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  • TRAFFIC ALERT: Road closures, crashes reported in Austin as ice accumulates - Austin American-StatesmanTRAFFIC ALERT: Road closures, crashes reported in Austin as ice accumulates - Austin American-Statesman

    Austin American-StatesmanTRAFFIC ALERT: Road closures, crashes reported in Austin as ice accumulatesAustin American-Statesman6:39 a.m. update: Texas 71 has iced over at Texas 130, according to authorities in Bastrop County. Officials reported that the roadway had been completely covered around 6:30 a.m.. There have also been several reports of bridges and overpasses icing ...and more »

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  • LIVE BLOG: Winter storm road closures and weather updatesLIVE BLOG: Winter storm road closures and weather updates

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — With the most significant winter storm the Central Texas area has seen in years, KXAN is tracking the impact the storm is having on roads and schools. KXAN’s First Warning Weather team tracking the winter storm FULL list of school closures  Check your flight status at ABIA Latest Road Conditions & Weather reports

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  • Gophers assistant head coach Maurice Linguist leaves for Texas A&MGophers assistant head coach Maurice Linguist leaves for Texas A&M

    Maurice Linguist, promoted to Gophers assistant head coach in December, is leaving Minnesota to become Texas A&M's defensive backs coach, according to multiple media repo

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  • Perry-Murray putback lifts Grambling over Texas SouthernPerry-Murray putback lifts Grambling over Texas Southern

    Jason Perry-Murray scored 12 points with 12 rebounds, including a putback at the buzzer, lifting Grambling to a 79-78 win over Texas Southern on Monday night. Texas Southern had ta

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  • UConn Women Outlast Texas 75-71 In Wild GameUConn Women Outlast Texas 75-71 In Wild Game

    The UConn women's basketball team on Monday night found itself in the type of game that comes around a few times each season and demands that the Huskies prove themselves in ways that a

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  • North Texas Winter Weather: Prepare For Slick Roads And Frigid Temperatures TuesdayNorth Texas Winter Weather: Prepare For Slick Roads And Frigid Temperatures Tuesday

    Monday night's dose of winter weather could make for dangerous driving conditions, the National Weather Service warns. A winter weather advisory has been issued for several North Texas counties,

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  • PHOTOS: Shoppers crowd, empty shelves at Austin-area grocery storesPHOTOS: Shoppers crowd, empty shelves at Austin-area grocery stores

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Scores of Austinites flooded into local grocery stores Monday ahead of an expected winter storm that has resulted in a number of closures at school districts and government offices Tuesday. Along with the huge lines, KXAN viewers sent us photos of emptied shelves and a lack of basic food necessities at major grocery stores. KXAN First Warning Weather tracks the winter storm If you see long lines at Austin-area grocery stores, send us a video or photos here.  Long lines at grocery stores ahead of winter storm Long lines at H-E-B on Slaughter Lane (KXAN Viewer Photo) Long lines at H-E-B on East Riverside Drive ahead of winter storm on Jan. 15, 2018 (Courtesy/Mary Guerrero) Checkout lines at the H-E-B at 10710 Research Blvd. in Austin at Braker Lane stretch to the back of the store. (Courtesy/Jennifer Wiebe) Long lines at H-E-B store in Austin due to approaching winter storm on Jan. 15, 2018 (Austin Fire Department Photo) Long lines at H-E-B store in Austin due to approaching winter storm on Jan. 15, 2018 (Austin Fire Department Photo) Long lines at H-E-B store in Austin due to approaching winter storm on Jan. 15, 2018 (Austin Fire Department Photo) Long lines at H-E-B Mueller ahead of winter storm on Jan. 15, 2018 (Courtesy/Lucia Briones) Empty shelves at Austin-area grocery store. (KXAN Viewer Photo) Long lines at the H-E-B in Bastrop (KXAN Viewer Photo) Long lines at H-E-B in Bee Cave (KXAN Viewer Photo) Empty shelves at the Pflugerville H-E-B ahead of a winter storm on Jan. 15, 2018 (KXAN Viewer Photo) Empty shelves at the Pflugerville H-E-B ahead of a winter storm on Jan. 15, 2018 (KXAN Viewer Photo) Long lines at H-E-B in Lakeway (KXAN Viewer Photo) Long lines at H-E-B in Lakeway (KXAN Viewer Photo) H-E-B restocking bread after long lines on Jan. 15, 2018 (KXAN Photo/Wes Rapaport) H-E-B on Gattis School Road in Round Rock on Jan. 15, 2018 (KXAN Viewer Photo)

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  • Joy-Anna Duggar Praises Austin Forsyth For ‘Sacrificial’ Love, Fans Think Her Baby Has ArrivedJoy-Anna Duggar Praises Austin Forsyth For ‘Sacrificial’ Love, Fans Think Her Baby Has Arrived

    Joy-Anna Duggar's latest Instagram post about her pregnancy has some fans convinced that she's already given birth. Others aren't so certain that her baby has arrived, but the

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  • 10 Things to Know for Tuesday10 Things to Know for Tuesday

    La estadounidense Venus Williams devuelve un derechazo en su partido contra la suiza Belinda Bencic, en primera ronda del Abierto de Australia en Melbourne, el lunes 15 de enero de 2018. Hundreds celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day march east on a street from the Texas state Capitol to the campus of Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, to remember the civil rights activist on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018.

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  • Rideshare companies will operate during winter storm, but expect delaysRideshare companies will operate during winter storm, but expect delays

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — In the ever-changing rideshare landscape of Central Texas, passengers can expect one more variable this week: icy roads. Many ridesharing companies operating in Austin who spoke with KXAN Monday said they’d be operating through the storm, so drivers can expect to continue to use their favorite apps. However, road closures and the need to decrease speeds for safety will mean longer wait times for passengers. Martin Galaway, a driver with the rideshare company RideAustin, has already checked the tire pressure in his Tesla and made sure that his tire pump kit is in working order ahead of this weather. “Basically making sure your car is in tip top condition,” he said. Galaway explained that he plans on offering rides through the storm, but if the roads or other drivers seem too dangerous, he plans on pulling off the road and waiting for conditions to improve. He said passengers can make things easier by planning ahead and picking out safe locations where they can be picked up “Try to think about where the car is going to stop to pick you up, is there a bunch of ice there? Is it all snowy, or is it just a hazardous place with a bunch of cars going by? Always try to go to a place where the car can safely stop,” Galaway said. “This is definitely new territory for us, we’ve never had these conditions in Austin and we’re a year and a half old,” said Bobbi Kommineni of Ride Austin. Kommineni explained that weather does not impact RideAustin’s surge pricing, rather the only thing that could increase rates would be a change in the ratio of drivers online to the number of requests driving in. Kommineni noted that during the snow flurries which hit the Austin area earlier this winter, there was a slight shortage in drivers and longer wait times because it took longer for cars to get to passengers downtown. KXAN also spoke with a spokesperson for the ride-hailing company Lyft who explained that it’s mostly up to drivers’ discretion whether to drive or not, but if roads were impassable Lyft would send out an alert. She also said that the only thing that would impact Lyft’s surge pricing was if there weren’t enough drivers on the road. “The safety of our drivers and passengers is our top priority. We are closely monitoring conditions, communicating with area drivers, and connecting with city leaders,” said Aaron Fox, Lyft Austin General Manager in a statement. This afternoon, Lyft drivers received an alert to help them prepare for the weather. Their website recommends drivers check fluid levels and heat as well as pack things like a first aid kit, ice scrapers, and flashlights. “The drivers are gonna be out there because that’s what they do and a lot of them have done this for many years at this point,” explained Joe Deshotel, a consultant whose worked with transportation technology companies in Austin including Fasten. Deshotel added that ride share technology should all work the same during the storm, severe weather should not impact the networks the rideshare apps use. Emails and in-app notifications to users explained that Car2Go has also temporarily suspended service in Austin starting at 10 p.m. on Monday.

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  • WEATHER: Cold front moves into Austin area, behind it freezing rain - Austin American-StatesmanWEATHER: Cold front moves into Austin area, behind it freezing rain - Austin American-Statesman

    Austin American-StatesmanWEATHER: Cold front moves into Austin area, behind it freezing rainAustin American-Statesman9:30 p.m. update: An Arctic cold front is bearing down on south Central Texas and is expected to move through the area within the hour bringing with it rain that will likely become sleet after midnight, the National Weather Service said. Temperatures ...LIVE BLOG: Icy conditions shut down several roads in Central TexasKVUEUT-Austin, St. Edwards, ACC, Huston-Tillotson Closed Amid StormPatch.comPeople in Austin stock up on groceries before winter stormFOX 7 AustinMyStatesman.comall 56 news articles »

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  • On MLK holiday, residents rally against gentrification in Austin - FOX 7 AustinOn MLK holiday, residents rally against gentrification in Austin - FOX 7 Austin

    FOX 7 AustinOn MLK holiday, residents rally against gentrification in AustinFOX 7 Austin“They have to understand. It's not Code Next. If you're black or brown, that means you're next,” said Nelson Linder, president of Austin's NAACP. “Code Next is not a product it's a process. We are asking people in the community to all join together to ...and more »

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  • Top-Ranked UConn survives upset scare from No. 9 Texas 75-71 - UConn HuskiesTop-Ranked UConn survives upset scare from No. 9 Texas 75-71 - UConn Huskies

    UConn HuskiesTop-Ranked UConn survives upset scare from No. 9 Texas 75-71UConn HuskiesAUSTIN, Texas (AP) The evidence of the dogfight top-ranked UConn found itself in was the purplish bruise that had halfway closed Katie Lou Samuelson's left eye. The shiner was courtesy of a tough Texas elbow shortly after tipoff that served notice that ...UConn women pass road test, top No. 9 TexasNew Haven Registerall 23 news articles »

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  • JUST IN: Limited bus service in Austin Tuesday amid winter weather - Austin American-StatesmanJUST IN: Limited bus service in Austin Tuesday amid winter weather - Austin American-Statesman

