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Austin arson investigators look for a man suspected of setting fire to a condo in the rainy street neighborhood. The Austin Fire Department's Greg Nye says Charles Ellis Nelson was charged with arson, suspected of entering the high rise condo on Davis street in early February...
Some members of the Austin city council are interested in adding more fire-power to the city’s lobbying team in Washington. Council Member Brewster McCracken says increasing the city’s lobbying efforts in the nation’s capital could pay off in the form of larger federal grants...
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is heading to Texas to review plans for flood walls along the Rio Grande that could also be parts of a border fence. U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison will join Chertoff in McAllen on Friday. Chertoff's department has...
A judge heard arguments on a motion filed by strip-club owners who claim Texas' new $5 strip club fee is unconstitutional. Judge Margaret Cooper said yesterday she would rule another day on the owner's motion. The fee is projected to raise some $44 million for sexual assault...
Commander Phil Crochet says his officers, from the North Austin Command, detained a murder suspect from Delaware last night. Crochet says the officers recognized the car thirty-eight-year-old Alejandro Cruz was driving when they saw it at a gas station near Rundberg on I-35, as...
Members of the Austin city council are split over whether the city should consider new restrictions on when drivers can use their cell phones. Two Dallas suburbs have passed rules banning drivers from using their cell phones in school zones and while Austin city Council Member...
Police charge a north Austin man under provisions of a new law with tougher penalties for suspected child abusers. 45-year-old Uriel Marin is charged with Continuing Sexual Abuse of a Child, which went on the books last fall. "The victim alleges that on two separate occasions...
The toughest questions at a Senate hearing on transportation funding will likely be about the timing of TXDOT’s announcement that it was running out of new construction money and would have to shift resources into maintenance only. Lt Governor David Dewhurst wonders why there...
Austin Mayor Will Wynn and other members of the City Council spent part of Tuesday volunteering at O. Henry Middle School as part of an AISD mentoring program. Hundreds of city employees donate a few hours of their time each week to help kids in the Study Group Program, which...