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  • 8 months Texas Medical Association covers pressing healthcare issues Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Medical Association hosted medical professionals from across the state on Saturday morning for a conference surrounding one of the most pressing issues in 2019- healthcare.The TMA Winter Conference took place at the Hyatt Regency on Barton Springs Road from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Its schedule boasted speakers from various organizations to discuss some of the questions and concerns of Austin residents and Texas' future.Among the speakers present was State Senator Lois Kolkhorst, the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, who addressed major health care issues that will be highlighted and tacked ... more
  • 8 months Tennis instructor facing sex charges accused in credit card scheme Kxan
    FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey youth tennis instructor already facing sex-related charges involving minors is now charged in what prosecutors allege was a credit card identity theft scheme that stole hundreds of thousands of dollars.Monmouth County prosecutors on Friday announced conspiracy, theft, insurance fraud and forgery charges against 27-year-old Terry Kuo. Fifteen other people also face charges.They are charged in an alleged scheme from 2015 to 2017 to steal identities, get credit cards and make $400,000 in purchases without payment.Kuo was earlier charged with kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault and possessing and manufacturing child pornography.Kuo's attorney didn't immediately return ... more
  • 8 months FREE BACON: McDonald’s limited offer for bacon lovers to get their fix Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Bacon-lovers, listen up, on Tuesday, for a short window of time you can get yourself some free bacon! McDonald's is having a "free bacon hour" on January 29th from 4 to 5 p.m.Customers can get a free side of thick-cut applewood smoked bacon with any purchase! This is your chance to go crazy. If you've ever wondered what it would taste like to put bacon on your hot fudge sundae or warm apple pie.It's all in celebration of three new items on McDonald's menu, cheesy bacon fries, the big mac bacon burger and the quarter pounder bacon burger.  ... more
  • 8 months Transgender military personnel in limbo over Trump plan Kxan
    NEW YORK (AP) — Long term, lawyers and activists battling to ensure that transgender people can serve openly in the U.S. military are convinced they will prevail. Short term, they are braced for anguishing consequences if the Trump administration proceeds with its plan to sharply restrict such service.The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote Tuesday, gave the administration the green light to put the policy into effect even as legal challenges continue."I'm absolutely optimistic with respect to the long-term prospects," said Sharon McGowan, legal director of the LGBT rights group Lambda Legal, which is pressing one of the lawsuits. ... more
  • 8 months Sheriff: Police dog killed trying to stop armed suspect Kxan
    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Authorities in San Antonio say a police dog was shot and killed by a suspect who himself is now in critical condition after the shootout.KSAT-TV reports that the suspect fled after being pulled over by police in Karnes City, Texas. Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said the suspect ditched his truck near a highway and began walking down the road, firing shots at officers.Sheriff's deputies sent 5-year-old Chucky to stop the suspect. Salazar says Chucky bit the man, who fired several shots at the dog. Deputies and state troopers then fired at the man, taking him down.Salazar ... more
  • 8 months Whataburger offers free taquitos and coffee to federal employees Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Despite the fact that the government shutdown is over, many federal workers are still feeling its impact. The Texas all-star, Whataburger, is still doing their part to lend a hand to those affected by the longest shutdown in US history.In a tweet Friday, Whataburger announced that they will offer a free taquito and coffee to any furloughed worker from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. The announcement states that this offer will last until further notice and that it does not apply to drive-thru or mobile orders.  The shutdown is impacting our friends & neighbors. We want to do our part, ... more
  • 8 months APD could face a 3rd evaluation into how it handled sex assault cases Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) -- Austin's mayor and several city council members are calling for a large-scale evaluation of the Austin Police Department's handling of sexual assault cases.So far, both APD and the Department of Public Safety have audited the department's policy and procedures when it comes to clearing rape cases. Prior coverage: APD to retrain after audit shows almost 1/3 rape cases mishandled The proposed evaluation sponsored by Mayor Steve Adler, Council Member Alison Alter, Council Member Greg Casar, Council Member Ann Kitchen and Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza directs City Manager Spencer Cronk to hire a third-party to take a more extensive ... more
  • 8 months City of Austin Utilities alerted to unauthorized payment site Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A customer alerted City of Austin Utilities after stumbling upon an apparently unauthorized payment site Friday.According to City of Austin Utilities public information, a customer contacted the customer care team about a seemingly fraudulent utilities payment site. The customer found the site on chance after accidentally typing in "itilities" when trying to find the closest authorized pay station.The City is urging customers to be careful when paying their utility bills and to only submit payment in one of the following ways. Customers can pay their bills online here. Quick payments can be done over the phone at 1-800-375-4919 or online here. Payments ... more
