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Austin candidate Lewis Conway’s run asks when a criminal sentence ends

In mid-2017, Lewis Conway Jr. had some political questions. He wanted to understand, really understand, the forces behind people of color slipping away from East Austin neighborhoods. So the black Muslim socialist called the only person he could think of: a white nationalist libertarian tax consultant he had once served time with in prison. “I was like, ‘Dude, tell me about gentrification...


UPDATE: Fights, gunfire preceded deadly police shooting in downtown Austin, police say

UPDATE: Fights, gunfire preceded deadly police shooting in downtown Austin, police say

A 21-year-old man died early Friday after eight Austin police officers shot at him in an alley off Sixth Street in downtown Austin. Assistant Chief Troy Gay said police opened fire on the man behind the Terminal 6 bar in the 600 block of Trinity Street shortly after 1 a.m. after he ran toward them with a gun. A ninth officer also fired a Taser at the man, police said. Police identified the victim...

Prosecutors clear Austin officer who fatally shot woman carrying knife

Travis County prosecutors have determined an Austin police officer was justified when he fatally shot a woman who charged at him with a knife after leading police on a high-speed chase in South Austin last year. District Attorney Margaret Moore’s office released a statement Thursday saying they will not present the case to a grand jury for a possible indictment, a decision that clears Austin...
Floodgate replacement at Tom Miller Dam to start next week

Floodgate replacement at Tom Miller Dam to start next week

The Lower Colorado River Authority is investing nearly $10 million to replace the time-worn floodgates at Tom Miller Dam. The project is set to begin next week and isn’t expected to cause any problems for boaters on Lake Austin. The dam has nine floodgates that are used to send floodwaters downstream to help control the water supply in the Austin area and Central Texas. The gates have not been...
911 call reporting barricaded person in NW Austin was hoax, sheriff says

911 call reporting barricaded person in NW Austin was hoax, sheriff says

8:45 p.m. update: A 911 call that prompted a large law enforcement response to a Northwest Austin apartment Thursday evening was a prank, Williamson County’s sheriff said. Williamson County deputies and Austin police SWAT responded just after 5 p.m. because a man who sounded distraught said he was going to barricade himself in an apartment in the 8100 block of Anderson Mill Road, Austin...
Weekend storms eased drought in Central Texas — but only made small dent

Weekend storms eased drought in Central Texas — but only made small dent

Storms that swept across Central Texas over the weekend helped ease drought conditions in some parts of the state, including in the Austin area, according to a new map released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor. Storms that developed along a low-pressure system to the northwest of Austin dropped between an inch and 2 inches of rain in parts of Travis County from Friday to Monday, according to Lower...
Police: Employee stole more than $34,000 from Hutto landscape company

Police: Employee stole more than $34,000 from Hutto landscape company

A supervisor is accused of stealing more than $34,000 from a landscaping company in Hutto by issuing paychecks to a former employee and then depositing the money in his own bank account, according to an arrest affidavit released this week. Ismael Escandon, 51, was charged with theft, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The manager for La Copa Ventures, at 102 FM 1660 South...
Georgetown school board calls for $166 million November bond election

Georgetown school board calls for $166 million November bond election

The Georgetown school board Wednesday night approved putting a $166 million bond package before voters in November. The bond proposal would fund projects aimed at addressing student growth in the 11,500-student district, as well as security improvements and technology upgrades, among other things. The district’s student population is expected to grow by 2,300 by 2023, and four campuses are expected...
Two men accused of stalking, attacking their partners, police say

Two men accused of stalking, attacking their partners, police say

Two Travis County men were charged with stalking Thursday after authorities say they threatened and attacked women they’d been in relationships with, prompting advocates for victims of domestic abuse to remind people in dangerous situations to reach out for help. James Tate, 39, was charged with stalking and felony assault strangulation Thursday after police said he sent messages and left voicemails...
Travis County state judges recommend renewing Southwest Key contracts

Travis County state judges recommend renewing Southwest Key contracts

As political activists push Travis County to end its relationship with Southwest Key, the federal contractor operating detention centers across the U.S. for immigrant children, the county’s juvenile probation board on Thursday recommended renewing county contracts with the Austin nonprofit. The board — made up of state District Court judges, judges of all juvenile courts and County Judge...
Burnet County officials find human remains near car of missing woman

