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  • 8 months Police responding to bank robbery in downtown Austin Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Authorities are responding to a bank robbery in downtown Austin Thursday, according to a tweet from Austin police.APD says the bank robbery occurred in the 500 block of Congress Avenue.This is a developing story. KXAN will update it as more information becomes available. ... more
  • 8 months Police seek help in identifying woman who picked fight with stranger and assaulted her Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police are asking for help to identify a female suspect who appears on video to have been walking along Seventh Street on April 6 and trying to start fights with random strangers.Police say the suspect verbally assaulted the victim before hitting her in the face. The woman then continued punching the victim over and over again. The suspect’s friends also assaulted the group who were with the victim and who were trying to stop the fight.Austin Police Department says the suspect and her friends then went to the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless. The female suspect ... more
  • 8 months Texas A&M, Georgetown under review by Trump administration for foreign money Kxan
    (Associated Press) —The U.S. Education Department is opening investigations into foreign funding at Georgetown University and Texas A&M University as the Trump administration increases its scrutiny of international money flowing to American colleges.Letters sent to the schools Thursday and obtained by The Associated Press accuse the schools of failing to report gifts and contracts tied to their branch campuses in Qatar. Investigators also are demanding years of records related to funding from sources in China, Russia and Saudi Arabia.Officials at Georgetown and Texas A&M haven't immediately responded to requests for comment.Federal law requires colleges to report gifts or contracts with ... more
  • 8 months Texas city bans abortion, says it’s a ‘sanctuary city for the unborn’ Kxan
    WASKOM, Texas (AP) — A small Texas city has passed a local abortion ban and declared itself a "sanctuary city for the unborn."Right to Life of East Texas says the vote Tuesday by the all-male Waskom City Council means the city along the Louisiana border is "standing for life."The ordinance refers to groups that provide abortion services as "criminal organizations."City leaders expressed concern that Louisiana's new, tighter abortion restrictions could lead women to travel to Texas for the procedure.The ordinance is largely symbolic, as no one was performing abortions in Waskom or had expressed a desire to do so.City attorney Kurt Truelove ... more
  • 8 months Former Texas police officer gets prison in NY homicides case Kxan
    SODUS, N.Y. (AP) — A former Texas police officer who pleaded guilty in connection with a New York double homicide will spend up to three years in prison.Bron Bohlar of Sunray, Texas, was sentenced Thursday. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy in February.Bohlar rented a car for former Sunray police chief Timothy Dean.Dean drove to Sodus, New York, where he killed Josh Niles and Amber Washburn in October.According to WHEC , Judge Daniel Barrett said Bohlar knew what was going on but did nothing to prevent the bloodshed.Dean will be sentenced on July 25 for his murder conviction.Dean's wife, Charlene Childers, has said ... more
  • 8 months Former Tennessee deputy, pastor under fire for calling for LGBTQ executions Kxan
    KNOXVILLE, TN (WBIR/ NBC News) — A veteran Tennessee sheriff's office detective and Baptist pastor is under fire for calling gay, bisexual and transgender people "freaks" and "reprobates" who deserved to be executed by the government.Grayson Fritts, a 20-year Knox County Sheriff's Office veteran, delivered his remarks after having already quietly decided to accept a buyout from his police job.Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen issued a statement, saying she found the speech "personally offensive and reprehensible.""As District Attorney, my constitutional obligation is to protect the integrity of the justice system. When any potential witness in a criminal proceeding ... more
  • 8 months 6% pay hike announced for all AISD staff starting July 1; senior teachers to get 7% Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Independent School District announced a 6% pay hike for all district staff and employees Thursday in the wake of public school finance reform by the state legislature.  Gov. Greg Abbott signed HB 3 into law Tuesday, effectively reforming the state's public education system, and specifically the funding for that system. Funding from the $11.6 billion measure will pay for pre-kindergarten programs, career and technology education priorities, and increases in teacher salaries. The new law also decreases school property taxes.  Property-wealthy districts like AISD will send less recapture — or Robin Hood — money to the state.  The tax ... more
  • 8 months Quarantine enforced in parts of Texas jail after 7 test positive for mumps Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) —  Some blocks of Harris County Jail in Houston are under quarantine Thursday after more than half a dozen people were sickened with the mumps virus, according to the Houston Health Department. Jail medical staff first noticed the issue when an inmate displayed symptoms of mumps in mid-May and soon after several other inmates and two jail staffers also began displaying symptoms, officials wrote. The Houston Health Department visited the jail to then coordinate response efforts including vaccination of the jail staff, inmates, isolations and quarantine guidelines. Officials don't believe the disease has spread beyond the jail.  Health officials say ... more
  • 8 months California court: Prison pot is OK – if inmates don’t inhale Kxan
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California appeals court says it's legal to have small amounts of marijuana in prison — so long as inmates don't inhale.The 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled that California voters legalized recreational possession of less than an ounce (28 grams) of cannabis in 2016, with no exception even for those behind bars.But the court says state law does prohibit smoking weed in prison. Prison officials can also still punish pot possession as a rules violation."According to the plain language of ... Proposition 64, possession of less than an ounce of cannabis in prison is no ... more
  • 8 months Federal agency recommends White House aide Conway be fired Kxan
