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  • 2 hours Man treated for smoke inhalation after Taylor house fire Kxan
    TAYLOR, Texas (KXAN) — A man in Taylor was treated for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out at his home on Saturday evening. The man was transported to Ascension Seton Williamson County, according to a release from the city of Taylor. No additional injuries were reported. The fire started at a house on the 500 block of West Rio Grande near Maple Street around 7:15 p.m. Firefighters were able to extinguish it by 9 p.m. The Hutto Fire Department worked with Taylor firefighters to put the fire out. ... more
  • 5 hours State of Texas: Investigating the risk of voter fraud in Texas Kxan
    AUSTIN (Nexstar) — Politicians in Texas and across the country this year have warned of the threat of voter fraud, especially in an election in which many more voters are choosing to vote by mail. Yet, the prevalence of real fraud and the extent to which it may impact elections are topics of contentious debate. Investigative reporter Jody Barr worked to find answers on whether voter fraud is an issue and to what extent it has been prosecuted in Texas. He found that voter fraud does happen in every election. Yet, it is especially difficult to accomplish in ... more
  • 7 hours One killed in shooting by Border Patrol agent in Texas Kxan
    LAREDO, Texas (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol agent investigating suspected human smuggling with other agents in Texas fatally shot a person driving a vehicle carrying people believed to be in the country illegally, federal officials said Saturday. Border Patrol agents, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials and the Webb County constable's office had stopped a semi in Laredo Friday and found several people inside the trailer, according to a statement from Customs and Border Protection spokesperson Rick Pauza. Another semi then arrived at the scene, according to a statement, and law officers identified themselves and were approaching the tractor-trailer ... more
  • 7 hours 40 Central Texas St. David’s HealthCare personnel sent to help El Paso in fight against COVID-19 Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Since Oct. 10, 40 support personnel from St. David's HealthCare in Central Texas, including nurses, have been sent to El Paso to help in the fight against COVID-19. According to a spokesperson for St. David's HealthCare, those workers were sent to its affiliate hospital, Las Palmas Del Sol HealthCare to assist with the recent surge in cases for the region. "Through their affiliation with HCA Healthcare, St. David’s HealthCare’s national partner, the healthcare systems are able to combine resources to strengthen their capabilities and improve care," a statement from the spokesperson said in part. ... more
  • 13 hours Weekend Gardener: Planting native wildflower seeds Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Fall is here, and it’s as good a time as any to add some color to your garden. The Weekend Gardener, John Dromgoole, advises gardeners to plant wildflower seeds at this time of year. On this week’s episode of the Weekend Gardener, he recommends some Texas seeds that will one day bloom into beautiful native plants. ... more
  • 14 hours Texas country music singer Jerry Jeff Walker dies at 78 Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) -- A musician widely considered to be among the founders of Austin's Live Music Capital of the World moniker, Jerry Jeff Walker, has died at 78, according to several outlets. Walker, most known for the folk/country song "Mr. Bojangles," reportedly suffered from throat cancer and pneumonia complications for several years, although no cause of death has been given at this time. Austin City Limits paid tribute to Walker in a tweet Saturday morning. We are very sorry to learn of the death of the great Texas singer/songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker, a guiding light in Austin ... more
  • 16 hours Gov. Greg Abbott says ‘We must end’ mail-in ballot fraud, points to KXAN investigation finding 150 charges since 2004 Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) -- On Friday evening, Gov. Greg Abbott took to Twitter to call for the end of "mail ballot vote fraud in Texas." In a tweet, Abbott cited a Thursday KXAN Investigation, which found that in Texas, 150 people have been charged with voter fraud crime since 2004. The methods of voter fraud in these charges included ineligible felons casting ballots and people voting using names of deceased people. 150 people charged with voter fraud in Texas since 2004, but convictions rarely mean jail time "This shows Mail ballot vote fraud in Texas," Abbott ... more
  • 1 day Strip club fight led to Fort Bliss soldier’s murder Kxan
    EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) -- It was a jealous, violent confrontation inside Jaguar's that led to the murder of a Fort Bliss soldier earlier this month after his car was rammed off a Far East El Paso roadway and caught fire. Richard Sennessie, 23 Clevy Muchette Nelson-Royster, 27, and Richard Mustapha Sennessie, 23, are each charged with Murder in the death of Fort Bliss Captain Malcolm Perry on October 11, 2020. According to newly obtained court documents, Nelson-Royster was the alleged mastermind behind Perry's murder. It all started at 915 Vibes when she got into an argument with ... more
  • 1 day Texas teachers, state lawmaker calling for STAAR testing to be canceled again this year Kxan
    AUSTIN (Nexstar) — Teachers and education advocacy groups across Texas are asking the state to reconsider administering the STAAR test next spring. "When we're going through something that has never in our lifetime occurred in the disruptions in our students' academic careers... It's just no time for a test," Texas State Teachers Association President Ovidia Molina explained. That's why State Rep. Gina Hinojosa, (D-Austin), filed a petition against the standardized testing. "Our governor should join other governors across the country, and requests of Betsy DeVos, that we get a waiver from having to take the STAAR test this ... more
