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Some counties question need of special courts for law enforcement

There’s one new law on the books intended to help police in Texas that has gotten less attention than several others in a year when lawmakers touted their “back the blue” bills. It’s a … more

Proposed kennel withdraws building application

Officials for Pet Paradise, a luxury dog kennel planned for east Whitestone Blvd., have withdrawn their application for a special use permit following an opposition petition from neighboring landowners. more

Nonprofit obtains cave preserve in Cedar Park

There is a 4-acre cave preserve in Cedar Park that is not quite ready for explorers. However, if locals can hang tight there is a lot of educational experience to gain from this acquired property.The caves are part of the Wilcox Cave Preserve, … 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 … more

Testimonies put Greg Kelley’s conviction into question

Was Greg Kelley, a 19-year-old former Leander High School football player, wrongly convicted of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old boy at an in-home day care center in Cedar Park? more

Federal judge tosses new Texas voter ID law; state plans to appeal

A federal judge has tossed out a new law softening Texas’ strict voter identification requirements. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos on Wednesday ruled that Senate Bill 5, signed by Gov. … more

Here's where you can volunteer in the Cedar Park, Leander area this Thanksgiving

There are several ways to lend a helping hand this Thanksgiving holiday in Central Texas. Here’s a few ways to get involved. more

Rouse, Vandegrift soccer to compete in state tournament

 HCN Sports schedule and results Two LISD girls soccer teams are headed to the state tournament. Vandegrift advanced to … more

No more labels? Not a problem: WilCo animal shelter drops breed labels for dogs

The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter is no longer using breed labels to identify its adoptable dogs. “The main focus is on the fact that 75 percent of the guesses are wrong when a staff member assigns a breed to a dog,” Community … more

What goes up, must come down? Cedar Park flag back to the drawing board

Cedar Park will reconsider the design of their new city flag after public outcry became too loud to ignore. At their last meeting, the Cedar Park City Council voted to reevaluate the design for the flag and take a public vote on it. The council … more

State sales tax holiday to help parents with back to school shopping

Friday through Sunday, Texas parents doing back to school shopping for their children will get a break on their sales taxes. more

Texas blood donation center is in “critical shortage” of blood

We Are Blood is experiencing a “critical shortage” of O Negative and O Positive blood. more

College tuition in Texas is poised to climb slightly in 2018

College in Texas will become a little more expensive in 2018. more

Telling Texas political fortunes is easy, with a map

Three federal judges in San Antonio are listening to arguments about what’s wrong and right about the state’s political districts. But you go to elections with the districts you have, and the … more

Hurricane Harvey will hit Texas Saturday, here’s what to expect

Tropical Storm Harvey strengthened into a hurricane Thursday, where it’s expected to bring potentially devastating flooding to coastal Texas, meteorologists said. more

Four years later, Texas still not drug testing unemployment benefit applicants (video)

In 2013, the Texas Legislature passed a law allowing for the drug testing of certain out-of-work Texans applying for unemployment. Republicans say politics is the reason they haven't been able to … more

Shopping for electricity is getting cheaper in Texas

Shopping for electricity is becoming cheaper for most Texans, according to a new study from the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power. But for those who live in an area with only one electricity … more

House passes bills to give retired teachers relief from rising costs

The Texas House on Aug. 1 approved House Bill 20, legislation appropriating $212.7 million from the “rainy day” reserve fund to help defray rising healthcare costs for retired school employees. more

Texans in Congress sidestep questions about Trump and Russia

Texans in Congress largely sidestepped questions Tuesday regarding the firestorm unleashed hours earlier when Donald Trump Jr., the son of the president, released emails showing he eagerly accepted … more

Cedar Park first in region to launch ICAT program

The Cedar Park Police Department is the first in the Central Texas region to adopt the Police Executive Research Forum’s Integrating Communications, Assessment and Tactics (ICAT) Program.  This training reinforces the existing Cedar Park Police … more
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