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Waco has long history of memorable events, including 1993 standoff and reality television show

FORT WORTH, Texas – Waco boasts some of the Lone Star State’s most memorable recent history: the siege of the Branch Davidian compound, a tornado that levelled downtown and now a biker gang melee that left at least nine people dead and 18 wounded. The city of 129,000 people, standing hal

Biker shootout becomes flashpoint for Texas gun opponents

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The restaurant shootout among rival biker gangs in Waco became a last-ditch rallying cry Monday for opponents of a bill that Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is all but certain to soon sign into law: legalizing openly carried handguns in Texas. The shootout that left nine people ...

Mobile phone bans lead to rise in student test scores

Banning cellphones in schools reaps the same benefits as extending the school year by five days, according to a study co-authored by an economist at The University of Texas at Austin.

Official: University of Texas football could play in Mexico

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — University of Texas athletic director Steve Patterson says the Longhorns could play football in Mexico City by 2020 as UT considers expanding its brand internationally. Patterson, who took over as athletic director 19 months ago, spoke at the Associated Press Sports Editors' So

Advice for Interacting With Women, or Advice for Interacting With Children?

When Austin, Texas, elected a majority-female city council, the city hosted a workshop on interacting with women in government. It did not go well.

Biker gang shoot-out leaves several dead at Texas restaurant

Nine people were killed on Sunday during a shooting involving rival biker gangs at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas. Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton told KWTX-TV, and later confirmed on Facebook, that there were "multiple victims" in the shooting shortly after noon Sunday adjacent to Inter

Records offer murky view into Affleck's ancestor and slavery

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A family death in 1858 left Ben Affleck's great-great-great grandfather with legal custody of his mother-in-law's most valuable property — her slaves. There was Cuffey, whose value was estimated at $500 in handwritten estate records still on file with the Chatham County Probate Cour

Blind high school pole vaulter goes for medal in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A blind pole vaulter is competing for a medal at the Texas state high school championships. Senior Charlotte Brown has made the state finals three years in a row. She finished fourth in 2014, one place short of a medal. Brown lives in the rural town ...

Modern madas that gives back

Joshua Hoey Saudi Gazette Shamak, a footwear company based in Austin, Texas, has rethought the ubiquitous Khaleeji footwear, madas sharqi, and gives back to those most in need along the way. Proceeds from each pair of the handmade sandals sold help send underprivileged children in Paki

Republicans Are Looking For A Few Good Losers For 2016 Races In Some Cities

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON, May 15 (Reuters) - When Republican Stefanie Linares ran for office in the deeply Democratic city of Chicago last year, she knew that her hard work wasn't likely to end in victory. "I wasn't going to win, and I knew that going int

Perry to say June 4 if he'll run again for president

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will say whether he is running for president at an announcement next month in Dallas. The longest-serving governor in Texas history has spent months traveling in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina as he gears up ...

High-Tech Kubox Shipping Solution Wins DuPont Packaging Award for Being Easier, Stronger, Cheaper, R...

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwired - May 15, 2015) - Solving one of the shipping and freight industrys' biggest challenges, Compadre LLC, a leading packaging design, testing and engineering firm based in Austin, Texas, announced today that its newly patented Kübox shipping containers have won the highly c

Austin official on leave amid probe into training on women

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An Austin city official has been suspended while an investigation is conducted into a seminar for municipal staff on how to deal with women that left the city's female-majority City Council fuming. Assistant City Manager Anthony Snipes, who organized the session, will be on leav

Solid Landings Receives State Licensure for Cedar Creek Recovery in Austin, Texas and Now Open for W...

Solid Landings Behavioral Health, an Organization Based in Costa Mesa, California Recently Received State Licensure for Cedar Creek Recovery on May 4; the Facility Is Located in Austin, Texas and Is Now Open to Women in Recovery or in Need of Addiction Treatment Services

House school letter grade system differs from Senate version

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas House has voted to issue A through F grades to rate public schools' academic performance - but its plan features far different criteria than a similar, Senate-approved proposal. The plan passed late Thursday would distribute letter grades based on student and school pe

Texas anti-gay marriage bill dies fizzles amid stall tactics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Tensions in the home stretch of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's first legislative session both eased and escalated Thursday night when he signaled an end to a bitter tax cut stalemate while Democrats successfully ran out the clock on a high-profile anti-gay marriage bill. The dead

More questions than answers on closing of Sweet Briar College

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WJLA) -- Plans to close a small college near Lynchburg, Virginia have led to vocal opposition and anger from students, staff and graduates. Now a legal fight is being mounted against plans to shut down Sweet Briar College and the community wants answers. Ashlynn Watson is a junior w

Incoming University Of Texas At Austin President Turned Down $1 Million Salary

While nine public university presidents made more than $1 million in 2013, incoming University of Texas at Austin President Gregory Fenves didn't want to be one of them. The school announced last month that Fenves would begin as UT-Austin's president in June with a base salary of $750,000 a year

Duke Energy and Austin Energy reach milestones with completion of Los Vientos III wind power project

