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Weekend rain brings a little relief to dry summer, meteorologists say

Showers and thunderstorms that swept through Austin over the weekend added nearly an inch of rainfall to the summer’s below-average totals, National Weather Service meteorologists said. Austin has had a particularly dry summer so far, seeing lower rainfall amounts than what is typically recorded, said meteorologist Ethan Williams. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport’s weather station...


Georgetown keeps tax rate flat, but property taxes to rise

Georgetown keeps tax rate flat, but property taxes to rise

Georgetown’s proposed $354 million budget for 2018-19 maintains the same property tax rate, adds 31 jobs to the city, gives pay raises to employees, pays for the construction of a fire station, includes voter-approved bonds for roads and has a new neighborhood traffic management program. Despite keeping the same property tax rate, the typical homeowner would see a $57 increase in taxes because...
Authorities arrest man suspected of vandalizing Buda elementary school

Authorities arrest man suspected of vandalizing Buda elementary school

Hays County deputies have arrested a man who they say broke into an elementary school in Buda and vandalized it last week, officials said Monday.  Authorities say a man forced his way into Carpenter Hill Elementary School at the 4400 block of FM 967 on early Friday. The man caused extensive damage to the school estimated to be between $150,000 and $300,000, authorities said. He destroyed...
City of Austin sued in Texas high court over ballot language

City of Austin sued in Texas high court over ballot language

Former Travis County judge Bill Aleshire has sued the city of Austin in the Texas Supreme Court, challenging the ballot language of a proposition up for a local vote in November. The lawsuit filed Monday challenges ballot language related to Proposition K, which calls for an outside audit of government efficiency at City Hall. The Austin City Council approved the ballot wording last...
UPDATED: Body found in Northeast  Austin does not appear to be suspicious, police say 

UPDATED: Body found in Northeast  Austin does not appear to be suspicious, police say 

2 p.m. update: Based on a preliminary investigation, Austin police believe the body found Monday in Northeast Austin was not a suspicious death, officials said.  Earlier: A body was found in a residential area in Northeast Austin, Austin police said Monday afternoon.  Police responded around 12:43 p.m. to a call reporting that a body was found at the 7600 block of Glenhill Cove...

Community news: CommUnityCare hosts back-to-school event Saturday

TRAVIS COUNTY NORTH AUSTIN Back-to-school event Saturday CommUnityCare Health Centers will host a back-to-school event honoring National Health Center Week from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The event will be at the North Central Health Center, 1210 W. Braker Lane, and will include entertainment, food and refreshments, as well as immunizations for ages 4-18 with updated shot records. The free event...
Austin school bus driver accused of sexually assaulting young student, affidavit states

Austin school bus driver accused of sexually assaulting young student, affidavit states

An Austin school district bus driver who admitted touching a 5-year-old student inappropriately several times was arrested Friday and charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child, his arrest affidavit says. Cesar Antonio Maldonado, 57, was booked into the Travis County Jail on Friday night and was still being held in lieu of $50,000 bail Monday afternoon. School district police got involved in...
New evidence to be tested ahead of Shawn Gant-Benalcazar’s second trial

New evidence to be tested ahead of Shawn Gant-Benalcazar’s second trial

11 a.m. update: Potential DNA evidence that was not tested before Shawn Gant-Benalcazar’s first trial will be tested before his second trial, prosecutors informed state District Judge David Crain on Monday. Nine hairs found in the hand of homicide victim Kathy Blair will be sent to University of North Texas’ forensic lab to be analyzed. The results of the testing are expected to be available...
FORECAST: More rain expected in Austin on Monday, highs near 95 degrees

FORECAST: More rain expected in Austin on Monday, highs near 95 degrees

Monday forecast for Austin: A high temperature near 95 degrees is expected in the Austin area on Monday along with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, National Weather Service forecasters said. The heat index, or the “feels like” temperature, is forecasted to be as high as 100 Monday, forecasters said. Skies will be cloudy at the start of the day before slowly clearing...
Rains douse Austin area after a long hot, dry stretch

Rains douse Austin area after a long hot, dry stretch

Dark, ominous clouds haunted the Austin skyline Sunday afternoon as a storm passed northward and dropped rain and bits of hail on Travis County. About 2 p.m., storm clouds rolled into Travis County, bringing gusts of wind up to 40 mph and a blustery mix of summertime weather. Pea-size hail was reported in Northeast Austin near East Parmer Lane and Dessau Road, and electric service was momentarily...