  • 8 months Best friends celebrate 95th birthdays, 84 years of together Kxan
    COLORADO (KUSA/NBC News) — A good friend is hard to find and keeping one can be even harder, but one Colorado pair might as well have written the book on friendship. They're celebrating their 95th birthdays and more than eight decades of never leaving each other's side. Phyllis Hines and Barbara Noone met in 7th grade."I honestly never ever remember being mad at her or having...you know how girls can be," Phyllis says. "She understands me," Barbara adds. "Most of the time."They've been through it all, raising their families, the death of their husbands and now their golden years. Phyllis and Barb try to ... more
  • 8 months Veterans depicted proudly in ‘Portraits of Service’ Kxan
    WEST LAKE HILLS, TX (KXAN) — Veterans feel a renewed sense of dignity and pride thanks to a gallery at their assisted living facility. "American Heroes: Portraits of Service" features photographs of veterans at Belmont Village Senior Living in West Lake Hills.Photographer Tom Sanders travels around the country photographing veterans. His portraits were published in a coffeetable book in "The Last Good War: The Faces and Voices of WWII." Now many of his works hang on the walls of Belmont Senior Living facilities. Sanders returned to West Lake Hills about a month after photographing several veterans for their gallery. He likes ... more
  • 8 months San Marcos opens Village Main social outreach facility Kxan
    SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — On Friday, San Marcos opened Village Main, a place it hopes will be a hub of social outreach.Services offered at the facility include information on food stamps, legal aid, educational enrichment and counseling. The concept has been floating around since the 1970s, but it took private donations and public money before the location could become a reality.The facility is not exclusive to San Marcos residents and anyone is welcome to come in.  ... more
  • 8 months Funerals this weekend for Temple friends found in Oklahoma Kxan
    TEMPLE, Texas (KXAN) — This weekend, family and friends will celebrate the life of two friends who went missing from Temple Texas and were later found dead.The bodies of Jenna Scott and Michael Swearingin were found in Oklahoma earlier this month.Earlier Friday hundreds came out to honor Jenna Scott. Pictures of Scott and her daughter adorned vista community church. Her family says they're happy to see the many lives she touched."Seeing all the support, all the love that everyone had to give, it was nice, you know relieving to some of the pain, definitely helps ease the burden to know that ... more
  • 8 months Texas: 58K non-US citizens voted in elections over 22 years Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — An evaluation by the Texas Secretary of State's office discovered that about 95,000 people identified by the Texas Department of Public Safety as non-U.S. citizens have a matching voting registration record. The state claims 58,000 of those people voted in one or more state elections over 22 years.For perspective, during the 2018 Gubernatorial election, more than 15.7 million people were registered to vote, and more than 8.3 million actually voted. In an advisory released Friday, the Texas Secretary of State, David Whitley, announced the findings from its voter registration maintenance activities. The maintenance activity was done in accordance with federal and state law to ... more
  • 8 months Government shutdown ends as Trump signs short-term bill Kxan
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (KXAN/AP) — After 35 days, President Donald Trump announced a deal has been reached between the White House and Congress to end the partial shut down of the United States government, and he signed a bill Friday night officially reopening the government.The government will re-open for three weeks, until Feb. 15, under the terms of the deal. It does not include funding for a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. The bill passed the House and Senate before Trump signed it, reopening the government after the longest shutdown in history."I want to thank all of the federal workers and their ... more
  • 8 months Leander pedestrian hit on US 183 at San Gabriel Parkway Kxan
    LEANDER, Texas (KXAN) — Authorities responded to an automobile-pedestrian crash in Leander Friday night along U.S. Highway 183.According to Leander Police, the crash occured in the 4200 block of US 183, resulting in all southbound traffic between Heritage Grove and San Gabriel Parkway being closed off.The 31-year-old male pedestrian of Leander was transported to St. David's Round Rock with serious, but non-life threatening injuries at this time. The man admitted to officers he had entered the roadway intentionally.The driver of the truck was uninjured and remained at the scene, where he cooperated with the investigation.Highway 183 was opened to normal traffic shortly after. ... more
  • 8 months Boy’s science fair project concludes Tom Brady is a cheater, advances to next round Kxan
    A Kentucky boy channeled his hatred of Tom Brady into a higher pursuit and made waves at his school's science fair.For his project, 10-year-old Ace Davis set out to prove one of the most successful quarterbacks of all time was, in fact, a cheater.  “I hate Tom Brady,” Davis said. “He’s been accused of cheating before. I want him to be caught.”
