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Austin City Council could rename Robert E. Lee Road, Jeff Davis Avenue

Azie Taylor Morton helped to desegregate Barton Springs and remains the first and only African-American to serve as U.S. treasurer. A freed slave, William H. Holland fought for the Union in the Civil War and later served as a Travis County commissioner. Both could become the newest names to adorn Austin street signs if the Austin City Council votes Thursday to remove the names of two of the Confederacy&rsquo...


FORECAST: Sunshine, mild temps to reach 80; cooling to 56 overnight

FORECAST: Sunshine, mild temps to reach 80; cooling to 56 overnight

Thursday forecast for Austin: You might want to grab a hoodie or a light jacket before you head out in the morning. Temperatures across Central Texas as of 6 a.m. were largely in the upper 40s and low 50s. Although the passage of a cold front Wednesday brought unseasonably cooler temperatures, Austin is expected to reach a mild high of 80 degrees in the afternoon amid sunny skies, the National Weather...
Dump truck driver fled after North Austin crash that severely injured man, police say

Dump truck driver fled after North Austin crash that severely injured man, police say

A dump truck driver fled after he was involved in a crash on Interstate 35 that was reported early Monday, Austin police said. The driver, 30-year-old Elieser Samora, is charged with failure to stop and render aid after an accident involving serious bodily injury. A 28-year-old man had severe brain damage after the crash and is currently in critical condition, police said. Somora told police he ran...
Police: Former Adidas employee stole $2,600 from Round Rock store

Police: Former Adidas employee stole $2,600 from Round Rock store

A former employee of an Adidas shoe store at the Round Rock outlet mall has been accused of stealing $2,600 from the store, an arrest affidavit said. Frank Rodriguez III, of San Marcos, was charged with theft, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail. An Adidas regional loss prevention manager told police he found $2,600 missing from a cash deposit in December 2017 from the store...
Man seriously injured after crashing into tree at Burleson Road, Metropolis Drive

Man seriously injured after crashing into tree at Burleson Road, Metropolis Drive

A man has potentially life-threatening injuries after he crashed into a tree at Burleson Road and Metropolis Drive on Wednesday evening, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. Medics responded at 6:27 p.m. The man, estimated to be in his 20s, was taken to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center. 
Miller gets 10 years probation, 6 months in jail for 2015 slaying

Miller gets 10 years probation, 6 months in jail for 2015 slaying

James Miller, a former Austin police employee who was found guilty Tuesday of criminally negligent homicide in the 2015 slaying of Daniel Spencer, was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years on probation and six months in jail. Miller, who avoided the more serious charges of murder and manslaughter, had faced anywhere from two to 10 years in prison. Instead, as a condition of the probation, Miller will serve...
Jury weighs complex charge in Onyeri’s shooting of Judge Kocurek

Jury weighs complex charge in Onyeri’s shooting of Judge Kocurek

Prosecutors seeking a conviction that could send Chimene Onyeri to federal prison for life needed to prove two things to the jury: that he shot state District Judge Julie Kocurek, and that the attack on the judge was related to a fraud ring that Onyeri is accused of leading. As jurors began deliberating Wednesday, there was little doubt that Onyeri shot Kocurek — he admitted to it on the witness...
Police: Man sexually assaulted girl who was missing for 2 days

Police: Man sexually assaulted girl who was missing for 2 days

Austin police have accused a man of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl while she was in downtown Austin.  Tyler James Hunt, 24, admitted to drinking with the girl and having oral sex with her, according to his arrest affidavit. He is charged with sexual assault of a child. Police responded to a 911 call Monday from the girl's mother, who said her missing daughter had just called her and asked...
Police: Round Rock woman filled false prescription from clinic worker

Police: Round Rock woman filled false prescription from clinic worker

A Round Rock woman has been accused of using a fraudulent prescription illegally written by an Austin sleep clinic employee, an arrest affidavit released this week said. Marlena Lauren Moore, 33, was charged with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Moore got the illegal prescription from a former employee at the Austin Neurology...

