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Austin again readies emergency freeze plan to shelter homeless

12:28 AM Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018

As another blast of frigid air pushes Austin back below freezing at night, authorities are once again revving up their winter action plan to help house the city’s homeless population. It would be the second time in two weeks officials have pulled the plan off the shelf as forecasts show temperatures dropping below freezing overnight...
Technical issue causing 911 outage for  AT&T wireless customers in Caldwell County
 Caldwell County residents who rely on AT&T for their cell phone service aren’t able to dial 911 Friday morning because of a technical issue at the phone company, authorities said.  “AT&T teams are engaged and working to fully isolate and resolve the issue,” the company told emergency authorities there, according to ...

2:26 PM Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

Caldwell County residents who rely on AT&T for their cell phone service aren’t able to dial 911 Friday morning because of a technical issue at the phone company, authorities said.  “AT&T teams are engaged and working to fully isolate and resolve the issue,” the company told emergency authorities there, according to ...
JUST IN: Serious injuries in Georgetown rollover crash
 A one-car rollover crash just north of Georgetown left at least one person with serious injuries Friday morning, authorities said.  The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office first reported the wreck on the 35000 block of Ronald Reagan Boulevard shortly after 7 a.m., but additional details were scarce.  According to a tweet from...

1:40 PM Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

A one-car rollover crash just north of Georgetown left at least one person with serious injuries Friday morning, authorities said.  The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office first reported the wreck on the 35000 block of Ronald Reagan Boulevard shortly after 7 a.m., but additional details were scarce.  According to a tweet from...
CapMetro says train service back on schedule
 9:50 a.m. update: Capital Metro says that service is back on schedule. Earlier: Capital Metro’s commuter rail service suffered major delays through much of the Friday morning commute because of a communications system “issue,” the agency said. The agency first reported hour-long delays shortly after 7 a.m., which it had...

12:58 AM Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

9:50 a.m. update: Capital Metro says that service is back on schedule. Earlier: Capital Metro’s commuter rail service suffered major delays through much of the Friday morning commute because of a communications system “issue,” the agency said. The agency first reported hour-long delays shortly after 7 a.m., which it had...
WEATHER UPDATE: Snow in Austin possible Tuesday morning, forecasters say
 3:15 p.m. update: There is a chance it will snow  during morning rush hour in Austin on Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are forecast to drop drastically from overnight Monday into Tuesday, and beginning at 6 a.m. Tuesday it’s expected to be 32 degrees for the rest of the morning. ...

12:07 AM Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

3:15 p.m. update: There is a chance it will snow during morning rush hour in Austin on Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are forecast to drop drastically from overnight Monday into Tuesday, and beginning at 6 a.m. Tuesday it’s expected to be 32 degrees for the rest of the morning. ...
DPS bans items from Capitol it considers security threats during protests
 The Texas Department of Public Safety announced Thursday it was banning the public from bringing at least 20 items – including crow bars and liquid-filled balloons – onto the state Capitol grounds to bolster safety during protests. RELATED: DPS identifies 2 arrested at anti-fascism Capitol protest The ban, which takes effect immediately...

6:46 PM Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

The Texas Department of Public Safety announced Thursday it was banning the public from bringing at least 20 items – including crow bars and liquid-filled balloons – onto the state Capitol grounds to bolster safety during protests. RELATED: DPS identifies 2 arrested at anti-fascism Capitol protest The ban, which takes effect immediately...
Police accuse man of punching 5-year-old, toddler in Montopolis in December
 Austin police have accused a man of attacking two children on the same block in Southeast Austin last month, according to court documents filed Thursday.  Authorities booked Qvontay McKnight, 23, into the Travis County Jail last week on two counts of injury to a child. He remained in jail on Thursday with bail set at $85,000. In an arrest...

6:03 PM Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

Austin police have accused a man of attacking two children on the same block in Southeast Austin last month, according to court documents filed Thursday.  Authorities booked Qvontay McKnight, 23, into the Travis County Jail last week on two counts of injury to a child. He remained in jail on Thursday with bail set at $85,000. In an arrest...
WEATHER UPDATE: Snow spotted in Llano County
 4:40 p.m. update: Brief light snow was observed in Llano between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. today, according to the National Weather Service.  The weather radar shows that light snow is currently falling in the Fort Worth area.  2 p.m. update: Austin Fire Department officials say weather conditions on Thursday “could cause elevated...

