• Austin boy honored for saving sister after dog attack

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A 9-year-old Austin boy is being honored by Austin Police for helping save his sisters life.
    On November 15th, Leeland Gonzales and his sister 10-year-old Jasmine were home alone watching movies.
    “We were watching Beethoven and I forgot what made Riley go crazy. Jasmine was trying to go the restroom and lock the door,” Leeland said.
    Riley, the families young pit-bull wouldn’t let up. That’s when Leeland jumped into action trying to get the dog away f
  • Historic ‘Montopolis Negro School’ faces demolition

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A rally Friday afternoon hoped to stop the impending demolition of the Montopolis Negro School, described as an important artifact of Austin’s segregated education.
    Fred McGhee, author of “Austin’s Montopolis Neighborhood,” said, “The history of segregated education in America, in Austin, matters a great deal, and trying to erase it from the landscape isn’t going to make the history of institutional racism go away.”
    The school
  • Lawsuit ‘likely’ amid new Texas rules over fetal remains

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — New Texas rules requiring the burial or cremation of fetal remains are likely to face a court challenge before taking effect, an abortion-rights attorney said Friday, months after the U.S. Supreme Court knocked down sweeping abortion restrictions in the state.
    The new regulations, which the state plans to implement starting Dec. 19, are the latest battleground in Texas over abortion and would prohibit facilities from continuing to dispose of fetal remains as biological
  • Sights and Sounds of Christmas continues despite rain

    SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) – Rain or shine, Sights and Sounds organizers say they will be holding their event.
    “We will stay open Friday night unless there is a major tornado, major lightning storm or flooding, we will stay open,” said Sights and Sounds organizer Brian Olsen.
    Friday marks the third night for the event, Olsen says the first two nights were record breaking. “On Wednesday we had [8,000] to 9,000 people and on Thursday we had [10,000] to 12,000,” said Ols
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  • 3 teenagers arrested, accused of killing 4-year-old Houston girl

    HOUSTON (AP) — Three teenagers have been charged with capital murder, accused of fatally shooting a 4-year-old Houston-area girl while they tried to rob her mother as the family unloaded groceries in the parking lot of their apartment complex.
    Authorities say Ava Castillo, her mother and her 10-year-old sister had returned home on Nov. 14 when robbers ambushed them and tried to take her mother’s purse. During the robbery, Ava was fatally shot while her sister and mother were injured
  • Judge asks jurors to rethink mistrial in Michael Slager case

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The judge in the case of a former police officer charged with murdering a black motorist has told jurors – who indicated that they were unable to reach a verdict – to continue to deliberate.
    Circuit Judge Clifton Newman told the jurors Friday afternoon that they should try again to reach a verdict in the trial of former South Carolina patrolman Michael Slager.
    The jury had sent the judge a message a 1 p.m. Friday that they wanted to hear the testimony of
  • Missing boy found by K9 Lobos in tree surrounded by donkeys

    FAYETTE COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — K9 Lobos came to the rescue of a missing boy in Fayette County, Friday morning.
    Around 7:17 a.m., a 911 call to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office reporting a boy missing from his house in the Rutersville area on State Highway 159, just northeast of La Grange.
    Deputies, investigators and state troopers arrived at the home and began to collect information on the boy. A command post was established and Sgt. Randy Thumann and his K9 partner Lobos arrived
  • WATCH: Lamp post saves woman’s life during crash

    WARSAW, Poland (NBC News) — A lamp post saved a woman from being hit by a speeding car that was involved in a crash.
    The crash was caught on video by traffic cameras at an intersection in a city in central Poland.
    The video from multiple angles shows a white hatchback making a left turn, and then getting hit by a black sedan.
    The black car then ricochets into the lamp post, directly in front of where the woman was walking.
    The woman falls down during the crash, but gets right back up.
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  • Williamson County homeowner shoots, kills possible intruder

    WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A deadly shooting that happened late Thursday night near Round Rock appears to be a case of self-defense, says a spokesperson with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.
    A homeowner on Angelico Lane told police that around 10:30 p.m., he was inside the house with a woman when they found out the woman’s ex-boyfriend was in the backyard. The homeowner, armed with a flashlight and pistol, went to the back door when the suspect attempted to force
  • Round Rock homeowner shoots, kills possible intruder

    ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — A deadly shooting that happened late Thursday night near Round Rock appears to be a case of self-defense, says a spokesperson with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.
    A homeowner on Angelico Lane told police that around 11 p.m., he saw a man in his backyard who was trying to get into his house so he fired his weapon, killing him. The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office has not said if the possible suspect ever made it inside the home or if he were
  • Border wall seen as threat to Big Bend beauty, wildlife

    BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, Texas (AP) — Opponents of a vast border wall championed by President-elect Donald Trump say it will impair tourism and conservation efforts at Big Bend National Park and beyond.
    They contend Big Bend was first envisioned in the 1930s as Big Bend International Peace Park, extending from Texas into Mexico, and that a wall will ruin the original vision for the park.
    But The Dallas Morning News reports that supporters of the wall say border security is paramount an
  • Police: Man jailed by judge threatened to blow up her house

    WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A man held in contempt of court is accused of threatening to blow up a Williamson County judge’s house during a jail house phone call.
    Eduardo Omar Cardenas, 19, of Taylor, was booked into jail Monday, Nov. 28 for 90 days for being in contempt. By monitoring his calls, police learned he was trafficking drugs from the jail, ordering people on the outside to sell drugs for him.
    In a phone call at 3:34 p.m., Tuesday, Cardenas was heard telling a wo
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  • Man accused of threatening to blow up Williamson Co. judge’s house

    WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A man held in contempt of court during a hearing on Monday, Nov. 28, is accused of threatening to blow up a Williamson County judge’s house during a jail house phone call.
    Eduardo Omar Cardenas, 19, was booked into jail Monday for 90 days for being in contempt. By monitoring his calls, police learned he was trafficking drugs from the jail, ordering people on the outside to sell drugs for him.
    Judge Stacey Matthews (Williamson County Photo)In a phone
  • Fired APD Officer Freeman settles with the city for $35,000

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A former Austin police officer fired for his handling of the fatal shooting of an unarmed and naked teenager has received a settlement from the City of Austin.
    Geoffrey Freeman will receive a $35,000 payment from the city in exchange for the agreement to not file further claims. He will also never work for the Austin Police Department again.
    “The department is aware that Geoffrey Freeman and the City of Austin have come to an agreement to settle the arbitration and th
  • Weekend events cancelled due to inclement weather

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — It’s the first weekend in December and while there a slew of holiday events taking place, some have already been cancelled due to the cold and wet forecast.
    Here is a current list of events that have been cancelled in Central Texas:
    Budafest – This event will not be rescheduled.
    Pflugerville’s Christmas Parade and Pfestival of Lights – People are still urged to come down for the Holiday Stroll with local arts and craft vendors along Pecan Street
  • Changes on Loop 360 will decrease your time sitting in traffic

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Drivers who regularly use Loop 360 should expect to spend less time stuck in traffic between US 290 and Walsh Tarlton, starting Friday, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.
    The traffic is expected to improve thanks to a $6.4 million project that added auxiliary lanes and extended entrance/exit lanes on Loop 360 near Loop 1. In addition, crews also constructed another left-turn lane on the northbound Loop 1 frontage road at Loop 360 to create a triple le
  • Oregon pot farm owner allowed to take mugshot with pet bird

    WASHINGTON CO., Ore. (KOIN) — A Washington County man and his companion “Bird” may have the best mugshot of all time.
    Craig Buckner, 38, was booked into jail Monday, but he wasn’t alone. His companion mackaw was right there with him as he took a mugshot you won’t soon forget.
    According to Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Buckner didn’t think he’d be at the courthouse very long and put “Bird” in a tree on the grounds to wait for him.C
  • Free fun in Austin for weekend of Dec. 2 to 4

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — From a holiday sing-along to a gingerbread workshop, here is everything for free Austin has in store for the whole family this weekend.
    Free admission to the Wildflower Center: On Friday, Saturday and Sunday you can stroll through the gardens at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center for free. There will be book signings, demonstrations, food, art and more! It is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. It is from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
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  • Texas teachers giving students tools to prevent sexual assault

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas high school teachers and coaches are starting a conversation about dating violence.
    The Texas High School Coaches Association, the Texas Education Agency and Michael Williams, former Commissioner of Education, are starting a new program to raise awareness about abuse in teenage relationships. The program will give coaches and teachers to the tools to help students report and prevent unwanted advances.
    Texas High School Coaches Association, and the Texas Education Agen
  • Bullied Texas teen kills self in front of family as they beg her not to do it

    TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) – Family members of a Houston-area high school student who killed herself are rallying for tighter laws against cyberbullying.
    Brandy Vela’s family says cyberbullying pushed the 18-year-old over the edge, leading her to shoot herself in the chest Tuesday afternoon at the family’s Texas City home as family members watched.
    Her father, Raul Vela, said she had been receiving abusive text messages for months from bullies using an untraceable smartphone applic
  • Toys R Us restocks hot Christmas toys Hatchimals, Nintendo Classic

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — If your child’s list to Santa includes two of the hottest toys this season, Hatchimals and Nintendo Mini NES, you know it’s been hard to get your hands on those toys.
    Well, parents, clear your Sunday, because Toys R Us is stocking the two items in its stores on Dec. 4. According to CNBC, select stores are slated to sell the Hatchimals for $59.99, however, customers are limited to one toy per person. Toys R Us says the Hatchimals are only sold in stores.
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  • 13 people have died from Tennessee fires

    GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee mayor says 13 people have died from wildfires that ravaged the Great Smoky Mountains, including a person who appears to have had a heart attack while fleeing the flames.
    Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters announced the additional deaths during a news conference Friday. The mayor also raised the number of homes and businesses that were damaged to nearly 1,000.
    Waters spoke as business owners and home owners were returning to the city of Gatlinburg for the
  • Boil water notice issued for Plum Creek, Kyle

    HAYS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Residents in both Plum Creek and the central portion of the city of Kyle should boil their water before consumption after a notice was released that water samples are being tested for bacteria.
    The boil notice is required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as a result of recent conditions in the water system and a major water main break in Kyle.
    Boiling water for drinking, cooking and ice kills any harmful bacterium hidden to the naked eye. Th
  • Boil water notice issued for northeast Hays County, Kyle

    HAYS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Customers in northeast Hays County with the Plum Creek Water System and the central portion of the city of Kyle should boil their water before consumption after a notice was released that water samples are being tested for bacteria.
    The boil notice is required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as a result of recent conditions in the water system and a major water main break in Kyle.
    Boiling water for drinking, cooking and ice kills any harmfu
  • Teens driving on COTA track to learn about safety

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — This weekend, teens and their parents have a chance to drive on the Circuit of the America’s track to learn how to be safe behind the wheel.
    Matt Reilly joined us in the KXAN studio to discuss BRAKES, which stands for Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe.
    Register here
    The program is for teens ages 15 through 19 who have a valid driver’s license or learner’s permit. Partnering with a parent, the teens will drive for 30 hours while they learn the skills to
  • Teen hit, killed on I-35 in New Braunfels after he ‘walked’ in front of truck

    NEW BRAUNFELS (KXAN) — All southbound lanes of Interstate 35 are back open after a teenager was hit and killed by an 18-wheeler Friday morning.
    A 17-year-old from San Marcos was found lying in the road around 8:15 a.m. by New Braunfels police. Unable to revive him, the teen was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on the 3900 block of I-35.
    Witnesses told police the teen pulled his truck over to the side of I-35 and then intentionally walked in front of a semi-truck. The driver of the
  • Teen dies after hit by semi-truck closing SB I-35 in New Braunfels

    NEW BRAUNFELS (KXAN) — All southbound lanes of Interstate 35 are closed at Kohlenberg Road after a teenager was hit and killed by an 18-wheeler.
    A 17-year-old from San Marcos was found lying in the road around 8:15 a.m. by New Braunfels police. Unable to revive him, the teen was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on the 3900 block of I-35.
    Witnesses told police the teen pulled his truck over to the side of I-35 and then walked in front of a semi-truck. The driver of the 18-wheeler w
  • Pedestrian hit by car closing southbound I-35 in New Braunfels

    NEW BRAUNFELS (KXAN) — All southbound lanes of Interstate 35 are closed at Kohlenberg Road after a pedestrian was hit by a car.
    KXAN traffic map: Detours
    Traffic is being diverted to the access road. Drivers are warned to avoid the area as traffic is backing up.
  • New police chief discusses Austin’s immigration policies

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The new interim police Chief in Austin, Brian Manley, has a lot on his plate after the departure of Art Acevedo.
    Manley joined us in the KXAN studio to discuss some issues on the minds of Austinites.
    When asked if he will question the legal status of citizens during traffic stops, Manley said that has never been the practice of the Austin Police Department.
    “That is not within our policy and we have no reason to ask someone their immigration status. We’re focuse
  • Police on the prowl for distracted drivers in Austin