Austin police accuse man of sexually assaulting girl

DOWNTOWN AUSTIN Police: Man sexually assaulted girl Austin police are accusing a man of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl. Tyler James Hunt, 24, admitted to drinking with the girl and having oral sex with her, according to his arrest affidavit. He is charged with sexual assault of a child. Police responded to a 911 call Monday from the girl’s mother, who said her missing daughter had just...
What you need to know about early voting before the May 5 election

What you need to know about early voting before the May 5 election

Early voting started this week and ends Tuesday before the May 5 election day. Here’s what you need to know: 1. What’s on the ballot? Races in Central Texas cover the spectrum of city council, school district and city proposition elections. The cities of Bee Cave, Cedar Park, Lakeway, Leander, Liberty Hill and Wimberley are all electing a mayor and council members. Round Rock residents...
JUST IN: Homelessness in Austin, Travis County rises 5 percent

JUST IN: Homelessness in Austin, Travis County rises 5 percent

Homelessness in Austin and Travis County has increased by 5 percent compared with last year, according to an annual count by the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition. In January, about 550 volunteers spread throughout the city and county to count people experiencing homelessness. Volunteers counted people in cars, tents, parks, under bridges and on the streets. People sleeping in shelters and transitional...
Taylor man threatened wife, held knife to his throat, deputies say

Taylor man threatened wife, held knife to his throat, deputies say

Williamson County deputies arrested a Taylor man who threatened his wife Wednesday and later held a knife to his throat when authorities confronted him, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said. The incident happened around noon at a house in the 400 block of Mockingbird Lane in Taylor, sheriff’s spokeswoman Patricia Gutierrez said. Deputies from the sheriff’s mental health crisis team working...

Community news: CodeNext public hearings set for Saturday, Tuesday

TRAVIS COUNTY AUSTIN CodeNext public hearings set CodeNext will host two hearings with members of the joint use land commission for the public to provide feedback. Meetings will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Drive, and at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. The public hearings are an opportunity for residents to speak to the...
UPDATE: Crews clamp broken gas line in downtown Austin, fire officials say

UPDATE: Crews clamp broken gas line in downtown Austin, fire officials say

11:15 a.m. update: A broken gas line that prompted the evacuation of at least one downtown Austin building Wednesday morning has been clamped shut, Austin fire officials said. Crews were checking gas levels in nearby buildings on West 11th Street between San Antonio and Guadalupe streets before allowing more than 250 people to return to the evacuated areas, officials said. Texas Gas Service verified...
INSIGHT: What to know about the 2020 census in Texas

INSIGHT: What to know about the 2020 census in Texas

The Census Bureau in 2020 will conduct its once-a-decade population count. It’s expected to reveal significant growth for Texas, which would mean the state could see its representation in Congress increase by as many as three seats. But some fear those gains could be imperiled with the reinstatement of a citizenship question, which is expected to drive down participation, especially in states...
10 things this Aggie didn't know about Texas A&M

10 things this Aggie didn't know about Texas A&M

San Jacinto Day, one of the holy days on the Texas Aggie calendar, has come and gone, but it’s not too late for a little extra Aggie news in this Longhorn town. While writing a blog last December about the anniversary of the death of Rockdale native George Sessions Perry, I decided to buy his most acclaimed novel — “Hold Autumn in Your Hand” — and, in doing so, discovered...
Is Texas among the most gambling-addicted states? Place your bets, then click here

Is Texas among the most gambling-addicted states? Place your bets, then click here

I bet you can’t name the most gambling-addicted state. Actually, hold on, that’s a terrible bet. The most obvious guess — Nevada! — would be absolutely right. Wallethub, the credit and financial advice website, released their study of 2018’s Most Gambling-Addicted States and Texas fares pretty well, coming in at No. 29, right between Wyoming and Minnesota. Depending...
BREAKING: Miller gets 10 years on probation, 6 months in jail for 2015 slaying of Austin musician

BREAKING: Miller gets 10 years on probation, 6 months in jail for 2015 slaying of Austin musician

