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  • 9 months Woman sues TSA over strip search at Oklahoma airport Kxan
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas woman has sued the Transportation Security Administration after she says they made her strip down in Oklahoma before a flight back to Nevada, KTNV reports.Rhonda Mengert says in her lawsuit she was traveling through Tulsa International Airport on Mother's Day when an implant in her hip set off the metal detector, The TV station reported.Mengert said she agreed to be pat down by a TSA agent. During the search, the agent found a "common feminine hygiene product" that she was wearing underneath her clothes.Mengert told KNTV that TSA agents then took her to ... more
  • 9 months Kamala Harris says prosecutor past will help defeat Trump Kxan
    WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democrat Kamala Harris played up her experience as a prosecutor on Saturday, telling a mostly black crowd in South Carolina that her prosecutorial credentials have given her a window in to helping improve the criminal justice system and also make her uniquely qualified to take on President Donald Trump."We've got to hold this guy accountable by prosecuting the case in front of the American people against four more years of this administration," Harris told a gathering of the state conference of the NAACP. "And I've prosecuted a lot of cases. But rarely one with this ... more
  • 9 months Austin’s Second Street neighborhood ranked among friendliest in US by National Geographic Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin's Second Street neighborhood recently was listed on National Geographic Traveler's list of 28 Friendliest Neighborhoods in the U.S. The list was formulated using a survey gauging walkability, home affordability, public spaces, restaurants, etc. In addition, social media and perception data from TripAdvisor and Yelp were factored. The Second Street listing mentions the Moody Theater, home of Austin City Limits; the Violet Crown Cinema and The Line hotel. Austin's Second Street sits along such locations as: Waikiki, Honolulu; Downtown Los Angeles, California; Times Square/Hell's Kitchen, New York City; and the Las Vegas Strip.  For the full list ... more
  • 9 months Documents shed light on what some Austin CEOs earn versus rank-and-file Kxan
    AUSTIN (Austin Business Journal) — The disparity in pay between the C-suite and the rank-and-file can be vast or relatively small — depending on where you work. Last year, a federal rule kicked in requiring most public companies to disclose the pay gap between their CEO and what their median employee earns. It was a provision of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act approved by Congress in 2010. So, for the second year, Austin Business Journal broke down pay ratios at Austin-area public companies contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings. To see the full list and ... more
  • 9 months Skin Cancer Foundation offering free screenings this weekend at Zilker Park Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — With the rising temperatures outside experts are offering free full-body skin cancer screenings this weekend at Zilker Park.Hosted by the Skin Cancer Foundation, local dermatologists are volunteering their time to give screenings to patients who attend.It's estimated that more than 4,200 cases of melanoma, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer, will be diagnosed this year.     "Being aware that there are things that you could do to minimize your risk of developing skin cancer puts you ahead of the game and helps minimize the chance that you will get skin cancer,"  said Susan Dozier, a board ... more
  • 9 months Parents demand answers after 12-year-old takes Uber to suicide Kxan
    (WESH) — An Florida family is demanding answers from Uber after they say their 12-year-old daughter hailed a ride in the middle of the night and then took her own life. If you or someone you know is experiencing emotional distress or suicidal crisis, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free, 24/7 confidential service that can provide support, information and local resources at 800-273-8255. There is also a free text-message service that offers 24/7 support for those in crisis and can be reached by texting 741-741. If it's an emergency, please dial 911. The family of Benita "BB" Diamond said ... more
  • 9 months Panic at DC pride parade sends people running Kxan
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A panic caused by a mistaken belief that a gun had been fired during a pride parade in Washington, D.C., sent people running through the streets of the nation's capital on Saturday evening, city officials said. Police said some of the people who ran sustained minor injuries and seven were taken to hospitals."As the officers were going to the scene, there was a crowd of people going away from it and some of the individuals in the crowd said there was a man with a gun and that someone had fired a shot," said Guillermo Rivera, a ... more
  • 9 months Texas voters oppose 3-1 refusing service to LGBTQ community, poll finds Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Quinnipiac University Poll released Thursday found that Texas voters say 71-22% that businesses should not be allowed to refuse service to someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Every listed party, gender, education, age, racial and religious group opposes a business refusing service, the independent Quinnipiac University Poll finds. By a narrower 58–35%, Texas voters oppose a business refusing service, even when the business says homosexuality violates the owner’s religious beliefs. When religion is cited, support for a business refusing service is 57–33% among Republicans, 50–43% among white men and 63–29% among white Evangelicals. Catholics oppose ... more
  • 9 months Joey Chestnut upset by Boston native in World Donettes-eating championship Kxan
