Austin Local News

U.S. Senator John Cornyn says the U.S.-Mexico border is not secure because the federal government has failed to make it secure. During a stop to address business leaders in Round Rock yesterday, the Senator said there simply are not enough border patrol agents to patrol the vast...
A state report released today says Texas should spend all of the estimated 105 (M) million collected annually on sporting goods sales taxes to revitalize state parks. The report by the State Parks Advisory Committee says the state parks system is beset by crumbling facilities,...
The feds have ended one of the most controversial parts of the country's immigration policy. Border Patrol agents used to have a 'catch and release' approach when dealing with illegals from places other than Mexico. Illegals were routinely released on a promise to appear for a...
Dell Inc. has quietly pulled the plug on its DJ Ditty music players, less than a year after the world's largest computer maker launched the device to compete with Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod Shuffle. The company stopped selling the Ditty on Aug. 17, Dell spokesman Venancio...
The Travis County Healthcare District is proposing a higher tax rate for next year's budget, even though they say they're lowering their rate. District Board Chairman Clark Heidrick says the increase comes from higher property appraisal values and only accounts for part of their...
The Austin City Council sets November 7th as the date for a $567 million bond election. The bond package is being split into seven different propositions. Mayor Will Wynn first proposed a city-wide bond election in January of 2005 with the goal of improving drainage and flood...
Several groups plan to protest the Border Governors' Conference today at the State Capitol, but one activist group wants to arrest the U-S governors for militarizing the Mexican border without reason. Deborah Vanko with the group "CodePINK" says government funds are being...
Around 2 o'clock this afternoon a fight broke out in the cafeteria at Stoney Point High School involving as many at 10 students. It got so out a hand that Round Rock police had to called in to assist. Superintendent Dr. Jesus Chavez confirms that several students had to be...
The Austin City Council tonight will hold a public hearing on the proposal to require all cyclists in Austin to wear helmets. The city currently requires helmets for cyclists age 17 and younger. The adult helmet law is being promoted by former Mayor Bruce Todd, who attributes a...