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Local mayor’s races draw early candidates

After candidate filing began last week for Cedar Park and Leander's May 5 city elections, vacancies in the cities' mayor positions quickly drew interest. Corbin Van Arsdale filed for mayor … more

Texas leaders call for training on sexual harassment — but can't require it for lawmakers

Top Texas lawmakers have called for reviews of sexual harassment policies at the state Capitol following reports detailing how current procedures ... more

Texas attorney general says it's illegal for schools to bus kids to polling places

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an official, nonbinding opinion Wednesday saying school districts cannot drive students to polling places unless the trip serves an educational … more

Amid blowback over accounting maneuver, TxDOT drops financing idea for several toll projects

State transportation leaders said late Thursday they will drop plans for using an accounting maneuver to get around a constitutional prohibition on some toll projects. more

Texas' infant mortality rates vary across state, among ethnic groups, study shows

While Texas' infant mortality rate is lower than the national average, a new study shows wide variations in rates across different areas of the state and among different racial groups. The … more

Judge strikes down Texas ban on common abortion procedure

A federal district judge handed a victory to abortion rights groups Wednesday when he struck down part of a Texas law curbing access ... more

Long-winding Texas voting rights litigation spotlights Gov. Greg Abbott's role

Days before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the scene that played out among the Greater Arlington Missionary Baptist Church’s wooden pews was, in some ways, reminiscent of the civil rights movement … more

WilCo animal shelter needs to find homes for 100 cats in 3 days

For the first time in years, Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter has too many cats in need of adoptive or foster homes, officials announced Wednesday. more

How Texans can get help if they’ve experienced sexual harassment at work

Former lawmakers and legislative aides have told The Texas Tribune that sexual harassment regularly goes unchecked at the state Capitol. more

Federal judge says Texas still needs oversight to fix its "broken" foster care system

A federal judge has ruled Texas will continue to need oversight of how it cares for vulnerable children, even after sweeping legislative changes last year. In a 116-page opinion, U.S. District … more

Leander public library receives grant

Leander public library receives grantStaff ReportsThe Leander Public Library will begin a new program aimed at creating a national discussion about reading, thanks to a $2,000 grant from the American … more

For a second year, Women's March draws thousands across Texas

In cities across Texas, thousands marched on Saturday in support of women’s rights and to protest President Donald Trump one year after his inauguration.  Dallas and Austin saw … more

Leander Old Town Street Festival this weekend

Leander’s popular annual outdoor festival, the Old Town Street Festival, opens in downtown Leander on Friday, May 18. Local and national artisans will bring handmade crafts and country music stars … more

Texas panel set to discuss school finance fix. Can they iron out lawmakers’ disagreements?

The Texas Commission on Public School Finance will meet for the first time Tuesday morning as it starts to develop legislative recommendations for overhauling a rundown system for funding public … more

Voters to decide congressional races in runoff Tuesday

Two Democrats will face off in next Tuesday’s primary runoff election seeking the nomination to challenge longtime incumbent Republican John Carter of District 31. Carter’s district encompasses … more

New Texas law allows merchants to decline card purchases without ID

A law that takes effect in January will allow Texas merchants to ask for photo identification for credit and debit card purchases – and turn down transactions if a buyer won’t show it. The aim … more

Cedar Park and Leander police collecting toys for Blue Santa program

Area police collecting toys for Blue Santa program more

Why are Texas' smaller utilities not cleaning up drinking water?

Several recent national studies have found that dozens of public utilities in Texas supply tens of thousands of people with drinking water that contains illegal levels of … more

Alamo Drafthouse coming to Cedar Park

The top-rated movie theater in country will open a new location in Cedar Park as a part of the city’s first mixed-use development. The Cedar Park City Council last week unanimously approved an … more

Senate education chair: House school finance plan "not a long-term solution"

The Texas Senate's education chairman said Tuesday that he would not accept a House proposal to put $1.8 billion into public schools … more
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