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Achievements: Eagle Scouts, Gold Award honorees named 4/20/2014 5:01 am UTC
Students earn Eagle Scout awardThe following students have earned the rank of Eagle Scout
Community briefing: Residents urged to sign up for emergency alerts, group holding forums on Eanes bonds 4/20/2014 5:01 am UTC
TRAVIS COUNTYCENTRAL TEXASResidents urged to sign up for alertsThe Capital Area Council
Top local stories of the week 4/20/2014 5:01 am UTC
SUNDAYPerry hires defense attorney: Gov. Rick Perry retained high-profile Austin defense lawyer David L
Owners ask for answers after officers shoot, kill dog 4/20/2014 4:25 am UTC
An East Austin family forced to bury their pit bull Friday night wants to know why Austin police officers shot and killed their pet, instead of using non-lethal force.
Jo's Coffee hosts pet in costumes parade 4/20/2014 4:22 am UTC
This pet parade on South Congress Avenue Saturday morning was a fundraiser for Austin Pets Alive!
Brides Against Breast Cancer show in Austin 4/20/2014 4:11 am UTC
Brides Against Breast Cancer is making 120 stops this year, selling deeply discounted designer wedding gowns to raise money for breast cancer support services including therapy and education. On Sa
Cyclist honored with new memorial on Loop 360 4/20/2014 4:02 am UTC
A new memorial on Loop 360 honors a cyclist killed eight years ago.
San Marcos stage 3 water restrictions begin Sunday 4/20/2014 2:43 am UTC
With the lack of rain and warmer temperatures, the City of San Marcos is returning to Stage 3 drought restrictions on April 20.
Strong era begins at Texas with shaky QB play 4/20/2014 2:16 am UTC
The Charlie Strong era began at Texas with a shaky performance at quarterback and few questions answered about just how quickly the Longhorns can rebound in the Big 12 under their new coach.
Ghost bike replaced at request of TxDOT 4/20/2014 1:39 am UTC
A group advocating for cyclists around Austin was forced to replace the first tribute they ever put up.
San Marcos fifth-grader wins contest for reusable bag design 4/20/2014 1:16 am UTC
Michaela Manriquez, a fifth grader at Hernandez Elementary, won first place in the Keep San
Dragon Boat Festival returns Saturday to Austin 4/20/2014 1:15 am UTC
Colorful 40-foot-long boats booming with the sound of onboard drums will race across Lady Bird
Refurbishing of iconic posts pushed back to the fall 4/20/2014 1:14 am UTC
Moonlight towers, once common in American cities in the late 19th century, have been doing
PolitiFact: Recaps of recent fact checks 4/20/2014 12:00 am UTC
BARACK OBAMAStatement: During Lyndon B. Johnson’s first 20 years in Congress, “he opposed
Girl hunting for eggs finds Easter Bunny 4/19/2014 11:57 pm UTC
An Austin girl received quite the surprise while she was searching for Easter eggs at her grandparents house in Temple this weekend. 5-year-old Sullyvan … More »
Man accused of shooting at police, injuring Fredericksburg officer 4/19/2014 11:55 pm UTC
A Fredericksburg police officer was wounded after being shot twice during a traffic stop early
Man accused of stealing money at Reggae Fest 4/19/2014 11:36 pm UTC
AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man was arrested Friday after a police officer said he witnessed him stealing money at the entrance of the 2014 … More »
Volunteer accused of stealing Reggae Fest entrance fees 4/19/2014 10:44 pm UTC
An Austin man was arrested Friday after police say he stole more than $1,100
Fredericksburg police officer shot during traffic stop 4/19/2014 10:23 pm UTC
A Fredericksburg police officer was wounded after being shot during a traffic stop early Saturday
Hunting for Easter Eggs in Central Texas 4/19/2014 10:05 pm UTC
Send your Easter egg hunt photos to Reportit@kxan.com.
