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A judge in Austin has denied a request from the owners of nude entertainment clubs for a temporary injunction to block a $5 strip club fee. Their attorneys had argued the fee should be blocked from taking effect in 2008 -- as being an unfair tax and a violation of free speech...
Austin's downtown social service center run by the Salvation Army and funded by United Way faces possible closure. This after the United Way announced they would no longer provide the Salvation Army with the 270-thousand dollars traditionally allocated for the center. The...
The state's awarded 4.2 million dollars to Texas school districts to create three specialized academies and seven Early College High Schools. The new high schools will target first-generation college-goers and low-income and minority students who might not otherwise attend...
Former Jonestown Police Officer Stephen Iley Burgess pleased guilty to three counts of indecency with a child in November, and was sentenced Tuesday for the crimes. 368th District judge Burt Carnes accepted the plea deal, which dropped the first count. Burgess was sentenced to...
Austin's commuter rail service edges closer to reality. Capital Metro, the people in charge of the city's bus system who are developing the city's first-ever commuter rail line from downtown to Leander, tested the first rail car overnight. "We have four vehicles now here in...
The race is on to succeed Ronnie Earle as Travis County District Attorney, less than a week after Earle announces that he won't run for re-election. Prosecutor Gary Cobb has spent 17 years working for Earle, and he says he'll continue Earle's legacy of pursuing politicians...
The Austin Independent School District Police say the two missing Bowie High School teens have now returned home. Tanya Medina and Alison Montez, both 14-years were last seen leaving the campus on Friday, about 1:30 p.m. The two students were seen getting into a red or maroon...
Austin police say a 17-year-old driver ran a red light this morning on MoPac, causing a wreck that sent three people to the hospital. Depending on the results of the investigation, police say, the driver could face criminal charges. Police say a Ford Explorer driven by a 17-year...
Police say the back glass has been shot out of more than 400 vehicles in west Austin recently, and investigators believe the same group may be responsible for most, if not all of them. "The method is through BB-gun or pellet gun," says Det. Mason Feinartz, at the Austin Police...