Traffic report for Aug. 13, 2018

Interstate 35 (Travis County): The northbound right lane will be closed between Wells Branch and Grand Avenue parkways from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday nights, and the entrance from Wells Branch and Grand Avenue exit No. 247 will also be closed. The northbound entrance ramp between Howard Lane and Wells Branch will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday nights. The left...

Community news: Panel discusses writing about music

TRAVIS COUNTY DOWNTOWN AUSTIN Panel discusses on music writing The Writers’ League of Texas will host a panel discussion titled “Writing About Music” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Book People, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. American-Statesman writer Joe Gross, author of “Fugazi’s In on the Kill Taker”; Kayleigh Hughes, music critic for Consequence of Sound and a contributor...
Wear: Driving or scooting, it’s all about weighing the risk and reward

Wear: Driving or scooting, it’s all about weighing the risk and reward

I’ve been thinking about the concept of acceptance of risk — and scooters and automobiles. This week, my colleagues Kelsey Bradshaw and Katie Hall wrote a story about scooter safety in the wake of the city’s first known serious injury involving one of those vehicles since Bird and Lime brought them into the Austin market in April. The woman, helmetless and riding a Lime...
Texas on pace for worst wildfire year since 2011

Texas on pace for worst wildfire year since 2011

Last week, nearly 100 firefighters from across Texas loaded up and headed west to join thousands of colleagues in an extended battle against massive wildfires burning across Northern California, one of which has become the largest in that state’s history. While the fires raging in California have garnered national attention and help from fire departments across the country, Texas faces its own...
Affidavit: Two teens arrested for stealing SUV with 5-year-old girl inside

Affidavit: Two teens arrested for stealing SUV with 5-year-old girl inside

Two teens were arrested Thursday after police say they stole a vehicle in North Austin that had a 5-year-old girl inside it. Randy Torres, 19, and Simon Nunez, 17, have been charged with aggravated robbery in the carjacking. Torres also was charged with kidnapping, after admitting to police he drove away in the vehicle knowing there was a child inside it, court documents stated. Police said they...

BLOTTER: Teen arrested after man badly hurt in hit-and-run

EAST AUSTIN Austin police have arrested a man who’s suspected of driving drunk and crashing into an East Austin bus stop Friday, leaving one man seriously injured, court documents state. Dipak Thapa, 19, has been charged with intoxication assault and accident involving serious bodily injury following the crash that happened at around 5:40 p.m. Friday. Police were called to the 2400 block of...
Affidavit: Suspected drunken driver slams into bus stop in SE Austin, severing man’s leg

Affidavit: Suspected drunken driver slams into bus stop in SE Austin, severing man’s leg

Austin police have arrested a man suspected of a drunken driving crash into a South Austin bus stop Friday night that severed a man’s leg. Dipak Thapa, 19, has been charged with intoxication assault and accident involving serious bodily injury following the crash that happened at around 5:40 p.m. Friday in Southeast Austin. Police were called to the 2400 block of East Riverside Drive, just...
Have you seen her? Authorities searching for woman who fled Williamson County crash Saturday

Have you seen her? Authorities searching for woman who fled Williamson County crash Saturday

The Williamson County sheriff’s office is looking for a woman who fled a crash that happened Saturday at the Rattan Creek subdivision near Jollyville, according to a post on Twitter. The Texas Department of Public Safety said they were called to the single-vehicle rollover near Parmer Lane and McNeil Road at 11:17 a.m. Williamson County officials said initially they were looking for two people...
OVERNIGHT: 2 injured in motorcycle crash in South Austin

OVERNIGHT: 2 injured in motorcycle crash in South Austin

Two people were seriously injured early Saturday in a motorcycle crash in South Austin, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. Medics said they were called shortly before 1 a.m. to the crash in the 1600 block of East William Cannon Drive near Interstate-35. No other vehicles were involved but the motorcycle, EMS said. Medics took two people to the hospital, including a man described as in his 40s...
FORECAST UPDATE: Flood advisory issued for Austin, Travis County until 9 p.m.

FORECAST UPDATE: Flood advisory issued for Austin, Travis County until 9 p.m.

