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(Photo: Shutterstock by Phillip Lange) The Austin Code Department is getting ready for spring with an eye on South by Southwest. That's one of the biggest times of the year for short-term rentals and code officer Clete Marshall says they want neighborhoods to be on the lookout...
(Photo: Shutterstock By Serg Bulavin) The world's supply of lithium, used in batteries for cars, phones, and computers is dwindling. UT chemical engineer researchers have quite accidentally discovered a way to extract lithium from oil well wastewater that could more than double...
(Photo: Shutterstock by Alex Schmidt) Austin police bicycle officers have been working more crowd control lately. Thanks to a gift from Parseley Energy they have new padding and helmets to make that job safer said Corporal Chris Carlisle. He said the new helmets are different...
The infectious Zebra Mussel is still floating its way around Austin waters. Last year, Lake Travis was infested by zebra mussels. Lake Austin was said to be headed for a full blown infestation, and Monica McGarrity with Texas Parks and Wildlife said their fears have now been...
We're learning more about software giant Oracle's plans to open the first entrepreneur Accelerator Cloud Program in North America. Oracle recently opened a massive campus on the south shore of Ladybird Lake. Oracle's Amy Sorrell said this will create new jobs for Austin. She...
(Photo:shutterstock/Stockcreations) The Austin Board of REALTORS ® (ABoR) first market analysis of the year shows steady increases in single-family home sales despite limited inventory, signaling a strong housing market for 2018, according to the January 2018 Central Texas...
(Photo:KLBJ 590am/99.7fm/Jon Cooley) In a 9-2 vote, the Austin City Council approved Greg Casar's highly controversial ordinance mandating that all businesses in Austin's private sector pay their employees for days they're out sick. It was expected to pass, and only Ellen...
The Austin Police Department, in partnership Parsley Energy, will present new protective gear for APD bike officers at a news conference at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 at APD Headquarters. Parsley Energy contributed funds for bicycle helmets and other protective gear to equip...
The Austin Transportation Department and Capital Metro say, after careful consideration, they have decided to reschedule the upcoming Traffic Jam event, originally slated for Saturday, Feb. 24. The event will be rescheduled for Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Rescheduling the event...