Austin Local News

Jeff Friedman, known as the ``hippie mayor'' of Austin died Thursday of complications from a heart attack he suffered last weekend. Elected mayor in 1975, he's credited with equalizing electric rates, creating a public ambulance service and making city hall more accessible...
Antoine Thompson was at an apartment at the complex where last week's deadly police shooting occured. Thompson tells KLBJ that he heard gunfire outside, and when he looked outside his window, he saw Kevin Brown laying face-down on the ground, handcuffed, with an APD officer...
Members of the Austin City Council are looking for ways to balance next year’s city budget after a presentation from Austin City Manager Toby Futrell. She told the Council that if current spending and revenue trends continue, there will be a $27.5 million shortfall next year...
School buses will have to be equipped with seat belts that cover the lap and shoulders under a bill signed today by Governor Rick Perry. The law applies to school buses purchased on or after September first of 2010. Charter buses that are used to transport schoolchildren must be...
Protesters at city hall oppose the city's plan to move the Town Lake Animal Shelter to east Austin. Daniel Llanes says the land in east Austin, that is slated to be the new animal shelter should instead be used for affordable housing. Llanes says it is a perfect opportunity for...
Enrollment in the state's low-cost insurance program for children fell by 5,000 in June. State officials Friday report that's the fourth straight month of declines. About 300,800 children are registered this month for the Children's Health Insurance Program. CHIP covers...
Fire officials are still unsure as to what or who sparked a house fire in the 11-hundred block of Webberville road just after midnight this morning. Battalion Chief Palmer Buck with the Austin Fire Department says fire crews were able to rescue the homeless people staying in the...
On the same day that police shooting victim Kevin Brown is buried, the Austin Police Association takes issue with remarks Acting Police Chief Cathy Ellison made over the Brown shooting. At issue is Ellison's remark about a Medical Examiner's report that Brown was apparently shot...
UT PROFESSOR: MORE HURRICANES ONLY PARTLY TIED TO GLOBAL WARMING A University of Texas professor and researcher says we could see more major hurricanes in the near future, but global warming may not be the only cause. Dr. Terry Quinn, a geology professor at U-T, says that tying...