Austin Local News

The Austin City Council approves an agreement with Travis County to manage and operate a sobriety center. District Six Councilman Don Zimmerman said they could've improved fire service for less money than they're paying on the sobriety center. The sobriety center will cost $1.6...
An extended DWI Enforcement initiative for July 2016 will begin on June 24-June 30: 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. operational period. This initiative will be a “No Refusal” DWI initiative, in which officers will apply for a search warrant to obtain blood from operators suspected to be...
Starting tomorrow through July 5, the Travis County Sheriff’s Office will participate in the Impaired Driving Mobilization (IDM) grant which targets drivers who are driving under the influence of alcohol. This grant is offered by the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT)...
Following is a statement from University of Texas at Austin President Gregory L. Fenves regarding today’s Supreme Court ruling in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas . The ruling relates to the use of race and ethnicity as one factor in determining college admissions. "...
The University of Texas admissions program that takes account of race has survived another round at the Supreme Court. The justices on Thursday upheld the Texas program by a 4-3 vote. The university considers race among many factors in admitting the last quarter of incoming...
UPDATE: Texas Parks and Wildlife says it will file charges against the man seen on video beating a turtle to death with a hammer on Ladybird Lake. Austin Police are also investigating the incident. Bystanders were horrified as they watched a man beat a turtle to death with a...
Light rail has been a topic of discussion this year, but it seems nothing will come of a push for a new rail bond. At least not yet. That's because of the five mobility bond options city leaders have to choose from, none contain anything about rail. Mayor Steve Adler has long...
Anti-police group 'Peaceful Streets Project,' which claims to be an activist group protecting the public from police, releases a video it says shows Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday assaulting a drunken man on 6th Street. The June 18th video has no audio of the...
As a result of ongoing reporting issues with the state’s testing vendor, Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced that the state will be removing student consequences attached to State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) for fifth and eighth-grade students...