Top Stories Today: 5.17.2013
The top 5 stories on Statesman.com at 5 p.m. Man charged in officer-involved shooting incident: Police say the man pointed a gun at officers and sparked an hours-long SWAT standoff at the Capitol Village apartments in Northeast Austin. Woman carjacked at gunpoint in South Austin Police: Woman hit moped, injuring three, and drove off Officials: Three Charged in double homicide in...
Top Stories Today: 5.16.2013
The top 5 stories on Statesman.com at 5 p.m. Officials: Cedar Avenue to reopen Friday after repair of sinkhole: A school bus drove partially into a sinkhole Thursday morning in East Austin. You’re right, Austin: Traffic is getting worse: A company that collects real-time traffic data using global positioning devices rates Austin traffic as the fourth worst in the United States. At least...
Top Stories Today: 5.15.2013
The top 5 stories on Statesman.com at 5 p.m. Perry email to UT regents invokes Battle of the Bulge: State lawmakers who gained access to emails sent by Gov. Rick Perry to University of Texas System Regents (and grilled the regents over the contents of those letters) share some emails with the Statesman. Former San Marcos mayoral candidate arrested: A man who ran for mayor in San Marcos last...
Top Stories Today: 5.14.2013
The top 5 stories on Statesman.com at 5 p.m. Woman sentenced in fatal drunk-driving collision: A woman turned herself in to Travis County Jail on Monday after pleading guilty this month to two second-degree felonies in a drunk driving collision that took the life of her passenger in September 2011. Woman injured in Northeast Austin shooting: A woman was injured in a shooting following an...
Top Stories Today: 5.13.2013
The top 5 stories on Statesman.com at 5 p.m.: Police: Man struck two with pickup in confrontation: A Hutto man was arrested late Saturday after sheriff’s deputies say he followed two high school girls and then struck two people with his pickup when they tried to intervene. Man charged with murder in 2009 death of Cedar Park woman: A Williamson County grand jury has indicted a man in the death...
In Case You Missed It: May 11-12
Some of the best stories you might have missed over the weekend: (Photo by Ralph Berrera / Austin American-Statesman) Bees are the buzz at the W Hotel: Walter Schumacher, of Central Texas Bee Rescue, has started a new apiary atop the W Hotel in downtown Austin. The honey these bees produce will be used in the hotel’s bar and restaurant in specialty cocktails, desserts and appetizers. Drug...
Top Stories Today: 5.8.2013
The top 5 stories on Statesman.com at 5 p.m. Police: Officer fired at unarmed man during traffic stop: No one was injured in the incident which occurred in East Austin a little before 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Texas officials advise against eating certain fish: (AP story) “State health officials have raised mercury concerns in advising some people not to eat or to limit consumption of certain...
Top Stories Today: 5.7.2013
The top 5 stories on Statesman.com at 6 p.m. Round Rock woman abandons two children, but books dog into pet hotel, according to arrest warrant Bidders snap up shoes, vehicles and memorabilia at RunTex auction: At an auction to raise money to pay Austin company’s past-due taxes, buyers bought items from a box of foot sizers (sold for $20) to a pair of running shoes worn by former President...
AISD bond election round-up, 5.6.2013
Early voting began last week, and some are already casting their ballots on the Austin Independent School District’s proposed $892 million bond proposal. Here’s a round-up of some of our stories leading up to the election: Austin school district faces tough choices with underenrolled schools: AISD is asking voters to pay for three new schools to ease overcrowding, but also dealing...
Top Stories Today: 5.6.2013
The top 5 stories on statesman.com at 5 p.m. President Obama set to visit Manor New Technology High School this week: The president is kicking off his “Middle Class Jobs & Opportunity Tours,” and will also be visiting an Austin tech company UT student: test fire of ‘3-D printed’ handgun successful: BBC News and Forbes were on hand for the test and both reported the successful...