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — On Friday, the Austin Police Department will reignite their hunt for distracted drivers.
    This is an initiative they have launched several times this year. The officers will board a Capital Metro bus and look for drivers on their cell phones. Once they have spotted an offender, they will call a mobile patrol unit to pull over the violator. The Texas Transportation Safety and Security professionals will also ride along to help create a similar effort across the state.
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  • Third lane of MoPac finally opens at Lady Bird Lake

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Drivers will be rejoicing as the third lane of northbound MoPac has finally opened at Lady Bird Lake and the Enfield Road exit.
    Video released by the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority shows a simulation of what it will look like for drivers to get onto the new MoPac Expressway Lanes from northbound MoPac. While the third lane of MoPac is open, crews are still working to complete the northbound Express Lane.
    The final stage of the lane construction was completed Thu
  • Remembering San Bernardino’s victims 1 year later

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (MEDIA GENERAL/AP) — Friday marks one year since 14 people were killed and 22 others injured in a mass shooting at a holiday gathering in San Bernardino, California.
    The Dec. 2 shooting took place at the Inland Regional Center as employees of the San Bernardino County Health celebrated the holiday season.
    In this July 27, 2014 file photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows Tashfeen Malik, left, and Syed Farook, as they passed through O’Hare Int
  • Millions on the table during new UT coach contract negotiations

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The University of Texas’ new head football coach is tasked with turning around the program. Starting on Saturday, the UT Board of Regents will finalize new coach Tom Herman’s contract.
    Now the question is what price-tag comes with the new coaching job. Millions of dollars are on the table for Herman. According to reports, in the first year he will get $5 million and then see a pay increase the following years up to $6 million a year.
    The Board of Regents will al
  • Contract negotiations underway for new UT coach Tom Herman

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The University of Texas’ new head football coach is tasked with turning around the program. Starting on Saturday, the UT Board of Regents will finalize new coach Tom Herman’s contract.
    Now the question is what price-tag comes with the new coaching job. Millions of dollars are on the table for Herman. According to reports, in the first year he will get $5 million and then see a pay increase the following years up to $6 million a year.
    The Board of Regents will al
  • Interim Chief Manley will be pinned at Blue Santa Breakfast

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin police department will officially make Brian Manley the new interim chief on Friday.
    This will happen during the department’s Blue Santa Breakfast Friday morning at the Palmer Events Center. Former Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo will be there to welcome the new chief. The department will also wish Acevedo good luck on his new role as Houston’s police chief.
    Manley was previously the chief of staff for the Austin Police Department. He has been with th
  • Brian Manley pinned as new interim police chief by Art Acevedo

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — It’s official, Austin has a new interim Police Chief. Former chief Art Acevedo passed the torch as he pinned Brian Manley Friday morning.
    Manley was pinned during the department’s annual Blue Santa Breakfast at the Palmer Events Center. Former Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo welcomed the new chief as the department wished Acevedo good luck on his new role as Houston’s police chief.
    The Blue Santa Breakfast goes from 6 a.m. and to 10 a.m. The
  • Lexibook baby bath seats, chairs recalled for drowning risk

    U.S. (WCBD) — Lexibook has issue an immediate recall for all Baby Bath Seats and Chairs. These products meant for children over 6 months old do not meet federal safety standards, including stability requirements.The bath seats pose a drowning hazard to babies. Around 7,000 units were sold between January 2013 and August 2016.
    The bottom of the base is stamped with “2014 Lexibook Limited IT028/IT029 SN: 1407/VA09.”
    Consumers with this product should stop using the seat immediate
  • Credit card skimmers found at Lago Vista gas station

    LAGO VISTA, Texas (KXAN) — Police are warning drivers who have pumped gas at a Lago Vista gas station within the past 48 hours to call their banks.
    Skimming devices were found on three pumps (#1, #2 and #7) at the CEFCO convenience store at 20520 FM 1431 near the intersection with Lohman Ford Road.
    Lago Vista police alerted drivers to the skimmers at 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Officers advised anyone who used any of the three pumps to contact their bank, cancel their cards and report any fr
  • Three charged with theft, accused of breaking into mailboxes

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police arrested three people Thursday on theft charges after recovering a large amount of stolen mail from southwest Austin. Around 100 people were impacted, potentially more, as the investigation remains ongoing.
    Patrick Moffet, Jacob Lambert and Courtney Mayes are accused of hitting up 7-8 community style mailboxes. Police say the tip came in around 2:50 a.m. about people loading a truck with packages.
    “The postal service delivers millions of checks, money or
  • More than the Score: Babers on Herman and Texas football

