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Bombings make ‘hyperaware’ the new normal in Austin, area
 On any other day, an abandoned lunch box on a road near where school buses pick up students in Dripping Springs off Sawyer Ranch Road might never have warranted a second glance. But amid a continuing bomb threat, even 20 miles away from Austin, Heather O’Keeffe Gardner said the cul-de-sac in her neighborhood was shut down for more than...

11:34 PM Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018

On any other day, an abandoned lunch box on a road near where school buses pick up students in Dripping Springs off Sawyer Ranch Road might never have warranted a second glance. But amid a continuing bomb threat, even 20 miles away from Austin, Heather O’Keeffe Gardner said the cul-de-sac in her neighborhood was shut down for more than...
Austin police chief seeks to reassure city leaders amid growing fears
 Austin police Chief Brian Manley on Tuesday sought to reassure the members of the Austin City Council who have been experiencing a growing sense of fear in the communities they represent over the four bombings across the city that have killed two and injured four since March 2. During a regular work session at City Hall, Manley updated the...

5:45 PM Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018

Austin police Chief Brian Manley on Tuesday sought to reassure the members of the Austin City Council who have been experiencing a growing sense of fear in the communities they represent over the four bombings across the city that have killed two and injured four since March 2. During a regular work session at City Hall, Manley updated the...
‘Glitch’ led to bomb warnings being sent to thousands
 Austin police on Monday acknowledged that tens of thousands of residents who were sent emergency alerts through their phones to stay inside in the wake of a fourth bombing attack in 17 days should never have received the warnings. That’s because most of those residents were nowhere near the Southwest Austin neighborhood where another...

10:41 PM Monday, Mar. 19, 2018

Austin police on Monday acknowledged that tens of thousands of residents who were sent emergency alerts through their phones to stay inside in the wake of a fourth bombing attack in 17 days should never have received the warnings. That’s because most of those residents were nowhere near the Southwest Austin neighborhood where another...
For investigators, a race to decode hidden message in Austin bombings
 Police in Austin are continuing their investigation of explosions that have killed two people and injured at least four others.  Most of the explosions  so far were due to package bombs, but another explosion Sunday night was triggered by a trip wire and  not a package bomb, the American-Stateman reported. Officials are investigating...

3:09 PM Monday, Mar. 19, 2018

Police in Austin are continuing their investigation of explosions that have killed two people and injured at least four others.  Most of the explosions so far were due to package bombs, but another explosion Sunday night was triggered by a trip wire and not a package bomb, the American-Stateman reported. Officials are investigating...
For investigators, a race to decode hidden message in Austin bombings
 If the package bombs that have killed two Austin residents and seriously injured a third in recent weeks turn out to be the work of a single person, he or she will join a tiny but grim fraternity — serial killers whose weapon of choice was an incendiary device. The group is so small that police and psychologist’s efforts to draw...

8:16 PM Friday, Mar. 16, 2018

If the package bombs that have killed two Austin residents and seriously injured a third in recent weeks turn out to be the work of a single person, he or she will join a tiny but grim fraternity — serial killers whose weapon of choice was an incendiary device. The group is so small that police and psychologist’s efforts to draw...
For investigators, a race to decode hidden message in Austin bombings
 If the package bombs that have killed two Austin residents and seriously injured a third in recent weeks turn out to be the work of a single person, he or she will join a tiny but grim fraternity — serial killers whose weapon of choice was an explosive device. The group is so small that police and psychologists’ efforts to draw...

8:07 PM Friday, Mar. 16, 2018

If the package bombs that have killed two Austin residents and seriously injured a third in recent weeks turn out to be the work of a single person, he or she will join a tiny but grim fraternity — serial killers whose weapon of choice was an explosive device. The group is so small that police and psychologists’ efforts to draw...
Appeals court allows SB 4 ‘sanctuary cities’ ban to stand
 Conservatives won a victory Tuesday in the ongoing legal clash over Senate Bill 4, the state’s so-called sanctuary cities ban, with a ruling from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that will allow the state to continue enforcing the law. The court ruled that the cities challenging the controversial 2017 law will likely lose...

