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Texans will decide on eight constitutional amendments this election. Here's what they mean.

Lee esta historia en español. This Nov. 2 election, Texans have the chance to vote on eight amendments to the state constitution. What would each amendment actually do? Read our voter guide below to find out. Early voting began Monday…

Austin ISD gets B overall from TEA, sees failing grades at some middle and elementary schools

By Claire McInerny & Jimmy Maas Report cards are out, and the Austin Independent School District received a preliminary grade of B for the 2018-19 school year from the Texas Education Agency. But the district also received failing grades at…

You'll soon be able to drive faster in MoPac's express lanes

Drivers using the MoPac Expressway express lanes may get where they’re going a little faster with new speed limits. The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority board voted yesterday to raise the top speed from 65 to 70 mph in its…

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Here are the new names proposed for Austin ISD buildings tied to Confederate figures

The Austin Independent School District’s board of trustees is scheduled to vote Oct. 22 on the proposed new names for four AISD buildings named for Confederate figures. After a long dispute about whether the buildings commemorated the state’s struggle with…

With plastic bag ban in the trash, Austin pushes campaign on reducing waste

Austin says it is still committed to reducing plastic waste despite a Texas Supreme Court ruling last month that forced it to end its ban on single-use plastic bags. The city says it’s continuing efforts toward its Zero Waste goal,…

Court orders Council to put CodeNEXT petition on the ballot

A district judge has ordered City Council to put a petition on the November ballot that, if passed, would require Land Development Code rewrites, such as CodeNEXT, to be approved by voters. The judge ruled that Council has a duty to…

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Brian Manley is the sole finalist to lead the Austin Police Department permanently

Austin is one step closer to getting a new police chief. City Manager Spencer Cronk said Brian Manley is the sole candidate to take over the reins at the Austin Police Department. Manley served as the longtime second-in-command to his…

'It seems like it can be anything now': Austinites react as bombings continue

Kyle and Joycelyn Olson keep a whiteboard on the refrigerator in their East Austin home. They used to use it for things like planning dinner, but these days it has another purpose. “What we’ve done now is we start to…

Secure the scene and search for a signature: How the ATF investigates bombings

The Austin Police Department is the public face of the investigation into the four bombings in the city this month. But behind the scenes, the APD is getting help from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the…

AISD and Travis County bonds win easy victories

AISD Voters resoundingly supported the Austin Independent School District bond, which maintained a wide margin of victory all Tuesday evening. In the end, 72.06 percent voted in favor of the bond. Austin ISD posed a $1.05 billion bond question to…

Austin is ready to close its shelter for Harvey evacuees

Austin’s centralized shelter for Hurricane Harvey evacuees at the Met Center could close by the end of the week. About 170 people remain at the South Austin shelter. It held as many as 400 evacuees after the storm, which brought…

Mayor, City Council members hold news conference on 'sanctuary' suit

The city of Austin filed a motion in federal court Monday, seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent the enforcement of Senate Bill 4, the state’s new law barring so-called “sanctuary cities.” Mayor Steve Adler called SB 4 unconstitutional and said…

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