Burnet County officials find human remains near car of missing woman

Burnet County sheriff’s officials on Tuesday found a car that was owned by a woman who hasn’t been seen since April — and also found skeletal human remains nearby. Tina Marie Logan, 40, was last seen around 10 a.m. April 2 at the 29 Tire shop in Burnet, sheriff’s investigators said.  Investigators found her vehicle abandoned on an unoccupied property in rural...
Austin drivers got 17,000 tickets for passing school buses last year

Austin drivers got 17,000 tickets for passing school buses last year

Austin drivers have shelled out $7.3 million over the past 2½ years for allegedly passing Austin district school buses illegally. Since the Austin district launched its school bus stop-arm safety program in February 2016, 36,589 tickets have been issued, with 16,716 issued last school year. District officials said the fines are meant to deter drivers from passing the buses, but the violations...
Pflugerville voters to decide in November whether to join ACC district

Pflugerville voters to decide in November whether to join ACC district

Voters in the Pflugerville school district will decide in November whether to become part of Austin Community College’s taxing territory. If voters opt to join the ACC district, property owners will pay taxes to the college, and residents will be able to attend the school at a much lower cost for tuition and fees than they are currently charged. In addition, residents who are registered voters...
San Antonio joins Austin as 2nd Texas city to mandate paid sick leave

San Antonio joins Austin as 2nd Texas city to mandate paid sick leave

San Antonio joined Austin Thursday to become the second city in Texas to require private employers to provide paid sick leave. The city council there chose to adopt a paid sick leave ordinance outright after more than 144,000 signatures were gathered to force an election on requiring employers to provide all employees paid sick leave, according to the San Antonio Express-News and a news release from...
Police looking for shooters after teen shot at Manor elementary school 

Police looking for shooters after teen shot at Manor elementary school 

A teenage boy was shot at a Manor school district elementary school on Monday night, and detectives are still looking for what they believe were multiple shooters, Austin police said.  Police did not name the elementary school but said it happened at 11316 Farmhaven Road, which is the address of Bluebonnet Trail Elementary. Officers got the call at 11:35 p.m. The boy, who is in his mid to...
Herman: Customer service done right

Herman: Customer service done right

We’re such an easily offended populace. If our fast food isn’t fast enough, we’re off and tweeting a complaint so the world can know about the horrible inconvenience we’ve endured. If our flight’s a little late, we’re tweeting something snarky to and about the airline, ignoring the fact that what they do on a daily basis is a gravity-defying miracle. So let&rsquo...

Grand jury indicts son of slain jeweler on capital murder charge

A grand jury on Wednesday indicted a 19-year-old who Travis County investigators have accused of planning to kill his father on a charge of capital murder, court records show. A two-page indictment says Nicolas Shaughnessy “knowingly caused the death of an individual” by hiring 21-year-old Johnny Roman Leon III of College Station to kill Ted Shaughnessy. Authorities arrested Leon in July...
Austin police officer who killed Morgan Rankins won’t face criminal charges, DA says

Austin police officer who killed Morgan Rankins won’t face criminal charges, DA says

An Austin police officer who shot and killed 30-year-old Morgan London Rankins in 2017 will not face criminal charges, according to Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore. The officer, Benjamin Rogers, shot Rankins on Feb. 22 after, according to police, she charged him with a knife. The events that led to the shooting began when police received an anonymous 911 call from a woman who said someone...
Austin police stepping up traffic enforcement as students head back to classes

Austin police stepping up traffic enforcement as students head back to classes

2:00 p.m. update: Austin police are stepping up traffic enforcement starting Monday, as Austin school district students head back to classes for the upcoming school year. Assistant police chief Justin Newsom on Thursday said extra officers would be working in school zones from Aug. 20 to 31 between the hours of 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Police will be looking for people...
Floodgates at Tom Miller Dam will be replaced starting next week, LCRA says

Floodgates at Tom Miller Dam will be replaced starting next week, LCRA says

The Lower Colorado River Authority is investing nearly $10 million to replace the time-worn floodgates at Tom Miller Dam. The project is set to begin next week, and isn’t expected to cause any problems for boaters on Lake Austin. The dam has nine floodgates that are used to send floodwaters downstream to help control the water supply in the Austin area and Central Texas. The gates have not been...

