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55 hours of terror, and a final blast in Austin serial bombings
 The trip wire that set off the fourth explosion in Austin’s horrifying March, authorities now chillingly say, was tied to a “caution, children at play” sign that the accused bomber had bought at a Home Depot. >> Read more trending news  But the breaching of that wire and the resultant detonation Sunday, which...

2:30 AM Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018

The trip wire that set off the fourth explosion in Austin’s horrifying March, authorities now chillingly say, was tied to a “caution, children at play” sign that the accused bomber had bought at a Home Depot. >> Read more trending news  But the breaching of that wire and the resultant detonation Sunday, which...
55 hours of terror, and a final blast
 The trip wire that set off the fourth explosion in Austin’s horrifying March, authorities now chillingly say, was tied to a “caution, children at play” sign that the accused bomber had bought at a Home Depot. But the breaching of that wire and the resultant detonation Sunday, which sent two men to the hospital, also set...

11:29 PM Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018

The trip wire that set off the fourth explosion in Austin’s horrifying March, authorities now chillingly say, was tied to a “caution, children at play” sign that the accused bomber had bought at a Home Depot. But the breaching of that wire and the resultant detonation Sunday, which sent two men to the hospital, also set...
Wear: Austin bombings, D.C. area sniper attacks and everyday terror
 At first, just as with the initial bombing in Austin, police, the press and the public in the Washington, D.C. area did not grasp what the sniper shooting of a 55-year-old man at a discount store portended. A bullet cut through the window of a Michael’s craft store in Aspen Hill, Md., a couple of miles north of the Beltway, just...

9:28 PM Monday, Mar. 19, 2018

At first, just as with the initial bombing in Austin, police, the press and the public in the Washington, D.C. area did not grasp what the sniper shooting of a 55-year-old man at a discount store portended. A bullet cut through the window of a Michael’s craft store in Aspen Hill, Md., a couple of miles north of the Beltway, just...
Wear: Austin bombings, D.C. area sniper attacks and everyday terror
 At first, just as with the initial bombing in Austin, police, the press and the public in the Washington, D.C. area did not grasp what the sniper shooting of a 55-year-old man at a discount store portended. A bullet cut through the window of a Michael’s craft store in Aspen Hill, Md., a couple of miles north of the Beltway, just after...

6:21 PM Monday, Mar. 19, 2018

At first, just as with the initial bombing in Austin, police, the press and the public in the Washington, D.C. area did not grasp what the sniper shooting of a 55-year-old man at a discount store portended. A bullet cut through the window of a Michael’s craft store in Aspen Hill, Md., a couple of miles north of the Beltway, just after...
Wear: How a 10-foot-high sound wall can hide behind a 6-foot fence
 I can report to you that finally, after a quarter century, Frances Allen, the MoPac sound wall woman, has her sound barrier. And I always assumed that when this day came — I’ve written several stories about Allen, her quest for relief from MoPac traffic noise and the delays in MoPac sound wall construction — it would be...

8:22 PM Friday, Mar. 16, 2018

I can report to you that finally, after a quarter century, Frances Allen, the MoPac sound wall woman, has her sound barrier. And I always assumed that when this day came — I’ve written several stories about Allen, her quest for relief from MoPac traffic noise and the delays in MoPac sound wall construction — it would be...
Capital Metro reveals all semifinalist names for top job
 The semifinalists interviewed in December to be Capital Metro’s president and CEO, half of them previously undisclosed, included a Capital Metro executive and the longtime head of the city of Austin Transportation Department, applications disclosed to the American-Statesman through an open records request reveal. Todd Hemingson, Capital...

8:37 PM Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018

The semifinalists interviewed in December to be Capital Metro’s president and CEO, half of them previously undisclosed, included a Capital Metro executive and the longtime head of the city of Austin Transportation Department, applications disclosed to the American-Statesman through an open records request reveal. Todd Hemingson, Capital...
Capital Metro reveals all semifinalist names for top job
 The semifinalists interviewed in December to be Capital Metro’s president and CEO, half of them previously undisclosed, included a Capital Metro executive and the long-time head of the city of Austin Transportation Department, applications disclosed to the American-Statesman through an open records request reveal. Todd Hemingson, Capital...

