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Texas Rangers to investigate famed Karolyi Ranch in wake of Nassar trial

Nearly a week after prominent USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to prison for the sexual assault of several female gymnasts, Gov. Greg Abbott has asked the Texas Rangers to investigate … more

Dyslexia Decoded: Cedar Park native demonstrates life with dyslexia in simulation

Cami Cox, a dyslexic student at Baylor University, says Dr. Seuss books are still a challenge.  But undaunted, she will return this August as a sophomore and put in extra time to decipher college-level textbooks in her studies to become an … more

At University of Texas, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calls for modernizing NAFTA

The North American Free Trade Agreement is an important accord for the region — but it's also due for an update, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday during a speech at the … more

Williamson County adopts $191 million budget

The Williamson County Commissioners Court adopted a $191 million budget for fiscal year 2017-18 and reduced the overall county tax rate by one cent per $100 valuation as compared to last year. more

Health agency leader: "We welcome" audits into contracting issues

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission won’t fight an auditor coming through their doors — in fact, they welcome it. That’s what Charles Smith, executive commissioner … more

Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen opens in Cedar Park next month

The Grove Wine Bar and Kitchen is opening at a new location in Cedar Park in early July.  The new restaurant and bar, known for its appetizing menus, will open at 1310 Whitestone Blvd. near the corner of 183A and FM 1431. It will be the Austin … more

After lawsuit, Texas plans to install air conditioning in a stifling prison

The state of Texas plans to install air conditioning in a notoriously hot prison after reaching a settlement with inmates in a federal class action lawsuit, an attorney for the inmates said … more

Leander ISD hires new head of Information Technology

Leander ISD hired a new executive to oversee IT for the district, officials said. Superintendent of Schools Dan Troxell, Ph.D., announced Laurie Vondersaar as the new Senior Executive Director for Information Technology Services. “As the new … more

After land office inks Harvey contract, Land Commissioner George P. Bush gets donations from contractor

The government’s seemingly sluggish response to Hurricane Harvey has been a headache for Land Commissioner George P. Bush, whose office plays a major role in getting Texans back into damaged … more

White House to withdraw controversial nominee to head Council on Environmental Quality

The White House plans to withdraw its controversial nominee to head the Council on Environmental Quality, Kathleen Hartnett White, according to two administration officials briefed on the matter … more

Police identify Leander teen boy’s body who drowned in Lake Georgetown

A 16-year-old boy from Leander who drowned while swimming at Lake Georgetown on Tuesday has been identified by police as Nathan Ellis. Georgetown police said Ellis and two other swimmers were trying to swim across a narrow portion of the lake on … more

Federal judge grants Texas request to block Obama-era restrictions on criminal background checks in hiring

The federal government can't enforce in Texas a rule limiting the use of criminal background checks in hiring, a federal judge in Lubbock ruled Thursday. As part of a years-long legal quest to … more

Dog House Drinkery and Dog Park

Melissa Barton, owner of the Dog House Drinkery and Dog Park in Leander, is part of a growing national trend by pet entrepreneurs who want to offer gathering places where dogs and their owners can socialize together, while the owners have a drink or … more

Despite sunny economy, Texas budget forecast is dreary

The Texas economy is growing healthily, but that doesn’t mean state budget writers will have more money at their disposal next year, state officials said Tuesday … more

Rep. Tony Dale files sextortion bill

State Rep. Tony Dale (R-Cedar Park) filed a bill in response to “sextortion,” a crime that he said is growing rapidly and that typically affects children who are using the internet. Sextortion is a relatively new form of sexual exploitation … more

Texas denied thousands of students special ed services. Does the policy go back to George W. Bush's presidency?

In the wake of a scathing federal report last month blasting Texas for excluding thousands of students from special education, a wave of accusations has rolled through the state's education … more

How a federal proposal could affect millions of dollars in Texas workers' tips

A U.S. Department of Labor proposal that could change how workers in Texas and the rest of the nation receive tips is facing greater scrutiny after a report revealed the department withheld an … more

In Austin, Sessions touts Trump's hardline stance on immigration

During a visit to Austin on Friday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a harsh rebuke of what he called the “open borders” lobby, praised the Texas Legislature for passing a controversial immigration enforcement measure and doubled down on some of President Donald Trump’s most controversial proposals, including the construction of a wall of the country’s border.


Senate races through agenda to get to other-than-Sunset bills

AUSTIN — The 85th Texas Legislature convened at the Capitol on July 18 for its first called session, the main purpose being for lawmakers to extend the life of certain state agencies scheduled for termination, and then to proceed to other … more

Freebirds World Burrito opens in Cedar Park

One of Austin’s soulful fast-casual burrito restaurants has come to roost in Cedar Park’s Parke retail center. Freebirds World Burrito will be opening its newest branch of casual Mexican fare at 5001 183A Toll Rd. Ste. R500 on Friday, July … more
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