James Miller, a former Austin police employee who was found guilty on Tuesday of criminally negligent homicide in the 2015 slaying of Daniel Spencer, was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years on probation. Miller had faced anywhere from two to 10 years in prison. Instead, as a condition of the probation, Miller will serve 180 days in the Travis County Jail and pay more than $10,000 in restitution. The judge...
Prosecutors attack Onyeri’s explanation for Judge Kocurek shooting

Prosecutors attack Onyeri’s explanation for Judge Kocurek shooting

In presenting their final arguments before the case turns over to the jury, federal prosecutors called Chimene Onyeri a “calculated criminal … who is extraordinarily adept at manipulating people.” The prosecution spent more than an hour before lunch educating the jury on the elements needed to prove all 17 counts Onyeri faces in relation to the shooting of Travis County State District...
Temperature drops as rains leave Austin

Temperature drops as rains leave Austin

8 p.m. update: As storms moved out of Austin, the temperature dropped to 61 degrees at Camp Mabry. Dripping Springs and Buda received just under a half-inch of rain over the past six hours, according to rain gauges. Austin saw about a third-of-an-inch of rain over six hours.  4:15 p.m. update: Doppler radar shows a massive group of storms headed into the Interstate 35 corridor from...
1 man injured after shooting in Southeast Austin, officials say

1 man injured after shooting in Southeast Austin, officials say

Officers are currently searching for the perpetrator after a man was shot in Southeast Austin, police said.  The shooting was reported at 10:39 p.m. at Raleigh Circle and Lambs Lane. The man’s gunshot wound is not life-threatening, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. Investigators believe the shooter and the victim knew each other, police said.
Zilker Park to get up to $2 million from ACL Fest promoter for upgrade

Zilker Park to get up to $2 million from ACL Fest promoter for upgrade

The company that puts on the Austin City Limits Festival each year is kicking in at least $1.5 million to upgrade a portion of Zilker Park. The area off of Stratford Drive on the west end of Zilker Park, where the grass and gravel meet MoPac Boulevard, is commonly used as an area for auxiliary parking especially during the busiest days at the park. Unlike some of the previous projects funded by the...

Man arrested after SWAT standoff at La Quinta Inn in North Austin

NORTH AUSTIN Man arrested after SWAT standoff at La Quinta Inn Austin police have arrested a man who had threatened to shoot anyone who approached him in a North Austin hotel bathroom. SWAT officers used pepper spray to force the man to leave the lobby bathroom at the La Quinta Inn and Suites near the Domain shopping center, police said. A police spokesman said officers did not find a weapon. The...
Jam session with Austin musicians leads to fatal stabbing conviction

Jam session with Austin musicians leads to fatal stabbing conviction

A chance meeting between two Austin musicians led to the violent death of one man and a felony conviction for the other. James Miller, a former Austin police employee who took up the guitar in retirement, was found guilty Tuesday of criminally negligent homicide in the September 2015 stabbing of saxophonist Daniel Spencer. The two had gathered to drink and play music at Spencer’s home in East...
Police search for Sun City prowler involved in 50 incidents since 2016

Police search for Sun City prowler involved in 50 incidents since 2016

Georgetown police are looking for a prowler in the Sun City retirement community who has never hurt anyone but has shown some very strange behavior. He rings doorbells and then leaves, lurks in backyards, stands outside people’s windows while talking on a cellphone and on several occasions has entered through unlocked doors and stood over the beds of residents, police spokesman Roland Waits...
Police: Austin woman killed in wreck with gravel truck in Georgetown

Police: Austin woman killed in wreck with gravel truck in Georgetown

An Austin woman was killed in a two-vehicle wreck in Georgetown on Tuesday morning, police said. Seniqua Nakita Pittmon, 47, died at the scene at Ronald Reagan and Sun City boulevards. The driver of a gravel hauler tractor-trailer truck told police he was traveling south on Ronald Reagan Boulevard when a driver in a car also traveling south — later identified as Pittmon — slowed down and...
Texas State fraternity member indicted in connection with pledge death

