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Running MetroRail, which already requires taxpayers to cover most of the cost, is about to get more expensive. Under a seven-year contract approved unanimously Monday by the Capital Metro board, MetroRail contractor Herzog Transit Services over the next seven years would be paid...
Every year an estimated 4,300 Texans are diagnosed with HIV. It's an important and costly health issue that one Central Texas group says you can help conquer. The Austin PrEP Access Project is a new local HIV prevention program and hopes their GoFundMe campaign will save lives...
President Barack Obama did not mince words in discussing race in a recent interview, going so far as to use the N-word in talking about America’s complex racial history when speaking to Marc Maron on the comedian’s “WTF” podcast in Los Angeles last week. “The legacy of slavery,...
Leaders from all walks of life and religions plan to gather on Friday afternoon for a prayer vigil. The move follows the deadly attack at an African-American church in Charleston. They want to offer their thoughts and show solidarity with those hurting in South Carolina. The...
Austinites packed into pews for Sunday service at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in East Austin just days after the deadly shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. Longtime parishioner and 73-year-old Ida King has been part of the church for around 60 years...
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller on Thursday restored the option for public schools to serve certain fried foods and soda by lifting a decade-old statewide ban on deep fryers and soda machines. The policy, which supporters say gives control over nutrition back to school...
School students in Smithville ISD will soon have to put away their phones for the entire school day. The Smithville school board just voted to ban cell phone use the entire school day eliminating a previous exception for instructional purposes. Their web site says the change...
Starting next school year, the Lake Travis district will randomly drug test high school students whose parents have given permission. District officials said the voluntary testing program — part of a larger districtwide drug prevention effort — is an opportunity for students to...
Two weeks after new president Greg Fenves publicly endorsed the idea , the University of Texas at Austin announced Wednesday that it will begin selling beer at its football games. Fans worried about the mixture of alcohol and guns don't need to fret, however. The state's new law...