Austin Local News

Austin Police try to spread the word about car theft, and how you can keep your car from being the next one stolen. Detectives say after-market car alarms, Lo-Jacks and steering-wheel club devices are helpful, but 28 percent of Austin car thefts happen when the driver leaves the...
Art Acevedo officially takes the reins as Austin's eighth Police Chief in a ceremony this morning at Austin City Hall. Acevedo wants to make the department more transparent to the people they're sworn to protect. "I think that's the basis for democracy to work," Acevedo says. "...
Austin Police say it appears a homeless man rolled out of his bed this morning on South 1st Street near Ben White Blvd. Police say the man was sleeping on top of a retaining wall - on top of a bridge - when he turned over in his sleep and fell about 30-feet to the road below...
The state's top law firms and their attorneys have donated 447-thousand dollars to help state Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht (HEKT) with legal expenses. That's as Hecht defends himself from charges that he abused his office to boost onetime-girlfriend Harriet Miers for a...
An inspector with the Texas Department of State Health Services conducted a surprise inspection of the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter yesterday, and found the Georgetown facility to be clean and safe. The un-announced visit was requested by the Williamson County...
The Texas lawmaker who authored a new mandatory random steroid testing law for high school athletes questions the readiness of the program. State Senator Kyle Janek says the program may not be ready in time for the upcoming football season. He says because of concerns about over...
An Austin man is charged with doing the unthinkable to his young niece. According to court documents here in Travis County, investigators from Austin Police and the Hays County Sheriff's Office suspect 27-year-old Marcos Guevara Blanco of sexually abusing his eight-year-old...
Higher fuel costs and slumping revenues force Southwest Airlines to offer a voluntary buyout to more than a quarter of its workforce. The Dallas-based airline first made such an offer in 2004. Southwest spokeswoman Brandie King says making the second buyout offer to 8700 of the...
The Justice Department has settled six voting rights lawsuits in Texas. The suits alleged that some cities, counties and school districts had violated the rights of Spanish-speaking residents. The lawsuits were filed and also settled today, after negotiations on the allegations...