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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

Three Democrat challengers race to fill John Rice Carter's seat in Congress

Three substantive Democrat candidates are already campaigning hard for the 31st District Congressional seat held by longtime Republican incumbent John Rice Carter. But their chances of success in next year's elections, as well as Carter's, may … 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

Cedar Park 1997 Tornado

The roof on the Albertson’s store collapsed where the tornado impacted the building, injuring several people. Store manager Larry Fore was credited with saving as many as forty lives by guiding employees and customers into the store’s freezer … more

Leander police officer’s artwork developing international reputation

Leander’s assistant chief of police may be an officer of the law, but off-duty, he’s a renowned graphic artist. Jeffery Hayes, a primarily self-taught graphic artist, has developed an international reputation for his creative designs for … 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

Wilco Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 office closing next week

The office of Williamson County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2 will be closed for court personnel training Tuesday, May 9, and Wednesday, May 10, 2017. The office will resume normal business hours on Thursday, May 11.All due dates and Criminal … more

Concordia University to focus on environmental stewardship: Nature Fest set for March 31

Concordia University Texas will host its first annual Nature Fest, a day set aside for learning about and celebrating the natural resources uniquely available and accessible to Concordia Texas.On Friday, March 31 Nature Fest will include tours of … more

Globetrotters dribbling into HEB Center in July

Back by popular demand, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their unrivaled show back to the Austin area. As a special summertime engagement, the team will play one game for the first time at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Friday, July … more

Bathroom bill debate highlights barriers to updating birth certificate in Texas

Though he tries to avoid restrooms “at all costs,” high school student Jason Foster says they’re sometimes unavoidable at school. Leander Independent School District requires students to … 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

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.


Capital Metro President and CEO Linda Watson announces retirement

Linda Watson, Capital Metro president and CEO, announced she will retire at the end of year after seven years as head of the region’s transportation agency. more

Approved Cedar Park budget lowers tax rate

The Cedar Park City Council approved a $193 million budget that will lower the city’s property tax rate for the fifth year in a row, officials said. more

LEEF gives $10,000 in grants to LISD programs

More than $10,000 was distributed to 15 LISD educators and their student organizations last month, providing funding for numerous special educational programs, equipment and events. more

Students gain experience teaching in American Sign Language

Leander ISD students fluent in American sign language helped teach history and work through homework problems with a group of deaf students at Deer Park Middle School in Round Rock ISD, last week during COOL week.

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