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A former Jonestown police officer pleads guilty to two counts of indecency with a child. Stephen Burgess will not be sentenced until next month but the plea agreement with prosecutors calls for him to serve 10 years in prison and then another eight on probation. Williamson...
Watson Says Truth In Taxes Lacking State Senator Kirk Watson of Austin says those seeking elected office talk about taxes to get elected. But he says elected officials should take those conversations one step further and talk about truth in taxes. Watson says an example of what...
The Austin City Council approves changes to the “S.O.S” ordinance over the objections of some environmental groups. The changes are designed to make it easier to re-develop existing sites within the area governed by the "S.O.S" ordinance, including an existing shopping center at...
The cost of a college education at the state's largest university could be going up -- again. The Tuition Policy Advisory Committee has recommended that the University of Texas at Austin hike tuition by an average of $318 per semester -- starting next fall. That would bring the...
a new company will be managing Texas college investment plans next monday so the Comptroller’s office is starting a new push for college investment. Comptroller’s Office Spokesman RJ Desilva says for a child born today a state university education could cost 77 thousand dollars...
New transit train cars are being tested out South of McNeil Road in Williamson County. Todd Hemingson with Cap Metro told Williamson County Commissioners this morning the commuter rail linking Leander to downtown Austin and the UT Campus should be up and running a year from now...
Proceeds from the fines paid by red-light runners are not going toward their intended purpose of funding medical trauma centers. Officials say that's because legislative budget writers didn't appropriate money for the program. State lawmakers recently permitted the use of red-...
Second language instruction may become mandatory in the Leander Independent School District elementary schools. The school board is perusing the possibility according to their President, Jim Sneeringer. He says they've heard from a number of parents who are in favor of it and...
The owners of Austin’s La Bare nightclub are seeking a new location for the male strip club. The previous location at Riverside Dr. and Congress Ave. was forced to close, and owners have identified a shopping center on Braker Lane near IH-35 in north Austin as their new proposed...