    Austin American-StatesmanJUST IN: Limited bus service in Austin Tuesday amid winter weatherAustin American-StatesmanCapital Metro announced it will offer limited bus service Tuesday in the Austin area due to a winter storm that could make driving conditions dangerous. Cap Metro said it will operate on its Sunday schedule in light of the weather, which has limited ...Austin Bus Service Limited In Light Of Freezing TempsPatch.comall 2 news articles »

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  • VIDEO: Austinites react to long lines ahead of winter stormVIDEO: Austinites react to long lines ahead of winter storm

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Long lines have been reported at Austin-area grocery stores ahead of a winter storm expected to be the region’s most significant winter event since February 2011. In a video sent to KXAN, a checkout line at the H-E-B in the Mueller neighborhood started at the end of a long aisle. Customers were seen with carts full of bread and other food items. While the winter storm will be disruptive — with drivers being told to stay off the roads Tuesday and many school and city office closures — it is not forecast to be one for the record books, KXAN’s Jim Spencer says. And if you’re planning on making a last minute run to your local grocery store, keep in mind that this is going to be a single day event. Austinites took to social media to poke fun at the response to what some have dubbed the “icepocalypse.” If you have a video or photo of a long line, you can send it to KXAN here. “It’s going to snow” All of Austin at HEB: pic.twitter.com/GuQtazNUfp — Veronica (@verosmakeup) January 15, 2018 Been sitting in my car 10 minutes (this post only adding to the delay) trying to psych myself up to brave the insanity that is HEB the night before Austin freezes over. HELP. @KXAN_Weather pic.twitter.com/yU39oLsBJR — Kylie McGivern (@KylieMcGivern) January 15, 2018 On my way home from the office, I pulled into @HEB. Walked in with my cart, saw the lines, grabbed a sample, walked out, put the cart up and went home. Austin turns into a madhouse if ice/snow is predicted. — RD3tx (@RD3tx) January 16, 2018 Long lines at grocery stores ahead of winter storm Long lines at H-E-B on Slaughter Lane (KXAN Viewer Photo) Long lines at H-E-B on East Riverside Drive ahead of winter storm on Jan. 15, 2018 (Courtesy/Mary Guerrero) Checkout lines at the H-E-B at 10710 Research Blvd. in Austin at Braker Lane stretch to the back of the store. (Courtesy/Jennifer Wiebe) Long lines at H-E-B store in Austin due to approaching winter storm on Jan. 15, 2018 (Austin Fire Department Photo) Long lines at H-E-B store in Austin due to approaching winter storm on Jan. 15, 2018 (Austin Fire Department Photo) Long lines at H-E-B store in Austin due to approaching winter storm on Jan. 15, 2018 (Austin Fire Department Photo) Long lines at H-E-B Mueller ahead of winter storm on Jan. 15, 2018 (Courtesy/Lucia Briones) Empty shelves at Austin-area grocery store. (KXAN Viewer Photo) Long lines at the H-E-B in Bastrop (KXAN Viewer Photo) Long lines at H-E-B in Bee Cave (KXAN Viewer Photo) Empty shelves at the Pflugerville H-E-B ahead of a winter storm on Jan. 15, 2018 (KXAN Viewer Photo) Empty shelves at the Pflugerville H-E-B ahead of a winter storm on Jan. 15, 2018 (KXAN Viewer Photo) Long lines at H-E-B in Lakeway (KXAN Viewer Photo) Long lines at H-E-B in Lakeway (KXAN Viewer Photo) H-E-B restocking bread after long lines on Jan. 15, 2018 (KXAN Photo/Wes Rapaport) H-E-B on Gattis School Road in Round Rock on Jan. 15, 2018 (KXAN Viewer Photo)

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  • Nonprofits caring for elderly, homeless during icy weatherNonprofits caring for elderly, homeless during icy weather

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The potential for some serious winter weather has multiple local organizations working overtime to make sure the elderly have a meal to eat and the homeless have a place to stay. It’s not often winter weather threatens to shut down everyday services in Central Texas. In fact, at the Meals On Wheels headquarters leaders only remember it happening twice in the past seven years. “Every so often the weather just means we can’t deliver,” said Meals on Wheels vice president of communications Thad Rosenfeld. The organization delivers 3,000 meals a day to the elderly across seven counties. In some cases, Rosenfeld says it’s their only substantial meal. So, the organization says they are prepared when weather threatens operation. “Once a year we deliver a shelf-stable meal to each of our clients with instructions that they are supposed to hang on to that meal for situations just like this where weather may mean we can’t deliver a meal, they know they can eat that shelf-stable meal,” said Rosenfeld. The group is also working with their most at-risk clients who are stuck inside to make sure they are prepared. “I would encourage folks who have older home-bound neighbors to please check on them during this cold snap because so many of them live alone and it’s so important for them to get those daily safety checks,” said Rosenfeld.  “You know we always talk about pipes and pets and plants, but also check on those elderly neighbors, they would appreciate it.” RELATED: How to protect your home during the cold snap Meals on Wheels has not officially decided if they will deliver on Tuesday. Rosenfeld says the organization expects to make that decision around 3 a.m. and will send a message to all clients and volunteers. The Salvation Army is also stepping up and preparing for the cold. “This is where we house women every night,” said Major Andrew Kelly with the Salvation Army. Most nights they average around 250 people, on nights like Monday, they could be pushing 300. “People already need a place to stay anyway but when it’s on a cold night it’s all the more important because it’s a life-threatening situation to be out in the freezing cold” Outside the Salvation Army a bus will also run to and from different shelters around town in case those downtown fill up. “They can come to the Salvation Army and they can come to the ARCH. We have a bus that will be out here that will transport people to additional shelters, or if we have room on our floors or in our beds we can have people come in, we just don’t want anybody to stay out in the cold,” said Kelly.

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  • This local standout’s transfer could make Texas Tech hoops unstoppableThis local standout’s transfer could make Texas Tech hoops unstoppable

    former Richland standout believed there was a better opportunity elsewhere. In early December, the one-time national recruit guard transferred out of Missouri and will relocate to Texas Tech. Roberts,

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  • Austin tops list of America's best places to find a job in 2018Austin tops list of America's best places to find a job in 2018

    With the new year come new job opportunities, and two Texas cities are among WalletHub's best in the United States to find a job in 2018, including the Capital City. The financial website compared more than 180 cities using 26 key metrics to determine the strongest local job markets in the U.S. Factors taken into account range from job opportunities to employment growth to monthly average starting salary.

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  • West Virginia player gets slap on the wrist for punching court-storming Texas Tech fanWest Virginia player gets slap on the wrist for punching court-storming Texas Tech fan

    Wesley Harris for hitting a fan after Texas Tech supporters stormed the court following the Red Raiders' 72-71 win over No. 2 West Virginia on Saturday. Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a stateme

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  • On An MLK Day Of Service, Muslims Reach Out To Homeless Folks As Storm Bears DownOn An MLK Day Of Service, Muslims Reach Out To Homeless Folks As Storm Bears Down

    On Martin Luther King's birthday, with a winter storm looming, volunteers at a mosque in Richardson spent a day of service assembling and handing out hygiene kits for homeless folks. It was one o

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  • Drivers with autism encouraged to put extra info on licenseDrivers with autism encouraged to put extra info on license

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A new public service announcement was unveiled urging drivers with autism to consider applying for a note on their driver’s license that informs law enforcement about potential interaction challenges. The video message informs Texans about the “communication impediment” restriction code. Samuel Allen, who is on the autism spectrum, said having the marker on his driver’s license feels “like a big safety net,” and makes him more comfortable when he gets in his car. “If I showed [it] to the officer, they are going to know that I have autism or some kind of impediment that will keep me from communicating properly with the officer,” Allen explained. An example of a “communication impediment” note, listed on the back of a sample driver license. (File photo) Legislation was passed in the last session that took effect in September, allowing brochures and posters highlighting the “communication impediment” code, in large part due to work done by Aspergers101, which Allen’s mother Jennifer founded. “I’m just a mom of a son with autism that I want him to be protected, and it just happened to be there are open doors to make policy changes that make commonsense,” Jennifer Allen said. She added that she worried about her son being pulled over or having some other need to interact with an officer, and not having the tools necessary to successfully navigate those challenges. “We can’t rely on other cards and things that they can reach and give to an officer of the law because that could be misconstrued as they’re reaching for a weapon, so if it’s directly on the driver’s license then that is indeed a safety net,” she stated. In order to qualify, drivers must complete a Physicians Statement Form (DL101) and submit it with a new driver’s license application to your local driver’s license office. Registration is optional. The Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities (GCPD) has worked alongside Aspergers101 and the Texas Department of Public Safety to include the “communication impediment” phrase on licenses of drivers who qualify. “As families are finding out about this initiative they are taking a second look at driver independence for their family member who is on the autism spectrum,” GCPD executive director Ron Lucey explained. “Transportation independence for Texans with disabilities is critical in order for them to participate in the workforce or live independently in the community.” Allen said he feels at ease driving to work and school, knowing that an officer would understand his perspective if he has an encounter. “Having that feeling of independence is a big stepping stone for someone with autism or someone with a communication impediment,” Allen explained. The Allens mentioned the initiative aims to expand to people who have other challenges, like deafness, Parkinson’s disease or a “bad stutter.” The program was endorsed by Dr. Temple Grandin, who is a professor and advocate for people on the autism spectrum, such as herself. “It is really a good step forward, that the State of Texas has put communication impediment on the driver’s license,” Grandin said. “People who have autism, Asperger’s head injuries, strokes, stuttering, or down syndrome, can all have the problem of being slow to respond, and a police officer needs to realize that he needs to wait for this person to respond, and if he gets kind of aggressive, then the person has a tendency to freeze.” Samuel Allen drives near the office where he got his driver license. Allen is on the autism spectrum and has a “communication impediment” restriction note on his license to notify officers if he is ever pulled over. (Nexstar Photo/Wes Rapaport) Lucey said he was pleased the initiative is available to Texans who do not have driver’s licenses as well, like state ID card holders, because, “there’s lots of interactions between law enforcement and Texans with disabilities out on the street.” The Allens have worked to train police departments as part of the program. Jennifer Allen said she and her son have worked with DPS trooper recruits in Austin, San Antonio police officers and various other departments statewide, “for them to understand that communication impediment does not mean and aggressive behavior.” She said she hoped to work with lawmakers in the next legislative session to include the “communication impediment” information in the system that officers use to run license plates, with the idea that they would know the driver might have a difficulty with communication before even being pulled over.

