• Man climbs construction crane on South Congress, road closed during rescue attempts

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Rescue assets are in south Austin Monday morning trying to get a man who climbed a construction crane to come down.The Austin Fire Department along with Austin-Travis County EMS and Austin police are on South Congress Avenue near the intersection of James Street where the man has climbed a construction crane.Rescuers are trying to get him to climb down but according to the Austin Fire Department, but he is refusing.South Congress Avenue between James Street and Academy Driv
  • Illegal vapes traced to California woman who was CBD pioneer

    CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Some of the people rushing to emergency rooms thought the CBD vape they inhaled would help like a gentle medicine. Others puffed it for fun.What the vapors delivered instead was a jolt of synthetic marijuana, and with it an intense high of hallucinations and even seizures.More than 50 people around Salt Lake City had been poisoned by the time the outbreak ended early last year, most by a vape called Yolo! — the acronym for “you only live once.”In r
  • School rebuilds, early childhood centers on ballot in $284M Del Valle ISD bond vote

    TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Voters in southeast Travis County will decide whether to approve a $284 million bond proposal for Del Valle ISD when they head to the polls starting Monday for early voting.The district says the bond will not raise the tax rate, so what’s left for voters is to decide whether the bond committee’s priorities are worth the money.READ MORE: What you need to know about major items on the ballotThe bond includes money to tear down and rebuild three schoo
  • “Bro! We’re in the tornado!” Man records scary video from inside Dallas-area twister

    RICHARDSON, Texas (KXAN) — A North Texas man is safe after recording video of a tornado hitting his home Sunday night.A friend of Aamer Alasaad says he shot the video in Richardson, Texas after his home’s roof caved in. The same storms left a trail of damage across North Texas.Alasaad is actually at what appears to be a door to a patio. The wind is tossing around blinds, you can see debris getting thrown around and hear Alasaad yelling, “Bro, we’re in the tornado!”O
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  • What you need to know about major items on the ballot

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Early voting in this year’s election begins Oct. 21 and ends Nov. 1. Election Day is Nov. 5. Before you go to the polls, here’s some information about what’s on the ballot.The League of Women Voters has a comprehensive guide to statewide propositions with brief explanations of each. KXAN has also been tracking a number of these and will continue to cover them leading up to election day.Below is a list of some of the major items on the ballot in Central Tex
  • Austin voters: what you need to know about the local propositions

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — On Monday, early voting begins in Texas for the November 5 election, allowing Texans to cast their vote on things like statewide constitutional amendments, special elections, and elections for local entities like city councils and school boards.
    Voters in the city of Austin will have three different local propositions to decide on: City of Austin’s Proposition A, City of Austin’s Proposition B, and Travis County Proposition B.League of Women Voters of the Austin
  • Significant damage reported in Dallas after tornado touched down, NWS confirms

    DALLAS (KXAN) — Significant damage was reported after a tornado touched down in Dallas on Sunday night, according to local TV station KXAS.The National Weather service confirmed to the Dallas NBC affiliate that the tornado ripped through the county.Photos from NBC 5 in Dallas show a building that collapsed because of those reported strong winds.
    The Dallas Office of Emergency Management advised those affected to stay indoors if possible as severe weather ripped through the county.
    If you'r
  • Dallas busts out of its slump for 37-10 blowout win over Eagles

    DALLAS (KXAN) — The Dallas Cowboys couldn’t have started any faster Sunday night in a divisional showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles.After three slow starts during a three-game losing streak, the Cowboys put their foot on the gas from the opening kick leading to a resounding 37-10 victory against the Eagles.Dallas heads into its bye week with positive vibes and the lead in the NFC East division. This win becomes even more important as Dallas looks ahead to a daunting second half of
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  • Man in his 20s dies, another injured in western Travis County crash

    TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A man in his 20s is dead after a crash in western Travis County on Sunday.
    Austin-Travis County EMS responded to the crash at the intersection of FM 620 and Falcon Head Boulevard just before 9:45 p.m.
    A man was pronounced dead on the scene and ATCEMS declared a trauma alert for a second man in his 20s. Medics took the second man to South Austin Medical Center with critical, life-threatening injuries.
    Expect traffic delays and road closures in the area.
  • Austin teen runs his own marathon after missing race due to cancer treatment

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin teenager recovering from leukemia created his own path and ran his own marathon.St. Stephen’s sophomore Patrick Simmonds is an avid runner that was planning to run in the 2019 Austin Marathon. The plans changed when the 15-year-old was diagnosed with leukemia forcing him to miss the February race for cancer treatment.Simmonds’ continues to improve and is doing better now.After sticking his running regimen and training, Simmonds decided a week ago he wa
  • WEATHER BLOG: The latest as storms roll through Central Texas

    CENTRAL TEXAS (KXAN) — The latest on weather watches and warnings as storms move through Central Texas:10:50 p.m.A significant weather advisory has been issued for areas of Hays and Travis Counties.#ATXWX Alert: the @NWSSanAntonio has issued a Significant Weather Advisory for Northwestern Hays & Southwestern Travis Counties until 11:00pm CDT. If you're in the Advisory area please remain tuned to local weather forecasts for updates. pic.twitter.com/4dwY6PuX44— ATCEMS (@ATCEMS) Oct
  • Mayor expects ruined hotel will be demolished

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on demolition of cranes in New Orleans (all times local):6:30 p.m.The mayor of New Orleans mayor says she expects a partially collapsed hotel in her city will ultimately be demolished.Mayor LaToya Cantrell said at a news conference Sunday that officials successfully detonated and toppled two dangerous cranes that had leaned for days over the ruins of the Hard Rock Hotel, which collapsed Oct. 12 while under construction.She says the first mission now that the c
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  • Astros fans, players riding high as Houston advances to World Series

    HOUSTON (Nexstar) — Next stop, World Series.After a thrilling walk-off win to knock the New York Yankees out of the playoffs in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series, the Astros are celebrating their second trip to the World Series in three seasons.“A little stressful, we shouldn’t have been in that position exactly,” Astros fan R.W. Honea, of Spring, Texas, said. “But it’s typical Houston fashion— we’re going to come to the end and mak
  • Enough talk, Cowboys can prove it on the field against Eagles

    (Nexstar) — The Philadelphia Eagles come into AT&T Stadium on Sunday night tied with the Dallas Cowboys atop the division.
    On Philadelphia radio stations and in the press, some of the Eagles, including thehead coach, have guaranteed an Eagles victory over the Cowboys.Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence responded to Doug Pederson’s comments on Friday saying his team “is ready”. They certainly need to be ready — Dallas needs this win to end a three-game losing
  • 25,000 gallons of sewage spills into Bull Creek due to clogged line

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — About 25,000 gallons of sewage spilled into Bull Creek near Old Spicewood Springs Road on Saturday, according to a statement from Austin Water.
    A spokesperson said crews responded to a report of sewage overflow from a manhole around 4:30 p.m.
    Rags and debris in the sewer line caused the overflow, but crews were able to unclog the line and stop the sanitary sewer overflow before 6 p.m.Austin Water staff estimate that 165 fish were killed because of the spill. Crews were able
  • Baylor jumps Texas in latest AP poll

    AUSTIN (KXAN/AP) — Four Big 12 teams made it into the latest AP poll released Sunday with Baylor leapfrogging the Longhorns.No. 14 Baylor jumped ahead of No. 15 Texas based off the perception of Saturday’s results. The Bears looked impressive after defeating Oklahoma State on the road 45-27 while the Longhorns struggled tremendously at home against Kansas in a 50-48 win.Next week, Baylor gets some extra time to celebrate the victory with an open week on the schedule. The Longhorns tr
  • Cedar Park police investigating suspicious death near Lakeline Boulevard