6:20 p.m. update: The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for Austin and Travis County until 9 p.m. Saturday.  Heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected to cause urban and small stream flooding in low-lying areas of Austin and surrounding communities, including Pflugerville, Windermere, West Lake Hills, Rollingwood, Sunset Valley, Wells Branch and Camp Mabry, forecasters...
NEW DETAILS: Man charged after firing 100 rounds into Pflugerville apartment complex

NEW DETAILS: Man charged after firing 100 rounds into Pflugerville apartment complex

A 31-year-old man has been charged with multiple felonies after Pflugerville police say he fired more than 100 gunshots into an apartment complex on Wednesday night.  David Deluna has been charged with four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of deadly conduct, authorities said. No officers were injured in the incident on Wednesday. Police said they were called...
After reconsidering, Travis County decides women’s jail still necessary

After reconsidering, Travis County decides women’s jail still necessary

Five months after activists held up a Travis County Commissioners Court vote on initial funding of a new women’s jail facility as they pushed instead for more diversion programs, identical funding reappeared in a preliminary budget that staffers presented at a budget hearing Thursday. Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez has said the facility within the Del Valle jail is needed because the...

Community news: Buda to enact Stage 2 drought restrictions Monday

TRAVIS COUNTY WEST AUSTIN Discussion on gifted students A discussion on students labeled Twice Exceptional, Many Times Failed will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Laura Bush Community Library, 9411 Bee Cave Road. Twice exceptional students are those characterized as being gifted while also having some form of disability. Actionable steps that parents can take to help their students will be...
Fatal shooting between friends on 24th birthday leads to jail sentence

Fatal shooting between friends on 24th birthday leads to jail sentence

Longtime friends Fischer Hoisington and Aaron Moore had planned to celebrate their shared 24th birthday with a simple night of video games and drinking. But the December 2016 get-together at Moore’s South Austin apartment turned deadly when their attention turned to a 9-millimeter handgun that only Moore, the owner of the firearm, realized was loaded and cocked. As Moore started to caution his...
Firefighters battle major Northwest Austin house fire 

Firefighters battle major Northwest Austin house fire 

Firefighters extinguished a Northwest Austin house fire Friday evening.  No one was injured, and firefighters extinguished the bulk of the fire soon after they arrived, Austin fire officials said. Firefighters responded to the 11500 block of Santa Cruz Drive around 7:30 p.m.  The fire’s cause is still under investigation, officials said. The fire displaced three people, who will be...
Pedestrian seriously injured in possible hit-and-run on East Riverside Drive, police say

Pedestrian seriously injured in possible hit-and-run on East Riverside Drive, police say

Someone driving a car hit and seriously injured a pedestrian on East Riverside Drive on Friday evening, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. Medics responded at 5:41 p.m. to East Riverside, about a block west of South Pleasant Valley Road. The injuries of the pedestrian — a man estimated to be in his 40s — are serious but not expected to be life-threatening, EMS officials said...
Shooting drills train educators, school administrators to be marshals

Shooting drills train educators, school administrators to be marshals

Desolate halls at Pflugerville’s Windermere Elementary School, free of the students who will file into their first day of class in less than a week, reverberated with fake gunshots against fake bad guys Friday as 20 soon-to-be school marshals tested their training. The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement hosted its fifth round of school marshal training of the summer, which kicked off Aug. 4...
Hay shortage leaves Texas ranchers scrambling for cattle feed

Hay shortage leaves Texas ranchers scrambling for cattle feed

In a good year, the Lazy Two Cattle Company already would have harvested about 1,200 bales of hay by now, the beginning of a stockpile to get its cows, bulls and yearlings through the winter when forage is scarce. This isn’t a good year. “We could have a wreck on our hands,” said Larry Mellenbruch, co-owner of the ranch, which is about midway between Austin and Bastrop. “We&rsquo...
Austin could be headed to court over ballot language

Austin could be headed to court over ballot language

The city of Austin likely will be sued in the Texas Supreme Court over ballot language adopted early Friday related to a petition ordinance calling for an outside efficiency audit of City Hall. The proposition will appear on November’s general election ballot. However, organizers behind the petition are crying foul over language they believe will bias voters against approving an audit. &ldquo...
Grass fire shuts down eastbound Parmer Lane near Dessau Road

Grass fire shuts down eastbound Parmer Lane near Dessau Road

A grass fire that’s about 7 acres large shut down eastbound Parmer Lane near Dessau Road, Austin police said. The fire did not threaten any buildings or structures. The fire was heading toward structures, but was “held in check” by a construction site, Austin fire officials said. A chipper trailer caused the fire when it experienced a tire blowout, causing sparks as it traveled down...
4 survivors of deadly San Marcos fire join lawsuit against property

