners...

Posted: 6 days ago

Travis County commissioners on Tuesday approved $1.8 million in raises for some county employees, saying the extra pay was needed to keep up with market changes. The increases, which span the areas of finance, social services and maintenance and will affect 649 employees, come as a result of a benchmark study done by county staff. Commissioners...
Wynne, Limon-Mercado announce bids for Travis Democratic Party chair
 Dyana Limon-Mercado, an executive with a Planned Parenthood advocacy group, and Anne Wynne, an attorney, have thrown their hats into the ring for Travis County Democratic Party chair. Limon-Mercado is the deputy executive director for Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, the political and advocacy arm for Planned Parenthood in Texas. “I&rsquo...

Posted: 7 days ago

Dyana Limon-Mercado, an executive with a Planned Parenthood advocacy group, and Anne Wynne, an attorney, have thrown their hats into the ring for Travis County Democratic Party chair. Limon-Mercado is the deputy executive director for Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, the political and advocacy arm for Planned Parenthood in Texas. “I&rsquo...
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: 8 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: 8 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...
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: 9 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...
Police: Threats of shootings made at Manor High, South Austin church
 Authorities on Friday arrested two people accused of making separate threats of mass shootings — one of them a Manor High School student who allegedly threatened a Columbine-style attack at his school and the other a woman who showed up at a South Austin church with a shotgun, according to reports. The two incidents reflect a heightened...

Posted: 9 days ago

Authorities on Friday arrested two people accused of making separate threats of mass shootings — one of them a Manor High School student who allegedly threatened a Columbine-style attack at his school and the other a woman who showed up at a South Austin church with a shotgun, according to reports. The two incidents reflect a heightened...
Police: Threats of shootings made at Manor High, South Austin church
 Authorities on Friday arrested two people accused of making separate threats of mass shootings — one of them a Manor High School student who allegedly threatened a Columbine-style attack at his school and the other a woman who showed up at a South Austin church with a shotgun, according to reports. The two incidents reflect a heightened...

Posted: 9 days ago

Authorities on Friday arrested two people accused of making separate threats of mass shootings — one of them a Manor High School student who allegedly threatened a Columbine-style attack at his school and the other a woman who showed up at a South Austin church with a shotgun, according to reports. The two incidents reflect a heightened...
At Camp Ax, burn survivors rejoin friends and suit up as firefighters
 Going to camps designed for burn survivors is so common within the burn survivor community that many can recall at exactly which retreat they met which friend. But once those survivors reach their teenage years, the selection of camps thins out. Most are geared toward children, such as the well-known Camp David, a weeklong event in Kerrville...

Posted: 9 days ago

Going to camps designed for burn survivors is so common within the burn survivor community that many can recall at exactly which retreat they met which friend. But once those survivors reach their teenage years, the selection of camps thins out. Most are geared toward children, such as the well-known Camp David, a weeklong event in Kerrville...
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: 9 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...
Veterans Day forecast: Mild, cloudy and dry until nightfall
 Though skies will be mostly cloudy on Veterans Day, march on, Austin. Rain isn’t expected and the day will bring warmer weather than the Austin area has been experiencing of late, according to the National Weather Service. Saturday will be mostly cloudy with a high near 70. Dry skies may not last into the night, when there is a 20 percent...

Posted: 10 days ago

Though skies will be mostly cloudy on Veterans Day, march on, Austin. Rain isn’t expected and the day will bring warmer weather than the Austin area has been experiencing of late, according to the National Weather Service. Saturday will be mostly cloudy with a high near 70. Dry skies may not last into the night, when there is a 20 percent...
Travis Democratic Party chair candidate drops out over Facebook posts
 Yet another candidate has announced then quickly pulled out of the race for Travis County Democratic Party chair. Mike Lewis announced in a statement on Facebook on Thursday that he is ending his campaign in light of the publication of a website that highlighted his previous Facebook posts and made a case that Lewis did not support the Democratic...

Posted: 12 days ago

Yet another candidate has announced then quickly pulled out of the race for Travis County Democratic Party chair. Mike Lewis announced in a statement on Facebook on Thursday that he is ending his campaign in light of the publication of a website that highlighted his previous Facebook posts and made a case that Lewis did not support the Democratic...
Pence, Abbott visit Sutherland Springs as all victims’ names released
 Hours before Vice President Mike Pence arrived in South Texas to mourn the shooting deaths of 26 people killed Sunday inside a rural church, officials released the names of those who died. Nine children were shot to death, including the 16-year-old daughter of the church’s pastor. The death toll includes the fetus of Crystal Holcombe...

Posted: 12 days ago

Hours before Vice President Mike Pence arrived in South Texas to mourn the shooting deaths of 26 people killed Sunday inside a rural church, officials released the names of those who died. Nine children were shot to death, including the 16-year-old daughter of the church’s pastor. The death toll includes the fetus of Crystal Holcombe...
With Travis bonds approved, officials look to jump-start projects
 After Travis County voters signed off on a $185 million roads, parks and drainage bond package this week, the Commissioners Court will likely move forward Thursday on an unprecedented approach of hiring consultants to speed up project completion. During a special voting session Thursday, commissioners will decide whether to accept a county...

Posted: 12 days ago

After Travis County voters signed off on a $185 million roads, parks and drainage bond package this week, the Commissioners Court will likely move forward Thursday on an unprecedented approach of hiring consultants to speed up project completion. During a special voting session Thursday, commissioners will decide whether to accept a county...
‘Our faith is unwavering’: Hundreds attend vigil for shooting victims
 10 p.m. update: Hundreds gathered Wednesday evenin at Floresville High School and packed stadium bleachers to hear songs and words of worship in honor of the 26 killed on Sunday at First Baptist Church in nearby Sutherland Springs. They sang along as “Good, Good Father” by Chris Tomlin was played. They listened intently as...

Posted: 13 days ago

10 p.m. update: Hundreds gathered Wednesday evenin at Floresville High School and packed stadium bleachers to hear songs and words of worship in honor of the 26 killed on Sunday at First Baptist Church in nearby Sutherland Springs. They sang along as “Good, Good Father” by Chris Tomlin was played. They listened intently as...
FINAL: Two incumbents put away challengers in San Marcos council races
 The two incumbent members of the San Marcos City Council running for re-election have held on to their seats, according to final results. Place 3 Council Member Ed Mihalkanin ended up with 65 percent of the vote, or 1,437 votes, beating out challenger Amy Stanfield by 675 votes. “Thank you, San Marcos! It is a honor to have your continued...

Posted: 13 days ago

The two incumbent members of the San Marcos City Council running for re-election have held on to their seats, according to final results. Place 3 Council Member Ed Mihalkanin ended up with 65 percent of the vote, or 1,437 votes, beating out challenger Amy Stanfield by 675 votes. “Thank you, San Marcos! It is a honor to have your continued...
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