• Students come to the rescue when their bus driver has medical emergency

    LA GRANGE, Texas (KXAN) — Two La Grange ISD students jumped into action last Thursday when their school bus driver had a medical emergency while driving on a bridge over the Colorado River.
    La Grange Middle School seventh-grader Karson Vega jumped into the driver’s seat when he saw the driver could no longer control the bus and steered the students to safety, as first reported by The Fayette County Record.
    Superintendent Bill Wagner says La Grange High School sophomore Kyler Buzek ke
  • Crews respond to fire behind 7-11 at W. MLK Boulevard, Guadalupe Street on Monday

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — On Monday evening, firefighters knocked down flames behind the 7-11 at the corner of W. Martin Luther King Boulevard and Guadalupe Street.(AFD)Austin firefighters say the power lines, the back of the building and the fence all caught fire.
    No one was hurt, but traffic down Guadalupe was affected.Crews are looking into what caused the fire.
  • The city’s top water users are mostly in west Austin

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Several single-families in Austin used more than 1 million gallons of water in the last year.KXAN obtained a list of Austin’s top 10 water users in the last year and mapped them out. Most of the top users are in West Austin.The top single-family used nearly 2 million gallons of water, according to records from Austin Water.Most of the Austin area is currently in a moderate drought.“There’s not too many decades when there isn’t a drought,” said
  • Driver involved in deadly 2018 crash pleads guilty to intoxication manslaughter

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man involved in a deadly crash in downtown Austin last year has plead guilty to intoxication manslaughter.MORE: Suspected drunk drivers charged in deadly crashDevin Nethery will now serve six years in prison for his role in the crash.Last April, Kelsi Weatherby was driving down the I-35 frontage road toward the Cesar Chavez Street intersection when she was hit from behind by Nethery.Dean Hood, the passenger in Weatherby’s car, was pronounced dead at the scene.
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  • Mexican shoppers keep San Diego economy strong despite immigration rhetoric

    SAN DIEGO (Border Report) ⁠— The immigration debate in the United States sometimes annoys middle-class Baja residents, but it doesn’t stop them from crossing the border to shop in San Diego.Shopping centers like Las Americas Premium Outlets were packed with Spanish-speaking customers this weekend, some literally leaving with a suitcase full of clothes from stores like Old Navy, Levi’s and Nautica.“It’s not all for me. I’m doing the shopping for my mom, m
  • Man hit, killed on S. Congress Avenue; police investigating

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin-Travis County EMS are reporting to the scene of a crash where a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle.The crash happened on S. Congress Avenue, just north of Slaughter Lane, around 8:23 p.m., according to EMS. The victim, an adult man, was pronounced dead on scene.(KXAN/Andrew Choat)Austin Police reported the driver stayed on the scene.EMS is clearing the area and drivers should expect closures.KXAN will update this story with more information as it becomes available.
  • Tens of thousands of U.S. residents cross the border every day for work

    SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Border Report) — More than 100,000 people cross the San Diego-Tijuana border every day to go to school, work, to see a doctor or to go shopping. The San Ysidro Port of Entry is one of the busiest land-border crossings in the world.Brenda Cortez lives the transborder lifestyle. She lives in Tijuana and crosses the San Ysidro pedestrian bridge every morning to get to her job as a pharmacist in San Diego.“I do it every single day for the last year,” Brenda Corte
  • Reward increased to $10K for September’s Featured Fugitive

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Department of Public Safety is reminding the public that the reward for Carlos Rafael Benitez, 31, has increased to $10,000 for a tip that comes in during the month of September and leads to his capture.Benitez is a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and September’s Featured Fugitive. He is wanted for failing to appear in court on charges of aggravated assault of a public servant and evading arrest with a vehicle.All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.Benitez is
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  • Dry shampoo bottle explodes in woman’s vehicle, destroys sunroof

    St. Louis, Mo. (WCMH) — A Missouri mother is warning people not to leave aerosol cans in hot cars after one exploded in her daughter’s car.Christine Debrecht says a can of dry shampoo destroyed the center console of her daughter’s car before flying through the sunroof and landing 50 feet away, KTVI reported.“We were all shocked we had no idea what happened we thought fell from the sky or something like that,”said Debrecht. “It looked like a tornado hit the ins
  • Support for clean energy jobs gives hope to Texas students