4 survivors of deadly San Marcos fire join lawsuit against property

Four people who were injured while escaping a deadly fire at an apartment complex in San Marcos last month have joined a lawsuit filed by the father of a man who was killed in the blaze. Apartment residents Benjamin Munoz, Abril Cardenas, Christina Martinez and Pablo Torres have joined Phillip Miranda, the father of fire victim James Miranda, in suing the owners and managers of the Iconic Village...
Herman: The Daughters of the Republic of Texas close down and pack up

Herman: The Daughters of the Republic of Texas close down and pack up

It was a tired museum in a tired building tucked under a freeway in a tired part of town ripe for a reawakening. Ditto, some might say, for the longstanding organization that ran the now-closed museum. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas museum closed July 27 after being on East Anderson Lane, just went of the U.S. 183 and Interstate 35 interchange, since the early 1990s. Everything’s being...
5 things to know about mosquitoes, West Nile virus in Central Texas

5 things to know about mosquitoes, West Nile virus in Central Texas

West Nile virus was back in the headlines in the past two weeks because more samples of mosquitoes in Central Texas have tested positive for the virus, so here are five things to know about the health threat: 1. It’s in skeeters: This week, mosquitoes tested positive for the virus in Taylor and in Cedar Park. The positive sample in Taylor was taken July 27 from a trap near Robinson...
Central Texas could get much-needed rain over Austin Pride weekend

Central Texas could get much-needed rain over Austin Pride weekend

If you’re headed out to Austin Pride festivities this weekend, be sure to grab your rainbow-colored umbrella, as an area of low pressure to the northwest will continue to drop rain on the Hill Country and likely in parts of the metro area through Monday. Forecasters say it’s possible that 1 to 2 inches of rain could fall in Austin from Saturday to Monday, and closer to 4 to 6 inches in...
Hays County elementary school vandalized, officials say

Hays County elementary school vandalized, officials say

A Hays County elementary school was vandalized Friday morning, sheriff’s officials said. A man forced his way into Carpenter Hill Elementary School, near Buda, and caused extensive damage inside the school, Hays County sheriff’s officials said. Deputies believe the man was driving a dark-colored car. The man pictured above is a person of interest in the case, the Hays County sheriff&rsquo...
BLOTTER: 6 hurt, including 3 children, in I-35 crash in South Austin

BLOTTER: 6 hurt, including 3 children, in I-35 crash in South Austin

SOUTH AUSTIN 6 hurt, including 3 children, in I-35 crash Six people, including three children, were injured Friday in a fiery crash involving multiple vehicles on Interstate 35 in South Austin, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. Medics said they responded at noon to the collision in the southbound lanes of the 4700 block of I-35 South, between Texas 71 and Stassney Lane. EMS reported that a...
Meet Cody Wilson, the Austin man behind the fight over 3D-printed guns

Meet Cody Wilson, the Austin man behind the fight over 3D-printed guns

Cody Wilson found his calling when, in 2013, he successfully fired the first gun made on a 3D printer. That very week, he dropped out of his second year at the University of Texas Law School, which wasn’t much of a sacrifice because he’d pretty much stopped attending classes as his interests were captured by a revolutionary idea: The internet was more powerful than governments, gun-control...
Council members set maximum city tax increase at 6 percent

Council members set maximum city tax increase at 6 percent

During their regular meeting Thursday, Austin City Council members set the maximum tax rate at 44.2 cents per $100 of property value, a rate that will increase exisiting tax revenue 6 percent in 2019. The move doesn’t mean that will be the adopted tax rate, but the rate cannot exceed that figure. A draft budget proposed by staff members would raise taxes 4.9 percent, but expenditures typically...
Giving City: Food bank grants help pantries feed more families

Giving City: Food bank grants help pantries feed more families

On Tuesday, the Central Texas Food Bank announced grants totaling $61,754 to 10 of its partner agencies, the latest round in an innovative program to help food pantries keep up with demand. The program, called ReThink Hunger, has provided more than $500,000 in equipment and funds to 56 of its partner agencies since it launched in 2016. The food bank’s move to a larger facility in 2016 allowed...
3 of 4 local Obamacare providers seek to raise premiums in 2019

