• Mother films ‘horrifying’ Dallas TSA pat-down of 13-year-old son

    DALLAS (KXAN) — A mother has posted video of what she’s calling an “extremely excessive” pat-down by a Transportation Security Administration employee.
    Jennifer Williamson was at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport on Sunday with her 13-year-old son Aaron when she asked the agent to use an alternative screening process because her son suffers from Sensory Processing Disorder, a condition that can cause anxiety in children when they are touched.
    Even with that request, Williamso
  • Storm chasers killed in crash near Lubbock

    DICKENS COUNTY, Texas (KLBK) — The Texas Department of Public Safety is working a crash that killed several storm chasers near Lubbock Tuesday afternoon.
    The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. on Farm to Market Road 2794 and County Road 419 near Spur, which is about 70 miles east of Lubbock. The location of the crash was either in or very close to an area under a tornado warning. That warning later expired and it’s not confirmed that the crash was weather-related.
    A professional st
  • Disturbing photos posted by Austin nursing home employee on Snapchat

    AUSTIN (KXAN) – Photos posted to social media showing a sleeping elderly woman, her right hand covered in what appears to be dried feces, were posted by a north Austin nursing home employee.
    The state agency that oversees adult protective services is now investigating, KXAN confirmed Tuesday.
    A second photo shows someone tickling the sleeping woman’s nose with a tissue or feather apparently prompting her to reach up and touch her own face with her dirty hand, which a third photo
  • Traffic stop along I-35 leads police to stolen Social Security cards

    WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Williamson County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating a case involving two people accused of credit card abuse and identity theft.
    On Wednesday, March 8, at approximately 12:25 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop along Interstate 35 in Williamson County. While deputies spoke to the driver, 28-year-old Anthony Bothwell, and his passenger, 26-year-old Deante Gordon, they determined the two showed “deception.”
    When authorities sea
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  • Austin man who was on FBI’s Most Wanted gets 30 years for murder

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — After more than 30 years of waiting for justice, the family of Laurie Stout finally has some closure.
    On Tuesday, 51-year-old Robert Francis Van Wisse pleaded guilty in the 1983 murder of Stout and was sentenced to 30 years in prison as part of a plea deal. Van Wisse’s attorney, Perry Minton, says they actually worked with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office to work out a possible plea deal prior to Van Wisse turning himself in. Minton believes if Distr
  • Lubbock man found guilty of assaulting pregnant girlfriend

    LUBBOCK, TX (KXAN) – A Texas man who beat his pregnant girlfriend because he didn’t believe the unborn child was his has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
    Jacob Pauda, 31, was found guilty aggravated assault Monday. KXAN’s sister station KLBK reported police were called to a Lubbock home on February 8, 2016 after a woman reported she was threatened and assaulted with a knife.
    According to the police report, Pauda punched the woman several times in the fa
  • Texas Senate approves $106 billion budget

    AUSTIN (KXAN) —  The Texas Senate has settled on what they want the state’s budget to look like for the next two years. On Tuesday, SB 1 passed unanimously, allocating $217.8 billion in total funds, of which $106 billion is coming from state taxes—which is higher than the original Biennial Revenue Estimate amount of $104.9 billion.
    To make up for the larger budget even with less revenue coming in, state lawmakers are looking to the state highway fund. In 2015, voters
  • Georgetown soldier killed in motorcycle crash near Fort Hood

    FORT HOOD, Texas (KXAN) — A Fort Hood soldier from Georgetown, Texas died in a motorcycle crash over the weekend in Harker Heights.
    Fort Hood officials say Sgt. Jonathan Garrett Garcia, 29, entered active-duty in April 2007 as a motor transport operator. He was assigned to the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, since November 2016.
    Garcia deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from May 2009 to May 2010 and in support of Operation Enduring Freed
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  • Severe storm risk tonight, early Wednesday morning

    Severe thunderstorms will be possible beginning late this afternoon over the Southern Edwards Plateau and Northern Hill Country, then across much of South Central Texas late tonight. Large hail, damaging winds, and even some tornadoes will be possible. The most favorable conditions for severe weather will be west of Interstate 35. These storms will also be capable of producing heavy downpours of 1 to 2 inches.PHOTOS: Beautiful anvil cloud hovers over Fredericksburg area
  • Trump tosses Obama’s ‘clean’ energy plan, embraces coal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring “the start of a new era” in energy production, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that he said would revive the coal industry and create jobs.
    The move makes good on his campaign pledge to unravel former President Barack Obama’s plan to curb global warming. The order seeks to suspend, rescind or flag for review more than a half-dozen measures in an effort to boost domestic energy production in the form of fossil fuels.
  • Trump, in break from other world leaders, digs in on coal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring an end to what he’s called “the war on coal,” President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that eliminates numerous restrictions on fossil fuel production, breaking with leaders across the globe who have embraced cleaner energy sources.
    The order makes good on Trump’s campaign pledge to unravel former President Barack Obama’s efforts to curb global warming, eliminating nearly a dozen measures in an effort to boost domest
  • House speaker blocks ‘bathroom bill’ from unrelated proposal

