Austin Local News

A new report studying the well-being of children nationwide says the Lone Star State has some room for improvement. The annual report known as the "Kids Count Data Book" shows Texas has improved when it comes to teenagers. It found a lower birth rate, drop out rate and death...
All kinds of fireworks will be legal for use in the unincorporated parts of Travis County as Independence Day approaches. "That notification will go out to all the fireworks companies on the sale and use of those aerial fire works," Travis County Emergency Manager Pete Baldwin...
A new national report is out on the number of citizen complaints concerning excessive force used by police officers, and Austin Police may have more complaints than average. The study was released by the U.S. Department of Justice. It revealed in 2002 large state and local...
A prosecutor told a Harris County jury Monday that Andrea Yates drowned her five children in the bathtub because she thought she was a bad mother and wanted to be punished. Kaylynn Williford's statement opened Yates' retrial on murder charges in the deaths of three of those five...
A pair of cold cases solved and the accused is locked up. The Austin Police Departments Cold Case Unit has busted Martin Torres for the rapes and murders of two Austin woman. He has been wanted for the murder of 33-year-old Jeeta Graeber. She was beaten, raped and strangled to...
A federal judge in Austin will rule on whether embattled former Congressman Tom DeLay should remain on the November ballot. DeLay took the stand yesterday to tell U-S District Judge Sam Sparks that he no longer lives in Texas. The Republican who formerly represented the Sugar...
A number of foreign nationals are facing federal charges in connection to that 6-hour SWAT standoff yesterday. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were called in to assist the APD SWAT team with, what is being called, an immigrant smuggling ring. ICE spokesperson Nina...
Is re-locating the Salvation Army Shelter out of the entertainment district the answer to the area's crime problem? Some downtown business owners think so. But Raul Munoz with the Salvation Army says it would be a waste. He says it's easy to point the finger at the homeless when...
AUSTIN (AP) _ Texas cities have the legal ``green light'' to install cameras at traffic signals on state intersections. The ruling from Attorney General Greg Abbott came in response to an inquiry from the Texas Department of Transportation about the agency's authority to enforce...