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  • Growing number of ABIA flights canceled ahead of stormGrowing number of ABIA flights canceled ahead of storm

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Airline passengers flying to or from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Monday evening into Tuesday are encouraged to check their flight status. Some airlines have already canceled flights in anticipation of the expected ice storm. Many flights scheduled to arrive at ABIA after 8 p.m. Monday have been canceled because airlines do not want their planes grounded in Austin when the storm hits. Those cancellations will also result in some cancellations Tuesday. Passengers are encouraged to check their airlines’ websites for information on refunds and waivers. RELATED: Tracking Central Texas’ third winter storm this season An ABIA spokesman says runways are being monitored and will be cleared as they begin to ice over. Carriers such as American Airlines and Southwest Airlines say they have multiple plane de-icers in place at ABIA, ready to be used. Each airline is responsible for their own de-icing equipment, personnel and process. To check your flight status, visit the airport’s website and click on “Real-Time Arrivals & Departures.” In early December, more than 160 flights were delayed at Austin airport due to a winter storm.

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  • ABIA flight delays and cancellations due to winter weather - FOX 7 AustinABIA flight delays and cancellations due to winter weather - FOX 7 Austin

    Patch.comABIA flight delays and cancellations due to winter weatherFOX 7 AustinAUSTIN, Texas - A winter storm is anticipated to barrel through parts of Central Texas creating problems not only for drivers but for flyers as well. Passengers are being advised to check their flight status before heading out to Austin-Bergstrom ...Austin Airport Flight Cancellations Sparked By Winter StormPatch.comAUSTIN AIRPORT: Flights could be canceled at ABIA amid winter stormAustin American-StatesmanGrowing number of ABIA flights canceled ahead of stormKXAN.comall 12 news articles »

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  • Government office and business closures, delays due to weather conditions - FOX 7 AustinGovernment office and business closures, delays due to weather conditions - FOX 7 Austin

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  • Small businesses in Austin expect to expand operations with new tax reformSmall businesses in Austin expect to expand operations with new tax reform

    AUSTIN (KXAN) – Some small business owners in Austin are confident their companies will see a boost from federal tax reform. “I think it’s just a big benefit on multiple levels for the business – growing, hiring people, expanding but also putting money back into the hands of people who work at ABC,” Bobby Jenkins of ABC Home & Commercial Services told Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, during a roundtable discussion at Wally’s Burger Express. President Donald Trump and GOP lawmakers hailed their tax changes in late December, calling it a “historic victory for the American people.” “It seems to me that there’s going to be more competition for workers and naturally an increase in wages you’re going to have to provide your workers in order to compete for the best talent,” Cornyn said. Robert Mayfield of Wally’s Burger Express agreed. “It happens every time there’s economic growth,” Mayfield said, citing how their employees start with an hourly wage of $12 an hour. “We don’t do that because we’re nice guys,” Mayfield said. “We do that because that way you get the best people. We have a low turnover and that’s one of the reasons – we treat them right, we train them.” Josh Agrelius, owner of Re-Bath of Austin, said his company plans on increasing employee benefits. He told Cornyn, with tax reform out of the way, he’d like to see Congress act on health care reform. Cornyn on Trump’s Haiti remarks The Washington Post reported last week President Trump referred to Haiti and African nations as a vulgar term during a bipartisan meeting with senators at the White House. Reporters asked Cornyn about Trump’s statements after his meeting with the business owners at Wally’s. “I have no way of knowing,” he said. “I’ve heard the accusation and I’ve heard the denial. I just don’t know because I wasn’t there. But certainly, if the statement was made, it’s not something how I would characterize it.” Cornyn said right now, Congress has an opportunity to deal with border security, the diversity visa lottery and DACA talks. “We need more engineers, more people in the sciences and that to me is just one way we could find a compromise to deal with both the desire to bring in immediate family and to also make it more merit based at the same time,” he said. Cornyn said while there hasn’t been progress in renewing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and getting additional disaster relief, those are next on the checklist when Congress makes a deal on DACA. But Cornyn says CHIP will be reauthorized for at least five years. “As soon as we can get a resolution over the DACA issue, then I think we’ll agree to the budget caps and then the disaster funding and CHIP re-authorization will follow shortly after,” he said.

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  • San Marcos mother calls for help to enforce disabled parking rulesSan Marcos mother calls for help to enforce disabled parking rules

    SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) – On Tuesday the city of San Marcos will be looking at a program that would allow citizens to pitch in and help enforce some parking laws. The program specifically focuses on people parking in handicapped spaces when they shouldn’t be. “People who are perfectly able don’t get what the differently abled have to go through on a regular basis,” said San Marcos resident Nicole Ashby. Ashby’s 8-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Spina Bifida, she’s paralyzed from the knees down and doctors say she’ll never walk. Even though she’s fully capable in every other aspect, they struggle daily with something most people take for granted. “If someone is illegally parked and there is no available parking for someone who needs it, then more than likely we have to park in the back of the parking lot,” explained Ashby. Ashby says if she parks in an unmarked spot, other people don’t know they need room to load up which blocks them in. “It’s very hard for me and my mom to get me out of the car,” said Ashby’s daughter Chelsea Ashby. “She wants to be able to go out and do things at public places, and trying to find parking to be able to do that and space to get her in and out, it’s hard. Sometimes we can’t go out because we know there’s not going to be parking where we need to go,” said Ashby. Ashby and her daughter hope a program called Parking Mobility will be the answer to some of their frustrations. It’s an app that allows anyone who sees a violation to report it. Once investigated, that driver could receive a citation. “What I want is for people to realize that we all have to be nice to each other, be courteous,” said Ashby. “It’s just a common thing; if you know you’re not supposed to be there, don’t be there. Even if you have the right because you have a handicapped parking placard and you’re parked where you’re not supposed to be on the lines, don’t do it because you are still blocking someone else’s rights.” Ashby hopes the lesson will be learned through volunteers using their smartphones and advocating for those who really need the handicapped parking spot. San Marcos Police Chief Chase Stapp will be giving a presentation to city council members on Tuesday. The presentation is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. The program is already in effect in portions of Travis and Hays County. According to Parking Mobility, volunteers were to thank for nearly 5,000 tickets in Travis County last year and more than 1,200 tickets last year in Hays County. Organizers also say the longer the program is in effect, the better it works. Ticket numbers have dropped significantly over the last few years.

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  • Icy weather in Central Texas: Delays and cancellations for Jan. 16 - Austin American-StatesmanIcy weather in Central Texas: Delays and cancellations for Jan. 16 - Austin American-Statesman

    Austin American-StatesmanIcy weather in Central Texas: Delays and cancellations for Jan. 16Austin American-StatesmanWith forecasters expecting freezing rain and sleet to cover the greater Central Texas area, school districts and government agencies are preparing to delay or cancel classes or office hours. A winter storm warning will be in effect beginning midnight ...and more »

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  • PHOTOS: Austinites March To Remember Martin Luther King Jr.PHOTOS: Austinites March To Remember Martin Luther King Jr.

    The voice of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. echoed across the East Mall of the UT-Austin campus this morning, as hundreds gathered to honor the legacy and impact of the civil rights icon. Participants in the annual march gathered at the feet of King's statue at UT before making their way toward the Texas State Capitol and wrapping up the rally at Huston-Tillotson University in East Austin.

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  • Brian Sharples steps down as CEO of Twyla, hands reins to experienced arts executiveBrian Sharples steps down as CEO of Twyla, hands reins to experienced arts executive

    Online art seller Twyla Inc. has a new CEO in Thomas Galbraith. He replaces co-founder Brian Sharples, who remains chairman of the board. Sharples took over Twyla as acting CEO in June, after co-founder Matt Randall stepped down as chief executive following a rocky tenure. Sharples is the former CEO of HomeAway Inc., which he co-founded in 2005 and led through an initial public offering and a $3.9 billion sale to Expedia Inc. in 2015. Go here for a 2016 interview with Sharples, including what…

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  • Texans salute MLK with peace marches, music, speechesTexans salute MLK with peace marches, music, speeches

    Eileen Walter and Anthony Carr visit at the 10th annual MLK Peace through P.I.E. Social at Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, on Saturday Jan. 13, 2018.

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  • School delays and closings for Tuesday, Jan. 16School delays and closings for Tuesday, Jan. 16

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — As school district officials monitor the weather situation, KXAN will update this story as schools make their decision on what to do for Tuesday. Districts Canceled: Austin ISD Austin Community College Bastrop ISD Blanco ISD Burnet CISD Chaparral Star Academy Concordia University Dimebox ISD Dripping Springs ISD East Austin College Prep Elgin ISD Del Valle ISD Eanes ISD Fayetteville ISD Flatonia ISD Florence ISD Fredericksburg ISD Georgetown ISD Giddings ISD Granger ISD Harper ISD Hays CISD Hutson Tillotson University Hutto ISD IDEA Public Schools Jarrell ISD Johnson City ISD Kindercare Learning Centers KIPP Academy La Grange ISD Lago Vista ISD Lake Travis ISD Leander ISD Lexington ISD Liberty Hill ISD Llano ISD Lockhart ISD Luling ISD Manor ISD Marble Falls ISD Mason ISD Meridian School New Braunfels ISD Pflugerville ISD Prairie Lea ISD Rockdale ISD Round Rock ISD Round Top-Carmine ISD San Marcos CISD San Saba ISD: 10 a.m. start Schulenburg ISD Sacred Heart Catholic School, La Grange Smithville ISD South University Austin Southwestern University St. Edward’s University Taylor ISD The Texas A&M Health Science Center campuses in Round Rock, Temple Texas School for the Deaf Texas State University (San Marcos and Round Rock campus) Thrall ISD University of Texas at Austin Wayside Schools Wimberley ISD Others Closed: City of Austin offices Bastrop County Sheriff Office (not essential employees) Blanco County offices — opening at noon Buda city offices Burnet County and City offices Camp Mabry Capital Metro will operate on a Sunday-level service. No MetroRail or MetroExpress services. Dripping Springs City Hall Fort Hood will report no earlier than 10 a.m. Gillespie County offices Hays County offices Hutto city offices LCRA Llano County Offices and City of Llano and City of Sunrise Beach Marble Falls city delayed opening until 10 a.m. Pflugerville city offices Round Rock city offices City of Taylor offices TCEQ Texas Education Agency Texas Health and Human Services Texas Workforce Commission Travis County offices Williamson County offices YMCA branches delayed opening until 10 a.m.