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas House’s Republican speaker has thwarted a tea party-backed effort to tack “bathroom bill” restrictions onto an unrelated measure regulating the agency overseeing oil and gas.
    Rep. Matt Schafer of Tyler sought to ban transgender Texans from using public restrooms of their choice as part of a sweeping Railroad Commission bill. But House Speaker Joe Straus ruled Tuesday that the rule wasn’t relevant.
    Schafer and other conservative Republi
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  • Montgomery Co. lawmaker injured in car crash

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — State Rep. Mark Keough, R-Montgomery County, is recovering in the hospital after being involved in a car crash Wednesday morning.
    Keough’s office says the crash happened while he was on his way to the State Capitol. He is in stable condition and didn’t suffer any broken bones or head trauma.
    The lawmaker’s office wouldn’t elaborate on where the crash happened or if it involved any other vehicles.
    Cards and flowers may be sent to Rep. Keough’s C
  • Police identify person of interest in central Austin murder

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police say they have identified 20-year-old Karl Ray Stokes as a person of interest in a deadly shooting that happened Sunday night.
    Police said it happened around 9:36 p.m. at 300 Carmen Court in central Austin, just next to the Interstate 35 and US 183 interchange. When officers arrived, they found Michael Blaylock, 26, with at least one gunshot wound. Blaylock was taken to the hospital where he died a short time later.
    Numerous homicides across Travis County
  • Woman pleads guilty to smuggling Mexican woman she used as sex surrogate into US

    JACKSONVILLE, FL (NBC News) — A Florida woman is facing up to 20 years in prison after she pleaded guilty Monday to forced labor in a bizarre human smuggling case.
    Esthela Clark, 47, of Jacksonville, admitted that she paid $3,000 to smuggle a woman into the United States from Mexico in 2012 to use her as a surrogate mother.
    Prosecutors say Clark told the woman there would be medical supervision for the surrogacy, but instead held her against her will, abused her and forced her to
  • Audit: City of Austin can improve on discrimination, harassment training

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — You could call March 27, 2015 the catalyst. On that day, the city of Austin held a training session titled “Women Leading in Local Government.” During the session, city one of the speakers suggested women ask too many questions, do not like to deal with finances and should be spoken to differently than men.
    In response to that session, the Austin City Council stated in a resolution the session made “broad, demeaning generalizations” and relued on ste
  • One killed in crash on US 290 near Fredericksburg

    FREDERICKSBURG, Texas (KXAN) — One person died and another person was taken to the hospital in a crash along US 290 near Fredericksburg.
    The Texas Department of Public Safety says they were called to investigate the two-vehicle crash just after noon Tuesday. The crash happened approximately three miles east of Fredericksburg.
    The Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office says all main lanes were blocked for several hours.
    This stretch of highway where the crash happened just saw a speed limi
  • Deadly crash shuts down US 290 near Fredericksburg

    FREDERICKSBURG, Texas (KXAN) — The main lanes of US 290 West just east of Fredericksburg are blocked due to a deadly crash.
    The Texas Department of Public Safety says they were called to investigate the two-vehicle crash just after noon Tuesday. The crash is approximately three miles east of Fredericksburg. At the time, there are no reports of how many people were killed or how many people were injured.
    The Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office says all main lanes are blocked, but some t
  • Mayor Adler will discuss sanctuary cities during D.C. trip

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin mayor Steve Adler will be in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
    Adler will meet with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to discuss sanctuary cities. Austin has been a battleground in the sanctuary cities debate since Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez announced in January that her department would reduce its cooperation with federal immigration authorities.
    Texas Senate passes ‘Sanctuary City’ bill with
  • Nearly $90K worth of marijuana found hidden in truck bed

    FAYETTE COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A traffic stop along Interstate 10 in Fayette County Monday yielded approximately 175 pounds of marijuana.
    The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office says Sgt. Randy Thumann stopped a Ford F-250 around 1:35 p.m. While speaking with the driver, the sergeant noticed the driver was “extremely nervous” and had trouble explaining his itinerary.
    Oregon pilot arrested at Llano Airport, accused of smuggling marijuana
    After consent to search the vehicle was
  • Homeowner’s son shoots, kills three would-be burglars with AR-15