  • 1 day The attorney general’s office has sidelined 4 of the 7 whistleblowers who reported Ken Paxton to law enforcement Kxan
    AUSTIN (Texas Tribune) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office has sidelined four of the seven senior aides who weeks ago told law enforcement they believed Paxton had committed bribery and abuse of office — firing two and placing two more on leave — in what employment attorneys say looks like a clear act of retaliation against legally protected whistleblowers. AG Ken Paxton closes controversial investigation of Austin mogul’s claims; FBI to look into ethical concerns The aides, who represented a large share of the agency’s most senior staff, alerted law enforcement and then agency human ... more
  • 1 day LIVE: Gov. Greg Abbott to speak at future Amazon facility site in Waco Kxan
    WACO, Texas (KXAN) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to deliver remarks Friday afternoon at the future Amazon site in Waco. The 700,000 square-foot site will soon develop into a robotics fulfillment center looking to open in 2021. The site is located off Exchange Parkway, which is near Bagby Avenue and is south of downtown Waco. Other attendees at the event will include Greater Waco Chamber President and CEO Matt Meadors, Amazon Regional Director of Operations William Hicks, McLennan County Judge Scott Felton and City of Waco Councilmember John Kinnaird. The event is expected to start ... more
  • 1 day Austin teen competes in U.S. Women’s Chess Championship Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A local teenager is hoping to topple a few kings and queens again in the next couple of days. Austinite Emily Nguyen, 18, leads an army of 16. She has achieved such goals before. However, the past kings and queens she's conquered are all in chess. Woman International Master (WIM) Nguyen started playing chess competitively at a very young age and wins came soon after: The 2010 U.S. Junior U8 Championship (open section) The 2012 Pan-American Youth U10 Girls Championship The 2016 North American U20 Girls Championship The 2016 Girls’ Junior Championship "I honestly ... more
  • 1 day News Notes: New COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations highest in Texas since August, other stories Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas reported the highest number of new cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations from the disease since late August. The state added almost 6,000 new cases Thursday, and there are more than 4,900 people statewide who have been admitted with coronavirus. In a video lasting less than five minutes, Will DuPree discusses those disconcerting trends as well as these other stories in the latest KXAN Live News Notes: One cold front arrives Friday evening, and another pushes through next week in Central Texas. Several nonprofits are hosting a free drive-through flu shot ... more
  • 2 days Astronaut sends ballot to Harris County Clerk from International Space Station Kxan
    INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION (NBC/KXAN) — Astronaut Kate Rubins isn't letting being in space deter her from voting this year. The astronaut at the International Space Station cast her vote in Harris County, Texas via a secured ballot Thursday. Rubins filled it out from the station, where she's just beginning a 6-month stay, and then emailed it to Earth to be counted. "We consider it an honor to vote from space so we fill out a form and we vote via absentee ballot and I plan to do that in November," she said. "I think it's really important for everybody ... more
  • 2 days 2.8 million flu vaccines headed to Texas for child, adult programs Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday the state now has 2.8 million flu vaccinations for programs aimed to help both children and adults. The vaccinations are for the Texas Vaccines for Children program and the new Adult Influenza Vaccine Initiative, Gov. Abbott said. The Department of State Health Services oversees the programs. Children who are uninsured, underinsured or qualify for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program are eligible for voluntary immunizations against the flu, or other diseases, through more than 3,000 Texas Vaccines for Children providers across the state. Those providers ordered 1.8 million doses ... more
  • 2 days Texas is #10 for Lowest Flu Vaccination Rate Kxan
    HOUSTON (CW39) Going into the regular winter flu season, medical experts are concerned that the flu and coronavirus could lead to a “twindemic” of both diseases and are recommending that almost everyone aged six months or older get a flu vaccine. AdvisorSmith analyzed flu vaccination rates from the past three years for all 50 states using data from the CDC. From the research we found Texas was the #10 state with the lowest flu vaccine rates. Texas's 2019-20 flu vaccine rate is 47.3%, while the national average is 51.8%. The three-year average flu vaccination rate in Texas was ... more
  • 2 days Discussion: How Texas’ early voting numbers this year shape up to 2016 Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — On Thursday, KXAN News Today Anchor Tom Miller sat down with the Texas Tribune's Alana Rocha to discuss news that happened in Texas this week. Texas counties have been breaking early voting records this year in comparison to 2016. Miller and Rocha talk about how the divisive 2020 election is impacting voters and how those up for election are working to earn votes. ... more
  • 2 days 150 people charged with voter fraud in Texas since 2004, but convictions rarely mean jail time Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) – When the vote counting ended in the Gregg County Democrat primary in 2018, Shannon Brown defeated Kasha Williams by five votes. Brown, the then-mayor of Easton, would eventually assume a position of power representing Precinct 4 on the county commission. Almost as soon as the celebration ended, people watching what happened in that race were calling for an investigation. “Nine percent of the ballots cast statewide were absentee, but in Gregg County — in this race —32%,” state senator Brian Hughes said in 2018. That meant of the 2,089 votes cast in that county, 787 voters ... more
