Mark and Charlie's Blog

During a discussion about the possibilities for a new magnet program in south Austin, members of the Austin ISD school board brought up “serious problems” they cannot ignore with the Liberal Arts and Science Academy. Trustee Dr. Edmund Gordon said the board needs to address the...
APD detectives will soon suspend their casework and go out on patrol as part of a stop-gap program to help relieve a staffing shortage. The department has more than 120 vacancies. In this week’s Crime Watch, FOX 7's Noelle Newton looks into the problem. "Massive career fair...
Austin's homeless population continues to grow. FOX 7 spoke with a local agency that says affordable housing is the solution to supporting these individuals and getting them back on their feet. In the past 10 years, lack of affordable housing combined with inadequate funding of...
A Central Texas woman convicted in Burnet County of DWI for the sixth time has been sentenced to 60 years in prison. According to Sonny McAfee, district attorney for the 33rd and 424th Judicial Districts of Blanco, Burnet, Llano and San Saba counties, Luann Penny, 53, pleaded...
The sister of the 17-year-old accused of killing University of Texas student Haruka Weiser is coming to the defense of her younger brother. In an exclusive interview with abc13, Meechaiel Criner's sister says she's still trying to process the gravity of the charge against her...
The “affluenza” teen turned 19 on Monday. At that point, his case moved out of the juvenile system. Attorneys have said they expect Criminal District Judge Wayne Salvant to keep Couch in jail for an additional four months as a condition of his probation. However, experts say the...
A San Antonio school officer caught on tape body-slamming a middle-school student was fired Monday by the district, which said the officer's misstatements about what happened were revealed by the video. Officer Joshua Kehm's statements on the March incident were "inconsistent"...
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is blasting the way the country chooses presidential party nominees as "corrupt" and "crooked" as he grapples with the potential of a contested convention that he risks losing. Speaking to thousands packed in a frigid airport hangar...
And so the 2016 presidential contest is taking over New York, a city and a state where politics is played with brass knuckles and brickbats. The press is relentless. The pressure is intense. And on a scale of 1 to 10, the likelihood of a candidate slipping up or overreacting is...