    BROKEN ARROW, OK (WCMH/AP) — Oklahoma authorities say three would-be burglars have been fatally shot by a homeowner’s adult son who was armed with an AR-15 rifle.
    The Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office received a call around 12:30pm Monday from someone inside a home who told dispatchers that people had broken into the house and that shots had been fired.
    Deputy Nick Mahoney says officers arrived to find three men fatally shot. The neighborhood is in an unincorporated part of the c
  • Unsolved Fredericksburg murder could get tipster up to $16,000

    FREDERICKSBURG, Texas (KXAN) — The death of a woman who was found in her Fredericksburg home after a fire was determined to be a homicide in 2007 is still unsolved. Since then, the Texas Department of Public Safety has had few leads as to who killed her.
    DPS is now asking for the public’s help to find Linda Muegge’s killer. Muegge, 55, was the owner of The Peasant Kitchen catering business at the time of her death. Police
    Linda Muegge – Cold case out o
  • Police: Man exposes himself to student on UT campus

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A 43-year-old man is charged with indecent exposure after, police say, he exposed himself to a University of Texas student on campus.
    A female student told UT police she was studying in the Student Activities Center Sunday evening when a man, later identified as Christopher Washington, sat in a chair across from her. The student said the man started spreading his legs in her direction, exposing himself, according to an arrest affidavit.
    The victim said he repeatedly reposit
  • TxDOT seeks community input on widening of FM 2001 in Kyle

    KYLE, Texas (KXAN) — The Texas Department of Transportation is asking for public comment on the proposed widening and realignment of Farm to Market 2001 from Interstate 35 to State Highway 21.
    A meeting will be held beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Studio Estates Club House, located at 6880 Goforth Rd. in Kyle.
    The 8.5 mile project would eliminate the 90-degree turns on FM 2001 and connect the road north and south of SH 21, improving travel times for commuters and emergency vehicle
  • Texas Senate bans some insurance coverage of abortion

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Senate has approved a bill prohibiting coverage of abortion by some health insurance plans in Texas — despite similar efforts stalling previously.
    Monday’s 21-10 vote sends Friendswood Republican Sen. Larry Taylor’s bill to the state House. It came as activists in the Senate gallery shouted “abortion is healthy care” and briefly unrolled a protest banner before being escorted out.
    The proposal bars health insurance plans offered
  • Houston vet charged in murder-for-hire plot leaps to death

    HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities have confirmed that a Houston veterinarian charged with attempting to orchestrate the murder of her ex-husband has leapt to her death the day before she was scheduled to appear in court.
    The Harris County district attorney’s office says 48-year-old Valerie Busick McDaniel jumped Monday from her seventh-floor condo.
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    A court hearing was scheduled for Tuesday for McDaniel, who was charged e
  • ‘Muny’ golf course vote expected Tuesday

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — An historic Austin golf course that many have been campaigning for is getting its day in the sun Tuesday when lawmakers will vote to move its ownership to the state parks system.
    The Lions Municipal Golf Course in west Austin was one of the first golf courses in a former Confederate state to be desegregated. It has been in the middle of controversy since 2011 when the University of Texas, who owns the land it sits on, announced it wanted to use that land for something
  • Family sues town to demolish house after creepy letters

    WESTFIELD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey family that wants to demolish their home after they claim they were stalked by an anonymous creepy-letter writer known as “The Watcher” has filed a lawsuit against their town.
    Derek and Maria Broaddus filed the suit against the town of Westfield after its planning board rejected their plan to raze the house and subdivide the land so they could build two houses. They said they can’t live in the house because of the letters.
    “My cli
  • Vacant east Austin home destroyed by fire

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed an east Austin home Monday night.
    The home at 1141 Gunter St. was reported around 11:30 a.m.
    Officials said it was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived.
    No one was injured and it’s unknown where the owners of the home are.
  • Capital Metro, Round Rock strike deal for fixed route service

    ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Capital Metro is officially coming to Round Rock after the transportation service’s board of directors approved an agreement with the city on Monday.
    Round Rock’s fixed-route service is anticipated to launch August 7. The new service was approved by the Round Rock City Council at its March 23 meeting.
    One of the fastest growing areas outside of Austin, Round Rock’s population grew by more than 44 percent in the last decade and the number of
  • Delays expected during Brodie Lane crash reconstruction Tuesday morning