An educational divide: Concentrations of poverty in Austin schools could limit growth 4/19/2014 9:42 pm UTC
On a warm Saturday morning this month, Olesea Peralta and her 3-year-old son, Victor, stood
Bastrop County getting ready for e-filing switch 4/19/2014 9:32 pm UTC
Bastrop County is gearing up for the plunge.Officials with the county clerk’s office
Man threatens Taco Bell manager with butcher knife 4/19/2014 9:32 pm UTC
A man is in custody after he threatened a manager of a Taco Bell with a knife on Friday.
Kelso: Super swordsman’s skill put to practical use on brisket 4/19/2014 9:30 pm UTC
You don’t want to break into Russell McCartney’s home in South Austin.Why
Travis County looks at Central Austin property for mixed-use development 4/19/2014 9:26 pm UTC
A developer is eyeing 3 acres along Airport Boulevard in Central Austin as a site
Bishop: Pope Francis knows Hispanics well 4/19/2014 9:26 pm UTC
When an Argentinian was chosen to be pope a year ago, many hoped he would
APD: Local statistics mirror DPS gang threat report 4/19/2014 9:09 pm UTC
A new report shows there are more than 100,000 gang members in Texas. Austin police say it's a serious threat and our city is not immune.
APD: Reggae Festival volunteer charged with theft 4/19/2014 8:53 pm UTC
A volunteer at the Austin Reggae Festival is in custody after he was caught stealing more than $1,100 at the festival on Friday, police say.
One dead, others injured after crash in NE Austin 4/19/2014 8:01 pm UTC
One person is dead and another has serious injuries after a crash near the intersection of Highway 290 and Springdale Road.
Council approves on-premise brewery alcohol consumption 4/19/2014 7:40 pm UTC
A unanimous vote by the Austin City Council followed the state’s lead regarding breweries and on-site consumption of alcohol.
Woman finds body while hunting for Easter eggs 4/19/2014 6:50 pm UTC
A Tennessee woman says she made a grisly discovery while hunting for Easter eggs in her back yard with her 3-year-old son: a dead body.
Author Georgia Pellegrini talks preserved lemons 4/19/2014 6:07 pm UTC
Television chef, blogger and author Georgia Pellegrini talks to Erin Cargile on KXAN News Today.… More »
My Pet: Hip dysplasia in dogs 4/19/2014 4:54 pm UTC
This week on My Pet, Sheri looks at how to tell if your dog’s hips are healthy and what to do if they’re not.
Ball: Volunteer Anna Gatti has been there, seen it all and is still living it up at 91 4/19/2014 4:41 pm UTC
Every Tuesday and Friday, Anna Gatti begins the eight-mile trek from Buckner Villas to her
Brides Against Cancer visit Austin 4/19/2014 4:34 pm UTC
There’s a very unique nationwide tour raising money for Breast Cancer support programs and it’s making a stop in Austin this weekend.
Music lovers turning for Record Store Day 4/19/2014 4:17 pm UTC
Believe it or not, records are back in fashion. That’s why Record Store Day has been celebrated on the third Saturday in April since 2008.
Losing baby weight quick is better for heart health 4/19/2014 3:56 pm UTC
If you had a baby recently you may be trying to figure out the best way to get back in shape.
Fredericksburg Police officer shot during traffic stop 4/19/2014 1:59 pm UTC
A Fredericksburg Police officer was shot in the neck and stomach during a routine traffic stop early Saturday morning.
2 Austin Police vehicles crash into one another 4/19/2014 1:13 pm UTC
Austin Police are trying to determine what caused two of their own vehicles to crash into one another.
Man dead, 3 others hurt in overnight crash 4/19/2014 12:35 pm UTC
A man is dead after the vehicle he was driving was rear-ended.
Burglars strike same home twice, caught on camera 4/19/2014 3:11 am UTC
A burglar in South Austin struck a family’s home three weeks ago, and then came back for more. The second time they caught it all on camera.
Austin police investigating shooting in South Austin 4/19/2014 3:08 am UTC
Austin police are searching for a suspect in a Friday night shooting in South Austin
APD officers shoot, kill dog in East Austin 4/19/2014 3:03 am UTC
Two Austin police officers were involved in the fatal shooting of a dog Friday night
Relaxed laws help Austin tap into microbrewery craze 4/19/2014 2:56 am UTC
The Austin City Council eased up on local regulations this week following a relaxation of state law last June, and customers couldn’t be happier the issue has come to a head.
