• K-9 Wiley retires from the Austin Police Department

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department is saying “happy trails” to a well-liked four-legged officer.
    Wiley is an 11-and-a-half year old Belgian Malinois who has been with APD since 2009. Thursday, the department held a retirement ceremony for him downtown.
    Wiley has been assigned to Senior Officer Jimmie Davenport, and alongside his human partner, Wiley has been responsible for nearly 200 arrests, including homicide, burglary and robbery suspects, as well as finding
  • New data collected on NICU babies could improve treatment, detect problems

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — New equipment has been installed in local hospital rooms to improve health care for premature babies.
    The Seton Healthcare Family and Dell Medical School at UT Austin are teaming up to collect and utilize medical information that, until now, has lived on a patient’s medical chart.
    “We’re calling it the neo-natal data warehouse,” said Michael Minks, chief information officer with Seton Healthcare Family.
    Special monitors were added to two Se
  • Austin pedestrian crashes affect more minority, lower-income communities

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A pedestrian safety plan released this week after a year-long analysis of crash data shows certain demographic groups are impacted more than others when it comes to Austin crashes.
    Minority, non-English speaking and lower-income communities were found to have higher rates of serious pedestrian crashes.
    Between 2010 and 2015 there were nearly 1,900 people who were involved in pedestrian crashes just walking, leading to 121 fatalities. For every pedestrian killed in Aust
  • Texans’ O’Brien pleased with Watson’s offseason progress

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien has insisted throughout the offseason that fourth-year quarterback Tom Savage is the starter entering the season.And that’s even with rookie Deshaun Watson having impressed during the offseason and two days of training camp.
    Watson entered camp with plenty of accolades after a collegiate career that featured a national championship last year at Clemson and being a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist.
    The Te
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  • New spending cap bill could cut into big Austin city projects

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas lawmakers want to limit how much cities and counties can spend while in Austin the mayor says it could hamper the city’s efforts to house the homeless, expand the convention center and finish other large projects.
    State representatives and senators are beginning to chug through the 20 items Gov. Greg Abbott called them back to work on in a 30-day special session. One of those items is a cap on local spending.
    When tax bills hit, many might have one or two progra
  • Round Rock ISD coaches tackle technique

    ROUND ROCK (KXAN) — Round Rock ISD football coaches tackled technique in preparation for the new season.
    USA Football’s Heads Up Program teaches coaches the right way to tackle. There are three proper techniques to prevent head and neck injuries in football, and changing the game is the only way to make it safer. A recent study found the brain disease, CTE, in 99% of deceased NFL players to be tested.
    “It’s a little disconcerting at times to think that our game could
  • Austin woman calls police after finding ‘naked peeping Tom’ on patio

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin woman is warning her neighbors after looking through the blinds early Thursday morning to see a man — fully nude — standing on the other side of her sliding glass door.
    It’s not the first time something like this has happened in the city’s Hyde Park neighborhood.
    “I was hanging out at home last night,” the woman, who asked not to be identified, said in an interview Thursday. “It was probably two or three in the morning and
  • Victim injured on Ohio State Fair ride speaks out

    COLUMBUS (WCMH) – It was easily the most horrifying moment of 19-year-old Abdihakim Hussein and 20-year-old Hannah Sallee’s life. The young couple went to the Ohio State Fair together Wednesday evening with some friends. The first thing they did was get in line for The Fire Ball.
    Hussein and Salle said they didn’t start fearing for their lives until they noticed they were getting closer and closer to the ground with each swing of the ride.
    “I’m sitting there scared,
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  • Investigation into Ford Explorer carbon monoxide concerns expanded

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expanding its investigation into carbon monoxide problems with Ford Explorers.
    The agency — in a report, Thursday night — says they’ve learned the police interceptor version of the Ford Explorer is experiencing exhaust manifold cracks, which could explain the exhaust odor.
    They expanded the investigation after getting nearly 800 complaints about the 2011-2017 Ford Explorer models.
    Second APD officer joi
  • Gov. Abbott grants meeting with West Texas mayors after open letter

    AUSTIN (Nexstar) — Three mayors from West Texas met with Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday. The visit marks the second of three planned meetings between Abbott and mayors from across the state.
    Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson, Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope and El Paso Mayor Dee Margo spent time outlining several concerns with Abbott during their trip to the Capitol.
    The mayoral meetings came in response to a letter signed by 17 Texas mayors on July 17, addressing worries they have over the special sessio
  • Indiana police officer shot, killed while responding to crash

