The Region

Friday, February 7, 2020 by Jack Craver

Babies, immigrants fueling Travis County growth

Contrary to public perception, Travis County’s population would be booming even without newcomers from California.That was one of the main takeaways from a presentation to the Travis County Commissioners Court on the most recent population data from the American Community…

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by Andrew Weber

Travis County hires law professor as its first-ever public defender

Travis County has hired University of Virginia law professor Adeola Ogunkeyede as the first person to lead its public defender office. Until last year, the county was the largest jurisdiction in the United States without an office to handle cases…

Thursday, January 23, 2020 by Jack Craver

New nonprofit seeks to boost census participation

With six weeks until the 2020 census kicks off, the local effort to boost participation hopes to raise additional money for outreach efforts.Census Program Manager John Lawler, who is overseeing the Austin/Travis County Complete Count Committee, which both the city…

Monday, January 13, 2020 by Jack Craver

Travis County takes action to eliminate ‘water colonias’

While it’s accurately referred to as an urban county, roughly half of Travis County does not fall within the limits of any municipality. The population in these rural, unincorporated areas is growing rapidly, driven in part by a lack of…

Friday, January 3, 2020 by Jack Craver

County Judge Sarah Eckhardt sees a future of tough decisions and tax referendums for Travis County

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt has plenty of good news to report as she looks back on 2019.Her greatest achievement is the county’s new public defender’s office, for which she was the lead champion on the Commissioners Court. While her…

Thursday, January 2, 2020 by Jack Craver

After quarter-century on court, Gómez sees pros and cons in change

Margaret Gómez has served on the Travis County Commissioners Court for 24 years, representing a precinct whose boundaries roughly correspond with the southeastern quadrant of the county, including nearly all of South Austin east of South Lamar Boulevard.Her career in…

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