Twin boys fight off carjacker 4/19/2014 2:56 am UTC
Police in San Antonio are crediting twins for stopping a kidnapper. The children were in their car when a random stranger jumped in and drove away with three boys, 7-year-old twins and a 1-year old
Man shot in the hand in South Austin 4/19/2014 2:44 am UTC
Authorities said the shooting happened just after 9 p.m. in the 1300 block of Southport Drive.
Year after blast, West ponders new plant 4/19/2014 2:40 am UTC
Leaders in a Central Texas town that was devastated last year by a deadly fertilizer plant explosion are contemplating building a new facility, calling it a crucial step toward West’s economic reco
Fundraiser helps recovering victim of SXSW crash 4/19/2014 2:29 am UTC
Mason Endres was injured in the crash that killed four and injured dozens more. Surgeries to repair a broken leg, fractured neck, and other injuries have come with a cost, both emotionally and fina
After city decision, Austin breweries ready to put 'tasting rooms' to use 4/19/2014 2:13 am UTC
Ben Sabel with Circle Brewing Company in Austin says when they opened up shop three and a half years ago, something was clearly missing. "So we couldn't sell a drop of beer on site so we had to giv
Austin might buy sensors to help detect wildfires 4/19/2014 1:20 am UTC
With the perennial threat of wildfires in a state where suburbs often abut woodlands, the
Whole Foods recalls croissants over undeclared egg 4/19/2014 1:10 am UTC
Whole Foods Markets is recalling mini butter croissants sold in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana because they contain eggs, an undeclared allergen.
Renovation of historic McCrory building is key to Taylor’s downtown revival 4/19/2014 1:06 am UTC
When Judy Blundell first shined a flashlight inside the second floor of the vacant historic
Person at McCallum High School tested positive for TB 4/19/2014 1:03 am UTC
A person at McCallum High School who was believed to have tuberculosis has officially tested positive for TB, according to the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department (HHSD).
Whole Foods recalls croissants over undeclared egg 4/19/2014 12:34 am UTC
Whole Foods Markets is recalling mini butter croissants sold in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana because they contain eggs, an undeclared allergen.
Store workers, medics work for over an hour to revive man 4/18/2014 11:28 pm UTC
Strangers in North Austin rushed to a man’s aid at a Costco gas station in North Austin after the man suffered a heart attack on Friday.
Students rally together to help kids with parents in military 4/18/2014 10:21 pm UTC
Second-graders at Rooster Springs Elementary saw a need to help children of deployed parents with the Texas National Guard.
Park closures put damper on Easter tradition 4/18/2014 10:11 pm UTC
Some Austin families will have to do without an Easter tradition this year because of the Halloween flooding in South Austin. It's been six months since the Halloween floods and Richard Moya Park i
First responders serve McDonalds for good cause 4/18/2014 10:10 pm UTC
Many first responders from the Austin area served people Friday but not in their usual way. With the help of the 100 Club, firefighters, police officers and first responders helped serve food at va
Ferry captain arrested in South Korea disaster 4/18/2014 10:09 pm UTC
A prosecutor says the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago has been arrested.
Elementary student fights childhood hunger at school 4/18/2014 9:56 pm UTC
Ian McKenna, a 5th grader at Oak Hill Elementary School, is a part of the Gardening Club that meets weekly. With his friends and classmates, they plant fruits and vegetables in gardens at their sch
More charges added in South By Southwest crash 4/18/2014 8:34 pm UTC
A driver already charged with capital murder now is facing additional charges weeks after he plowed into a late-night crowd during the South By Southwest festival in Austin.
Abbott: Armed school employees OK under Texas law 4/18/2014 8:31 pm UTC
Attorney General Greg Abbott says Texas school districts that authorize employees to carry handguns aren't violating state law.
