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A 17-year-old research chimpanzee escaped briefly today from his enclosure at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center facility in Bastrop. The chimp named Jake was found on the 381-acre property around noon. A team of veterinarians and caregivers sedated Jake and returned him safely to...
A Williamson County jury has sentenced thirty-eight-year-old Dionisio Baldera Moreno to sixty years in prison for possessing 21 grams cocaine with intent to deliver. Investigators testified that in March 2007, a fifteen-year-old girl told Georgetown Police Moreno had tried to...
Texas Republicans and Democrats join forces to keep Untolled highways from turning into toll roads. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison led the Texas Delegation in tacking the amendment on to the Transportation Bill. She would have liked to see the measure passed for the whole country...
Triple-A Texas says retail gasoline prices jumped 14 cents this week across the state -- to an average $2.94 per gallon. Record crude prices have pushed gasoline costs higher across the country. The national average rose to $3.06 per gallon -- that's 15 cents higher than one...
Williamson County’s Representative in Washington says the new Non-Discrimination Act passed by the House this week is too vague and will lead to lawsuits. The bill prohibits employers from discriminating against homosexuals, bisexuals or heterosexuals. Congressman John Carter...
Members of the UT System Board of Regents meet this afternoon to discuss the future of the Brackenridge tract. The 345-acre parcel of land was donated to the University decades ago, and UT officials are looking for ways to redevelop the land and improve revenues for the...
With very little discussion, the Austin City Council has unanimously approved installing a network of cameras at busy intersections across the city to catch people running red lights. The first cameras will likely be in place early in 2008. The initial plan is to deploy the...
A measure endorsed by the House Judiciary Committee could shed more light on the deaths of immigrants in jails and detention centers. The amendment requires state and local agencies to report most of the deaths to state attorneys general. It was attached by Representative Zoe...
A law aimed at catching copper thieves may have netted one person in north Austin… The law took effect in September, requiring scrap metal dealers to report all buying and selling of copper and other regulated metals to police. Police charge Gary Rubenzer with theft, after they...