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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says municipal bans on single-use plastic bags are illegal. In a five-page attorney general's opinion Friday, the Republican gubernatorial nominee said a state law prohibits local governments from prohibiting, restricting...
Williamson County property owners will get to pay an additional 96 bucks on their taxes in 2015. The county's Connie Watson says Commissioners decided to keep the tax rate the same, but soaring property values for the average home are what made tax bills go up this time. She...
More solar power will be added to Austin Energy's portfolio after the council approved an ambitious plan to wean the utility off of carbon emitting power sources. Austin Energy opposed the measure saying solar and wind power is less reliable it could cause rates to soar. Tom...
After neighbors fume over a master plan for the former Holly Power Plant, the Austin City Council approves it anyway. Neighbors spoke for hours about how they were ignored by the city and consultants who helped create the plan for a park out of the former power plant site...
Through a combined effort with Austin Police, Brenham Police and Bastrop Police, the suspect was identified. Bastrop Police secured an arrest warrant for Jeremy Brock from Austin for 2nd degree felony Robbery, Texas Penal Code 29.01. The bond has been set at one million dollars...
Samsung Austin Semiconductor opened up the first section of what would become a multibillion-dollar factory about 18 years ago, but Catherine Morse still gets the “Why Austin?” question today. Myriad factors went into the company’s decision, said Morse, Samsung’s general counsel...
MyFoxAustin.com | KTBC Fox 7 | News, Weather, Sports Finally, some relief for those affected by the Halloween flood last year. Thursday, the Army Corps of Engineers, Travis County and the City of Austin have finalized an $11.8 million buyout agreement. The funding is expected to...
Texas authorities have charged a Bastrop youth minister who they say had sex with a 16-year-old girl. The Bastrop County Sheriff's Office says 25-year-old Isahiah Arellano was arrested and charged with three counts of sexual assault this week. Authorities say Arellano was a...
The Austin City Council wants to build a new magistration center in North Austin so they can process their own prisoners. Assistant Chief Brian Manley says it's taking almost an entire hour for their officers to book suspects at the Travis County facility. The city used to...