Top Stories Today: 5.3.2013
The top 5 stories on Statesman.com at 5 p.m.: President Obama coming to Austin Thursday: The last time the president visited Austin was in July 2012. Rare May front breaks temperature records: Cold weather in Austin, in May?? The temperature broke and 84-year-old record for the date. Threat made at Westlake High School: On Thursday, parents were informed of increased security at the school...
austin 360: Austin360's May Month Ahead Round-Ups →
austin360: Our regular first-of-the-month guides to music, drinks, comedy and more in Austin: Music: big festivals include Pachanga Fest and Pecan Street Festival, while some of the big acts passing through Austin include Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift. But don’t forget to look for local…
Top Stories Today: 5.2.2013
The top 5 stories on Statesman.com at 5 p.m. DPS official charged with drunken driving: A state coordinator for the Texas Department of Public Safety was charged with driving while intoxicated early Thursday morning, according to an arrest affidavit. Police: Man detained in child’s stabbing: A child was stabbed overnight at an apartment complex that was also the scene of a fatal stabbing...
Top Stories Today: 5.1.2013
The top 5 stories on Statesman.com at 5 p.m. Suspect in North Austin sex assault cases arrested: A man linked to a series of sex assaults and attempted sex assaults over the last year has been booked into jail. Forecasters: Cold front could bring strong storms, record lows FBI: 3 removed backpack from Boston bombing suspect’s room: Three additional people have been charged in connection...
Houston toad making a comeback at Bastrop State... →
On Tuesday, 6,500 tadpoles were carefully released into a pond at Bastrop State Park, and, with any luck, 10 of them will survive to become full-grown Houston toads. Biologists have been concerned about the future of the endangered Houston toads since the 2011 Bastrop County wildfires ripped through their habitat.
Top Stories Today: 4.30.2013
The top 5 stories on Statesman.com at 6 p.m. New lawsuit against Lehmberg filed after first dismissed: Travis County Attorney David Escamilla on Monday dismissed a lawsuit to remove District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg from office for drunken driving, but immediately filed a new civil case. 2 dead, several hurt in Buda crash Gamez sentenced to life in prison for East Austin homicide: Mario...
In Case You Missed It: April 27-28
Some of the best stories from the Statesman over the weekend: (Photo by Ralph Berrera / Austin American-Statesman) More photos from the 50th anniversary of Eeyore’s Birthday Party, plus video With 30 days left, legislators pick up pace: ”Capitol regulars have talked for weeks now about how slow this legislative session has been, with few fiery debates, no late nights and lots of...
Top Stories Today: 4.26.2013
The top 5 stories on Statesman.com at 5 p.m. Body found in Mansfield Dam Park: Police later on Friday identified the body as that of a woman who was reported missing on April 10. California political cartoon depicting West: Crossing the line or valid point? The Sacramento Bee ran an editorial cartoon depicting the explosion of a fertilizer plant in West, Texas next to the low business...
Top Stories Today: 4.25.2013
The top 5 stories on Statesman.com at 5 p.m. At memorial for West, Obama: “You are not alone, you are not forgotten:” Thousands of firefighters were joined by Gov. Rick Perry and President Barack Obama for a memorial service for the victims of the explosion in West, Texas. Twin Liquors executives: Company cooperating fully with authorities: After federal authorities were confirmed...
The line for the West TX memorial at Baylor today →
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Top Stories Today: 4.24.2013
The top 5 stories on Statesman.com at 5 p.m. State, federal agents scour Twin Liquors offices: Twin Liquors is the region’s largest liquor retailer, with dozens of stores stretching from Waco to San Antonio. Most are located in the Austin area. Acevedo: Police kill man who aimed rifle at them: A man was killed in an officer-involved shooting Tuesday night. The man and officers involved were...