Community news: Housing voucher wait list reopens

TRAVIS COUNTY AUSTIN Housing voucher list reopens The Housing Authority of the city of Austin will accept online pre-applications for the Housing Choice Voucher program, formerly known as Section 8, from Sept. 17 through 24, for the first time in four years. Applicants may apply for free at hacaapply.org, and applications typically take five to 10 minutes to complete. The voucher program serves about...
Man charged with stalking girlfriend for months before choking her, police say 

Man charged with stalking girlfriend for months before choking her, police say 

A man suspected of sending threatening messages to his girlfriend for two months before choking her was arrested on Thursday, court documents say. James Tate, 39, has been charged with stalking and felony assault strangulation, court documents show. Police said Tate began sending text messages and leaving voicemails threatening to kill his girlfriend and calling her derogatory names at the beginning...
Weekend storms eased drought in Central Texas, but didn’t eliminate it, map shows

Weekend storms eased drought in Central Texas, but didn’t eliminate it, map shows

Storms that swept across Central Texas over the weekend helped ease drought conditions in some parts of the state, including in the Austin area, according to a new map released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor. Storms that developed along a low pressure system to the northwest of Austin dropped between an inch and 2 inches of rain in parts of Travis County from Friday to Monday, according...
UPDATE: MetroRail back on schedule after delay, officials say

UPDATE: MetroRail back on schedule after delay, officials say

8:30 a.m. update: The MetroRail line is back on schedule after a mechanical issue caused delays on Thursday morning, Capital Metro officials said. Earlier: A mechanical issue has delayed the MetroRail line by eight to 10 minutes Thursday morning, Capital Metro communications specialist Amy Peck said. The issue began in one train around 6:40 a.m. and officials are unsure how...
FORECAST: Highs near 101 degrees in Austin on Thursday, heat index up to 106

FORECAST: Highs near 101 degrees in Austin on Thursday, heat index up to 106

Thursday forecast for Austin: A third day of triple-digit temperatures is expected for the Austin area on Thursday, National Weather Service forecasters said. Thursday’s high temperature is expected to be 101 degrees, but the heat index, which determines how hot your body will feel outside by factoring in air temperature with relative humidity, could climb as high as 106 degrees. The area reached...
Body found floating in Lady Bird Lake near Congress Avenue bridge, officials say

Body found floating in Lady Bird Lake near Congress Avenue bridge, officials say

A body was found floating in Lady Bird Lake near the Congress Avenue bridge on Wednesday evening, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said.  The man, estimated to be in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene, EMS officials said. His death does not appear to have been a homicide, said Austin police, who temporarily closed a portion of the hike and bike trail Wednesday night as they investigated...
Austin City Council votes ‘yes’ to MLS at McKalla Place

Austin City Council votes ‘yes’ to MLS at McKalla Place

Major League Soccer in Austin is closer than ever to becoming a reality after the City Council voted Wednesday to strike a deal with an ownership group that will build a stadium near the Domain. Ten months after Anthony Precourt announced his intent to move to Austin, the council voted 7-4 to allow the investor/operator of Columbus Crew SC to privately finance a $200 million stadium at McKalla...
Rankings show H-E-B not just biggest Texas retailer, but a national contender

Rankings show H-E-B not just biggest Texas retailer, but a national contender

The National Retail Federation has released its annual list of the Top 100 Retailers, and a Texas favorite is charging into the top 20. Step aside “Here Everything’s Better” … now it’s “Here Everything’s Bigger.” San Antonio-based H-E-B is No. 20 on the list with 2017 retail sales of $21.94 billion — and they did it with 330 stores. Only Apple...
Man acquitted in punch that injured TCU football player Cole Novak