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal watchdog agency is recommending that White House counselor Kellyanne Conway be fired for repeatedly violating a law that limits certain political activities of federal employees.The U.S. Office of Special Counsel says Conway has become a "repeat offender" of the Hatch Act by disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media.A White House spokesman calls the Office of Special Counsel's actions "deeply flawed."The office is unrelated to special counsel Robert Mueller's office.Career government officials found to have violated the Hatch Act can be fired, suspended or demoted, ... more
  • 8 months Alarmed by hot car deaths, Chesterfield teen creates reminder cards for parents Kxan
    CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WRIC) -- A Chesterfield teenager is trying to prevent children from dying in hot cars. Hannah Rhudy told 8News she was compelled to act after two infants died in Chesterfield last year.Now that teen is leading the charge to prevent hot car deaths in Chesterfield, and beyond."I wanted to think of a way to help save lives," said Rhudy, the brains behind 'BabyIn BabyOut.''BabyIn BabyOut' makes hang tags to go on the rear-view mirror of a car. They are a reminder for parents of their precious cargo in the backseat -- especially during those hot summer months.The National ... more
  • 8 months Schlitterbahn sells New Braunfels and Galveston properties Kxan
    NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (KXAN) —  The Texas-based company Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts announced Thursday that they are selling two of their properties.Schlitterbahn entered into an agreement with the Ohio-based company Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. to sell their New Braunfels park and resort property as well as their Galveston Park for $261 million."Cedar Fair is a dynamic, brand-oriented company.  Under Cedar Fair's leadership, the Schlitterbahn brand will have an opportunity to grow and expand like the early days when the sky was the limit," Schlitterbahn owners said in a statement. "While it's a difficult decision, after several challenging years, we believe that ... more
  • 8 months 6% pay hike announced for all AISD staff in 2020-21; senior teachers to get 7% Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Independent School District announced a 6% pay hike for all district staff and employees Thursday in the wake of public school finance reform by the state legislature.  Gov. Greg Abbott signed HB 3 into law Tuesday, effectively reforming the state's public education system, and specifically the funding for that system. Funding from the $11.6 billion measure will pay for pre-kindergarten programs, career and technology education priorities, and increases in teacher salaries. The new law also decreases school property taxes.  Property-wealthy districts like AISD will send less recapture — or Robin Hood — money to the state.  The tax ... more
  • 8 months New details emerge in high-speed Georgetown crash that killed one teen Kxan
    GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — One teen is dead and at least four others are injured after a 2006 Mazda sedan crashed on State Highway 130 in Georgetown just after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Investigators said the car was in the fast lane and traveling close to 100 mph when the driver attempted to pass another car in front of his by going around on the left-hand shoulder. "It looked like he was trying to go around a vehicle, and that vehicle he was trying to go around was trying to move out of their way, and that's when the evasive maneuver occurred," Georgetown ... more
  • 8 months Migrant children to be held at base that served as WWII Japanese internment camp Kxan
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A U.S. Army base in Oklahoma that the federal government says will temporarily house children crossing the border without their parents was used during World War II as a Japanese internment camp.Historical data from the National Park Service and private organizations show Fort Sill was among at least 14 Army and Department of Justice facilities nationwide where Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants were interred. The Army's War Relocation Authority held about 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans in "relocation centers" during the war with Japan.Tom Ikeda, executive director of Densho, an organization that documents the history of the ... more
  • 8 months 25 officers hurt in Memphis after facing off with angry crowd after Marshals killed fugitive Kxan
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP/ CNN) — Armed officers and an angry crowd faced off after a Tennessee man was fatally shot by U.S. Marshals in a working-class Memphis neighborhood.People in the crowd threw rocks and bricks, with 25 officers suffering mostly minor injuries during the tense clash Wednesday night in the Frayser community in north Memphis. Officers cordoned off several blocks near the scene. By 11 p.m., officers had used tear gas and most of the crowd dispersed, police director Michael Rallings said at a Thursday morning at a news conference. Three people were arrested.Officers on horseback patrolled the area, and ... more
  • 8 months New device offers safer, faster prostate cancer treatment Kxan
    TOLDEO, Ohio (WNWO/KXAN) — Two professors from the University of Toledo believe they have invented a safer way to treat prostate cancer. The device — called the Retractor — would allow doctors to use stronger radiation on the affected area, to get rid of the cancer faster and ensure the healthy tissue nearby isn't damaged. "Everybody is excited for this device to come out and hopefully it will really create a revolution in the field of radiation oncology when it comes to treatment of pelvic tumors," said Dr. Ishmael Parsai, University of Toledo professor of radiation oncology. Experts say it's ... more
  • 8 months Mountain bikers will go full gas Saturday at Cedar Park race Kxan
    CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) ⁠— This weekend, mountain bikers will compete for the best time at the Full Gas on Peddler's Pass race. A first for the recently completed trail in the Brushy Creek area in Cedar Park.  "Mountain bike is really taking off, so we hope to provide more trails so it can grow even further," Joshua Chambless said.  Chambless has been riding mountain bikes since 2008 and was one of the initial volunteers to help build the mountain bike trails in Brushy Creek until they teamed up with the City of Cedar Park. "The City of Cedar Park agreed to allow ... more