    App users, tap here to watchAUSTIN (KXAN) — The number one competitive eater in the world, Joey Chestnut, was upset by a Boston, Massachusetts native in the World Hostess Donettes-eating Championship on Friday. Chestnutt was only able to eat 200 Donettes, while Geoffrey Esper managed to chow down 235.The contestants took on a six-minute challenge in the second annual contest held in Austin. Last year, Chestnut ate a world record of 257 Hostess Donettes in six minutes. Austin local, Juan Neave, also competed this year.Chestnut told KXAN he'll definitely return next year, and a lot hungrier to win back his belt.  ... more
  • 9 months Five men injured in southwest Austin shooting Friday night Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police are searching for a suspect after five people were injured in a southwest Austin shooting on Friday night. According to Austin Police Department, the call came in at 10:51 p.m. at 8220 W. State Highway 71, believed to be the location of the Country Aire Mobile Home Park.  ATCEMS said all five patients were men and were transported to local trauma centers with non-life threatening injuries. ATCEMS cleared the scene as of 11:45 p.m. Friday. APD reports no fatalities as of 11:40 p.m. on Friday. The suspect faces likely charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. ... more
  • 9 months Drink pink? Here’s all you need to know about rosé on National Rosé Day Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — As summer creeps closer, so begins the start of "Rosé Season" — the time when red and white wines take a small vacation while Americans enjoy barbecues and pool hangs with a glass of pinkish rosé, often called "summer water." What is rosé? By the looks and taste of it, rosé seems to be a kind of median between red and white — with a taste that backs this up. But is that all there is to it?  According to David Kuhlken, winemaker at Pedernales Cellers in Stonewall, rosé is made more in the style of white wine, but is made using red grapes. ... more
  • 9 months ‘We changed the conversation’ — lawmaker reflects on first session Kxan
    AUSTIN (Nexstar) — Like many lawmakers, State Rep. James Talarico, D-Round Rock, listed education as one of his top priorities heading into the legislative session. The freshman lawmaker pushed a package of bills to keep Texas students "safe, healthy and ready" this session at the Capitol.A former teacher, Talarico wanted to "change the whole education conversation" by filing a series of 24 bills back in March along with other lawmakers — Democrats and Republicans — called the "Whole Student Agenda"The bills sought to expand mental health resources in schools and were designed to "serve students in a more holistic fashion," ... more
  • 9 months Band together against Trump, Buttigieg tells LGBTQ ralliers Kxan
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrat Pete Buttigieg, who hopes to become the first openly gay presidential nominee from a major political party, said at an LGBTQ event Saturday that activists must band together to deny President Donald Trump a second term."We've got a lot to worry about, a lot to fight for, but we have the means to do it," he said. The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, stressed the need for people to vote and to become involved in politics.Speaking before an audience gathered for Des Moines LGBTQ pride festivities in front of the Iowa statehouse, Buttigieg accused ... more
  • 9 months Two hurt after rollover crash in northwest Austin, delays expected in area Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Authorities are responding to a vehicle rescue after a rollover crash in northwest Austin, according to a tweet from Austin-Travis County EMS on Saturday afternoon.The crash occurred at the 8900 block of Great Hills Trail near North Capitol of Texas Highway around 12:28 p.m. ATCEMS said there are two patients needing to be extricated. One patient, a man in his 30s, was reportedly pinned in his car. He has been extricated to be taken to Dell Seton Medical Center.Austin police are urging drivers to avoid the area as Austin fire and ATCEMS continue the extrication and clear the scene.There is ... more
  • 9 months Austin man arrested, accused of robbing multiple stores with a ‘watermelon knife’ Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly robbing multiple businesses with a "watermelon knife," according to an arrest affidavit from Austin police.On Saturday, June 1, officers responded to a robbery at a Palyess Shoe Store at 9511 North Lamar Boulevard. Employees at the store said a black man with a large "watermelon knife," came in and told them to open the register. They said he held the knife in their direction until he grabbed the cash from the register and left. The victims said the suspect was a thin man approximately 50 years old wearing a green t-shirt. ... more
  • 9 months Pickup hits Amish horse-drawn carriage, killing 2 kids Kxan
    ALGANSEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a pickup truck rear-ended an Amish horse-drawn carriage in southern Michigan, killing two children and seriously injuring two others and a woman who were in the carriage.The state police say the two adults and five children who were in the carriage were ejected when the truck hit it Friday night in Algansee Township, a small farming community not far from Michigan's borders with Indiana and Ohio.The children who were killed were 6 and 2 years old. They were pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities say two other children, ages 3 and 4, were ... more
  • 9 months Troubling footage shows abuse inside Ohio jail Kxan
    (WKYC/NBC News) — Troubling security videos released from Ohio's Cuyahoga County Jail are raising serious questions about the way inmates are treated there.One video, released this week but taken in March of 2018, appears to show two corrections officers repeatedly punching an inmate who is restrained.In the video, officers Nicholas Evans and Timothy Dugan remove Terrance Debose from a cell and place him in isolation.The reasons are unknown, and Debose appears to be restrained to a wheelchair.Words appear to then be exchanged, before Evans appears to turn off his body camera and strike Debose again and again.Dugan next enters and ... more
  • 9 months Border agent saves migrant mother, son from Texas bee attack Kxan
    BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol agent in Texas is credited with saving a migrant woman and her young son who were attacked and covered by thousands of bees.The agency said in a statement Friday that the agent was patrolling the Rio Grande in Brownsville, in southernmost Texas, when bees entered his patrol vehicle.The agent was looking for the origin of the bees Tuesday when he found what he thought was just a bundle of clothing covered in the insects. He then realized it was a woman curled into a ball.He ordered her to run into his vehicle ... more
  • 9 months K-9 cinema lets people enjoy movies with their furry pals Kxan
    PLANO, TEXAS (KXAN) — As the summer blockbuster season heats up, a theater in Plano knows that movies are always more fun with your best friend.'K-9 Cinema' created by Eric Lanford aims to become a unique place for people And their pooches to go enjoy a movie. The candy counter's even stocked with doggie treats.For people who don't have a dog, local shelters are often there on hand With pups up for temporary adoption.   ... more
  • 9 months Woman transported to the hospital after auto-pedestrian crash in central Austin Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Authorities are responding to an auto-pedestrian crash in north Austin Saturday morning.According to a tweet from Austin-Travis County EMS, the crash occurred in the 3800 block of North I-35 service road near Clarkson Avenue.ATCEMS says one woman in her 40s sustained critical life-threatening injuries and has been taken to Dell Seton Medical Center. Traffic delays are expected in the area.This is a developing story. KXAN will update it as more information becomes available.  ... more
  • 9 months Allegations against top priest under review after AP report Kxan
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Catholic Church in Texas says it is reviewing allegations that a top monsignor continued to hear a married woman's confessions after luring her into a sexual relationship, a potentially serious crime under church law.The announcement was issued by the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese led by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops' conference, after the woman broke years of silence to denounce his handling of her case in an Associated Press investigation this week. The archdiocese has defended DiNardo's handling of the case as swift and just. But it said Friday that the issue of confession was a ... more
  • 9 months Trump suspends plans to impose tariffs on Mexico Kxan
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced that he had suspended plans to impose tariffs on Mexico, tweeting that the country "has agreed to take strong measures" to stem the flow of Central American migrants into the United States. But the deal the two neighbors agreed to falls short of some of the dramatic overhauls the U.S. had pushed for.A "U.S.-Mexico Joint Declaration" released by the State Department late Friday said the U.S. "will immediately expand the implementation" of a program that returns asylum-seekers who cross the southern border to Mexico while their claims are adjudicated. Mexico will "offer jobs, healthcare and ... more
  • 9 months Austin FC wins rezoning at City Hall after unanimous vote Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin FC scored a shutout — a unanimous go-ahead from Austin City Hall — to keep its Major League Soccer stadium plans on schedule.Austin City Council unanimously approved June 6 a rezoning ordinance for the team's future stadium at McKalla Place, a 24-acre city-owned site near The Domain in North Austin.The 10-0 vote of approval was for all three readings, meaning the zoning is finalized and doesn't have to come back to Council. Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison was off the dais.Read the full story on Austin Business Journal here. ... more
  • 9 months Five men injured in reported shooting in southwest Austin Friday night Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin-Travis County EMS reported to the scene of a reported shooting in southwest Austin Friday night. According to Austin Police Department, the call came in at 10:51 p.m. at 8220 W. State Highway 71, believed to be the location of the Country Aire Mobile Home Park. According to APD, it is reported but not confirmed that five people were shot. ATCEMS says all five patients were men and were transported to local trauma centers with non-life threatening injuries. ATCEMS was clearing the scene as of 11:45 p.m. Friday. APD reports no fatalities as of 11:40 p.m. and says that ... more
  • 9 months Youth Hackathon tackles human trafficking with City of Austin Kxan
    AUSTIN — On Saturday, June 8, Central Texas high school students will come up with solutions to address the real world issue of human trafficking at a unique hackathon hosted by the nonprofit, Whatever It Takes.High school students from Austin-area schools will team up at the Smart City Saturday youth hackathon at the Google Headquarters in Downtown Austin. In collaboration with the City of Austin and local nonprofit organizations, these teens will leverage innovative thinking to develop solutions to address this community crisis. With more than 79,000 minors and youth victims of sex trafficking in Texas, the hackathon challenges these ... more
  • 9 months Wisconsin newsroom undergoes paranormal investigation Kxan
    (WJFW) — Kevin and Jennifer Malek are paranormal investigators who began the non-profit Northern Wisconsin Paranormal Society Ltd. ten years ago.The NWPS, based in Rhinelander, is dedicated to helping people find the unusual or unexplained in their homes, businesses, or even in themselves."The majority of the stuff we do is either, 'My house is haunted' or 'I'm haunted,'" said Kevin. They go to homes or businesses and test for any sort of paranormal activity.WTFW invited them to their station to see if there is anything unusual happening in the Newswatch12 studio.  ... more
  • 9 months Buttigieg campaign grows, looking to sustain early momentum Kxan
    CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has been quickly growing his upstart campaign, expanding its footprint in early states, adding veterans of previous presidential bids and now taking over a Chicago office previously occupied by an offshoot of President Barack Obama's campaigns.The team has grown from six people in January to roughly 85, and the campaign expects to more than double that number in the coming months as the 37-year-old tries to maintain his early momentum through the long haul of the 2020 race.The campaign will soon move for a second time to a larger headquarters in downtown ... more
  • 9 months Northbound I-35 mainlanes closed for up to 12 hours Friday-Saturday nights Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Department of Transportation will temporarily close the northbound I-35 mainlanes nightly at St. Johns Avenue on Friday, June 7 from 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. and on Saturday, June 8 from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m. to demolish the St. Johns Avenue bridge and the north to southbound U-turn bridge over the northbound I-35 mainlanes.During the closures, northbound I-35 mainlane traffic will be detoured to the frontage road at exit 239 to southbound US 183, and will re-enter I-35 near Rundberg Lane. The northbound I-35 to northbound US 183 flyover, US 183 frontage roads under ... more
  • 9 months Downed power line on north I-35 southbound, expect delays Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police are responding to a downed power line in the 6800 block of north Interstate Highway 35 southbound.According to Austin Police Department, southbound traffic at the 6800 block will be shut down. Officers will divert traffic to the U.S. 183 southbound exit.Drivers should expect delays. ... more
  • 9 months Bugs infiltrate Central Texas homes after wet and rainy spring Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Insects and arachnids and all their other unsavory friends are moving into homes all over central Texas this summer.A very wet spring has people calling pest control across Central Texas.Experts say millipedes, cockroaches, wasps and mosquitos are the threats they hear about the most lately.One family has seen it firsthand."Recently she's been the millipede hunter," Melissa Chan said of her four-year-old daughter, Zoe.Armed with their trusty vacuum, the millipede hunter and mom go to work. "I don't want her to be scared of things and so we've made it a game. But I don't really like millipedes crawling ... more
  • 9 months Tobacco purchasing age will be 21 beginning in September Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — On Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law Senate Bill 21, which will stop the sale of cigarettes, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products to Texans younger than 21. With the governor's signature, Texas will be the 16th state in the U.S. to raise the minimum legal tobacco age to 21.  The bill was championed by Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, and Rep. John Zerwas, R-Richmond. In addition, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made raising the tobacco age one of his legislative priorities.  Shelby Massey, the Texas Government Relations Director for the American Heart Association, celebrated the bill's passage, saying: “Senate Bill 21 would ... more
  • 9 months President Trump announces US-Mexico agreement, suspending tariffs Kxan
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (KXAN) — On Friday night, President Donald Trump announced that the United States had reached an agreement with Mexico in response to the tariffs scheduled to go into effect on Monday.
    I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico. The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended. Mexico, in turn, has agreed to take strong measures to...... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 8, 2019 According to Trump, "This is being done to greatly reduce, or ... more
  • 9 months State leaders express worry ahead of U.S.-Mexico’s tariff suspension agreement Kxan
    AUSTIN (Nexstar) — Texas leaders voiced their concern about new taxes on Mexican goods entering the U.S. that were track to take effect Monday before President Donald Trump tweeted Friday night that the U.S. and Mexico had reached an agreement suspending the tariffs.State leaders worried failed negotiations would impact a partnership the state and its neighbor to the south need.The taxes would have started at 5% and increased monthly, reaching 25% by October. The pl President Donald Trump's administration to stop the flood of immigrants headed to the U.S. border."I am absolutely in favor of securing the border, I think it's very ... more
  • 9 months Fundraiser being held in Hays Co. for San Marcos officer who lost her leg Kxan
    SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — It’s been just over two weeks since a police officer lost her leg in the line of duty.  Claudia Cromier was working a traffic stop on I-35 in San Marcos when another driver — Niel Sheehan from Flower Mound — hit her.  Sheehan was arrested and Cormier was taken to the hospital. Her husband, Jayson Cormier, also is on the force with the San Marcos Police Department. He was one of the first to respond to the initial accident  As a result, the San Marcos Police Officers Union and Hays County BBQ will host a fundraiser ... more
  • 9 months Organization asking for donations to give paralyzed Austin police officer a home Kxan
    TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — For former Austin Police Officer Tammy Barrett, it's about the little things. "We take for granted the things that we have and you don't understand what you don't have until you don't have it," said Barrett.Her life changed completely in September 2018 after she plunged off a cliff in an ATV accident near El Paso. Paralyzed from the waist down, doctors told her she would never walk again."Everything's different," said Barrett. "I used to run marathons and workout and I can't run now but I still try to go to the park and get some exercise in and ... more
