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Training versus politics: Will Austin Police officers second-guess their training to avoid a fate similar to that of fired A.P.D Sergeant Michael Olsen. The head of the union representing Austin's police officers disagrees with the notion that A.P.D's rank-and-file will worry...
Dan Pederson with the City of Austin Water Utility says they don't know why the pump on the lift station failed. Right now field crews are working to clean up the spill, but Pederson says it should take three days to clean up the spill. Those in the river ranch area with private...
Some Austin area school districts look to take advantage of state money to improve the environment through their school buses. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's Larry Soward says they've received several statements of intent from school districts across the state...
The group in charge of the new 183-A toll road between Jollyville and Leander have some new opinions to work with as they plan for possible future growth. The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is getting feedback from an independent focus group that looked at almost...
In an effort to increase awareness and adoption rates, The Adoption Coalition of Central Texas and CASA organizations joined forces to create a special gallery for children seeking adoption. They've hired photographers that take portraits for them. The Austin Children's Museum's...
The recent announcement that expanding FM-1460 between Georgetown and Round Rock would no longer be financed by state and federal transportation dollars was a wake-up call to Tom Word, Chief of Public Works Operations in Round Rock. Word directly mentioned the project when...
A Texas man was sentenced to seven years and three months for bringing a tractor-trailer carrying more than 113 pounds of cocaine into Kentucky. 36-year-old Humberto Contreras-Carrasco, of El Paso, pleaded guilty in August to conspiracy, aiding and abetting and possession with...
The State's Director of Science Curriculum has resigned under pressure she felt from officials about her views on "Intelligent Design". The Texas Education Agency put Chris Comer on 30 days paid administrative leave in late October, resulting in what she described as a forced...
House Speaker Tom Craddick has asked lawmakers to review the Texas Department of Transportation's multimillion-dollar ad campaign promoting toll roads and the Trans-Texas Corridor. Craddick, R-Midland, included a review of the Keep Texas Moving campaign on a list of topics that...