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After reconsidering, Travis County decides women’s jail still necessary
 Five months after activists held up a Travis County Commissioners Court vote on initial funding of a new women’s jail facility as they pushed instead for more diversion programs, identical funding reappeared in a preliminary budget that staffers presented at a budget hearing Thursday. Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez has said the...

Posted: 2 days ago

Five months after activists held up a Travis County Commissioners Court vote on initial funding of a new women’s jail facility as they pushed instead for more diversion programs, identical funding reappeared in a preliminary budget that staffers presented at a budget hearing Thursday. Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez has said the...
After reconsidering, Travis County decides women’s jail still necessary
 Five months after activists held up a Travis County Commissioners Court vote on initial funding of a new women’s jail facility as they pushed instead for more diversion programs, identical funding reappeared in a preliminary budget that staffers presented at a budget hearing Thursday. Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez has said the...

Posted: 3 days ago

Five months after activists held up a Travis County Commissioners Court vote on initial funding of a new women’s jail facility as they pushed instead for more diversion programs, identical funding reappeared in a preliminary budget that staffers presented at a budget hearing Thursday. Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez has said the...
Travis County to purchase $8 million paper trail voting system
 It may not be the first-of-its-kind, open-source software voting system that Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir has been after for more than a decade, but the county will have a voting system with a paper trail by the November 2019 election. County commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved the purchase of an about $8.2 million electronic...

Posted: 7 days ago

It may not be the first-of-its-kind, open-source software voting system that Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir has been after for more than a decade, but the county will have a voting system with a paper trail by the November 2019 election. County commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved the purchase of an about $8.2 million electronic...
Travis County approves purchase of $8M paper-trail voting system
 It might not be the first-of-its-kind, open-source software voting system that Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir has sought for more than a decade, but the county will have a voting system with a paper trail by the November 2019 election. Travis County commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved the purchase of an about $8.2 million electronic...

Posted: 7 days ago

It might not be the first-of-its-kind, open-source software voting system that Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir has sought for more than a decade, but the county will have a voting system with a paper trail by the November 2019 election. Travis County commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved the purchase of an about $8.2 million electronic...
NEW: Two displaced after house fire in Northwest Austin; none injured
 5 p.m. update: Two people were displaced and staying with friends after a house fire in Northwest Austin on Sunday, officials said. No one was injured, and the cause of the fire to the home in the 8000 block of Cima Oak Lane is still unknown, Austin Fire Department officials said. The fire caused about $100,000 in damage to the structure...

Posted: 8 days ago

5 p.m. update: Two people were displaced and staying with friends after a house fire in Northwest Austin on Sunday, officials said. No one was injured, and the cause of the fire to the home in the 8000 block of Cima Oak Lane is still unknown, Austin Fire Department officials said. The fire caused about $100,000 in damage to the structure...
FORECAST: Temps continue to hover below 100, afternoon storms possible
 Sunday will bring more temps just below 100 degrees and a slight chance of storms in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Sunday will be partly sunny and hot with a high near 99 degrees, and heat index values as high as 105 degrees. After 2 p.m., there will be 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. The chance...

Posted: 9 days ago

Sunday will bring more temps just below 100 degrees and a slight chance of storms in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Sunday will be partly sunny and hot with a high near 99 degrees, and heat index values as high as 105 degrees. After 2 p.m., there will be 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. The chance...
Travis County now shielding more than 1,500 acres of wild Hill Country
 Developers mail Michael Murphy letters every week or so, imploring him to sell his 397-acre Dripping Springs property, Los Madrones Ranch, which he named after the madrone evergreens that dot the land, so striking with their deep orange, flaky bark. While he very likely could have made millions more doing just that, Murphy and his wife, Julie...

Posted: 9 days ago

Developers mail Michael Murphy letters every week or so, imploring him to sell his 397-acre Dripping Springs property, Los Madrones Ranch, which he named after the madrone evergreens that dot the land, so striking with their deep orange, flaky bark. While he very likely could have made millions more doing just that, Murphy and his wife, Julie...
24/7 sobering center in downtown Austin to open this fall
 The Austin-Travis County Sobering Center will open its doors on a limited basis in late August before it officially launches in October, executive director Rhonda Patrick said Tuesday. The center, designed to give law enforcement and emergency medical staff an alternative destination for intoxicated individuals other than jail or a hospital...