3 of 4 local Obamacare providers seek to raise premiums in 2019

Three of the four health insurers offering plans in the Austin area under the Affordable Care Act are angling to raise premiums in 2019 — with the nonprofit provider created by Travis County’s health district pushing for the largest rate increase by far. Sendero Health Plans, an offshoot of taxpayer-supported Central Health, has requested a 33 percent rise in premiums for next year, saying...
Buda to move to Stage 2 drought restrictions Monday

Buda to move to Stage 2 drought restrictions Monday

The city of Buda announced Friday that it will move to Stage 2 water restrictions beginning Monday. Starting Monday, outdoor irrigation with automatic and hand hose end sprinkler systems, handheld hoses or buckets, or drip irrigation systems will not be allowed between the hours of 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., and only on two days a week depending on address. Odd-numbered residential homes may water Wednesdays...
A second U.S. Amateur in hand, Kristen Gillman now must make a choice

A second U.S. Amateur in hand, Kristen Gillman now must make a choice

Laura Gillman wasn’t going to miss this one. The mother of Kristen Gillman flew into Nashville, Tenn. on Saturday night to grab a front row seat to watch her daughter play in the finals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur at the Golf Club of Tennessee, just a few miles west of Nashville. With a Lake Travis High School logo on her sleeve and an Alabama hat on her head, Gillman sank a putt on No...
2 former Florida police officers had sex while on duty, investigators say

2 former Florida police officers had sex while on duty, investigators say

Internal affairs investigations involving two former Florida police officers determined both men had separately engaged in sex while on duty, The Naples Daily News reported. >> Read more trending news  The investigation involved former Marco Island police Sgts. James Inlow and Neil Giansanti, who resigned on Feb. 11 and March 30, respectively, the newspaper reported.Marco Island police...
Texas man dies after intentionally sideswiping date's car, police say

Texas man dies after intentionally sideswiping date's car, police say

A Texas man who intentionally hit the car of a woman he was dating after an argument was ejected from his pickup truck and died early Monday, KTRK reported. >> Read more trending news  Houston police said an argument between the couple led to the fatal incident, KHOU reported. According to authorities, the couple got into an argument after leaving the Chulas Sports Bar in Houston...
Hippo kills Taiwanese tourist in Kenya

Hippo kills Taiwanese tourist in Kenya

A hippopotamus attacked and killed a tourist from Taiwan in Kenya over the weekend, the BBC reported. >> Read more trending news  Chang Ming Chuang, 66, was following the animal at a wildlife resort at Lake Naivahsa in northwest Kenya on Saturday and attempted to take a photograph when the hippopotamus bit him in the chest, the BBC reported. David Kilo, the chairman of the Lake...
Minnesota man sentenced for rubbing hot sauce, pepper in baby’s eyes

Minnesota man sentenced for rubbing hot sauce, pepper in baby’s eyes

A Minnesota man Wednesday was sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined $50 for rubbing hot sauce and cayenne pepper in his 2-month-old daughter’s eyes, WDAY reported. >> Read more trending news  Shawn Michael Foltz, 42, of Moorhead, pleaded guilty in June to a third-degree felony assault of a victim under 4 years old. Foltz is required to spend at least 20 months in prison...
Singer Jason Aldean, wife Brittany Kerr Aldean reveal they are having baby girl

Singer Jason Aldean, wife Brittany Kerr Aldean reveal they are having baby girl

Country singer Jason Aldean and his wife, former “American Idol” contestant Brittany Kerr, have revealed the gender of their second child together. Billboard reported that similar to the couple’s announcement of the pregnancy in July, the couple took to Instagram to reveal they were having a baby girl. >> Read more trending news  In a baseball-themed gender reveal...
Chicago man robbed when he entered wrong ride-share vehicle

Chicago man robbed when he entered wrong ride-share vehicle

Chicago police said a man was targeted by a crew of thieves who robbed him when he entered the wrong ride-share car, WLS reported. >> Read more trending news  It is the fourth case of a robbery in a ride-share vehicle in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, WBBM reported. Police said that on July 27, a man left a River North bar between 3:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. and entered the...
27 campers rescued from Texas floodwaters

27 campers rescued from Texas floodwaters

Several families camping at a south Texas park Sunday morning were rescued when a nearby river rose more than 9 feet in less than an hour, KSAT reported. >> Read more trending news  Helicopters helped evacuate 27 people early Sunday from Chalk Bluff Park in Uvalde County as the rain-swollen Nueces River rapidly rose, the television station reported. According to the National Weather...
Indiana mom throws rocks to thwart would-be kidnapper

