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(Credit: Department of Public Safety) The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is asking for the public’s help in solving the 1982 murder of Ruth Elizabeth Bettis, and an increased reward of up to $6,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of those...
(Credit: Associated Press) A Texas lawmaker expects federal investigators to call for hot air balloon pilots to obtain medical certificates following a crash last year that killed 16 people. The July 2016 crash in a pasture near Austin, Texas, was the worst hot air balloon...
(Credit: Major League Soccer) Precourt Sports Ventures, LLC (PSV), owner of Columbus Crew SC since 2013, announced today that it is exploring strategic options to ensure the long-term viability of the Club, including remaining in Columbus at a new stadium or potentially...
If you are a Williamson County property owner expect your property tax bill in the mail this week. County Tax Assessor Larry Gaddes said in some cases bills are higher because of increasing property values, but depending on the taxing entity your bill may actually go down. "In...
(photo: shutterstock By Vitezslav Valka) Another person is hit by a car this morning, this time while walking down Stassney. It's just the latest in a long string of pedestrian deaths in Austin and Laura Dierenfield with the Transportation Department says the numbers have...
Austin Police Chief Brian Manley has a concern that the anti-sanctuary city law could mean more cases of domestic violence will go unreported because people who are undocumented will be afraid of deportation. "They may be less likely to reach out to law enforcement when they...
(photo: shutterstock By Jim Parkin) Environmentalists are pointing to Texas as the latest example of the decline of the coal industry. Over the past three weeks, Luminant Energy has announced they’re closing 3 coal-powered plants in Texas. Public Citizen Texas Director Adrian...
(photo: shutterstock By Georgejmclittle) A Ride Austin driver is accused a sexually assaulting a passenger after giving her a ride home. 40-year-old Osmani Lamonta Diaz has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman while driving for Ride Austin. The company says Lamonta Diaz...
(Photo:Shutterstock/Roschetzky Photography) For the first time since its inception, the Highway Emergency Response Operator, or HERO, patrol service program will be able to clear minor crashes from area roadways, in addition to helping stranded motorists, the Texas Department of...