    AUSTIN (Nexstar) — Graduate student Jenny Sauer is looking forward to earning her degree and jumping into the job market in the clean energy industry.Texas added more than 10,000 clean energy jobs last year, according to a report from Environmental Entrepreneurs, a national, nonpartisan group of business leaders and investors focused on environmental issues.“I think it’s really exciting,” Sauer, who is in her third year of a three-year dual degree in energy and earth reso
  • Zillow launches home buying program in Austin

    AUSTIN (KXAN) —Most people know Zillow.com as a place to find homes for sale and see how much their home is worth.But now the company is hoping to enter the market and buy homes in Austin.
    Zillow Offers launched in 2017 in select cities. This week, they expanded the program to Austin. It’s billed as a way for homeowners to unload their property quickly and easily.It’s similar to services like Offerpad, Opendoor and others. Once the deal is done, Zillow puts the house back on th
  • Where to go if you think you’ve been unfairly charged for a rideshare

    Austin (KXAN) — Austin resident Kevin Whipps had used rideshare apps before to get to his home near Burnet Road and Koenig Lane, so he wasn’t expecting anything different when he requested a Lyft ride Saturday night.He picked up a ride in downtown Austin around seven miles driving distance from his home.
    During regular hours, a ride this distance comes up to $10.87 on the Lyft app, though Lyft did note Whipps requested it during 70% “Prime Time” hours.
    When Whipps awoke t
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  • Austin family believes dog was stolen during second break-in in one week

    MANCHACA, Texas (KXAN) — A Travis County investigation is underway after a family came home on Friday to find their home broken into and their dog missing.The family said they presume “Koda,” a four-year-old Akita, has been stolen.The Travis County Sheriff’s Office confirmed they are investigating this as aburglary and breaking and entering case, but couldn’t share any additional details.“This weekend, we got home from work on Friday and the door had been bust
  • Texas basketball’s Andrew Jones “full speed ahead” to play after cancer treatment

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas basketball coach Shaka Smart says he’s confident about what his guards will bring to the floor this season — including Andrew Jones.Jones played 11 minutes during the 2018-19 season all while undergoing treatment for leukemia. Unable to make an impact on the floor, Jones worked hard from the bench as a Longhorns leader and staying with the team throughout the season.This year, Smart expects Jones to be a full participant on the court.“We’re pla
  • Police respond to assault near West Campus, suspect was said to be armed with ‘machete-like knife’

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — On Monday afternoon, Austin police responded to the scene of an assault at 23rd and San Antonio streets Monday afternoon, where a suspect was reportedly armed with a machete-like knife, according to UT police.Austin Police Department says the attack happened at the 2200 block of San Antonio Street. A man was reportedly transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
    (KXAN/Andrew Choat)According to University of Texas police, the man appears to be 20 years of
  • Man accused of planting secret camera in neighbor’s bathroom also charged with child porn possession

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin man who was previously accused of breaking into his neighbor’s home and planting a secret camera behind the bathroommirror will now face charges of child pornography possession.MORE: Neighbor accused of planting secret cameras had 20TB of imagesAccording to the arrest warrant, during an investigation into the devices of 50-year-old Michael Sagues — who had already been arrested in connection to the secret recording of his neighbors — police disc
  • Austin man sentenced to life in prison for 2018 murder of girlfriend

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — On Monday, Roberto Degollado was sentenced to life in prison for the February 2018 murder of his girlfriend Emily Martinez.According to the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, prosecuter submitted evidence to the court that Degollado brutally murdered Martinez by stabbing her 39 times — her juvenile sons also witnessed the murder.Degollado pleaded guilty and asked that the court assess his punishment, the DA’s Office says. Judge Tamara Needles presid
  • Man threatens to ‘shoot all the rich kids at UT,’ Facebook page shows white supremacist images, police say

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a man accused of first assaulting a security officer at Dell Seton Medical Center and then making a terroristic threat toward students at The University of Texas.According to the UT Police Department officer who reported to the scene, he showed up to Dell Seton for an assault call, where he found Dakota Carl Blakely, 25, “handcuffed and running from police and security.”The officer says he stopped Blakely and he was transfer
  • Fall has arrived, here’s what you might not know