  • 9 months Scrutiny over failed citizenship check continues after Secretary of State’s resignation Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two Central Texas Congressmen are asking for an apology from Governor Abbott and will redouble their effort to get Congress to file suit against Texas over its failed citizenship review.Earlier this year, Secretary of State David Whitley released a list of 95,000 'non-citizens' who voted in recent Texas election; however, thousands of them were citizens of the United States with voting rights after they were naturalized. Whitley later resigned after the State of Texas settled with Latino rights advocates and the Texas Senate refused to confirm him in the post. He then was offered his old job back ... more
  • 9 months UT Texas Cowboys organization waives appeal, accepts six-year suspension Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Cowboys, a University of Texas all-male student group, has been temporarily banned from operation after the organization chose to forego an appeal and accept the findings and punishment related to the fall 2018 death of a member alleged to be the result of hazing. The decision comes after months of extensions by the organization to officially answer the university's requests for a response on the findings of the investigation into the death of Nicky Cumberland. The student was killed after being ejected from a vehicle when the driver fell asleep on the way back from an off-campus Cowboys retreat. ... more
  • 9 months Rudy’s BBQ, Mighty Fine Burgers owners drop employee health insurance Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — To get a handle on ballooning health care costs while still helping employees afford treatment, K&N Management's owners decided to do something dramatic: they dropped their health insurance.Unlike a lot of restaurant operators, K&N has always offered health insurance coverage for employees. But as of Jan. 1, the company stopped using Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas and switched to a model based on direct primary care with Austin family medicine physician Dr. Chris Larson, plus some wraparound insurance coverage for specialty care or emergencies.Direct primary care cuts out insurance companies and instead pays doctors directly, usually with ... more
  • 9 months Texas Wide Receiver will undergo surgery Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) —The Longhorns are going to be without another wide receiver for the near future. The University of Texas athletic department announced that redshirt freshman Al'vonte Woodard suffered a foot injury during a voluntary workout session this week. Woodard will undergo surgery next week and while there is no official timetable set for recovery, he is expected to return in the fall. The redshirt freshman was a five star recruit out of Houston Lamar. This news comes a week after five star wide receiver Bru McCoy informed the Longhorns coaching staff that he is leaving.  ... more
  • 9 months President Trump’s threat of Mexico tariffs could take effect next week Kxan
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nexstar) — Some Republican lawmakers are warning President Donald Trump that following through on his threat to impose tariffs on Mexico would be a bad idea.  As the President flies back from Europe, Mexican and American negotiators are meeting at the State Department in Washington. They are trying  to reach an agreement on Mexico's immigration policy that President Trump will agree to. But, the President is giving Mexico an ultimatum — meet his immigration demands or face a 5% tariff on exports to the U.S. Trump says he will sign an order as early as Friday evening to impose the tariffs, which ... more
  • 9 months Round Rock man accused of robbery, shooting man near Cedar Ridge High School Kxan
    ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Round Rock police have arrested a man accused of robbery and a shooting at an apartment complex near Cedar Ridge High School on Thursday. According to a release from Round Rock Police Department, Kahli Tyre McQuitty, 21, robbed a man in the parking lot of an apartment complex at 2500 Louis Henna Boulevard, which appears to be the Townhomes at Double Creek, on Thursday morning — causing a brief lock down of CRHS. Police say the victim says he was robbed at gunpoint. Another man was injured in the incident and was in stable condition on ... more
  • 9 months Former AFD firefighter indicted on sex assault charges receives two new indictments Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A former Austin Fire Department firefighter who was previously indicted for felony sex assault charges is facing two new indictments. According to a release from the Travis County District Attorney's Office, Marcus Reed, a former AFD arson investigator, has been charged with two new felony offenses of indecency with a child and aggravated perjury. The new charges, according to the Travis County DA, are unrelated to the previous allegations that Reed used his status as a firefighter to sexually assault a woman he contacted while on duty. PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Austin fire lieutenant accused of sexually assaulting woman The 147th ... more
  • 9 months UTPD Chief: easing aggressive panhandling rules will endanger students Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin city council has decided to postpone a vote on amendments to city ordinances that would ease restrictions on panhandling and the city's "no sit/no lie" rules and camping rules.Those ordinances were originally passed in 2005 and were later updated in 2011.The first was made to keep people from sitting or lying down in right of ways and sidewalks downtown. Exceptions to this ordinance were made for people who have disabilities or are experiencing medical emergencies. READ MORE: City Council addresses policies deemed discriminatory towards homeless The second ordinance bans aggressive solicitation; panhandling near bus stops, schools, ATMs or banks; and an overnight ban ... more
  • 9 months Texas woman found guilty in plot to kill ex’s new girlfriend Kxan
    DALLAS (AP) — A woman accused of orchestrating the 2015 Dallas slaying of a woman dating her ex-boyfriend has been found guilty.A jury Friday found 36-year-old Brenda Delgado guilty of capital murder. She received an automatic sentence of life without the possibility of parole.Kendra Hatcher, a pediatric dentist, was fatally shot in her apartment building's parking garage. Prosecutors say Delgado paid Kristopher Love and Crystal Cortes to kill Hatcher.Love was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death. Cortes, the suspected getaway driver, pleaded guilty to murder, striking a deal for a 35-year sentence if she testified against Love and Delgado.Delgado ... more