Indiana mom throws rocks to thwart would-be kidnapper

An Indiana woman threw rocks at a man she said was trying to kidnap her children, WXIN reported. >> Read more trending news  Kristen Scott said her three children and a nephew were playing outside her Southport apartment when a man approached. He began mimicking the children, who were making faces at one another, Scott told the television station. “I guess the guy started doing...
21 Savage provides free school supplies to over 2,500 students

21 Savage provides free school supplies to over 2,500 students

More than 2,500 people lined up in the Georgia heat last week to share in the generosity of 21 Savage. The Atlanta rapper hosted his third annual “Issa Back 2 School Drive” on Aug. 5 to benefit students from DeKalb County Schools. The event, which last year attracted about 700 people, outfitted students in grades K-12 with backpacks, shoes, uniforms and school supplies. Kids...
Lake Travis alum Kristen Gillman wins 2nd U.S. Women’s Amateur title

Lake Travis alum Kristen Gillman wins 2nd U.S. Women’s Amateur title

The summer of Kristen Gillman got a little hotter on Sunday. Gillman, a 2016 graduate of Lake Travis High, put on a golf clinic at the Golf Club of Tennessee to win her second U.S. Women’s Amateur championship by routing Alabama teammate Jiwon Joen 7 and 6 to join a short list of players to win multiple amateur championships. The 20-year-old Gillman becomes just the fourth player in nearly four...
Cars swept downriver in New Jersey flash flood

Cars swept downriver in New Jersey flash flood

Nearly a dozen cars were swept away from an automobile dealership and floated down a river as a flash flood hit northern New Jersey on Saturday, NJ.com reported. >> Read more trending news  The Peckman River in Passaic County was overtaken by floodwaters after slightly under 5 inches of rain fell in Caldwell, NJ.com reported. In a video posted to Facebook, taken from an overpass...
UPDATE: One injured in Northeast Austin shopping center crash

UPDATE: One injured in Northeast Austin shopping center crash

Update 3:40 p.m. One person was transported to a North Austin medical center with non-life threatening injuries in relation to crash that happened at the Rundberg Square Shopping Center earlier this afternoon. Police said the driver of the vehicle stepped on the wrong pedal and lost control of the car crashing into the side of the Tienda Mexicana Market. The building appears to be in good shape, police...
Grieving orca mother stops carrying dead calf

Grieving orca mother stops carrying dead calf

After 17 days and 1,000 miles, the orca known as J35 has stopped carrying her dead calf. She was spotted chasing a school of salmon with other orcas in her pod near Haro Strait on Saturday afternoon.  >> Read more trending news  Telephoto digital images show that J35 appears to be in good physical condition with no "peanut-head" after the long ordeal. The body of the deceased...
Florida candidate accused of faking college diploma

Florida candidate accused of faking college diploma

A heated political race in Florida is coming down to a question of degrees. >> Read more trending news  Melissa Howard, a candidate for the Florida Legislature, has been accused of lying about graduating from college and then producing a fake diploma, the Herald-Tribune of Sarasota reported. Howard, a businesswoman running against Tommy Gregory in the Aug. 28 Republican primary...
2 people rescued after being trapped on bungee ride in Branson 

2 people rescued after being trapped on bungee ride in Branson 

Two people were rescued after being trapped 100 feet in the air on a bungee ride Saturday night in Branson, Missouri, KYTV reported. >> Read more trending news  Branson firefighters climbed the ride’s towers to free the occupants at Branson Frontier Adventures, the television station reported. No one was injured, KYTV reported.  The incident comes after 17 people...
Houston restaurant faces backlash over Jeff Sessions photo

Houston restaurant faces backlash over Jeff Sessions photo

A Houston restaurant chain found itself in hot water with local residents after a photo with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions went viral, KHOU reported. >> Read more trending news  Sessions, who visited Houston recently, was shown in a photograph with El Tiempo restaurant co-owner Dominic Laurenzo after the attorney general had dinner there Friday. The attorney general’s tough...
Fowl problem: Geese droppings irk residents in Long Island village

Fowl problem: Geese droppings irk residents in Long Island village

Officials in a New York village are trying to resolve a fowl problem. >> Read more trending news  Residents in the Long Island village of Brightwaters are divided about what to do about droppings from Canadian geese, Newsday reported Sunday. Mayor John Valdini said village officials have received complaints about excessive amounts of goose droppings on residential streets, but also...
UPDATE: A dozen homes without power in Cedar Park area

