Austin Local News

Jeff Friedman, known as the ``hippie mayor'' of Austin died Thursday of complications from a heart attack he suffered last weekend. Elected mayor in 1975, he's credited with equalizing electric rates, creating a public ambulance service and making city hall more accessible...
Antoine Thompson was at an apartment at the complex where last week's deadly police shooting occured. Thompson tells KLBJ that he heard gunfire outside, and when he looked outside his window, he saw Kevin Brown laying face-down on the ground, handcuffed, with an APD officer...
Members of the Austin City Council are looking for ways to balance next year’s city budget after a presentation from Austin City Manager Toby Futrell. She told the Council that if current spending and revenue trends continue, there will be a $27.5 million shortfall next year...
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...
The county landfill in Hutto has been the subject of debate among county officials and Hutto residents for over a year. Stephen Ackley with the County Attorney’s office says the new contract answers many of the residents’ and commissioners concerns. Ackley says many aspects of...
The Austin City Council today approves a forgivable $750,000 loan to Las Manitas restaurant on Congress Avenue. The vote was 5-2, with Council Members Lee Leffingwell and Sheryl Cole voting "no." The restaurant would use the money to cover the costs of re-locating to another...
The wave of immigrants into Central Texas has changed the immigrant population of Travis County. A report by Travis County Health and Human Services and Veterans Service shows Travis County has become a popular destination for a variety of immigrants. Korey Darling with Health...
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-...