Man acquitted in punch that injured TCU football player Cole Novak

A Travis County jury concluded that the punch that left Texas Christian University football player Cole Novak with a broken jaw outside of a West Sixth Street bar last summer was justified. Needing less than an hour to reach a verdict Wednesday, the jury acquitted 25-year-old defendant Humberto “Beto” Barrera of all charges, deciding he had lawfully protected his friend from harm when...
Battle over Wimberley sewage reaches critical juncture … again

Battle over Wimberley sewage reaches critical juncture … again

The on-again, off-again Wimberley wastewater treatment plant is off again while the City Council revisits a plan to outsource to a private utility company. Emotions are running high in the Hays County town of about 3,000, divided over an issue that’s been the subject of debate for more than 30 years. Some say they’ve even lost long friendships over it. Most seem to agree that the city...
You might hate your commute, but study says Austin's not the worst

You might hate your commute, but study says Austin's not the worst

Statistics showing the average commute are sketchy at best. Austin and San Antonio are going to have longer commutes than Waco and Laredo because of more congestion and higher prices within the city core.  And suburban cities such as Arlington or Plano have even longer commutes because people are often living farther away on purpose.  But sometimes, when you’re on MoPac and you&rsquo...
Tensions erupt over limiting power of Georgetown historic commission

Tensions erupt over limiting power of Georgetown historic commission

Tensions flared Tuesday night at a packed Georgetown council meeting during a discussion on limiting the power of a city panel to determine what can be built in certain parts of town. Two council members snapped at a third and a former mayoral candidate was escorted out of the meeting by police after talking out of turn. After the hearing ended around midnight, the council approved by a 5-2 vote having...
Herman: After months of kicking it around, Austin goes major league

Herman: After months of kicking it around, Austin goes major league

Great news! We’re getting a big-league football team. Less great news for some: It’s the other football, the one in which you actually use your feet for something other than running. Me? I’m good with the Austin City Council’s 7-4 vote Wednesday that should clear the way for the Columbus Crew to relocate to Austin and eventually to play at a stadium to be built on city-owned...
Just after $10M price tag made public, George Strait home 'off market'

Just after $10M price tag made public, George Strait home 'off market'

Who bought George Strait’s home? The enormous Santa Fe-style home overlooking the posh community of The Dominion on the northwest side of San Antonio had been on the market since November.  But it was only this week, the San Antonio Express-News reported Tuesday, that it finally had a public asking price: $10 million.  Now the Zillow listing for the 11-bedroom, 9-bathroom...
Some Austin-area schools get failing scores under new grading system

Some Austin-area schools get failing scores under new grading system

Multiple campuses in a handful of Austin-area school districts failed to meet Texas academic standards under the state’s new letter grade accountability system. Under the new statewide system, districts on Wednesday received A-through-F letter grades and campuses were labeled “met requirement” or “improvement required.” Statewide, 121 school districts earned an A, 334...
BLOTTER: Men steal guns from South Austin pawn shop, feds say

BLOTTER: Men steal guns from South Austin pawn shop, feds say

SOUTH AUSTIN Feds: Men steal guns, jewelry from pawn shop Two men on Monday robbed a South Austin pawn shop, threatening an employee with a sledgehammer and breaking display cases, according to officials with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The men stole five pistols and over $6,000 in jewelry, officials said. The robbery happened around 4 p.m. at the Cash America Pawn...
Austin man accused of stealing rifle from Round Rock police car

Austin man accused of stealing rifle from Round Rock police car

An Austin man is accused of stealing an AR-15 rifle from a locked gun rack inside a Round Rock police car, according to an arrest affidavit. Louis Philip Reyes, 26, was charged with theft of a firearm, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years behind bars. On June 22, Round Rock police discovered the rifle was stolen from a patrol car at an apartment complex on La Frontera Blvd., the affidavit...
Chanel plans Austin manufacturing plant

Chanel plans Austin manufacturing plant

French retailer Chanel plans to build a manufacturing facility in Austin, according to county deed records and documents filed with the city. The company – known for its pricey perfumes, handbags, jewelry, fashion wear, makeup and skin care products — has purchased 50 acres east of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport through a real estate holding company it controls, deed records show...
Six measles cases reported in Texas in 2018, officials say

