Sean Collins Walsh

State Capitol reporter

Sean Collins Walsh reports on state government and politics, including the Texas House of Representatives, the state budget, border and immigration issues, the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Agriculture and the Texas Facilities Commission. 

Latest from Sean Collins Walsh

Hays County water fight is back on, 3 years after residents’ big win
 Three years ago, Hays County’s grassroots Save Our Wells group took on a Houston-based company that found a regulatory loophole allowing it to pump millions of gallons of water from the already-strained Trinity Aquifer and sell it. The dispute culminated in a legislative victory that brought a lawmaker to tears and placed Electro Purification&rsquo...

Posted: 23 days ago

Three years ago, Hays County’s grassroots Save Our Wells group took on a Houston-based company that found a regulatory loophole allowing it to pump millions of gallons of water from the already-strained Trinity Aquifer and sell it. The dispute culminated in a legislative victory that brought a lawmaker to tears and placed Electro Purification&rsquo...
Hays County water fight is back on, 3 years after residents’ big win
 Three years ago, Hays County’s grass-roots Save Our Wells group took on a Houston-based company that found a regulatory loophole allowing it to pump millions of gallons of water from the already-strained Trinity Aquifer and sell it. The dispute culminated in a legislative victory that brought a lawmaker to tears and placed Electro...

Posted: 23 days ago

Three years ago, Hays County’s grass-roots Save Our Wells group took on a Houston-based company that found a regulatory loophole allowing it to pump millions of gallons of water from the already-strained Trinity Aquifer and sell it. The dispute culminated in a legislative victory that brought a lawmaker to tears and placed Electro...
HOLIDAY WEEKEND HEAT: Greenbelt hiker taken to hospital
 Rescuers pulled a hiker in his 50s out of Barton Creek Greenbelt on Saturday after he came down with a heat-related illness, according to Capt. Darren Noak of the Austin-Travis County EMS. The hiker, who was taken to Seton Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, was extricated from a small side trail in the Greenbelt using a &ldquo...

Posted: 29 days ago

Rescuers pulled a hiker in his 50s out of Barton Creek Greenbelt on Saturday after he came down with a heat-related illness, according to Capt. Darren Noak of the Austin-Travis County EMS. The hiker, who was taken to Seton Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, was extricated from a small side trail in the Greenbelt using a &ldquo...
Man dead, child critically injured in East Austin crash, EMS says
 A man in his 20s died and a child was left with life-threatening injuries after a crash on FM 969 on Saturday morning, Capt. Darren Noak of the Austin-Travis County EMS said. Authorities were called to the scene at 9:43 a.m. The accident took place on East Martin Luther King Boulevard, just west of Decker Lane. The child with the critical...

Posted: 29 days ago

A man in his 20s died and a child was left with life-threatening injuries after a crash on FM 969 on Saturday morning, Capt. Darren Noak of the Austin-Travis County EMS said. Authorities were called to the scene at 9:43 a.m. The accident took place on East Martin Luther King Boulevard, just west of Decker Lane. The child with the critical...
Highs in the upper 90s expected for Memorial Day weekend in Austin
 It will be a sunny and hot Memorial Day weekend in Austin, starting off Saturday with a high temperature of 99 degrees and a heat index of 104, according to the National Weather Service. Highs will stay in the upper 90s through the holiday on Monday, so stay safe and keep hydrated if you are spending time outdoors. At night, the temperature...

Posted: 29 days ago

It will be a sunny and hot Memorial Day weekend in Austin, starting off Saturday with a high temperature of 99 degrees and a heat index of 104, according to the National Weather Service. Highs will stay in the upper 90s through the holiday on Monday, so stay safe and keep hydrated if you are spending time outdoors. At night, the temperature...
Ahead of speaker election, moderates hold strong in Texas GOP runoffs
 At the end of last summer’s special legislative session, an angry Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick vowed that the Texas House members who blocked his agenda — especially the so-called bathroom bill and a measure restricting property tax increases — “are going to have to explain that to the voters.” But in Tuesday’s...

11:49 PM Wednesday, May. 23, 2018

At the end of last summer’s special legislative session, an angry Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick vowed that the Texas House members who blocked his agenda — especially the so-called bathroom bill and a measure restricting property tax increases — “are going to have to explain that to the voters.” But in Tuesday’s...
On-duty police pack court as jury sentences man who shot APD officer
 Uniformed Austin police officers irked the defense and some court watchers Thursday by flooding the courtroom for the sentencing of a suspected drug dealer who shot a SWAT officer in 2016. Tyler Harrell, who fired 23 times from an AK-47-style rifle during a police raid of his family’s home, received 13½ years in prison. The 18...

12:09 AM Friday, May. 11, 2018

Uniformed Austin police officers irked the defense and some court watchers Thursday by flooding the courtroom for the sentencing of a suspected drug dealer who shot a SWAT officer in 2016. Tyler Harrell, who fired 23 times from an AK-47-style rifle during a police raid of his family’s home, received 13½ years in prison. The 18...
On-duty police pack court as jury sentences man who shot SWAT officer
 Uniformed Austin police officers irked the defense and some court watchers Thursday by flooding the courtroom for the sentencing of a suspected drug dealer who shot a SWAT officer in 2016. Tyler Harrell, who fired 23 times from an AK-47-style rifle during a police raid of his family’s home, received 13½ years in prison. The 18...

12:00 AM Friday, May. 11, 2018

Uniformed Austin police officers irked the defense and some court watchers Thursday by flooding the courtroom for the sentencing of a suspected drug dealer who shot a SWAT officer in 2016. Tyler Harrell, who fired 23 times from an AK-47-style rifle during a police raid of his family’s home, received 13½ years in prison. The 18...
Inside the Austin bomber’s life: Questions of friends, faith, sexuality
 Several years before embarking on a bombing spree that terrorized Austin, Mark Conditt had turned against his family’s devout Christianity and declared himself an atheist. It was the first of many steps that separated the 23-year-old from his oldest friends and set him on a course of increasing isolation. He lost his job in the tech...

6:52 PM Thursday, May. 10, 2018

Several years before embarking on a bombing spree that terrorized Austin, Mark Conditt had turned against his family’s devout Christianity and declared himself an atheist. It was the first of many steps that separated the 23-year-old from his oldest friends and set him on a course of increasing isolation. He lost his job in the tech...
Inside the Austin bomber’s life: Questions of friends, faith, sexuality
 Several years before embarking on a bombing spree that terrorized Austin, Mark Conditt had turned against his family’s devout Christianity and declared himself an atheist. It was the first of many steps that separated the 23-year-old from his oldest friends and set him on a course of increasing isolation. He lost his job in the tech...

6:50 PM Thursday, May. 10, 2018

Several years before embarking on a bombing spree that terrorized Austin, Mark Conditt had turned against his family’s devout Christianity and declared himself an atheist. It was the first of many steps that separated the 23-year-old from his oldest friends and set him on a course of increasing isolation. He lost his job in the tech...
Deportations of traffic offenders skyrocketed under Trump, study says
 In pushing for increased coordination between federal immigration agencies and local law enforcement, the Trump administration has contended that those types of partnerships are key to ridding the country of unauthorized immigrants who are also violent criminals. But in President Donald Trump’s first year in office, the largest increase...

7:57 PM Friday, Apr. 27, 2018

In pushing for increased coordination between federal immigration agencies and local law enforcement, the Trump administration has contended that those types of partnerships are key to ridding the country of unauthorized immigrants who are also violent criminals. But in President Donald Trump’s first year in office, the largest increase...