12:11 AM Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

4:40 p.m. update: Brief light snow was observed in Llano between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. today, according to the National Weather Service.  The weather radar shows that light snow is currently falling in the Fort Worth area. 2 p.m. update: Austin Fire Department officials say weather conditions on Thursday “could cause elevated...
TRAFFIC ALERT: 2nd I-35 wreck adds to Thursday morning commute headache
 Two separate wrecks left north and southbound traffic on Interstate 35 in knots  Thursday morning, creating miles-long backups as commuters made their way into downtown. The first collision, a three-car pile-up shut down two of the freeway’s three northbound lanes through downtown for nearly an hour early Thursday. That wreck occurred...

11:52 AM Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

Two separate wrecks left north and southbound traffic on Interstate 35 in knots Thursday morning, creating miles-long backups as commuters made their way into downtown. The first collision, a three-car pile-up shut down two of the freeway’s three northbound lanes through downtown for nearly an hour early Thursday. That wreck occurred...
FORECAST: Watch for fog during Wednesday commute; afternoon temps to reach 60s
 Wednesday forecast for Austin: A blanket of dense fog sitting over much of Central Texas as of 6 a.m. will eventually burn off, leaving behind cloudy skies and another day of warm temperatures as highs reach into mid-60s, the National Weather Service says.  However, Central Texas temperatures will take another plunge on the winter weather...

12:01 AM Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

Wednesday forecast for Austin: A blanket of dense fog sitting over much of Central Texas as of 6 a.m. will eventually burn off, leaving behind cloudy skies and another day of warm temperatures as highs reach into mid-60s, the National Weather Service says.  However, Central Texas temperatures will take another plunge on the winter weather...
Trial begins in lawsuit alleging excessive force in jaywalking arrests
 Attorneys offered dueling portraits Tuesday of a violent jaywalking arrest downtown, as the civil trial over a lawsuit stemming from the controversial 2015 incident got underway. The suit alleges that in the early hours of Nov. 6, 2015, Austin police racially targeted and beat three people accused of crossing Red River Street against...

9:21 PM Tuesday, Jan. 09, 2018

Attorneys offered dueling portraits Tuesday of a violent jaywalking arrest downtown, as the civil trial over a lawsuit stemming from the controversial 2015 incident got underway. The suit alleges that in the early hours of Nov. 6, 2015, Austin police racially targeted and beat three people accused of crossing Red River Street against...
Lawyer accuses Austin police of racism in civil trial over jaywalking arrest
 Opening statements got underway Tuesday in a federal civil trial over a lawsuit alleging that Austin police racially targeted and beat three people arrested for jaywalking in 2015. The trial comes amid a roiling debate over independent oversight and accountability at the Austin Police Department, which had become a major sticking...

2:55 PM Tuesday, Jan. 09, 2018

Opening statements got underway Tuesday in a federal civil trial over a lawsuit alleging that Austin police racially targeted and beat three people arrested for jaywalking in 2015. The trial comes amid a roiling debate over independent oversight and accountability at the Austin Police Department, which had become a major sticking...
WEATHER UPDATE: Dense fog advisory issued in Austin area for Wednesday morning
 10 p.m. update: A dense fog advisory will be in effect for the Austin area from 3 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.  The morning fog will reduce visibility to less than 1/4 of a mile or less, the weather service said. Commuters should also expect damp roads from the drizzle.  The weather service advises motorists...

12:04 AM Tuesday, Jan. 09, 2018

10 p.m. update: A dense fog advisory will be in effect for the Austin area from 3 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.  The morning fog will reduce visibility to less than 1/4 of a mile or less, the weather service said. Commuters should also expect damp roads from the drizzle.  The weather service advises motorists...
After devastating hurricane season, forecasts found to be on target
 During the historic storms that caused devastation in the U.S., the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean last year, the government forecasts that state and local officials and the media rely on to warn the public and plot their response were largely on the money. “The rainfall totals and forecasts were excellent,” said Jeff Lindner...

