• Austin’s a “brain drain” city for tech talent — is that good or bad?

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin is once again a top 10 city for having the most talented people working in the tech industry.In CBRE’s 2019 “Scoring Tech Talent” report, Austin beat out other Texas cities like Dallas-Forth Worth and Houston.
    “[Austin’s] the envy of just about every other tech city, not only in the United States, but globally,” said Spencer Levy, Chairman of Americas Research & Senior Economic Adviser.Highlights from the report include:Total
  • What is leading to rough waters on Lake LBJ?

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Three deaths out on Lake LBJ in 2019 has lake-goers wondering: what’s going on out there?
    Texas Parks and Wildlife officials haven’t identified one specific reason tied to the tragedies yet, but there are several factors that may be leading to rougher waters. “My kids, grandkids love it. They come down here and go out on the boat, jet ski, enjoy being out on the water,” said Robert Miley, who has lake-front property in Kings
  • More than half the contributions for the PAC challenging convention center expansion have ties to Save our Springs Alliance

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — New campaign finance reports detail the donors to the PAC in Austin that is challenging the prospect of convention center expansion. Donations from Save our Springs (SOS) Alliance combined with the personal contributions from SOS executive director Bill Bunch total to $74,166, which makes up more than half of the total political contributions this PAC is reporting.
    The Unconventional Austin political action committee began filing documents with the city just two days befor
  • Leander City Council may work toward withdrawing from CapMetro service area

    LEANDER, Texas (KXAN) — City leaders in Leander may take a step this week to cut ties with the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which currently runs bus and train service there.
    On Thursday night the Leander City Council could vote to hire an attorney to look at possibly withdrawing from the service area. This proposal came after council members discussed “several options and possible actions related to the city’s funding of services provided by Capital Metro in
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  • Hays Co. approves over $1M for low-income resident health clinic

    SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — To be poor is to know the indigent, at least according to Anthony Stahl, President and CEO of the Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos. “Indigent are those that really are challenged with shelter and clothing, transportation, and food and they come to the clinic and it’s their home,” says Stahl. The clinic Stahl is referring to is the Live Oak Health Partners Community Clinic on Broadway Street. The clinic is the home of the ind
  • ALERT: CapMetro bus fire reduces traffic to one lane at 183A southbound in Cedar Park

    CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — On Tuesday afternoon, Cedar Park police reported traffic has been reduced to one lane at 183A southbound just before Brushy Creek Road due to an engine fire on a CapMetro bus.Cedar Park PD says there are no injuries, but drivers are advised to avoid the area and drive with caution.
    This is a developing story. KXAN will update this with more information as it becomes available.
  • Austin City Council member Harper-Madison reportedly violated campaign finance rules, filings show

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Recent mid-year campaign finance findings revealedthat Austin City Council member Natasha Harper-Madison accepted $3,695 in campaign contributions after her runoff victory.The filings show that although Harper-Madison was elected in December, she continued accepting contributions from January through March — a violation of local campaign finance rules.Although Harper-Madison is in Mexico with the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber and other local officials, she released
  • Sam Ehlinger won’t listen to the noise calling criticisms ‘completely irrelevant’

    ARLINGTON, TX (KXAN) — Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger led a group of six Texas players at Big 12 Media Days Tuesday.Texas brought Ehlinger, wide receiver Collin Johnson, offensive lineman Zach Shackelford, defensive lineman Malcolm Roach, linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch and safety Brandon Jones to the two-day attraction at AT&T Stadium.Ehlinger, by far, was the main attraction from the Longhorns’ contingent. He’s also been a target for pundits and other football players a
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  • Sam Ehlinger, Longhorns hit the stage at Big 12 Media Days

    WATCH: Sam Ehlinger meets with the media at Big 12 Media DaysARLINGTON, TX (KXAN) — Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger leads a group of six Texas players at Big 12 Media Days Tuesday.Texas brought Ehlinger, wide receiver Collin Johnson, offensive lineman Zach Shackelford, defensive lineman Malcolm Roach, linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch and safety Brandon Jones to the two-day attraction at AT&T Stadium.The Longhorns are showcasing their experience with coach Tom Herman electing to bring fi
  • After Disney actor’s unexpected death, doctors explain rare epilepsy condition

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The death of Disney star Cameron Boyce is sparking a conversation about Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP).
    The 20-year-old actor died in his sleep July 6 after suffering from a seizure, according to his family.
    “It is rare and the overall risk if about 1 in 10,000 people per year with epilepsy so that’s the first thing everyone should know about SUDEP when they are dealing with epilepsy,” explained Dr. Aaron Cardon of Child Neurology Consultants
  • New tent facilities being built for migrants in South and West Texas

