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Multiple seats contested in March primaries
 March primaries in Travis County range from noncontested races for several district judges and county commissioners to a wide field of candidates for a county court-at-law judge seat and the House District 46 seat held by embattled state Rep. Dawnna Dukes. Dukes, D-Pflugerville, faces five challengers in the Democratic primary election in...

Posted: 27 days ago

March primaries in Travis County range from noncontested races for several district judges and county commissioners to a wide field of candidates for a county court-at-law judge seat and the House District 46 seat held by embattled state Rep. Dawnna Dukes. Dukes, D-Pflugerville, faces five challengers in the Democratic primary election in...
Five seriously injured in rollover crash in Del Valle

Posted: 27 days ago

7:15 p.m. update: Five people — two teens, two children and one adult — were seriously injured in a rollover crash Monday evening in Del Valle, officials said. Austin-Travis County EMS medics took one teenage boy to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center with critical injuries and a boy younger than 13 to Dell Children&rsquo...
Affidavit: Man threatened to kill employees after demanding free phone
 A man is accused of threatening to shoot employees at multiple Austin area stores after demanding a free phone and not receiving it, according to an arrest affidavit. Chafik Bourenane, 34, was charged with making a terroristic threat, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine. Austin police first received a call...

Posted: 28 days ago

A man is accused of threatening to shoot employees at multiple Austin area stores after demanding a free phone and not receiving it, according to an arrest affidavit. Chafik Bourenane, 34, was charged with making a terroristic threat, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine. Austin police first received a call...
Northbound lanes of I-35 reopen in North Austin after rollover crash
 2 p.m. update: All I-35 northbound lanes have reopened after a rollover crash in North Austin, police said. The woman driving the vehicle was not injured, according to Austin police. No other vehicles were involved. Earlier: Austin police are responding to a rollover crash in North Austin. Police received a call at 12:22 p.m. to the 9300...

Posted: 29 days ago

2 p.m. update: All I-35 northbound lanes have reopened after a rollover crash in North Austin, police said. The woman driving the vehicle was not injured, according to Austin police. No other vehicles were involved. Earlier: Austin police are responding to a rollover crash in North Austin. Police received a call at 12:22 p.m. to the 9300...
FORECAST: Cold front Sunday afternoon to bring winter chill
 It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… Austin Christmas, that is. Not quite a white Christmas but a cold front is set to sweep the Austin area today, according to the National Weather Service. The same front is bringing snow to the Midwest and Great Plains. Sunday will be sunny with a high near 59 until the afternoon when...

Posted: 29 days ago

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… Austin Christmas, that is. Not quite a white Christmas but a cold front is set to sweep the Austin area today, according to the National Weather Service. The same front is bringing snow to the Midwest and Great Plains. Sunday will be sunny with a high near 59 until the afternoon when...
Fight brewing over Travis County’s $34 million STAR Flight contract
 The helicopter company that lost out on a $34 million bid to replace Travis County’s STAR Flight fleet is protesting the decision, arguing the winning bid was more expensive and included aircraft functions that have not been federally certified. Travis County has stood by its choice of AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp. for the three...

8:00 PM Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

The helicopter company that lost out on a $34 million bid to replace Travis County’s STAR Flight fleet is protesting the decision, arguing the winning bid was more expensive and included aircraft functions that have not been federally certified. Travis County has stood by its choice of AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp. for the three...
Bullet grazed child’s neck outside South Austin Torchy’s, officials say
 Austin police are investigating an incident in which a bullet grazed a 9-year-old’s neck Saturday afternoon outside a South Austin Torchy’s restaurant. Austin police and Austin-Travis County EMS officials said they received a call about the incident at about 12 p.m. outside of a Torchy’s at 4301 W. William Cannon Drive....

12:17 AM Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017

Austin police are investigating an incident in which a bullet grazed a 9-year-old’s neck Saturday afternoon outside a South Austin Torchy’s restaurant. Austin police and Austin-Travis County EMS officials said they received a call about the incident at about 12 p.m. outside of a Torchy’s at 4301 W. William Cannon Drive....
NEW DETAILS: Police describe suspect in North Austin credit union robbery
 3:30 p.m. update: Austin police are searching for a man who robbed a North Austin credit union Saturday afternoon. Police received calls at about 1 p.m. that a man walked into the Austin Telco Credit Union and demanded cash from a teller, Cpl. Chad Martinka said. The man, who arrived just before the facility at 13831 North U.S. 183 was set...