  • 2 days Voters in Harris County may continue using drive-thru voting, Texas Supreme Court rules Kxan
    HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (Texas Tribune) — Voters in the state's most populous county can continue casting their ballots for the fall election at 10 drive-thru polling places after the Texas Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a last-minute challenge by the Texas and Harris County Republican parties, one of many lawsuits in an election season ripe with litigation over voting access. The court rejected the challenge without an order or opinion, though Justice John Devine dissented from the decision. The justices had already ruled against another challenge to expanded voting access this month because they said the lawsuit was filed too late, noting that ... more
  • 2 days Texas voters seek strong messaging on COVID-19, economy during final presidential debate Kxan
    AUSTIN (Nexstar) — As President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden face off in the final presidential debate, the two-thirds of Texas voters who have not cast ballots yet will be listening intently. "It's competitive. It's as competitive as it's been in a presidential election in more than 20 years," GOP strategist and Travis County Republican Party chair Matt Mackowiak said. "But I don't fundamentally believe the Democrats have a chance to win Texas in 2020," he added. Texas voters will be listening for specifics from the candidates at the top of the ticket. "The concerns of ... more
  • 2 days Local trans woman Eagle Scout receives medal, reflects on path to achievement Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Beatrix Jackman was nearly speechless. "I don't even know what to say." Her mask fell off because she was smiling so much over her gift — one she rightfully earned. "Thank you to everybody who has helped me along this path." (KXAN Photo/Todd Bailey) Jackman, 19, is officially an Eagle Scout as a member of Scouts BSA Troop 2019. She received her Eagle award Thursday morning outside her home in north central Austin. Capitol Area Council's Director of Marketing and Public Relations Charles Mead surprised her and her mom Julie Ziegelman with the medal and certificate. ... more
  • 3 days Dallas man and his late wife’s stolen identity used to commit voter fraud Kxan
    DALLAS (NewsNation Now) — A Dallas man who says he had his voter identification stolen this year says he has voted in every election since Richard Nixon won in 1968, and each year he has waited to cast his ballot on Election Day. With such a hotly contested race in 2020, he wanted to make sure he got his vote in early. His message to everyone: he’s glad he did. “The only thing that’s been stolen was our voter identity, and that is worth more than our financial identity actually!” said Dallas resident George Underwood. Somewhere near Houston, an ... more
  • 3 days Former Blue Bell president faces charges for trying to cover up 2015 Listeria contamination of ice cream Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The former president of Blue Bell is facing wire fraud and conspiracy charges for allegedly creating a plan to cover up sales of the company's Listeria-contaminated ice cream in 2015. An indictment filed in federal court in Austin shows former president Paul Kruse is charged with seven counts of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. MORE: Blue Bell ordered to pay $17.25M after 2015 listeria contamination The DOJ said after Blue Bell was alerted to the Listeria contamination in February 2015, Kruse ... more
  • 3 days More details released about Texas woman who died of COVID-19 while on Spirit flight Kxan
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - A Texas woman died of COVID-19 while onboard a Spirit Airlines flight that was diverted to Albuquerque earlier this year. According to The Washington Post, on the evening of July 24, the flight left Las Vegas and was on its way to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport when it was diverted to Albuquerque. According to Stephanie Kitts, spokeswoman for the Albuquerque International Sunport, the flight had to be diverted to Albuquerque because the woman became unresponsive. The woman had difficulty breathing and was given oxygen but died on the jetway in Albuquerque, according ... more
  • 3 days Lubbock teen survives rare post-COVID-19 sickness Kxan
    LUBBOCK, Texas - In late August, all three members of the Arredondo family tested positive for COVID-19, including their 17-year-old son, Zechariah. "In two weeks, he was completely cleared of any kind of symptons at all," said Rachelle Arredondo, Zechariah's mother. About a month later, the Coronado High School student got severely sick. He was vomiting with constant diarrhea and had a fever of 103 degrees. "I knew something really wasn't right," said Arredondo. On October 2, Zechariah was rushed to University Medical Center as his condition worsened. "I was laying there and it ... more
  • 3 days Texas’ top doctors discuss lessons learned from 1st COVID-19 wave and how it could help possible 2nd surge Kxan
    AUSTIN (Nexstar) — As hospitalizations slowly increase across the state, the people heading up the COVID-19 response in Texas are discussing what they've learned from the first wave of the virus while preparing for a second surge. That includes checking stockpiles and keeping tabs on frontline workers. "We learned to expect the unexpected," Department of State Health Services Dr. John Hellerstedt said Wednesday. "There are many things that we know now that we didn't know at the beginning of it." Most recently, the state has surged resources to Amarillo, Lubbock and El Paso, the regions with the ... more
  • 3 days Suspected gunman charged after Houston sergeant killed, another injured officer remains in the hospital Kxan
    HOUSTON (KXAN) — Prosecutors filed charges Wednesday against the man suspected of killing a Houston police sergeant, injuring another officer and shooting his own son. During a news conference late Wednesday afternoon, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said the district attorney filed charges of capital murder, attempted capital murder and aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury against Elmer Manzano, 51. "This is a very evil person," Acevedo said about the suspect. "We need to pursue every avenue of justice." The shooting happened Tuesday morning when officers responded to a domestic disturbance call at an apartment complex ... more