    DONNA, Texas (NEXSTAR) — Border Patrol officials are building yet another tent facility to house incoming migrants near the Donna-Rio Bravo International Bridge — adding to the current two tents that have opened in the past two months and doubling it in size — to meet the demands of immigrants arriving in the Rio Grande Valley.Officials testifying before a joint House committee in Austin on Friday on immigration and border security announced the construction, telling lawmakers
  • As HIV prevention stalls in America, Central Texas looks to lead

    AUSTIN (Nexstar) — The country may be looking to Texas in the nationwide effort to eliminate new HIV infections.The director of the country’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Robert Redfield, M.D., will meet with Austin-area health leaders to discuss ending the spread of HIV. Redfield will also tour an AIDS Services of Austin facility.
    During his State of the Union address in February, President Donald Trump called for support of a national plan to end the HIV epide
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  • UT students will have a new opportunity to gain discounts by recycling

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — One person’s trash is another person’s treasure and soon students at the University of Texas at Austin will be able to give their gently used items new life.Beginning July 20, 10 drop-off stations across West Campus will be accepting their appliances, furniture, bedding, bikes, clothes and other gently used items. The aim is to reduce the trash on West Campus as students move out.
    Last year the program diverted 62 tons of items students left behind from going to
  • DA: 8 Austin police officers’ use of force in deadly 2018 shooting was justified

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — After reviewing a 2018 case against eight Austin police officers for suspected use of force, Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore announced Tuesday that she did not intend to pursue charges against them.
    Five fired shots while three deployed stun guns during a confrontation with46-year-old Victor Ancira in March 2018 at the 4800 block of Tanney Street.
    Victor Ancira (Family Photo)At the time, APD said Ancira was armed with a pickaxe when officers arrived at the sc
  • Does Vitamin D really fight heart disease? New study has surprising results

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — For years, observational studies found low levels of Vitamin D increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes in adults.
    But new research shows that may not be the case after all.“So that’s the conundrum. There was evidence if you had low Vitamin D levels you had high risk of heart disease but the evidence wasn’t great science it was more observational so not really cause and effect,” said Cardiologist Ed Chafizadeh of St. David’s Medical Cen
  • Facebook’s new currency plan is under scrutiny in Congress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook’s ambitious plan to create a financial eco-system based on a digital currency faces questions from lawmakers, as it’s shadowed by negative comments from President Donald Trump, his treasury secretary and the head of the Federal Reserve.Congress begins two days of hearings Tuesday on the currency planned by Facebook, to be called Libra, starting with the Senate Banking Committee. Meanwhile, a House Judiciary subcommittee will extend its bipar
  • Florida expert captures elusive alligator at Chicago lagoon

    CHICAGO (AP/ CNN) — Police say an expert from Florida has captured an elusive alligator in a Chicago public lagoon.Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the Humboldt Park gator was caught humanely early Tuesday and is in good health.The reptile, nicknamed “Chance the Snapper,” was first spotted last week and photos soon started showing up online. Investigators don’t know why the animal, which is at least 4 feet (1.2 meters) long, was on the loose in C
  • Apollo 11 astronauts returning to launch pad 50 years later

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Apollo 11’s astronauts are returning to the exact spot from where they flew to the moon 50 years ago.NASA has invited Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A on Tuesday. They will mark the precise moment — 9:32 a.m. on July 16, 1969 — that their Saturn V rocket departed on humanity’s first moon landing. Mission commander Neil Armstrong — who took the first lunar footsteps — died in 20
  • Fossils found in Big Bend 35 years ago now new dinosaur species

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Fossils a professor unearthed in Big Bend National Park 35 years ago are now classified as a new species of duck-billed dinosaur called Aquilarhinus palimentus, according to a press release from the National Park Service.
    Texas Tech University Professor Tom Lehman originally discovered the fossils in the 1980s, but they were badly weathered and stuck together, making it difficult for scientists to study.
    In the 1990s, researchers revealed the fossils displayed two arched na
  • Services set to remember H. Ross Perot in Dallas

    DALLAS (AP) — Family and friends are set to remember H. Ross Perot, the colorful Texas billionaire who twice mounted outsider campaigns for president, at services in Dallas.A graveside service Tuesday morning at a cemetery will be followed by a memorial service at Highland Park Methodist Church in the afternoon. Both events are private but the church service can be viewed via livestream at rossperot.com or at a nearby church.Perot died July 9 at his Dallas home. He was
  • Manor ISD brings reading therapy dogs to school libraries open for summer