  • 8 months San Marcos police, community raising money for officer’s recovery after losing leg Kxan
    SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) -- A barbecue fundraiser Thursday evening benefits a San Marcos police officer who lost her leg when a driver hit her on the side of Interstate 35 in May.Officer Claudia Cormier has been recovering in the hospital ever since, SMPD Chief Chase Stapp told KXAN Wednesday."She's been through probably in the neighborhood of 15-20 surgeries by now," Stapp said, "and they're happening every two to three days."Police arrested Neil Sheehan, accusing him of driving drunk and not slowing down or changing lanes while he tried to pass Cormier, who had gotten out of her cruiser to move debris off ... more
  • 8 months Texas mom claims she was kicked out of public kiddie pool for nursing baby Kxan
    TEXAS CITY, TX (KPRC/ NBC News) — A Texas mother says she was kicked out of a pool because she refused to cover up while breastfeeding her son.Misty Daugereaux says she took her 10-month-old son, 4-year-old old son and 4-year-old nephew to the pool at the Nessler Park Family Aquatic Center in Texas City. The mother of two says her baby got hungry while they were in the kiddie pool, so she began to breastfeed him."I had a slit down in my bathing suit so I kind of slid it over to the side and I put him on and I ... more
  • 8 months Street racing in north Austin neighborhood concerns residents Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Residents of a north Austin neighborhood say large groups of street racers are keeping them up at night and blocking off roads to race each other. People living off Harris Branch Parkway say the competition racing happens several nights a week. 
    Viewer video of street racers flying down Harris Branch Parkway. I'm told around 60 trucks line the streets, blocking traffic for nearly three hours every Sunday night to race. The people who see it say its getting dangerously close to hurting someone. — Alex Caprariello (@alcaprari23) June 11, 2019 "They will come up here, ... more
  • 8 months Lock HIM up? Dems weigh what to do about Trump’s deeds Kxan
    WASHINGTON (AP) — With a familiar chant, President Donald Trump's backers regularly called for Hillary Clinton to be thrown in prison during the 2016 campaign. Now top Democrats are grappling with fraught questions about whether to lock HIM up.As Democrats in Congress press for continued investigation of Trump while he remains in office, the party's presidential candidates are weighing how to address his alleged misdeeds when he's no longer in the White House. It's a question that raises the potential of Democrats politicizing law enforcement, something they've blasted Trump for doing.Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris said in an interview released ... more
  • 8 months Arch Madness: Blues win 1st Stanley Cup, beating Bruins 4-1 Kxan
    BOSTON (AP) — Ryan O'Reilly scored for the fourth straight game and rookie Jordan Binnington stopped 32 shots in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins and their first NHL championship. Alex Pietrangelo added a goal and an assist and Brayden Schenn and Zach Sanford also scored for St. Louis. The Blues woke up on New Year's morning with the worst record in the league but won 30 of their final 49 regular-season games and soared through the playoffs to reach the final ... more
  • 8 months No more single-family lots? Activists raise alarm about density in certain areas Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Worried about higher taxes and possibly being forced out of their homes, a group called Community Not Commodity created a "transition zones" map that shows where they fear higher density would lead to displacement. "It might be less. It could be more in some places, but this is our best guest," said activist Barbara McArthur.On its website, the group said it looked at major transit corridors and took into consideration different lot sizes to create the map. Last month, the Austin City Council asked City Manager Spencer Cronk to start drafting the new Land Development Code for Austin based on the guidlines ... more
  • 8 months Neighbors raise concern on bus drop offs after 6-year-old struck by 18-wheeler Kxan
    BASTROP COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Family members of a 6-year-old hit by an 18-wheeler while getting off his bus in Elgin Tuesday say their son is recovering well.  The young boy, Jairo, is expected to make it home from the hospital soon. His family says it's a miracle that he's okay, with no broken bones and just some cuts and bruises.  Jairo's family says he was thrown to the side when the truck's tire hit him...leaving a big tire mark across his chest. However, after the accident that could've taken his life neighbors are questioning the way Elgin ISD's bus drops off their kids at this ... more
  • 8 months Man arrested in deaths of Dallas transgender woman, 2 others Kxan
    DALLAS (AP) — Dallas police have arrested a 33-year-old man in the slayings of three women, including a transgender woman. Kendrell Lavar Lyles has been charged with three counts of murder. Dallas police homicide Maj. Max Geron says he was arrested June 5 based on tips linking him to two homicides, including 23-year-old transgender woman Muhlaysia Booker last month. Geron says his car matched the description of the one witnesses reported seeking Booker enter on May 18. Lyles is being held without bond in the ... more
  • 8 months Hays Co SO, San Marcos PD and Texas State University team up for drone program Kxan
    HAYS COUNTY (KXAN) — The Hays County Sheriff's Office has partnered with the San Marcos Police Department and Texas State University to share a fleet of drones. The program is called, HURT — Hays Unmanned Robotics Team. According to the HCSO, since the programs started last year, the drones have been used in more than 100 flights that included flights in Llano County in October 2018 for flooding damage surveying. Mark Butaud, the director of the HURT, says the drones are changing the way law enforcement does its job. "Not only police departments, you got fire departments that are staring drone programs, insurance ... more
  • 8 months Austin Pets Alive caring for cats while San Marcos Regional Shelter fights deadly virus Kxan
    SAN MARCOS (KXAN) — The San Marcos Regional Shelter is moving all of its cats to Austin Pets Alive while the shelter continues to decontaminate its building of a deadly virus. The San Marcos shelter discovered an outbreak of Feline Panleukopenia in its center last week killing over 50 cats and kittens. Feline Panleukopenia is considered the Parvo virus for cats and mostly affects kittens. Austin Pets Alive will be caring for and attempting to adopt the 70 cats coming from the San Marcos center. Once every cat has been transported, the San Marcos shelter will continue decontaminating the entire center, according to ... more
