Austin Local News

The Austin City Council has patched up a hole in the ridesharing ordinance passed in 2105. Despite ruling that TNCs must all undergo fingerprint background checks, council members did not specify the penalties the companies would face for non-compliance. On Thursday, council...
The man seen in a video that shocked the city is now facing charges. Officials with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department have identifed the man seen in a now-viral video beating a turtle to death with a hammer as 57-year-old Terry Washington. In the video, the man can be seen...
With five options to choose from, the Austin City Council went with Mayor Steve Adler's $720 million mobility bond proposal. Voters will get the chance to decide how they feel about his plan in November. The money will be used to address the city's most dangerous corridors and...
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...