Texas State fraternity member indicted in connection with pledge death

A Hays County grand jury has indicted a Texas State University fraternity member who investigators say provided alcohol to a pledge who died of alcohol toxicity last year, according to court records and District Attorney Wes Mau. Austin Rice, 20, faces up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine if convicted on the Class A misdemeanor in connection to the death of Matthew Ellis, a pledge of the Phi Kappa...
Travis County to pursue new housing market study

Travis County to pursue new housing market study

Travis County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to start discussions with the city of Austin, the Housing Authority of Travis County and the Travis County Housing Finance Corporation about launching a joint housing market study. The study would provide data on the housing stock in Travis County and identify market gaps in affordability, unit type and household size, staff said Tuesday. It will...
Texas State student indicted in 2017 death of fraternity pledge

Texas State student indicted in 2017 death of fraternity pledge

A Hays County grand jury has indicted a Texas State University student who investigators say provided alcohol to a fraternity pledge who died of alcohol toxicity last year, according to court records and District Attorney Wes Mau. Austin Rice, 20, faces up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine if convicted on the Class A misdemeanor in connection to the death of Matthew Ellis, a pledge of the Phi Kappa...
Man killed in East Austin shooting was involved in robbery, police say

Man killed in East Austin shooting was involved in robbery, police say

Two teenagers are in jail and face robbery charges in connection with an East Austin homicide last week. But according to arrest affidavits filed against 17-year-old Alexander Lee Moux Jr. and 18-year-old Jose Luis Vargas-Martinez, police think the man who died, 26-year-old Keeven Darrall Cubit, was also involved in the robbery the teens are accused of committing. Police allege in court documents...
Cornyn, Cruz, Abbott to speak at NRA Leadership Forum in Dallas on May 4

Cornyn, Cruz, Abbott to speak at NRA Leadership Forum in Dallas on May 4

A trio of leading Texas Republicans – U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, and Gov. Greg Abbott – will join Vice President Mike Pence in Dallas on May 4 to speak at the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action Leadership Forum. The association’s annual meetings website said the event is among the most politically significant in the country, and features leading...
James Miller avoids murder conviction, but guilty of lesser charge

James Miller avoids murder conviction, but guilty of lesser charge

A Travis County jury found James Miller not guilty of murder in the September 2015 stabbing of Daniel Spencer, but found him guilty of a lesser felony charge of criminally negligent homicide. The verdict came down Tuesday, about an hour after the jury signaled it had reached an impasse following nine hours of deliberation. The trial’s sentencing phase is about to get underway. Miller faces anywhere...
Two weeks out, Euphoria music festival still lacks county permit

Two weeks out, Euphoria music festival still lacks county permit

2 p.m. Wednesday update: A Finding Euphoria spokeswoman said Wednesday that the management team is committed to making sure the show goes on. “We’re working to provide all the necessary documentation for a safe event, and we look forward to collaborating with County staff to make all appropriate adjustments based on their guidance,” Erin Suddleson said. “Finding Euphoria is...

Williamson County joins regional housing foundation despite objections

Williamson County commissioners last week voted to approve joining a regional housing foundation, despite objections from some residents who said the organization receives unfair tax breaks on the apartments it builds. The commissioners unanimously approved joining the Texas Housing Foundation at their April 17 meeting. They also appointed architect John Moman to be the county’s representative...
Euphoria Fest starts in 2 weeks. Organizers still don’t have a permit.

Euphoria Fest starts in 2 weeks. Organizers still don’t have a permit.