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  • Car found with woman’s body inside in Round Rock retention pondCar found with woman’s body inside in Round Rock retention pond

    ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — A car with a woman’s body inside was found in a retention pond behind the Texas A&M Health Science Center Round Rock campus Monday morning. Round Rock police say they received a call around 10:30 a.m. about the car in the pond but they did not indicate how long the car had been there. KXAN spoke with the family of 56-year-Old Lessie Coleman who believes she is the person in the car. She was last seen Saturday night on her way home to Round Rock from a friend’s house in Hutto. Coleman texted her husband at about 8 p.m. Saturday saying she was on her way home, but never showed up. “It’s unreal, I can’t believe it, she is my heart you know, I can’t believe this,” said Coleman’s sister Mary Laster. “I really couldn’t believe that she was missing. My sister always knew which way to go, what to do, and she always texts me and [her friend] and always says ‘I’m here,’ and ‘I’m on my way home.'” When crews pulled the car out of the pond late Monday afternoon, Laster and several other family members who were on scene, said the Chrysler sedan looked like Coleman’s. The Round Rock Police Department does have a missing person report for Lessie Coleman and said the vehicle is registered to Coleman. They have not positively identified the victim as Coleman, however. Police say there is nothing suspicious about the incident at this time. jQuery(function( $ ){ map = new google.maps.Map( document.getElementById( "lin-map-0" ), { center: new google.maps.LatLng( 30.5585534, -97.645521 ), zoom: parseFloat( 14 ), mapTypeControlOptions: { style: google.maps.MapTypeControlStyle.DROPDOWN_MENU } }); marker = new google.maps.Marker({ position: new google.maps.LatLng( 30.5585534, -97.645521 ), }); marker.setMap( map ); });

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  • How power companies are preparing for the winter stormHow power companies are preparing for the winter storm

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — As the winter storm makes it way through Texas in the next couple of days, ERCOT–the company that manages to flow of electric power to the state of Texas–is taking the necessary steps to make sure the state has enough power. ERCOT says it has generators to review current fuel supplies as well as implement winter weatherization procedures. The company is also working with transmission operators to minimize outages that could impact generation. With 75 percent of the state expected to experience freezing temperatures come Tuesday, ERCOT expects power demand to increase. As of 1 p.m. Monday, the current demand on the grid was 38,178 megawatts. The state’s actual capacity is currently close to 60,000 megawatts. According to ERCOT, the all-time peak demand (59,650 MW) for the month of January occurred on Jan. 6, 2017, between 6 and 7 p.m. The all-time peak demand record (57,265 MW) for the month of February occurred on Feb. 10, 2011, between 7 and 8 a.m. Current forecasts don’t indicate that this winter storm will bring down power lines in Central Texas, it’s always good to know what to do when your home loses power. The links below will take you to individual power providers for information related to outages. Austin Energy | Tap Here Oncor | Tap Here Pedernales Electric Cooperative | Tap Here Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative | Tap Here What to do when your power goes out The Red Cross has some helpful tips to follow in the event of a power outage: Use flashlights NOT  candles Be aware of carbon monoxide dangers if you use a generator FOOD SAFETY Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible; you want to keep as much cold air inside as you can. A refrigerator can keep food cold for about 4 hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours if the door remains closed. Eat perishable foods from your fridge first, then move on to non-perishable floods. Electrical Safety Turn off and unplug all unnecessary electrical equipment Turn off or disconnect appliances Turn off your air conditioning system Leave one light turned on so you know when power comes back on  

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  • Here's Everything You Need To Prepare For The Frigid Front Heading Our Way.Here's Everything You Need To Prepare For The Frigid Front Heading Our Way.

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  • Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires Perform On 'Austin City Limits'Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires Perform On 'Austin City Limits'

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    AUSTIN (KXAN) — While the freezing rain, sleet, snow mix expected early Tuesday may cause more disruption than the Austin metro area has seen from a winter storm in several years, it likely won’t be one for the record books. The approaching system has the potential to be the most impactful in seven years, creating just enough icing Tuesday morning to create dangerous driving conditions on many roads, not just a few bridges and flyovers. In this scenario, the storm will potentially shut down schools, businesses and government offices. The last system to do so on a widespread basis was on Feb. 4, 2011, when 1-2 inches of ice and snow turned what would have been a typical Friday into a holiday for most area residents. According to ERCOT records, 52,927 MW of power was used during the 10 a.m. hour that day. RELATED: Tracking the area’s most significant winter storm in years The approaching system will not be nearly as impactful as a three-day ice storm Jan. 15-17, 2007. Freezing rain began early on the 15th, quickly accumulating, breaking tree limbs and icing over most area roads. Hundreds of car accidents were reported and EMS responded to dozens of reports of ice-related falls. How La Nina winters usually mean warmer and drier weather, but it can also turn to icy winters like this one The storm continued to produce periods of freezing rain, sleet and snow for two more days, keeping much of Central Texas closed down. Temperatures remained below freezing for 61 straight hours, while 6,000 Austin-area households lost power. Schools and businesses reopened for business on the 18th. Stay tuned to KXAN and KXAN.com for the latest weather updates with this winter storm.

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  • Semi-truck and freight train collide in HuttoSemi-truck and freight train collide in Hutto

    HUTTO, Texas (KXAN) — Officers are investigating a collision between a freight train and a semi-truck in Hutto Monday morning. Hutto police say no one was hurt and there is no danger to the public. It posted about the wreck on Facebook shortly after 9 a.m., and said the collision happened at a private rail crossing along US Highway 79 west of State Highway 130. Photos show the storage area of the semi smashed in the middle and spilling its contents. It’s sitting at an angle perpendicular to the cab of the truck. A semi-truck and train collided in Hutto on Jan. 15, 2018 (Hutto Police Department Photo)  

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  • Austin womana s dog missing for two years found in NebraskaAustin womana s dog missing for two years found in Nebraska

    Bowser the St. Bernard is happy to be back with his owner after two long years away. And Robin, his owner, was so excited he'd finally been found, she drove immediately from Austin to Omaha to see him.

    Austin News / 21 h. 50 min. ago
  • Bullock Museum director remembered for her commitment, graceBullock Museum director remembered for her commitment, grace

    Catherine Taylor, director of the Bullock Texas State History Museum, has died, only five months after taking the job. The announcement was made Jan. 12 by the Texas State History Museum Foundation board of trustees. Taylor died on Jan. 11, but no other details of her death were released. A native Texan, Taylor relocated from Nantucket, Mass. in August 2017 to lead the Austin museum in what she described at the time as her "dream job," the announcement said. She had a 30-year career in state…

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  • African-Americans are moving to Austin again, but many dona t feel welcomeAfrican-Americans are moving to Austin again, but many dona t feel welcome

    Monday's celebration of the life and achievements of Martin Luther King, Jr., comes as the city of Austin faces an ongoing struggle to keep African-American families from moving and convincing prospective black residents that the city is as welcoming as it says. Numbers released last month by the U.S. Census Bureau show the total number of African-Americans in the city is on the rise, but the percentage of the population that is black continues to fall, down to 7.6 percent as more people move in.

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  • Red Robin to lay off workers from corporate office and restaurantsRed Robin to lay off workers from corporate office and restaurants

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  • African-Americans are moving to Austin again, but many don't feel welcome - KXAN.comAfrican-Americans are moving to Austin again, but many don't feel welcome - KXAN.com

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  • First Derivatives appoint Donna Troy to its boardFirst Derivatives appoint Donna Troy to its board

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  • UT-Austin rejects Chinese Communist Party-linked influence efforts on campusUT-Austin rejects Chinese Communist Party-linked influence efforts on campus

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  • Picturing a Struggle for Civil Rights: Black and White Photojournalists Covered a Common CausePicturing a Struggle for Civil Rights: Black and White Photojournalists Covered a Common Cause

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  • Temperatures plummeting as winter storm sweeps across Central Texas - KXAN.comTemperatures plummeting as winter storm sweeps across Central Texas - KXAN.com

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  • Congressman prepares for change with Supreme Court review of Texas districtCongressman prepares for change with Supreme Court review of Texas district

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  • After mostly placid year for CEO departures, Austin C-suites see big turnover in DecemberAfter mostly placid year for CEO departures, Austin C-suites see big turnover in December

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  • TxDOT truck treating roads for ice on 183A on Jan. 2, 2018.TxDOT truck treating roads for ice on 183A on Jan. 2, 2018.

    With another chance of wintry precipitation headed our way this week, the Texas Department of Transportation will start pretreating Austin highways beginning at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14. Crews will start pretreating on Interstate 35, then move on to other major highways in the region. Pretreating dry roads with a salt solution in advance of a storm discourages ice or snow from sticking to the pavement.