Six measles cases reported in Texas in 2018, officials say

Records from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show 107 people from 21 states, including Texas, had measles from Jan. 1 through mid-July. So far this year, six people in Texas have contracted the measles virus, which is transmitted through the air and can cause a rash and fever, the Texas Department of State Health Services said. The six cases, which were connected as some of the individuals...
Search accountability ratings for Central Texas schools and districts

Search accountability ratings for Central Texas schools and districts

Under a new statewide rating system, school districts on Wednesday received A-through-F letter grades and campuses were labeled “met requirement” or “improvement required,” but also earned numeric grades. The overall scores for districts and campuses in Central Texas are listed below. Click the links on district and campus names to visit the Texas Education Agency&rsquo...
Student stabbed in Oklahoma on first day of school

Student stabbed in Oklahoma on first day of school

A 14-year-old Oklahoma girl was stabbed multiple times during an orientation session at her high school Thursday. >> Read more trending news  Police said the incident happened at Luther High School. A 14-year-old boy was taken into custody and booked at the Oklahoma County Jail. Luther police later said the girl was stabbed nine to 11 times. According to a witnesses, the...
Man gets 25 years added to sentence for stabbing ex-wife 47 times in front of daughter

Man gets 25 years added to sentence for stabbing ex-wife 47 times in front of daughter

A Tennessee judge added a 25-year prison term to the life sentence given last year to a man who fatally stabbed his ex-wife 47 times in front of his 2-year-old daughter, the Knoxville News-Sentinel reported. >> Read more trending news  Tyler Enix, 39, is serving a life sentence for the October 2015 stabbing death of his ex-wife, Kimberly McFarland Enix. The extra 25 years came in a...
Phoenix police officer, gunman critical after shootout

Phoenix police officer, gunman critical after shootout

A Phoenix police officer and the driver of a car he was attempting to stop were in critical condition early Friday after exchanging gunfire, KNXV reported. >> Read more trending news  Authorities said the officer was attempting a traffic stop but the driver initially refused to stop, the television station reported. The driver finally did stop and reportedly shot the officer, who returned...
Man asks Manhattan clerk, 'Are you Arabic?' before punching him

Man asks Manhattan clerk, 'Are you Arabic?' before punching him

A man asked a bodega clerk in Manhattan “Are you Arabic?” before punching the surprised man in the face, The New York Daily News reported.  >> Read more trending news  The man asked the question on Aug. 9 at the Green Olive Deli around 10 a.m., police said. Surveillance videos do not show the punch being thrown, but police said the man hit the clerk before fleeing...
FDA cautions some people using pets to obtain opioids

FDA cautions some people using pets to obtain opioids

Pet owners could be stealing opioids that were meant for their pets, according to a statement Wednesday from Dr. Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. >> Read more trending news  “We recognize that opioids and other pain medications have a legitimate and important role in treating pain in animals -- just as they do for people,” Gottlieb...
Multiple students arrested after brawl at Indianapolis high school

Multiple students arrested after brawl at Indianapolis high school

Thirteen students were arrested after a brawl Thursday at an Indianapolis high school, the Indianapolis Star reported. >> Read more trending news  The fight, witnessed by more than 100 students, occurred at Arsenal Tech High School, WXIN reported. Authorities said no weapons were involved during the fight, which began inside the school’s cafeteria and spilled out into the...
People receiving food assistance in Michigan now required to work

People receiving food assistance in Michigan now required to work

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said it has sent letters this week to people on food assistance, telling them they need to find a job to maintain their benefits, The Detroit Free Press reported.  >> Read more trending news  In a statement, the health department said it mailed more than 67,000 letters, explaining that once able-bodied people between the...
New York boy who drowned gives life to 3 people via transplants

New York boy who drowned gives life to 3 people via transplants

A 23-month-old New York boy who drowned last month has provided life to three people since his death, WSTM reported. >> Read more trending news  Jaxson Finizio died July 27, several weeks after he wandered out of a home and into a pool. His family decided to donate the child’s organs, the television station reported. According to the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network,...
NYU offering free tuition for medical students

