Austin Local News

An appeals court, Wednesday, overturned a second conviction stemming from Austin's 1991 'Yogurt Shop Murders'. A divided Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Michael Scott never got a fair capital murder trial. Prosecutors in Austin will consider whether to appeal. Scott's...
A federal judge in Dallas Tuesday continued blocking enforcement of a Farmers Branch ban on apartment rentals to most illegal immigrants. U-S District Judge Sam Lindsay granted the temporary restraining order May 21st, and now he's continued it until June 19th. Attorney Jim...
Emergency officials from local, state and federal agencies are in Austin today to take part in a massive drill to simulate the evacuation of the Texas Gulf coast. The all-day simulation at DPS headquarters is geared to test systems and plans to deal with a category 4 or 5 storm...
For years Texas has had the third highest number of families that have food insecurity, basically not knowing if they can afford their next meal. Now there is an economic impact number attached to those 1.3 million families from a Brandeis University study. The Center for Public...
Governor Rick Perry has signed a compromise homeland security bill that creates systems for mutual aid and disaster response. The law -- which includes creation of the Border Security Council -- takes effect September first. The council will advise the governor on how to...
The proposed young men's leadership academy would be a college prepatory school offering advanced courses in communication, technology, math and science. Opportunities for service learning and connections to meaningful careers would also be provided. Current plans for this young...
An Austin woman accused of stabbing her estranged husband's dog 27 times faces trial in August on animal cruelty charges. The animal -- a 20-pound mixed breed named Marti -- was later euthanized. Prosecutors say 33-year-old Joanne Lee Hinojosa rejected a plea bargain that would...
Dell C-E-O Michael Dell says he wants his company to become the greenest P-C maker on the planet – and is asking for your help. Mr.Dell announced today he wants to put a stronger effort towards making his company more environmentally friendly. The Round Rock based computer maker...
Attorney General Greg Abbott charges ASAP Motors and Parts of Houston with selling faulty engines and transmissions. That's after the dealer advertised having quality parts. Paco Felici with the AG's office says it appears to be a well-organized scheme. Felici says that fleecing...