    SUNSET VALLEY, Texas (KXAN) — Drivers who frequent Brodie Lane on their way in to work will need to know about a closure that could possibly slow them down Tuesday morning.
    Various lanes in the 5800 block of Brodie Ln, between Home Depot Boulevard and Oakdale Drive, will close at 9 a.m. and are expected to be that way for at least two and a half hours. Delays are expected.
    A crash reconstruction is the reason for the closures. The crash, which happened around 11:48 p.m.
  • Changes made to STAAR standardized tests after glitches

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Students across Texas begin taking the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR test Tuesday, while state education officials are hoping to avoid a repeat of last year.
    Texas Education Agency officials say revamped efforts and nearly $20 million in improvements should help avoid glitches with the tests during the first year that New Jersey-based Educational Testing Service (ETS) administered the Texas exams. Last March, more than 14,000 students had t
  • AISD approves land for new high school; no timeline for construction

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Early Tuesday morning, 12:27 a.m. to be exact, the Austin ISD school board unanimously approved the purchase of land to build a new high school in southeast Austin, along with two pieces of land to expand Bowie High School. The next question is how soon is a new high school needed, and when will it be built?
    “I really don’t know for sure,” said Trustee Yasmin Wagner. “I think it’s going to depend on how quickly the developments come online, how
  • Funding hardship forces Texas School for the Deaf to suspend summer program

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Each summer the Texas School for the Deaf welcomes children from around the state for its summer program, but this year they’re being forced to cut it because they don’t have enough state funding.
    Dr. Bobbie Beth Scoggins says it was a difficult decision for school leaders. “Our summer program activities, the camp-like activities, [are] state-funded and it’s not required by federal mandate, however we view it as a very necessary activity for the
  • Community leaders fear immigrants are not calling for help when they need it

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin City Council members and community leaders say they’re concerned the current climate surrounding immigration is making the community less safe.
    They worry people who are in the U.S. illegally may not be calling police for help because they’re afraid Immigration and Customs Enforcement could get involved in the process.
    One local non-profit says they are seeing a decrease in calls for help because of fear, but Austin police say they aren’t worri
  • PHOTOS: Anvil cloud looms over the Austin area

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A thunderstorm near Fredericksburg is producing a gigantic anvil cloud Monday evening.
    KXAN viewers reached out to us with a mix of fear and excitement as the Independence Day-like cloud loomed over the Austin area.
    Track the storm
    The cloud is shaped like an anvil because it’s hitting the bottom of the stratosphere, KXAN’s Natalie Ferrari explains. The air at the top of the storm is much cooler than the stratosphere, so the air expands out instead of highe
  • Armed robbery highlights homelessness problem near APD Headquarters

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Violent crime outside Austin Police Headquarters in downtown is shedding light on the extent of the homelessness problem in city limits.
    A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Darryl Alexander Wesley, 29, who is wanted for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, a first degree felony. According to court documents, Wesley attacked another man on March 16 at a homeless camp under the Eighth Street bridge, in the 700 block of East 8th Street, just down the street fr
  • Texas bill named after attacked judge approved by panel

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A terrifying moment for a local judge could lead to a new law aimed at improving courtroom security. Monday, the Judge Julie Kocurek Judicial and Courthouse Security Act (Senate Bill 42) passed the Senate State Affairs Committee and now heads to the full Senate.
    Travis County Judge Julie Kocurek spent more than a month in the hospital after being shot in her driveway in late 2015.
    The Judge Julie Kocurek Judicial and Courthouse Security Act requires security plans and
  • Protecting children from sexual extortion with tougher penalties

    AUSTIN (NEXSTAR) — A bill filed earlier this month by State Rep. Tony Dale, R-Cedar Park, would make sexual extortion of children a state jail felony, rather than a Class A misdemeanor.
    House Bill 2974 would increase the penalty for anyone accused of blackmailing a child to send sexual content such as photos or videos, in exchange for money or sex acts.
    “These crimes generally happen online,” Dale said during a press conference at the Capitol on Monday. “This bill address
  • Men who ran no-kill shelter in Florence arrested

    WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — The father and son who were running the R.U.G. Animal Shelter in Florence were arrested Monday after a judge determined they would no longer have ownership of the animals that were seized from the shelter last week. 
    A spokesperson for Williamson County says the judge ruled in their favor at a hearing Monday morning. Daniel Hoch, who owns the shelter, and his father, John Hoch, are both charged with four counts of cruelty to a non-livestock animal.
  • From breastfeeding mom to broccoli, take a look at the newest emojis