Rollingwood police bust mail theft ring 4/18/2014 7:57 pm UTC
Rollingwood police say they've taken down a mail theft ring that has been preying on residents in Western Travis County for a year. One of the victims is out $40,000. Officer Joel Martin has a box
Burnet Middle School students return to class after third bomb scare 4/18/2014 7:27 pm UTC
Burnet Middle School students have returned to class after they were evacuated due a bomb threat. It's the third threat the school has received in less than two weeks.
One dead in motorcycle accident 4/18/2014 5:45 pm UTC
One man is dead after an accident involving a motorcycle Friday morning.
UT won't plug maroon bluebonnets after all 4/18/2014 11:58 am UTC
Maroon bluebonnets will be allowed to remain on the University of Texas campus in Austin after mysteriously appearing in the shadow of the UT Tower.
Austin City Council approves voucher resolution 4/18/2014 11:55 am UTC
Leaders of a Central Texas city have adopted a resolution barring landlords from summarily rejecting applicants who want to use federal vouchers to pay the rent.
Reward offered in murder of homeless man 4/18/2014 3:07 am UTC
Austin homicide detectives are asking for your help to try and solve a homicide from earlier this week. The body of 53-year-old Bart Hollis was found in a drainage ditch Monday afternoon off West P
Austinites weigh in on new UT cologne 4/18/2014 3:04 am UTC
How would you describe the way the University of Texas smells? A new set of fragrances is giving UT a signature scent. We sent FOX 7's Noelle Newton to the streets of downtown Austin to see what pe
Teens face arson charges in South Austin house fire 4/18/2014 2:32 am UTC
Two 14-year-old boys are facing felony arson charges for a fire that destroyed a South Austin home.
Abbott campaign accepting Bitcoin contributions 4/18/2014 1:25 am UTC
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's campaign for governor says it will accept contributions made with the bitcoin virtual currency.
Police seek suspect in bank robbery 4/18/2014 12:55 am UTC
Austin police are looking for a man they believe robbed a bank Monday in South Austin.
Group opposes Eanes ISD $90M bond proposal 4/17/2014 11:28 pm UTC
It's about dollars, not race. That's how a group in Westlake is defending its opposition to a proposed multi-million dollar school bond. The proposal totals almost $90-million and is for Eanes ISD.
Memorial installed where Courtney Griffin was killed in 2011 4/17/2014 10:14 pm UTC
Drivers along Exposition Boulevard in Austin will now pass a white and red cross where Courtney Griffin was killed in 2011. If you'll recall, a jury convicted Gabrielle Nestande of striking Griffin
Study: Helping with homework won’t improve kids' grades 4/17/2014 3:00 am UTC
Every afternoon, when Estela Southard gets home from her teaching job, she helps her own children with homework. She has two boys, Jared--a 7th grader and 3rd grader Tyson. "She's really good with
No fears as Austin runners head back to Boston Marathon 4/17/2014 2:49 am UTC
More than 260 people were injured. Three lost their lives as two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon last year. Austin runner Talaya Frazier was there. "It's a momen
Burglaries in Austin down but prevention still needed 4/17/2014 2:06 am UTC
Chilling video captures a Houston burglar peering into a crib while the baby is sleeping. What would you do if you discovered someone had been in your home? Many people have an indoor alarm system, or
Cedar Park PD investigates possible attempted kidnapping 4/16/2014 10:26 pm UTC
The Cedar Park Police Department is investigating a possible attempted kidnapping of a middle school student. It happened this morning while she was walking to school. The student said a man came u
Group launches nationwide effort to fight gun violence 4/16/2014 10:14 pm UTC
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is pledging $50 million to a new organization committed to fighting gun violence. The group is called Everytown for Gun Safety. It's an umbrella organiz
U.S. Government to explore smart guns, Cornyn objects 4/16/2014 10:14 pm UTC
The Department of Justice wants to explore tracking technology in its gun-control efforts. Second amendment rights supporters fear this will lead to the creation of a gun registry. Senator John Cornyn
West Mayor optimistic about rebuilding efforts 4/16/2014 10:14 pm UTC