Top Stories Today: 4.23.2013
The top 5 stories on Statesman.com at 5 p.m. Dashboard cameras capture Lehmberg’s field sobriety test, arrest: An Austin attorney has filed a petition in Travis County district court to remove District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg from office, and the Austin Police Association called for her resignation Monday after the release of footage of Lehmberg’s booking on April 13. Police destroy...
Top Stories Today: 4.22.2013
The top 5 stories on Statesman.com at 5 p.m. Judge finds that Anderson hid evidence in Morton murder trial: The story from Friday was the most popular story starting off the week. Former Williamson County district attorney Ken Anderson was arrested and booked into jail on Friday - and then released on bail - after a specially convened court found that he intentionally hid evidence to secure...
In Case You Missed It: April 20-21
Stories you might have missed over the weekend: (Photo by Jay Janner / Austin American-Statesman. More photos from West, Texas after the fertilizer plant explosion) Throughout the weekend, the Statesman continued our coverage of the aftermath of a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas: Over the course of the weekend, it was released that 12 of the 14 confirmed dead (others are still...
Top Stories Today: 4.19.2013
The top 5 stories on Statesman.com at 5 p.m.: Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg pleads guilty, sentenced to 45 days in jail: The district attorney who was arrested for drunken driving last week pleaded guilty Friday morning. Jail records later released detailed her behavior after her arrest, including being put in “the emergency restraint chair.” Ken Anderson ordered to be arrested for acts...
Top Stories Today: 4.18.2013
The top 5 stories on Statesman.com at 6 p.m. West plant explosion photo gallery The full story, updated throughout the day, from the deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant in West: Official: “There were fatalities, but I don’t know the exact number” 66 years ago, Texas City fertilizer blast killed 600, injured thousands: The West explosion occurred just a day after the...
Fertilizer plant explosion rocks Central Texas...
An explosion on Wednesday night at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas (a small town near Waco known for its Czech population and kolaches) has left from 5 to 15 people dead and dozens injured. Volunteer firefighters were in the plant when it exploded, having first responded to a blaze before the explosion. We are keeping a running account of places and ways people can help as they are shared on...
Top Stories Today: 4.17.2013
The Top 5 stories on Statesman.com at 5 p.m. Wife of ex-judge charged with capital murder: The wife of a former justice of the peace implicated her husband in the Kaufman County shooting deaths of a district attorney, his wife and an assistant prosecutor, according to court records filed Wednesday. Austin woman targeted another woman with fake Craigslist ad: A local woman faces a felony online...
Top Stories Today: 4.16.2013
The top 5 stories on Statesman.com at 5 p.m. Seaholm redevelopment ready to break ground at last: This week, the city of Austin and a development team are expected to sign the document that will trigger the official launch of construction of the $100 million mixed-use project near Lady Bird Lake. Congressman: Hunt for Boston bombing suspect continues: Austin’s U.S. Rep. Michael...
In Case You Missed It: April 13-14
Stories you might have missed over the weekend: (Photo by Jenni Jones for Austin American-Statesman - More photos of Art City Austin on Saturday) Charles Akin stood tall for dignity and calm during the scary days of Austin school segregation: The now 80-year-old African-American man who grew up in segregated East Austin and in 1973 became the first principal of L.C. Anderson High School in...
Top Stories Today: 4.15.2013
The top 5 stories on Statesman.com at 5 p.m. Letter from District Attorney to prosecutors says she will enter guilty plea, accept any jail time: Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg was arrested over the weekend for drunken driving 2 explosions at Boston Marathon finish line: The Boston Marathon draws runners from all over the world. At least 200 Austinites were reported running in the Boston...
At least 200 Austinites in Boston for marathon,... →
At least 200 runners from Austin were in Boston to participate in the marathon, including 48 from Gilbert’s Gazelles Running Group and 50 from Rogue Running. If you know anyone running in the Boston Marathon, lots of folks on social media are suggesting checking out http://raceday.baa.org/individual.html to see the last place they checked in along the route. As of now, the link loads on mobile,...