    HOMECROFT, Ind. (WISH) — A Southport police officer was shot and killed while responding to a traffic accident Thursday afternoon in southern Marion County.
    Lt. Aaron Allan was shot multiple times when he approached an overturned vehicle that had crashed at Madison Avenue and Maynard Drive, said Kendale Adams, a spokesman for Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. Allan was pronounced dead at Ezkenazi Hospital, where authorities including the city’s police chief gathered t
  • Boy Scout leader apologizes for Trump’s political rhetoric

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Boy Scouts’ chief executive apologized Thursday to members of the scouting community who were offended by the aggressive political rhetoric in President Donald Trump’s recent speech to the Scouts’ national jamboree.
    The apology came in a statement from Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh, three days after Trump’s speech to nearly 40,000 scouts and adults gathered in West Virginia.
    Other U.S. presidents have delivered nonpolitical speeches at p
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  • ‘Hard working, well liked’: Friends remember murdered Austin businessman

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Word spread quickly Thursday of the murder of Austin businessman Majid Hemmasi, especially in in the area around Airport Boulevard and Guadalupe Street where he owns AAA Fire and Safety.
    Police were called to the business just before 8 p.m. Wednesday and found Hemmasi on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds. Neighbors reported hearing between six to 10 gunshot wounds.
    An employee at the AAA was also shot in that gunfire, but she escaped inside the store and was eventuall
  • FBI: Man says he killed wife on cruise ship because she laughed at him

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Utah man killed his wife aboard an Alaska cruise and told an acquaintance who later walked into the couple’s blood-splattered room that he did it because she laughed at him, the FBI said in documents released Thursday.
    Kenneth Manzanares was charged with murder after he was found with blood on his hands and clothes and blood spread throughout the cabin on the Princess Cruises ship Tuesday night, according to a criminal complaint by FBI Special Agent Michael
  • Firefighters get fit to save lives in Williamson County

    GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — Looking around a room at the Public Safety and Operations Training Center in Georgetown, there are a lot of “buff” firefighters, but the focus is on how they got so fit.
    “If my knees are not in line, if my back is out of position, I’m just stressing that, so that later I’m on the fire truck, I step off the fire truck, I blow a knee out,” explains Cedar Park firefighter Taylor Selden.
    Selden is just one of the firefighters from
  • Highly contagious dog flu spreading across Austin-area

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A dog flu is spreading throughout Central Texas according to area veterinarians.
    Dr. Taia Lubitz says a strain of canine influenza known as H3N2 has returned to Central Texas and is highly contagious, spreading through the area’s canine population.
    “Virtually 100 percent of dogs who are exposed to the virus will contract the virus,” said Dr. Lubitz. “Eighty percent of those dogs will show illness.”
    Jofka Forman-Clinton says her nearly 2-ye
  • Ex-swim coach charged in drowning death of Texas teen

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors say a former school swim coach in Texas has been charged in the death of a 13-year-old girl who drowned during practice.
    Forty-nine-year-old Tracey Anne Boyd is scheduled to appear in court next week on a charge of abandoning or endangering a child by criminal negligence.
    Boyd was indicted June 29 in the death of Elise Cerami, who competed for a Carroll school district swim club near Fort Worth.
    A medical examiner has ruled the girl’s death in Jun
  • Firefighters battling 30-acre brush fire in Manor

    MANOR, Texas (KXAN) — Firefighters are battling a 30-acre brush fire along Old Highway 20 in Manor.
    Fire crews were called to the scene at 13115 Old Highway 20, near Old Kimbro Road, around 3:55 p.m.
    Additional details weren’t available. Drivers should seek alternate routes due to fire activity in the area. STAR Flight has been called to help.
    A brush fire in Manor near the 13000 block of Old Highway 20, just off Old Kimbro Road. July 27, 2017 (KXAN Viewer Photo)
  • 35-acre brush fire contained in Manor

    MANOR, Texas (KXAN) — Firefighters battled a 35-acre brush fire along Old Highway 20 in Manor, Thursday. Five agencies were involved in fighting the fire, as some remain at the scene to make the sure the fire stays out.
    Fire crews were called at 13115 Old Highway 20, near Old Kimbro Road, around 3:55 p.m. No structures were damaged and no one was injured.
    STAR Flight and Austin police helicopters were called to help. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.
  • Police search for suspect after man is shot in south Austin