Posted: 13 days ago

The Austin-Travis County Sobering Center will open its doors on a limited basis in late August before it officially launches in October, executive director Rhonda Patrick said Tuesday. The center, designed to give law enforcement and emergency medical staff an alternative destination for intoxicated individuals other than jail or a hospital...
24/7 sobriety center coming to Austin this fall — and service is free
 The Austin-Travis County Sobering Center will open its doors on a limited basis in late August before it officially launches in October, Executive Director Rhonda Patrick said Tuesday. The center, designed to give law enforcement and emergency medical staff an alternative destination for intoxicated individuals other than jail or a hospital...

Posted: 13 days ago

The Austin-Travis County Sobering Center will open its doors on a limited basis in late August before it officially launches in October, Executive Director Rhonda Patrick said Tuesday. The center, designed to give law enforcement and emergency medical staff an alternative destination for intoxicated individuals other than jail or a hospital...
Mammograms or primary care? Future of Big Pink Bus up in the air
 Marva Overton, executive director of the Alliance for African American Health in Central Texas, thought it was a bit strange in February when the Seton Healthcare Family rescheduled a couple of events that were expected to include the Big Pink Bus, its free, mobile mammography unit. Her organization, among others, had been working with the...

Posted: 17 days ago

Marva Overton, executive director of the Alliance for African American Health in Central Texas, thought it was a bit strange in February when the Seton Healthcare Family rescheduled a couple of events that were expected to include the Big Pink Bus, its free, mobile mammography unit. Her organization, among others, had been working with the...
City engineer: Shoal Creek landslide repairs to take until early 2019
 Repairs to the bluff over Shoal Creek in Central Austin that crumbled in a landslide in May are likely to start in a few months, a city official said at a meeting Thursday night. Mike Kelly, the managing engineer for the city’s Watershed Protection Department, said construction should begin by October and will take about six months...

Posted: 25 days ago

Repairs to the bluff over Shoal Creek in Central Austin that crumbled in a landslide in May are likely to start in a few months, a city official said at a meeting Thursday night. Mike Kelly, the managing engineer for the city’s Watershed Protection Department, said construction should begin by October and will take about six months...
Supreme Court nominee, wife met when working for President George Bush
 The common link between U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his West Texan wife, Ashley, was none other than former President and Texas Gov. George W. Bush. After nominating Kavanaugh to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2006, Bush joked at the swearing-in ceremony that Kavanaugh’s marriage...

5:00 AM Saturday, Jul. 14, 2018

The common link between U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his West Texan wife, Ashley, was none other than former President and Texas Gov. George W. Bush. After nominating Kavanaugh to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2006, Bush joked at the swearing-in ceremony that Kavanaugh’s marriage...
Travis County settles on 17th-Guadalupe site for new civil courthouse
 After more than a decade of planning and setbacks that included a failed bond referendum, Travis County has settled on a site and a developer for its new civil and family courthouse. Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt announced Tuesday that the county had entered exclusive negotiations with Hunt Development Group to build a courthouse at...

12:15 AM Wednesday, Jul. 11, 2018

After more than a decade of planning and setbacks that included a failed bond referendum, Travis County has settled on a site and a developer for its new civil and family courthouse. Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt announced Tuesday that the county had entered exclusive negotiations with Hunt Development Group to build a courthouse at...
Travis County settles on 17th-Guadalupe site for new civil courthouse
 After more than a decade of planning and setbacks that included a failed bond referendum, Travis County has settled on a site and a developer for its new civil and family courthouse. Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt announced Tuesday that the county had entered exclusive negotiations with Hunt Development Group to build a courthouse at...

