Austin Local News

School buses will have to be equipped with seat belts that cover the lap and shoulders under a bill signed today by Governor Rick Perry. The law applies to school buses purchased on or after September first of 2010. Charter buses that are used to transport schoolchildren must be...
Protesters at city hall oppose the city's plan to move the Town Lake Animal Shelter to east Austin. Daniel Llanes says the land in east Austin, that is slated to be the new animal shelter should instead be used for affordable housing. Llanes says it is a perfect opportunity for...
Enrollment in the state's low-cost insurance program for children fell by 5,000 in June. State officials Friday report that's the fourth straight month of declines. About 300,800 children are registered this month for the Children's Health Insurance Program. CHIP covers...
Fire officials are still unsure as to what or who sparked a house fire in the 11-hundred block of Webberville road just after midnight this morning. Battalion Chief Palmer Buck with the Austin Fire Department says fire crews were able to rescue the homeless people staying in the...
On the same day that police shooting victim Kevin Brown is buried, the Austin Police Association takes issue with remarks Acting Police Chief Cathy Ellison made over the Brown shooting. At issue is Ellison's remark about a Medical Examiner's report that Brown was apparently shot...
UT PROFESSOR: MORE HURRICANES ONLY PARTLY TIED TO GLOBAL WARMING A University of Texas professor and researcher says we could see more major hurricanes in the near future, but global warming may not be the only cause. Dr. Terry Quinn, a geology professor at U-T, says that tying...
STATEMENT OF ANTOINE THOMPSON Kevin Brown was killed right outside the apartment where Antoine Thompson was staying. He was in the bedroom, and, about 4:00-4:30am or so, heard several shots. Thompson was awake at the time and went to the back window of the apartment. The shots...
Officials with the Austin school district say they're again providing free meals to kids in need. AISD officials say the Summer Food Service Program is up and running. Chris Carrillo-Spano, Director of Food Services for the district, says it's designed to help children in low-...
Governor Rick Perry today signed into law a 22 million-dollar program offering financial incentives to lure movie production to Texas. Standing with Perry for the signing was Houston-born actor Dennis Quaid. Texas has been the site of a number of films and television shows. But...