12:23 AM Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018

Conservatives won a victory Tuesday in the ongoing legal clash over Senate Bill 4, the state’s so-called sanctuary cities ban, with a ruling from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that will allow the state to continue enforcing the law. The court ruled that the cities challenging the controversial 2017 law will likely lose...
Court of appeals upholds ‘sanctuary cities’ ban SB4
 The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled that Senate Bill 4, the state’s so-called sanctuary cities ban, can remain the law of the land in Texas for now, stating that the cities that challenged the law will likely lose in their federal court suit. Plaintiffs in the case include Austin and most of Texas’ other large cities...

10:30 PM Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2018

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled that Senate Bill 4, the state’s so-called sanctuary cities ban, can remain the law of the land in Texas for now, stating that the cities that challenged the law will likely lose in their federal court suit. Plaintiffs in the case include Austin and most of Texas’ other large cities...
SXSW: London’s mayor calls on tech and governments to tackle hate
 Sadiq Khan is no stranger to online hate. As London’s mayor, he is possibly the United Kingdom’s highest-profile Muslim. He has had a long-running spat with President Donald Trump, which has included trading shots over Trump’s ban on refugees from Muslim-majority countries and Khan’s response to the June terror attack...

12:02 AM Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2018

Sadiq Khan is no stranger to online hate. As London’s mayor, he is possibly the United Kingdom’s highest-profile Muslim. He has had a long-running spat with President Donald Trump, which has included trading shots over Trump’s ban on refugees from Muslim-majority countries and Khan’s response to the June terror attack...
CodeNext foes are done with compromise. They’re going for the kill.
 Jeff Jack was angry. It was a recent Wednesday night at Austin Energy’s Barton Springs Road headquarters and the Austin Neighborhoods Council’s latest meeting on CodeNext was coming to an end. “The train is running full blast, and there is only one way to stop it,” Jack told the group of about 50. That runaway train...

9:57 PM Friday, Mar. 09, 2018

Jeff Jack was angry. It was a recent Wednesday night at Austin Energy’s Barton Springs Road headquarters and the Austin Neighborhoods Council’s latest meeting on CodeNext was coming to an end. “The train is running full blast, and there is only one way to stop it,” Jack told the group of about 50. That runaway train...
CodeNext foes are done with compromise. They’re going for the kill.
 Jeff Jack was angry. It was a recent Wednesday night at Austin Energy’s Barton Springs Road headquarters, and the Austin Neighborhoods Council’s latest meeting on CodeNext was coming to an end. “The train is running full blast, and there is only one way to stop it,” Jack told the group of about 50. That runaway train...

9:52 PM Friday, Mar. 09, 2018

Jeff Jack was angry. It was a recent Wednesday night at Austin Energy’s Barton Springs Road headquarters, and the Austin Neighborhoods Council’s latest meeting on CodeNext was coming to an end. “The train is running full blast, and there is only one way to stop it,” Jack told the group of about 50. That runaway train...
Five municipal judges out after Austin City Council vote
 Five municipal judges will not be returning to the bench after the Austin City Council voted Thursday to not reappoint them, following the recommendation of a panel that conducted the city’s first performance review of sitting judges. While the panel didn’t provide specific reasons for not keeping the five judges in question,...

12:54 AM Friday, Mar. 09, 2018

Five municipal judges will not be returning to the bench after the Austin City Council voted Thursday to not reappoint them, following the recommendation of a panel that conducted the city’s first performance review of sitting judges. While the panel didn’t provide specific reasons for not keeping the five judges in question,...
City attorney says CodeNext petition is invalid
 A legal memo from Austin’s city attorney indicates that legal staff believe an ongoing effort by some residents to upend CodeNext through a petition is not valid. A Feb. 28 memo from Austin City Attorney Anne Morgan that was forwarded to the City Council states that the city had hired an outside attorney to examine the legality of the...

10:39 PM Thursday, Mar. 08, 2018

A legal memo from Austin’s city attorney indicates that legal staff believe an ongoing effort by some residents to upend CodeNext through a petition is not valid. A Feb. 28 memo from Austin City Attorney Anne Morgan that was forwarded to the City Council states that the city had hired an outside attorney to examine the legality of the...
Perri and Oliver advance to Democratic runoff for District 25
 5:20 p.m. Wednesday update: 
            Democrats Chris Perri and Julie Oliver are heading to a runoff. Perri led in the primary with 33 percent, and Oliver followed with 26 percent. The winner in that race will face U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, in November.  Williams ran unopposed in the GOP primary.  12:20 a.m. update: 
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1:51 AM Wednesday, Mar. 07, 2018

