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(Photo: Shutterstock) An Austin area rideshare driver is under arrest after police say he kidnapped and almost sexually assaulted two women on separate nights. Sex Crimes Sergeant Sandra Benningfield says both women were passed out and with a friend, but as soon as the friend...
Austin's Mayor Steve Adler promised to do something about bringing the Planning Commission into line with the city charter but so far he hasn't. Now Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is demanding the removal of eight members who have direct or indirect ties to real estate...
The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a No Refusal Initiative that will coincide with the upcoming Independence Day holiday. This initiative will be in effect from July 4 – 6, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. each day. The sheriff's office says the initiative...
The Austin Police Department has been asking the city council for funding to increase its staffing levels for years, and now Chief Brian Manley has gone before the Public Safety Commission to make his case. According to Manley, the department is currently 84 officers short -- a...
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has sent a letter to Austin Mayor Steve Adler and the city council reminding them that it is no longer legal to enforce a city ordinance banning businesses from offering customers single-use plastic bags. The ordinance, which has been in effect...
(Photo: IDEA Montopolis Public Schools) The IDEA Austin Charter School named for Confederate Army Officer John T. Allan has been renamed IDEA Montopolis. IDEA, a charter school operator, took over the Allan Elementary campus in 2012 after a short-lived partnership with AISD;...
A Travis County judge says there wont be a ruling on a case where petitioners and the City of Austin argue over a possible public say on the land use rules rewrite, CodeNEXT. Council members have cited legal experts saying residents can't vote on the rewrite because its a zoning...
A judge rules the man accused of sexually assaulting and killing UT freshman Haruka Weiser, will not have a trial longer than two weeks. Meechaiel Criner is being charged with her murder. Jury selection will be begin July 9th with the trial wrapping up by the 20th. Two weeks ago...
As part of a $21.7 billion agreement announced Monday, the PC and data storage company is offering to exchange tracking stock for a new class of common shares. The investment firm Silver Lake took Dell Technologies Inc. private in 2013. Founder and majority shareholder Michael...