3:58 PM Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018

The semifinalists interviewed in December to be Capital Metro’s president and CEO, half of them previously undisclosed, included a Capital Metro executive and the long-time head of the city of Austin Transportation Department, applications disclosed to the American-Statesman through an open records request reveal. Todd Hemingson, Capital...
Why Crew owners see potential in North Austin soccer stadium site
 As the Columbus Crew owners have made clear, the 24-acre, one-time industrial site hidden in a North Austin warehouse district is not the ideal location for a Major League Soccer stadium. They’d prefer someplace closer to downtown. But what the city-owned lot — known as McKalla Place in the ongoing soccer discussion — does...

7:32 PM Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018

As the Columbus Crew owners have made clear, the 24-acre, one-time industrial site hidden in a North Austin warehouse district is not the ideal location for a Major League Soccer stadium. They’d prefer someplace closer to downtown. But what the city-owned lot — known as McKalla Place in the ongoing soccer discussion — does...
Why Crew owners see potential in North Austin soccer stadium site
 As the Columbus Crew owners have made clear, the 24-acre, one-time industrial site hidden in a North Austin warehouse district is not the ideal location for a Major League Soccer stadium. They’d prefer someplace closer to downtown. But what the city-owned lot — known as McKalla Place in the ongoing soccer discussion — does...

4:56 PM Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018

As the Columbus Crew owners have made clear, the 24-acre, one-time industrial site hidden in a North Austin warehouse district is not the ideal location for a Major League Soccer stadium. They’d prefer someplace closer to downtown. But what the city-owned lot — known as McKalla Place in the ongoing soccer discussion — does...
Wear: New Capital Metro chief won’t stand for late trains
 Who would have thought Randy Clarke’s first challenge would be to keep the trains running on time? Clarke, Capital Metro’s president and CEO as of last Wednesday, had intended for his first few days in Austin to be mostly about meeting and greeting the public, political pooh-bahs and his employees. That first morning began...

6:00 AM Sunday, Mar. 11, 2018

Who would have thought Randy Clarke’s first challenge would be to keep the trains running on time? Clarke, Capital Metro’s president and CEO as of last Wednesday, had intended for his first few days in Austin to be mostly about meeting and greeting the public, political pooh-bahs and his employees. That first morning began...
Cap Metro pauses track work this week to address MetroRail tardiness
 MetroRail trains have been running late periodically since January, sometimes by as much as 45 minutes, Capital Metro officials said Wednesday. The agency blames the tardiness — MetroRail has been reliably punctual through most of its eight-year history — on construction of new passing tracks at three spots along the line, work...

10:41 PM Wednesday, Mar. 07, 2018

MetroRail trains have been running late periodically since January, sometimes by as much as 45 minutes, Capital Metro officials said Wednesday. The agency blames the tardiness — MetroRail has been reliably punctual through most of its eight-year history — on construction of new passing tracks at three spots along the line, work...
U.S. Rep. Bill Flores will face Rick Kennedy in District 17
 Wednesday update: U.S. Rep. Bill Flores from Bryan, who was unopposed in the Republican primary Tuesday, in November will face Democrat Rick Kennedy, an Austin software engineer. Kennedy won 63 percent of support from Democrats. District 17 stretches from North Austin to Waco and east to Aggieland. Tuesday: U.S. Rep. Bill Flores from Bryan...

7:10 AM Wednesday, Mar. 07, 2018

Wednesday update: U.S. Rep. Bill Flores from Bryan, who was unopposed in the Republican primary Tuesday, in November will face Democrat Rick Kennedy, an Austin software engineer. Kennedy won 63 percent of support from Democrats. District 17 stretches from North Austin to Waco and east to Aggieland. Tuesday: U.S. Rep. Bill Flores from Bryan...
U.S. Rep. John Carter to face winner of Hegar, Mann runoff
 5:10 p.m. Wednesday update: U.S. Rep. John Carter defeated his challenger with 65 percent of votes cast in the Republican primary. On the Democratic side, Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar won 45 percent of the vote but didn’t secure her party’s nomination. She will face Cedar Park physician Christine Eady Mann in a runoff...

2:03 AM Wednesday, Mar. 07, 2018

5:10 p.m. Wednesday update: U.S. Rep. John Carter defeated his challenger with 65 percent of votes cast in the Republican primary. On the Democratic side, Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar won 45 percent of the vote but didn’t secure her party’s nomination. She will face Cedar Park physician Christine Eady Mann in a runoff...
U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul faces winner of Siegel, Walter-Cadien runoff
 5:15 p.m. Wednesday update: U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, an Austin Republican who has represented this snaking Austin-to-Houston district since 2005, defeated his primary opponent with 80 percent of the vote. McCaul could face either Mike Siegel, an assistant city attorney for Austin; or Tawana Walter-Cadien, a registered nurse who ran for the...