  • 9 months WATCH LIVE: Austin man, Joey Chestnut compete in World Donettes-eating championship Kxan
    App users, tap here to watchAUSTIN (KXAN) — The number one competitive eater in the world, Joey Chestnut, is coming to Austin to compete in the World Hostess Donettes-eating Championship on Friday. The contestants will take on a six-minute challenge in the second annual contest. Last year, Chestnut ate a world record of 257 Hostess Donettes in six minutes and is determined to defend his record at this year's event, but the competition is real. Austin local, Juan Neave, will also be competing this year.The contest is happening at Barton Creek Square Mall at 12:30 p.m. and KXAN will be there to show you ... more
  • 9 months Ex-Austin ISD bus driver pleads not guilty to inappropriately touching 5-year-old Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A former Austin Independent School District bus driver pleaded not guilty in a case where he is accused of inappropriately touching a 5-year-old girl who rode on his bus. This comes one day after the girl's family sued Austin ISD, claiming the district didn't review or do anything about video from the bus that allegedly showed the abuse. Cesar Maldonado faces continuous sexual abuse of a child charges. Now that he has pleaded not guilty, the case will go to trial. Maldonado is accused of inappropriately touching the girl while on the bus from March 1, 2018 ... more
  • 9 months Mom accused of driving through barricaded low water crossing with children in car Kxan
    TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A warrant is out for a mother's arrest for allegedly driving through flood barricades at a low water crossing with her children in the car.According to court documents, on May 8 around 1:30 p.m., a deputy with the Travis County Sheriff's office was checking the low water crossing near the 10300 block of Lake Beach Dr. When the deputy got there, he saw rushing water with debris going over the bridge that he estimated to be about 1.5 feet deep, but likely deeper toward the center of the bridge because of its higher structure on its ends.He ... more
  • 9 months Country music star Granger Smith’s son drowns, family requests donations to local hospital Kxan
    GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — Country music star Granger Smith's son died earlier this week after a "tragic accident," according to a post from his father on social media. Multiple media outlets are reporting the 3-year-old drowned. In a statement from his label, Smith said doctors were not able to revive 3-year-old River Kelly Smith, and that the family had decided to donate the boy's organs to help other children. "In lieu of flowers or gifts, please send donations to Dell Children's Medical Center in River's name," Smith's post said. "The doctors, nurses and staff have been incredible." The Smiths have ... more
  • 9 months ICYMI: Runners celebrate with margarita after 5K Kxan
    Austin (KXAN) - A big congratulations to the thousands of runners that were out on Thursday night for Maudie's Moonlight Margarita Run!This was the 16th year for the event, which raises funds for the Trail Foundation and ensures the trail remains one of Austin's greatest assets for generations to come.KXAN's Jim Spencer served as MC for the after-party – where runners were greeted with food and a margarita, courtesy of Maudie's Tex-Mex!The race started at Walter Seaholm Drive and had runners racing down the streets bordering the lake. ... more
  • 9 months CycleNation comes to Austin for inaugural event Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) – In the United States, someone has a stroke and dies of a heart attack every 40 seconds - the American Heart Association intends to change that. Cycling is a great way to protect yourself from serious diseases such as heart attack and stroke. Join us for a health revolution at CycleNation!The inaugural Austin event will take place on Saturday, July 27 at 1p.m. at DEFINE Body and Mind (809 S Lamar Blvd).Riders are encouraged to form teams and fundraise – or you can break from the pack and participate in an individual challenge. Then on Saturday, riders will hop ... more
  • 9 months Man was fleeing probation appointment when he struck deputy with his car police say Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police documents released Friday reveal new details about an incident where a Travis County Sheriff's deputy was struck by a vehicle in north Austin on Wednesday. They say the suspect who hit the deputy was fleeing a probation appointment after learning he was to be arrested.According to the arrest affidavit, 25-year-old Preston Marcel Molina was at the Travis County Adult Probation Office on 10409 Burnet Road to meet with his probation officer. According to the probation officer, Molina was told he was going to be arrested for an outstanding warrant to which he replied, "you aren't going ... more
  • 9 months Word comes out at fundraiser that Wendy Davis plans to run for US Congress Kxan
    Update: A previous headline for this article stated Davis made the announcement. That has not been confirmed, and her plans to run were brought up at the Texas Observer fundraiser.AUSTIN (KXAN) — Wendy Davis is back front and center in Texas politics after it was announced Thursday night at a Texas Observer fundraiser that she's going to run against local Congressman Chip Roy.Davis gained national attention in 2013, for her eleven-hour filibuster on the floor of the Texas Senate. Her actions temporarily stopped a bill with tougher restrictions on abortion, during the regular session. She later lost as the Democrat in ... more
  • 9 months US employers add just 75,000 jobs as unemployment stays 3.6% Kxan