2 p.m. Wednesday update: A Finding Euphoria spokeswoman said Wednesday that the management team is committed to making sure the show goes on. “We’re working to provide all the necessary documentation for a safe event, and we look forward to collaborating with County staff to make all appropriate adjustments based on their guidance,” Erin Suddleson said. “Finding Euphoria is...
Man killed in East Austin tried to rob drug dealers before being shot, police say

Man killed in East Austin tried to rob drug dealers before being shot, police say

Two teenagers are in jail and face robbery charges in connection with an East Austin homicide last week. But according to arrest affidavits filed against 17-year-old Alexander Lee Moux Jr. and 18-year-old Jose Luis Vargas-Martinez, police think the man who died, 26-year-old Keeven Darrall Cubit, was also involved in the robbery the teens are accused of committing. Police allege in court documents...
Sheriff: Two men stole $60,000 trailer with tools in Florence

Sheriff: Two men stole $60,000 trailer with tools in Florence

The Williamson County sheriff’s office is looking for two men who stole an equipment trailer with tools worth more than $60,000 from an asphalt plant under construction in Florence on Sunday, according to a tweet from Sheriff Robert Chody late Tuesday morning. The men were in a dark color Dodge truck. Anyone with information is asked to call authorities at 512-943-1346. FOR MORE NEWS: Be sure...

Community news: Hearing on Thursday for proposed road name changes

TRAVIS COUNTY AUSTIN Road name changes proposed The Austin City Council will host a public hearing on two proposed road name changes at 4 p.m. Thursday at Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St. Proposed changes are Robert E. Lee Road to Azie Taylor Morton Road and Jeff Davis Avenue to Will Holland Avenue. Separate applications were submitted by council members for the purpose of honoring a person, place...
Pedestrian killed on I-35 service road Saturday was 31, police say 

Pedestrian killed on I-35 service road Saturday was 31, police say 

Austin police have identified a pedestrian who died on the Interstate 35 service road in South Austin on Saturday morning as 31-year-old Dystany Farrias. Police said Farrias was walking in the 8100 block of the service road between William Cannon Drive and Slaughter Lane just before 3:40 a.m. when a 2001 Chevrolet pickup slammed into her. A preliminary police investigation has found that Farrias was...
Lawsuit filed to nullify Austin’s ordinance requiring sick leave

Lawsuit filed to nullify Austin’s ordinance requiring sick leave

A coalition of business groups has mounted a legal challenge to Austin’s landmark ordinance requiring that private employers provide workers with paid sick leave. The group — including the Texas Association of Business, the National Federation of Independent Business and the American Staffing Association — is seeking temporary and permanent injunctions to prevent city enforcement...
Man arrested after SWAT standoff at La Quinta Inn; no weapon found, police say

Man arrested after SWAT standoff at La Quinta Inn; no weapon found, police say

8:05 a.m. update: Austin police have arrested a man who had threatened to shoot anyone who approached him in a North Austin hotel bathroom. SWAT officers used pepper spray to force the man to surrender, police said. A police spokesman said officers did not find a weapon at the scene. Police said the man entered the La Quinta Inn and Suites near the Domain shopping center just before 5:30 a.m. He went...
'Avengers' stars raised $500,000 in charity while filming in Atlanta

'Avengers' stars raised $500,000 in charity while filming in Atlanta

“Avengers: Infinity War,” in wide release Friday, was filmed largely in Atlanta. While the Marvel stars were in town, they put their talents to use in a very special performance to raise $500,000 for a very worthy cause: hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. Proceeds from the November event at the Fox Theatre benefited the Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund at the...
Meghan Markle’s ‘Suits’ character ties the knot with co-star in her final episode

Meghan Markle’s ‘Suits’ character ties the knot with co-star in her final episode

Before American actress Meghan Markle marries British royal Prince Harry next month in real life she married her co-star as lawyer Rachel Zane in her final episode of the television drama “Suits.” >> Read more trending news  The last episode featuring Markle aired Wednesday night on USA Network and it also marked the last appearance on the show for her co-star and...
Kim Kardashian defends Kanye West, accuses Twitter users of ‘demonizing’ him 

Kim Kardashian defends Kanye West, accuses Twitter users of ‘demonizing’ him 

Musician Kanye West made his return to Twitter earlier this month to chat about a number of topics from new music to politics. However, some of his tweets have fallen flat and have not been well received, so his wife Kim Kardashian West is now coming to his defense.  >> Read more trending news  Many on social media have expressed concern over West’s mental health, but Kardashian...
Austin man charged with online solicitation of a minor

