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  • U.S. Army Setting Up Futures Command in Tech-Savvy Texas Capital (Austin)

    07/15/2018 3:23:19 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 32 replies ^ | Kristina Wong
    The U.S. Army is standing up the Army Futures Command in Austin, the capital of Texas, in its first major reorganization in more than forty years, Army leaders announced on Friday. The new command will consolidate all Army efforts to prepare for war fighting, from planning to developing future combat systems. The Army had considered more than a hundred locations, but decided on Austin, Texas, since it is a growing tech hub close to top schools and affordable to live in. “The Army made the right choice. The Austin Mega Region has 6,500 high-tech companies, an innovation ecosystem with 36...
  • Army Chooses Austin as Site for Futures Command Headquarters

    07/13/2018 7:56:34 PM PDT · by Blue House Sue · 58 replies
    WASHINGTON -- Austin, Texas, will be the location for the headquarters of the new U.S. Army Futures Command, Army Secretary Mark T. Esper announced today at a Pentagon news conference. Army Undersecretary Ryan D. McCarthy then explained the details. He said the process started with 150 metropolitan areas, narrowed down to five. Besides Austin, officials considered Boston; Minneapolis-St. Paul; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; and Philadelphia
  • Travis County hit hardest by Cyclospora outbreak

    07/03/2018 6:23:26 PM PDT · by bgill · 11 replies
    cbsaustin ^ | July 3, 2018 | Bettie Cross
    A microscopic parasite is getting dozens of Texans sick. Since May, state health officials say 56 cases of Cyclospora have been reported in Texas. 16 of those cases originated in Travis County, which breaks down to more than one out of four victims being in the Austin area. This is the sixth consecutive year Texas has faced a Cyclospora outbreak from late spring to the end of summer. Health officials know they need to shut it down from the source... A 2015 outbreak was finally traced to fresh cilantro. “They were actually tracing it back to the particular fields in...
  • Cedar Park passes resolution supporting toll road projects

    06/26/2018 8:13:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Hill Country News ^ | June 21, 2018 | Kayla Bouchard
    Area residents who use the 183A toll road will likely see new tolls heading northbound to Liberty Hill and southbound into Austin in the coming years. The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, operator of the 183A toll road, is looking to extend 183A for 6 miles to the north from the current end of the toll segment in Leander to just north of S.H. 29 in Liberty Hill. CTRMA also seeks to widen the existing U.S. 183 south of S.H. 45 near Lakeline Mall down to the Arboretum area in Northwest Austin, adding a pair of variable toll ‘express lanes’...
  • CROWDER CONFRONTS: Firebomb Lady

    06/26/2018 1:01:37 PM PDT · by TexasGurl24 · 36 replies
    Louder with Crowder ^ | 6-25-2018 | Steven Crowder
    Steven Crowder surprise confronts woman who threatened to firebomb our van in Austin. Hilarity ensues when things get heated in this first installment of ‘Crowder Confronts’.
  • Off-Duty Security Guard Found Not Guilty After 1.5 Years in Jail

    06/21/2018 10:11:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 32 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 12 June, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On 16 November 2016, an off-duty security guard, Melvin Stephens, shot and killed a man who charged at him up stairs at his apartment complex. The incident occurred in Austin, Texas. The two had been in a confrontation earlier. The man killed, Dedric Earl, had scissors that were discovered at the scene. Stephens called 911 to report the shooting. Stephens was arrested and jailed because of statements he made to police. Bail was set at $125,000. It was more than Stephens could raise or afford. He spent over one and a half years in jail, from November 2016, to...
  • Austin signs international commitment to end AIDS epidemic by 2030

    An international agreement Mayor Steve Adler and Judge Sarah Eckhardt signed Wednesday is giving renewed hope to people living with HIV and AIDS. Austin is now the second Texas city, after San Antonio, to get on board the Fast Track Cities initiative, which is committing to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. "Zero new AIDS cases. Zero new HIV infections. Zero HIV related deaths by 2030," explained Dr. Phil Huang, medical director and health authority at the Austin Public Health Department. According to the city, in 2016 there were 4,716 Austin/Travis County residents living with HIV infection. An additional 987...
  • Austin City Council members to get a firsthand glance at Tornillo’s ‘tent city’