Top Stories Today: 4.12.2013
The top five stories on Statesman.com at 5 p.m. Deputies: Woman shot boyfriend over money: A warrant has been issue for the Leander woman. Judge sentences convicted sex offender to 465 years: An Austin man who officials say sexually abused children for nearly 30 years has been sentenced to 456 years in prison. Kabongo to leave Longhorns for NBA: UT confirmed Friday that Myck Kabongo, the...
Top Stories Today: 4.11.2013
The top five stories on Statesman.com at 5 p.m.: Law enforcement officials bust two major Austin drug rings: Authorities seized more than 75 kilos of meth, 10 kilos of cocaine and two kilos of heroin through the course of the investigation at JT Body and Paint. Person killed by train in South Austin: Authorities later said the fatal crash was an apparent suicide. Woman missing in far South...
Top Stories Today: 4.9.2013
The top five stories on Statesman.com at 6 p.m.: It’s official: Austin getting super-fast Google Fiber network: The big tech story of the day was quickly followed by AT&T and Time Warner saying they are ready to compete, and our tech writer answering some of the immediate questions the announcement brought. Police: Pedestrian killed trying to cross 71 near airport Police: AISD...
Top Stories Today: 4.8.2013
The top five stories on Statesman.com at 5 p.m.: Fran’s Hamburgers on South Congress closing Officials: District attorney investigator killed in Sunday crash: Sgt. Lorraine Kerlick, who had been an investigator with the Travis County district attorney’s office for 17 years, was killed in a motorcycle crash. Landing Google Fiber network would be ‘great for Austin...
In Case You Missed It (April 6-7)
(Photo by Jay Janner / Austin American-Statesman) The best weekend stories you might have missed: After suicide attempt, veteran finds his voice: For Andrew O’Brien, a suffocating silence — the unexpressed feelings, the untold stories — had marked his return from war to his Army post in Hawaii. O’Brien rode his pain alone, into the abyss, but unlike nearly 1,500 other active-duty service...
Top Stories Today: 4.4.2013
The top 5 stories on Statesman.com at the end of the workday RunTex being evicted from Riverside Drive location: Constables were at the RunTex store on Riverside this afternoon to seize property in order to settle a $150,000 court judgment John Kelso column: Broken Spoke owner says bus hauled away Armstrong will race again, but it’ll be as a swimmer, not as a cyclist Early Tea Party effort...
Top Stories Today: 4.3.2013
(Photo by Laura Skelding / Austin American-Statesman) Our top 5 trending stories on Statesman.com at the lunch break today: Forecaster: New round of storms could bring up to one inch of rain: After record rainfall triggered power outages and snarled traffic across the region Tuesday, more rain was expected Wednesday (Photos) 8-year-old bitten by coral snake in Northwest Austin Officials: Man...
Top Stories Today: 4.2.2013
Our top 5 trending stories on Statesman.com at the lunch break today: Three northwest Austin office buildings sell for $76 million Texas DPS assistant director commutes from home at state expense beyond agency’s 30-mile distance limit Senate approves increased penalty for hit-run deaths; legislation prompted by death of Courtney Griffin Light rain causes havoc on Austin roads; two-hundredths...
In Case You Missed It: (March 30-31)
(Photo by Jay Janner / Austin American-Statesman) Barton Springs makeover may be coming After more than two years of debates, Austin has unveiled a plan to make over the grounds of Barton Springs Pool, and the City Council is scheduled to vote on it next month. New details on long road to Dell buyout Aproxy statement filed with securities regulators Friday showed more background of the still...
Bad news for UT basketball and the NCAA Tournament...
Horns lose opening CBI game, coveted recruit: After an embarrassing relegation to the third-tier postseason tournament, UT gets bounced from the CBI just a few hours after a top-five high school recruit spurned them for Kentucky. So Austin, who do you cheer for in the NCAA Tournament?: With no Texas teams in the entire tournament, let alone the Austin regional, we take a deeper look at the teams...