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  • Police say man charged with kidnapping after holding boyPolice say man charged with kidnapping after holding boy

    WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) — A sheriff said an armed man used a 10-year-old boy as “a shield” during a hostage standoff of around 30 hours that ended peacefully Sunday morning. Butler County authorities said the boy was taken to a hospital Sunday morning as a precaution, but no injuries were reported. The gunman, age 31, surrendered and was jailed. He had recently served prison time for felonious assault. “Everywhere he moved, he was using the child as a shield,” Sheriff Richard Jones told reporters. “He wouldn’t allow that 10-year-old to leave his sight. That was his protection.” Jones said the event began following a late Friday night altercation inside an apartment in the northern Cincinnati suburb of Liberty Township. He said the initial call came from the child’s mother, saying a man with a gun was demanding money. She got away from the apartment. Authorities said the man fired as many as 30 shots, hitting an armored vehicle. Jones said police also believe the man shot a robot that was sent inside the apartment. The gunman later barricaded himself with the child inside a vehicle in a garage. The child’s not related to him. Authorities said police didn’t return fire, worried about the child. The sheriff said the standoff was one of the longest he’s ever been involved in. Jones said there were times when authorities didn’t expect to “get a good result out of this.” He said they could hear the child crying and feared the suspect wanted them to shoot. “Something like this, we just do the best we can, take our time, and make it happen,” Jones said. Authorities said more than 100 police and other emergency responders from other local departments participated in the standoff. Police praised apartment managers and residents for bringing them food and allowing them to use their facilities in single-digit temperatures. Donald Gazaway was taken to Butler County Jail on charges of kidnapping, felonious assault and inducing panic. No attorney was listed for him. State prison records show he was released last July after serving nearly five years on felonious assault charges from Hamilton County. ___ Information from: WXIX-TV, http://www.fox19.com

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  • Setting an economic vision: Q&A with McLennan County Precinct 2 Commissioner candidate Vernon DavisSetting an economic vision: Q&A with McLennan County Precinct 2 Commissioner candidate Vernon Davis

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  • New photography fest points lens at Austin's unique characterNew photography fest points lens at Austin's unique character

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  • Journalist Killed in Mexican Border StateJournalist Killed in Mexican Border State

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  • Police arrest 2 in connection with New Year’s Eve murder in Round RockPolice arrest 2 in connection with New Year’s Eve murder in Round Rock

    ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) – Police arrested two people Saturday morning in connection with the death of a man in Round Rock on New Year’s Eve, said the Round Rock Police Department. Police said they used a SWAT team to serve a warrant for murder and take Richard Acosta, 23, into custody in the 300 block of Phillips Street in Hutto east of Farm to Market Road 1660 and north of Limmer Loop. Josh Armstrong is pictured here with his dog in this photograph posted to his Facebook page Nov. 27, 2014. (Source: Facebook) He is accused of murdering Joshua Armstrong. Police told KXAN that they found Armstrong shot to death on Dec. 31, 2017, at his home in Round Rock. Acosta was taken into custody without incident, police said. As a result of the investigation, police said they also arrested Vanessa Velasco, 20. She is charged with a Felony One Burglary of a Habitation in connection to the same incident. Police said the investigation is ongoing.

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  • World's only Major League Baseball-branded golf course to be built in TexasWorld's only Major League Baseball-branded golf course to be built in Texas

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  • Thousands of rooms, employees: New list of largest Austin-area hotels highlights industry's impact on economyThousands of rooms, employees: New list of largest Austin-area hotels highlights industry's impact on economy

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  • California family killed by suspected drunk driver in Austin laid to restCalifornia family killed by suspected drunk driver in Austin laid to rest

    VALLEY CENTER, Calif. (KXAN) — A 10-year-old girl who lost her mother, father and brother when a suspected drunk driver slammed head-on into their rental car in Austin finally laid her family to rest Friday in Southern California. Keira Latulippe was the sole survivor of the crash that has forever changed her life. Corporal Lori De La Fuente with the Austin Police Department attended the family’s funeral after developing a special relationship with Keira over the past few months. De La Fuente presented Keira with a charm bracelet to remind her that the APD family will “always be here to support her,” according to an APD tweet. The three charms on the bracelet include a heart etched with “Love, APD,” the state of Texas and the year “2017.” On Nov. 11, police say Guy Brasted, 41, was driving on US 183 near North MoPac when he lost control of his Jeep, crossed the median and struck the Latulippe’s rental Fiat. Nancy, 38 and Jackson Latulippe, 14, died at the scene. Scott Latulippe, 41, died several days after the crash. Keira suffered only minor injuries. The family was on their way to the Austin airport to head back home when the crash happened. Brasted, who faces intoxicated manslaughter charges, remains booked in the Travis County Jail. His next court hearing is scheduled for Jan. 19. Keira is now being raised by her cousin, Mark Latulippe. APD Corporal Lori De La Fuente attended the Latulippe family funeral in California today, after developing a special relationship with the daughter and sole survivor from the crash, 10-year-old Kiera Latulippe. pic.twitter.com/0uQv4Zr81F — Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) January 13, 2018 Austin Police Department Cpl. Lori De La Fuente with Keira Latulippe on Jan. 12, 2018. (Austin Police Department) APD bracelet given to Keira Latulippe at her family’s funeral on Jan. 12, 2018. (Austin Police Department)

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  • Mental health classes launch at Travis Co. Jail for inmates’ familiesMental health classes launch at Travis Co. Jail for inmates’ families

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  • Community activists rally around man punched by Austin police officersCommunity activists rally around man punched by Austin police officers

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Community activists strongly criticized the Austin Police Department in a press conference Friday for what they called a “pervasive culture of anti-Blackness,” following the Dec. 12 arrest of a man in downtown Austin seen on a Facebook video watched by millions. In the video, Jason Donald, 37, was seen being led out of the Signature Austin gas station at 900 N. Interstate 35 in handcuffs by four Austin police officers — three with black balaclavas covering their faces and another wearing a Santa hat that said, “Naughty” — for jaywalking nearby. Led around the corner and out of view, the video picks up again when Donald is on the ground surrounded by the officers who are seen punching him as he is face down on the concrete. APD said Friday that an official review of the incident did not result in any formal discipline, meaning none of the officers were suspended, demoted or fired. Donald and his family were joined by Black Sovereign Nation, which describes itself as a pro-black, anti-capitalist collective that focuses on developing autonomy in black communities, outside the Travis County Courthouse. “As usual, Austin Police Department is pointing its finger at a victim who didn’t deserve the brutal beating he was subjected to,” Njera Keith, the founder of the group, said. “There is no justification for the inhumanity the officers involved in this incident demonstrated and it’s wrong for Chief Manley to imply otherwise.” Interim Chief of Police Brian Manley said at the time the officers ended up on the ground when Donald pushed the officers and they lost balance, falling on top of him on the ground. The chief said surveillance video from the gas station, which has not been released, showed Donald get out of one of his handcuffs and try to get away. One of the officers seen on top of Donald is black, while the other three officers appear to be white. Manley said striking a suspect was not prohibited, explaining, while a punch to the head is one of the higher levels of force allowed, “It just has to be objectively reasonable to be within policy at that point.” The chief said the officers wearing balaclavas and the Santa hat were not appropriate for the incident, and, as Manley announced in December, balaclavas would be banned outside of a time when there is a specific need to protect an officer’s identity — and approved by a division commander. Donald was booked into the Travis County Jail following his arrest on charges of manufacture or deliver controlled substance — 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams — and resisting arrest. After he was handcuffed a second time, officers found what is believed to be K2, crack cocaine and a large sum of cash, the chief said.

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  • Jury finds Austin man guilty of murdering florist delivery driverJury finds Austin man guilty of murdering florist delivery driver

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Travis County jury deliberated for less than three before they came to the decision to convict Dedric Dixon in the 2016 murder of Carlos Swist.  During the trial, which started on Tuesday, prosecutors said Swist was shot and killed stemming from an argument with Dixon over a $5 bill dropped inside a convenience store. Surveillance video from March 1, 2016 showed Dixon following Swist down Springdale Road. Police say Dixon shot at Swist’s work van numerous times. When Swist was shot in the head, he ended up crashing the van. A detective with the Austin Police Department testified that at the time of the crash, Swist still had his foot on the accelerator. The detective said the van’s continuously spinning tires caught the brush on fire underneath the vehicle. According to an arrest affidavit, Swist’s girlfriend said before the crash, he called her to tell her about an altercation he had with a man at the corner store. The clerk told police he remembered Swist and an unknown man, later identified as Dixon, 46, were arguing over money that had fallen on the floor. Dixon’s sentencing phase started immediately after the jury found him guilty. He could face five to 99 years in prison.

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  • Father of Richardson girl who ‘choked on milk’ indicted on capital murder chargeFather of Richardson girl who ‘choked on milk’ indicted on capital murder charge

    RICHARDSON, Texas (KXAN) — A Dallas County grand jury handed down two indictments against Wesley Mathews, 37, the father of Sherin Mathews, who was found dead in a culvert near her Richardson home on Oct. 22. Mathews was indicted on a capital murder charge and a tampering with physical evidence charge. According to court records, Wesley Mathews, used a “deadly weapon” in the death of Sherin but the “exact nature and description” was not presented to the grand jury.  An autopsy determined Sherin died from “homicidal violence.”  FILE- This undated photo provided by the Richardson Texas Police Department shows 3-year-old Sherin Mathews (Richardson Texas Police Department via AP, File) Sherin was reported missing by her family on Oct. 7 around 8 a.m. At the time, the father told authorities he forced his daughter to stand outside the house at 3 a.m. to discipline her for not eating. According to the affidavit, Mathews also said “he knew coyotes had been seen in the alley where he left his daughter.” The day after Sherin’s body was found, her adopted father told police the little girl’s death was caused by choking on milk, according to an arrest affidavit. Mathews told police he had been trying to get his 3-year-old daughter to drink milk but she kept refusing. Eventually, Sherin began to drink the milk and he said he “physically assisted” the girl in drinking the milk while they were in the garage. Mathews admitted to police he removed the body from the home after she died, continued the affidavit. Sherin’s mother, Sini Mathews, surrendered to police in mid-November and was charged with child endangerment/abandonment. Court documents indicate Sini and her husband left Sherin home alone while they went to dinner with their biological daughter the night she disappeared. The family said they left her behind because she wouldn’t drink her milk, but when they came back an hour-and-a-half later, Sherin was still in the kitchen. Sini Mathews has not been charged with any other charges at this time but has been indicted on the child abandonment charge. The District Attorney’s Office said they’re not sure if they will seek the death penalty yet on Wesley Mathews.    

