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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

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

State of celebration

Cedar Park beat Rouse 3-2 (25-22, 25-19, 14-25, 17-25, 17-15) Saturday afternoon at Texas Southern University to advance to the UIL: State Tournament. The Lady Timberwolves face Lucas Lovejoy Friday at 1 p.m. in the state semifinal at the Curtis … 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

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

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

How to say and do just the right thing when a co-worker loses a loved one

(BPT) - Knowing how to support a grieving co-worker can be one of the most challenging situations you face in your workplace. You want to express your sympathy and help your colleague, but you also don’t want to cross any professional … more

Texas A&M to host all five living former U.S. presidents for hurricane relief event

Texas A&M to host all five living former U.S. presidents for hurricane relief event by Matthew Watkins, The Texas Tribune Oct. 4, 2017 … more

Meals on Wheels names new President and CEO: Insider of 30 years takes over

Meals on Wheels Central Texas is now under new leadership as Dan Pruett stepped down after 13 years with the nonprofit organization. Pruett’s successor, Adam Hauser, has served as a Meals on Wheels board member for 17 years and has been delivering … more

In historic win, charters getting state funding for facilities for the first time

For the first time in Texas, public charter schools will receive state funding to pay for leasing and maintaining buildings and facilities — expanding their access to the state's limited money for … more

Leander Police Department preparing for Drug Take Back day

Leander residents can properly dispose of expired or unused human and pet medications at the Drug Take Back program scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 29 at the Leander Police Department, 705 Leander Drive.The purpose is to safely destroy … more

Democrat Mike Collier announces candidacy, says he's Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's "Worst Nightmare"

Houston accountant Mike Collier, a graduate of Georgetown High School and the University of Texas in Austin, held a rally in Round Rock Saturday to announce his candidacy for lieutenant governor of Texas.  Collier, a Democrat, is seeking to unseat … more

Accident on 183A claims life of Salado HS senior

A 17-year-old high school senior from Salado High School was killed in a rollover accident on Highway 183A Monday night.  Victoria Celeste DeKay of Belton died in the single-vehicle accident near the Park Street Bridge in Cedar Park when the … more

Leander Prom Queens

Leander High School senior Keilany Solano (left) congratulates senior Abby Cano on prom night. more

Cedar Park family physician seeks to unseat Congressman Carter

A popular Cedar Park family physician, who calls herself "a no name upstart," is campaigning hard for the Democratic nomination for Congress in the 31st District and has set her sights on defeating entrenched GOP Congressman John Rice Carter in next … more

Josh Abbott Band to headline Leander's Liberty Fest

The Leander City Council was told Thursday that Texas country music star Josh Abbott will headline next month's Liberty Fest, the city's annual Independence Day celebration. Council members were briefed on plans for the event by Leander Parks and … more
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