UPDATE: A dozen homes without power in Cedar Park area

UPDATE 4:05 p.m.: More than a dozen homes are still without power in the Cedar Park area, according to Pedernales Electric Cooperative officials. The Pedernales Electric Cooperative, which provides electric service in the Hill Country area, reported that approximately 1,000 of its members in the Cedar Park area were without power. The company said it has restored power to roughly 900 of its customers...
Who was Richard Russell? 7 things to know 

Who was Richard Russell? 7 things to know 

Family members of the man who stole an empty Horizon Air plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport late Friday and then died when he crashed the plane on a remote island said they were “stunned and heartbroken” and “devastated by the events.” >> Read more trending news  Richard Russell was “a faithful husband, loving son and good friend,” a friend...
Florida man arrested for attempted striptease at restaurant

Florida man arrested for attempted striptease at restaurant

Meat lovers may enjoy a New York strip steak, but a Florida couple eating at a Japanese restaurant last week was unprepared for a man trying to perform a striptease at their table. >> Read more trending news  Police said James Dylan Jordan, 24, of Dunedin, drunkenly approached the couple at a Kobe Japanese Steakhouse on Aug. 5 and began taking his clothes off, dancing in front of the...
After reconsidering, Travis County decides women’s jail still necessary

After reconsidering, Travis County decides women’s jail still necessary

Five months after activists held up a Travis County Commissioners Court vote on initial funding of a new women’s jail facility as they pushed instead for more diversion programs, identical funding reappeared in a preliminary budget that staffers presented at a budget hearing Thursday. Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez has said the facility within the Del Valle jail is needed because the...
Pflugerville woman counts 18 bullets entering apartment during barrage

Pflugerville woman counts 18 bullets entering apartment during barrage

For an agonizingly tense three hours overnight Wednesday, Julie Glidewell said, she huddled in her closet with three other people as gunfire reverberated outside her Pflugerville apartment. The barrage was so loud it sounded like a war zone, she said. The first gunshot rang out shortly after 11 p.m., when Glidewell’s neighbor from across the hall started firing shots into the complex, according...
Police departments post humorous back-to-school photos 

Police departments post humorous back-to-school photos 

Friday was the first day of school in many parts of the United States, and while the levels of excitement varied among students, it was also evident among police resource officers. >> Read more trending news  Several police departments, using the hashtag #SROchallenge, posted photographs on social media of their staff members who were going back to school. Here are a few examples.
Police discover man's body in yard of Orlando home

Police discover man's body in yard of Orlando home

The body of a 44-year-old man was discovered Friday at a home that was not his, the Orlando Police Department said. >> Read more trending news  Police said they discovered the body of Marcos A. Lluveras, but did not specify where on the property the body was discovered. According to Orlando police, officers were called shortly before 8:15 a.m. to a home where they said they discovered a...
NASA flight to sun delayed 24 hours

NASA flight to sun delayed 24 hours

A technical problem with less than two minutes until launched delayed NASA’s scheduled flight to the sun Saturday morning, NASA said. >> Read more trending news  The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket, carrying the Parker Solar Probe, was halted with 1 minute, 55 seconds until liftoff, according to The Associated Press. The issue, according to the AP, concerned...
Deputies: Florida woman sought towers 'within sniping range' of courthouse

Deputies: Florida woman sought towers 'within sniping range' of courthouse

A Florida woman was arrested Thursday after she posted on social media that she was searching for a clock tower “within sniping range” of a courthouse, The Tampa Bay Times reported. >> Read more trending news  On Aug. 1, Jeanie Lynn Bowman appeared at the West Pasco Judicial Center and asked a judge to lift a no-contact order in a battery case where she was a victim, the...
Ooh, that smell: Septic tanker crashes into homeowner's pool

Ooh, that smell: Septic tanker crashes into homeowner's pool

For one resident in Pennsylvania, this crash really stunk. >> Read more trending news   The Lancaster County homeowner was asleep when he was awakened by a loud crash, WGAL reported. It was the sound of a septic tanker, which overturned and landed in his swimming pool, dumping the sewage into the water. State police officials said the incident occurred in Conestoga Township. Traffic...
Girl injured after fall from ride at Montana fair

Girl injured after fall from ride at Montana fair

A girl was hurt at the Western Montana Fair on Thursday night when she fell from a carnival ride, the Missoulian reported. >> Read more trending news  The girl, who police said was 11 or 12, fell from the Typhoon ride between 6:30 and 7 p.m., Sgt. Jim Klawitter told the newspaper. She was taken to the hospital, the Missoulian reported. Klawitter said her injuries were serious...
Teacher grabs student by throat, slams him to table over Styrofoam tray

