Austin Local News

The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps reports spotting more than 700 illegal immigrants crossing the Arizona-Mexico border in the past two weeks. The Minutemen have been patrolling the border since the beginning of the month. The Minutemen launched their third annual April border...
Recyclers, local government leaders and environmentalists call on state lawmakers to support recycling legislation. This bill requires T.V. and computer producers to take back their products for free recycling when the electronics are obsolete. Robin Schneider with the Texas...
A man was killed last night when he was hit by a car while trying to cross the frontage road in the 5400 block of I-35 North. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials say the driver who hit the man with his Buick did stop to help. The accident is still under investigation...
After reviewing its century-old stance in support of the death penalty, the Dallas Morning News is calling Sunday for the punishment to be banned in Texas. Mentioning a case in Texas where an inmate sentenced to death was later cleared of the charges, the newspaper published an...
About 12 percent of Texas correctional officer positions are vacant, which lawmakers say increases the chance of breakouts or prison riots. The state's prison units have more than three-thousand unfilled correctional officer jobs, leading one lawmaker to question whether the...
Governor Rick Perry called for the resignation of regents at financially troubled Texas Southern University. Perry also has proposed a state takeover of the historically black university in Houston. Perry yesterday called for placing the university under a conservatorship to...
Austin Energy and HEB are offering customers some help to make the switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs, which last longer and use less electricity than conventional bulbs. Compact fluorescent bulbs usually cost a bit more, but Austin Energy is offering coupons for a...
Up to 15,000 Austin-area residents lost power last night as a strong line of thunderstorms swept through the area. Ed Clark of Austin Energy says crews have been working through the night, and that only a relatively few homes should still be without power this morning. To report...
The multi million dollar security upgrade to Austin schools is underway. AISD Police Lieutenant Eric Mendez says this year more than a dozen campuses will be outfitted with high tech cameras to monitor illegal activity. All schools will eventually have them. The security upgrade...