  • 3 days Calls strengthen for Texas board overseeing social workers to reverse ‘discriminatory’ change Kxan
    AUSTIN (Nexstar) — Days after the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners voted unanimously to change part of its code of conduct, a growing call for the board to reverse its decision has gained momentum. The code change no longer prohibits Texas social workers from denying clients because of their disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The results of the vote prompted outrage from members of the LGBTQ community and social worker advocacy groups. “The reality is this sends the message that it's okay to discriminate," Will Francis of the National Association of Social Workers - Texas Chapter, said. "And ... more
  • 3 days Central Texas school districts stand to lose millions after decline in student enrollment Kxan
    PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — Several Central Texas school systems are reporting a significant decline in student enrollment, which could mean less money trickling down from the state. "The virtual learning was stressful having three kids at home. After a week of trying the district's online curriculum, we decided it wasn't going to work out," said Sarah Schultz. Sarah Schultz is one of the many parents in the Pflugerville Independent School District who have decided to unenroll their students. Sarah Schultz's son practices his homeschool work. Schultz unenrolled him from Pflugerville ISD this year. In Pflugerville, ... more
  • 3 days Biden, Trump in dead heat for Texas, poll shows — is the Lone Star State make or break? Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) -- With just 14 days until the 2020 Election, Pres. Donald Trump and Democratic challenger former Vice President Joe Biden both sit at 47% among likely voters in Texas, a new Quinnipiac University poll finds. While Texas is typically a solid red state, it's been speculated that for the 2020 Presidential Election, the Lone Star State could flip. “Biden and Trump find themselves in a Texas stand-off, setting the stage for a bare knuckle battle for 38 electoral votes,” said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy. In a Sept. 24 poll of likely voters, Trump had 50% ... more
  • 3 days News Notes: Austin’s top doctor discourages trick-or-treating because of COVID-19, other stories Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Leaders from Austin Public Health warn against going trick-or-treating or attending parties on Halloween because of rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations locally. Dr. Mark Escott, the interim health authority for Austin-Travis County, said people in central Texas need to shake their pandemic fatigue because of projections that cases will dramatically increase in the weeks ahead. In a video lasting less than five minutes, Will DuPree discusses that story as well as these others in the latest KXAN Live News Notes: The total number of patients in the hospital with COVID-19 hit 118 Tuesday ... more
  • 4 days Following the money in Texas’ heated U.S. Senate race Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — With two weeks until Election Day, millions of dollars are pouring into key Texas races as candidates make their final pitches to voters. In Texas' heated U.S. Senate race, Democrat MJ Hegar raised $14 million from July-September, doubling the $7.2 million fundraising haul by incumbent Republican Sen. John Cornyn and wiping out his cash advantage. Brandon Rottinghaus, a political science professor at the University of Houston, believes Hegar will have to raise and spend even more in the final two weeks to be competitive. She has lagged behind the support Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has ... more
  • 4 days Definition dilemma among Texas agencies creates confusion for COVID-19 close contacts Kxan
    AUSTIN (Nexstar) — In the nearly three hours the state's infectious disease task force met to discuss COVID-19 vaccine distribution and the state's role in responding to the pandemic, a Central Texas doctor pointed out a difficulty over definitions. Specifically, Dr. Dorothy Overman, the public health authority for Comal County, highlighted the definition of "close contact" is defined differently by the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Texas Education Agency. "I just don't know if there is going to be some work done on that, to try to come ... more
  • 4 days Family of Vanessa Guillén entitled to benefits after Army rules her death happened ‘in the line of duty’ Kxan
    FORT HOOD, Texas (KXAN) — An investigation by the U.S. Army determined Spc. Vanessa Guillén's death in April happened "in the line of duty," which now affords her family certain benefits. According to a statement released by Fort Hood, the Army informed the Guillén family Tuesday on the results of the investigation. They are now entitled to receive assistance like "compensation to immediately help the family with expenses, funeral with full military honors, the Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance, and final pay and allowances," the statement said. Authorities said another soldier killed Guillén at Fort Hood and disposed of ... more
  • 4 days US Justice Department hits Google with biggest antitrust lawsuit in two decades Kxan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The U.S. Justice Department and 11 states filed an antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet Inc's Google on Tuesday for allegedly breaking the law in using its market power to fend off rivals. Google released a statement written by Kent Walker, SVP of Global Affairs. The company stated on Twitter: "Today’s lawsuit by the Department of Justice is deeply flawed. People use Google because they choose to — not because they're forced to or because they can't find alternatives." Google, whose search engine is so ubiquitous that its name has become a verb, had revenue of $162 billion in 2019, ... more
