Austin Local News

Tests confirm that the death of a Lubbock man after swimming in a Central Texas lake last month resulted from an amoeba that can be found in warm water. State health officials yesterday received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that 22-year-old...
A proposal by the “Bag the Bag Coalition” to pass a city ordinance banning the use of plastic shopping bags in Austin is wining some support from members of the Austin City Council. However, a majority of Council Members have indicated they would prefer further study on the...
San Marcos Fire Chief Mike Baker has great news for San Marcos property owners: most will be able to save an estimated 10% on their property insurance rates next year because of improved fire protection ratings in the city. Baker announced the results of a study and...
The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to consider the constitutionality of lethal injections. The case under appeal involves two death row inmates from Kentucky. But the ruling could have far-reaching consequences for Texas and the 36 other states that use lethal injections to...
A plea deal today means three leaders of a suspended University of Texas fraternity must serve probation over an alcohol poisoning death. Eighteen-year-old ``Jack'' Phoummarath (FOO'-mah-rahth) of Houston died in December of 2005. An investigation found the Lambda Phi Epsilon...
Governor Rick Perry and legislative leaders have directed the state to pay for newly required fingerprinting and criminal background checks for teachers. State officials had promised to pay for the program when the Legislature passed it into law earlier this year. But teacher...
Travis County Commissioners have approved a $657 million budget for next year that includes a pay raise for county employees. The tax rate approved by Commissioners also means the tax bill for the average homeowner will go up by $12, assuming the value of their home remains the...
Austin Police arrest a pair they think stole a man's car at gunpoint. Court documents indicate it started at I-35 and US-183 in north Austin. Ty Cross is accused of pulling a gun on a driver waiting at a stop light and ordered him into the back seat of the car. A woman,...
Equipment trouble at a regional air-traffic control center in Tennessee is blamed for some flight delays and cancellations today in Texas. The Federal Aviation Administration has cleared all airline traffic within 250 miles of Memphis. The FAA grounded an unknown number of...