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  • UT tennis coach Michael Center arrested for allegedly accepting nearly $100K in bribes

    03/12/2019 12:26:08 PM PDT · by bgill · 47 replies
    kvue ^ | Mar. 12, 2019 | Andrew Wilson
    Center is the head coach of the men’s tennis team at the University of Texas at Austin. According to court documents, a witness told investigators that in 2015, Center agreed to accept approximately $100,000 from the witness as a bribe, in exchange for Center to designate a student as a UT tennis team recruit, thereby facilitating his admission to UT. The documents said the student was a California resident who did not play competitive tennis... clients paid anywhere from $100,000 to $6.5 million... The University of Texas gave the following response to KVUE: “Federal authorities notified us this morning that...
  • In Her First Town Hall, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Came Off As A Leftist, Not a Centrist

    03/11/2019 11:03:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 03/11/2019 | David Marcus
    Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, complete with lei, took the stage at SXSW in Austin to do her first town hall as a presidential candidate Sunday night on CNN. The 37-year-old Iraq War veteran is running for president and would be the youngest, first woman, and first Hindu president in our nation’s history. Many pundits have placed Gabbard in the center or even right of the Democratic Party. If so, the center or right of the Democratic Party is pretty leftist. Her first question was about American intervention in the rest of the world, and how she could be against American...
  • A Vote For Illegals? Pelosi Says New Immigrants Must Not Have Their Votes Suppressed

    03/09/2019 6:49:41 PM PST · by MNDude · 37 replies
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi at a press conference in Austin, Texas, focused on “new immigrants” and their right to vote. When we talk about newcomers, we have to recognize the constant reinvigoration of America that they are, that we all have been – our families. And that, unless you’re blessed to be Native American – which is a blessing in itself that we respect – but that constant reinvigoration of hope, determination, optimism, courage, to make the future better for the next generation, those are American traits. And these newcomers make America more American. And we want them, when they come...
  • Lawsuit Launched Challenging Texas Highway Project's Threat to Endangered Salamanders

    03/03/2019 11:12:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Center for Biological Diversity ^ | February 28, 2019 | Jenny Loda and Kelly Davis
    AUSTIN, Texas— The Center for Biological Diversity and Save Our Springs Alliance today filed a notice of intent to sue the Texas Department of Transportation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over an Austin highway construction project’s threats to the federally endangered Austin blind and Barton Springs salamanders. The conservation groups recently learned that the MoPac Intersections Project has exposed at least 21 underground caves, sink holes and other karst features that provide habitat for the endangered salamanders. There is a high risk that construction will pollute the two species’ habitat by introducing silt and pollutants to the subsurface. The...
  • Texas DPS says Tango Blast is one of the fastest growing gangs in Texas [tr]

    03/01/2019 9:47:47 AM PST · by bgill · 22 replies
    kvue ^ | Feb. 26, 2019 | Erica Proffer
    The Texas Department of Public Safety's "Gang Threat Assessment" from 2018 shows Tangos in Austin had “the highest number of arrests for homicide and sexual assault” and “continue growing at a fast rate and maintain the highest membership numbers among all Texas-based gangs.” The FBI warns Tango Blast works with cartels and ranks in the top three gangs for cross-border crimes, including child sex trafficking. “They are associated sometimes with the cartels that are pushing narcotics through the I-35 corridor, and into the city itself. They are associated with them, but we don’t see random acts of violence with [other]...
  • Mayor Adler sends coveted queso recipe to the moon

    02/23/2019 8:45:36 AM PST · by bgill · 9 replies
    kxan ^ | Feb. 23, 2019 | Matthew Prendergast
    Mayor Steve Adler revealed the contents of a letter that'll be placed on the moon in about 40 days. It's part of the Arch Mission Foundation's goal to archive all human knowledge in space. The letter was on Space X's Falcon Rocket that launched from Cape Canaveral this week. Adler included Kerbey Lane's highly-coveted secret queso recipe. He said the challenge of eating queso in zero gravity is, "one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win." He also said maybe next time- they'll remember the chips. Also on the...
  • DNA results found in 900+ untested rape kits in Austin police backlog

