Austin Local News

The Texas student testing program may not meet federal guidelines in three areas regarding the non-english version of the TAKS test. That could mean the state being fined 1.2 million dollars. The Texas Education Agency’s Debbie Ratcliff says the state is appealing. If Texas pays...
State transportation officials clear the way for another 40-miles of toll road connecting Austin to Seguin. The stretch of State Highway 130 just east of Austin heading south should be finished by 2012. Texas Transportation Commissioner Hope Andrade says on a scale of one to ten...
Carole Keeton Strayhorn’s attorney Roy Minton says he would advise Strayhorn to take the issue to court if the secretary of state denies her request to be listed as Carole Keeton "Grandma" Strayhorn on the ballot. Minton says grandma is a nickname separate and apart from...
University of Texas Police are trying to get the word out about bike thefts, but no everyone is listening. "I've never heard of these thefts or problems, so I'm not aware of that," one bike rider says. Another cyclist just 30 feet from the first one says he knows there's a...
A state senator from Austin says the stability of the country is in danger after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. State Senator Gonzalo Barrientos says lawmakers have just been given the green light to redraw boundaries at will. He says he's also not surprised only one district in...
A group of Texas preachers sign a pledge promising not to let partisan politics come through the door. "There are millions of people who want partisan politics out of faith communities," Rabbi Neal Katz from Congregation Beth El in Tyler said. "And so I signed the Respect Our...
The Williamson County court-at-law judges who were recently sued for allegedly violating the civil rights of several people who appeared in their court rooms issue a blistering response to the lawsuit filed by the "Texas Fair Defense Project", on behalf of three women who claim...
As school districts work out their new budgets for the year, some hill country districts are struggling to find gas money. The Burnet Consolidated School District covers about 700 square miles and with only 46 bus routes there's little room to cut down on them. Last year,...
An effort to help make the Rio Grande border a little safer pays off according to one border sheriff. Operation Del Rio was a three week operation launched by Governor Perry which used state troopers and sheriff's deputies to help the Border Patrol cut down on the drug smuggling...