Austin Local News

The 13th annual Republic of Texas Rally will pump about $34.5 million into the central Texas economy. That figure comes from the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, which says the ROT Rally is the second-largest event for the city's tourism industry. "It's second only to...
Austin Energy customers will notice a decrease in the fuel charge portion of their bill next month. The utility is allowed to pass along the cost of buying the fuel to generate electricity to its customers. "This is a dollar-for-dollar collection on what we pay for the actual...
Tex-Dot crews have closed the right outside lane of I-35 northbound at Riverside to do some emergency repair work. The closure is indefinate. Officials say they do not know when they will have all lanes reopened.
San Marcos Police make four arrests on a buffet of charges. Sergeant Penny Dunn says the four suspects went on a crime spree early yesterday morning stealing beer and threatening clerks with guns and box cutters. Jailed at the Hays County Law Enforcement Center are: -Victoria...
It could be a while before the law that lets couples skip the marriage license fee, in exchange for taking an eight-hour course, goes into effect. Supporters, like former state representative Arlene Wolgemuth, say it will be a year before the course is developed. But she says it...
Officials at Austin City Hall say they turned down a request from the producers of the TV show "Cops" to shoot an episode in Austin because the show would not provide an accurate picture of how police do their jobs. City spokesman Gene Acuna says there are other ways to...
Round Rock-based Dell Computer announces plans to lay off more than 8,000 employees over the next year as part of an ongoing restructuring. The layoffs represent ten percent of Dell's global work force of 88,100 full time and part-time employees. They come as Dell struggles to...
A former UT professor is charged with trying to hire a hit man to murder his ex-wife and five UT officials. Sheriff Spokesperson Roger Wade says Gary Lamar Wise, who is in the Del Valle jail, paid an inmate money to go and kill. The affidavit says Wise asked the inmate to use an...
Democrat Sylvester Turner said today he's joining the growing number of candidates challenging Republican House Speaker Tom Craddick for the top spot when his term expires in 2009. Turner is the second-ranking member of the House and longtime ally of Craddick. Turner is the...