    Editor’s Note: Cedar Park Police previously tweeted that they were investigating a homicide, but later corrected themselves and called it a suspicious death. The story has been changed to reflect this.
    CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — Cedar Park police are investigating a suspicious death near the Highway 183 toll road and Lakeline Boulevard on Sunday.
    (KXAN Photo: Tom Miller)The department tweeted around 4 p.m. that officers were on the scene in the 2500 block of South Bell Blvd.A spokesw
  • Say goodbye to the Sixth Street staple, Hut’s Hamburgers

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — There was no shortage of hungry customers waiting in line to get one last bite of an iconic Hut’s burger. Hut’s Hamburgers closes its doors Sunday after 80 years of serving the people of Austin.The owners, Mike and Kim Hutchinson, made the announcement in July that the local burger shop would be closing its doors for good.
    Hut’s first opened in 1939 under the name Sammie’s Drive-In. It changed names and styles a few times, and it was bought by Homer
  • Some may be paying for flood insurance who don’t need it

    Investigative Summary:
    This month marks one year since historic flooding hit the Hill Country. But, long before the flood hit, KXAN learned Llano County had gone back and forth with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to correct errors on the county’s flood maps adopted in 2012. Llano County says many families are paying for flood insurance who are not in an actual flood zone, and some families are in a flood zone, but don’t know it.LLANO COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Standing on
  • Here are the ten propositions to look out for on your ballot

    AUSTIN (Nexstar) – Early voting starts on Monday, and there are ten statewide propositions for Texans to vote on.The proposed amendments to the state constitution range from property tax exemptions to increasing cancer research bonds.
    Here is a quick summary of each proposition and the possible impact.
    Proposition 1Ballot Title: “The constitutional amendment permitting a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.”Proposition 1 would allow a perso
  • McCaul talks about heated meeting with Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump

    A picture was taken during a tense moment in Washington on Wednesday of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pointing her finger at President Donald Trump during a meeting. The image is now being used on both sides to show strength and weakness.Speaker Pelosi was meeting with President Trump and other House and Senate members to discuss the President’s decision to pull out U.S. troops from Syria. After the meeting, the Speaker said she was probably excusing herself and saying “All roads lead t
  • Secretly-recorded audio reveals Speaker Dennis Bonnen trying to exchange press access for political favors

    AUSTIN (Nexstar) – People who say they don’t like politics often complain about politicians making backroom deals and trading public access for political favors. Secretly-recorded audio released earlier this week now shows Texas Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen doing all of those things.Conservative activist Michael Quinn Sullivan from Empower Texans met with Bonnen and Dustin Burrows, then chair of the Republican Caucus, in June. Sullivan secretly recorded the meeting and captured
  • Oh deer! 20 rehabilitated deer have been released back into the wild

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Wildlife Rescue released 20 rehabilitated deer back into the wild Saturday morning.
    The rescue center takes care of more than 6,500 animals every year, and 20 of their 55 deer were released just outside of Austin on private land in Lytton Springs, near Dale, TX.
    Austin Wildlife Rescue was founded in 1977. The organization answers more than 13,000 calls annually to help the public with wildlife inquiries around Austin. Animals they help include everything from deer t
  • Analysis: Texas averts near disaster with late game heroics

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The tide turned after the first quarter for the Longhorns.
    Texas followed their offensive game script perfectly on their first two drives resulting in two touchdowns and a 14-3 lead over Kansas.It looked like the Longhorns would take care of business and win comfortably. From there, everything unraveled for the Texas defense.Jayhawks quarterback Carter Stanley and running back Pooka Williams torched the Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium turf in the final three quarters. The Texa
  • Altuve’s HR in 9th sends Astros to World Series over Yankees

    HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve homered off Aroldis Chapman with two outs in the ninth inning and the Houston Astros outlasted the New York Yankees 6-4 Saturday night to advance to the World Series for the second time in three years.In a bullpen game with a back-and-forth finish, DJ LeMahieu hit a tying, two-run shot off Astros closer Roberto Osuna in the top of the ninth. Altuve answered with a two-run drive to left-center, setting off a wild celebration at Minute Maid Park and earning himself
  • No. 15 Texas needs last-second field goal to beat Kansas 50-48