5:20 p.m. Wednesday update: Democrats Chris Perri and Julie Oliver are heading to a runoff. Perri led in the primary with 33 percent, and Oliver followed with 26 percent. The winner in that race will face U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, in November. Williams ran unopposed in the GOP primary. 12:20 a.m. update: ...
Republicans, Democrats headed to runoffs for Blake Farenthold’s seat
 5:20 p.m Wednesday update: Democrats and Republicans will have to return to the polls in May to decide who should battle to succeed U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, who abandoned plans to run for re-election after admitting taxpayer money was used to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit. On the Republican side, Bech Bruun and Michael...

1:41 AM Wednesday, Mar. 07, 2018

5:20 p.m Wednesday update: Democrats and Republicans will have to return to the polls in May to decide who should battle to succeed U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, who abandoned plans to run for re-election after admitting taxpayer money was used to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit. On the Republican side, Bech Bruun and Michael...
Electrician David Smalling wins GOP nomination for District 35
 5:25 p.m. Wednesday update:
            With 53 percent of support, electrician David Smalling beat out cattle rancher Sherrill “SK” Alexander for the Republican nomination to Texas’ 35th congressional district, which runs from San Antonio to Travis County, snaking up Interstate 35 into East Austin and Lockhart. U.S. Rep...

1:33 AM Wednesday, Mar. 07, 2018

5:25 p.m. Wednesday update: With 53 percent of support, electrician David Smalling beat out cattle rancher Sherrill “SK” Alexander for the Republican nomination to Texas’ 35th congressional district, which runs from San Antonio to Travis County, snaking up Interstate 35 into East Austin and Lockhart. U.S. Rep...
Rep. Will Hurd wins GOP primary in 23rd Congressional District
 5:20 p.m. Wednesday update: Rep. Will Hurd easily defeated his opponent in the Republican Primary for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, with 80 percent of the vote. But in a more crowded field, no Democrat was able to secure a majority of the primary vote on Tuesday, forcing a runoff between former Air Force intelligence officer Gina...

1:27 AM Wednesday, Mar. 07, 2018

5:20 p.m. Wednesday update: Rep. Will Hurd easily defeated his opponent in the Republican Primary for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, with 80 percent of the vote. But in a more crowded field, no Democrat was able to secure a majority of the primary vote on Tuesday, forcing a runoff between former Air Force intelligence officer Gina...
Anti-CodeNext PAC says it has the signatures to trigger election
 The group pushing for CodeNext to be placed on the ballot has announced that it has the petition signatures to trigger an election. At Austin Energy’s headquarters, organizers from IndyAustin, the billboard company-backed political action committee that began the petition effort, announced Monday night that in the past six months, its...

12:46 AM Wednesday, Mar. 07, 2018

The group pushing for CodeNext to be placed on the ballot has announced that it has the petition signatures to trigger an election. At Austin Energy’s headquarters, organizers from IndyAustin, the billboard company-backed political action committee that began the petition effort, announced Monday night that in the past six months, its...
Anti-CodeNext PAC says it has enough signatures to force a vote
 The group pushing for CodeNext to be placed on the ballot announced Monday night that it has the signatures to trigger an election. At Austin Energy’s headquarters, organizers from IndyAustin, the billboard company-backed political action committee that began the petition effort, announced that in the past six months, its volunteers...

1:43 AM Tuesday, Mar. 06, 2018

The group pushing for CodeNext to be placed on the ballot announced Monday night that it has the signatures to trigger an election. At Austin Energy’s headquarters, organizers from IndyAustin, the billboard company-backed political action committee that began the petition effort, announced that in the past six months, its volunteers...
Austin City Council will give paid sick leave to its temps
 Two weeks after requiring most private employers to provide paid sick leave to their staff, the Austin City Council voted Thursday to do the same for its temporary workers. Under the resolution passed Thursday, temporary city government employees who work 80 hours or more in a given year — roughly 2,900 met that threshold in 2017 &mdash...

11:25 PM Thursday, Mar. 01, 2018

Two weeks after requiring most private employers to provide paid sick leave to their staff, the Austin City Council voted Thursday to do the same for its temporary workers. Under the resolution passed Thursday, temporary city government employees who work 80 hours or more in a given year — roughly 2,900 met that threshold in 2017 &mdash...
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