Austin Local News

Some animal-rights activists are calling on the City of Austin to adopt new rules for people who own cats. Susan Schaffel says the city should require cat owners to keep their animals from roaming free, since the population of strays and wild animals is growing out of control. “...
Susan Combs published the novel "A Perfect Match" in 1990. Fred Head, the Democratic nominee for comptroller, says it's nothing but smut. But Allison Kelley of the "Romance Writers of America," headquartered in Spring, says Combs' novel isn't a threat to the state's moral fiber...
An Austin School District employee has lost his job and may loose his freedom. Police say Clarence L. Ervin Jr. tried to smuggle 20-pounds of pot from Austin to Columbus, Ohio. He was once the golf coach at LBJ High School.
Austin will go back to court to keep the city’s voter-approved smoking ban intact. Federal Judge Sam Sparks ruled last month that as long as bars and nightclubs removed their ashtrays and put up ‘no smoking’ signs, the city could not fine bar owners if their customers kept...
An 30-year-old Austin man faces a ten-count Grand Jury indictment for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old girl. The indictment against Todd Washington alleges six counts of sexual assault of a child, two counts of indecency by contact and two more counts of indecency by...
Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley says the teenager came forward last year to report being repeatedly raped years ago. Her step-father, Taylor man Jimmy Jensen was sentenced yesterday to five life sentences, two of them stacked. Bradley says what motivated the...
Austin city leaders praise the decision by AMD to donate money to the Hill Country Conservancy and the Trust for Public Land. A.M.D. is giving $1.5 million to those groups, which will use the funds to buy undeveloped land in the Texas Hill Country in order to keep it from being...
Health officials in Williamson County continue to battle an outbreak of whooping cough in area schools. Jennifer Jackson with the Williamson County and Cities Health Department says the outbreak has been going on for several years. "And 'outbreak' meaning that it's just above...
Plans for a new high-rise in northwest Austin are coming back to the Austin City Council this week. The developers of the proposed Arboretum Tower withdrew their request for a zoning change earlier this year after stiff neighborhood opposition. But they’re back this week with a...