One hundred spinning wind turbines near the Rio Grande in Starr County, Texas, mark a major achievement for Duke Energy as well as its customer, Austin Energy. “The Los Vientos III Windpower Project achieving commercial operation represents a significant milestone for Duke Energy Renewables, a

Jimmy LaFave releases new album 'The Night Tribe'

Brandy McDonnell[img url=]3664580[/img] Folk singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave released today his new album "The Night Tribe" on his own Music Road Records, the Austin, Texas-based label he co-founded in 2008

House approves fireworks for Texas independence

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas House has approved allowing the sale of fireworks on holidays that mark Texas independence. The measure approved Tuesday would allow counties to permit fireworks sales for Texas Independence Day on March 2 and San Jacinto Day celebrations April. It also would allow fir

Duke surpasses 1.15GW wind capacity in Texas

With the 200MW Los Vientos III wind project in commercial operation, the renewables unit of Duke Energy and its customer Austin Energy have reached key milestones in Texas.

Prosecutor: Perry case complicated by paperwork overload

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A special prosecutor handling an abuse-of-power case against former Texas Gov. Rick Perry says it has been complicated by an avalanche of paperwork. In a filing to a state appeals court released Tuesday, Michael McCrum suggests the case has been marred by the defense's "continua

Younicos Underlines Growth With Expanded North American Headquarters in Austin, Texas

New Technology Center Will Facilitate Improved Client Service; Downtown Location Enables Younicos to Draw From Wide Area Talent Pool and Work With Progressive Local Utility

4 Families Built Their Own Ranch Made Of Tiny Houses, And It's Brilliant

This takes family time and tiny-house living to a whole new level. When four families who are long-time friends decided they needed a low-budget place to spend time together, they asked an architect for help. The result is a personalized ranch outside of Austin, Texas, that includes four tiny-ho

No, Jade Helm 15 Is Not A Government Attempt To Create Martial Law In The U.S.

The following post first appeared on Q: Is Jade Helm 15 a government attempt to create martial law in the U.S.? A: No. It's a joint military training exercise lasting two months this summer. FULL QUESTION What is Jade Helm and are we facing martial law as is suggested

Disney Infinity 2.0 Launches On PS Vita With Exclusive Black Suit Spiderman Figurine

Disney Infinity 2.0 Edition has finally launched on PS Vita and it is now available for purchase on the console. John Vignocchi, Vice President of Production on Disney Infinity, announced the new Infinity Marvel Super Heroes 2.0 Edition for the PS Vita for a price of $59.99. The starting pack comes

Texas Takes Series from Baylor Softball with 5-0 win to Close Regular Season

AUSTIN, Texas – Erica Wright threw a three-hit shutout for the Texas Longhorns as UT won the final two games of the Big 12 series with Baylor Sunday, closing with a 5-0 win at McCombs Field. The Longhorns' win tied Baylor for second place in the Big 12 standings as both teams finished with a 12-6 re

New call-in line helps business leaders shape Texas laws

AUSTIN, Texas — Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens has never been shy about buttonholing elected officials, but it's seldom been easier since Texas' new lieutenant governor set up regular conference calls for select business leaders and donors to advise him on issues before the Legislature. In Texas, wher

Winning numbers drawn in 'All or Nothing Evening' game

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The winning numbers in Saturday evening's drawing of the Texas Lottery's "All or Nothing Evening" game were: 01-03-05-06-08-09-11-12-15-16-18-21 (one, three, five, six, eight, nine, eleven, twelve, fifteen, sixteen, eighteen, twenty-one)

Texas students take aim at Jefferson Davis campus statue

DALLAS — Pity Jefferson Davis, if you will. Vandals have defaced his statue on the University of Texas campus, most recently with the words "Davis must fall" and "Emancipate UT." Student leaders are also seeking to remove from the Austin campus the century-old statue that recognizes the president of

Austin man gets 50 years for 2013 stabbing death of wife

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An Austin man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison over the 2013 killing of his wife who was stabbed more than a dozen times. Lee Andrew Green was sentenced Friday night in Austin just hours after jurors convicted him of murder. Green could have ...

UMHB baseball falls to Howard Payne in ASC Tournament

Belton, Texas – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor baseball team rallied late but the Cru comeback fell short in a 7-5 loss to Howard Payne in the American Southwest Conference Tournament Thursday in Austin. The loss eliminates UMHB from the tournament as the Cru finishes the year at 19-22 overall

Ed Sheeran tears up when couple gets engaged at his concert

Germaine BensonAUSTIN, Texas, May 8 (UPI) -- During Ed Sheeran's concert in Austin, Texas, on May 6, the singer invited a couple up on stage where a man staged an epic proposal for his future wife.

Brookfield's Addison Enters Austin Market With Strong Sales, Student Art Initiative

AUSTIN, TEXAS--(Marketwired - May 8, 2015) - Addison, Austin's newest master planned community, developed by Brookfield Residential, is now open in Southeast Austin. Featuring home designs from four of the area's top builders, Addison offers dedicated open space, miles of hike and bi

First Drive: 2016 Cadillac ATS-V puts the Germans on notice

You could easily use the new Cadillac ATS-V as your daily driver, and, as we found out at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, the Cadillac will also provide big fun on a race track.