Austin man charged with online solicitation of a minor

An Austin man sent nude pictures of himself to a police officer posing as a 15-year-old girl online, an arrest affidavit released this week said. Charles Cantu, 25, was charged with online solicitation of a minor, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in jail. A Georgetown police officer posted an ad on Craigslist posing as a 15-year-old girl on Jan. 25 looking for odd jobs to buy new...
These two police departments got new dogs and they’re incredibly cute

These two police departments got new dogs and they’re incredibly cute

The Austin Police Department and the University of Texas Police Department each have new officers . . . the four-legged kind. APD’s bomb squad got a new German shorthaired pointer, who doesn’t yet have a name -- but we can confirm that he looks like a Very Good Boy. RELATED: Pflugerville shelter dog joins Commerce ISD police force Last week, a “generous...
Hypnobirthing delivery technique reportedly used by Kate Middleton but what is it?

Hypnobirthing delivery technique reportedly used by Kate Middleton but what is it?

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, formerly known as Kate Middleton, gave birth to a baby boy on Monday. >> Read more trending news  This is the third child for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who welcomed their new son into the world in the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London. According to reports, Middleton endured a five-hour labor without pain relief as a part...
Whistleblower sparks investigation into Georgia film tax credits

Whistleblower sparks investigation into Georgia film tax credits

Georgia state officials are investigating after an anonymous whistleblower came forward with allegations that Warner Bros. improperly claimed more than $600,000 in Georgia tax credits for work on the movie “Sully,” the industry publication Variety reported. >> Read more trending news  The 2016 film, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks as heroic...
HUD secretary to propose rent increases for low-income Americans receiving federal housing subsidies

HUD secretary to propose rent increases for low-income Americans receiving federal housing subsidies

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on Wednesday will propose to increase the amount low-income households are expected to pay for rent as well as require those receiving housing subsidies to work, according to the administration's legislative proposal obtained by The Washington Post. The move to overhaul how low-income rental subsidies are calculated would affect more than 4.5...
The best and worst paint colors for every room

The best and worst paint colors for every room

Colors have a proven psychological effect on our moods. And the colors we choose for our homes have a proven influence on our overall quality of life. Using color psychology, we can create a home that relaxes, energizes and focuses us where and when we need it most. It just takes knowing which colors to use in which room — and which colors to avoid. BEDROOMS For the bedroom, it’s best...
Create a colorful dry garden

Create a colorful dry garden

Big flower action may not appeal to nitzy perfect designers with their squares and straight lines and monocultures and perfectly raked gravel. These designs offer little in terms of color, life and animation. While modern architecture is coveted for magazine spreads, their landscapes are still devoid of the things that touch women on a primal level. Southwestern painter Georgia O’Keeffe knew...
Put bee-friendly flowers anywhere with portable pollinator gardens

Put bee-friendly flowers anywhere with portable pollinator gardens

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — To bees, size doesn’t matter. They don’t care how much space a landscape may cover. These pollinators prefer to focus on flowers. And they will find them. On patios or decks, in window boxes or wine barrels, bees will come buzzing if they discover something they like in bloom. “When we talk about pollinators, we (garden experts) make it all really complicated...
Remodeled home (finally) takes advantage of its treasured location

Remodeled home (finally) takes advantage of its treasured location

DES MOINES, Wash. — Poor Puget Sound. There it sat, off the sloping Des Moines shoreline, all shimmery and scenic and beckoning — but for decades, no one really gave a rip. Back in 1952, Jill says, her grandfather paid “$10 plus other considerations” for just over an acre of that sloping waterfront. By 1955, he and Jill’s grandmother had themselves a two-bedroom, one-bath...
The 5 best smart appliances for your kitchen

The 5 best smart appliances for your kitchen

If you’re intrigued by smart-home technology but afraid to take the plunge, a smart appliance can be a good first step. Here are five benefits you could reap, whether you’re gearing up for a major remodel or just upgrading an appliance or two. 1. Check for milk from the dairy aisle. The refrigerator is the appliance you interact with the most, so manufacturers have been investing heavily...
Use these colors for an invigorating spring home