  • 8 months Austin business works to close employment gap for deaf employees, one virtual mailbox at a time Kxan
    Austin (KXAN) — Scan Mailboxes, an Austin-based virtual mailbox service, just scanned their millionth piece of mail this month and celebrated five years in business.They see this as a testament to the value of their mail management service and to the benefits of having a business whose owners and employees are all deaf individuals. Here's how the service works: Much of the mail they receive comes from the U.S. Postal Service and customers have to fill out a postal consent form for the mail to be scanned. Once that happens, mail carriers deliver mail daily to the Scan Mailboxes office.For each piece of ... more
  • 8 months Police suspend search on reported kidnapping, attempting to verify information Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) —Austin police are trying to verify information about a possible kidnapping Wednesday afternoon in north Austin. Authorities are no longer searching the area. Police responded to an initial report of a female reportedly being pulled into a vehicle at Rutland Drive and Mountain Quail Road. The initial information came from a passerby, according to APD. Austin police said the air unit has been called off and there is one police unit at the scene.  This is a developing story. KXAN will update this with more information as it becomes available. ... more
  • 8 months Trump says he’d ‘want to hear’ foreign dirt on 2020 rivals Kxan
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that if a foreign power offered dirt on his 2020 opponent, he'd be open to accepting it and that he'd have no obligation to call in the FBI."I think I'd want to hear it," Trump said in an interview with ABC News, adding, "There's nothing wrong with listening."The role of Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., in organizing a 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer offering negative information on Hillary Clinton was a focus of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian meddling in the last presidential campaign.Mueller painstakingly documented Russian efforts ... more
  • 8 months Appraisal board votes to keep rulings from disputed day Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Taxpayers who successfully argued for a lower property valuation are going to get to keep their savings.  The Travis Appraisal Review Board voted Wednesday to allow rulings from June 4 to stand.  That was the first day of formal protest hearings, where taxpayers can dispute their home' appraised from the Travis Central Appraisal District. Agents that represent taxpayers in those hearings said TCAD did not, in some cases, provide their evidence 14 days in advance as required by law. Some review panels allowed the hearing to continue, others postponed.  After hundreds of cases were heard that day, ARB chair Betty ... more
  • 8 months How new school bus laws are protecting students Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) –  School buses first showed up in 1915 and were always designed to stand out to other drivers. At first, they were orange, but the standard yellow has been around since 1939. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, school buses are the safest type of road vehicle; There are steps being taken to make them safer. Lawmakers across the country are focused on two things: seat belts and stop arms. In 2018, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that all new school busses should have seat belts. Currently, only six states have seat belt laws. Texas law ... more
  • 8 months Republicans, Democrats split on how to handle migrant housing Kxan
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEXSTAR) — The Department of Health and Human Services says the facilities holding undocumented migrants are overcrowded and underfunded.Officials with the department say that to accommodate the influx of migrants they plan to open three emergency shelters.One shelter will be in south Texas and another at Oklahoma's Fort Sill Military Base. The third site has not been confirmed.El Paso Democratic Congresswoman Veronica Escobar says current conditions inside El Paso Del Norte's migrant processing center are disturbing."Detainees wearing soiled clothing for days or weeks," said Escobar. "Migrants standing on toilets to make room and gain breathing space."A recent report by ... more
  • 8 months Parents are now able to access their children’s STAAR test results online Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Starting Wednesday, parents are able to access their children's STAAR test results online at will need a unique access code to log in, which will be given to them by their school district or child's teacher.The website also gives teachers with a STAAR Assessment Management System account access to the STAAR educator portal. The STAAR educator portal gives teachers access to rosters containing student's results.  ... more
  • 8 months Man accused of threatening woman with stun gun, stealing phone at north Austin bus stop Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) – A 18-year-old man is accused of threatening a woman with a stun gun and stealing her phone at a north Austin bus stop on Tuesday evening, according to court documents.The woman was with her granddaughter at the bus stop located at Cullen Lane and Turk Lane Tuesday evening when Javonte Lovelle Nelson allegedly stole her Samsung Galaxy 6 cell phone, an affidavit said.Nelson was sitting with the woman at the bus stop when he grabbed her phone out of her hands, the affidavit said. He then pulled out a stun gun that was disguised as a cell phone. According ... more
  • 8 months Durant undergoes surgery for ruptured Achilles, according to Instagram post Kxan
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KXAN) — Warriors forward Kevin Durant announced on Instagram he underwent surgery for a ruptured Achilles Wednesday. Durant suffered the injury Monday during game five of the NBA Finals when the Warriors fought off elimination against the Raptors.Durant started for Golden State for the first time since May 9 after injuring his calf in the Warriors' second round series against the Houston Rockets. He immediately made a difference for his team in desperate need of a boost trailing in the series 3-1. Durant scored 11 points in 12 minutes going 3-3 from 3-point range.Durant went down with the ... more
  • 8 months Ex-Stanford coach avoids prison time in college bribery scam Kxan
