Austin Local News

On behalf of the state, Governor Rick Perry today accepted a letter, handwritten by Davy Crockett just two months before the Battle of the Alamo. Perry was joined at Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum by Texas Historical Commission Chairman John Nau.
Dallas police won't pursue charges against a homeowner who shot and killed a former member of Edie Brickell & New Bohemians. Sergeant Larry Lewis says the shooting appears to fall under state law permitting deadly force as self-defense. Police say around 4 a.m. yesterday, 34...
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control will not allow Texas A&M University to resume research on toxic disease agents. It cited poor safety practices, shoddy record-keeping and a lack of proper training at A&M campus labs. The problems were documented by an 18-member CDC...
Austin police charge a man accused of hitting and killing a man crossing riverside drive on Sunday. Rand Lempert is charged with failure to stop and render aid. He is also charged with DWI. Detective Daniel Watson says," they were unable to charge Lempert with intoxication...
The same jury that found Laura Hall guilty of assisting Colton Pitonyak dismember the body of Jennifer Cave and then escape the country to Mexico has assessed her punishment at five years in prison. Hall faced a maximum possible sentence of ten years behind bars for her...
A jury was selected today in the first civil trial stemming from a deadly 2005 explosion at BP's Texas City plant. The 12-person jury in Houston is made up of eight women and four men. Four alternates also were chosen. They will decide the fate of five lawsuits filed against BP...
Williamson County’s representative in Washington is rolling out a new five-part immigration plan this week. Congressman John Carter says he thinks other plans have failed because they tried to do too many things at the same time. Carter says the first in the series – to be put...
Tax Rate Decrease Proposed for Williamson County Williamson County Judge and Commissioners are proposing a property tax rate of .499657 per one hundred dollars in value. This would be lower that the current rate of .4891. However, appraisal values have increased county-wide,...
Round Rock Police have removed Forty-five dogs from a breeder off Sam Bass Road in Round Rock. Officer Eric Poteet says the animals were being kept in a small house in "terrible conditions". He says there were multiple complaints about the house and the dogs from surrounding...