Teacher grabs student by throat, slams him to table over Styrofoam tray

Exclusive video shows the intense moments when a Georgia teacher fought with a student that ultimately cost the teacher his job. >> Read more trending news  The now-former teacher, Tim Garner, 61, said he doesn’t regret attacking the student.  On Friday night, the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office released a video that shows, at one point, Garner with his hands around the...
Ketron Island: 10 things to know

Ketron Island: 10 things to know

Ketron Island, where a Horizon Air mechanic crashed a Bombardier Q400 passenger aircraft late Friday after making an unauthorized takeoff, is a secluded spot in southern Puget Sound in Washington state, located about 40 miles southwest of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. >> Read more trending news  Here are 10 things to know:  ⧫ Ketron Island is separated from the mainland...
Mountain lion breaks into Colorado home, kills cat

Mountain lion breaks into Colorado home, kills cat

A mountain lion wandered into a Colorado home for more than an hour Thursday, killing a cat before police and wildlife officials were able to scare it away, The Daily Camera of Boulder reported. >> Read more trending news  Boulder police spokeswoman Shannon Aulabaugh said homeowners returned to their Boulder residence at 10:40 p.m. when they found the animal roaming inside the building...
FedEx truck crashes on Arkansas interstate, ends up over hillside on creek

FedEx truck crashes on Arkansas interstate, ends up over hillside on creek

A FedEx truck crashed on a highway in Arkansas on Friday. >> Read more trending news  After crashing over the guardrail on I-40 westbound, the truck ended up on a steep hillside and partially in a creek, police said. According to the St. Francis County Sheriff’s Office, traffic going both directions on I-40 is being significantly impacted.  The accident happened near...
Food additives may harm children’s health

Food additives may harm children’s health

Families should reduce exposure to synthetic chemicals found in food colorings, preservatives, and packaging materials as a growing body of research show they may harm children’s health, according to a policy statement and technical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics released online recently. The statement also suggests improvements to the food additives regulatory system including...
A quarter of adults with sprained ankles were prescribed opioids in ER

A quarter of adults with sprained ankles were prescribed opioids in ER

A quarter of the adults who went to hospital emergency departments with sprained ankles were prescribed opioid painkillers, a new study shows, in another sign of how commonly physicians turn to narcotics even for minor injuries. The state-by-state review revealed wide variation in the use of opioids for the sprains, from 40 percent in Arkansas to 2.8 percent in North Dakota. All but one of the nine...

Alan Alda on Parkinson’s: ‘It hasn’t stopped my life at all’

Actor Alan Alda, known for his roles on “M.A.S.H.,” “The West Wing” and “The Aviator,” recently announced that he has Parkinson’s disease. Speaking on “CBS This Morning,” Alda said he has had “a full life” since he received the diagnosis 3 1/2 years ago. “I’ve acted. I’ve given talks. I help at the Alda Center for...
What scientists are learning about addiction

What scientists are learning about addiction

PHILADELPHIA — None of us has the brain we were born with. Brains grow and adapt. This process, called neuroplasticity, doesn’t end when you step out of the classroom. Even habits — reaching for cookies when stressed out, keeping your head down during staff meetings — cut “trails” in the brain throughout life that can be hard to overcome. When it comes to drug habits...
'This is one of my first steps'; Michael Brown's mother plans to run for Ferguson city council

'This is one of my first steps'; Michael Brown's mother plans to run for Ferguson city council

Lezley McSpadden, whose son Michael Brown's killing by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, set off months of protests and helped start the Black Lives Matter movement, announced on Friday her intention to run for the city's city council in 2019.  » RELATED: Michael Brown's mom, Lezley McSpadden, receives high school diploma McSpadden made the announcement on Canfield...
Washington girl injured when she is pushed and falls 60 feet off bridge

Washington girl injured when she is pushed and falls 60 feet off bridge

A 16-year-old Washington state high school student suffered internal injuries and five cracked ribs Tuesday when she was pushed off a bridge and fell 60 feet, TDN.com reported. >> Read more trending news  Jordan Holgerson, who attends Kalama High School, was pushed off a the bridge at Moulton Falls, according to her mother, Genelle Holgerson. “She is lucky she is not paralyzed...
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