    BOSTON (AP) — A former head sailing coach at Stanford avoided prison time for agreeing to help students get into the elite university as recruited athletes in exchange for money for his sailing program, a judge ruled Wednesday.John Vandemoer is the first person to be sentenced in the college admissions bribery case that exposed the lengths that some wealthy parents will go to get their children into the nation's top schools.U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel sentenced him to one day in prison, which he was deemed to have served. He will pay a $10,000 fine and serve two years of supervised ... more
  • 8 months Koepka facing long odds for another US Open title Kxan
    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Brooks Koepka should already have enough motivation for this U.S. Open. At stake is a shot at a U.S. Open record not touched in 114 years — three straight victories by Willie Anderson. On his mind was a Fox Sports preview that Koepka interpreted as another example of him not getting the credit he deserves, another chip on his broad shoulder, another chance to prove everyone wrong. "A bunch of people on Twitter I think tagged me in it — in the promo — and I guess they were amazed that I ... more
  • 8 months Austin Catholic priest accused of assaulting woman during last rites pleads no contest Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — An elderly Austin Catholic priest accused of touching a woman in hospice care in a sexual manner accepted a plea deal Wednesday in what was supposed to be his pre-court appearance.  Rev. Gerold Langsch, 75, faced a Class A misdemeanor assault by contact charge. Langsch pleaded no contest Wednesday. A no contest plea effectively does not admit guilt but allows the court to determine punishment. Langsch was accused of going to the victim's home in October 2018 to administer her last rites, according to documents filed in court. The woman was in hospice care because she was suffering from several medical conditions, including complications ... more
  • 8 months Group in charge of Shoal Creek landslide repairs asks for $7.5M more from Austin city Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The cost of fixing the massive landslide along Shoal Creek in central Austin may be much higher than city officials originally anticipated, according to a new memo filed by the Watershed Protection Department. The department had originally projected repair costs at about $12.5 million, but a Tuesday memo sought to negotiate a much higher amount from the city for the task. "The current design-construction cost estimate is $12.5M and the requested contingency is $7.5M," officials wrote. "The goal of the project team is to continue value-engineering and cost containment, such that the total $20M is not necessary." A landslide in ... more
  • 8 months 11-year-old violinist, cancer survivor earns Simon’s golden buzzer on America’s Got Talent Kxan
    (WCMH) — An 11-year-old violinist’s energetic performance earned him Simon Cowell’s golden buzzer on Season 14 of America’s Got Talent.Tyler Butler-Figueroa, of Raleigh, North Carolina wowed the judges with his violin performance of Stronger by Kelly Clarkson.Tyler was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when he was four and a half years old. He spent three years in chemotherapy. He says the physical effects and hair loss from the treatment led to bullying at school.“They spread rumors to say that my cancer was contagious,” Tyler said.“Wow, I just want to commend you for taking something that’s probably been one of the ... more
  • 8 months Deadly crash on SH 130 in Georgetown closes southbound lanes Kxan
    GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — Authorities in Georgetown are responding to a deadly crash on State Highway 130 Wednesday morning, according to a tweet from Georgetown Police.Units from Georgetown police and fire are on the scene of the crash on southbound SH 130 just south of State Highway 29. According to Georgetown police, southbound SH 130 is closed and drivers are encouraged to avoid the area.Police say only one car was involved and have confirmed one death in the crash. They also said at least five people were inside the vehicle.There is no word yet on what caused the crash.This is a developing ... more
  • 8 months Leander will close library Saturday for church’s Drag Queen Story Time Kxan
    LEANDER, Texas (KXAN) -- The City of Leander will close the public library Saturday as a "precaution" because it expects demonstrations related to a private "Drag Queen Story Time" event. The city announced the closure Tuesday in the following post on its website:  Leander Public Library will be closed to the public on Saturday, June 15. While one of the library conference rooms will remain accessible to participants of the Drag Queen Story Time private event, ticket reservations through Open Cathedral are required for guest participation. On event day, the city will designate areas near the library and manage resources to allow ... more
  • 8 months LIVE: Postage stamp honoring George H.W. Bush revealed Wednesday Kxan
    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KXAN) — George H.W. Bush's legacy will be honored Wednesday at a ceremony unveiling a postage stamp dedicated to the late president. The U.S. Postal Service is holding a First Day of Issue Dedication Ceremony Wednesday at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center at Texas A&M University. Lone Star Legacy: How George H.W. Bush changed Texas politics The Forever Stamp is worth 55 cents and costs $11 for a sheet of 20. It features a portrait of the president in a gray suit with a blue tie. The portrait was originally painted by Michael J. Deas, ... more
  • 8 months APD conducts operation to enforce ‘Move Over’ law, focuses on safety of tow truck drivers Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Highway Enforcement Command of the Austin police will conduct an operation Wednesday to enforce the Texas Move Over law which requires drivers to move over or slow down for emergency vehicles. READ MORE: San Marcos officer hit by suspected drunk driver loses leg APD says 18 officers will be conducting this operation within the Austin city limits and will focus on drivers not moving over for tow trucks on the side of the highway.According to data from AAA, one tow truck driver is hit and killed on the side of the highway every six days. The law in ... more
  • 8 months Gov. Greg Abbott to sign property tax reform bill Kxan
    AUSTIN (Nexstar) — Gov. Greg Abbott will sign into law Senate Bill 2, the bill to reform property taxes in Texas, Wednesday morning. 