  • 4 days Watch: Tearful Texan reunites with lost dog after 200 days apart Kxan
    WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) - A little over six months ago, a dog named Blue went missing. 200 days and thousands of miles later, he and his owner have been reunited. According to a post from the Washington County Animal Shelter in Tennessee, Blue's owner, Pat, who lived in the state at the time, searched for him after he went missing. Unfortunately, Pat eventually had to move to Texas for work and left the state thinking he'd never see Blue again. Months later, Pat saw a video of Blue playing at the shelter and instantly reached out. ... more
  • 5 days News Notes: Texas shares who will get COVID-19 vaccine first when it’s ready, other stories to know Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Even though a viable option does not exist yet, Texas announced its plan to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine and who should receive it first. The Texas Department of State Health Services shared that the vaccine will go to healthcare workers and then to vulnerable populations, like those with underlying health conditions and people 65 and older. In a video lasting less than five minutes, Will DuPree shares other details about that plan as well as discusses these additional stories in the latest KXAN Live News Notes: A man is now in the ... more
  • 5 days Is your pet food attracting bears? Texans being warned after sightings Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Your pet food and garbage could be attracting some unexpected guests. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is encouraging Texans to practice bear safety after several bear sightings in the western and southwestern portions of the state. On Oct 15, TPWD reports a black bear sow and her cub were spotted in the city limits of Del Rio, in southwestern Texas — resulting in a resident shooting and killing the mother bear. The incident is being investigated. Afterward, it was discovered the bears may have been drawn to pet food that had been left out by ... more
  • 5 days 2 Houston police officers shot, suspect in custody Kxan
    HOUSTON (KXAN) -- On Tuesday morning, two police officers were shot in southwest Houston, according to Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo. According to KPRC in Houston, the shooting happened in the 2600 block of Hollyhall and the suspect has not yet been found. Before 10 a.m., HPD reported that SWAT was on its way to a possible barricaded subject. We’re pulling for the two Houston Police Department officers who were shot this morning in Southwest Houston. Still an active situation. Please keep them both in your thoughts.— Lina Hidalgo (@LinaHidalgoTX) October 20, 2020 Acevedo ... more
  • 5 days Texas woman died of COVID-19 on flight, Dallas County judge says Kxan
    DALLAS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) -- The July death of a woman from the Dallas-area suburb of Garland has been confirmed as being related to COVID-19. According to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins announced on Sunday that the woman, who died before the Arizona plane she was on departed for Texas, died on the jetway after having difficulty breathing. Although she was given oxygen, she died shortly after, Jenkins told NBC DFW. Dallas County reports the woman had underlying health conditions, but further information has not been released in consideration of her privacy. Jenkins knocked Gov. Greg ... more
  • 5 days News Notes: Fanfare over Capital Metro opening new station in downtown Austin, other stories to know Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The opening of a new station in downtown Austin created much fanfare for Capital Metro. The first train drove into the station Friday morning, and the agency reported completion of the new facility happened months ahead of schedule and came under budget. In a video lasting less than five minutes, Will DuPree discusses the development as well as these other top stories in the latest KXAN Live News Notes: Texas reported more than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases, 30 more deaths and a rising positivity rate on Sunday. The Austin Latino Coalition ... more
  • 5 days Native Texan using TikTok to humorously explain all things Texas Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Right now, it's "spooky summer." That's how Travis Danforth, a native Texan and viral video creator on the social media platform TikTok, describes the entire month of October in his "official application to change the names of the seasons in Texas." @definitely_not_travis If Texas seasons were accurately named. #texas #texanshelpingtexans #texashumor #explained #fallaesthetic #weather ♬ Blue Blood - Heinz Kiessling & Various Artists Posted Friday, it already has 1.7 million views on TikTok, and he breaks down the Texas "seasons" as he sees them. For instance, he refers to July ... more
  • 6 days Analysis: It’s harder to vote in Texas than in any other state Kxan
    AUSTIN (Texas Tribune) -- It’s harder than in 49 other states, according to a “cost-of-voting index” compiled by political scientists at Northern Illinois University, Jacksonville University and Wuhan University in China. Obviously, it’s not impossible to vote in Texas; more than 10% of the state’s registered voters — about 2 million citizens — had already cast their ballots, either in person or by mail, by Thursday night. That’s certainly a sign of enthusiasm, and could either be a signal of a bigger-than-normal turnout or that a lot of Texas were itching to vote and did so as soon as they could. But the ... more
  • 6 days How do power outages happen? Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) - In 2017, Texas had the second most power outages in the country, behind California, with 192 major outages that year that affected more than 1.1 million people. Since you're highly likely to experience an outage each year, it's helpful to know what causes them. During a storm, high winds can cause trees branches and debris to damage power lines. Lightning strikes carry a lot of energy. If one strikes near a piece of electrical equipment, it can damage this equipment. To prevent this, safeties, like circuit breakers, will trigger that can cause a power outage. ... more
