Austin Local News

While the owners of 42 dogs are being investigated on charges of animal cruelty, the Austin Humane Society is providing care for 21 of these dogs, all Chihuahuas, and the remaining 21 are with several area rescue groups until Friday, September 7, when a City of Round Rock Judge...
Media company Belo and the families of two of its longtime leaders will donate $15 million to help build a center for new media at the University of Texas at Austin. The new College of Communication building will be named the Belo Center for New Media after Alfred Horatio Belo...
A former Del Valle High School geometry teacher is sentenced to eight years in prison for having child pornography. Leland Keith Easterling apologized in court, "to all of the people I had embarrassed," adding, "I know I have a problem." His attorney Eve Schatelowitz tell News...
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott wants schools to make sure their students are prepared for an emergency, such as an on-campus shooting. While schools are required to review their disaster plans every three years, Abbott says that’s not nearly often enough to keep kids safe. “...
The Texas Education Agency says it'll give public school students fewer tests of future tests this year. The so-called ``field tests'' are trial runs of future tests administered to students. They're used to check the fairness of questions planned for future exams and their...
Texas A&M University's interim president says the school is working to fix safety and security problems at its bioweapons research laboratories. Eddie Davis adds that officials hope federal regulators will lift the ban on work there by the end of the year. The U.S. Centers...
West Nile virus is carried by mosquitoes, and Shannon Jones with the Austin-Travis County Health and Human Services department says deaths from the disease are rare. Jones says it's the first death from the disease in 2007. He says the best way to protect yourself is to use...
Drivers began using the newest toll road in Central Texas this afternoon after officials cut the ribbon on the next stretch of SH 130. The newly-finished leg of the toll road will run from US 290 E down to Highway 71. Officials say it should help relieve traffic congestion on I-...
Dozens of Chihuahua and Chihuahua-mix dogs seized in a “Puppy Mill” raid have been moved for treatment and observation. Over forty dogs were taken from a home on Meadow Lane in Round Rock last Friday following a two month investigation into a commercial breeder there. Twenty one...