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Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape has been forced to close the doors of the historic Bastrop Jail due to concerns of asbestos. Pape says Hurricane Harvey is to blame for his decision, and he's penned a letter to the community explaining his decision: "Today I made County employees...
The Texas Department of Transportation will temporarily close north and southbound I-35 mainlanes beginning at 9 p.m. on Thursday evening, Feb. 15, so crews can safely install a new overhead sign bridge as part of the I-35 at 51st Street project. The northbound I-35 upper deck...
Lithium for batteries is in short supply but University of Texas chemical engineers have come up with a process that could boost that supply, and de-salinate seawater more efficiently. UT McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering's Professor Benny Freeman and Australian...
Workbox Staffing will host an open job fair on Saturday, February 17th 2018 from 9:00 A.M. until 3:30 P.M. at the Residence Inn on I H-35 (2505 S I H-35, Austin, TX 78664). Workbox Staffing has more than 50 positions currently available in the Round Rock/Austin area. Workbox...
The Austin Chamber of Commerce is not pleased with Austin City Council member Greg Casar's decision to rush through a mandate for all private businesses that forces them to offer paid sick time. "He did come to our board meeting and we asked him how much it would cost," said...
(Image courtesy City of Austin) The latest draft of Austin's land use rules re-write CodeNEXT is out and it's more favorable to neighborhoods than the previous version. The grassroots group CodeNEVER says they're still concerned about a fifty percent reduction in parking on...
(KLBJ FILE PHOTO) Austin Mayor Steve Adler has been tapped as the number two man on the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. Adler, who's vision for Austin's mobility is steeped in creating more public transportation and cramming bike lanes into all corners of the...
(KLBJ FILE PHOTO) Travis County makes some changes to the way it deals with borrowing money from you. The County's Hector Nieto says it's an effort to improve transparency. "The county is now going to make certain that prior to the issuance of debt, the Planning and Budget...
The Austin School District has five campuses named after members of the Confederacy, and the school board has decided to take a vote on whether or not those names should be changed. At Monday's school board work session, some board members questioned whether it was still a topic...