    Hater level: 100. ***UPDATE: He won the science fair and is moving on to district. 😂 #ellen #ellendegeneres #theellenshow #viral #ellenshow #tonightshow #kimmel #jimmykimmel #thankful #jimmykimmellivePosted by Christopher Davis on Thursday, January 17, 2019 Ace ... more
  • 8 months Athens school bus-train collision claims one fatality Kxan
    ATHENS, Texas (KXAN) — A Friday night collision between an Athens school bus and a train resulted in the death of one middle school student.Another student, a female of Central Athens Elementary, was care-flighted to Children's Medical Center in Dallas. The driver was transported by ambulance. No other students were on the bus.This is a developing story.  ... more
  • 8 months Renovated Georgetown ISD middle school features big security upgrades Kxan
    GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) -- The Georgetown Independent School District celebrated the completion of a large renovation project at a middle school on Friday.A bond approved in 2015 included more than $26.1 million to pay for upgrades to the James Tippit Middle School building. In addition to improved classrooms and new flexible working spaces, the renovations included security features for the school, which houses grades six through eight. The project put the entire campus under one roof as well as installed a secure entrance and access controls. Superintendent Dr. Fred Brent pointed out the principal will now get an alert on his phone whenever an exterior door is ... more
  • 8 months Shutdown Red: Texas winery in label limbo as shutdown deal announced Kxan
    NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (Nexstar) — The effects of the partial government shutdown has left thousands of government employees without paychecks, and even as President Donald Trump announced a deal to temporarily open the government for three weeks, the shutdown is also reaching the pocketbooks of small business owners.Brandie Jewell owns a winery in New Braunfels, Texas. She bought Water 2 Wine a few years ago, after two decades of corporate work."As a small batch winery one of the things we are known for is releasing a new wine about every six weeks," Jewell said. "That’s kind of the core of ... more
  • 8 months Therapy dog helps children face their abusers in the courtroom Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A child testifying against their attacker in a courtroom can be a traumatic experience. The Center for Child Protection and the Travis County District Attorney have found a new way to help those children.Introducing Mikler! A three-year-old yellow lab, golden retriever mix and a full-fledged staff member of the Center for Child Protection. He has a caseload of 3 or 4  therapy sessions a week with abused kids to help them build safe and trusting relationships in life after a traumatic event.Mickler is also the facility dog at the Travis County District Attorneys' office.  He is a specially ... more
  • 8 months Round Rock ISD board imposes media ban for trustees Kxan
    ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Asking questions of elected officials on the Round Rock Independent School District Board of Trustees just got a lot harder. The board recently voted to ban certain trustees from discussing school district business with reporters without permission. Under the new rule, the only person authorized to act as the board’s “spokesperson” is board president Chad Chadwell. If Chadwell isn’t available, board vice president Nikki Gonzales would have the authority. If Gonzales isn’t available, the only person “designated” to discuss RRISD matters and decisions of the board would be board secretary Steven Math. The remaining four members would only be authorized to ... more
  • 8 months Invasive Asian beetle species wreaks havoc in Texas Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — An invasive species of beetle from Asia has arrived in Texas and is wreaking havoc on ash trees in the state.The Emerald Ash Borer has recently been found in Tarrant County near Eagle Mountain Lake. The beetle, which only attacks ash trees, bores its way beneath the bark of a tree and hijacks its water supply — eventually killing it.Treatment options exist to save a tree, although trees often don't show symptoms of infection for years. After it's too late. According to the City of Austin's Urban Health Coordinator April Rose, Texas A&M has several traps set up to detect if ... more
  • 8 months Warrant Amnesty Program begins Feb. 1 Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Municipal Court and Downtown Community Court will conduct a Warrant Amnesty Program for those with active warrants from February 1 through 28.People who resolve active warrants will have fees waived, although they must contact the court to take advantage of this program. Under the program, officers will not be sent out to take defendants into custoday and those who come to any municipal court or community court location will not be arrested. This program applies only to active cases in front of the Austin Municipal Court or Downton Austin Community Court.There are multiple walk-in dockets scheduled Mondays ... more
