Austin Local News

Getting ready for the worst: Emergency management officials team with local organizations to test volunteer plans in case of another hurricane along the Texas coast. It would be an influx of people, like we saw before Hurricane "Rita" almost two years ago. Since then, the City...
A south Austin teen is charged with murder in connection with last week's shooting that sent a car flying into the side of a house. State law forbids Austin Police from naming the 16-year-old they've charged with the murder of 20-year-old Benjamin Gonzales, but APD Homicide Lt...
Even though the formal farewells for Lady Bird Johnson are complete, the groundswell of support for a lasting memorial grows. With her death, people like Max Vasquez think the memorial needs to be something substantial, like renaming Town Lake in her honor. Others we spoke with...
The Texas state legislator who wrote the law calling for high school athletes to be tested for steroids says he's not calling for a testing delay, just accurate results. Senator Kyle Janek of Houston says he's concerned about false-positive test results. He says there is...
Lake Travis, Town Lake, Lake Austin and the Colorado river below Longhorn dam all remained closed this weekend and authorities will re-evaluate the water conditions to determine if these lakes are safe enough to re-open. The ban on the bodies of water within the city of Austin...
LCRA continues to release floodwaters through floodgate and hydroelectricity operations. The goal is to return Lake Travis' to its full elevation of 681 feet above mean sea level -- but keep the Colorado River below flood stage at all locations downstream of Austin. LCRA...
Austin added more than 18-thousand people over the past year. Austin City Demographer Ryan Robinson says this isn't the first time austin has encountered a population boom. Three ago, when we were in the bottom of the tech recession, there are very few people in town who would...
A quiet woman who once turned down a class valedictorian's medal because she feared public speaking, Lady Bird Johnson found herself pulled suddenly into the public eye as first lady when her husband Lyndon B. Johnson became president amid tragedy. When she died of natural...
Travis County D-A Ronnie Earle wants the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to reconsider its ruling to not reinstate a conspiracy charge against former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Last month, the court refused to reinstate charges against DeLay and two former aides of...