Austin Local News

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott wants schools to make sure their students are prepared for an emergency, such as an on-campus shooting. While schools are required to review their disaster plans every three years, Abbott says that’s not nearly often enough to keep kids safe. “...
The Texas Education Agency says it'll give public school students fewer tests of future tests this year. The so-called ``field tests'' are trial runs of future tests administered to students. They're used to check the fairness of questions planned for future exams and their...
Texas A&M University's interim president says the school is working to fix safety and security problems at its bioweapons research laboratories. Eddie Davis adds that officials hope federal regulators will lift the ban on work there by the end of the year. The U.S. Centers...
West Nile virus is carried by mosquitoes, and Shannon Jones with the Austin-Travis County Health and Human Services department says deaths from the disease are rare. Jones says it's the first death from the disease in 2007. He says the best way to protect yourself is to use...
Drivers began using the newest toll road in Central Texas this afternoon after officials cut the ribbon on the next stretch of SH 130. The newly-finished leg of the toll road will run from US 290 E down to Highway 71. Officials say it should help relieve traffic congestion on I-...
A wrongful death civil lawsuit has been settled with the Hutto Chamber of Commerce. The suit was filed against the city of Hutto, the Chamber of Commerce, the Hutto School District and others by the parents of Melissa Swain after the twelve-year-old died during the October 2005...
A Texas Lottery Winner is running for office in Williamson County. Former Austin Police Officer and military veteran Robert Chody has thrown his hat in the ring to run for the Pct 1 Constable’s seat. The Round Rock-based office is currently held by Constable Gary Griffith. www...
Dozens of Chihuahua and Chihuahua-mix dogs seized in a “Puppy Mill” raid have been moved for treatment and observation. Over forty dogs were taken from a home on Meadow Lane in Round Rock last Friday following a two month investigation into a commercial breeder there. Twenty one...
The attorney representing Laura Hall says he has grounds for an appeal of her conviction and five-year prison sentence. Joe James Sawyer says that while that appeal is pending, Hall could be released on bond. “She is a very determined, a very bright, a very capable young woman...