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Cameron Dicker made a 33-yard field goal as time expired and No. 15 Texas survived Kansas’ desperate upset bid 50-48 after the teams exchanged six touchdowns in the fourth quarter Saturday night.Kansas took a 48-47 lead on Carter Stanley’s 2-point conversion pass to Daylon Charlot with 1:11 to play. Sam Ehlinger then drove the Longhorns into field goal range for Dicker, who calmly drilled the winner. Ehlinger completed two big passes to Collin Johnson to ke
  • Texas coach Tom Herman breaks down close win over Kansas

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — It may take a little while to digest what occurred between Texas and Kansas Saturday night at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.The Longhorns walked away from a defense-less battle with the Jayhawks with a 50-48 victory. Kansas gained 569 yards of offense with 259 yards coming on the ground. Texas was just a little better on offense gaining 638 yards offense in a game that only featured four total punts.Kansas and Texas combined for 60 points in the second half.Texas head coach
  • Move over, Honeycrisp: New apple to debut at grocery stores

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — They call it the Cosmic Crisp. It’s not a video game, a superhero or the title of a Grateful Dead song.It’s a new variety of apple, coming to a grocery store near you Dec. 1.Cosmic Crisp is the first apple ever bred in Washington state, which grows the majority of the United States’ apples. It’s expected to be a game changer.Already, growers have planted 12 million Cosmic Crisp apple trees, a sign of confidence in the new variety. While only 45
  • Trump drops plan to host G-7 at Doral

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to stinging criticism, President Donald Trump on Saturday abruptly reversed his plan to hold the next Group of Seven world leaders’ meeting at his Doral, Florida, golf resort next year.Trump announced a rare backtrack Saturday night after facing accusations that he was using the presidency to enrich himself by hosting the international summit at a private resort owned by his family.“Based on both Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility,
  • Gov. Abbott doubles down: ‘Constant crimes like this is compelling the state to step in’

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Gov. Greg Abbott said the state is “compelled” to intervene in Austin. He tweeted Saturday:
    Panhandler threatened to stab woman when she refused to give him money.Constant crimes like this is compelling the State to step in. #txlegehttps://t.co/rjJBAXhs2W— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) October 19, 2019
    His office announced Friday while Austin’s City Council took “a meaningful step to address the safety and health of Texans” by reinstating
  • New Emmett Till marker dedicated to replace vandalized sign

    GLENDORA, Miss. (AP) — A new bulletproof memorial to Emmett Till was dedicated Saturday in Mississippi after previous historical markers were repeatedly vandalized.The brutal slaying of the 14-year-old black teenager helped spur the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago.The 14-year-old African American teen was kidnapped, beaten and killed in 1955, hours after he was accused of whistling at a white woman. His body was found in a river days later. An all-white jury in Mississippi acq
  • City of Austin hosts interactive open house for revised Land Development Code

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The first of two open houses to educate the Austin community about how the new land development code affects them was held on Saturday.
    The event was held at the Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center. Attendees got an interactive look at the transition areas and middle housing types, transportation, parking, environment, flooding, housing and affordability and the actual revision process for the code.It was a walkable tour hosted by the city of Austin, which followed the r
  • Texas Online Overtime: Week 8

    AMARILLO, Texas (Nexstar) — There was a big battle down in Lubbock last night, Monterey taking on a vengeful Coronado Mustang squad.Plus, some fireworks in Central Texas where we find Hutto and Cedar Park.We breakdown the week 8 games from across the state of Texas.
  • LIVE BLOG: No. 15 Texas returns home to face Kansas