NYU offering free tuition for medical students

The New York University School of Medicine announced Thursday that it will be offering free tuition to all of its students, WNBC reported. >> Read more trending news  The college, citing concerns about the “overwhelming financial debt” for graduates, made the announcement during its annual “White Coat Ceremony” for new students and their families, The New...
Police: Drugs disguised as gummy bears found during South Carolina traffic stop

Police: Drugs disguised as gummy bears found during South Carolina traffic stop

A South Carolina man was arrested Thursday when police found candy pieces filled with THC during a traffic stop, WYFF reported. >> Read more trending news  Clemson police Chief Jimmy Dixon said police found 50 bags of what appeared to be gummy bears but were actually pieces of candy laced with the drug, the television station reported. Police also found approximately five pounds...
Veterans Day military parade postponed until 2019; Trump tweets he canceled it

Veterans Day military parade postponed until 2019; Trump tweets he canceled it

The Veterans Day military parade that President Donald Trump hoped to stage to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day has been postponed, according to the Department of Defense. Meanwhile, the President said he canceled the parade because the price of the parade “was so ridiculously high.” >> Read more trending news  “The Department of Defense and White...
Toledo winners of St. Jude Dream Home contest donate home back to charity

Toledo winners of St. Jude Dream Home contest donate home back to charity

An Ohio couple was one of 40 winners in the nationwide St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway, but they did some giving of their own. >> Read more trending news  Dianne and Dave Jaeger of Oregon, Ohio, who won the Toledo version of the contest in June, donated the home back to the St. Jude charity, WTOL reported. Their donation will fund a treatment plan for a child battling cancer, the...
Waffle House debuts food truck to cater events

Waffle House debuts food truck to cater events

Why go to Waffle House for that big event, when it can come to you? >> Read more trending news  The Atlanta-based restaurant chain introduced a new food truck that can cater private events, WSYX reported. On its website, Waffle House notes that the food truck can set up for parties at the office, schools or even at homes. It also can cater tailgating parties, family reunions...
Fox News apologizes for misidentifying Patti LaBelle as Aretha Franklin

Fox News apologizes for misidentifying Patti LaBelle as Aretha Franklin

The singer who demanded respect in an iconic 1960s song was temporarily disrespected in the eyes of some of her fans Thursday, hours after her death.  >> Read more trending news  Fox News issued an apology for mistakenly using an image of Patti LaBelle in a news package tribute for legendary singer Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday morning, People reported. “We sincerely...
Travis County judges recommend renewing Southwest Key contracts

Travis County judges recommend renewing Southwest Key contracts

As political activists push Travis County to end its relationship with Southwest Key, the federal contractor operating detention centers across the U.S. for migrant children, the county’s juvenile probation board on Thursday recommended renewing county contracts with the Austin nonprofit. The board, made up of district judges, judges of all juvenile courts and County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, discussed...
Austin Weirdos, BarbeCrew, The Manbuns: Readers weigh in with possible soccer team names

Austin Weirdos, BarbeCrew, The Manbuns: Readers weigh in with possible soccer team names

After the votes were (finally) cast and it was made official, Austin reacted to Wednesday’s news that the city might soon call a Major League Soccer team its own in typical Austin fashion: jokes and two cents.  The Austin City Council approved a deal for a Major League Soccer stadium in the city, which doesn’t necessarily guarantee Columbus Crew SC will call Austin its new home, but...
What age should you stop breastfeeding your baby?

What age should you stop breastfeeding your baby?

It's motherhood 101: Breast is best for your new bundle of joy. However, there are few hard and fast rules on when to wean your little one from breastfeeding. August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, so it’s the opportune time to take a look at some of the benefits for nursing mothers and their babies.  Breastfeeding comes with advantages for both moms and infants, according to...
Danny, Sandy back together again as John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John reunite

Danny, Sandy back together again as John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John reunite

“Grease” is the word! To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the rock ‘n’ roll movie musical that took us to the halls of the ‘50s Rydell High, Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta show they still go together like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong. The actor and actress who played Danny and Sandy reunited Wednesday at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills...
Police: Man who sent lewd video to officer now faces child porn charge