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  • Man shot at after flipping off driver on FM 2244Man shot at after flipping off driver on FM 2244

    TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A man was shot at after he said he flipped off another driver on the highway in Travis County, deputies say. Meanwhile, that suspect driver told them he believed he was allowed to fire a “warning shot.” The victim was driving east on Farm to Market Road 2244 (Bee Caves Road) just before 5 p.m. on Jan. 4 when he got into the left hand turn lane onto Capital of Texas Highway, according to an arrest affidavit. A red car driving next to him turned left in front of him and almost hit him, so the victim “gave the driver the ‘finger’ and sped away onto the on-ramp.” The other car followed on his right side, and then the victim saw the driver — who deputies later identified as 35-year-old Ernesto Molinary-Garcia — pull out a gun, according to the affidavit. The victim “heard a pop sound and felt something hit his vehicle as he ducked. He quickly drove away, stating he felt fear for his life.” He called 911 as the other car followed him, but managed to pull off into a shopping area. Police: Man threatens driver with AK-47 during road rage incident in Austin Deputies followed the suspect car and saw one of the occupants throw marijuana out the window. They eventually pulled the car over and questioned the three people inside. Molinary-Garcia told officials he had two handguns in the car, and they searched it to find both. He admitted to shooting his .40 caliber Glock 23 in the direction of the other car, according to the affidavit. “Ernesto [Molinary-Garcia] stated that he did so because he was under the belief that he was allowed, as a Licensed Handgun Carrier, to shoot a ‘warning shot,'” the affidavit stated. “Ernesto claimed that [the victim] was purposefully merging into his lane while on the on-ramp after the near-collision incident.” Molinary-Garcia faces a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, which is a second-degree felony. Records show he bonded out of jail. Bond was set at $60,000.

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  • Capital Metro board wants Washington, D.C. transit advocate as its next leaderCapital Metro board wants Washington, D.C. transit advocate as its next leader

    The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority board wants Randy Clarke to be the transit agency's next president and CEO, who will coordinate public transit in much of the Austin area. Clarke is the vice president of operations and member services at the Washington, D.C.-based American Public Transportation Association, a nonprofit that advocates for public transit across the United States. The Capital Metro board made the announcement after a two-hour executive session Friday morning. The…

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  • Data show how many employers make MLK Day a holidayData show how many employers make MLK Day a holiday

    On Monday, expect about 42 percent of the U.S. workforce to be out of the office, but the type of employer and whether it's unionized makes a huge difference.

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  • Dropbox closes in on IPO, according to reportDropbox closes in on IPO, according to report

    Dropbox Inc. has reportedly filed confidentially for an initial public offering. The file-sharing and cloud storage company is valued at $10 billion. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. would lead the potential listing, sources told Bloomberg. “Dropbox is talking to other banks this month to fill additional roles on the IPO, the people said,” according to Bloomberg. “The company is aiming to list in the first half of this year, one of the people said.” Dropbox did not immediately…

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  • Gun owner imprisoned after toddler shoots out daughter’s eyeGun owner imprisoned after toddler shoots out daughter’s eye

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha man has been sent to prison after a toddler found the man’s loaded weapon and shot his 18-month-old daughter in the face. The Omaha World-Herald reports that 22-year-old Marquell Buie was sentenced to 18 months on Thursday. Prosecutors say Buie was smoking marijuana and watching a movie at his apartment in April while the toddlers played nearby. He placed his loaded gun on a counter. The boy grabbed the weapon and shot Buie’s daughter, who lost an eye. Buie pleaded no contest to negligent child abuse resulting in serious bodily harm. The girl spent several weeks at a hospital. Her mother told the judge that it could be years before they discover if she has developmental problems as a result. ___ Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com

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  • Texas dad shot in deadly plot seeks to halt son’s executionTexas dad shot in deadly plot seeks to halt son’s execution

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The father of a 38-year-old suburban Houston man on Texas death row is seeking clemency for his son who is set to die next month for arranging the shooting deaths of his mother and brother. Kent Whitaker also was shot in the 2003 attack at the family’s home in Sugar Land that evidence showed was organized by his son, Thomas “Bart” Whitaker, so he could collect a $1 million inheritance. Thomas Whitaker’s execution is set for Feb. 22. In a petition Thursday to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, attorneys for the prisoner say Kent Whitaker favors his son’s sentence be commuted to life in prison and that the execution would “permanently compound” his suffering and grief. The actual gunman is serving life. A third participant received 15 years.

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  • Pflugerville PD has largest cadet class ever as chief finishes first yearPflugerville PD has largest cadet class ever as chief finishes first year

    PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — Nine officers are set to join the ranks of the Pflugerville Police Department Friday evening, the largest cadet class the agency has ever graduated. After getting their badges, the men will spend three months paired up with experienced officers to learn the ropes and to get a feel for the community relationships Chief Jessica Robledo wants them to cultivate. Robledo, just finishing up her first full year on the job, said she’s seen a fair amount of growth in Pflugerville and in the department, and she’s ready for even more. “Pflugerville’s the place to be,” she told KXAN in an interview Thursday. Officers in the city make about $51,000 a year in starting salary, but that’s not what makes her recruiting easy. Why officers choose to work in any given department depends on on the people they serve and the people they work with, she said, and her focus on building relationships with the people the department serves attracts officers to Pflugerville. With increased city growth, PPD can’t really control how much crime comes with it; but she said they can control how officers respond to it. “If you want to have that minute, that time, to engage and have a minute to talk and maybe solve the real problem behind that 911 call, our community’s the place to do it,” Robledo said. Her department also stations 24 officers at Pflugerville schools, so they’re building meaningful relationships with future generations, too. “It allows them to be able to connect with children that may not have such a good home life,” Robledo said. “So then they can become a role model, they can become a mentor, they can become that sounding board, and instead of running away from that badge, they run to it, and they feel confident to ask for help.” The chief said she’ll keep growing the department in total number of officers and in the diversity among the ranks to ensure PPD looks as much like the community it serves as possible. KXAN reported in July that includes hiring more women and minorities as Robledo seeks to reorganize the department to respond to new issues that arise with a population increase. The department will continue to recruit from other states, she said, and will keep working with other agencies nearby to grow a more regional response to crime. “It doesn’t matter how big or small your agency is,” Robledo said. “If you know that the folks to the north or to the south of you are going to be able to respond and engage with you during critical times, that’s all that matters.” The nine new officers will graduate at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Det. T.J. Vineyard, who recently retired from the Austin Police Department, will also take the oath and start working in the criminal investigations division.

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  • Developers Respond To Austin's Growing Housing Prices With More Tiny HomesDevelopers Respond To Austin's Growing Housing Prices With More Tiny Homes

    Part 1 of a two-part series on tiny homes As Austin’s housing prices continue to climb, developers are tapping into the trend of building tiny homes. Kasita CEO Martyn Hoffmann says the Austin-based company is hoping to make home-ownership affordable for more residents through its space-saving designs.

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  • What will the #MeToo movement mean for Cosby’s next trial?What will the #MeToo movement mean for Cosby’s next trial?

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jurors couldn’t agree the first time around whether to accept a woman’s story that “America’s Dad,” Bill Cosby, sexually assaulted her over a decade ago. Now he faces a retrial in less than 90 days in a vastly different cultural climate, one in which powerful men from Hollywood to the U.S. Senate are being toppled by allegations of sexual misconduct. The jury in Cosby’s case was deadlocked on charges he drugged and molested a woman in 2004, and the judge declared a mistrial in June. But that was before the revelations about movie producer Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo movement burst into the public sphere. The shift is clearly on Cosby’s mind. He quipped to a reporter after shaking her hand Wednesday outside a Philadelphia restaurant: “Please don’t put me on MeToo.” Legal experts say the seismic change in believing and supporting victims of sexual harassment and assault — and the near-immediate ramifications for so many famous men — will surely trickle into the Cosby retrial, slated to begin April 2. “Given the split last time, the challenge is going to be in jury selection,” said Los Angeles lawyer Mark Geragos, who is not involved in the Cosby case but whose clients have included Michael Jackson. “Almost all cases are won and lost in jury selection, this case in particular.” In Cosby’s first trial, jury selection was moved to Pittsburgh over defense fears that widespread publicity could make it difficult to find unbiased jurors in the Philadelphia area. Cosby has a new legal team, and its strategy may be very different. The star of “The Cosby Show” is charged with knocking out accuser Andrea Constand with pills and sexually assaulting her at his home near Philadelphia. He has said Constand, a former executive with Temple University’s women’s basketball program, consented to their sexual encounter. “This is about whether you believe the victim or not, and the events of the last year certainly make the case harder for Cosby,” said Philadelphia criminal lawyer Alan J. Tauber, who isn’t involved in the case. “Ordinary people are seeing people they respect and trust undermined by terrible accusations.” Calls and emails seeking comment from Cosby’s lawyers weren’t returned. During his first trial, the comedian’s lawyers portrayed Cosby and Constand as lovers who had enjoyed secret “romantic interludes” and tried to sow doubt about her claims. The lawyers reminded jurors she waited a year to contact the authorities and suggested her story evolved during interviews with police. They also noted Constand made dozens of telephone calls to Cosby, who was a member of Temple’s board, after the alleged assault. “This isn’t talking to a trustee. This is talking to a lover,” former Cosby lawyer Brian McMonagle said of one call that lasted 49 minutes. “Why are we running from the truth of this case — this relationship? Why?” In a case like Cosby’s, in which the evidence is primarily testimonial and not physical, credibility is key. Diane Rosenfeld, a lecturer and director of a gender violence program at Harvard Law School, believes the floodgates of victim support opened after the Weinstein allegations and not after Cosby’s accusers came forward for two reasons: perceived credibility of the victims and the likability of the accused. “Bill Cosby had been such a treasured American hero, giving us this friendly, accessible view of a successful African-American family,” she said. “He was such a loveable public presence, his accusers didn’t have as much power collectively or public notoriety as victims in the Weinstein case.” As the #MeToo movement gained momentum, the accused lost jobs, TV shows, book deals and a Senate seat. Kevin Spacey was even erased from a completed movie. “I think the shift is here to stay,” said Carol Tracy, executive director of the Women’s Law Project in Philadelphia. “It might not be on the front page next year, but I do think it will have a significant impact going forward in the criminal justice system and on how jurors view these cases.” Constand’s lawyer said she was floored to hear Cosby’s comment about the #MeToo movement. “Apparently Mr. Cosby still believes sexual assault is a laughing matter,” said attorney Dolores Troiani. “You have to hope he is alone in that opinion.” The Associated Press does not typically identify people alleging sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand had done. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele, who is retrying Cosby, said in a statement he hopes one of the positive outcomes of the trial is that sexual assault victims feel they can be heard. “And for a number of reasons,” he said, “that seems to be happening now across the country.” Geragos said the cultural shift might make it easier to get a jury from a defense perspective, because a lot of people who might have been pro-prosecution will self-disqualify by saying they can’t be fair in the current climate. Some people feel the pendulum has swung too far in targeting men, he said, and those are the types of jurors the defense needs to tap into. It will be difficult to find 12 people to acquit Cosby in the current climate, predicted Tauber, the Philadelphia criminal lawyer. “Victory,” he said, “might just be another hung jury.” ___ This story has been updated to correct the name of an organization to the Women’s Law Project, not the Women’s Law Center.

