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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

Kevin Eltife joined the UT System as an outspoken critic. Now he might reshape it.

When former state senator Kevin Eltife was appointed last year to the University of Texas System Board of Regents, he arrived with an attitude shared by many of his old colleagues: … more

Officials break ground on Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter expansion

More than a decade after the Wilco Regional Animal Shelter opened its doors to the lost and abandoned dogs and cats of the county, officials broke ground on a much-needed shelter expansion project Wednesday, Jan. 24. more

Cedar Park City Council explores local daycare regulations

In the aftermath of the conviction of Greg Kelley in 2014 for sexually assaulting a four-year-old boy in a daycare, some Cedar Park City Council members say additional local regulations may be needed to keep children safe. more

Hurricane recovery efforts continue with much still to do

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Jan. 17 extended for 30 days the state disaster declaration for counties affected by Hurricane Harvey, which pounded and flooded the Gulf Coast and moved deeply inland, … 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

Cedar Park Police Department is accepting applications for citizens academy

For Cedar Park citizens who have ever been curious about the ins and outs of how police work is done, there’s soon to be a golden opportunity to learn what it’s really like to “walk around” in an officer’s patrol boots. 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

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

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

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

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

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 Council OKs 5th fire station in west side of town

The Leander Fire Department will add a fifth firehouse in 2019 to keep pace with population growth on the west side of the city.  more

Police determine racing cause of fatal crash in Cedar Park

Cedar Park Police determined street racing caused a fatal crash near the intersection of West Whitestone Boulevard and Walton Way last week, killing two young children. more

Curtain call: three LISD high schools to begin musical productions this weekend

It’s opening night for three Leander ISD high schools, with each drama program ready to put on their own musical production. more

New management appointed to Round Rock Premium Outlets

Round Rock Premium Outlets is under new management.  more

Special education caps were the Texas Legislature's idea, educators say

After a federal report blasted Texas for failing kids with disabilities, educators and public education advocates are pointing the finger directly at state legislators who, they argue, first … more

Cedar Park HS cheer team takes home Spirit State Championship

After winning the UIL Spirit State Championship last weekend, the Cedar Park High School cheer squad’s 30 cheerleaders can now say they’re bonafide UIL state champs in their own right.

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Going further than prior proposals, Abbott unveils a plan to slow Texas property tax growth

Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday unveiled a plan to "rein in skyrocketing property taxes" in Texas ... more
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