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(Photo:Statesman) Hundreds turn up at the Texas Capitol demanding an end to immigration enforcement and the new "zero-tolerance" policy set forth by the Trump administration. State Representative Eddie Rodriguez said, no one whould be separated from their children simply for...
Council member Ellen Troxclair wins narrow approval for a slight property tax relief in Austin. The homestead exemption for property owners has been bumped up to 10-percent, which she says is imporant because property values continue to climb along with the cost of living. The...
(Photo:Shutterstock/Bartek Zyczynski) Austin school district leaders want to spend $1.7 million in its upcoming budget on more police officers and cameras, enhanced background checks, and a bus tracking system. Superintendent Paul Cruz said, “The safety of our students is our...
(Photo: Statesman) City Manager Spencer Cronk has until September 1 to come up with a plan to limit the way police can make arrests for low-level crimes. More than 100 people spoke about Greg Casar's "Freedom City" package, and while plenty were in favor, there was also a lot of...
(Photo:APD/PIO) Its official, Brian Manley is Austin's newest Chief of Police. Austin City Councilmembers voted unanimously for promoting Manley, but it did not go unquestioned. While supportive Council members Greg Casar and Ann Kitchen had a few more questions for the Chief...
(Photo: Shutterstock) As Austin continues to face nightly overcrowding at the ARCH homeless shelter in downtown, city leaders are looking at other options to get people off the street. Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo wants the ability to invest city money into things that will provide...
(Photo: Texas Tribune) After a four year debate over whether Texas High Schools should have a Mexican-American Studies course the State Board of Education is moving ahead with its development. The latest argument is over what to call the course. In a perceived slight the board...
The family of APD officer Amir Abdul-Khaliq has filed a lawsuit in the wake of his death while escorting a funeral procession. Abdul-Khaliq, a 17-year veteran of APD, was hit by a driver on Septembber 1, 2016 who illegally pulled into traffic and struck his motorcycle. The...
The arrival of summer means more people participate in activities such as swimming or boating. Those activities also increase the risk of unintentional injuries and injury deaths due to drowning. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the...