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  • Texas police say mom said her baby died during Oklahoma tripTexas police say mom said her baby died during Oklahoma trip

    GREENVILLE, Texas (AP) — Law enforcement documents say the mother of a baby reported dead at North Texas gas station originally told police her daughter died on the way home from a trip to Oklahoma. A Greenville police arrest complaint released Thursday identifies the nearly 2-month-old girl as Alexiana Stevenson. Autopsy results are pending. Police have said they believe the baby died at her mother’s Greenville residence and the body was moved. Police documents say Stephanie Flynn on Monday called 911 from a gas station to report her baby died in the vehicle while driving home from Hugo, Oklahoma. The mother and her sister, Shawn Flynn, were arrested later Monday on evidence tampering charges for allegedly moving the corpse. Police say both acknowledged they didn’t travel to Oklahoma. Greenville police declined further comment Thursday.

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  • Man accused of randomly punching children in southeast AustinMan accused of randomly punching children in southeast Austin

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man accused of hitting a 3-year-old at the beginning of December has now been arrested for allegedly hitting a 5-year-old at the end of the month near the same location. Neither child or people accompanying them knew the man. In the most recent case, the 5-year-old boy and his uncle were walking to a Shell gas station at 1211 Montopolis Dr. on Dec. 29. The uncle said he was catching his breath after crossing the road when a man near the entrance “started to yell for an unknown reason,” according to an affidavit. A few moments later the victim’s uncle says the man ran at them. “I thought he was going to ask people for money and he starts running and waving and yelling,” said the victim’s uncle Ernest Armendarez. “The next thing you know he is real close to me and with a closed fist he hits [my nephew] on the side of the head. He just hit him and kept running. He kept running like he had already planned it.” The uncle told police he tried to move his nephew away, but the man, identified by police as Qvontay McKnight, was able to hit the boy. Armendarez says a few people at the gas station ran after McKnight but couldn’t catch him. The boy said “it hurt” when he was hit by the suspect and told investigators he had a “big bump” that eventually went away. Surveillance video showed the incident as the uncle described it. The case reminded investigators of a similar one from Dec. 4, in which a man with a similar description punched a 3-year-old girl near the 1200 block of Montopolis Drive. They created a photo lineup that included McKnight, 23, who was a suspect from that case. The 5-year-old “immediately” picked him out, according to an affidavit. The uncle also identified him. McKnight is facing two third degree felony charges tied to the attacks on both the 3-year-old and the 5-year-old. A bond has been set for $85,000 in total for both charges. “He needs medical attention and he needs to stay in there,” said Armendarez. According to public records McKnight has been arrested multiple times in the last four years. In 2015, he was charged with two felonies including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and injury to a child. He was found guilty in the injury to a child case and sentenced to 10 months in jail, only a few months later he was out and charged with another assault. “Why would they let him out?” Armendarez asked. “This time he probably just hit him and next time it will probably be different, I don’t know. For any other parent out there, probably be aware of him.” We’ve reached out to Travis County prosecutors to find out why he didn’t face a tougher punishment, they tell us they are looking into that and will get back to us.

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  • With Labor Dispute Focused On Police, Austin's EMS Union Feels OverlookedWith Labor Dispute Focused On Police, Austin's EMS Union Feels Overlooked

    Austin police officers aren't the only public safety personnel without an employment contract with the city. For the first time in nearly 10 years, EMS employees are without a contract, too. Tony Marquardt, president of the Austin-Travis County EMS Employee Association, said that because police is the largest of the public safety departments, it overshadowed emergency medical services.

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  • Who Started Decorating The Trees On Highway 360, And Who Cleans Up?Who Started Decorating The Trees On Highway 360, And Who Cleans Up?

    Every year before Christmas, Loop 360 becomes the site of a uniquely Austin holiday tradition: The junipers along the highway are transformed into colorful Christmas trees. People have strong opinions about the custom. Some say it’s a heartwarming expression of holiday spirit; others consider it a flagrant violation of Texas' anti-littering laws. But one thing no one really knows is how the tradition got started.

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  • Former Council Member Laura Morrison To Run Against Adler For MayorFormer Council Member Laura Morrison To Run Against Adler For Mayor

    Austin Mayor Steve Adler has his first official challenger in the race for mayor in November. Former Austin City Council Member Laura Morrison announced in an email Monday that she will run against Adler for the city’s top elected position.

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  • Without The Contract That Created It, Office Collecting Complaints Against Police Still IntactWithout The Contract That Created It, Office Collecting Complaints Against Police Still Intact

    Despite the dissolution of a contract governing its existence, Austin’s Office of the Police Monitor will remain intact for now. The office fields citizen complaints against officers and has access to internal affairs investigations.

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  • What's The Deal With The Doors To Nowhere In The New Austin Central Library?What's The Deal With The Doors To Nowhere In The New Austin Central Library?

    Visitors to the new Austin Central Library checked out 6,028 items on opening day alone in October . But more than its literary offerings, the library, which was a decade in the making, has garnered a lot of attention for its design: crisscrossing staircases, a large red grackle sculpture and a roof garden. Oh, and " death-doors ."

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  • What Did Austinites Use To Scrape Ice Off Their Cars This Morning?What Did Austinites Use To Scrape Ice Off Their Cars This Morning?

    Kayak paddles, sleeves for coffee cups and spatulas were deployed across Austin this morning to scrape ice off windshields. Some commuters even used actual ice scrapers to maintain visibility as they confronted a rare hard freeze before their commutes.

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  • Zoning Commission Updated Ahead Of CodeNEXT Draft ReleaseZoning Commission Updated Ahead Of CodeNEXT Draft Release

    The third draft of CodeNEXT is set to be released next month , after months of delay. City staff gave an updated look at the schedule for the process at last night’s meeting of the Zoning and Platting Commission. The group’s chairwoman, Jolene Kiolbassa, raised a question that seemed to be on many commissioners’ minds: When is the City Council going to take action?

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  • On The Heels Of Mueller, Austin Gets Another Shot At Redeveloping A Large Tract Of LandOn The Heels Of Mueller, Austin Gets Another Shot At Redeveloping A Large Tract Of Land

    Martin Barrera surveyed acres of land – much of it undeveloped – from a hill in far East Austin on a recent Thursday morning. “You can see this is Colony Park on this side, and it comes to right about there and then it just stops," said Barrera, a project manager with the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department. "We’ll essentially continue that type of development over and across.”

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  • Our Most Popular ATXplained Stories Of 2017Our Most Popular ATXplained Stories Of 2017

    We started our crowdsourced reporting project, ATXplained, two years ago to find out what stories you wanted us to cover. The premise is simple: You ask the questions, we collect them and put them up for a public vote to determine which ones get investigated.

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  • Our Favorite KUT Stories Of 2017Our Favorite KUT Stories Of 2017

    As the year comes to a close, we're looking back at the stories that defined 2017. In the Texas Legislature, there were fights: over the so-called bathroom bill and sanctuary city policies. At City Hall, there were more fights: over CodeNEXT and the latest police contract. And on the streets, there were even more fights: over an unorthodox new president and women's rights, ICE raids and immigration policies, and Confederate statues and symbols.

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  • Austin Fire Department donates used equipment to LBJ Fire AcademyAustin Fire Department donates used equipment to LBJ Fire Academy

    Left to right: Sarah McGee (LASA); Asst. Chief Richard Davis (AFD); Genoice Walker (LBJ); Asst. Chief Aaron Woolverton (AFD); Guadalupe Castaneda (LBJ); Asst. Chief Pablo Ruiz (AFD); Raavi Chokhawala (LASA). by Ann Fowler AUSTIN –  Students at the LBJ Fire Academy will make good use of $70,000 worth of equipment donated to it by the Austin Fire Department (AFD) on Sept. 15. Assistant Chief Aaron Woolverton said, “We’re donating 69 air packs and 15 turnout ensembles to a program at AISD … to help our young people consider a career in public safety and the fire service. We are very proud of this program and look forward to getting more life out of this equipment the Fire Department no longer needs.” The LBJ Fire Academy, housed at LBJ High School, was established in 2006 and has about 200 graduates. The two-year program gives students the opportunity to receive firefighter and emergency medical technician (EMT) certification and college credit. Not all of the students will go into fire service. The medical aspects may spur some to go to into nursing or attend medical school. Others may attend the program for the challenge—and it certainly looks good on a college resume. Leon Hudson, EMS and Fire Training Coordinator at the LBJ Fire Academy, told the Gazette, “I don’t have exact figures regarding how many alums are in the fire service, but I know of at least ten graduates working at fire departments, five working for EMS services, and several who are in college nursing programs, one labor and delivery nurse, and one graduate who began medical school this year. “We recruit students during the sophomore year from six AISD high schools: Anderson, Austin, Lanier, LASA, LBJ and McCallum,” said Hudson. Students attend the first class of the day at the Fire Academy, then return to their home campuses for the remainder of each school day. Fire Academy students attending the donation ceremony were Genoice Walker III, Guadalupe Castaneda, Raavi Chokhawala and Sarah McGee. The students demonstrated how quickly they could prepare to fight a fire by donning the fire apparel in just over a minute. McGee, a junior at LASA, lives in Circle C. Her mother, Cheryl, was also on hand. She said her daughter wants to become a marine biologist, but is enjoying the challenges of the program. Walker’s grandfather became one of the first African American firemen in Galveston 60 years ago. For more information on the LBJ Fire Academy, see www.LBJFire.org.  

