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Nordstrom Rack apologizes after 3 black men are falsely accused of stealing from store
 BRENTWOOD, Mo. — Nordstrom Rack leadership apologized to the families of three young men after they were falsely accused of stealing from the Brentwood, Mo., store and police were called. Mekhi Lee, 19, a DeSmet Jesuit High School graduate who is now a freshman at Alabama A&M University, was with East St. Louis Senior High School senior...

10:07 PM Tuesday, May. 08, 2018

BRENTWOOD, Mo. — Nordstrom Rack leadership apologized to the families of three young men after they were falsely accused of stealing from the Brentwood, Mo., store and police were called. Mekhi Lee, 19, a DeSmet Jesuit High School graduate who is now a freshman at Alabama A&M University, was with East St. Louis Senior High School senior...
Austin startup Grub Tubs builds a business model around leftover food - and bugs
 When Robert Olivier looks at a handful of squirming, fat fly larvae, or grubs, he sees the solution to two of Austin’s problems. The problem for restaurant and grocery store operators is a steady stream of food waste, and a looming deadline. The city of Austin will require all food-related businesses to have organic diversion programs...

8:58 PM Thursday, Mar. 08, 2018

When Robert Olivier looks at a handful of squirming, fat fly larvae, or grubs, he sees the solution to two of Austin’s problems. The problem for restaurant and grocery store operators is a steady stream of food waste, and a looming deadline. The city of Austin will require all food-related businesses to have organic diversion programs...
Doctor can discuss settlement with Lakeway hospital, judge rules
 Lakeway Regional Medical Center may not exist anymore, the hospital having changed hands to Baylor Scott & White, but LRMC’s legal battle with Dr. Robert Van Boven continues as the doctor claims LRMC and Baylor Scott & White Lakeway retaliated against him for his complaints of medical errors against the hospital. Van Boven recently...

5:10 PM Thursday, Mar. 08, 2018

Lakeway Regional Medical Center may not exist anymore, the hospital having changed hands to Baylor Scott & White, but LRMC’s legal battle with Dr. Robert Van Boven continues as the doctor claims LRMC and Baylor Scott & White Lakeway retaliated against him for his complaints of medical errors against the hospital. Van Boven recently...
Birds of prey
 Birdwatcher enthusiasts Laura Hopkins and Gary Cobb have been operating Wild Bird Center in Lakeway for six months now, and it’s a dream come true for them, Hopkins said. They now get to share their bird expertise with their customer base, many of whom share their love of west Travis County’s flighted wildlife. “The community...

6:00 AM Wednesday, Mar. 07, 2018

Birdwatcher enthusiasts Laura Hopkins and Gary Cobb have been operating Wild Bird Center in Lakeway for six months now, and it’s a dream come true for them, Hopkins said. They now get to share their bird expertise with their customer base, many of whom share their love of west Travis County’s flighted wildlife. “The community...
Lake Travis school district officials investigate ‘student incident’
 Lake Travis school district parents were notified on Feb. 28. that district officials are investigating an alleged “student incident” at Lake Travis High School. “Parents of students allegedly involved in the incident have been notified, and the appropriate authorities have been contacted,” the notice sent to parents...

8:26 PM Tuesday, Mar. 06, 2018

Lake Travis school district parents were notified on Feb. 28. that district officials are investigating an alleged “student incident” at Lake Travis High School. “Parents of students allegedly involved in the incident have been notified, and the appropriate authorities have been contacted,” the notice sent to parents...
Islamic Center of Lake Travis scheduled to open in mid-May
 The Islamic Center of Lake Travis is on schedule to open the doors of its mosque in Hudson Bend just in time to hold services for Ramadan, ICLT leadership said. The ICLT was in the midst of constructing a two-story mosque on Doss Road in Hudson Bend when the facility burned to the ground in the middle of the night Jan. 7, 2017. Investigators...

