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A number of foreign nationals are facing federal charges in connection to that 6-hour SWAT standoff yesterday. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were called in to assist the APD SWAT team with, what is being called, an immigrant smuggling ring. ICE spokesperson Nina...
Is re-locating the Salvation Army Shelter out of the entertainment district the answer to the area's crime problem? Some downtown business owners think so. But Raul Munoz with the Salvation Army says it would be a waste. He says it's easy to point the finger at the homeless when...
AUSTIN (AP) _ Texas cities have the legal ``green light'' to install cameras at traffic signals on state intersections. The ruling from Attorney General Greg Abbott came in response to an inquiry from the Texas Department of Transportation about the agency's authority to enforce...
Austin fire investigators rule as "accidental" an early morning blaze at the Chase Village Apartments on Gesner Drive in North Austin. A man living adjacent to the vacant apartment says it was fully engulfed in flames around 3:19 this morning when he called 911. That man was...
Round Rock city hall closes Monday after a city employee used a very smelly bug spray on his plant. It was so smelly co-workers mistook it for natural gas. City hall was evacuated for several hours Monday morning before officials decided to close for the day. Fire fighters spent...
A new national report is out on the number of citizen complaints concerning excessive force used by police officers, and Austin Police may have more complaints than average. The study was released by the U.S. Department of Justice. It revealed in 2002 large state and local...
In five years since Andrea Yates drowned her five children in the bathtub of her Houston home, the facts of her case haven't changed. But as her retrial begins in Houston tomorrow, defense attorneys and mental health advocates hope the public's mindset about mentally ill...
Five months before fall elections, Texas could be forced to overhaul its ballot. That's if the Supreme Court rejects state congressional districts redrawn in 2003 to elect more Republicans. The high court is scheduled to wrap up its work before beginning the summer break and a...
The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault held a conference at Texas State University this weekend to teach high school students how to recognize and prevent dating violence. The group says a new study shows that dating violence and sexual harassment are alarmingly common in...