    AUSTIN (KXAN/NBC) — When words can’t explain how you’re feeling, it’s best to turn to an emoji. Sixty-nine new emojis have been proposed by the Unicode Consortium, which oversees the creation of new emojis (yes, that’s a thing).
    Emojipedia has created some of them in a format of how they might be displayed when released by vendors. The new ones include a breastfeeding mother, a bearded man (that’ll probably be used a lot in Austin), a woman wearing a headscarf
  • After stealing beer, suspect pointed gun at Cedar Creek gas station clerk

    CEDAR CREEK, Texas (KXAN) — A man who walked out of a Cedar Creek gas station last Friday with a stolen can of beer is accused of pulling a gun on the store clerk who tried to stop him.
    The Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office say the suspect tried buying the beer at around 4:45 p.m. on March 24 at the Oaks Corner Texaco store at 1522 W. State Highway 21, about a mile west of Farm to Market 535.
    Deputies say the man tried buying the beer using a US passport as identification and
  • Day care worker near Houston filmed slamming child to ground

    SPRING, Texas (KPRC) — A Houston-area day care worker is in jail, accused of slamming a child to the ground.
    The alleged incident happened at the Children’s Lighthouse Daycare on Waterbend Cove in Spring.
    A video recovered by investigators shows Gregory Diglin grabbing a 4-year-old girl by the arm and slamming her to the ground.
    “The child has sustained injuries to the face and mouth area, busted lips, damage to the gums, featured dental damage as well,” Chief Matt R
  • Texas Senate approves big cuts to statewide gun license fees

    AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Senate has approved a bill sharply reducing gun license fees.
    Jacksonville Republican Sen. Robert Nichols originally sought to scrap the full $140 fee for first-time licenses and the $70 charge for 5-year license renewals. But doing so would have cost Texas $55-plus million during a two-year state budget cycle.
    Instead, Nichols proposed reducing the first-time and renewal fee to $40 each. Nichols says the lowered prices will still cover the state’s cost to pro
  • 3D heart mapping tool speeds children’s cardiac treatment at Dell

    AUSTIN (KXAN) – A high resolution 3D heart mapping tool is allowing cardiac doctors at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas to pinpoint children’s arrhythmia issues within minutes.
    “We as pediatric hospitals really need to provide all the best technology to be able to solve problems like this that are solvable. And to do it in a way that allows [children] to bounce back and get back to their regular activities,” said Dr. Daniel Scmorhun, Pediatric Electro
  • Jeff Sessions: DOJ will ‘claw back’ grants awarded to sanctuary cities

    WASHINGTON (AP/KXAN) — The Trump administration is continuing its tough talk against sanctuary cities. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday said he’s “urging states and local jurisdictions to comply with these federal laws.”
    He says the Justice Department will require compliance with immigration laws in order for the cities to receive grants through the Office of Justice Programs. The Obama administration had a similar policy in place.
    “The Department of Justice
  • Girl hit, killed by van in Austin mobile home park was 14 months old

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A toddler hit and killed by a van in a northeast Austin mobile home park on Saturday has been identified.
    Austin-Travis County EMS were called to 1401 E. Rundberg Lane, just east of Interstate 35, at around 4 p.m. on March 25. Austin police said Saturday they were unsure if the girl, 14-month-old Alyssa Nicol Juarez-Ruiz, was hit where the driveway meets the road. Medics performed CPR on the girl as they took her to Dell Children’s Medical Center, where she died
  • NFL owners vote for the Oakland Raiders to move to Las Vegas

    PHOENIX (KRON) — The NFL owners have voted to let the Oakland Raiders move to Las Vegas. The relocation was approved Monday in a 31-1 vote during the NFL owners meeting in Phoenix.
    The vote is a win for owner Mark Davis, who had been pushing for a move to Las Vegas. Davis has already filed a trademark for the phrase “Las Vegas Raiders.” Most NFL insiders believed that Raiders owner Mark Davis would get the 24 votes necessary to move the team–and he did. In January, Raider
  • Q&A: Who’d gain from a Trump border wall?

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — As a billionaire developer, Donald Trump built casinos, luxe condo towers and lush golf courses. Now, as president, Trump aims to develop perhaps his most ambitious and surely his most contentious project yet: A wall along the nearly 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border.
    How? At what cost? And who would benefit?
    Much remains unknown. Ultimately, though, experts say the project, if built, could deliver a windfall for some large construction companies and their suppliers. Enginee
  • ABIA parking lot ‘A’ closes as garage construction begins

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A new 6,000 space parking garage, expected to be completed in 2018, has begun construction at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, meaning the parking lot it will sit on is currently closed.
    Parking lot ‘A’ will remain closed while the six level, two-million square foot garage is being constructed. Financing of the project and construction was approved on March 23.
    Rendering of new ABIA parking garage (City of Austin photo)Previously, Lot ‘A’ had

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