Use these colors for an invigorating spring home

Looking for interesting colors to use this spring? Here are some of our top spring color tips. USE RED Red is one of the most versatile colors. In nature, found anywhere from flowers to birds, red is an ideal color to signal the return of spring. CONSIDER USING A COMBINATION OF CITRUS COLORS When looking for interesting spring colors to pair, you won’t go wrong with yellow and green. DON&rsquo...
Rapper Ralo flew drugs across U.S., sold them from apartments he rented, police say

Rapper Ralo flew drugs across U.S., sold them from apartments he rented, police say

An Atlanta rapper, accused of running a cross-country drug operation, was denied bond Tuesday, according to WSB-TV.  >> Read more trending news     Terrell Davis, known by his stage name Ralo, faces a federal charge of possession with intent to distribute. Authorities allege Davis sold drugs from several apartment units he rents in Atlanta dubbed “Ralo&rsquo...
Racial disparities in school discipline are growing, federal data show

Racial disparities in school discipline are growing, federal data show

WASHINGTON — Black students faced greater rates of suspension, expulsion and arrest than their white classmates, according to federal data released Tuesday, disparities that have widened despite efforts to fix them. The findings, drawn from the Civil Rights Data Collection, come as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is considering curbing the department's role in investigating racial disparities...
Prince’s family sues Illinois hospital, Walgreens in singer’s overdose death

Prince’s family sues Illinois hospital, Walgreens in singer’s overdose death

Members of Prince’s family have filed a lawsuit against an Illinois hospital and the Walgreens pharmacy chain, contending both could have done more to prevent the legendary entertainer’s opioid overdose death in April 2016, according to news reports. >> Read more trending news  The suit follows a decision made last week by the Carver County Attorney Mark Metz against...
’Schoolhouse Rock’ composer, jazz musician Bob Dorough dead at 94

’Schoolhouse Rock’ composer, jazz musician Bob Dorough dead at 94

Gen Xers and millennials may not recognize the name, but they’ll certainly recognize the music and lyrics Bob Dorough wrote for “Schoolhouse Rock.” >> Read more trending news  Children who grew up in the 1970s and 80s watching Saturday-morning television invariaby saw and can probably recite Dorough’s “Conjunction Junction,” one of the best-known Grammar...
Father punches woman trying to kidnap his son, police say

Father punches woman trying to kidnap his son, police say

Police in Tennessee say a father's quick actions stopped his 5-year-old son from being kidnapped Monday. A man called authorities Monday to report that a woman had grabbed his son and tried to run away from him. The father punched the woman and got his child back, according to police. Authorities identified the attempted kidnapper as Gina A. Ricard, 53. Officials said after the incident...
Kevin Hart reckons with cheating scandal in new J. Cole music video

Kevin Hart reckons with cheating scandal in new J. Cole music video

Kevin Hart is known for starring in box office films, but he took on a smaller role in a J. Cole music video that references his past infidelities.  On Friday, the rapper released his fifth studio album, “KOD,” and it includes the song “Kevin’s Heart,” which alludes to the comedian’s public cheating scandals.  >> Read more trending news ...
New ‘Venom’ trailer shows Venom

New ‘Venom’ trailer shows Venom

Comic book movie fans have finally gotten a full look at the main character in “Venom.” Sony Pictures dropped its latest trailer for the upcoming film and Tom Hardy’s take on reporter Eddie Brock. >> Read more trending news  In the trailer, it shows Brock being taken over by the Symbiotes, protecting him from attack and giving him newfound strength. While Venom is technically...
Police discover Michigan woman living in house with dead man

Police discover Michigan woman living in house with dead man

Police in Michigan discovered the badly decomposed body of a man in his bed, and also found that a woman had been living in the house and had not contacted authorities, WJBK reported. Police in Warren found George Curtis, 68, dead inside his home Monday after family members requested a welfare check. “Relatives came over yesterday wanting to get in touch with him 'cause his sister was ill...
Candy company introduces gummy beers