    Property tax reform bill signed into lawHAPPENING NOW: Gov. Greg Abbott signs property tax reform bill into law Wednesday morning Details on the law: by KXAN News on Wednesday, June 12, 2019Members of the Texas Legislature will join him for the bill signing ceremony at Wally's Burger Express in Austin. According to a media advisory from the Governor's office, Wally's property taxes increased 44% this year and the owner said without Senate Bill 2, it would ... more
  • 8 months Austin FC website back up after crashing during season ticket membership release Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — On the day Austin's Major League Soccer team opened up sales for its season ticket memberships, its website crashed. People can still get Austin FC memberships by going directly to this website. The team's homepage was back up and running by 10:30 a.m. Deposits start at $50 and are refundable.The Austin FC memberships will allow buyers to get in line when season tickets become available. They were slated to go on sale online at 10 a.m. Wednesday, but just minutes later the website showed an error message saying "This site can't be reached. took too long to respond."A ... more
  • 8 months Body recovered from Lake Pflugerville Wednesday morning; ID pending Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A body was recovered from Lake Pflugerville Wednesday morning and officials are waiting on positive identification from the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office, according to a press release from the City of Pflugerville. While the identity of the person is not confirmed, authorities were searching the lake for days after a kayaker disappeared Sunday evening. PAST COVERAGE: Search to pick up again Tuesday for missing kayaker at Lake Pflugerville "As severe weather blew through, a female in her 20s in a kayak was carried into deeper water," officials wrote. "The kayak is believed to have blown away, and it has yet ... more
  • 8 months Comedian Jon Stewart lashes out at Congress over 9/11 victims fund Kxan
    WASHINGTON (AP/ CNN) — Comedian Jon Stewart scolded Congress Tuesday for failing to ensure that a victims' compensation fund set up after the 9/11 attacks never runs out of money.Stewart, a longtime advocate for 9/11 responders, angrily called out lawmakers for failing to attend a hearing on a bill to ensure the fund can pay benefits for the next 70 years. Pointing to rows of empty seats at a House Judiciary Committee hearing room, Stewart said "sick and dying" first responders and their families came to Washington for the hearing, only to face a nearly deserted dais.The sparse attendance by lawmakers was ... more
  • 8 months Food allergies more than double over last decade; peanuts most common Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN/SNN) —  Food allergies have more than doubled over the last decade and yet, two-thirds of children who develop one don't have a parent with one. The most common allergy in children is peanuts followed by dairy, soy, and tree nuts.  "In adults for example, shrimp is the most common food allergy. Representing about 3% of adults," said pediatrician and Before Brands chief medical officer Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson. "We've seen a doubling of food allergies each of the last few decades. And in part, we know genetics play a big part in any kind of medical condition."The good news is experts ... more
  • 8 months New Austin camp encourages girls to consider construction careers Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Fifteen middle-school-age girls are spending the week learning valuable skills as a precursor to possible careers in the construction industry.The group will build and wire their own lamps, pour concrete and build a free library stand over the course of the week in a bid from the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) to recruit more girls into the industry early."There's just not a lot of talk about what opportunities are out there, and that's kind of our goal is to show the kids what else there could be," said Jordan Moore, a specialist at plumbing supplier Ferguson Enterprises ... more
  • 8 months Police search for stabbing suspect in downtown Austin Wednesday; 1 hurt Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man has life-threatening injuries after an early Wednesday stabbing in downtown Austin, according to the Austin Police Department.  The stabbing occurred at about 5 a.m. near the intersection of East Sixth Street and Brazos Street, police say.   Austin-Travis County EMS said the man was taken to a local trauma center for treatment of his critical, life-threatening injuries.  Police are actively searching for the suspect and few other details were readily available.  KXAN has a crew en route.  This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.  ... more
  • 8 months Hutto police seek help to identify suspect in Creekside Estates car burglaries in May Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Hutto Police Department is asking for help to identify a man seen in security footage who they say is suspected of burglarizing cars in a neighborhood in May. Police say the man burglarized vehicles in the Creekside Estates subdivision on May 22 at about noon. In the photos released by Hutto police, a dark-haired man is seen wearing a grey tank top, black shorts and carrying a black backpack. Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact Hutto Police Detective Michael Moehrig at (512) 759-5981 or send him an email at  ... more
  • 8 months Worm that makes fish unable to swim continues to infect San Marcos, Comal rivers Kxan
    SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — A new invasive parasite in the San Marcos and Comal rivers is becoming a bigger and bigger problem — it infects fish and makes them unable to swim.Researchers at Texas State University have identified the Haplorchis pumilio — a worm whose larvae can cause all sorts of bodily harm to fish, including an endangered species unique to Texas springs."This newly arrived parasite infects the fins and jaw joints," said Huffman, whois one of more than 40 scientists throughout the Texas State University System working through the Texas Invasive Invasive Species Institute in Huntsville to study and develop strategies to deal with ... more
  • 8 months Pence hits inside-the-park HR, Rangers beat Red Sox Kxan
    BOSTON (AP) — Hunter Pence hit a stand-up, inside-the-park home run and the Texas Rangers beat the Boston Red Sox 9-5 Tuesday night after both managers were ejected. Ariel Jurado (4-2) struck out six while pitching six innings of three-run ball, and Pence, Asdrubal Cabrera and Ronald Guzman each had two RBIs for the Rangers. Texas has won four of five, including Monday night's extra-innings victory at Fenway Park. Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts homered for Boston, which has lost three straight and five of six. The Red Sox ... more
  • 8 months Alex Morgan has 5 goals as US routs Thailand 13-0 Kxan
    REIMS, France (AP) — Thailand was never a real threat to the U.S. national team. Even so, the three-time Women's World Cup champions had no desire to go easy on a lesser opponent in their opening game. Goals matter in the group stage. And statements matter in soccer's biggest tournament. "Obviously we have the utmost respect for everyone we play, but it's the World Cup," said captain Megan Rapinoe. Alex Morgan tied the tournament record with five goals and the United States opened with a historic 13-0 rout of Thailand on ... more
  • 8 months Massive E. Riverside redevelopment one step closer to city approval Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — East Riverside Drive in southeast Austin could transform dramatically over the next decade or so. After hours of back and forth, the City of Austin's Planning Commission voted 7-1 to recommend approving zoning changes for 97 acres of land at the corner of Riverside Drive and South Pleasant Valley Road.The change would allow the developer to build a mixed-use complex at that location. According to documents filed with the city, they're proposing:  Approximately 4,709 multifamily units Approximately 600 hotel rooms Approximately 4,000,000 square feet of office Approximately 60,000 square feet of medical / dental office space Approximately 435,000 square feet of ... more
  • 8 months Austin ISD to boost Pride Parade participation with church rental money Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — After protests and complaints about Austin ISD renting space to a church that doesn't allow gay members, the district is getting creative with its response.  It plans to take $10,000 of the money it's received in rent payments, and use it to boost student participation in the Austin Pride parade.  Previously, the district has relied on donations to pay for the transportation, security, and entrance fee to participate.  "Austin ISD is committed to providing welcoming environments to all of our students," said AISD Communication and Engagement Executive Director Reyne Telles. "All means all for us, and that comes ... more
  • 8 months Man on Boy Scouts trip in Colorado dies in rafting accident Kxan
    CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) — A 42-year-old Texas man on an excursion with a large group of Boy Scouts died in a rafting accident in southern Colorado.Fremont County Sheriff Allen Cooper tells The Pueblo Chieftain a raft flipped and tossed several people into the Arkansas River west of Canon City on Monday afternoon. Sameer Prasla, the father of one of the scouts, was pulled from the river and died at the scene.The Austin man, who was wearing a life jacket and a helmet when he fell into the swollen river, was on a commercial rafting trip with Mountain High Adventure ... more
  • 8 months For the love of cheese, ‘Nacho Militia’ fights for their rights at Scholz Garten Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Victory at last for nacho lovers everywhere and at least a bit of Austin's weirdness has been restored thanks to a group of cavers and University of Texas academics.On Tuesdays, Austinites Sam Young, Strick Strickland and a group of friends dine together at Scholz Garten to enjoy a beer and a plate of nachos—just like they have most Tuesdays over the past 50 years.This group stays connected around this shared space in downtown Austin, sharing a plate of cheese, chips and some jalapenos. Most started coming to Scholz's when they were students at UT. From there, the group stayed together by making Tuesday night ... more
  • 8 months Tenants rally for change at apartments failing health and safety codes Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Tenants in north Austin are calling on the city to step in at an apartment complex that's notorious for code violations.A group rallied outside of the Creeks Edge Apartments (formerly Cross Creek Apartments) Tuesday evening, holding up signs to draw attention to the issues inside.A spokeswoman for Austin's Code Department says right now, there are 37 active code violations at Creeks Edge, two of which have been deemed so dangerous that the people living inside of those apartments affected had to be relocated.The complex has been listed as a "repeat offender" for code violations since 2014, through ... more