11:14 PM Monday, Jan. 08, 2018

During the historic storms that caused devastation in the U.S., the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean last year, the government forecasts that state and local officials and the media rely on to warn the public and plot their response were largely on the money. “The rainfall totals and forecasts were excellent,” said Jeff Lindner...
FORECAST: Sunshine, gusty winds on Monday with highs near 66
 Monday forecast for Austin: The week will start with temperatures well above normal in the 60s and 70s through Wednesday with clear skies and plentiful sunshine, the National Weather Service says. However, the warm  Gulf of Mexico air responsible for the weekend’s muggy conditions and occasional sprinkles will give way...

12:08 AM Monday, Jan. 08, 2018

Monday forecast for Austin: The week will start with temperatures well above normal in the 60s and 70s through Wednesday with clear skies and plentiful sunshine, the National Weather Service says. However, the warm Gulf of Mexico air responsible for the weekend’s muggy conditions and occasional sprinkles will give way...
UPDATE: Missing elderly woman returns home safely, Austin police say 
 An elderly Austin woman feared missing over the weekend returned home safely early Monday morning, authorities said.   The Austin Police Department released no other information about 81-year-old Girlean Pennick’s condition.  The department put out the word Saturday that they were searching for Pennick after she was last...

4:16 AM Sunday, Jan. 07, 2018

An elderly Austin woman feared missing over the weekend returned home safely early Monday morning, authorities said.   The Austin Police Department released no other information about 81-year-old Girlean Pennick’s condition.  The department put out the word Saturday that they were searching for Pennick after she was last...
Central and South Texas farms held up well in rare deep freeze
 The Arctic cold that swept down from Canada arrived New Year’s Eve, sinking temperatures across the state into the teens and 20s. Austin stayed below freezing for 65 hours, sending the city digging through its collective closet for coats, gloves and scarves that hadn’t seen the light of day in months. But for ranchers and farmers...

9:27 PM Friday, Jan. 05, 2018

The Arctic cold that swept down from Canada arrived New Year’s Eve, sinking temperatures across the state into the teens and 20s. Austin stayed below freezing for 65 hours, sending the city digging through its collective closet for coats, gloves and scarves that hadn’t seen the light of day in months. But for ranchers and farmers...
Central and South Texas farms held up well in rare deep freeze
 The Arctic cold that swept down from Canada arrived New Year’s Eve, sinking temperatures across the state into the teens and 20s. Austin stayed below freezing for 65 hours, sending the city digging through its collective closet for coats, gloves and scarves that hadn’t seen the light of day in months. But for ranchers and farmers...

9:17 PM Friday, Jan. 05, 2018

The Arctic cold that swept down from Canada arrived New Year’s Eve, sinking temperatures across the state into the teens and 20s. Austin stayed below freezing for 65 hours, sending the city digging through its collective closet for coats, gloves and scarves that hadn’t seen the light of day in months. But for ranchers and farmers...
Man killed in collision on U.S. 183 near FM 973 in southeast Travis County
 A 29-year-old driver was killed when a pickup collided with his car at U.S. 183 near FM 973 in far southeast Travis County early Friday, authorities said.  The Travis County sheriff’s office responded to reports of the wreck just after 5 a.m., before handing off the case to the Texas Department of Public Safety. According to a...

5:35 PM Friday, Jan. 05, 2018

A 29-year-old driver was killed when a pickup collided with his car at U.S. 183 near FM 973 in far southeast Travis County early Friday, authorities said.  The Travis County sheriff’s office responded to reports of the wreck just after 5 a.m., before handing off the case to the Texas Department of Public Safety. According to a...
FORECAST: Wet Friday morning to give way to sunny skies by afternoon
 Friday forecast for Austin: Early morning showers and drizzle should give way to a stellar, sunny January afternoon, with highs expected to approach 60 degrees on Friday, the National Weather Service says. The weekend forecast will keep much the same pattern, as warmer and humid air from the Gulf of Mexico makes its way back to the region...

12:35 AM Friday, Jan. 05, 2018

Friday forecast for Austin: Early morning showers and drizzle should give way to a stellar, sunny January afternoon, with highs expected to approach 60 degrees on Friday, the National Weather Service says. The weekend forecast will keep much the same pattern, as warmer and humid air from the Gulf of Mexico makes its way back to the region...
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