Tom Labinski

Communities editor

Tom Labinski is an assistant metro editor at the Austin American-Statesman.

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UT classes to begin Wednesday as scheduled

5:10 PM Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017

The University of Texas said Sunday that classes would begin as scheduled Wednesday, but said students and families planning to come to the campus from areas affected by Tropical Storm Harvey should put safety first when making travel decisions. “To students who have been impacted by Harvey, the university will provide guidance to faculty...
Three low-water crossings closed in Round Rock
 Three low-water crossings are closed in Round Rock, city officials said, and crews are responding to any issues that are reported as daylight breaks. The main issue overnight was debris from trees, said Will Hampton, the communications director for the city. He said floodgates are closed at Harrell Parkway, Old Bowman Road and Lee Street...

1:39 PM Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017

Three low-water crossings are closed in Round Rock, city officials said, and crews are responding to any issues that are reported as daylight breaks. The main issue overnight was debris from trees, said Will Hampton, the communications director for the city. He said floodgates are closed at Harrell Parkway, Old Bowman Road and Lee Street...
LOCAL IMPACT: Gov. Abbott declares Caldwell County a disaster area
 See the latest updates on the storm 3:30 a.m. update: Governor Greg Abbott has declared Caldwell County a disaster area, according to officials with the Caldwell County office of emergency management. “This declaration will be forwarded to FEMA for a Presidential Declaration,” the county office said in a statement. “The...

11:00 AM Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017

See the latest updates on the storm 3:30 a.m. update: Governor Greg Abbott has declared Caldwell County a disaster area, according to officials with the Caldwell County office of emergency management. “This declaration will be forwarded to FEMA for a Presidential Declaration,” the county office said in a statement. “The...
LAKE ON ALERT: Invasive zebra mussels found in Lake Travis, Texas wildlife officials say
 Zebra mussels, which have seriously affected the economy, environment and recreation on Texas reservoirs and rivers, have been found in Lake Travis, state wildlife officials said Tuesday. Biologists from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Lower Colorado River Authority confirmed the presence of the zebra mussels in...

2:46 PM Tuesday, Jun. 27, 2017

Zebra mussels, which have seriously affected the economy, environment and recreation on Texas reservoirs and rivers, have been found in Lake Travis, state wildlife officials said Tuesday. Biologists from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Lower Colorado River Authority confirmed the presence of the zebra mussels in...