Police: Man who sent lewd video to officer now faces child porn charge

An Austin man accused in July of sending a lewd video to an officer posing as a 15-year-old girl now faces a new charge after Georgetown police found child pornography on his cell phone, an arrest affidavit said. Scott Phillips II, 31, was charged Monday with possession of child pornography, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. When Phillips was arrested for online solicitation...
Fire crews fighting home blaze in Bee Cave

Fire crews fighting home blaze in Bee Cave

Firefighters are fighting a home blaze in Bee Cave, according to Austin fire officials. The fire was reported at 2608 Cascade Falls near Bee Cave Road around 2 p.m. Wednesday. Austin fire, Oak Hill and Ce-Bar are on scene assisting. A heavy fire in the garage with vehicles were involved in the fire. This story is developing; check back for updates.
Lennon, McCartney back together? Well sort of

Lennon, McCartney back together? Well sort of

Lennon and McCartney have teamed up again. But it wasn’t some long-lost recording of John Lennon fronted by Paul McCartney years later.  It was actually the sons of the two music legends. Sean Ono Lennon and James McCartney recently spent time together and took a selfie that could, at a quick glance, be taken for an image of their two fathers from years ago. Lennon posted the photo to Instagram...
Here’s how to make sure your pooch is ready for the new baby 

Here’s how to make sure your pooch is ready for the new baby 

Your dog is a member of the family, right? So when that family expands to include a new little human member, your pup is one of the many "loved ones" you'll need to prepare for the arrival of a baby. Expectant parents can take heart from the multitudes of social media compilations featuring gentle dogs playing with their angelic baby companions, but don't expect to start snapping similar...
FREE ADOPTIONS: Saturday’s ‘Clear the Shelters’ event aims to do just that

FREE ADOPTIONS: Saturday’s ‘Clear the Shelters’ event aims to do just that

You’re looking for a friend. They’re looking for a home. Sounds like the perfect match. KXAN will host its annual “Clear the Shelters” initiative this Saturday, and there is no shortage of participating shelters, adoptable pets or (hopefully) Central Texans looking for a cat, dog, kitten or puppy. KXAN reports that six area shelters will be participating in the national...
’No Erasin’: Steve Perry releases first new song in 20 years, album to be released in October

’No Erasin’: Steve Perry releases first new song in 20 years, album to be released in October

Steve Perry fans have waited decades for new material from the former Journey lead singer. They’ve finally gotten their wish as he released the video for “No Erasin” on YouTube late Tuesday night. The song begins with the lyric, “I know it’s been a long time coming.” >> Read more trending news  He also announced that his latest album, titled ...
Austin City Council approves deal for an MLS stadium

Austin City Council approves deal for an MLS stadium

2:05 p.m. update: Austin appears to have landed a Major League Soccer team after the Austin City Council approved the McKalla Place deal Wednesday for a soccer stadium in North Austin. The stadium deal paves the way for Columbus Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt to begin financing an estimated $200 million stadium at the 24-acre tract of city-owned land near The Domain. Precourt aims to have the team...
5 things every parent should know about immunization

5 things every parent should know about immunization

Within the first few months of your child's life, your pediatrician will likely start talking to you about immunizations. Even if your house is stocked with hand sanitizer and antibacterial soap, it's important to know what options are out there to keep your kid safe from diseases that could have harmful consequences. TheWorld Health Organization defines immunization as the process that makes a person...
Viva Las Aerosmith! Steven Tyler announces band’s Vegas residency

Viva Las Aerosmith! Steven Tyler announces band’s Vegas residency

Aerosmith is setting up shop in Sin City. Steven Tyler and the rest of the legendary band announced that they’re setting up residency on the Las Vegas Strip next year. Shows begin at the Park Theater at Park MGM on April 6, 2019, Variety reported. Sales for “Deuces Are Wild” concerts will open to the Aerosmith fan club “Aero Force One” starting Thursday...
‘No-refusal’ initiative extended through Labor Day, Austin police say

