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BREAKING: Austin ISD trustees vote to close four elementary schools

Austin ISD trustees on Nov. 18 to close three East Austin and one downtown campus for the 2020-21 school year in the process.


Local community, political leaders urge Austin ISD board of trustees to slow down school closure process, delay vote

Austin ISD's board of trustees is scheduled to vote on a plan to close four elementary schools the evening of Nov. 18. Community advocates and political leaders want the board to slow the process down.


Acknowledging expanded risk, Austin moves to prohibit additional density in city’s flood-prone areas

A recent federal flood risk study found Austin's flood risk to be significantly higher than previously understood.



Dove Springs Recreation Center could be renamed after Constable George Morales

The Dove Springs Recreation Center could be renamed after Constable George Morales, although some residents oppose changing the park's name at all.


City Council green lights $8 million Rodeway Inn plan for homeless shelter transition, vows to address crime in the area

South Austin neighbors raised concerns that criminal activity in the area will put homeless individuals who enter the shelter at risk.


New Brightway insurance office opens in South Austin

Brightway, The Trusted Agency opened a new office in late October.


Marucci Clubhouse baseball facility opens in Southwest Austin

Marucci Clubhouse opened its new Southwest Austin location in October.



Toxic algae blooms are becoming more common, scientists say

Months have passed, but the capital city still has signs up warning of ongoing dangerous conditions in Lady Bird Lake.


Land development code rewrite heads to City Council for final approval, marking home stretch of nearly 7-year process

Austin's long-awaited land development code rewrite is heading to City Council for final approval.


Central Texas transportation agencies investing millions in I-35 for new lanes, intersection improvements aimed at aiding mobility

About 20 miles of I-35 through Central Texas will see an infusion of $400 million in state and federal funding to add one to two additional lanes in an effort to improve mobility.


Sage Blossom Massage now open in Oak Hill

Sage Blossom Massage's new Oak Hill location at 6705 W. Hwy. 290, Austin, opened in early October. Sage …



Dripping Springs City Council opts for partial refund to Mark Black in wedding venue fee dispute

Dripping Springs City Council voted Nov. 12 to refund $2,121 of Mark Black's $12,800 request.


Austin Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza says she will not seek re-election as Travis County attorney rumors heat up

Austin's mayor pro tem will not seek reelection to her Southeast Austin district seat in 2020.


Travis County intergovernmental relations officer announces retirement, triggers "aggressive" hiring schedule

Deece Eckstein, Travis County's inaugural intergovernmental relations officer, will retire at the end of the year.


Austin no longer pursuing homeless shelter off Ben White with pivot to hotel purchase

Austin will no longer pursue the controversial purchase of a South Austin tract to use for a new homeless shelter.



City may buy Rodeway Inn in South Austin, renovate property to house homeless

The city is considering adding $8 million to its fiscal year 2019-20 budget to accommodate the purchase.


Austin Transportation Department installs safety upgrades to 500 block of East Slaughter Lane

The Austin Transportation Department closed the median break between 515 and 516 E. Slaughter Lane.


Cooper's Sandwiches now open in Southwest Austin

Cooper's Sandwiches has opened on Southwest Parkway.


Four-story office building added as construction begins on Plano’s Mustang Square mixed-use project

A new four-story office building will headline a major mixed-use development in Plano, developers announced Oct. 2 as crews began work on the Mustang Square project.



A $14 million campaign and 300-bed shelter: Austin’s private sector leads new coalition to address homelessness

A coaltiion of private sector, non-profit and faith-based groups has formed to address Austin's homelessness crisis.


Gov. Greg Abbott announces plan for state-sanctioned homeless encampment off US 183 near Montopolis

John Wittman, Abbott's press secretary, said the land is as close to downtown as the state can provide.


From Pease to boundaries, Austin ISD trustees discuss School Changes Version 2

Austin ISD trustees discussed closing of Pease, Metz, Brooke and Sims elementary schools, preserving district history and lessons learned from the School Changes process.


‘We cannot exist like this in a primary election': Travis County clerk says voter behavior, state law need to change ahead of 2020

Travis County's 2019 election results were not final until 3:40 a.m. the next morning due to a perfect storm of issues that the clerk said needs to be addressed before the 2020 election.



CommUnityCare purchases 5 Carousel Pediatrics locations in Central Texas

CommUnityCare Health Centers acquires Carousel Pediatrics