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What would it take to get students in Texas public schools to read better? The chairman of the State Board of Education says a new reading curriculum may have the answer. Board chairman Don McLeroy says the initial curriculum standards, which took about two years to develop,...
The FBI and Austin Police say they have identified the "Ponytail Bandit" as Morgan Michelle Hoke. A warrant has been issued for her arrest. FBI believes she is in Thailand. Investigators says the co-ed looking woman in her 20s is responsible for a string of at least three bank...
Austin homicide detectives are on the look out for vehicle that killed a man walking in northwest Austin late last night. The accident happened just after 11 o'clock in the 12-thousand block of Waters Park Road. Austin police arrived to that deadly scene only after a second car...
Travis County Commissioners criticize the sheriff for allowing immigration officials to have office space inside the jail. Commissioner Margaret Gomez says it should not be up to the sheriff to enforce immigration law, but sheriff Greg Hamilton says he is leaving it to federal...
Austin Police vow to improve the sensitivity of their call takers in the wake of last week's kidnapping of Adrian Jaimes. The 911 call taker last Thursday morning came in for criticism, accused of being too harsh with Adrian's big sister when she called for help. The call taker...
An arrest is made in the first murder of the year in Austin. Sergeant Hector Reveles says they haven't arrested the murder suspect, but they have arrested the suspect's wife, Maria Perez Garcia. Reveles says Garcia made a fault report to police about the murder. Her Husband, the...
State law reqires schools focus on abstinence, especially in middle school classes. Dr. Janet Realini of the San Antonio Metro Health District says more frankly presented sex ed in lower grades actually does a better job of promoting abstinence. She says teaching abstinence in...
Austin Police release more information on last week's kidnapping of a five-year-old north Austin boy. Police Chief Art Acevedo says detectives have identified five suspects "We have four arrests and one pending," Acevedo tells reporters this morning. The apparently mastermind of...
Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will debate in Austin on February 21st. The senators will take part in the event organized by the Texas Democratic Party, Univision Communications and CNN. It's in conjunction with the Lyndon B. Johnson...