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Water drive collects nearly 20,000 bottles for donation

TruWest Credit Union’s Austin-area branches collected more than 2,000 pounds of water in a recent donation drive. The drive, a collaborative effort of TruWest’s metro Phoenix, Ariz., and Austin … more

Leander Council briefed on plans for creation of Trail of Trains

Bridget Brandt, the president of the Leander Chamber of Commerce, briefed members of the Leander Council Thursday on plans for the creation of a Trail of Trains in the city to celebrate Leander's founding as a railroad town. Work is underway by … more

After Florida shooting, Texas Sen. John Cornyn plans to talk gun policy with a leading Democrat

Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said on Thursday that he wanted to sit down with one of the leading Senate Democrats to talk gun policy in the wake of Wednesday's mass shooting at a South Florida high school. more

Cedar Park woman donates 100 blankets to Leander animal shelter

For two years, Cedar Park resident Marita Rush spent her free time making intricately colorful crochet blankets, eventually making more than 100. On Dec. 21, she rolled in to a Leander animal shelter with a trunkful and donated the whole lot. more

Cruz braces Texas GOP for volatile election season amid Democratic enthusiasm

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is preparing Texas Republicans for a turbulent election year amid super-charged Democratic enthusiasm — including in his own re-election campaign.  more

Leander City Council approves budget

The Leander City Council voted 6-0 Thursday to ratify a proposed property tax rate reflected in its 2017-18 city budget and then voted 6-0 to approve the proposed $128 million annual budget. more

Leander teen to earn Eagle Scout rank

Nineteen-year-old Leander resident Todd Smith will be officially recognized as an Eagle Scout at his Court of Honor ceremony Aug. 4. Eagle Scout is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts … more

Texas 811 demonstrates mock pipeline rupture

The largest pipeline infrastructure in the nation lies right beneath the state of Texas. Texas811, the largest one-call contact center in the United States, aims to prevent damage and protect … more

Leander PD welcomes first K-9 officer

The Leander Police Department welcomed four new members on July 12 including Chaplain Joe Bob Ellison, Crime Scene Specialist Haley Williams, Officer John Carnley and K-9 Officer Kodi — a … more

Texas gold depository to be built in Leander

Leander will be the future home of the Texas Bullion Depository, the nation’s first state-administered gold depository, the Texas Comptroller said. more

Leander Council to hold public hearing on zoning for new preschool

The Leander City Council is expected to hear public comments on a proposed special use zoning permit for a new private preschool at its July 19 meeting. The proposed zoning exception, for a … more

Trump tells Cornyn he's open to tweaking gun background check system

President Donald Trump told U.S. Sen. John Cornyn last Friday that he backs efforts by Texas' senior senator to revamp the nation's background check system for purchasing firearms, the White House … more

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

Rick Perry: "I totally support" Trump's ban on transgender troops

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry says he backs President Donald Trump’s move to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military … 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
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