1:24 PM Jan 29, 2020 CST

Head of Central Texas tolling agency resigning after 16 years of leadership

Mike Heiligenstein submitted his resignation Jan. 29.


Travis County commissioners interview 2 candidates for chief public defender position

Travis County commissioners will announce a new chief public defender in the coming weeks.


Austinites likely to cast monumental vote in 2020, with transit proposition, local seats likely on fall ballot

The fall 2020 election could be highlighted by multibillion-dollar transit proposition for a new bus or rail system in Austin



Proposed 400-unit, mixed-use development in St. Elmo district seeks final Austin City Council approval

The project would also bring a brewery and more than 12,000 square feet of retail space.


Brooke Elementary School parent: Final months marked by uncertainty

Brooke is one of four AISD schools that will close at the end of the 2019-20 academic year, along with Pease, Metz and Sims elementary schools.


Doctors warn flu season has not yet peaked as flu type rates switch prominence

Local doctors continue to caution residents to get vaccinated against the flu as confirmed cases of both types of the flu have yet to peak, according to Austin Regional Clinic data.


Greenbelt Botanicals plans new Belterra Village location

A CBD-specializing business is expanding to the Dripping Springs area.



City staff: Only 2% of new home construction in Austin over last 10 years was ‘missing-middle’ housing

City staff will release a new draft of the land development code and citywide zoning maps Jan. 31.


Austin ISD's Paredes Middle School interim Principal Vicente Salazar given role permanently

Austin ISD trustees appointed Vicente Salazar as the permanent principal of Paredes Middle School.


Austin ISD trustees approve calendar for 2020-21 school year

Austin ISD students will officially return to class for the 2020-21 school year on August 18, and that school year will end May 26, 2021.


Capital Metro increases initial investment in electric buses to 12 vehicles in 2020

Capital Metro will now put 12 electric buses into service in 2020.



Health care news to follow in 2020: UT Health Austin expands, Dell Medical School offers new program

UT Health Austin, the clinical practice of Dell Medical School, expanded its walk-in clinic in 2019 and relocated the clinic to the first floor of the Health Transformation Building at 1601 Trinity St., Austin.


Dell Children’s Medical Center campus readies for $113m expansion

Construction of the Pediatric Ambulatory Center of Excellence, or PACE, building is set to begin in March.


Neighborhood Note: Drippings Farmers Market relocates for winter

The Dripping Springs Farmers Market will move indoors until spring.


Nick Boyd Real Estate Co. now open in South Austin

Nick Boyd Real Estate Co. opened in South Austin on Jan. 1.



South Lamar Ramen Tatsu-Ya location celebrates 5 years in business

Ramen Tatsu-Ya opened on South Lamar Boulevard in January 2015.


City of Austin expects to see more dockless vehicles used for longer trips in 2020

When electric scooters first arrived in Austin in April 2018, residents and city officials alike raised concerns about regulations, safety and inconvenience.


Austin police chief doubles down: Cops will continue citing and, in some cases, arresting for pot possession despite City Council direction

The City Council decision does not change how the police department handles marijuana possession, according to the police chief.


Trudy's files for bankruptcy, owes employees more than $267,000 in unpaid wages

According to court documents, the Tex-Mex restaurant's financial issues started with its Dripping Springs location, which lost over $1 million per year.




Capital Metro sets ambitious goal to eventually replace all 423 buses with electric versions

Starting Jan. 26, riders can ride the new electric buses, which will rotate among routes.


Council members divided over hire of outside attorney in property protest rights lawsuit

Some City Council members said taxpayer dollars should not be used to fight taxpayer interests.


South Austin H-E-B openings, closings and renovations expected in 2020

2020 is slated to be a year of major development for H-E-B in the South Austin area, with projects totaling $200 million.