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Statewide driving-while-texting ban heads to Governor's desk

Texas Senate and House budget conferees met frequently last week and on May 20 managed to reach compromise on a $218 billion state budget for fiscal years 2018-2019. However, Senate Bill 1 must gain final approval from both the House and Senate in … more

Federal court invalidates part of Texas congressional map

Federal judges invalidated two Texas congressional districts Tuesday, ruling that they must be fixed by either the Legislature or a federal court. A three-judge panel in San Antonio unanimously … more

Congress is eyeing big Medicaid cuts. Here’s why it matters to Texas families.

As Republicans debate health care reform, there is one issue on the mind of many Texas families: Medicaid reform. more

How important is the 'bathroom bill' to Texas voters?

The “bathroom bill” that preoccupied the Texas Legislature for the first half of the year is important to only 44 percent of the state’s voters — and “very important” to only 26 percent, … more

Cruz: Congressional baseball shooting should be a "wake-up call"

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Saturday that the recent shooting at a congressional baseball practice should be a "wake-up call to us all," urging greater civility on both sides of the aisle. more

Texas Museum of Science and Technology renovates, opens two new exhibits

After closing in August for renovations, the Texas Museum of Science and Technology in Cedar Park has re-opened with permanent attractions and two brand new, interactive exhibitions. more

House passes school finance reform bill

The Texas House of Representatives on April 19 approved school finance legislation that would reduce the amount of local tax dollars that property-rich school districts are required to share with other school districts under the so-called “Robin … more

Texas officials respond to shooting in Las Vegas that left at least 50 dead

After a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concert attendees at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Texas officials condemned the violence while offering condolences and prayers.  The gunman, … more

Suicide Task Force working to compile current data on mental health crisis

Concerned about the increasing number of suicides in Williamson County, a 16-member Suicide Task Force Review Team has begun an extensive effort to compile current data on what it believes is a mental health crisis. more

Cedar Park Council gets rosy financial report

Kent Meredith, Cedar Park's director of finance, presented the Cedar Park City Council with a rosy financial picture at their Thursday meeting. "Revenues were better than expected and expenditures were lower than expected," Meredith told the … more

Texas Congressman says he'd challenge female GOP senators to a duel if they were men

A Texas GOP congressman says if the three female Republican senators who oppose a bill repealing Obamacare were men from South Texas, he might challenge them to a duel.  "The fact … more

Pam Waggoner: Leading Lady of Leander ISD

Pam Waggoner held many roles in multiple organizations all of which work towards the goal of a better future for LISD students. more

Texas Legislature convenes in 85th regular session

AUSTIN-Lawmakers gathered at the state Capitol in their respective houses on Jan. 10, opening day for the 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature. The 140-day session will conclude on May 29. After taking the oath of office and being sworn … more

Highway fund, rainy day fund receive hefty infusions

AUSTIN — State Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Nov. 29 announced the transfer of $1.47 billion into the State Highway Fund and the Economic Stabilization Fund, with $734 million going into each fund.The … more

Trail of Trains concept proposed to Leander Council

The president of the Leander Chamber of Commerce briefed members of the Leander Council Thursday on plans for the creation of a Trail of Trains in the city to celebrate Leander's founding as a railroad town. more

Four issues raised to emergency status

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott delivered his second biennial “State of the State” address to a joint session of the Texas Legislature on Jan. 31. In exercising his prerogative as governor, Abbott presented a short list of emergency items for … more

Follow-up test samples negative for West Nile Virus mosquitoes in Cedar Park

After an initial report of a sampling of mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile Virus in early October, Cedar Park officials are reporting two consecutive weeks of negative test results. more

Abbott tells sheriff to reverse sanctuary policy or lose funding

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott has stepped up the pressure on Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez to participate in immigration enforcement, warning that she could lose state funding if she refuses.In a Jan. 23 letter, Abbott urged the sheriff to … more

VFW Post honors veterans on Memorial Day

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10427, which has been serving Cedar Park and Leander for over 40 years, held a free cookout Monday to honor America's fallen warriors. The public was invited to the event at the VFW Post on 8760 Ranch Rd. in Leander, … more

Texas casting agency seeking teenage girls for lead and supporting roles in upcoming feature film

A Texas casting agency is searching for central Texas girls, age 12-14, to play lead and supporting roles in an upcoming feature film. more
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