    02/22/2019 5:52:57 AM PST · by bgill · 22 replies
    kxan ^ | Feb. 22, 2019 | Wes Wilson
    The Austin Police Department could potentially reopen dozens of rape investigations after getting the results from its backlog of 2,665 untested rape kits. About 35 percent of the rape kits tested brought back positive DNA findings, which could mean as many as 933 cases. Austin Police outsourced the DNA testing of the untested rape kits to labs in other states to help tackle the backlog. All the testing was completed in April 2018 and now that investigators have the results, they are "reopening and beginning to work cases that correspond with kits that yielded positive results," according to a City...
  • 'Statue of Liberty climber' detained after eight-hour protest atop Southwest Key

    02/21/2019 3:06:34 PM PST · by bgill · 40 replies
    kvue ^ | Feb. 20, 2019 | Drew Knight
    After approximately eight hours perched atop the Southwest Key building, a protester finally came back to ground level and into police custody Wednesday night. The woman, who garnered national attention in July 2018 by climbing the Statue of Liberty as part of an immigration protest, was spotted in Austin on Wednesday performing another protest. Therese "Patricia" Okoumou, 44, climbed Austin's Southwest Key building surrounded by police and EMS officials. Seventy officers were on the scene throughout the day, straining police resources in the area. Southwest Key is a local contractor that houses immigrant children who are detained at the border....
  • Man sentenced to 10 months in jail after filming women at an Austin Forever 21

    02/20/2019 6:08:43 AM PST · by bgill · 11 replies
    kxan ^ | Feb. 19, 2019 | Brittany Glas
    A man arrested and charged nearly two years ago on one count of invasive visual recording was sentenced by a judge Tuesday to 10 months in state jail. In March 2017, the man used his cell phone to record women changing their clothes in the dressing room at the Forever 21 store in Barton Creek Square Mall. According to the affidavit for his arrest, Martin Ammerman, 42, had more than 60 videos and 100 pictures of women in various stages of undress on his phone when Austin Police encountered him. He bonded out of the Travis County Jail shortly after...
  • The past, present and future of I-35

    02/14/2019 10:50:08 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    KVUE ^ | February 13, 2019 | Rebeca Trejo
    AUSTIN, Texas — Deep in the heart of Texas is an artery that's been clogged for decades. According to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, the portion of Interstate 35 that runs through downtown Austin is the third-most congested highway in Texas. About a quarter of a million cars in the Austin area use it daily. Gabrielle Guevara, a New Orleans native who works as a nurse at the Austin Cancer Center in Georgetown, drives on I-35 every day. She describes her commute home as "frustrating." "When I first moved here in August, I thought it was going to be about...
  • Woman exposed herself at two street patios in downtown Austin, police say

    02/01/2019 4:55:42 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 83 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | January 30, 2019 | Roberto Villalpando
    Austin police arrested a semi-nude woman who was pleasuring herself at two street-level patios Tuesday afternoon on Congress Avenue in downtown Austin, court documents said. The woman, 26-year-old Dovie Nickels, has been charged with indecent exposure and was in Travis County Jail on Wednesday with bail set at $3,000, court documents say. Two officers, responding to a complaint from the JW Marriott Austin hotel around 5:20 p.m., encountered Nickels across the street, sitting alone at a patio table at Second Bar + Kitchen in the 200 block of Congress Avenue, according to an arrest affidavit. When an officer approached, she...
  • Texas town committed to green energy for 25 years, now residents are paying the price

    01/29/2019 1:55:15 PM PST · by rktman · 62 replies ^ | 1/29/2019 | John Sexton
    Georgetown, Texas is a town of about 70,000 residents north of Austin. In 2012, the city committed to moving its energy grid to 100% renewables, a combination of wind and solar. Ever since then it has been touted as a model for the future and was even featured in the sequel to Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth. But it turns out Georgetown residents aren’t thrilled with how things are working out in their town. When Georgetown committed to renewables it bought enough that it could cover peak summer usage plus a little extra for future population growth. It locked in 2012...
  • Austin's a Drag: Queens define artistry in a booming entertainment scene

    01/29/2019 3:07:20 PM PST · by bgill · 21 replies
    kvue abc ^ | Jan. 27, 2019 | Drew Knight
    Amidst live music, tech startups and Sixth Street revelry, there's another bustling community thriving in the ATX. With a little boost from the mainstream success of "RuPaul's Drag Race," Austin has become a hot spot for another generation of artistry -- drag queens. Now, fans of the art form are hitting the streets in droves to become a part of the Austin drag community. From nightly shows on Fourth Street and Red River all the way to Brunch with the "Boys" at Alamo Drafthouse, now it seems you can find a drag show on any given day. To help you...
  • Warrant Amnesty Program begins Feb. 1

