Austin Local News

A settlement has been reached with two advocacy groups who sued to stop the Texas Youth Commission from allowing the use of pepper spray to subdue unruly juvenile prisoners before other forms of restraint. The settlement with Texas Appleseed and Advocacy reverses a TYC directive...
Austin Fire and Rescue, along with Austin Parks Police and APD begin their rescue efforts of a man involved in boating accident on Decker lake. Detective James Mason with the Austin Police tells KLBJ that the boat began taking on water around 9:30 Thursday night. Two of those...
Five major events happening this weekende in the downtown area will result in several street closures Saturday and Sunday. Closures Include: East 6th from Brazos Street to South IH-35 northbound service road Trinity Street from East Fifth to East Seventh Street Neches Street...
Austin videogame designer Richard Garriott is heading to outer space. Garriott is known as the designer of such classic video games as ``Ultima'' and the upcoming ``Tabula Rasa.'' But he's also the son of former NASA astronaut Owen Garriott. He says that, as an astronaut's son,...
Health experts say there's a correlation between physical fitness and good grades. So a statewide physical fitness test has been introduced today by the Texas Education Agency. The Fitnessgram test which allows physical education teachers to record and compare fitness levels of...
Carlos Romero was told he got to the gate to late to board his flight to New York yesterday, even though he says he could see the plane right outside window. So what does he do...? He allegedly ran out a fire escape, across the tarmac, and then climbed a ladder to the plane. He...
Austin city council's purposed city wide panhandling ban has many groups stating it's an attack on their first amendment rights. The council introduced the purposed ordinance to ban panhandling on city street corners late last month. City council member Brewster McCrackin says...
A Houston woman, suspected of murder, is arrested in Round Rock. Authorities say 24-year-old Sandra Gaitan was reportedly involved in the 2002 murder of a 16-year-old male in Houston. They say Gaitan left Houston following what is believed to be a gang related killing. Officials...
One of Austin's African-American leaders wants to change the way city council members are elected. Nelson Linder with the NAACP says electing council members city-wide means some neighborhoods are not represented at city hall. A committee is studying whether to recommend a...