  • 8 months Food labels: Do they make a difference for healthier eating? Kxan
    Austin (American Heart Association) — According to a survey conducted by the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation and the American Heart Association, almost all Americans (95 percent) report that they always or sometimes look for healthy options when food shopping.Health-related factors have a significant impact on the foods people buy. With the seemingly overwhelming number of products on shelves, a new survey offers insights into which information on food labels is most influential — and on how additional information might lead to healthier dietary choices.Consumers say they are more likely to consult food labels for healthfulness when buying a product ... more
  • 8 months 6 ways to de-stress and be heart healthy Kxan
    Austin (American Heart Association) — Making time for a heart-healthy lifestyle can seem overwhelming. But the good news is that making a few small simple lifestyle changes can lead to heart-healthy habits that require little thought or effort.Get creative and work heart-healthy habits into your family’s life and daily schedule.Whether you’re a single parent or married, a stay-at-home parent or working, here are ways to make more time for the whole family to be more heart healthy: 1. Identify free times for activity Keep track of each family member’s daily activities for one week. You’ll get a snapshot of when ... more
  • 8 months APD identifies bank robbery suspect who used e-scooter for getaway Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — An alleged bank robber has been identified and arrested Friday due to him using a dockless e-scooter as a getaway vehicle, according to Austin police.Luca Mangiarano, 19, was charged with robbery after allegedly robbing the BBVA Compass bank on 321 W. Sixth St. According to a bank employee, on December 18, 2018, Mangiarano entered the bank, walked up to her station and handed her a note. The note was left at the scene and was taken into evidence. The note read, "This is a robbery. Please give me all your 100s and 50s in an envelope and everything will be ... more
  • 8 months Caring for your teeth and your heart Kxan
    Austin (American Heart Association) - The idea of oral and heart health being connected has been proposed for more than a century.Numerous studies have looked at how oral health affects overall health and some have found an impact. One study showed periodontal disease is associated with atherosclerotic vascular disease and may be an early warning sign of diabetes. Another found gum disease and fewer teeth may be associated with an increased risk of ischemic stroke.Ongoing preliminary research is now finding that how your teeth fare as you age can indicate how your heart is doing.The research – conducted by Tulane University ... more
  • 8 months Finding the perfect fit for sneakers Kxan
    Austin (American Heart Association) — According to the American Heart Association, for optimal health you need to exercise at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week. That breaks down to at least 30 minutes per day, five times a week. You can even shorten that time by exercising more vigorously: The alternate recommendation is at least 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week.As with many of us, if part of your new year’s resolution was to get fit by walking or running, it’s important to match the shoe to the resolve! Here are some great tips to ... more
  • 8 months 91-year-old woman’s savings ‘disappeared’ because she didn’t use account Kxan
    PALM HARBOR, Fla. (WFLA) - Dolores Nielsen, 91, kept an emergency savings account for years. But her hands-off approach caused her trouble.Her bank, SunTrust, declared her account dormant in April and closed the account. She's been trying since August to get her money."I'm terribly worried," Nielsen said. "My savings have lost so much in value since I retired as it is, and it's very stressful for me."The account had more than $72,000. Dolores' daughter, Barbara, turned to Better Call Behnken for help, after trying for months to get the money and getting the runaround. She says the bank told her the state had the ... more
  • 8 months Trump speaks on Day 35 of partial government shutdown Kxan