    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. hiring slowed in May as employers added just 75,000 jobs, a sign that businesses have become more cautious in the face of slowing global growth and widening trade conflicts.The tepid job growth, along with rising pressures on the economy, makes it more likely that the Federal Reserve will cut rates in the coming months. Bond yields fell after the jobs data was released, signaling investor expectations for lower Fed rates.Last month's modest job growth followed a much healthier gain of 224,000 in April. The unemployment rate remained at a nearly 50-year low of 3.6%.The hiring gains ... more
  • 9 months Wendy’s employee fired for taking a bath in the sink Kxan
    MILTON, Fla (WKRG)- A Milton Wendy's employee caught on camera taking a bath in the sink has been fired according to officials.In a statement the director of marketing explains that the incident was a prank and totally unacceptable.They go on to mention that the employee did not use good judgment. Inspectors with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation came out to the Wendy's the day after the incident.They say there was no sign there was anything wrong. Inspection reports have a list of requirements and Wendy's was in compliance with everything, that's why the restaurant was allowed to stay ... more
  • 9 months ‘Building Bastrop’ comes to life at weekend pop-up event Kxan
    BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) — The City of Bastrop will bring the Building Bastrop land use regulations to life this weekend.City leaders have put together a pop-up event that will transform eight blocks of downtown's Main Street. It will showcase what a commercial street could look like under the proposed regulations. This will involve crews laying down wood planks to create wider sidewalks, adding real trees and light poles as well as benches to meet the requirements of Building Bastrop."If you are walking along with your regulations you'd say, 'Oh, this is what that would look like," Connie Schroeder, the city's mayor said. "You'll actually be ... more
  • 9 months Police surround house for burglary, find deer instead Kxan
    LUFKIN, Texas (AP) — Police who surrounded a house in eastern Texas because they thought they had a burglary in progress found a deer instead.The homeowner called Lufkin police early Thursday after she heard glass breaking. The woman hid in a closet and realized she had left her weapon in the kitchen. Officers were worried it could end up in the hands of the suspect.Video posted on Facebook shows officers entering the home, yelling, "Police! Let me see your hands!" Police say as the officers rounded a corner, they came "face to face with one very frightened doe."An officer shouted "It's ... more
  • 9 months Regulators give phone companies new tools to fight robocalls Kxan
    NEW YORK (AP) — Federal regulators voted Thursday to give phone companies the right to block unwanted calls without getting customers' permission first.The Federal Communications Commission's move could make call-blocking widespread and help consumers dodge annoying robocalls, which have exploded into a problem that pesters Americans on the level of billions of calls a month.One caveat: Phone companies don't actually have to do anything, and they could start charging you if they do — just as they now charge for some caller ID features and other extras. The FCC expects phone companies to offer these tools for free, but it ... more
  • 9 months Wendy Davis announces she is running against Congressman Chip Roy Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Wendy Davis is back front and center in Texas politics after it was announced Thursday night at a Texas Observer fundraiser that she's going to run against local Congressman Chip Roy.Davis gained national attention in 2013, for her eleven-hour filibuster on the floor of the Texas Senate. Her actions temporarily stopped a bill with tougher restrictions on abortion, during the regular session. She later lost as the Democrat in the 2014 Governor's election to Greg Abbott.Chip Roy's district, district 21, runs from South Austin, down to San Antonio, and then west through the hill country.Republican Congressman Chip ... more
  • 9 months Salvation Army debuts new shelter in east Austin Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Salvation Army cut the ribbon Thursday morning on the new Rathgeber Center in east Austin.The Center officially opens in August and it will be for families dealing with homelessness.The shelter will feature more than 200 beds and the center will also offer services to help these families turn their lives back around."It's a gift to Austin, and to Travis County, that we can wrap around with enough funding, and what's the next step for these familie." said Ann Howard Executive Director of ECHO.The center also replaces the current, smaller Center in Downtown Austin. The Salvation Army plans to ... more
  • 9 months Beto O’Rourke stumps with his wife amid struggles with women Kxan
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Beto O'Rourke stumbled with women from the start, featuring his wife sitting silently in his presidential campaign launch video and joking repeatedly about being a part-time parent.But with his campaign at risk of stalling, O'Rourke is attempting to improve his standing with female voters. His wife, Amy, will begin a rare string of campaign appearances on Friday in Iowa, speaking at joint events and making herself available to chat and take pictures with would-be supporters.Her presence will be an important test of whether Beto O'Rourke can reverse his less-than-favorable first impressions with women. It's an ... more
  • 9 months US opens new mass facility in Texas for migrant children Kxan
    CARRIZO SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — The federal government is opening a new mass facility to hold migrant children in Texas and considering detaining hundreds more youths on three military bases around the country, adding up to 3,000 new beds to the already overtaxed system.The new emergency facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas, will hold as many as 1,600 teens in a complex that once housed oil field workers on government-leased land near the border, said Mark Weber, a spokesman for Office of Refugee Resettlement.The agency is also weighing using Army and Air Force bases in Georgia, Montana and Oklahoma to house ... more