‘No-refusal’ initiative extended through Labor Day, Austin police say

Austin police will target drunken drivers during an extended “no-refusal” initiative through Labor Day weekend, During the initiative, officers can more easily obtain search warrants for blood or breath samples from suspected drunken drivers who refuse to take blood alcohol tests, police said. The initiative will run from 3 p.m. and 5 a.m. each day from Friday through Monday. &ldquo...
Suspect arrested in pizza delivery carjacking, Williamson County sheriff says

Suspect arrested in pizza delivery carjacking, Williamson County sheriff says

A person suspected of trying to steal a pizza delivery driver’s vehicle on Sunday night and robbing another pizza delivery person has been arrested, Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody said. County deputies responded to Hendrix Apartment Homes at 9815 Copper Creek Drive, east of U.S. 183, Sunday evening after a person robbed a pizza delivery person and tried to steal another’s...
FORECAST: Highs near 97 degrees expected in Austin on Wednesday, heat index of 102

FORECAST: Highs near 97 degrees expected in Austin on Wednesday, heat index of 102

Wednesday forecast for Austin: Forecasters are calling for another hot day in Austin on Wednesday, with afternoon highs climbing to 97 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. At the hottest part of the day, meteorologists expect the heat index to reach as high as 102 degrees. A heat index determines how hot your body will feel outside by factoring in air temperature with relative humidity...
Mix wood furniture for an evolved look

Mix wood furniture for an evolved look

Upholstered furniture, like sofas and chairs, bring a lot of razzle-dazzle to our rooms, with their endless options to infuse our spaces with beautiful patterns and colors. But it’s their quieter siblings that provide the backbone to our interior spaces. Wood furniture may not always be as fun as upholstered pieces, but it plays a gigantic role in the design of our rooms. I wanted to share my...
5 hot summer home improvements

5 hot summer home improvements

There’s no better time than now to tackle those much-needed home improvements than during the summer. A remodeling project may be just what you need not only to add long-term value to your home, but also to live out your summers in style for years to come. Here are five home improvement projects that will make your home the hit of the season: 1. Add a deck. A new deck or patio provides the perfect...
Funky pink begonia exotically unique for baskets, mixed containers

Funky pink begonia exotically unique for baskets, mixed containers

All right begonia lovers there is a new kid on the block with the crazy name Funky Pink and it will make a wonderful addition to mixed baskets and planters. I am growing it with Heavenly Blue Surfinia in rectangular baskets hanging from a deck and it is everything I had hoped it would be. Funky Pink was hybridized by Benary Seed which to be honest have kind of become the begonia gurus in the gardening...
How to create the perfect vertical garden

How to create the perfect vertical garden

Vertical gardening is a great way to maximize your living space and enhance the beauty and enjoyment of your home. Easy to create, customize and care for, a vertical garden can be made of anything from hanging flower pots and plastic soda bottles to old mailboxes, wheelbarrows and crates. And the many options allow you the flexibility to get creative and capture your unique sense of style. Here&rsquo...

3 quick ways to get organized at home

Messiness doesn’t really hurt anyone. Unless you count the kick to the shins your mom gave you last time she glimpsed your kitchen. Maybe it’s time to tidy things up. Neatnicks Ashley Murphy and Molly Graves, both from Chicago and founders of the organization business Neat Method, have dealt with everything from moldy leftovers to five years’ worth of unopened mail. Their cure? Make...
Nate Berkus’ 8 greatest tips for effortless home style

Nate Berkus’ 8 greatest tips for effortless home style

CHICAGO — Nate Berkus’ life has been a little bit chaotic — mostly in a good way — for the past few years. He married fellow designer and television personality Jeremiah Brent, relocated from New York to Los Angeles, started up a new television show with Brent (TLC’s “Nate and Jeremiah By Design), and the couple welcomed two children, Poppy and Oskar (born this...
Try these 8 summer cleaning hacks

Try these 8 summer cleaning hacks

Spring is the traditional time when homeowners may think of a cleanup, but summer is also an ideal time to cleanse and purge. With summer comes relaxed days and for some, days off from work and shorter work weeks, making it the ideal time to allocate time for sprucing up, clearing out clutter, and refreshing. Not sure where to start? Here are some tips to help you clear the clutter this summer and...
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