7:57 PM Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017

3:30 p.m. update: Austin police are searching for a man who robbed a North Austin credit union Saturday afternoon. Police received calls at about 1 p.m. that a man walked into the Austin Telco Credit Union and demanded cash from a teller, Cpl. Chad Martinka said. The man, who arrived just before the facility at 13831 North U.S. 183 was set...
FORECAST: Saturday to be cold, bring 100 percent chance of rain
 There’s a 20 percent chance Saturday morning will bring rain, but find your umbrella by noon, when the National Weather Service says the chance becomes 100 percent. The high Saturday will be near 50. The service expects new precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch are possible but no major flooding is expected. The...

3:10 PM Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017

There’s a 20 percent chance Saturday morning will bring rain, but find your umbrella by noon, when the National Weather Service says the chance becomes 100 percent. The high Saturday will be near 50. The service expects new precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch are possible but no major flooding is expected. The...
San Marcos officer mourned as a hero
 In the days since San Marcos police officer Kenneth Copeland died last week, Joe Fratangelo had been identifying himself to others as Copeland’s best friend. College fraternity brothers who later served as police officers together, they’d been friends for 38 years. “But after speaking with so many of you all,” Fratangelo...

12:30 AM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

In the days since San Marcos police officer Kenneth Copeland died last week, Joe Fratangelo had been identifying himself to others as Copeland’s best friend. College fraternity brothers who later served as police officers together, they’d been friends for 38 years. “But after speaking with so many of you all,” Fratangelo...
Friends, colleagues recall slain officer Copeland’s humor, character
 2 p.m. update: San Marcos police officer Kenneth Copeland was remembered Wednesday at a funeral in San Antonio that celebrated his character, his humor and his life as a father and public servant. Pastor and retired officer Bill Glasgow of Solid Rock Church in San Marcos told the hundreds who gathered at Community Bible Church that &ldquo...

2:00 PM Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

2 p.m. update: San Marcos police officer Kenneth Copeland was remembered Wednesday at a funeral in San Antonio that celebrated his character, his humor and his life as a father and public servant. Pastor and retired officer Bill Glasgow of Solid Rock Church in San Marcos told the hundreds who gathered at Community Bible Church that &ldquo...
Travis County joins other counties, cities suing over opioid crisis
 Travis County will join dozens of other counties and cities throughout the country attempting to recover costs from the opioid epidemic by suing manufacturers, distributors and marketers of the prescription drugs. “This has been a long time coming,” Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt said Tuesday. “This puts a very big strain...

12:29 AM Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

Travis County will join dozens of other counties and cities throughout the country attempting to recover costs from the opioid epidemic by suing manufacturers, distributors and marketers of the prescription drugs. “This has been a long time coming,” Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt said Tuesday. “This puts a very big strain...
Travis County joins other counties, cities suing over opioid crisis
 Travis County will join dozens of other counties and cities throughout the country attempting to recover costs from the opioid epidemic by suing manufacturers, distributors and marketers of the prescription drugs. “This has been a long time coming,” Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt said Tuesday. “This puts a very big strain...

12:16 AM Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

Travis County will join dozens of other counties and cities throughout the country attempting to recover costs from the opioid epidemic by suing manufacturers, distributors and marketers of the prescription drugs. “This has been a long time coming,” Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt said Tuesday. “This puts a very big strain...
Eckhardt, Shea draw no challengers as local 2018 races come into focus
 Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, Commissioner Brigid Shea and a handful of other county officials essentially clinched new terms this week after no one filed to run against them in the 2018 elections. District Clerk Velva Price, County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir and County Treasurer Dolores Ortega Carter also drew no challengers before the...