    MANOR, Texas (KXAN) — Kids using school libraries in Manor this summer will be able to read to therapy dogs, a less stressful alternative for readers who are still learning.Six Manor ISD school libraries are open one day each week this summer —three open on Tuesdays and three on Wednesdays. The district will bring therapy dogs to three of campuses over the next two weeks.“Reading to a dog is so much less threatening than reading to another adult,” said Celeste Sodergren,
  • Multiple people fled 2-car crash, later found

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police say multiple people ran from the scene after a two-car, rollover crash early Tuesday morning. Officers eventually found them after a short search.APD says the two cars collided at the northbound Oltorf exit on Interstate 35 shortly after 2:30 a.m.A witness told KXAN News three people from one of the cars then took off. Police could only confirm that it was “multiple people” but did say they were all from the same car.One other person was taken to t
  • Missing 90-year-old with medical condition last seen in north Austin

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department needs your help finding a missing 90-year-old woman last seen in north Austin Monday afternoon.APD says there is a concern for Bertha Mechler’s safety because she has a medical condition.Police say she was last seen in the 1000 block of Floradale Drive, that is in the Windsor Hills neighborhood between Interstate 35 and Dessau Road.She is described as about 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing about 130 pounds. She was last seen wearing a hor
  • Hays County working to get more homes, businesses featured on TV shows, movies

    SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — Soon, more movies and TV shows may feature homes and businesses familiar to those in Central Texas. Hays County is trying to beef up its list of potential filming locations, so more productions companies will come and shoot there.Tuesday morning, the Hays County Commissioners Court will officially recognize and support the countywide “50 Locations in 50 Days” campaign.
    “We have four film-friendly cities here in Hays County already, so we’
  • Making an immigration arrest requires hours of surveillance

    ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) — Two immigration officers had been parked outside a home well before dawn when their target — a Mexican man convicted of driving under the influence in 2015 — appeared to emerge as the sun illuminated a gray sky.“I’m going to do a vehicle stop,” an officer radioed. “I’m right behind you,” said another, lights flashing as they ordered the driver into a liquor store parking lot.As it turned out, the man they pulled over
  • Funeral delayed, life insurance payout in limbo after Round Rock woman allegedly killed husband

    ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Almost three weeks have passed since a Round Rock man was shot and killed, and his frustrated family members said they still have not been able to bury him.
    Justin Silas, 40, died June 26 after Round Rock police said he was shot in the neck outside his home on Provident Lane. His mother, Kathy Silas, said she planned to use his life insurance policy to cover the funeral expenses, but the family found out that it’s not entitled to the payout.
  • Community helps fund funeral after insurance payout in limbo following Round Rock homicide

    ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — A day after frustrated family members of a Round Rock man who was shot and killed expressed concern about not being able to bury him, the community has stepped up to provide funds.Nearly three weeks have passed since Justin Silas, 40, died June 26 after Round Rock police said he was shot in the neck outside his home on Provident Lane. His mother, Kathy Silas, said she planned to use his life insurance policy to cover the funeral expenses, but the family found ou
  • ‘It was a mistake’: Which Texas Republicans commented on President’s ‘go back’ statement

    AUSTIN (KXAN) – “It was a mistake,” said Republican Senator John Cornyn, through a spokeswoman, about President Trump telling four Congresswomen of color to “go back” where they came from. Most other Texas Republicans haven’t said anything at all.
    Sunday morning, the President called out four Congresswomen of color “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Congresswomen Alexandri
  • A different kind of photoshoot: Llano woman turns the page with divorce photos

    “I just wanted to feel beautiful and empowered”
    LLANO, Texas (KXAN) — Maribeth Harlow was not expecting to be a divorcee at 51 years old. But after 24 years, she explained that her marriage “just didn’t work out.” Maribeth Harlow poses for a divorce photoshoot. Photo Courtesy Tom Suarez Photography.
    Six years ago, she did a photoshoot with Llano photographer Tom Suarez when she was separated from her now-ex husband. Harlow wound up reconciling with her husband
  • Round Rock summer camp has career training at the same time

    ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Summer camp is taking a turn for students in Round Rock ISD.They’re going to be working in the hot sun building a basketball court — and maybe a career.
    “I just like building stuff,” says Khaleal Patel, who has helped his dad around the house but admits most of his building experience involves Legos.
    Teens trying on their gear on the first day of construction camp during which they’ll build a basketball court at Voigt Elementary in R
  • All states represented at annual Made in America event

    WASHINGTON (Nexstar) – The White House held its 3rd annual Made in America Showcase on Monday. From heavy duty military equipment to small marbles, American made products from every state were on display.“We are so proud to be made in America. America’s past time is baseball. Where else should ball gloves be made?” said Laura Baraznik, with the company Nokona.Located in a small town in Texas, Nokona is one of the last remaining baseball glove manufacturers in the United S
  • Bobcats seen in Round Rock may be due to wildlife displacement

    ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — This past Sunday morning, the last thing a Round Rock Ranch resident and family expected to see walk by the patio was a bobcat.“My in-laws were sitting on the patio drinking coffee and my father-in-law-saw a bobcat come out of the bushes,” Michelle Powell said.Powell has lived in Round Rock since 1996 and she said she has never seen a bobcat in the area until now.“(The bobcat) turned to look at my in-laws and then birds began squawking and chase
  • Astros shortstop Carlos Correa starts rehab assignment in Round Rock Monday

    ROUND ROCK, TX (KXAN) — Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa will begin a rehab assignment Monday night with the Round Rock Express.Correa fractured his rib during a massage in late May. At this time, he’s missed over six weeks of action while recovering from the injury.Correa was placed on Houston’s 10-day injured list on May 29 before being moved to the 60-day injured list on July 12 meaning he won’t eligible to rejoin the Astros until July 26.The 24-year-old was swin
  • State files a motion to set Rodney Reed’s execution for November

    Bastrop County, Texas (KXAN)— The state has filed a motion to schedule an execution date for death-row inmate Rodney Reed, calling for him to be put to death on Nov. 20, 2019.Reed’s attorney, Bryce Benjet, filed a motion Monday afternoon opposing the state and asking a Bastrop District Court judge to dismiss or strike the state’s request to schedule the execution. Benjet argues the state has retaliated against Reed and his family for exercising their First Amendment rights
  • Longhorns Sam Ehlinger, Caden Sterns named to preseason Player of the Year watch lists

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The 2019 Maxwell and Bednarik Award watch lists have two Longhorns on their list, announced Monday by the University of Texas.Texas junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger was named to the Maxwell watch list awarded to college football’s Offensive Player of the Year. Sophomore safety Caden Sterns was named to the Bednarik watch list given to college football’s Defensive Player of the Year.This is expected to be a summer full of recognition for Ehlinger. Last week, the W
  • Austin man arrested in connection to child pornography possession

    AUSTIN (KXAN) – The office of Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Monday that a 52-year-old man has been arrested by the Child Exploitation Unit after finding child pornography in his home.Austin resident Charles Glenn Koss faces three counts of possession of child pornography, a third-degree felony.The Child Exploitation Unit was notified about Koss by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children after NCMEU received a CyberTipline report. Koss allegedly uploaded pornography t
  • Austin Police say suspicious package in Northeast Austin was not hazard

    Austin (KXAN) — Austin Police Department said a reported suspicious package in Northeast Austin has been deemed non-hazardous.APD bomb squad members responded to a report about this suspicious package at 11:49 a.m. at the 1100 block of Clayton Lane near East Highway 290 and I-35.Bomb squad members evacuated the building where the report came from, which is in the Twin Towers Office Center. But people were let in at a later time.It is unknown what the package was.
  • Affidavit: Driver was fleeing officer when he was involved in crash that closed lanes of SH-71 Friday

    Austin (KXAN) —A man faces charges after Travis County Sheriff’s Deputies say he led them on a chase down State Highway 71 early Friday morning, causing a wreck that shut down the highway for hours.Michael Ryan Melendez, 26, of Odessa, Texas, faces a third-degree felony evading arrest charge.
    A Travis County Sheriff’s Deputy was going east on SH-71 near Bee Cave and Lakeway when he saw a car pull onto the shoulder of the road and stop, according to documents filed in court. Whe
  • Sen. Cornyn raised more than double the amount his Democratic challenger did in second quarter

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — In the last three months, Republican incumbent Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, raised $2.5 million for his reelection campaign, bringing his total up to $9 million. Fundraising numbers released Monday show that Texas will be an expensive, high-profile, and competitive election in the 2020 election.
    According to Cornyn’s campaign manager, John Jackson, more than 80% of the donors were from Texas and nearly 90% of the money raised came from donations of $200 or less.
  • LIVE BLOG: Longhorns in Arlington, Day two of Big 12 Media Days

    AUSTIN, TX (KXAN) — Check here for live updates from Big 12 Media Days Monday and Tuesday:10 a.m. TuesdayIowa State head coach Matt Campbell opened day two of Big 12 Media Days Tuesday morning. Iowa State is certainly a contender in the Big 12 picked third in the preseason conference media poll behind Oklahoma and Texas.Iowa State finished 6-3 in the Big 12 and 8-5 overall in 2018.The Cyclones are close to breaking through on the national stage in Campbell’s fourth year, but the head
  • LIVE BLOG: Commissioner Bob Bowlsby says Big 12 plays defense