  • 8 months Appraisal Review Board deciding whether to throw out a day’s worth of property tax hearings Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) - With more than 100,000 Travis County homeowners protesting their property taxes, there's not much time to waste. On Wednesday the Appraisal Review Board will decide whether to keep or throw out a day's worth of property tax protest hearings from last week. Local tax firms are threatening legal action if the board decides to void the work already done. "If they do cancel all of those panel decisions tomorrow, tens of thousands of dollars have been wasted,” said Bill Aleshire who represents Texas Protax. The Appraisal Review Board postponed last Tuesday’s hearings, after board panels differed in ... more
  • 8 months US 290 reopened after child hit by 18-wheeler near Elgin Kxan
    BASTROP COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Westbound lanes of U.S. 290 East are re-opened after being closed Tuesday afternoon when a six-year-old was hit by an 18-wheeler three miles east of Elgin. According to Elgin Fire Department, a six-year-old child had just stepped off the bus when they were hit by an 18-wheeler. The extent of the child's injuries are not yet known. Bastrop County officials say a helicopter was launched. This is a developing story. KXAN will update this with more information as it becomes available. ... more
  • 8 months Divers recover vacationing couple’s heirloom ring from Lake Travis Kxan
    LAKE TRAVIS, Texas (KXAN) — A diver went down more than 40 feet into Lake Travis Tuesday and somehow found an heirloom wedding ring lost by a couple vacationing in Austin. On Saturday, Josh and Jessica Goldenberg went boating with some of their friends. Josh decided to take a risk and keep on a precious piece of jewelry. "Against my wife's wishes, I wore my wedding ring into the lake thinking that there was no chance it could fall off," Josh told KXAN over a FaceTime call Tuesday. "It hadn't fallen off my finger before." The ring, however, slipped off his finger while he was climbing ... more
  • 8 months How school finance bill will impact Austin area districts Kxan
    Austin (KXAN) — On Tuesday, state leaders gathered as Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 3 into law, a landmark public education finance reform bill.The bill itself aims to reform school finance, reduce property taxes, and increase teacher pay. HB 3 will also decrease the amount of "recapture" payments, the controversial policy that forces property-wealthy school districts like Austin ISD to help pay for the schools in property-poor school districts.In Texas, a district's property tax rate is made up of two parts: a maintenance and operations (M&O) tax rate and an interest and sinking (I&S) tax rate "which provides funds for ... more
  • 8 months Texas’ “Save Chick-fil-A” bill signed into law Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) -- Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed into law what's become known as the "Save Chick-fil-A" bill. The bill was brought forward by Republicans after San Antonio City Council voted in March to exclude Chik-fil-A from having airport concessions in their city because of the fast-food chain's owners' record on LGBT issues, specifically over donations to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Salvation Army, and a George youth home; whose leaders advocate for marriage to be between one-man and one-woman. Supporters of this bill say it ensures religious liberty protections.  SB 1978 was signed on June 10 and will go into ... more
  • 8 months Democrats unimpressed with Republicans’ proposed fixes to immigration Kxan
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEXSTAR) — Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan says Congress must act to fix a broken immigration system that now encourages migrants to come to the U.S. illegally in increasingly overwhelming numbers.He testified Tuesday at the Senate Judiciary Committee, begging Congress to act now. McAleenan says it's been 40 days since the Trump Administration asked Congress for emergency funding, and so far — nothing.Republican Senator Lindsey Graham says he has a fix: his bill, The Secure and Protect Act.Graham says to stop the flow of migrants, we must help the countries they are fleeing. Graham says the act would require those ... more
  • 8 months Alarming DIY trend creating cancer risk Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) –  You might have seen it on the internet -- DIY sunscreen. Just scroll through Pinterest for a few minutes and you'll see hundreds of recipes with labels like: all-natural, non-toxic, or water-resistant. You can make it into a spray, a lotion or even into a bar. No matter how it's made, the experts agree: it probably doesn't work.A recent study tested 189 recipes on the site, basically one out of five. Ninety percent of the tested recipes advertised themselves as effective sunscreen. But here's the kicker: more than two-thirds of the tested recipes didn't work. That means they could ... more
  • 8 months Arrest made in Hutto vandalism containing offensive slurs Kxan
    HUTTO, TX (KXAN) — Hutto police have made an arrest in a string of graffiti and vandalism incidents from May in four Hutto and Round Rock neighborhoods. The spray-painted graffiti contained homophobic and racial slurs. Police arrested Desirae Shanisse Sanchez in connection to the vandalism which included 12 houses and 13 cars, according to the affidavit. Sanchez and three others were involved in the events on Sunday, May 5, according to a witness statement in the affidavit. The affidavit says that in each targeted house lived a person that “the group ... more
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