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Detentions of people seeking asylum in the U.S. could increase and last longer under a new Homeland Security Department policy. The new policy applies to people placed in so-called expedited removal. That's a broad post-9-11 category for immigrants who arrive in the United...
Dallas County prosecutors say they will re-examine dozens of cases in which killers received probation in exchange for murder pleas. The decision comes after a newspaper investigation showed a surprising number of murderers bargained to no jail time. Dallas County District...
With an estimated 1000 condominiums under construction downtown and another 3000 scheduled to be built, foot traffic on the Lake Lady Bird hike and bike trail is expected to increase. Town Lake Trail Foundation executive director Susan Rankin says that can be done by completing...
Police say a Plano mother twice threw her toddler over a second-story railing. Her lawyers are saying the woman is schizophrenic and took the same anti-psychotic drug prescribed to another Plano mother who cut off her baby's arms. The 22-month-old daughter of Padmaja Enjeti is...
Planners north of San Marcos have had to get creative with getting future residents to and from a new subdivision. The problem is getting into and out of the new Blanco Vista subdivision puts people in a low spot in the road. To get around that, San Marcos assistant engineering...
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department along with Austin Energy kick off the 2007 holiday season this evening with the lighting of the Zilker Tree. Victor Ovalle with the Parks and Rec department says Mayor Will Wynn and the winner of the city wide tree coloring contest will...
The House Speaker releases the last of this interim orders to committees. Among the committee charges, to study all aspects of the county appraisal process. The speaker says taxpayers in the deserve better accountability and transparency in the process of how their dollars are...
Experts are saying that U.S. schoolchildren aren't being taught some of the most basic environmental lessons. They call that a critical mistake a time of heightened concern over global warming and depleting ocean life. Watchdogs and teachers say the focus on such core academic...
A busy year at the airport puts Austin on track to break last year's passenger air traffic record. Over eight-million people flew Austin last year. Through last month, almost seven-point-five million passengers have taken off and landed at Austin's airport. Jim Halbrook at the...