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man has non-life threatening injuries after he was shot near the intersection of South First Street and William Cannon Drive in south Austin.
    Austin police were called at 3:09 p.m. for the report of a disturbance. A police K-9 and helicopter are looking for the suspect or suspects involved. Officers have taped off an area in the H-E-B parking lot at 600 W. William Cannon Dr.
    Three people were shot in two separate shootings in Austin on Wednesday, killing one.
    Additional i
  • One dead in 18-wheeler rollover fire on SH 71 in Smithville

    SMITHVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — A person has died in an 18-wheeler rollover crash on State Highway 71 in Smithville.
    The crash, which has closed the eastbound lanes of SH 71 at Eighth Street, happened around 3 p.m., according to Bastrop County dispatchers.
    A photo from the scene, adjacent Seton Smithville Regional Hospital, shows heavy smoke coming from the crash.
    Additional information on the crash wasn’t immediately available.
  • Marine dog with cancer gets tear-filled farewell

    MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Hundreds of people in Michigan came together to salute and say a tear-filled final goodbye to a cancer-stricken dog who served three tours in Afghanistan with the U.S. Marines.
    Cena the black lab received a hero’s farewell Wednesday before being euthanized at a museum ship in Muskegon and carried off in a flag-draped coffin.
    Cena was a bomb-sniffer for the Marines until his retirement in 2014. He then became a service dog for Lance Cpl. Jeff DeYoung, Cena&rsquo
  • Dallas-area boy, 4, reunited with lost Teddy Bear at airport

    DALLAS (AP) — A 4-year-old North Texas boy has been reunited with his beloved teddy bear nearly a week after the furry friend was forgotten at Dallas Love Field.
    Luke Swofford of Rockwall got his favorite stuffed toy, appropriately named Teddy Bear, back on Wednesday after extensive efforts that included an airport search and online pleas for assistance.
    Family members say Luke and some relatives on July 20 flew home to Texas after a visit to Colorado, but the boy forgot his bear on a benc
  • Motorcycle group claims San Marcos PD is profiling riders

    SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) – A motorcycle group is claiming the San Marcos Police Department may be profiling individuals wearing motorcycle-related insignia or colors.
    Earlier in July, the police department told KXAN more motorcycle gangs have been making their way into downtown San Marcos. After learning of the increased presence, the San Marcos Downtown Association sent out an email to local businesses telling them to “keep an eye out and consider implementing strategies to make the
  • Women killed in Paige mobile home fire identified

    PAIGE, Texas (KXAN) — The two women who died in a mobile home fire in Paige early Wednesday morning have been identified.
    The Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office says Candy Sullivan, 41, and Dare Davis, 44, both died from what it appears to be smoke inhalation, but they’re still waiting on an autopsy to determine the official cause of death.
    Firefighters with the Bastrop County ESD No. 2  originally responded to the fire on Cooke Road around 1 a.m. Wednesday. When firefighters
  • Victims in deadly Ohio State Fair ride accident identified

    COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio State Highway Patrol has identified the victims involved in the ride accident at the Ohio State Fair.
    Tyler Jarrell, 18, of Columbus, has been identified as the person killed during the accident at the fair, Wednesday.
    According to the Marine Corps Recruiting South Columbus Ohio Facebook page, Jarrell had recently enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as a senior at Franklin Heights High School.
    The following people were injured and taken
  • The Latest: Military chief says transgender policy to remain

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s decision to bar transgender people from serving in the military (all times local):
    11:00 a.m.
    The nation’s top military officer says U.S. policy on transgender individuals serving in uniform has not — and will not — change until Defense Secretary Jim Mattis receives the president’s policy direction and Mattis determines how to implement it.
    Gen. Joseph Dunford is chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Du
  • PHOTOS: Armed robber targets pharmacies for drugs

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Since the beginning of this month, the Austin Police Department says one suspect has gone into five pharmacies and demanded prescription drugs.
    In all the robberies, the suspect is armed with a handgun. Police say no one has been hurt. While the suspect has mainly targeted Walgreens, he has also hit a Randalls and a CVS. The robberies have mainly been along the central Austin corridor except for the Walgreens located at 11724 Research Blvd.
    The robberies have occurred at:
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  • PHOTOS: Armed robber demanding drugs from pharmacies

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Since the beginning of this month, the Austin Police Department says one suspect has gone into five pharmacies and demanded prescription drugs.
    In all the robberies, the suspect is armed with a handgun. Police say no one has been hurt. While the suspect has mainly targeted Walgreens, he has also hit a Randalls and a CVS. The robberies have mainly been along the central Austin corridor except for the Walgreens located at 11724 Research Blvd.
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  • Judge approves plan for Charlie Gard to be sent to hospice

