Austin Local News

Austin health inspectors will continue to enforce the city’s ban on smoking in public places, but they will have to change their tactics in response to a federal judge’s ruling that part of the ban was unconstitutionally vague. Assistant City Attorney Anne Morgan says that while...
An investigation into possible cheating on the state's standardized test is leading to some changes in how the probe is handled. Teachers at the schools in question can anonymously will be allowed to report possible wrongdoing directly to investigators. The recommendation came...
An Austin teacher accused of passing a stopped school bus and hitting an eleven year old boy may now face jail time. Casey Elementary P.E. teacher Irma Yturri was originally charged with a Class C misdemeanor which carries up to a thousand dollar fine and no prison time, but Tom...
Three months after Governor Rick Perry announced his plan to let anyone with Internet access report crime along the Texas-Mexico border by watching surveillance camera feeds, the virtual border watch program is still not online. Texas Homeland Security Steve McCraw says the...
The Austin Police Department Auto Theft Interdiction Unit will mark the beginning of Watch Your Car month with free vehicle identification number etching and H.E.A.T. (Help End Auto Theft) registration on Thursday, October 5th. The event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m...
Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and state Attorney General Greg Abbott are calling for tougher laws on sexual predators who solicit minors online. Dewhurst and Abbott are both Republicans running for re-election next month. Under Dewhurst's plan, Texas law would toughen...
Officials with the Hays Consolidated school district say their plan to deal with school violence includes the use of crisis radios. Superintendent Kirk London says all schools and buses have them. London says even though the district has put a lot of work into its plan to deal...
An Austin man could face up to 500-years in prison after admitting that he sexually assault 6 children in Williamson County. District Attorney John Bradley says a jury had already been selected when thirty-six-year-old Lance Bradley Robbins pleaded guilty to multiple counts of...
The Pflugerville Fire Department and ESD 2 officially break ground-this morning on three new projects. They're building an education building and an administration building. Fire Chief Ron Mulenberg says it's an effort to keep up with the growing demand for services. Mulenberg...