Austin Local News

A new recommendation to form a "joint gang response unit" for the Austin school district is all about prevention according to the school board president. Former APD Police Chief Stan Knee and AISD Superintendent, Pat Forgione first talked about a joint gang task force following...
A closed-door meeting is underway to choose a write-in Republican candidate to support in place of former House Majority leader Tom DeLay. Texas G-O-P officials have been scrambling since the courts forbade Republicans from replacing DeLay's name on the November 7th ballot...
One man is locked up and three more are still on the loose, after a beating that put a man in the hospital. Manuel Lopez was left at the emergency room of Seton Northwest Hospital on July 30th. Witnesses reportedly tell Austin Police they saw four men pummeling Lopez near I-35...
With the mercury shooting up, emergency officials says they've responded to nearly 70 heat related calls in the past month, some of them about kids locked inside cars. Austin Travis county EMS spokersperson Warren Hassenger says temperatures in a closed car can rise to 160...
Austin fire crews were able keep a massive garage fire contained and save a Tarrytown home in the 2700 block of Verde Bank Circle this morning. Battalion chief Duke Turpin tells say that rags soaked turpentine and lacquer used during home renovations is what caused the fire. He...
No one was hurt, when an apparent electrical short started a fire in a north Austin hotel that is being renovated. Austin Fire Captain Allen Buie says crews attacked the fire quickly, but they had some help. Buie says no one was hurt fighting the blaze. The one-time suites-hotel...
Thirty-three Texas schools have failed to meet federal improvement standards for the fourth consecutive year. The Texas Education Agency today announced those schools now face sanctions including some staff replacements. The 33 schools include nine in the Dallas district and...
First lady Laura Bush says a site for the George W. Presidential Library may not be selected until the end of the year. Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Baylor University in Waco and the University of Dallas in Irving are finalists for the library. Laura Bush told The...
As Austin bakes under triple-digit temperatures, grassroots groups band together to map strategies on global warming. Those groups want to brainstorm ideas to battle global warming tonight, then take some of those recommendations to Austin's city council. Public Citizen's Smitty...