Tom Labinski

Communities editor

Tom Labinski is an assistant metro editor at the Austin American-Statesman.

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Texas girl, 7, sets record in climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
 An Austin girl has become the youngest female to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, a friend of the family said. Montannah Kenney, 7, reached the summit of the mountain March 16 with her mother at her side every step of the way, said Declan Waters. The two began their trek up the 19,341-foot mountain in Tanzania on March 10, said Waters, who has been...

Posted: 19 days ago

An Austin girl has become the youngest female to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, a friend of the family said. Montannah Kenney, 7, reached the summit of the mountain March 16 with her mother at her side every step of the way, said Declan Waters. The two began their trek up the 19,341-foot mountain in Tanzania on March 10, said Waters, who has been...
Regents School closed Monday amid bombing investigation
 8:15 a.m. update: Regents School of Austin will be closed and athletic events canceled on Monday while officials continue to investigate another explosion in Southwest Austin that left two injured on Sunday night. The school is about a mile away from the Travis Country neighborhood where the explosion occurred, near Republic of Texas Boulevard...

6:22 AM Monday, Mar. 19, 2018

8:15 a.m. update: Regents School of Austin will be closed and athletic events canceled on Monday while officials continue to investigate another explosion in Southwest Austin that left two injured on Sunday night. The school is about a mile away from the Travis Country neighborhood where the explosion occurred, near Republic of Texas Boulevard...
Fourth explosion this month injures two; this time in Southwest Austin
 An explosion tore through a quiet Southwest Austin neighborhood Sunday night, sending two men to the hospital with serious injuries and heightening worries that a serial package bomber is targeting the city’s residents. Shortly before 9 p.m., an explosion rocked a neighborhood north of Southwest Parkway near the MoPac Boulevard (Loop...

1:51 AM Monday, Mar. 19, 2018

An explosion tore through a quiet Southwest Austin neighborhood Sunday night, sending two men to the hospital with serious injuries and heightening worries that a serial package bomber is targeting the city’s residents. Shortly before 9 p.m., an explosion rocked a neighborhood north of Southwest Parkway near the MoPac Boulevard (Loop...
Man charged with making bomb threat that cancelled SXSW show by the Roots
 2 a.m. update: Police have arrested a man who they said emailed a bomb threat to the Fair Market in East Austin on Saturday night, forcing the cancellation of a SXSW show by the Roots. Trevor Weldon Ingram, 26, has been charged with making a terroristic threat, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison, city officials...

3:02 AM Sunday, Mar. 18, 2018

2 a.m. update: Police have arrested a man who they said emailed a bomb threat to the Fair Market in East Austin on Saturday night, forcing the cancellation of a SXSW show by the Roots. Trevor Weldon Ingram, 26, has been charged with making a terroristic threat, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison, city officials...
Austin girl, 7, sets record in climbing Mount Kilamanjaro
 An Austin girl has become the youngest female to climb Mount Kilamanjaro, a friend of the family said Saturday. Montannah Kenney, 7, reached the summit of the mountain Friday with her mother at her side every step of the way, said Declan Waters. The two began their trek up the 19,341-foot mountain in Tanzania on March 10, said Waters, who...

9:13 PM Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018

An Austin girl has become the youngest female to climb Mount Kilamanjaro, a friend of the family said Saturday. Montannah Kenney, 7, reached the summit of the mountain Friday with her mother at her side every step of the way, said Declan Waters. The two began their trek up the 19,341-foot mountain in Tanzania on March 10, said Waters, who...
Dead & Company dig extra deep into past in rare Austin show
 Much has changed in Austin since the Grateful Dead last played here in 1985. And much has changed about the band. The most obvious is the death of its leader, Jerry Garcia, 20 years later. After a three-year hiatus, the remaining band members
            have come together in various configurations and names over the decades, but it proved...

9:33 AM Sunday, Dec. 03, 2017

Much has changed in Austin since the Grateful Dead last played here in 1985. And much has changed about the band. The most obvious is the death of its leader, Jerry Garcia, 20 years later. After a three-year hiatus, the remaining band members have come together in various configurations and names over the decades, but it proved...
UT classes to begin Wednesday as scheduled

5:10 PM Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017

The University of Texas said Sunday that classes would begin as scheduled Wednesday, but said students and families planning to come to the campus from areas affected by Tropical Storm Harvey should put safety first when making travel decisions. “To students who have been impacted by Harvey, the university will provide guidance to faculty...
Three low-water crossings closed in Round Rock
 Three low-water crossings are closed in Round Rock, city officials said, and crews are responding to any issues that are reported as daylight breaks. The main issue overnight was debris from trees, said Will Hampton, the communications director for the city. He said floodgates are closed at Harrell Parkway, Old Bowman Road and Lee Street...

1:39 PM Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017

Three low-water crossings are closed in Round Rock, city officials said, and crews are responding to any issues that are reported as daylight breaks. The main issue overnight was debris from trees, said Will Hampton, the communications director for the city. He said floodgates are closed at Harrell Parkway, Old Bowman Road and Lee Street...
LOCAL IMPACT: Gov. Abbott declares Caldwell County a disaster area
 See the latest updates on the storm 3:30 a.m. update: Governor Greg Abbott has declared Caldwell County a disaster area, according to officials with the Caldwell County office of emergency management. “This declaration will be forwarded to FEMA for a Presidential Declaration,” the county office said in a statement. “The...

11:00 AM Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017

See the latest updates on the storm 3:30 a.m. update: Governor Greg Abbott has declared Caldwell County a disaster area, according to officials with the Caldwell County office of emergency management. “This declaration will be forwarded to FEMA for a Presidential Declaration,” the county office said in a statement. “The...
LAKE ON ALERT: Invasive zebra mussels found in Lake Travis, Texas wildlife officials say
 Zebra mussels, which have seriously affected the economy, environment and recreation on Texas reservoirs and rivers, have been found in Lake Travis, state wildlife officials said Tuesday. Biologists from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Lower Colorado River Authority confirmed the presence of the zebra mussels in...

2:46 PM Tuesday, Jun. 27, 2017

Zebra mussels, which have seriously affected the economy, environment and recreation on Texas reservoirs and rivers, have been found in Lake Travis, state wildlife officials said Tuesday. Biologists from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Lower Colorado River Authority confirmed the presence of the zebra mussels in...