    LONDON (AP) — A British judge ordered Thursday that critically ill infant Charlie Gard should be moved from a hospital to a hospice, where he will “inevitably” die within a short time.
    Judge Nicholas Francis made the order after Charlie’s parents and the hospital treating him failed to meet a deadline to agree on an end-of-life care plan that could have seen the baby kept alive for several more days.
    The judge said that meant 11-month-old Charlie, who has a rare genetic d
  • Mobile Loaves & Fishes receives $2 million donation

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Downtown Austin Alliance is donating $2 million to Mobile Loaves & Fishes for Community First! Village, a 27-acre, master-planned community geared towards the chronically homeless, on Thursday. It is the largest grant that Mobile Loaves & Fishes has ever received.
    Homelessness has become a critical issue in Austin and affordable housing has become an increasingly popular possible solution to the problem. The grant will be used to expand and improve Community Fir
  • Austin police identify suspect in series of Bread Basket robberies

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police believe they have identified the person responsible for robbing six convenience stores over the span of five months last year.
    According to an arrest warrant, Jonathon David Tran, 33, is connected to four Bread Basket robberies (three in Austin and one in Kyle) and two robberies of Exxon gas stations. All of the robberies in Austin were on the east side and in a couple of the cases the victims were assaulted.
    Investigators believe Tran worked with other suspec
  • State Dept. warns of possibly tainted alcohol in Mexico

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — The U.S. State Department is warning tourists going to Mexico about reports of tainted or substandard alcohol causing drinkers to become sick or pass out.
    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  recently reported about travelers becoming sick after drinking alcohol at Mexican resorts. In January, a 20-year-old Wisconsin woman vacationing in Mexico with her family died after she was pulled from a resort pool.
    The State Department added the warning to its travel site for Mexico
  • State Dept. issues travel warning for Mexico

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — The U.S. State Department is warning tourists going to Mexico about reports of tainted or substandard alcohol causing drinkers to become sick or pass out.
    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  recently reported about travelers becoming sick after drinking alcohol at Mexican resorts. In January, a 20-year-old Wisconsin woman vacationing in Mexico with her family died after she was pulled from a resort pool.
    The State Department added the warning to its travel site for Mexico
  • Jeff Bezos is currently the richest man in the world

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Bill Gates has been ousted as the richest man in the world by another tech giant, Jeff Bezos.
    According to Forbes, when markets opened on Thursday, Bezos had a net worth of $90.6 billion, putting him $500 million ahead of Microsoft founder Gates.
    While Bezos is having a good week, Whole Foods–the grocery store Amazon is in the process of purchasing–saw sales fall 1.9 percent for the past three months that ended July 2. Facing pressure from investors to improve,
  • Mississippi police raid wrong home, kill man inside

    (WMC) — Documents show Southaven, Mississippi police officers went to the wrong house to serve a warrant on Monday, which resulted in the shooting death of a man who did not have any active warrants out for his arrest.
    A warrant out of Tate County shows Samuel Pearman was wanted for domestic assault. But, when Southaven officers arrived on Surrey Lane to arrest Pearman, they did not show up to the correct house.
    Instead, officers missed their target by 36 feet. Those 36 feet made all the d
  • Homeless man loses toes, testicle in alligator attack

    PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (WBBH) — A man attacked by an alligator in a Port Charlotte, Florida pond Monday morning is on the mend.
    Fredric Iman, 68, said he checked the pond before he jumped in to take a bath–which he says isn’t unusual for him since he’s homeless. Iman said he didn’t see the alligator until it attacked him from behind.
    “I turned around, and I know I punched it in the eye,” he said. “I tried to get it away, and it tried to pull me in.&r
  • Police: Bieber accidentally hits paparazzi with pickup truck

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Bieber left a photographer with minor injuries after police in California say the singer accidentally hit the man with his pickup truck.
    Beverly Hills police Sgt. Matthew Stout tells The Associated Press the 57-year-old photographer was hospitalized following the Wednesday night incident.
    Video posted by ABC News shows Bieber getting into a large pickup truck with a crowd of photographers around him. As he pulls away, one of them steps toward the truck and is hit
  • US 183 through Lockhart now wider, better lit

    LOCKHART, Texas (KXAN) — The next time you drive to Lockhart for some good ol’ Texas barbeque, you’ll notice a few changes along the main highway used to get there.
    US 183 in Lockhart now has two travel lanes in each direction as well as a dedicated continuous center-turn lane. The $14.5 million widening project also included sidewalks on each side of the road and a new traffic light was added at Hickory Street.
    “This project has transformed US 183, as far as the safety,
  • PHOTOS: Double rainbow appears after scattered rain in Austin

