Mark and Charlie's Blog

Taxpayers can see three troubling trends at work in this year’s $1.3 billion Austin school district budget . There will be 1,300 fewer students expected as the district’s enrollment declines for the fourth consecutive year . Property tax bills for schools will likely surpass $4,...
Amid rising concern from parents, Austin officials are exploring a host of ideas for addressing a growing homeless population around the University of Texas. That population has received heightened scrutiny since police accused Meechaiel Criner, a homeless 17-year-old, for the...
Austin mayor Steve Adler is planning on calling on businesses again to let workers stay home or leave early from work to help minimize traffic. A couple days before President Barack Obama came to visit Austin during SXSW, mayor Steve Adler expected traffic to be very bad as the...
Some students say walking around parts of the University of Texas campus have become terrifying because of criminal transients. A friend of Haruka Weiser describes the scary incident that happened to her, near the same spot the dance student was murdered. Emma Huff says you...
More parking lot scams are being reported in Downtown Austin. Austin Police recently arrested five people for pretending to be parking lot attendants. You park, you pay: it should be that simple. Now you have to make sure your money is going into the right hands. "They tell you...
The presidential campaigns of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced late Sunday that they were coordinating their efforts in three upcoming primary states in an extraordinary attempt to prevent Republican front-runner Donald Trump from clinching the GOP...
A Dallas County grand jury is expected to indict former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel on Tuesday on a charge of misdemeanor assault with bodily injury after he allegedly struck his ex-girlfriend, Manziel's lawyer said. Manziel, 23, is to be indicted on a Class A misdemeanor...
A married Oregon pet shop worker went through some monkey business to pay for a prostitute. In some primitive thinking, Nathan Allen McClain, a Zany Zoo employee, stole about $7,000 from the store’s Girl Scout cookies sales on March 1 and March 6, which he used to pay a...
Senator Ted Cruz and Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio have agreed to coordinate in future primary contests in a last-ditch effort to deny Donald J. Trump the Republican presidential nomination, with each candidate standing aside in certain states amid growing concerns that Mr. Trump...