1:51 AM Wednesday, Mar. 07, 2018

5:15 p.m. Wednesday update: U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, an Austin Republican who has represented this snaking Austin-to-Houston district since 2005, defeated his primary opponent with 80 percent of the vote. McCaul could face either Mike Siegel, an assistant city attorney for Austin; or Tawana Walter-Cadien, a registered nurse who ran for the...
Chip Roy, Matt McCall to compete in District 21 GOP runoff
 Wednesday update: Ted Cruz’s former chief of staff and a Boerne businessman will face off in the GOP runoff for Texas’ 21st congressional district. Candidates hope to succeed U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, who announced his retirement in November. Chip Roy — who lives outside District 21 — claimed 27 percent...

1:35 AM Wednesday, Mar. 07, 2018

Wednesday update: Ted Cruz’s former chief of staff and a Boerne businessman will face off in the GOP runoff for Texas’ 21st congressional district. Candidates hope to succeed U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, who announced his retirement in November. Chip Roy — who lives outside District 21 — claimed 27 percent...
Wear: Why toll fees remain uncapped on some Central Texas roads
 Sometimes the answer you get depends on how you ask the question. That was certainly the case this past week when, to the nonattorneys among us at least, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton seemed to say that the fees for failing to pay tolls on all Austin tollways would be limited to $48 a year. Turns out, almost certainly, that that is not...

6:00 AM Sunday, Mar. 04, 2018

Sometimes the answer you get depends on how you ask the question. That was certainly the case this past week when, to the nonattorneys among us at least, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton seemed to say that the fees for failing to pay tolls on all Austin tollways would be limited to $48 a year. Turns out, almost certainly, that that is not...
Texas 130 builders concealed road’s flaws, new owners say in lawsuit
 The original owners of the Texas 130 tollway south of Mustang Ridge knew before the road opened that both its pavement and its finances were doomed, a lawsuit filed Thursday by the new owners alleges, yet concealed that information from investors and fraudulently paid almost $330 million to a company they created to build the road. The 41-mile...

11:13 PM Friday, Mar. 02, 2018

The original owners of the Texas 130 tollway south of Mustang Ridge knew before the road opened that both its pavement and its finances were doomed, a lawsuit filed Thursday by the new owners alleges, yet concealed that information from investors and fraudulently paid almost $330 million to a company they created to build the road. The 41-mile...
Texas 130 builders concealed road’s flaws, new owners say in lawsuit
 The original owners of the Texas 130 tollway south of Mustang Ridge knew before the road opened that both its pavement and its finances were doomed, a lawsuit filed Thursday by the new owners alleges, yet concealed that information from its investors and paid almost $330 million to a company they had created to build the road. The 41-mile...

9:13 PM Friday, Mar. 02, 2018

The original owners of the Texas 130 tollway south of Mustang Ridge knew before the road opened that both its pavement and its finances were doomed, a lawsuit filed Thursday by the new owners alleges, yet concealed that information from its investors and paid almost $330 million to a company they had created to build the road. The 41-mile...
How new Cap Metro chief Randy Clarke sees future of transit in Austin
 Randy Clarke will work his first day as president and chief executive officer of Capital Metro on Wednesday, taking over a transit agency with $185 million in the bank, falling ridership, a single rail line in the midst of an expansion and a looming June makeover of its bus system likely to unnerve many of the agency’s most steadfast...

5:58 PM Friday, Mar. 02, 2018

Randy Clarke will work his first day as president and chief executive officer of Capital Metro on Wednesday, taking over a transit agency with $185 million in the bank, falling ridership, a single rail line in the midst of an expansion and a looming June makeover of its bus system likely to unnerve many of the agency’s most steadfast...
Panel: Give historic status to the old Mueller control tower
 The old Robert Mueller Municipal Airport control tower, an elegant architectural remnant of the 1960s marooned within the residential development burgeoning on the old airfield property, should have historic zoning status, Austin’s Historic Landmark Commission recommended Monday evening. The unanimous vote sends the matter to the...

11:25 PM Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018

The old Robert Mueller Municipal Airport control tower, an elegant architectural remnant of the 1960s marooned within the residential development burgeoning on the old airfield property, should have historic zoning status, Austin’s Historic Landmark Commission recommended Monday evening. The unanimous vote sends the matter to the...
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