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Longhorns are back at it after the loss to OU and back at home for the first time in nearly a month. Texas and Kansas kick off at 6 p.m. Saturday from Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.This is Texas’ opportunity to wash the bad taste of the Cotton Bowl out of their mouths and get right against a bad Kansas team.The Jayhawks are led by quarterback Carter Stanley and running back Pooka Williams. Their strongest unit on the team is the rushing offense which ranks 70th in
  • LIVE BLOG: Longhorns regain lead with Ehlinger touchdown pass, 21-17

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Longhorns are back at it after the loss to OU and back at home for the first time in nearly a month. Texas and Kansas kick off at 6 p.m. Saturday from Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.This is Texas’ opportunity to wash the bad taste of the Cotton Bowl out of their mouths and get right against a bad Kansas team.The Jayhawks are led by quarterback Carter Stanley and running back Pooka Williams. Their strongest unit on the team is the rushing offense which ranks 70th in
  • BLOG: Texas survives bad defensive performance with game-winning kick

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Longhorns are back at it after the loss to OU and back at home for the first time in nearly a month.This was Texas’ opportunity to wash the bad taste of the Cotton Bowl out of their mouths and get right against a bad Kansas team.It didn’t turn out that way. The Longhorns merely survived against the Jayhawks. The defense couldn’t stop Les Miles’ crew from Lawrence, but the offense bailed them out.Texas defeated Kansas 50-48 Saturday night at Royal
  • Williamson County Sheriff’s Office asking for help finding 2 teens

    WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for information about two teenagers on Saturday.
    A spokesperson tweeted that 14-year-old Candece Dixon was reported missing on Friday, Oct. 18. She is believed to be with 15-year-old Sean Mackins, who was reported as a runaway.Dixon was last seen near Highway 183 and FM 620 in Austin wearing a gray onesie with white Fila sneakers.Mackins was last seen wearing a maroon shirt, black pants and
  • Legal experts appointed to investigate Dennis Bonnen over controversial meeting

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A panel of bi-partisan legal experts will come together to help with the investigation into Dennis Bonnen, the House Committee on General Investigating has announced.Bonnen, the Speaker of the House, apologized this week after a recording released by a conservative group showed him making offensive statements against women and LGBTQ members of the Texas House.He also asked Michael Quinn Sullivan, leader of the political non-profit Empower Texans, to investiga
  • Man tried to steal money, condoms and pills after breaking into car, police say

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin man was arrested Friday morning after he allegedly broke into a car and then threatened the vehicle’s owner with a gun.The man, 40-year-old Travis Thornton, has been arrested on charges of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm.Officers responded to the scene at a Gulf Station located at 717 E 7th St. around 10:45 a.m. Friday morning. The victim, who works at the Gulf Station, told police he came out and saw Thornton ins
  • Photo of exhausted nurse goes viral: ‘Can we just give it up for nurses for a minute?’

    A viral Facebook post gives a behind the scenes look at a dedicated labor and delivery nurse who puts in long hours at work and appears to be emotional after a “particularly hard day” at work.Laura Mcintyre, of Texas, posted a photo of her sister, Caty, sitting in a chair, rubbing her eyes.“This pic is from a night back in july where she came to my house after a particularly hard day. she delivered a stillborn. have you guys ever really thought about what a labor & delivery
  • Police: Panhandler threatened to stab woman when she refused to give him money

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man asked a woman to give him money and threatened to stab her when she refused, police said.Destin Bradley, 44, was arrested outside the Vespaio restaurant at 1610 South Congress Avenue in Austin after he threatened the woman and a restaurant manager.The manager told police that he saw Bradley sitting outside the restaurant at about 4:00 p.m. on Friday.He asked Bradley to move along, but Bradley became aggressive, started yelling, and threatened to stab him in the throat
  • Service canceled for Texas woman shot at home by officer