    01/26/2019 6:51:30 AM PST · by bgill · 3 replies
    kxan ^ | Jan. 25, 2019 | Russell Falcon
    The Austin Municipal Court and Downtown Community Court will conduct a Warrant Amnesty Program for those with active warrants from February 1 through 28. People who resolve active warrants will have fees waived, although they must contact the court to take advantage of this program. Under the program, officers will not be sent out to take defendants into custoday and those who come to any municipal court or community court location will not be arrested.
  • Austin wedding business feeling impact of government shutdown

    01/25/2019 2:46:22 PM PST · by bgill · 19 replies
    kxan ^ | Jan. 25, 2019 | Matthew Prendergast
    A small wedding business in Austin is taking a huge blow due to the government shutdown. Lorelei Starbuck, owner of "Elope in Austin" says federal employees trying to get married through her company have had to back out because of the lack of money. Starbuck says her business has seen a 50-percent drop in calls and inquiries in the last two weeks. The slow bookings have impacted everyone that takes a part in the wedding including caterers, officiants, photographers, and florists. “It's going to take some time to rebuild the business we've lost. But it will definitely impact our bottom...
  • Progressive to add 1,000 jobs in Austin

    01/24/2019 8:56:25 PM PST · by Blue House Sue · 47 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 1/24/19 | Lori Hawkins
    Hundreds more jobs -- this time non-tech -- are coming to Austin. Auto insurance company Progressive announced Thursday that it plans to create 1,000 jobs in Austin as part of a national hiring push to add 10,000 workers in 2019. The new Austin positions will be in sales, customer service and claims at Progressive’s contact center, which is off East Ben White Boulevard. The center is the company’s main bilingual service facility, and some of the positions will be for workers who speak English and Spanish.
  • Austin Taken to Court for Violating Texas Law on Exercise of Carry Rights

    01/21/2019 4:59:25 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 January, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Recently re-elected in November, 2018, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is taking scofflaw counties and cities to court. The subordinate government entities refuse to conform to a reform of Texas gun law. In 2015, the Texas government passed an open carry statute. The statute went in effect on 1 January, 2016. Part of the statute was to prohibit subordinate units of Texas government, such as cities and counties, from infringing on the carry rights of legally armed Texans.  Specifically, the number of official "gun free zones" were reduced.  Gun free zones were generally forbidden in government buildings. There were...
  • Downtown Austin crime pushes city to install 10ft fence along Red River alleyway

    01/19/2019 2:52:14 PM PST · by bgill · 38 replies
    cbsaustin ^ | Jan. 18, 2019 | Jordan Bontke
    A Downtown Austin alleyway along Red River known to attract crime will be getting a physical barrier to keep people out of it. On Wednesday, city staff with the Economic Development Department presented the Downtown Commission with some of the complaints about the alley from business owners. The city is now searching for a contractor to put up a fence that’s “at least 10 feet” high at the front end of the alley way along Red River and at the back end along Waller Creek... “That alleyway needs to be shut down, it should have been shut down over five...
  • District Court Fines Austin, TX, $9,000 for Refusing Carry of Handguns at City Hal

    01/19/2019 8:08:53 AM PST · by lowbridge · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 17, 2019 | AWR Hawkins
    On Thursday, the Travis County District Court ruled that the City of Austin, Texas, violated the law by barring handguns in City Hall and assessed a nine thousand dollar penalty against the city for the violation. The concealed carry of handguns has been legal in Texas for decades and open carry for Texas’ concealed handgun license holders became legal on January 1, 2016. In the January 17, 2019, ruling, Judge Lora J. Livingston explained that the Plaintiff was able to show that open carry was refused on April 4, 2016, April 6, 2016, April 12, 2016, July 1, 2016, July 29,...
  • Release The Memo: What's the Conspiracy Behind the Right-Wing Meme?(Barf alert and a LOL)

    01/19/2018 2:23:53 PM PST · by janetjanet998 · 21 replies
    Republicans claim a secret document reveals a Hillary Clinton plot "worse than Watergate" – and they're getting a big boost from Russian bots On a day like Friday, with a shutdown looming and DACA in the balance and Chuck Schumer huddling with President Trump in the White House, you might logically expect right-wing Twitter to be blowing up – but not, necessarily, with the seemingly unaccountable hashtag that's dominated the platform since Thursday evening: #ReleaseTheMemo. But then again, you might not logically expect American conservatives to work in concert with Russian state propagandists and Twitter bots – though by now,...