Austin Local News

Mental health advocates say the number of cheap and usually illegal group homes for the poor and mentally ill is rising in Texas. Jeff Garrison-Tate is a policy services manager at Advocacy Incorporated, which advocates for Texans with disabilities. He tells the El Paso Times...
Capital Area Crime Stoppers and the Board of Trustees of the Austin Independent School District proclaim the week of October 16th through October 20th, 2006 as “Campus Crime Stoppers Week.” Recent events have focused national attention on school safety and both the School...
The Texas Attorney General's Office has seized control of a primate sanctuary in a monthslong fight over the care of seven retired research chimpanzees living at the facility. Authorities arrived unannounced at Primarily Primates' 75 acre compound yesterday. An official with the...
Federal investigators say B.P. did not have procedures that could have prevented a fire at its Texas City refinery. The July 2005 blaze happened after workers installed the wrong type of pipe in a unit at the plant. It caused more than $30 million in damage. One worker suffered...
Musician Freddy Fender died today at his home in Corpus Christi. The ``Bebop Kid'' of the Texas-Mexico border later turned his twangy tenor into the smash country ballad ``Before the Next Teardrop Falls.'' He was 69. Fender was diagnosed with lung cancer in early 2006. A family...
It could be an early Christmas if your name is on the unclaimed property list being distributed in Sunday newspapers by the Comptroller’s office. Unclaimed Property Manager George Tamayo says if you are on the list that means you have at least one-hundred dollars worth of...
Relatives are saying a couple found shot to death, along with their two young sons, alongside the turnpike in St. Lucie County were high school sweethearts who moved to Florida to start a new life. The body of 25 year old Yessica Guerrero Escobedo was found yesterday clutching...
More congestion relief is on the way for motorists in northwest Travis and Williamson counties. As additional two and a half miles of S.H. 45 North connecting to R.M. 620 will open November 1st. With this additional section, more than 27 miles of the Central Texas Turnpike...
The Pentagon says a 22 year old soldier from Temple who was injured more than two weeks ago in Iraq has died. Private First Class Thomas J. Hewitt died Friday at Washington's Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He was injured September 26th when an improvised explosive device...