Austin Local News

The trial of a man accused of kidnapping a woman in November started today in Williamson County . Twenty-one-year old Katie Burk says Dennis Wayne Harvey Junior forced her to drive from Cedar Park to an IHOP restaurant in central Austin – at gun point. Prosecutors say Harvey...
The Austin City Council will make it official Thursday, renaming Town Lake in honor and memory of Lady Bird Johnson… As people along Congress Avenue watched her cortège pass by them a week ago, several Austinites were ready to rename the lake there and then. Mayor Will Wynn says...
Minimum wage workers get a raise today, but not everyone is celebrating the new hourly rate. "Cooper" parks cars downtown, in the shadow of some of Austin's highest-priced retail and residential properties. He gets the 70-cent-per-hour raise today, but he says it still takes at...
The Lancaster school district has asked the Texas Education Agency for clearance to implement a four-day schedule for the upcoming school year. Supporters say the plan would boost academics and could save as much as one-point-nine (m) million dollars. But some parents have...
A watchdog group today filed formal complaints against Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht. The matter involves the propriety of discounted legal fees Hecht received to defend himself against abuse of office charges. Hecht wracked up about 440-thousand dollars in legal fees...
A survey finds about one in three people living in Southern coastal areas say they'd ignore hurricane evacuation orders if a storm threatened their area. That's up from about one in four last year. The survey of people in eight states, including Texas, found the most common...
The Texas lottery chairman's asking the state attorney general to study whether it would be legal to add a raffle to the lottery's array of games. Raffles offer better odds of winning than other kinds of games because a limited number of tickets are sold and there can be no...
A judge has rejected an appeal by the Department of Family and Protective Services in a dispute over its 2004 closing of a camp for troubled boys. The judge ruled the department wasn't specific enough in its motion for rehearing. The state is considering whether to appeal. The...
A new study suggests that people who drank more than one diet soda each day developed the same risks for heart disease as those who downed sugary regular soda. The study that appeared in yesterday's edition of the journal Circulation from the Dallas-based American Heart...