  • 9 months UT’s Piperi wins NCAA shot put national title Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — What a Wednesday it was for Longhorn sophomore Tripp Piperi winning the NCAA shot put national title. On Thursday for celebration, he was back in class as a normal student-athlete."Student comes first in student athlete. I'm here mainly for school, so its just what you've got to do. It's not the most fun thing if we're going to be straight up. But you've got to do it, got to get that degree," Piperi said.Piperi let out a loud roar after the title clinching throw and flashed a Hook 'em Horns sign to the Texas faithful supporting him on his home field. "Winning the first ... more
  • 9 months In reversal, Biden opposes ban on federal money for abortion Kxan
    ATLANTA (AP) — After two days of intense criticism, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden reversed course Thursday and declared that he no longer supports a long-standing congressional ban on using federal health care money to pay for abortions."If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no longer support an amendment" that makes it harder for some women to access care, Biden said at a Democratic Party fundraiser in Atlanta.The former vice president's reversal on the Hyde Amendment came after rivals and women's rights groups blasted him for affirming through campaign aides that he still supported ... more
  • 9 months Straw’s 3B in 14th lifts Astros over pesky Mariners 8-7 Kxan
    SEATTLE (AP) — It took more than five hours, but the Houston Astros finally put away the pesky Seattle Mariners. Rookie Myles Straw led off the 14th inning with a triple and scored on Yuli Gurriel's sacrifice fly, and the Astros outlasted the Mariners 8-7 Thursday night in the longest game of the season by innings for either team. Seattle staged tying rallies in the ninth and 10th innings and loaded the bases in the bottom of the 14th thanks to three walks by Chris Devenski (1-0), ... more
  • 9 months New homeless shelter approved for south Austin Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — In response to the city’s growing homeless problem, Austin will move to purchase a building for a new homeless shelter in the next couple of weeks. City Council members gave the go-ahead for a south Austin shelter on Thursday. Specific details about the shelter’s location are protected by Texas law because negotiations are ongoing. Council member Ann Kitchen says the shelter will offer services far beyond just a bed and a roof. "The minute someone steps in the door in a shelter, they're immediately working with a social worker to help them find permanent housing," she said. ... more
  • 9 months Mother suing AISD, says they did not review video of bus driver’s abuse of her child Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The mother who says her then-five-year-old daughter was sexually abused by an Austin Independent School District bus driver is now suing AISD, saying the district didn't review video clearly showing the acts.According to the lawsuit, AISD was made aware of the sexual abuse allegations against Cesar Maldonado, 58, yet when AISD police acquired the video footage from the bus for the time periods of March 1-May 29 2018, they found that the footage had not been reviewed or analyzed at all. Or else, the lawsuit says, the footage was reviewed or analyzed and then the district did not take action.AISD police say ... more
  • 9 months Census looking for workers to count a growing, changing Texas Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — At the Texas Demographic Conference, which was held at the University of Texas at Austin on Thursday, demographers got some insight into how Texas' population is changing and how those changes may play out in the 2020 Census. Attendees discussed how the 2020 Census could have a big impact on Texas and how an undercount could mean a lack of federal funding for things like roads, early childhood education, free lunch programs, and social services. An undercount could also result in inadequate population data for the business community and a mismatch of federal resources sent to the growing Lone ... more
  • 9 months Big 12 unveils bowl schedule through 2025 season Kxan
    DALLAS (KXAN) — The Big 12 is standing pat with its bowl locations for the next seven seasons. The conference announced its bowl lineup through the 2025 season this week agreeing to stay with its eight current bowls games.The latest agreement starts in the 2020 season and runs through the 2025 season. The conference will continue to tie the Sugar Bowl to the Big 12 Champion if the champion isn't competing in the College Football Playoff.In years when a Big 12 team is competing in the CFP, the conference's runner-up will represent the league in the Sugar Bowl.If the Sugar Bowl is ... more
  • 9 months FOUND: 18-year-old with autism who was missing in Cedar Park Kxan
    CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — The Cedar Park Police Department is searching for any information on a missing 18-year-old with autism who may be non-verbal. Andrew Hanson was last seen near North Rivera Circle in the area of Lakeline and 183.  Police describe him as: 5'10" 165 pounds brown hair  Hanson was last seen wearing a pink shirt, tan shorts and was barefoot. If you have any information or have seen him, you're asked to call 911.   ... more
  • 9 months Family says vet accidentally euthanized their dog Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin family is reeling after they say their trusted veterinarian accidentally killed their dog.The Briggs Family has filed a lawsuit and are hoping it will lead them to closure. They say the only reason their dog Nya is now dead is due to the vet's mistake — Nya was only at the vet for a routine spaying.The Brigg's nine-year-old boy, Landon, is in mourning as he visit's Nya's grave in the family backyard. They say Nya was Landon's best friend."I felt like I wanted to collapse on the floor and scream because I was really sad," said Landon. Tonight on KXAN ... more
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