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The Austin City Council has officially voted to hire Marc Ott as the next City Manager. Ott will receive an annual salary of $242,000 plus a car allowance and other compensation. He’s expected to start in mid-February. “I stand here because I set out on a mission some 26 years...
Two Austin parks police officers are punished for their actions during a sex sting at a north Austin park, in which a suspect was shot. A disciplinary memo shows Sgt. David Becker was demoted to the rank of corporal.. Division Chief J.J. Schimt says Sgt. Carine Chalfoun was...
Major Applewhite made a name for himself as a quarterback at Texas. Now, he'll have a chance to do the same as the new coach of the running backs. He says hard work paid off for him as a player and as a young coach. He says that's the seed he plans to plant among the players he...
Matthew McConaughey is going to be a dad. The actor's publicist says McConaughey and his girlfriend -- Brazilian model Camila Alves -- are expecting a baby. McConaughey, who was born in Uvalde and grew up in Longview, made the announcement on his Web site. He says Alves is three...
Some Texas students will take the state's standardized test later than originally planned so that it won't coincide with election day. The Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills was slated to start on March 4th, but that's the same day as Texas' primary elections. Because many...
Unfortunately for Austin Police, a lot of the potential witnesses in the death of Jonathon Laughlin subscribe to the "no snitchin'" code of not talking to authorities, but they've been able to piece enough together to charge Douglas Cubias with the murder. The A-P-D's Jeff...
An independent watchdog says the Texas Youth Commission has increased its reliance on solitary confinement for trouble-making inmates. Ombudsman Will Harrell says the commission has embraced the use of isolation as a form of punishment, despite promises of reform within the...
It was authorized by state legislators. Now, officials with the Texas Education Agency say a pilot program to screen 6th graders for heart problems could begin later this month. Suzanne Marchman with TEA says the vendor chosen to carry out the two-year pilot will make sure...
The Texas Attorney General’s office had released an opinion that veterans had to be U.S. citizens when they enlisted to qualify for the Hazelwood Act College Scholarship Program. After a court challenge filed by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund the Attorney...