    06/21/2018 8:45:20 AM PDT · by Jonx6 · 12 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | Posted: 8:35 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2018 | By Philip Jankowski - American-Statesman Staff
    El Paso — Outfitted with his Canon camera and a telephoto lens, Austin Mayor Steve Adler got his first look at the burgeoning “tent city” of Tornillo on Wednesday evening. The brief glance came a day ahead of a scheduled protest at the Tornillo port of call along the Mexican border, where Adler, nearly the entire Austin City Council and mayors from across the nation will protest the practice of separating immigrant children from their family members who illegally cross the U.S. border. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to end the separations — part of his...
  • MoPac toll lanes meeting traffic estimates, exceeding revenue hopes

    06/19/2018 11:09:49 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | June 6, 2018 | Ben Wear
    Use of the MoPac toll lanes has been steadily growing in the seven months since the lanes opened throughout their entire 11-mile lengths, but it is falling slightly short of a first-year estimate made before construction began. Revenue from the added lanes on each side of North MoPac Boulevard, due to variable toll rates that on average have been higher than expected, has at least met expectations this spring and could exceed them when the agency begins in earnest to pursue unpaid tolls. “I wouldn’t be surprised to see the numbers bump up a bit” as collections efforts step up,...
  • Austin City Council approves ‘Freedom City’ resolutions

    06/15/2018 4:15:50 PM PDT · by bgill · 9 replies
    austin american statesman ^ | June 15, 2018 | Mark D. Wilson
    The Austin City Council unanimously approved a pair of “Freedom City” resolutions on Thursday that target racial disparity in Austin police arrests and how officers interact with undocumented immigrants. The first resolution... police to end most discretionary arrests, which happen when an officer chooses to arrest someone for an offense that could result in either a trip to jail or a ticket... data from 2017 that he said showed Austin police arrested African-Americans at an officer’s discretion at more than double the rate of white and Latino residents, and that blacks were seven times more likely to be arrested for...
  • Austin tax dollars to city election campaign dollars

    06/15/2018 1:13:48 PM PDT · by Jonx6 · 3 replies ^ | Apr. 05, 2018 | KLBJ Newsroom
    Austin tax dollars to city election campaign dollars has some concerned about the legality of so called "Democracy dollars" An Austin commission is kicking around the idea of giving taxpayer dollars to residents who would then donate the money to local political candidates. Fred Lewis of the Charter Commission calls it the democracy dollars program. The program was created in Seattle and is so far the only US city with such a program. The commission’s Fred Lewis explained its to combat major donors from dominating elections. Each voter could get 50 bucks for each city race they can vote in....
  • Cost to fill in Cambria Cavern with concrete totals more than half a million dollars (TX sink hole)

    06/12/2018 6:02:03 PM PDT · by bgill · 53 replies
    keye ^ | June 12, 2018 | cbs
    In May, Williamson County Engineer Terron Evertson said it will take at least 200 trucks of concrete to fill the cave. Tim Kelley, who lives near Cambira Cavern, told CBS Austin he is looking forward to the cave being filled in. His driveway access has been blocked for months, making mundane tasks like grocery shopping a hassle. Although the County says the caves do not pose a risk to homeowners nearby, Kelley said the unknown still makes him a bit uneasy. "Even if there is a 5% chance (the cave) goes under my house, that's still a big deal to...
  • As Amazon HQ2 search continues, Indeed is making 3,000 new Austin hires (Texas)

    05/31/2018 12:49:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Built in Austin ^ | May 17, 2018 | Kelly O'Halloran
    As Amazon execs consider locations for HQ2, the Austin tech ecosystem has steadily been racking up major wins. Indeed announced today that it will be launching massive recruitment initiatives of its own, with plans to add 3,000 local employees over the next few years across all departments. That news follows last month’s announcement from The Home Depot of 1,000 new hires at its Austin tech center. “We are committed to growing in Austin, a city that is a proven tech hub with excellent access to talent and a community that encourages innovation,” said Indeed President Chris Hyams in a statement....
  • Study: There are now more dogs than children in east Austin

    05/30/2018 11:14:15 AM PDT · by bgill · 49 replies
    kxan ^ | May 30, 2018 | Alyssa Goard
    The Institute for Urban Policy Research Analysis at the University of Texas at Austin found dogs now outnumber children in east Austin nearly two to one, a statistic they say is a signifier that gentrification is alive and well there...The researchers noted that between 2000-2010, the neighborhood's black population decreased by 60 percent, its Latino population decreased by 33 percent and its white population increased by 442 percent.They reported that Austin was the only fast-growing major city in the U.S. to show a decline in African Americans between 2000 and 2010. The research, which was published this spring, documented a...
  • Austin man indicted in 1979 cold case murder of newlywed Debra Reiding