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  • Democrats vie to unseat WorkmanDemocrats vie to unseat Workman

    Candace Aylor and Vikki Goodwin.  photo: Ann Fowler by Ann Fowler OAK HILL –  More than a year before the election, four Democratic candidates for House District 47 participated in a candidate forum hosted by Our Revolution Central Texas, a group inspired by presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, with a stated goal of changing “American politics to make our political and economic systems once again responsive to the needs of working families.” Republican Paul Workman has represented House District 47, covering western and southern portions of Travis County, since January 2011. Several dozen people attended the Sept. 12 forum at the Hampton Branch of the Austin Public Library, featuring candidates Candace Aylor, Elaina Fowler, Vikki Goodwin and Sheri Soltes. Ana Jordan and Michael Garemko asked questions of the panel. Jordan ran against Workman in 2016, receiving 42 percent of the vote to Workman’s 54 percent. Candace Aylor Aylor, a fourth-generation Texan, has been a nurse for more than 15 years. One of her priorities is affordable health care. She has served on the Behavioral Health Advisory Committee to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. She said watching the District 47 representative looking at his smart phone, boots propped on his desk, while citizens testified in earnest, made her want to run for that office. Aylor wants to work toward meaningful reform so that marginalized groups are better protected by law enforcement. She would also like to see better funding for schools. “I operate with incredible integrity,” she said, adding she knows how to stand her ground. Aylor said in attending hearings at the state Capitol, she does not feel it is set up to hear from the people of Texas. If Aylor could pass one bill immediately, it would be health care for all. For more information, go to voteCandaceAylor.com. Elaina Fowler Elaina Fowler serves as executive director of AFSCME Texas Retiree Chapter 12 and served as chief of staff for State Representative Helen Giddings for nearly two years. Fowler says her stint in the state legislature has given her a valuable advantage of forging professional relationships with staff offices and agencies. She told the Gazette, “The possibility to arrive at the Capitol as a freshman legislator with institutional knowledge to hit the ground running from the beginning definitely reduces the learning curve. This is a major advantage that most candidates and new legislators do not possess.” Fowler said, “For as long as I can remember I have had a passion for public service and for doing the right thing in the most effective and responsible way. This has carried over into my interests of fostering positive and collaborative communication between environmental groups and developers and working within my community to serve others through the boards and organizations to which I belong.” Fowler says she wants to make a difference. “I want to protect and preserve the integrity of District 47,” she said. “We have wonderful and beautiful communities. I believe that it’s essential that we elect an individual who can build consensus, promote unity, and foster open communication among all community stakeholders.” She is concerned that recent legislation is harmful to the District. She said, “Our current representative and certain members of our legislature have made their viewpoint very clear with recent proposed legislative changes that weaken environmental protections, demonstrate our state’s diminishing commitment to ecologically sustainable development principles and will lead to further imbalance between development and environmental imperatives.” Fowler also wants to work with school districts and teachers to improve classroom instruction. She said, “We should always have a bias toward spending that has the largest direct impact on classroom learning.” If she could pass one piece of legislature, Fowler said it would be to help retirees, who are going through “dire straights” right now. Fowler is working on a web page. Her Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/FowlerforHD47/. Vikki Goodwin Vikki Goodwin has lived in southwest Austin for 24 years and owns Goodwin & Goodwin Real Estate. She said the hundreds of millions of dollars the state takes from Austin Independent School District (AISD) spurred her to run for office. She told the Gazette, “After years and years of hearing AISD representatives talk about the huge amounts of money going to the state in the Robin Hood school funding plan, I decided the only way we are going to change the funding system is to elect new people to the Legislature who make that a priority.” Goodwin said the Legislature inadequately funded Child Protective Services (CPS), creating dire consequences for children who should be protected by that agency. “We need people in the Legislature who are committed to adequately funding the services we need—public education, CPS and Medicaid, for starters,” she said. Goodwin has served on many boards and committees: the Family Selection Committee at Austin Habitat for Humanity, the AISD Strategic Plan, a grant review committee with Impact Austin, HOA Boards, the Oak Hill Association of Neighborhoods Board, and various committees within the Austin Board of Realtors. She said, “I care deeply about my community, and feel that serving in the Legislature is the next logical step for me to serve my community in a greater capacity.” She added that her experience on these committees have given her insight into the concerns of people in District 47, particularly school funding and traffic. Goodwin said, “I’m aware of the issues involved with traffic, and the lack of transit ideas that are outside the box that could make a difference in our district. Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and the city of Austin are working together on ways to improve transit in Austin, and I think that’s a great start. Given the legislature’s recent actions on trying to take away a city’s ability to pass ordinances or do things that might be outside the norm, I would support cities that work toward solutions that make sense in their areas.” If she could pass one piece of legislature, Goodwin would repair public school finance. For more information, see www.VoteVikki.com. Her Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/Vikki4Tx/. Sheri Soltes In 1988, Soltes founded Service Dogs, Inc., a nonprofit that trains dogs to assist people who have hearing or mobility impairments. Prior to her work with Service Dogs, Soltes was a civil trial attorney, as well as a briefing attorney for the First Court of Appeals in Harris County. “As I have watched the actions of the legislature and our state leaders in recent years, I have seen the powerful ignore or take advantage of entire groups of people in our state,” Soltes told the Gazette. “… they are all under attack by a narrowly-focused group that is not representative of our great Texas. I’m smart, I’m honest, I’m fearless—I could not live with myself if I just stood by.” Added Soltes, “I have fought to improve the lives of Texans living with disabilities for the last 30 years through my organization Service Dogs, Inc. We rescue dogs from animal shelters and train them to help deaf or mobility challenged Texans and we do it free of charge. I’ve helped abused children in the courthouse get comfort and find their voice with our Courthouse Dogs program. I’ve worked with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department to create the nation’s first and only juvenile prison Service Dog training program, now in its third year.” Service Dogs, Inc. has 15 employees, and Soltes said she continued to pay full wages to an employee who suffered a stroke. “You can judge me by the way I treat my employees, she said. “I do the right thing.” She also said that donors to her nonprofit sometimes want special treatment. She said she does not give special consideration for donors to Service Dogs, nor would she do that for donors to her campaign. She added, “The best way to judge how someone will act in the future is to look at how they have acted in the past. Whether I am on the Legislative floor introducing a bill or meeting with you in my office, I will be fighting for you, not developers and their friends.” If she could pass one piece of legislature, Soltes would reverse Senate Bill 4 that outlawed Texas sanctuary cities. For more information on Soltes, see http://sherifortexas.com/ or her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SheriForTexas/ About Our Revolution Central Texas According to Claudia Corum of Our Revolution Central Texas, the organization supports: A $15/hour minimum living wage Medicare for everyone Removing big money from politics Addressing climate change and environmental issues Workers rights on the job Stopping “hateful” state legislation such as SB4 and SB6 (the “bathroom bill”) Expanding Medicaid and Social Security  

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  • Phase 2 of Violet Crown Trail is coming through Oak Hill areaPhase 2 of Violet Crown Trail is coming through Oak Hill area

      According to Janae Spence, the city project sponsor, the cost of this portion of Phase 2 is just over $1 million, including a parking area to be paved on the east side of Latta at Convict Hill (left). Completion is expected in spring of 2018. She spoke recently at the Will Hampton Library. – photo: Ann Fowler by Ann Fowler OAK HILL – City staff gave an update recently on a portion of Phase 2 of the Violet Crown Trail, a 7-mile stretch that will ultimately connect Home Depot Blvd. with the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. When finished, the Violet Crown Trail will be 30 miles in length, from Zilker Park to Hays County, ending a mile short of FM 150. Phase 1, a six-mile stretch from Zilker Park to Highway 290 West at Brodie Lane, has been completed. According to Janae Spence, the city project sponsor, the cost of this portion of Phase 2—from Dick Nichols Park to Home Depot Blvd., is just over $1 million, including a parking area to be paved on the east side of Latta at Convict Hill. Completion is expected in spring of 2018. Spence said, “Construction will start clearing from the east side of the trail to the west side, then construction will start from the west connection by Dick Nichols to the east.” The parking lot is planned to be installed last and will include space for a school bus to park. While some local residents expressed concern that a parking lot might attract homeless who come to the nearby Abiding Love Church food pantry, Spence said that is unlikely because no bathrooms will be built at the location. One reason for paving the parking lot is to lessen the chance of spreading an infestation of tawny crazy ants (TCAs), a highly invasive and destructive species of ants that have been identified at the site. Several residents in the area have reported infestations of TCAs, first identified by pest control operator Tom Rasberry in Pasadena, Texas in 2002. TCAs have spread to 28 Texas counties, including Travis, Hays and Williamson. TCAs invade homes and businesses, causing damage to electrical and computer systems. To lessen the spread of TCAs, officials suggest buying landscaping materials only from trusted dealers who can confirm no presence of TCAs. Officials advised paving the parking area at Latta including improved drainage, as TCAs are attracted to wet, humid areas. “This reduces the chances of a queen, brood and workers relocating their nest in parked vehicles and ‘hitching a ride’ to a new location to start a new crazy ant locality where they will spread further,” said Todd Bayless, a natural resources specialist with Travis County. Phases 3, 4 and 5 will complete the Violet Crown Trail, the first regional trail system in Central Texas. The Trail was envisioned by the Hill Country Conservancy, with planning started in 2006. Construction updates are available at austintexas.gov/violetcrowntrail.  

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