    DALLAS (AP) — A service for a woman shot in her home by a Fort Worth police officer that had been scheduled for Saturday was canceled amid a family dispute over funeral arrangements.Atatiana Jefferson’s funeral had been set to be held at Potter’s House Church in Dallas. Church representative Mara Silverio said the service hasn’t been rescheduled, but that no events would be held for her Saturday.The news follows a judge’s decision Friday to issue a temporary restrai
  • Huge turnout as Austin gets up and running for Heart and Stroke Walk

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — People of all ages, and their dogs too, joined KXAN and other Austin organizations Saturday morning for the American Heart Association Heart and Stroke Walk.There were food trucks, live music and testimonies from heart disease and stroke survivors. The festivities started at 7 a.m. and the walk and run started at 8:30 a.m.Participants could choose to be in the free mile or 5K walk, or they could race in the timed 5K run for $50. (Alex Hoder/KXAN)
    Every donation will go towa
  • Kim Kardashian West reveals support for Texas death row inmate Rodney Reed

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Kim Kardashian West has waded into the Rodney Reed case – urging Gov. Greg Abbott to halt the death row inmate’s planned execution.In a surprising development, the reality TV star tweeted her support for Reed in the early hours of Saturday morning.
    PLEASE @GovAbbott How can you execute a man when since his trial, substantial evidence that would exonerate Rodney Reed has come forward and even implicates the other person of interest. I URGE YOU TO DO THE RIGHT THI
  • Voting days could become paid holiday for Austin City workers under council plan

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Election days could become paid holiday for Austin City employees under plans for a “Let Texas Vote Day” proposed by the city council.The city manager will present the options and analysis no later than Jan. 21. If the bill passes, the holiday will go into effect in Nov. 2020.
    The 2018 Texas Civic Health Index showed one in five Texans had work schedule conflicts or were too busy to vote in the 2016 elections. The goal of the holiday is to encourage voting and c
  • DPS defends controversial waistline policy after union files lawsuit

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Department of Public Safety has defended its controversial waistline policy, insisting it does not violate employment law.DPS is under fire from some workers for introducing the policy, which states that male workers can’t have a waist larger than 40 inches, and women’s can’t be more than 35 inches.It is being sued by the Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association, which argues that the policy is discriminatory.But in a statement, DPS
  • Wife of Army veteran killed in El Paso shooting victim files suit against Walmart

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The wife of one of the 22 people killed in the El Paso shooting on August 3 is suing Walmart, Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Texas.
    Patricia Benavides, 63, is filing a lawsuit against the corporation for not having security guards or security measures to discourage events like the shooting where her husband, 60-year-old Arturo Benavides, was killed.While Wal-Mart has security measures in place at some of their stores, there did not appear to be any at the El Paso location on the
  • LeMahieu, Hicks lift Yanks over Astros, close to 3-2 in ALCS

    NEW YORK (AP) — James Paxton was filled with nerves, and so were New York Yankees fans, worried the season was slipping away.Tension only surged when the top of the first featured a little grounder that got away, a passed ball and a run-scoring wild pitch.No worries.Boom! DJ LeMahieu drove Justin Verlander’s second pitch over the wall to tie the score.Clang! Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer off the foul pole later in the inning.Just like that, the Bronx Bombers were back — in
  • Trump touts Turkey cease-fire, even as it appears shaky

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is pushing back at criticism that his Syria withdrawal is damaging U.S. credibility, betraying Kurdish allies and opening the door for a possible resurgence of the Islamic State. He touted a cease-fire agreement that seemed at risk as Turkey and Kurdish fighters differed over what it required and whether combat had halted.“We’ve had tremendous success I think over the last couple of days,” Trump declared Friday. He added that &ldqu
  • Watch: Parkrose coach Keanon Lowe disarms student

    PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Surveillance video obtained exclusively by KOIN 6 News shows the dramatic moment when Parkrose High School football coach Keanon Lowe disarmed a student carrying a loaded shotgun on campus.
    Angel Granados-Diaz was 18 when he brought the gun to school on May 17.
    The video — obtained Friday from the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office through a public records request — shows Lowe leading Granados-Diaz out of a classroom. Lowe is carrying the

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