Candy company introduces gummy beers

You’ve heard of gummy bears. A candy company that caters to adults is introducing gummy beers. Sugarfina has teamed up with Corona Light to celebrate Cinco de Mayo by launching limited-edition Corona Light and lime-flavored gummy candies ahead of Cinco de Mayo, WFLA reported. The company is introducing two products: But First, Cerveza; and Here For a Good Lime. But First...
Las Vegas shooting survivors from California announce engagement 

Las Vegas shooting survivors from California announce engagement 

A California couple who survived the mass shooting in Las Vegas last October has announced their engagement, KNBC reported. Mykenzie Lane, 22, and Brandon Helmick, 21, were in attendance at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on Oct. 1, 2017, when a gunman opened fire, killing 58 people and wounding hundreds. Lane was hit by a bullet, but was saved from further injury when Helmick used his body...
Mississippi sorority hosts 'last dance' for WWII Navy veteran

Mississippi sorority hosts 'last dance' for WWII Navy veteran

A sorority at the University of Southern Mississippi saved the last dance for a 92-year-old World War II Navy veteran. Members of Phi Mu hosted a dance for Paul Sonnier, who recently told a social work intern at SouthernCare Hospice Services in Hattiesburg that his final wish would be “to dance with a beautiful woman,” WDAM reported. “He’d always ask me if I wanted to...
Court rules against monkey in copyright infringement case

Court rules against monkey in copyright infringement case

Monkey see, monkey can’t sue. A federal appeals court, in a unanimous decision, ruled Monday that animals cannot sue for copyright protection, The Los Angeles Times reported. The ruling came in the case of Naruto, a 7-year-old crested macaque living in a reserve in Indonesia. In 2011, the monkey allegedly took selfies with a wildlife photographer's camera when it was left unattended...
Study: Even mild head injuries increase risk of Parkinson's disease

Study: Even mild head injuries increase risk of Parkinson's disease

Even mild head injuries dramatically increase an individual's risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to a new large-scale study on veterans. The new research, published this month in the academic journal Neurology, looked at data collected from 325,870 former members of the U.S. military ranging from 31 to 65 years of age. Researchers discovered that individuals who experienced a concussion...
The sour truth about artificial sweeteners

The sour truth about artificial sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners are used by many people trying to lose weight. They’re often touted as ‘healthy’ by food and beverage companies – but guess again. Recent research links these chemical sugar substitutes to weight gain, heart disease and diabetes. So, how can something with zero calories lead to obesity and disease? “It happens because artificial sweeteners are anywhere...
FORECAST: Sunny, hot Tuesday with high of 87; chance of rain Wednesday

FORECAST: Sunny, hot Tuesday with high of 87; chance of rain Wednesday

Tuesday forecast for Austin: Break out the shades because an unseasonably warm sunny day is in store for us, the National Weather Service says, as Central Texas temperatures are expected to reach the upper 80s. In Austin, temperatures will approach 87 degrees with south-southeast winds from the Gulf arriving in the afternoon, forecasters say. The balmy winds will bring increased cloudiness in the...
Georgetown police: Man has harassed Sun City residents since 2016

Georgetown police: Man has harassed Sun City residents since 2016

Georgetown police are searching for a man who has been harassing Sun City residents for more than two years, even walking into their homes at night and standing at the foot of their beds until they wake up, a police spokesman said. Sun City is a retirement community with several thousand homes in Georgetown. The man has been involved in at least 50 incidents in Sun City since February 2016, said Roland...
Police: Man attacked, cut person he thought was behind home invasion

Police: Man attacked, cut person he thought was behind home invasion

An Austin man is accused of cutting an apartment resident with a machete because he thought the victim was involved in a home invasion, according to an arrest affidavit released this week. Samuel Diaz-Parra, 58, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in jail. The attack happened at the victim’s apartment around 10:30 a.m...
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