    05/26/2018 2:24:24 PM PDT · by BBell · 23 replies ^ | 5/25/18 | Ryan Autullo and Katie Hall
    Debra Reiding was an 18-year-old newlywed when her husband discovered her remains in their South Austin home. An Austin man was indicted Thursday in the 1979 cold case murder of Debra Reiding, Austin police officials said. Michael Anthony Galvan, 64, faces one count each of capital murder and murder after investigators linked him to Reiding’s death through DNA evidence. He was arrested Thursday and was still in the Travis County Jail in lieu of bail set at $750,000 on Friday afternoon. Galvan has worked and lived in Austin since Reiding’s killing, police said. He was a suspect in 1979, but...
  • Richard Overton, oldest living veteran, turns 112

    05/11/2018 7:06:11 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 8 replies
    KXAN ^ | May 11, 2018 | Chris Davis
    The oldest living World War II veteran and oldest living man in the U.S. turns 112 Friday, and his family and friends are celebrating by inviting everyone to stop by and see him. Richard Overton, born in 1906, still lives in east Austin in the house he built 72 years ago. Overton moved into the house, now on a street named after him, in 1946, and still spends his days on his front porch, smoking cigars and drinking whiskey. "I feel fine every day," Overton told a gaggle of reporters and photographers gathered outside his home on Thursday. "No pain...
  • Despite Resident Surveys, Austin City Council Renames Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis Streets

    05/01/2018 7:20:08 AM PDT · by Rebeleye · 27 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 27 April 2018 | Philip Janowski
    Robert E. Lee Road and Jeff Davis Avenue are no more after the Austin City Council on Thursday voted to remove the names of the Confederate leaders from the two Austin streets that bear their names. ...most of the residents who responded to surveys from the city objected to the proposed name changes.... Instead the road that ambles along Barton Creek into the Zilker neighborhood will be named for Azie Taylor Morton, the country’s first and only black U.S. treasurer, who grew up and went to college in Austin. Its official designation will be Azie Morton Road. In the Brentwood...
  • Florida dad outraged by sexually explicit question on teen's homework assignment

    04/27/2018 4:09:37 PM PDT · by DFG · 69 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04/27/2018 | Jennifer Earl
    Omar Austin had to do a double take when he spotted a sexually explicit question on his teenage daughter's homework assignment this week. "This needs to be seen. [What the hell] is going on in our schools???" the Florida father asked as he read the question aloud in a video posted to Facebook on Wednesday. The mulitple choice question reportedly read, "Ursula was devastated when her boyfriend broke up with her after having sex. To get revenge, she had sex with his best friend the next day. Ursula had a beautiful baby girl nine months later. Ursula has type O...
  • Robert E. Lee Road in Austin renamed after first black U.S. treasurer

    04/27/2018 11:08:11 AM PDT · by Blue House Sue · 43 replies
    KXAN ^ | 4/27/18 | Jacqulyn Powell
    AUSTIN (KXAN) - Two Austin street names with Confederate ties will be renamed. The Austin City Council approved changing Robert E. Lee Road to Azie Morton Road and Jeff Davis Avenue to William Holland Avenue. The discussion to rename Robert E. Lee Road, which runs just south of Zilker Park, started last year. The street signs have been vandalized several times. The new street name honors former U.S. Treasurer Azie Taylor Morton. She was the first and only African-American to serve as the nation's treasurer. Morton was also known for swimming in protest at a once-segregated Barton Springs.
  • Fallout over tolls divides local, state leaders

    04/16/2018 11:04:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The political tide has turned against toll roads in Texas, imperiling a Tomball interchange project and hamstringing frustrated local officials, while setting an ominous tone for projects to come. For years, state officials relied on tolls to tackle some of TexasÂ’ biggest traffic messes as a way to build without adding taxes. Since 2016, however, Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick have taken hard-line stances against the mixing of Texas Department of Transportation money and toll revenues. Most Popular More men accuse former Texas judge, Baptist leader of sexual misconduct Breaking down 2018 Texas A&M football: Quarterback With...