6:23 PM Tuesday, Mar. 06, 2018

The Islamic Center of Lake Travis is on schedule to open the doors of its mosque in Hudson Bend just in time to hold services for Ramadan, ICLT leadership said. The ICLT was in the midst of constructing a two-story mosque on Doss Road in Hudson Bend when the facility burned to the ground in the middle of the night Jan. 7, 2017. Investigators...
West Lake Hills modifies ordinances pertaining to sheds, dynamite
 The West Lake Hills City Council made four code changes during their Feb. 28 council meeting, making allowances for pre-made sheds on properties and disallowing the blasting of dynamite in the city. All of the modifications were unanimously approved. City Manager Robert Wood said that decades ago, the popular method for cutting into the land...

4:14 AM Thursday, Mar. 01, 2018

The West Lake Hills City Council made four code changes during their Feb. 28 council meeting, making allowances for pre-made sheds on properties and disallowing the blasting of dynamite in the city. All of the modifications were unanimously approved. City Manager Robert Wood said that decades ago, the popular method for cutting into the land...
County considers groundwater election
 Why is the Southwestern Travis County Groundwater Conservation District election expected to cost so much? The groundwater conservation district is designed to monitor and protect the area’s supply of groundwater. The entity is brand new, with no budget and no paid staff, and according to legislation passed this previous session, its...

6:00 AM Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018

Why is the Southwestern Travis County Groundwater Conservation District election expected to cost so much? The groundwater conservation district is designed to monitor and protect the area’s supply of groundwater. The entity is brand new, with no budget and no paid staff, and according to legislation passed this previous session, its...
Ten candidates step up for school board
 Ten residents have thrown their hat in the ring for candidacy in the May 5 Lake Travis school board election — six for full terms and four for the unfinished term of recently resigning board member Alex Alexander. Running for Place 1 are incumbent candidate Guy Clayton and resident David Lovelace. “If there is one thing I&rsquo...

6:00 AM Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018

Ten residents have thrown their hat in the ring for candidacy in the May 5 Lake Travis school board election — six for full terms and four for the unfinished term of recently resigning board member Alex Alexander. Running for Place 1 are incumbent candidate Guy Clayton and resident David Lovelace. “If there is one thing I&rsquo...
Paseo at Bee Cave to get small dog park
 During a very brief Bee Cave City Council meeting on Feb. 27, the council approved site plan amendments to two subdivisions that will create a dog park, landscaping improvements and an amenity park. Proposed changes for the plan for Paseo at Bee Cave apartments on Texas 71 include modifying the existing clubhouse, pool and fitness center...

2:35 AM Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018

During a very brief Bee Cave City Council meeting on Feb. 27, the council approved site plan amendments to two subdivisions that will create a dog park, landscaping improvements and an amenity park. Proposed changes for the plan for Paseo at Bee Cave apartments on Texas 71 include modifying the existing clubhouse, pool and fitness center...
Jeff Kent drops out of Bee Cave council race, leaving 3 candidates
 Jeff Kent, developer of the Hill Country Indoor sports facility and a former major league baseball player, has dropped out of the race for Bee Cave City Council, city officials confirmed today. Kent declined to comment on his reason for dropping out of the race. Incumbent council members Bill Goodwin and Tom Matzen, along with resident Jon...

10:13 PM Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018

Jeff Kent, developer of the Hill Country Indoor sports facility and a former major league baseball player, has dropped out of the race for Bee Cave City Council, city officials confirmed today. Kent declined to comment on his reason for dropping out of the race. Incumbent council members Bill Goodwin and Tom Matzen, along with resident Jon...
Bishops urge Catholics to fight for ‘Dreamers’
 On Sunday, many Catholics in Austin and across the U.S. were handed a call to action with their usual church bulletin. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is pressing Catholics to take part in a “Congressional call-in campaign” on Monday to urge members of Congress to find a “common sense and humane solution&rdquo...

10:53 PM Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018

On Sunday, many Catholics in Austin and across the U.S. were handed a call to action with their usual church bulletin. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is pressing Catholics to take part in a “Congressional call-in campaign” on Monday to urge members of Congress to find a “common sense and humane solution&rdquo...
Pedestrian killed, Round Rock officer hit — and then lightning struck
 Within a five-hour span along a single stretch of Interstate 35, a pedestrian was killed by a car, a Round Rock police officer was seriously injured by another car, and three investigators were treated after a lightning strike. The unusual chain of events began about 5:30 a.m. Sunday, when Round Rock officers responded to a call about a pedestrian...