  • 6 days 21-year-old motorcyclist dies in New Braunfels crash Kxan
    NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (KXAN) — A 21-year-old motorcyclist from New Braunfels died at the hospital following a crash on Sunday evening. New Braunfels identified the man as Gregory Casey. It happened around 6 p.m. in the area of State Highway 46 South near Alves Lane. Casey suffered life-threatening injuries at the time of the crash, and officers performed life-saving measures until paramedics arrived. He was transported to Resolute Health hospital. The crash involved a woman from Sinton driving an SUV. She was not injured. Highway 46 South was closed for some time as first responders investigated. ... more
  • 6 days Oldest living Texas Football letterman dies at 107 Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — John Henderson, the oldest living Longhorns football letterman died on Friday, Texas Athletics announced. Henderson was 107-years-old. World’s oldest married couple celebrate their 80th wedding anniversary Henderson and his wife, Charlotte, were named the world’s oldest living married couple by Guinness World Records in 2019. An Ecuadorian couple earned the world record with a June 2020 submission to Guinness. John was born on Dec. 24, 1912, and Charlotte was born on Nov. 8, 1914. The Hendersons celebrated 80 years of marriage on Dec. 15, 2019. The couple moved to Longhorn Village, a retirement ... more
  • 7 days Potentially life-saving genetic cancer test becomes more affordable Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Michelle Wittenburg recalls a memory or a conversation with her best friend Andrea Sloan and her face immediately lights up. "She's pretty amazing to so many people," Wittenburg said with a big smile. Sloan lost her battle to ovarian cancer on January 1, 2014. She would have been 46 years old later that month.  Michelle Wittenburg's mission is to continue Andrea Sloan's legacy as she raises awareness and money for ovarian cancer. (Courtesy Michelle Wittenburg)  Wittenburg explained that Sloan didn't have a history of cancer in her family. By the time she found out, she was already diagnosed with ... more
  • 1 week Two key Texas counties — Democratic stronghold Harris and traditionally red Denton — are setting early voting records Kxan
    AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Tribune) -- In the first few days of early voting in an unprecedented election year, two key Texas counties saw a rush of voters coming to the polls. Houston’s Harris County has gotten state and national attention for its long lines and record breaking participation. But by the fourth day of early voting, it was North Texas’ Denton County — large swaths of which are rural — that had the largest increase in early voting, of Texas’ 10 largest counties, compared to 2016. As of Friday, 27% of registered voters in Denton County had cast their ... more
  • 1 week Starburst is Texas’ favorite Halloween candy — here’s each state’s confection selection Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) -- Trick or treating may be slow this year, but Texas' consumption of fruity treat Starburst won't be. Starburst -- several state's fruity favorite (Courtesy of Starburst) At least not according to recent stats found by job-hunting site Zippia via Google Trends -- which found that the bright-colored taffy candy was the Lone Star State's top candy pick on Halloween. Overall, Starburst was the candy that crushed the rest of the competition among all states: Iowa, North Dakota, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama all prefer Starburst. No Peeps for Halloween: marshmallow candy production shut down ... more
  • 1 week ‘Take Trump to prison’: Houston billboard supporting president defaced Kxan
    HOUSTON (KXAN) -- A billboard that recently arrived in a Houston neighborhood in support of Pres. Donald Trump was painted over with a new message this week. In a tweet, Houston lawyer Rogelio Garcia snapped a photo of the billboard, which is located off I-45 near Telephone Road, reading: "Take Trump to Prison." The billboard previously just showed Trump's name next to an image of the President. "So Trump drops a big (approx 40x60 feet) expensive political sign in my largely Hispanic neighborhood in Houston TX about a week ago which upset me …. I wake up this morning ... more
  • 1 week Driver still getting TxTag toll bills years after selling car Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — When Lyndsi Parker sold her Hyundai Elantra more than three years ago, she says she took all the right steps to make sure the car was in her rearview mirror.    “We ensured, as far as the state of Texas is concerned, that the vehicle does not belong to us,” Parker explained this week. That included transferring the car title, registration and deleting the Elantra from her TxTag account. But to this day, she’s still getting toll charges for another driver’s behavior in an entirely different part of the state. “[The driver] has gone through a few ... more
  • 1 week Texas woman confesses to cutting baby from mother’s body, faking pregnancy, according to affidavit Kxan
    TEXARKANA, Texas (KTAL) – A Texas woman confessed to killing a pregnant mother, removing the woman's unborn child, and pretending to be pregnant while claiming the child as her own, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by KTAL. Taylor Parker, 27, is charged in the murder of 21-year-old Reagan Simmons Hancock and her unborn child. Simmons was 34 weeks pregnant, according to investigators. Parker faces capital murder and kidnapping charges and is being held on $5 million bond. A probable cause affidavit obtained by KTAL reveals the victim's mother found her daughter face-down inside her home "with a ... more
  • 1 week Abbott: Don’t forget about down-ballot races when you go vote Kxan
    EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says the presidential race no doubt is fueling interest in early voting in the state but urged residents to not neglect local races. “We are glad to see a large voter turnout. Obviously, there’s great interest in the presidential election,” the governor said this week in El Paso. “I do want to emphasize […] if a person goes to vote for president, they have to continue down the ballot if their vote is to count on all these other races.” As of the end of Thursday, more than 2.6 ... more
  • 1 week Second suspect arrested in murder of Fort Bliss soldier Kxan
    EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — El Paso Police have arrested a second suspect in the fatal car crash that killed a Fort Bliss soldier on Sunday. Clevy Muchette Nelson-Royster, 27, was arrested on Thursday night for her alleged participation in the murder of 27-year-old Capt. Malcolm Xavier Perry. Perry, a Fort Bliss soldier, was killed early Sunday morning when the car he was driving was rammed, flipped and caught on fire. Update: Man killed in fiery car crash in Far East El Paso was a Fort Bliss soldier Richard Mustapha Sennessie, 23, has been charged ... more
  • 1 week ‘I am going to die’: Court docs shed light on events leading to fatal crash that killed Fort Bliss soldier Kxan
    EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Court documents shed light on what led to a deadly crash in far east El Paso early Sunday morning. Richard Mustapha Sennessie, 23, has been charged in the murder of 27-year-old Capt. Malcolm X. Perry. On Tuesday, Fort Bliss officials confirmed that Capt. Perry was a Fort Bliss soldier. Capt. Malcolm X. Perry. Courtesy Fort Bliss Update: Man killed in fiery car crash in Far East El Paso was a Fort Bliss soldier Morning of incident According to the El Paso Police Department, Sennessie intentionally caused the deadly crash by ... more
  • 1 week Whataburger launches new spin on the classic Lotería game Kxan
    SAN ANTONIO, Texas (KXAN) — In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Whataburger released rules and downloadable cards for a custom version of the classic Lotería game. "Our version of classic Lotería celebrates all the things you love about Whataburger and makes sitting around the table with family a lot more fun (especially now)," the restaurant's website read. Got my @Whataburger loteria set ready to go pic.twitter.com/mQ1M0xNHvH— Refried Dreams (@ElMexicanZombie) October 15, 2020 The rules and custom Lotería cards can be found on Whataburger's website. In June last year, the iconic Texas burger chain announced that the ... more
  • 1 week News Notes: Travis County voters set record in early voting turnout, other stories to know Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — After three days of in-person early voting, voters in Travis County are setting a record in terms of turnout. On Thursday nearly 40,000 people voted, surpassing the turnout for the two previous days. Travis County reported that more than 16% of registered voters have now cast a ballot. In a video lasting less than five minutes, Will DuPree shares those numbers as well as discusses these stories in the latest KXAN Live News Notes: A state court is blocking Gov. Greg Abbott's order limiting counties to only one drop-off location for mail-in ... more
  • 1 week Affidavit says East Texas woman confessed to faking pregnancy, cutting baby from New Boston mother’s body Kxan
    TEXARKANA, Texas (KTAL/KMSS) – The East Texas woman accused of killing a New Boston mother and removing her unborn child from her body confessed to the crime and admitted to pretending to be pregnant in order to claim the baby as her own, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by KTAL. Texas Rangers are investigating the case in which 27-year-old Taylor Parker is charged with capital murder, murder, and kidnapping in the death of 21-year-old Reagan Simmons Hancock and her baby. $5M bond set in Bowie Co. for ETX woman facing charges in murder of mother, baby ... more
  • 1 week Gov. Greg Abbott directs state resources to Amarillo, Lubbock to help COVID-19 surge response Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is sending state resources to areas where COVID-19 is surging. He said Friday the Texas Department of State Health Services and Texas Division of Emergency Management are getting medical personnel, supplies and personal protective equipment to both Amarillo and Lubbock areas to help those areas in their COVID-19 response. Gov. Abbott says DSHS sent 171 medical workers to the areas already with 100 more on the way by Sunday. The department also sent 100 IV pumps, 56 ventilators and 25 oxygen concentrators to help area hospitals. RELATED: Texas sending 4M ... more
  • 1 week A look back: 2-year anniversary of 2018 Llano River Flood Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) - Nancy Reznicek was getting ready for a vacation with her husband when the flood waters came. "It was very surreal morning," Nancy says, "and one I was in denial in until I got out of the shower and my husband was yelling saying 'we need to leave right this minute'." They didn't have time to grab anything as they rushed out the door. Within hours, their home would be nearly six feet underwater. It's been two years since heavy rain in the Colorado River watershed caused the Llano River to overflow its banks, resulting in ... more
  • 1 week Texas regulatory board votes to allow social workers to decline clients who are LGBTQ+ or have a disability Kxan
    AUSTIN (Nexstar) — This week, the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners voted unanimously to change part of its code of conduct. Part of the existing code reads: A social worker shall not refuse to perform any act or service for which the person is licensed solely on the basis of a client's age, gender, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or political affiliation. Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners Code of Conduct The change will strike sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and disability from that ... more