Thursday will mark one year since the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in the city of West, Texas that killed 15 people and crippled the town. It's been a painful recovery for the close-knit town
Mother abandons child after being caught shoplifting 4/16/2014 9:55 pm UTC
Police are searching for a woman who they say abandoned her 10-year-old child at a Wal-Mart located in Manor. According to Manor Police, Jennifer Lynn Freedman, along with a male subject and her child
State awards $4.8M to West recovery efforts 4/16/2014 8:57 pm UTC
State officials say an additional $4.8 million in disaster assistance will be provided to the Central Texas community of West as it continues to rebuild from the devastating fertilizer plant explos
Power lifter trains for Special Olympics 4/16/2014 8:28 pm UTC
The 2014 Special Olympics USA games are just a few short weeks away, but our local athletes have been training tirelessly for months. Training for this year started back in August, but many of thes
RRISD student tased by officer during fight 4/16/2014 2:51 am UTC
A 16-year-old boy was tasered by a school resource officer for fighting at a Round Rock High School. Witnesses say that boy was actually trying to break up the fight and that the officer tasered th
Maroon bluebonnets the ultimate prank? Or mother nature 4/16/2014 2:26 am UTC
If there's one thing that's not welcome on the UT campus, it's the color maroon. But it's there alright. When the bluebonnets blossomed this spring near the UT Tower, out came some maroon ones. Som
AISD appoints interim superintendent 4/16/2014 2:06 am UTC
Austin ISD has selected an interim superintendent as they say goodbye to Dr. Meria Carstarphen.
Hutto man arrested after threatening girl with knife 4/16/2014 1:11 am UTC
A 20-year-old Hutto man was arrested for threatening a 10-year-old girl with a knife.
Amber Alert issued for missing special needs teen 4/16/2014 12:49 am UTC
An Amber Alert has been issued for a special needs teen who police say has been abducted. Police say 14-year-old Elizabeth Rex was taken from her home in Magnolia, TX, which is located north of Hou
2 men accused of stealing over $27K in gasoline 4/15/2014 11:39 pm UTC
Two men are suspected of stealing thousands of dollars worth of gas from two Austin area 7-Eleven stores. Police arrested Guilibaldo Gonzalez Puente, 48, and Alejandro Centeno Alvarez, 33, at a gas
City considers raising minimum wage for its part-time workers 4/15/2014 7:47 pm UTC
Part-time employees with the city of Austin could see their wages raised. This week the Austin City Council will consider a resolution to explore raising the minimum wage for part-time employees to
6-year-old student dies after being hit by school bus 4/15/2014 7:38 pm UTC
A 6-year-old student has died after being struck by a school bus in northeast Bexar County.
Deadline to file your taxes has arrived 4/15/2014 1:41 pm UTC
Today is the deadline for taxpayers to file their taxes.
Man charged with murder in Kyle shooting 4/15/2014 3:29 am UTC
The Kyle Police Department is investigating a shooting that left one person dead Monday morning.
Body discovered in North Austin 4/15/2014 12:40 am UTC
Police are investigating the discovery of a body in North Austin.
Texas grand jury being seated in Perry ethics case 4/14/2014 11:58 pm UTC
A grand jury is being seated in an investigation into whether Republican Gov. Rick Perry abused his power by vetoing funding for public corruption prosecutors.
Hail causes damage in parts of Central Texas 4/14/2014 10:50 pm UTC
A damaging hail storm swept through parts of central Texas Monday morning. Some people saw golf ball sized hail.
Atlanta Public Schools hires Carstarphen as new superintendent 4/14/2014 8:51 pm UTC
The Atlanta school board has unanimously approved Meria Carstarphen to serve as the district's next superintendent.
Fire chief urges changes ahead of West anniversary 4/14/2014 8:24 pm UTC
The state fire marshal wants 46 facilities that store ammonium nitrate in Texas to make safety improvements following the deadly West fertilizer plant explosion last year.
Burnet Middle School receives second bomb threat in less than a week 4/14/2014 7:20 pm UTC
A bomb threat at Burnet Middle School has once again forced evacuations. Students have been moved to the 6th grade gymnasium. Officials are currently searching the building. School officials say they

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