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The Williamson County Judge has issued a burn ban until further notice. The ban prohibits burning, “any combustible material outside of an enclosure which serves to contain all flames and/or sparks, or orders such burning by others. The burn ban prohibits the burning of...
Engineers in charge of testing the passenger rail cars for Austin's future commuter rail service have decided to shelve their testing for about a week. Capital Metro says neighbors have complained about the noise from the train whistle in some neighborhoods. "We wouldn't have...
Waste Management in Travis and Williamson Counties are helping you dispose of your Christmas tree. Starting today through january fifth you can recycle your tree for free. James Smith with waste management says the trees dropped off at Austin's Community landfill will be chipped...
Funeral arrangements are pending for a 14 year old Houston-area boy accidentally shot and killed by his older brother. Harris County authorities say the 18 year old apparently didn't think the pistol was loaded. Investigators say the shooting happened at a home during a...
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is making plans to complete the Texas sections of border fencing by the end of 2008. But new legislation easing requirements for specific fencing designs and locations could change the situation. Developments to look for: 1. Construction...
Lady Bird Johnson was a woman of quiet dignity who worked for the political career of her husband and championed conservation efforts. Hank Thompson was a seemingly tireless country singer who kept playing music until he was physically unable to reach the stage. Johnson died...
A 14-year-old boy was returned safely to his family after being abducted by an alleged human smuggler. Investigators found Luis Antonio Gonsalez yesterday at an Austin apartment after he was taken Monday night from a gas station in Harris County. 33-year-old Santos Vasquez of...
Firefighters remain on the scene of the U.T. Golf Club near Steiner Ranch. Earlier today they responded to a fire at the, still under-construction, extension of the golf course's clubhouse. Dale Saust, with the Hudson Bend Fire Department says the building was over 70% complete...
Austin Police investigate a string of taxicab robberies from over the weekend and stretching into Christmas Eve. Manuel Miller was hit in the head with a rock and held at knifepoint, before a robber took his cab in southeast Austin. "He thought I was one of those guys who works...