2:34 PM Jan 21, 2020 CST

Whataburger opens new location on East Oltorf Street

This is the burger chain's 19th location in Austin.


Travis Central Appraisal District board will host in-person meetings for informal protests in 2020

The Travis Central Appraisal District board of trustees voted to bring back in-person meetings for informal protests this year.


Austin-Travis County officials establish nonprofit to raise funds to support complete census count

Officials in Austin and Travis County have formed a complete count committee to support the 2020 census effort.



Austin to start issuing tickets to drivers who park in bike-only lanes in effort to improve safety

Drivers who illegal park in a bicycle lane could receive a $300 fine and have their vehicles towed.


Dripping Springs ISD discusses next steps for bond advisory committee selection

Dripping Springs ISD's board of trustees is ready to consider applications for the district's new bond oversight group.


Capital Metro starts electrifying its transit fleet; first 2 electric buses go into service Jan. 26

Capital Metro will roll out the first two electric buses in late January.


Summer Moon Coffee to open at Circle C Ranch

A new coffee shop is set to open in a previous South Austin location of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.



Support grows among Austin City Council members who want to end local penalties for low-level marijuana possession

If successful, the Austin Police Department would no longer hand out arrests or citations for possession of marijuana with no intent to distribute.


Utility and other hurdles delay Bee Creek Sports Complex

Though it was initially planned to be ready for play by 2020, delays pertaining to construction and, more specifically, to water service, have pushed the completion date of the much-anticipated Bee Creek Sports Complex to spring 2022.


Travis County commissioners pursue easement to bring water to Las Lomitas subdivision

Travis County commissioners are working to address colonias—unincorporated areas in the county that lack basic utilities.


Austin Public Health confirms city’s first rubella case since 1999

Austin Public Health is investigating a confirmed rubella case, the first case of the contagious viral infection in Travis County since 1999.



Travis County commissioners consider revisions to peace office pay

Travis County commissioners are considering options that will revise the pay scale for peace officers, including law enforcement, corrections and park rangers.


Baylor Scott & White's Austin Medical Center opens in Oak Hill

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Austin opened its doors Jan. 15.


Texas oil and gas industry could see a major slowdown in 2020

The oil and natural gas industry paid a record-setting $16.3 billion in taxes and royalties to local governments and the state in 2019, the Texas Oil and Gas Association announced Tuesday.


Dripping Springs City Council tangles with parking solutions for historic downtown

Council members stressed the need for long-term downtown parking solutions at their Jan. 14 meeting.



With unveiling of 'transformational' transit proposal, support for urban rail grows among Austin leaders

Before voting on a multibillion-dollar bond referendum coming in November, the community will have to choose between an urban rail or bus transit system.


New acupuncture clinic Hill Country Healing Haven open in Dripping Springs

A new center for acupuncture and wellness now operates in Dripping Springs.


Voters could decide in November how to fund an estimated $2.9B-$7.2B needed to expand transit in Austin area

Capital Metro, city of Austin officials are discussing financing options for expanding transit through Project Connect.


Austin ISD Facilities Master Plan update focuses on portable reduction, changes to facilities

Austin ISD trustees will vote to approve an update to its Facilities Master Plan at its Jan. 27 meeting.



2 new restaurants will take over former North By Northwest location at Circle C Ranch

Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar and Keepers Coastal Kitchen will move into the space formerly held by North By Northwest in 2020.


NatureSTEAM Preschool is now open in Dripping Springs

A new preschool is accepting students in Dripping Springs.


Black Rock Coffee celebrates Lantana Place opening with free coffee

A new coffee shop has opened in South Austin.


Update: Flood advisories and severe thunderstorm watches in effect as storms enter Central Texas

The Greater Austin area, from Georgetown and parts further north running south past Dripping Springs, is under a severe weather alert as a storm set to hit later this afternoon is predicted by weather officials to carry damaging effects.