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A spokesman says former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge expects to leave a Texas medical facility in time to be home in Maryland for Christmas. Ridge suffered a heart attack on Nov. 16 while attending a Republican Governors Association conference in Austin, Texas. He'...
The City of Austin and Travis County are preparing to announce the appointment of a permanent Executive Director of a new Sobering Center to tackle binge drinking and public intoxication on the streets of Austin. The Executive Director will be named and introduced at a press...
Average retail gasoline prices in Austin have fallen 2.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.17/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 830 gas outlets in Austin. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.5 cents per gallon in the last...
(Photo: Shutterstock by Vitezslav Valka) Austin will get some more new pedestrian crosswalk signals in the coming weeks. Austin City Council has approved five new pedestrian hybrid beacons to be installed at Burnet at Ashdale, Pleasant Valley at Sheringham, Congress Ave at E...
(Photo: Shutterstock by frank60) The zika virus has returned to south Texas. There are three new cases in the Rio Grande Valley. Baylor's Dr. Peter Hotez... who is an infectious disease expert, is not surprised. He says it happened the same time last year, and the mosquito that...
(Photo: Shutterstock by everything possible) While Texas remains a leader in controlling what some consider lawsuit abuse, Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse of Central Texas board chairman Roger Borgelt said that could always change. He believes we haven't gone too far in...
(Photo: Shutterstock by tonktiti) The Round Rock school district has now rolled out its text alert system to all grade levels and campuses. The district's Jenny Lacoste-Caputo said it's really proven to be a great way to keep parents in the loop if they have kids who ride the...
(Photo courtesy Hays County) The man accused of shooting to death a San Marcos Police officer has been charged by a Hays County Magistrate at 51-year-old Stewart Mettz's bed in an Austin hospital. Mettz who was charged with capital murder of 58-year-old Officer Ken Copeland will...
(Photo: Shutterstock by Oren Shatz) Austin City Council member Alison Alter has rolled out a new ordinance she says will support stricter gun laws in Austin. Alter's ordinance would give support for the banning of bump stocks and condemn any legislation supporting the...