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Governor applauds lawmakers’ intentions for special session

Gov. Greg Abbott, in the last 10 days of June, posted news releases pointing out specific lawmakers and their plans to file bills that fulfill his expectations for the 30-day special session, which he called to begin July 18. more

Is Texas handing over my voting data to the federal government?

Hey, Texplainer: Is Texas handing over my voting data to the federal government? more

Why one of the largest counties in Texas is going back to paper ballots

Frank Phillips spent last Wednesday staring down 600 boxes of election materials — voted ballots, blank ballots, precinct records — sitting in a warehouse run by Denton County. After sitting in … more

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

Cedar Park roads, office closings for July 4

The City of Cedar Park is preparing for its annual Fourth of July Parade and Celebration to take place on Tuesday, July 4. Parade details (10 a.m.) The City of Cedar Park will host its Fourth Annual Fourth of July Parade on Tuesday, July 4, at … more

Texas is putting troubled nursing homes on notice

Texas nursing homes beware: The state’s tolerance for mistakes is dropping fast. In September, a new state law takes effect that will make it more difficult for long-term care facilities cited … more

School boards, cities sought to stop Gov. Abbott from signing drone bill

Organizations representing hundreds of Texas cities and school boards unsuccessfully urged Gov. Greg Abbott earlier this month to veto a bill aimed at restricting drone use around the state, worried … 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

Texas Supreme Court throws out ruling that favored same-sex marriage benefits

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday threw out a lower court ruling that said spouses of gay and lesbian public employees are entitled to … 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 international reputation for his creative designs for … more

The biggest and best Fourth of July celebrations in the Austin area

It’s that wonderful, hot-as-heck time once again in our fair and free country. It’s time to fire up that grill, crack open some cold ones, inflate those pool toys and stock up on the mother of all personal fireworks displays like there’s no … more

McAlister's Deli is giving away free iced tea today

In honor of National Iced Tea month, McAlister's Deli will say thank you to its guests by treating each of them to a 32-ounce glass of McAlister's iced tea, today, Thursday June 29.  From open to close today, McAlister's Deli will give away its … more

Three Democrat challengers race to fill John Rice Carter's seat in Congress

Three substantive Democrat candidates are already campaigning hard for the 31st District Congressional seat held by longtime Republican incumbent John Rice Carter. But their chances of success in next year's elections, as well as Carter's, may … more

Drunk driving enforcement to increase during July 4 holiday weekend

Cedar Park police will be increasing patrols on major roadways for DWI enforcement this week. The Cedar Park Police Department is continuing its successful Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) this week through July 4th in an effort to … more

Cedar Park Council approves plan for development of key Brushy Creek intersection

The Cedar Park City Council Thursday unanimously approved a plan for the development of 42 acres at the northwest corner of Parmer Lane and and Brushy Creek Road, ending a decade long struggle to find an agreed upon use for the triangle-shaped prime … more

BYOB no longer allowed at Liberty Fest under new rule

Leander's annual Liberty Fest is expecting more than 12,000 people at its Independence Day celebration featuring fireworks, food and music. City officials want to make sure participants enjoy themselves while observing new rules and safety … more

Justice Department watching 'sanctuary cities' lawsuit

The Justice Department filed a statement of interest in the federal court case over Texas' Senate Bill 4, arguing that the state is within its rights to adopt the anti-"sanctuary cities" law. more

Neighbors rally to support couple who lost their house in a fire

Tom and Stacey Jeannett were on their way to friend's wedding when they received a call that their home was on fire.   The Cedar Park Fire Department arrived in six minutes, long before the Jeannetts, but the house was a total loss.What happened … more

Austin Dog Alliance therapy dogs comfort families, veterans

There’s proven, chemical evidence of the positive bond that forms between a dog and its human owner. The same feel-good hormonal chemical released when people fall in love that leads to bonding — … more

Mike Collier says he's 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 … more
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