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The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has signed off on new college-readiness standards in an effort to reduce the number of students who arrive on campus needing remedial work. Teams of high school teachers, university professors and education experts have been working...
A tow truck driver escapes serious injury, after a transient allegedly tries to stab him with a screwdriver. Court records indicate 34-year-old Hakim Echchekiri had allegedly swiped a tow truck early on January 2nd. Employees of the towing company find the truck on East US 290,...
Austin economist Angelos Angelou unveiled his two-year forecast for central Texas today, which predicts continued growth in both population and the overall number of jobs. However, Angelou said that growth rate would be at a slower pace than the region has seen in the past four...
A former Great Hills Baptist Church minister accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy has been sentenced. Jerry Carver was sentenced to a 90-day shock probation in prison, and then will report to jail. That's after he pleaded guilty last month to attempted sexual abuse...
A lawyer for a Texas Supreme Court justice whose arson-related indictment has been thrown out -- is working to have all public record of the case erased. But members of the now-dissolved grand jury in Houston who indicted Justice David Medina and his wife aren't ready to let go...
The City of Austin's Community Court is extending its hours to support the crackdown on alleged users of fake IDs. Court administrator Greg Toomey says the court is extending its hours tonight to support the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission's "Operation Fake Out." Toomey says...
The attorney representing fired Austin Police Sergeant Michael Olsen still wants to question the City Manager about the independent inquiry into last summer's Kevin Brown shooting. The Kroll Report into the fatal shooting came out a week before Olsen was fired for using...
Twenty-three year old Ashli Freas has regained the parental rights of her four year old boy today, following a hearing at the Williamson County Justice Center. Freas’s son was taken from her in 2006, after emergency room tests revealed he had ingested LSD. According to...
Leaders of the central Texas chapter of the ACLU are hoping Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo will proceed slowly with his plan to install a network of video cameras in high-crime neighborhoods. Debbie Russell with the ACLU says the organization has a number of concerns about the...