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A short-lived shower near downtown Austin on Wednesday gave way to a beautiful double rainbow. Others in Lockhart and Luling also spotted a rainbow as well.
    Once that rainbow appeared, KXAN viewers were quick to snap a picture of it.
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  • Spinning Ohio State Fair ride breaks apart; 1 dead, 7 hurt

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A swinging and spinning amusement park ride called the Fire Ball broke apart on the opening day of the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday, hurtling people through the air, killing at least one and injuring seven others.
    Three of the injured remained hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday night, authorities said at a late-night news conference.
    “The fair is about the best things in life, and tonight with this accident it becomes a terrible, terrible tragedy,&rdqu
  • Scalise discharged from hospital, beginning rehabilitation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was critically wounded in a shooting at a baseball practice last month, has been discharged from a Washington hospital.
    MedStar Washington Hospital Center said Wednesday that the six-term Louisiana Republican was released from the hospital on Tuesday and is beginning “intensive inpatient rehabilitation.” It did not identify the rehabilitation facility.
    “Congressman Steve Scalise has made excellent progress in his re
  • Now hiring at Amazon: Thousands of people in 1 day

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon plans to make thousands of job offers in just one day as it holds a giant job fair next week at nearly a dozen warehouses across the U.S.
    Those offered jobs on the spot will pack or sort boxes and help ship them to customers. Nearly 40,000 of the 50,000 jobs will be full time. Most of these jobs will count toward Amazon’s previously announced goal of adding 100,000 full-time workers by the middle of next year.
    The hiring spree is yet another sign of Amazon&rsqu
  • Girls Who Code: Getting women to love computer science

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — It’s not your typical summer camp. On Thursday, 19 Austin girls are getting ready to graduate from a seven-week program aimed at computer science.
    The ‘Girls Who Code‘ Summer Immersion Program, hosted at AT&T’s office in Austin, offered rising 11th and 12th-grade girls 300-plus hours of immersive instruction in web development and design, robotics and mobile development with mentorship and exposure to top female engineers and entrepreneurs.
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  • Pflugerville police reporting uptick in car burglaries this summer

    PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — Pflugerville police recently arrested three teenagers accused of breaking into vehicles and stealing items inside.
    The Pflugerville Police Department says the number of reported burglary of vehicles jumped from 17 in June to 44 for the month of July–and the month isn’t over. Authorities have arrested, Michael Abrego, 19; Cobey Hill, 18, and a male juvenile in connection with nine vehicle burglaries in the Gatlinburg subdivision on Monday night.
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  • Pflugerville police nab car burglary suspects as cases spike

    PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — Pflugerville police recently arrested three teenagers accused of breaking into vehicles and stealing items inside.
    The Pflugerville Police Department says the number of reported burglary of vehicles jumped from 17 in June to 44 for the month of July–and the month isn’t over. Authorities have arrested, Michael Abrego, 19; Cobey Hill, 18, and a male juvenile in connection with nine vehicle burglaries in the Gatlinburg subdivision on Monday night.
    Offi
  • APD considers pulling all Ford SUVs from service

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police are now considering pulling all of its 397 Ford SUVs off the streets. This comes after more than 20 officers have been treated and released for possible carbon monoxide poisoning. A city spokesperson tells KXAN discontinuing the use of its Ford Explorers is just one of the options they’re considering.
    This week the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration along with representatives from Ford have been in Austin investigating the vehicles. Ford clai
  • DACA recipients, students face uncertainty as political pressures grow

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — As Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients headed back to college this fall, they’re worrying about more than just class schedules and buying textbooks. The current political climate has left them with uncertainty about their futures.
    Concerns about the status of the DACA program bubbled up in different places Wednesday. As a group, among whom were several DACA recipients, staged a sit-in at the Texas Capitol, they blocked a street in an effort to sen
  • Texas senators acting fast to pass new abortion restrictions

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A new bill passed Wednesday would force women to pay a separate health insurance premium to get coverage for abortions, as Texas senators act fast to pass new abortion restrictions.
    Supporters say the majority of Texans don’t want to subsidize abortions, but opponents say no one plans to get an abortion and this is an attack on women.
    Denee Booker was in a car crash that changed the course of her family tree. “I was singing along to Nickelback, ‘
  • SI’s Andy Staples joins More than the score

    FRISCO (KXAN) — Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples joins Chris Tavarez on More than the score to talk Texas football, the Big 12 and Central Texas BBQ

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