Stories by Nathan Bernier

Thursday, February 25, 2021 by Nathan Bernier

Cold weather kills bats across Texas

Large numbers of dead or dying bats are being discovered under bridges and overpasses in Texas after last week’s winter storm. One Austin resident sent KUT a video of what she saw downtown under a bridge at Henderson and Ninth Street.…

Monday, August 17, 2020 by Nathan Bernier

Local attorney Andy Brown will be Democratic nominee for county judge

Local attorney and activist Andy Brown will be the Democratic nominee for Travis County judge in the November election. Brown won 55.88 percent of the vote Sunday night in an election by party precinct chairs. The prior county judge, Sarah…

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by Nathan Bernier

‘Statesman’ reporter recounts ‘mistake’ that allowed lakefront properties to avoid paying taxes

Housing affordability is one of Austin’s biggest challenges during this period of economic growth. Even after someone buys a home or rents property, as the value of that property goes up, so does the annual tax bill. But some of…

Friday, March 16, 2018 by Nathan Bernier

From ‘Starbucks’ lines to ‘full-scale riot’: How cops and clubs control crowds during SXSW

The influx of 300,000 to 400,000 people to downtown Austin during South by Southwest requires an extraordinary amount of crowd control, both for event organizers and first responders. Austin’s Police Department uses a Special Response Team to patrol downtown. “It’s…

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