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"Disappointed" House accepts Senate's changes to school finance bill

After three hours of private negotiations and almost two hours of public debate Tuesday, the Texas House decided to agree with the Senate's decision to strip funding and reforms from a school finance … more

Vice President Mike Pence to speak at Republican governors meeting in Austin

Vice President Mike Pence is coming to Austin next week to address Republican governors' yearly meeting, according to the group.  Pence, the former Indiana governor, will deliver a speech Nov. 15 … more

Proposed stormwater drainage solution needed, Cedar Park residents say

When Tropical Storm Hermine pummeled Cedar Park with 12 hours of nonstop rain  in 2010, Susan Light and Roger Young found their home trapped in a funnel collecting stormwater runoff from … more

Obituary: Ellen Ruth (Eaton) Stephens

Ellen Ruth (Eaton) Stephens, 79, of Cedar Park, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Ellen is survived by her husband of 59 years, Dalton “Steve” Stephens, former mayor of Cedar … more

Congress is eyeing big Medicaid cuts. Here’s why it matters to Texas families.

As Republicans debate health care reform, there is one issue on the mind of many Texas families: Medicaid reform. more

What it means for Texas colleges if Trump targets affirmative action

For about a year starting in June 2016, the practice of affirmative action in Texas university admissions seemed secure. The University of Texas at Austin won a U.S. Supreme Court case on the … more

Millions consumed potentially unsafe water in the past 10 years

As many as 63 million people – nearly a fifth of the country – from rural central California to the boroughs of New York City, were exposed to potentially unsafe water more … more

With no state-approved textbooks, Texas ethnic studies teachers make do

When 16-year-old Adán Zylberberg was in need of a book about Malcolm X for an ethnic studies project, Elizabeth Close handed him a copy of "Malcolm X: A Graphic Biography," which brought to life … more

Flags for vets

I’m going to use my space this week to brag on a friend of mine. more

Politics: We Need It

Every so often, I jot down a list of the things that discourage me about our country. There’s the widespread disregard for our core values of tolerance and mutual respect, for instance. Our … more

Ride-hailing nonprofit struggles to survive in Austin

RideAustin, one of several small companies that started operations in Austin last year after Uber and Lyft left the city, is now seeing its ridership cut in half since the two returned to town. more

Cedar Park Council considers ordinance prohibiting drones over events

The Cedar Park City Council is considering an ordinance prohibiting the flying of unmanned aircraft, frequently called drones, over special events in the city. more

Gov. Abbott slams House, doesn't rule out second special session

Greg Abbott on Wednesday put blame on the House — particularly Speaker Joe Straus — for the shortcomings of the special session and left the door open to calling another one. "I’m … more

Texas A&M outlasts Arkansas is overtime in Arlington

Death. Taxes. Texas A&M and Arkansas going to overtime at Jerryworld. more

Cedar Park boys finish 3rd at cross country state meet

Travian Holst’s 100th straight day of running ended with some hardware. 

Holst individually finished 21st overall with a time of 15:54.07, helping the Cedar Park boys’ cross country team finish in third place at the UIL state cross country meet Saturday morning at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. 

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Vandegrift performs at Midwest Clinic

The Vandegrift High School percussion ensemble performed in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at the Midwest International Clinic and Conference in Chicago over winter break.

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Skilled Trades Beat Degree Debt

When I was a 19-year-old college sophomore in 1982, my father gave me advice that makes even more sense for 19-year-olds today.Despite his protestations, you see, I chose English as my major at Penn … more

Lightning strikes in Leander and Cedar Park cause fires

Several homes were struck by thunderstorm lightning in Leander and Cedar Park last week, causing fires and more than $1 million in damage to three homes in Leander last week. A fire caused by lightning was also reported at a home on Paden Circle in Cedar Park. more

Everything you need to know for the Central Texas solar eclipse on Aug. 21

Come lunchtime on Monday, Aug. 21, you might notice the light outside suddenly shifting as a new moon moves into the path of the sun, creating a large shadow. more
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