    AUSTIN, TX (KXAN) — Check here for live updates from Big 12 Media Days Monday and Tuesday:9 a.m. MondayBig 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby is officially opening 2019 Media Days with his “State of the Big 12” press conference.
    Bowlsby began by addressing some of the challenges facing college football and the conference as a whole including concussion lawsuits, the growing attention paid to the NCAA transfer system, and the evolving world of sports gambling.Bowlsby said the transfer
  • LIVE BLOG: Commissioner Bob Bowlsby opens Big 12 Media Days

    AUSTIN, TX (KXAN) — Check here for live updates from Big 12 Media Days Monday and Tuesday:9 a.m. MondayBig 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby is officially opening 2019 Media Days with his “State of the Big 12” press conference.
    Bowlsby began by addressing some of the challenges facing college football and the conference as a whole including concussion lawsuits, the growing attention paid to the NCAA transfer system, and the evolving world of sports gambling.Bowlsby said the transfer
  • LIVE BLOG: Commissioner Bob Bowlsby disputes national opinion says Big 12 plays defense

    AUSTIN, TX (KXAN) — Check here for live updates from Big 12 Media Days Monday and Tuesday:9 a.m. MondayBig 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby is officially opening 2019 Media Days with his “State of the Big 12” press conference.
    Bowlsby began by addressing some of the challenges facing college football and the conference as a whole including concussion lawsuits, the growing attention paid to the NCAA transfer system, and the evolving world of sports gambling.Bowlsby said the transfer
  • For immigrant family living in an Austin church, looming ICE raids compound fears

    Austin (KXAN) — For three years, 13-year-old Ivan Ramirez and his mother, Hilda Ramirez-Mendez,31, have called St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Austin their home.But recent national rhetoric about immigration and the threat of nationwide-deportation raids have compounded the daily fears they face, even from inside the walls of the church.
    The deportation raids promised by President Donald Trump were to begin Sunday and target around two thousand undocumented immigrants
  • Beto O’Rourke says he had a relative who owned slaves

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke says he was recently given documents showing that both he and his wife are descended from people who owned slaves.In a post Sunday night for the website Medium, the former Texas congressman writes that the documents showed that one of his paternal great-great-great grandfathers owned two women in the 1850s.He says records also showed that one ancestor of his wife, Amy, owned slaves while another was part of t
  • Trump moves to end asylum protections for Central Americans

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday moved to end asylum protections for most Central American migrants in a major escalation of the president’s battle to tamp down the number of people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.According to a new rule published in the Federal Register, asylum seekers who pass through another country first will be ineligible for asylum at the U.S. southern border. The rule, expected to go into effect on Tuesday, also applies to children who
  • How Lance Armstrong’s new venture capital firm plans to invest millions

    AUSTIN (Austin Business Journal) — Lance Armstrong’s career as a venture capitalist is off to a fast start as the former professional cyclist disclosed earlier this month that he, along with Lionel Conacher, had raised $24.5 million of a planned $75 million debut fund for Next Ventures LP.Armstrong now lives in Aspen, Colorado. Conacher, a native of Canada, lives in California. Yet according to securities filings, their VC firm is headquartered in Austin, where Armstrong lived for ma
  • Weakened Barry still poses flood, tornado risks

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Even though Tropical Depression Barry did not unleash catastrophic flooding in Louisiana, many across the Gulf Coast were urged to take heed of tornado and flash-flood warnings Monday as the storm moved north.Barry was downgraded from a tropical storm on Sunday afternoon but continued to pose a threat. Much of Louisiana and Mississippi were under flash-flood watches, as were parts of Arkansas, eastern Texas, western Tennessee and southeastern Missouri.Louisiana Gov. John
  • Trump’s tweets against 4 liberal congresswomen called racist

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Starkly injecting race into his criticism of liberal Democrats, President Donald Trump said four congresswomen of color should go back to the “broken and crime infested” countries they came from, ignoring the fact that all of the women are American citizens and three were born in the U.S. His attack drew a searing condemnation from Democrats who labeled the remarks racist and breathtakingly divisive.Following a familiar script, Republicans remained largely sil
  • Texas’ health and PE teachers learn importance of e-cigarette use prevention program

    SAN MARCOS, Texas (Nexstar) — Physical education teachers are spending
    their summer finding new ideas to get students engaged in getting active when
    they’re back in school. The Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and
    Dance is hosting an interactive conference this week showcasing ways to use
    technology in physical education classes, different teambuilding exercises and
    ideas about implementing nutritional activities in courses. Conference participan

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