Austin Local News

Texas' senators split their vote today as the Senate defeated a proposal requiring that miles of border fence be in place before illegal immigrants could seek legalization or a temporary worker program. The amendment to the Senate immigration bill would have required a...
The county landfill in Hutto has been the subject of debate among county officials and Hutto residents for over a year. Stephen Ackley with the County Attorney’s office says the new contract answers many of the residents’ and commissioners concerns. Ackley says many aspects of...
The Austin City Council today approves a forgivable $750,000 loan to Las Manitas restaurant on Congress Avenue. The vote was 5-2, with Council Members Lee Leffingwell and Sheryl Cole voting "no." The restaurant would use the money to cover the costs of re-locating to another...
For years Texas has had the third highest number of families that have food insecurity, basically not knowing if they can afford their next meal. Now there is an economic impact number attached to those 1.3 million families from a Brandeis University study. The Center for Public...
Governor Rick Perry has signed a compromise homeland security bill that creates systems for mutual aid and disaster response. The law -- which includes creation of the Border Security Council -- takes effect September first. The council will advise the governor on how to...
The proposed young men's leadership academy would be a college prepatory school offering advanced courses in communication, technology, math and science. Opportunities for service learning and connections to meaningful careers would also be provided. Current plans for this young...
An Austin woman accused of stabbing her estranged husband's dog 27 times faces trial in August on animal cruelty charges. The animal -- a 20-pound mixed breed named Marti -- was later euthanized. Prosecutors say 33-year-old Joanne Lee Hinojosa rejected a plea bargain that would...
A preliminary autopsy shows Brown died from multiple gunshot wounds, but the District Attorney's office asked the Medical Examiner to keep the full autopsy results from going public until the full investigation was complete. But reports in this morning's Austin American-...
Kevin Brown's family speaks publicly for the first time since the 25-year-old man was shot to death by police Sunday morning. Brown's family and the Austin chapter of the NAACP wanted to counteract negative publicity about the police shooting victim, saying Brown was a typical...