10:07 PM Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018

Within a five-hour span along a single stretch of Interstate 35, a pedestrian was killed by a car, a Round Rock police officer was seriously injured by another car, and three investigators were treated after a lightning strike. The unusual chain of events began about 5:30 a.m. Sunday, when Round Rock officers responded to a call about a pedestrian...
Three officials shocked by lightning at I-35 crash investigation
 Within a five-hour span along a single stretch of Interstate 35, a pedestrian was killed by a car, a Round Rock police officer was seriously injured by another car, and three investigators were treated after a lightning strike. The unusual chain of events began about 5:30 a.m. Sunday, when Round Rock officers responded to a call about a pedestrian...

3:16 PM Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018

Within a five-hour span along a single stretch of Interstate 35, a pedestrian was killed by a car, a Round Rock police officer was seriously injured by another car, and three investigators were treated after a lightning strike. The unusual chain of events began about 5:30 a.m. Sunday, when Round Rock officers responded to a call about a pedestrian...
WEATHER: Overnight fog descends on Austin area
 Update: 8:30 p.m.: A light fog may be descending upon the Austin metropolitan region early Monday morning, a National Weather Service meteorologist said. With Sunday’s thunderstorms having moved eastward, the fog is expected to last between 3 a.m. and an hour or two after sunrise. Partly cloudy skies are expected throughout Monday with...

1:48 PM Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018

Update: 8:30 p.m.: A light fog may be descending upon the Austin metropolitan region early Monday morning, a National Weather Service meteorologist said. With Sunday’s thunderstorms having moved eastward, the fog is expected to last between 3 a.m. and an hour or two after sunrise. Partly cloudy skies are expected throughout Monday with...
Ethics complaint against Bain dismissed as ‘frivolous’
 An ethics complaint filed by Lakeway Councilwoman Jean Hennagin aginst Mayor Joe Bain on Feb. 1 was closed by the Board of Ethics on Feb. 14, after discussion by a board subcommittee concluded the allegations were “frivolous” and didn’t rise to the level of an ethics violation. The subcommittee was comprised of Jessica Putonti...

7:16 PM Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

An ethics complaint filed by Lakeway Councilwoman Jean Hennagin aginst Mayor Joe Bain on Feb. 1 was closed by the Board of Ethics on Feb. 14, after discussion by a board subcommittee concluded the allegations were “frivolous” and didn’t rise to the level of an ethics violation. The subcommittee was comprised of Jessica Putonti...
Packed races for Bee Cave, Lakeway
 The local election fields for both Lakeway and Bee Cave are crowded, but two people are noticeably absent from the list of candidates: both sitting mayors. Lakeway Mayor Joe Bain and Bee Cave Mayor Caroline Murphy will not be running for re-election in May. “After spending nearly two decades serving the City of Lakeway in various commissions...

6:04 PM Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

The local election fields for both Lakeway and Bee Cave are crowded, but two people are noticeably absent from the list of candidates: both sitting mayors. Lakeway Mayor Joe Bain and Bee Cave Mayor Caroline Murphy will not be running for re-election in May. “After spending nearly two decades serving the City of Lakeway in various commissions...
Ten Lake Travis school board candidates line up
 Ten individuals have thrown their hat in the ring for candidacy in the May 5 Lake Travis school board election - six for full terms and four for the unfinished term of recently resigned board member Alex Alexander. Running for Place 1 are incumbent candidate Guy Clayton and resident David Lovelace. Running for Place 2, the seat being vacated...

7:30 PM Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

Ten individuals have thrown their hat in the ring for candidacy in the May 5 Lake Travis school board election - six for full terms and four for the unfinished term of recently resigned board member Alex Alexander. Running for Place 1 are incumbent candidate Guy Clayton and resident David Lovelace. Running for Place 2, the seat being vacated...
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