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump planned to speak about the government shutdown on Friday as intensifying delays at the nation's airports and widespread disruptions brought new urgency to efforts to resolve the 35-day impasse.The event comes amid growing speculation that lawmakers and the White House are on the verge of reaching a deal to end the five-week impasse. Trump was to speak at 1:30 p.m., Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.Overnight and into Friday at least five Republican senators had been calling Trump, urging him to reopen the government and have the Senate consider his request for border wall funds ... more
  • 8 months Texas state board faces backlash for removing Confederate plaque Kxan
    AUSTIN (Texas Tribune) -- What started Friday as a public State Preservation Board hearing on where to place a controversial Confederate plaque that was recently removed from the Texas Capitol quickly turned into a heated debate over whether the marker should’ve been taken down in the first place.Two weeks prior, the board voted unanimously to remove the “Children of the Confederacy Creed” plaque, which falsely states that the Civil War was “not a rebellion, nor was its underlying cause to sustain slavery,” from its location near the Capitol rotunda.The board did not determine a final location for the plaque Friday, ... more
  • 8 months Austin wedding business feeling impact of government shutdown Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A small wedding business in Austin is taking a huge blow due to the government shutdown.Lorelei Starbuck, owner of "Elope in Austin" says federal employees trying to get married through her company have had to back out because of the lack of money.Starbuck says her business has seen a 50-percent drop in calls and inquiries in the last two weeks.The slow bookings have impacted everyone that takes a part in the wedding including caterers, officiants, photographers, and florists.“It's going to take some time to rebuild the business we've lost. But it will definitely impact our bottom line,” ... more
  • 8 months Lyft to provide gas cards to federal workers who are also drivers Kxan
    AUSTIN (KXAN) -- Rideshare company Lyft was the latest company to offer some relief to federal workers affected by the partial government shutdown as they face a second payday without a paycheck Friday. "For drivers affected by the shutdown, Lyft is providing gas cards to those who are federal employees," the company wrote in a press release Friday. Drivers will have to provide a valid government employee ID to get a $20 gas card. In Austin, drivers can pick up the cards at the Austin Driver Hub at 1021 E 7th St. The company has also expanded its partnership with United Way to allow riders ... more
  • 8 months A California police department is now testing a Tesla patrol car Kxan
    Just a few days ago we told you that a couple F-150 trucks were being added to the patrol vehicle fleet over at the Fremont Police Department. There's a chance you may also spot a Tesla as part of the fleet. The department announced Wednesday it will soon begin a pilot program test a Tesla Model S 85 customized for patrol operations. The car coincides with the city of Fremont's goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by the year 2020. The team purchased a used 2014 Tesla in Jan. 2018 for $61,478.50 including taxes and fees, according to police. This car will ... more
  • 8 months FAA: Increase in “sick leave” causing flight delays Kxan
    NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration is reporting delays in air travel because of a "slight increase in sick leave" at two East Coast air traffic control facilities.FAA spokesman Gregory Martin said Friday that it had augmented staffing, rerouted traffic and increased spacing between planes as needed.The staffing problems were at air traffic centers in Jacksonville, Florida and a Washington D.C. center that controls high-altitude air traffic over seven states.Martin says safety is being maintained during a period of "minimal impacts" on travel.LaGuardia Airport in New York and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey were both experiencing ... more
  • 8 months Colorado senator yells at Ted Cruz over shutdown ‘crocodile tears’ Kxan
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Signs of strain from the 34-day partial government shutdown are emerging on the Senate floor.Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado tore into Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas on Thursday after Cruz backed a GOP bill to pay Coast Guard members but not reopen the government.The normally mild-mannered Bennet erupted in a fiery speech, saying, "These crocodile tears that the senator from Texas is crying for first responders are too hard for me to take."Bennet noted that Cruz single-handedly shut down the government in 2013, at a time when Colorado was flooded.His voice rising to a shout, ... more
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