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Rod Babers from AM 1300 The Zone and former Texas defensive back joins Roger Wallace on More than the Score to talk about Tom Herman being the new Texas football coach.
  • Post-election, Travis Co. professional women tell little girls to dream

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Travis County professional women are sending a message to little girls: Be what you want to be. That was the focus Thursday in Austin at the first-ever “Foremothers For Our Daughters event,” aimed at celebrating important women and little girls.
    Dozens of women and their young daughters attended the event, including local prominent female judges, prosecutors, doctors, first responders and law enforcement officers.
    The organizer told KXAN she knew she h
  • Austin gains highest fire protection rating possible

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The city of Austin is now among the most well-protected cities from fire in the country.
    Thursday, the city announced Austin’s Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating climbed from Class 2 to Class 1 on the 10-point scale. The Austin Fire Department worked with Austin Water for the “arduous and lengthy” re-classification process, which began in October 2015.
    Only 204 cities in the country have the superior rating, and only two other cities in Texas have a Cl
  • More Austin schools face problems beneath the floors

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The abrupt closure of T.A. Brown Elementary School because of safety concerns grabbed the attention of parents, but schools across the district are also facing problems with their buildings, but remain safe.
    Inspectors found the failures at Brown after inspecting the crawl space at the school.
    A new KXAN analysis of crawl space inspection reports district-wide found 11 schools with a “poor” ratings for the condition of the underside of the school’s suspend
  • Child Protective Services can begin hiring and paying more

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The agency looking over abused and neglected children has approval from key lawmakers and Gov. Abbott to hire more than 800 more employees and give employees a raise.
    The head of the Department of Family and Protective Services, Hank Whitman, said he needed more resources for the agency to do it’s job; look into cases of abuse and neglect and ensure children in Texas are in a safe environment. After tough negotiations the four members of the legislative budget bo
  • Top 3 things Coach Herman needs to turn Longhorns around

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas coach Tom Herman isn’t interested in a rebuilding project, he wants to win right away. Herman is Texas’ third coach in four years. Charlie Strong replaced Mack Brown after 16 years where Texas had just one losing season and from 2001 to 2009 the Longhorns won at least 10 games, a national title and played for another one.
    There are so many keys to Herman’s immediate success at Texas, so after three straight losing seasons, we look at three of them. H
  • Top 3 things Coach Herman needs to do to make a winning team

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas coach Tom Herman isn’t interested in a rebuilding project, he wants to win right away. Herman is Texas’ third coach in four years. Charlie Strong replaced Mack Brown after 16 years where Texas had just one losing season and from 2001 to 2009 the Longhorns won at least 10 games, a national title and played for another one.
    There are so many keys to Herman’s immediate success at Texas, so after three straight losing seasons, we look at three of them. H
  • Williamson Co. sheriff-elect claims sheriff is making transition difficult

    WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Sheriff-elect Robert Chody says he first reached out to current Sheriff James Wilson about eight months ago after he won the primary, requesting to meet at the sheriff’s office to help with a smooth transition. To this day, Chody says he still hasn’t received a clear answer.
    Chody unleashed his frustration on Facebook calling a lack of response from the current sheriff ‘another example of leadership failure.’ “In some aspects
  • Williamson Co. sheriff-elect claims current sheriff making transition difficult

    WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Sheriff-elect Robert Chody says he first reached out to current Sheriff James Wilson about eight months ago after he won the primary, requesting to meet at the sheriff’s office to help with a smooth transition. To this day, Chody says he still hasn’t received a clear answer.
    Chody unleashed his frustration on Facebook calling a lack of response from the current sheriff ‘another example of leadership failure.’ “In some aspects
  • Stark contrasts as gun bills are filed ahead of ’17 legislature

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas lawmakers this session will again take up who can carry guns and where they can carry them. Last session they decided Texans can carry guns openly and into college classrooms.
    Susan Nelson says a burglar shot her in the back of the head from four feet away after taking her friend’s gun. “That night, April 4, 1993, my world stopped and totally changed,” said Nelson. Her friend didn’t survive.
    “After the rehab I spent five years wandering.
  • Staff cuts in city program could worsen graffiti in Austin

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin program aimed at helping at-risk youth and cleaning up graffiti is being forced to cut staff. This comes at a time when graffiti removal requests continue to climb, with a backlog of over 600 service requests.
    The Austin Youth Development (AYD) program was created to help at-risk youth. They’re paid to remove graffiti, and also get workforce development.
    Derrick McKnight is the AYD program manager, “They’re very busy. They work Monday t

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