Austin Local News

After reviewing its century-old stance in support of the death penalty, the Dallas Morning News is calling Sunday for the punishment to be banned in Texas. Mentioning a case in Texas where an inmate sentenced to death was later cleared of the charges, the newspaper published an...
About 12 percent of Texas correctional officer positions are vacant, which lawmakers say increases the chance of breakouts or prison riots. The state's prison units have more than three-thousand unfilled correctional officer jobs, leading one lawmaker to question whether the...
Governor Rick Perry called for the resignation of regents at financially troubled Texas Southern University. Perry also has proposed a state takeover of the historically black university in Houston. Perry yesterday called for placing the university under a conservatorship to...
Austin Energy and HEB are offering customers some help to make the switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs, which last longer and use less electricity than conventional bulbs. Compact fluorescent bulbs usually cost a bit more, but Austin Energy is offering coupons for a...
Up to 15,000 Austin-area residents lost power last night as a strong line of thunderstorms swept through the area. Ed Clark of Austin Energy says crews have been working through the night, and that only a relatively few homes should still be without power this morning. To report...
Texas retail gasoline prices continue to climb for a tenth straight week. The weekly Triple-A Texas gas price survey released today finds pump prices for regular-grade gasoline in eleven Texas markets average two dollars 71 cents per gallon. That's eleven cents higher than last...
A medical advocacy group says Texas is going to be left behind if state lawmakers don't provide funding and a friendly atmosphere for stem cell research. There are several bills under consideration at the state capitol that would fund all forms of stem cell research. Members of...
The multi million dollar security upgrade to Austin schools is underway. AISD Police Lieutenant Eric Mendez says this year more than a dozen campuses will be outfitted with high tech cameras to monitor illegal activity. All schools will eventually have them. The security upgrade...
Several confessed members of a human smuggling and prostitution ring were sentenced to prison time by Federal District Judge Sam Sparks on Friday. Juan Balderas-Orosco, convicted of managing an illegal brothel on FM 969, received a sentence of more than 6 ½ years behind bars for...