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Cedar Park reviewing Atmos Energy rate increase plan

A planned rate increase affecting Atmos Energy customers in Cedar Park won’t take effect, at least until October. The city council voted to postpone the increase and attempt to negotiate the … more

Texas Republicans getting almost 90 percent of money flowing into state elections

Political money follows political power, and in Texas that means it’s mostly going to Republicans, who scooped up almost 90 cents of every dollar that’s gone into state campaign coffers so far in … more

How renting furniture in Texas can land you in jail

When Melinda Sandlin walked out of Discount Furniture in Austin in late 2014, she was sure the store had put her on a payment plan to buy a new bedroom suite worth $2,750. more

Texas to receive $135M to keep Children's Health Insurance Program alive through February

The Trump administration is guaranteeing Texas $135 million to continue helping more than 450,000 uninsured children and pregnant women ... more

UT System Chancellor Bill McRaven will resign in May

Bill McRaven, the nationally famous and lately embattled chancellor of the University of Texas System, is stepping down in May. more

Across Texas government, bonuses to state employees have grown

You won’t find the word “bonus” in the financial statements of the state of Texas. But an increasing percentage of the Republican-run state’s 149,000 full-time employees have … more

New law aims to help elderly Texans fooled by scammers

Prompted by a man she had never met, an elderly woman in Dallas County recently decided to sell her home and wire the $200,000 windfall to a mysterious bank account, a victims advocate … more

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton warns three school districts to cease "unlawful electioneering"

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last week issued cease and desist letters to three Texas school districts he says are conducting "unlawful electioneering," adding one more chapter to an ongoing … more

New law lets Texas drivers help tackle the state's rape kit testing backlog

State Rep. Victoria Neave agrees that everyday Texans shouldn't have to pass around a figurative hat to help rape victims get justice; footing the costly bill to test sexual assault kits should be … more

Analysis: On Texas’ high property taxes, there’s plenty of blame to go around

Texas state senators are touchy, touchy, touchy when it comes time to hand out blame for rising property taxes. They’ve spent a decade hacking away at the state’s share of public … more

Audit: Company behind Texas "clean coal" project used federal funds for liquor, limousines and lobbying

A now-bankrupt company that received a major federal stimulus grant to build a “clean coal” power plant in West Texas spent millions of taxpayer dollars on alcohol, lobbying, … more

First Texas Gold Star monument to be dedicated in Cedar Park Saturday

A monument honoring Central Texas families who have lost loved ones to military service is planned to be placed at Cedar Park Veterans Memorial Park, Saturday, Sept. 23. more

Some lawmakers think free speech is endangered at Texas colleges. But what can they do about it?

Free speech on campus may be a hot-button issue, but it has spurred only tepid action in the Texas Capitol so far. After months of media conflagration, hand-wringing and attempts to push through … more

Williamson County launches new emergency preparation app

In the event of a natural disaster, a new smartphone app will be able to aid Williamson County residents with emergency communications, evacuation routes and creating a family preparedness plan, officials said. more

Candidates head into the final stretch for local elections

Candidates from Cedar Park and Leander are in the final run-up to the May 5 local elections. more

Boy Scouts may be the answer to helping parents get their sons out of the house

As parents of today worry about getting their children out of the house and away from their smart phones and iPads, at least where their boys are concerned, many families are finding an old solution to today’s modern challenges: The Boy Scouts of America. more

Cedar Park considers city charter amendments

When Cedar Park voters go to the polls for city elections this spring, they likely will be asked to vote on more than 20 amendments to the city charter in addition to marking ballots for city council … more

COOL Week interns gain museum curation insights

Vista Ridge Seniors Ricki Castanieto and Matthew Glattfelder took part in COOL week, an internship program for LISD high schools, which allows students to shadow an employee with a career in their targeted field.

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Benefield and Cornelius lead in mayoral campaign donations

Campaign finance reports filed in late March show Adam Benefield had the edge over Vic Villareal and Troy Hill in donations in the the race to replace outgoing Leander Mayor Chris Fielder. In … more

Turnout surges in early voting in Leander mayoral runoff

A contentious campaign has drawn voters to the polls to elect a new mayor in Leander. Early voting numbers surged by more than 12 percent, with … more
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