  • 1 week Austin hospitals to help test new COVID-19 treatment Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Both St. David's Medical Center and South Austin Medical Center will participate in a nationwide study to test a new treatment for a leading cause of death related to COVID-19. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave biopharmaceutical company Humanigen approval to sponsor clinical trials in 18 hospitals across the country, including both Austin medical centers, for a new coronavirus treatment called lenzilumab, the company's "Stop the Storm" website said. The treatment is meant to reduce the risk of a condition known as cytokine storm, where the lungs of people infected with COVID-19 will inflame, decrease ... more
  • 1 week News Notes: Cleanup underway after someone defaced voting mural in downtown Austin, other stories Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A colorful mural in downtown Austin will soon read "Your Vote is Your Voice" again. People went out Thursday to clean off the red paint that someone used to deface the mural on South Lamar Boulevard from the HOPE Campaign. In a video lasting less than five minutes, Will DuPree talks about the community effort to address the vandalism as well as discusses the following stories in the latest KXAN Live News Notes: Austin City Council could approve money for grants Thursday that will help struggling businesses stay afloat, like music venues, ... more
  • 1 week Gov. Abbott selects Rebeca Huddle, a former appellate justice, for Texas Supreme Court vacancy Kxan
    EL PASO (Nexstar)— Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Rebeca Huddle for a vacancy on the Texas Supreme Court. Huddle, currently in private practice as a partner at Baker Botts L.L.P., was previously a Justice on the Texas Court of Appeals for the 1st District in Houston—a position she was appointed to in 2011 by then-Governor Rick Perry. "She has a proven respect for the rule of law, and for the rule of the Constitution," Abbott, a former justice himself, said in his announcement from El Paso. "Her legal skills are absolutely extraordinary." He said he chose her for the ... more
  • 1 week 91-year-old Texas man votes for 1st time ever in a presidential election Kxan
    ABILENE, Texas (NewsNation Now) — A 91-year-old man who was naturalized last year cast his ballot this week, marking his first time voting in a presidential election. Humberto De La Vega walked to a Taylor County polling place with his son on Tuesday, the first day of early voting in Texas. "I wanted to be counted,” the 91-year-old first-time voter told NewsNation affiliate KTAB. De La Vega immigrated to the United States about 60 years ago. He gained residency but never pursued naturalization until last year, when he was sworn in as a U.S. citizen. How ... more
  • 1 week Here’s which Texas counties chose to reopen bars under Gov. Greg Abbott’s order Kxan
    AUSTIN (Nexstar) — Bars in Texas were allowed to open Wednesday where the county judge has signed off as part of the Governor's updated executive orders. Almost half of the state's county judges gave bars the green light to reopen, following guidance that COVID-19 hospitalizations in their area are less than 15% of the hospital capacity. According to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, approximately 35,000 businesses are labeled as "on premise locations," or businesses that serve alcohol. About 8,000 of those were considered bars and were forced to close during the pandemic. When the agency advised businesses they ... more
  • 1 week Texas girl who died of dehydration was forced to jump on trampoline in heat, police say Kxan
    ODESSA, Texas (KMID) – A Texas couple has been charged in connection with the August death of a child who was denied water and forced to jump on a trampoline in high heat, according to Odessa police. Officials say Daniel and Ashley Schwarz, both 34, have both been charged with capital murder in the investigation. The investigation began back on August 29, when officers responding to a medical call in north Odessa neighborhood found an 8-year-old unresponsive. The girl was pronounced dead at the scene. Daniel and Ashley Schwarz were the child's non-biological parents, according to the Odessa American. ... more
  • 1 week Texas teenager expelled from Christian school over his sexual orientation Kxan
    COLLEYVILLE, Texas (NewsNation Now) — Devin Bryant, a Dallas-area senior who was expelled from his private Christian academy for being gay is speaking out about the experience. For the 18-year-old senior in Colleyville, Texas, talking about his newly proclaimed identity is still a fresh and delicate topic. “I came out on my birthday, so it was October 2nd, and my reasoning behind it was to give myself the best birthday gift I could think of,” said Bryant. A lengthy letter on Instagram last year outlining all the parts of himself he had held hidden for so long. His first ... more
  • 1 week Texas will receive federal funding to fight domestic violence, child sex trafficking Kxan
    AUSTIN (Nexstar) — A roundtable was held in the Capital on Wednesday to discuss federal funding coming to Texas to aid domestic violence and child sex trafficking victims. Texas will receive $163 million in federal formula funding to Texas victim assistance and compensation programs, and an additional $1.5 million will go toward the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Jessica Hart, the director of the U.S. Department of Justice's Office for Victims of Crime, spoke with local Texas organizations including the Texas Council on Family Violence, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, and SAFE Alliance for insight on how state organizations ... more
  • 1 week News Notes: Travis County judge ‘cannot in good conscience’ let bars reopen yet, other stories Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The interim Travis County judge announced he will not let bars reopen yet despite having the ability to do so. Judge Sam Biscoe cited his decision on a memo from the interim health authority in Austin-Travis County, which pointed out an upward trend during the past month of COVID-19 hospitalizations, ICU admissions and ventilator usage in the area. In a video lasting less than five minutes, Will DuPree discusses that action as well as the following stories in KXAN Live News Notes: The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is tracking which counties are ... more
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