10:54 PM Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, Commissioner Brigid Shea and a handful of other county officials essentially clinched new terms this week after no one filed to run against them in the 2018 elections. District Clerk Velva Price, County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir and County Treasurer Dolores Ortega Carter also drew no challengers before the...
UPDATE: Burnet Road reopened after motorcycle-car crash
 3 p.m. update: Burnet Road has been reopened to traffic, authorities said Saturday afternoon. Earlier: Part of Burnet Road in North Austin is closed after a motorcycle-car collision Saturday, authorities said. Austin-Travis County EMS responded at about 2 p.m. to a crash near the 7900 block of Burnet Road near W. Anderson Lane. The motorcyclist...

8:33 PM Saturday, Dec. 09, 2017

3 p.m. update: Burnet Road has been reopened to traffic, authorities said Saturday afternoon. Earlier: Part of Burnet Road in North Austin is closed after a motorcycle-car collision Saturday, authorities said. Austin-Travis County EMS responded at about 2 p.m. to a crash near the 7900 block of Burnet Road near W. Anderson Lane. The motorcyclist...
Worker taken to hospital after trench collapses in South Austin
 A man who apparently had been working underneath an apartment complex in South Austin is being taken to a hospital in life-threatening condition after the trench collapsed on him, authorities said. The man in his 30s had been working to fix a plumbing issue at the Flagstone Terrace Condominiums, at 6903 Deatonhill Dr., near William Cannon...

4:59 PM Saturday, Dec. 09, 2017

A man who apparently had been working underneath an apartment complex in South Austin is being taken to a hospital in life-threatening condition after the trench collapsed on him, authorities said. The man in his 30s had been working to fix a plumbing issue at the Flagstone Terrace Condominiums, at 6903 Deatonhill Dr., near William Cannon...
FORECAST: After freak snow, Trail of Lights opening weekend to be mild
 Austinites can expect a sunny and milder weekend for Trail of Lights’ opening after the freak snowfall earlier this week that surprised and delighted the masses, the National Weather Service predicts. Saturday will be sunny with a high near 64. Trail of Lights goers will still feel a bit of that winter chill, enough to still need a...

3:12 PM Saturday, Dec. 09, 2017

Austinites can expect a sunny and milder weekend for Trail of Lights’ opening after the freak snowfall earlier this week that surprised and delighted the masses, the National Weather Service predicts. Saturday will be sunny with a high near 64. Trail of Lights goers will still feel a bit of that winter chill, enough to still need a...
More turmoil among Travis Democrats: Former candidate files complaint
 Mike Lewis acknowledges his own social media posts doomed his candidacy to become chairman of the Travis County Democratic Party — but only after they were plastered on a shadowy website run by an anonymous foe. If people should know who he was, Lewis said, they should also know who took him down and how. Read the full story on mystatesman...

3:48 AM Saturday, Dec. 09, 2017

Mike Lewis acknowledges his own social media posts doomed his candidacy to become chairman of the Travis County Democratic Party — but only after they were plastered on a shadowy website run by an anonymous foe. If people should know who he was, Lewis said, they should also know who took him down and how. Read the full story on mystatesman...
More turmoil among Travis Democrats: Former candidate files complaint
 Mike Lewis acknowledges his own social media posts doomed his candidacy to become chairman of the Travis County Democratic Party — but only after they were plastered on a shadowy website run by an anonymous foe. If people should know who he was, Lewis said, they should also know who took him down and how. This week, Lewis said he filed...

11:45 PM Friday, Dec. 08, 2017

Mike Lewis acknowledges his own social media posts doomed his candidacy to become chairman of the Travis County Democratic Party — but only after they were plastered on a shadowy website run by an anonymous foe. If people should know who he was, Lewis said, they should also know who took him down and how. This week, Lewis said he filed...
Austin report: Reduce car lanes, add bus and bike lanes to Guadalupe
 The Drag isn’t working well for anyone, Austin officials acknowledged in a Guadalupe Street corridor plan released Tuesday. So rather than serving everyone poorly, the report says, Austin should revamp the one-mile stretch of Guadalupe along the University of Texas campus to better serve bus riders, bicyclists and pedestrians &mdash...

1:33 AM Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017

The Drag isn’t working well for anyone, Austin officials acknowledged in a Guadalupe Street corridor plan released Tuesday. So rather than serving everyone poorly, the report says, Austin should revamp the one-mile stretch of Guadalupe along the University of Texas campus to better serve bus riders, bicyclists and pedestrians &mdash...
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