Austin Local News

Effective immediately, the Austin Fire Chief has closed Barton Creek upstream of the Loop 1 (Mopac) bridge due to unsafe conditions in the area from storms that began on April 16. The ban remains in effect through 4 p.m. tomorrow, April 23, and will be re-evaluated at that time.
The League of Women Voters of the Austin Area is announcing our position on Proposition 1, the ride-hailing ballot measure. We join with the advocacy group Our City, Our Safety, Our Choice in opposition to Proposition 1. We urge our members and the public to vote "AGAINST" the...
Helen Tantillo, 59, of Austin, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks of the Western District of Texas to serve six months in federal prison, to be followed by a three-year term of supervised release, and pay a $5,000 fine. Tantillo was convicted in January 2016...
Travis County Parks is now taking reservations to visit Hamilton Pool Preserve from May 15, 2016 through September 30, 2016. Historically during this time, visitation exceeds capacity nearly every day and traffic spills out of the Preserve, onto Hamilton Pool Road. This...
The city will hire a consultant to tell the water utility about climate change for their long-range planning. That contract was approved by Austin City Council yesterday. Councilmember Leslie Pool urges her colleagues to pass it. “And if there is even one small piece of this...
The teen accused of murdering UT dance student Haruka Weiser had a preliminary hearing in court today. According to reports, Meechael Criner was not in the courtroom but his lawyer says a judge could take months to determine if Criner is fit to stand trial. Another hearing is...
The LCRA has opened up flood gates at two more dams Friday following an excess of rainfall in the area since last weekend. Gate operations are now in effect at Max Starcke Dam and Wirtz Dam. The Starcke Dam helps form Lake LBJ, while the Wirtz Dam does the same for Lake Marble...
We are learning more about how exactly the homeless teenager accused of murdering 18-year-old University of Texas dance student Haruka Weiser arrived in Austin. According to officials with the City of Georgetown, an off-duty Georgetown police officer spotted Meechiael Criner as...
The Department of Public Safety says two men in an SUV were headed the wrong way down Highway 71 shortly after 11:00 on Thursday night when they slammed head-on into a minivan. In that van were three men, two of whom are now dead. The third passenger was taken to the hospital...