12:05 AM Wednesday, Jul. 11, 2018

After more than a decade of planning and setbacks that included a failed bond referendum, Travis County has settled on a site and a developer for its new civil and family courthouse. Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt announced Tuesday that the county had entered exclusive negotiations with Hunt Development Group to build a courthouse at...
County commissioners sign off on $450 million Brackenridge lease
 Travis County commissioners gave the green light Tuesday for the county health district to approve a 99-year lease of a portion of the former Brackenridge hospital campus for use by the University of Texas’ Dell Medical School. Central Health owns the prime six-block, 14.3-acre site at East 15th and Red River streets in downtown Austin...

10:57 PM Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2018

Travis County commissioners gave the green light Tuesday for the county health district to approve a 99-year lease of a portion of the former Brackenridge hospital campus for use by the University of Texas’ Dell Medical School. Central Health owns the prime six-block, 14.3-acre site at East 15th and Red River streets in downtown Austin...
Travis County unveils site, developer of civil courthouse
 More than a decade after officials first started talking about the need for it, Travis County has settled on a site and a developer for its new civil and family courts facility. Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt announced Tuesday that the county had entered into exclusive negotiations with Hunt Development Group to build a courthouse at...

8:45 PM Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2018

More than a decade after officials first started talking about the need for it, Travis County has settled on a site and a developer for its new civil and family courts facility. Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt announced Tuesday that the county had entered into exclusive negotiations with Hunt Development Group to build a courthouse at...
Travis commissioners sign off on $450 million Brackenridge lease
 Travis County commissioners gave the greenlight Tuesday for the county health district to approve a 99-year lease of a portion of the former Brackenridge hospital campus for use by the University of Texas’ Dell Medical School. Central Health owns the prime six-block, 14.3-acre site at East 15th and Red River streets in downtown Austin...

6:51 PM Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2018

Travis County commissioners gave the greenlight Tuesday for the county health district to approve a 99-year lease of a portion of the former Brackenridge hospital campus for use by the University of Texas’ Dell Medical School. Central Health owns the prime six-block, 14.3-acre site at East 15th and Red River streets in downtown Austin...
Hays County Food Bank sees wave of donations after last week’s shortage
 The first sign of trouble at the Hays County Food Bank surfaced last week when a volunteer asked Mallory Best what to do if she was filling a bag of donated goods and couldn’t find any of a certain item. “We were like, ‘Uh, what are you talking about?’ So I go outside (to the warehouse), and I’m like, &lsquo...

11:07 PM Monday, Jul. 09, 2018

The first sign of trouble at the Hays County Food Bank surfaced last week when a volunteer asked Mallory Best what to do if she was filling a bag of donated goods and couldn’t find any of a certain item. “We were like, ‘Uh, what are you talking about?’ So I go outside (to the warehouse), and I’m like, &lsquo...
Hays County Food Bank sees wave of donations after last week’s shortage
 The first sign of trouble at the Hays County Food Bank surfaced last week when a volunteer asked Mallory Best what to do if she was filling a bag of donated goods and couldn’t find any of a certain item. “We were like, ‘Uh, what are you talking about?’ So I go outside (to the warehouse), and I’m like, &lsquo...

10:44 PM Monday, Jul. 09, 2018

The first sign of trouble at the Hays County Food Bank surfaced last week when a volunteer asked Mallory Best what to do if she was filling a bag of donated goods and couldn’t find any of a certain item. “We were like, ‘Uh, what are you talking about?’ So I go outside (to the warehouse), and I’m like, &lsquo...
Kyle residents help raise funds for Make-A-Wish roller hockey rink
 The biggest adjustment for 10-year-old Ash Crane since his family moved from Colorado Springs, Colo., about seven years ago has been not having public roller rinks near home. “I would love to (play for a club team),” Ash said Thursday as he laced up to play roller hockey with his siblings on their driveway. “But they&rsquo...

8:43 PM Friday, Jul. 06, 2018

The biggest adjustment for 10-year-old Ash Crane since his family moved from Colorado Springs, Colo., about seven years ago has been not having public roller rinks near home. “I would love to (play for a club team),” Ash said Thursday as he laced up to play roller hockey with his siblings on their driveway. “But they&rsquo...
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