    AUSTIN (KXAN) – The fall equinox signals shorter days, falling
    leaves, pumpkin spice and cooler temperatures. However, what you may think you
    know about the equinox could be wrong.First day of fallThe fall equinox does mark the beginning of fall, astronomically, but not meteorologically. Earth’s seasons are a result of two things: the rotation around the sun and the tilt of the planet. Because the Earth is titled at 23.5 degrees, not all the planet receives the sun’s rays
  • City of Austin expands curbside compost program to over 50K homes

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Starting Monday, 53,000 homes will be added to the City of Austin’s Curbside Composting Collection program.
    This means Austin Resource Recovery will provide the program to nearly three-quarters of its customers.
    “This will definitely help,” said Gena McKinley with the city’s resource recovery department. “In our trash stream, we see roughly half of that as organic so by getting more customers to have that curbside compost service, that’s
  • Apple’s new Mac Pro will be made in Austin, not China

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The newest generation of Apple’s Mac Pro computer will be made in Austin, the company announced Monday.
    The company didn’t specify when the new computers would start to roll out, but said in a release it will “begin production soon at the same Austin facility where Mac Pro has been made since 2013.” As recently as June this year, the Wall Street Journal and others had reported Apple planned to manufacture it in China, as it does many of its other pro
  • City and management to walk through evacuated San Marcos apartments

    SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — Inspectors from the city of San Marcos and management of the Vie Lofts will walk through the apartment complex that was evacuated last Friday because of structural problems. More than 160 Texas State University students are eagerly awaiting information on whether they can return to the apartment complex or if they’ll need to find other places to live.A call to the hotline over the weekend offered by the apartment complex told callers a structural engineer w
  • INJURY REPORT: Several Texas defensive backs will miss significant amount of time

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas has recruited the defensive back position at an elite level since coach Tom Herman came to the Longhorns in 2017.The depth in the secondary will certainly be tested over the next several weeks after the latest Longhorns’ injury report.Currently, Texas has five defensive backs on the injured list who are expected to miss a significant amount of time.Texas football announced Monday sophomore safety Caden Sterns sprained a knee ligament and is expected to be out fo
  • Texas-West Virginia kickoff time announced

    MORGANTOWN, West Virginia (KXAN) — The first true road test of Texas’ season will be an afternoon kick.The Big 12 Conference announced the Texas-West Virginia game in Morgantown on Oct. 5 will be a 2:30 p.m kickoff.The Longhorns (3-1) have a bye week on the schedule this week following the 36-30 home win against the Oklahoma State. This will be the Longhorns’ fourth overall road game against the Mountaineers.West Virginia leads the series against Texas, 5-3. The Longhorns won 2
  • 50-unit apartment complex to house the homeless opens in east Austin

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A 50-unit apartment complex meant to house the homeless celebrated the end of construction Monday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in east Austin.The Terrace at Oak Springs is a four-story, 40,000-square-foot building at 3000 Oak Springs Dr. with 50 fully-furnished single-occupancy units. The goal is to have 25 homeless veterans and 25 other people experiencing homelessness move in so they can get the support they need.“I am so proud this community is in District 1,&r
  • San Jacinto closes for Texas mall construction

    This block of San Jacinto and 18th Street is closing today through December first.
  • Test out Travis County’s new voting machines before November election

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — In November, Travis County voters will be using new voting equipment, and officials want to make sure people are familiar with it before election day.The Travis County Clerk’s office is holding at least 10 events it’s dubbed “Meet the New Voting System,” according to Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir.“I am excited to invite voters to come out and take a look at the voting equipment, and even try out demonstration machines so that they are mor
  • Texas WWII veteran asks for 100 cards for his 100th birthday

    WATAUGA, Texas (CNN) — A Texas World War II veteran is asking people to help him celebrate his birthday.
    Jim South turns 100 years old on Oct. 7 and his birthday wish is to receive 100 cards. His senior living home in Watauga, Texas (north Tarrant County) posted a picture of South on Facebook with a sign asking for the cards.South joined the United States Army in 1940 and was deployed to Normandy, France seven days after D-Day.He already has plans for his birthday cards. He says he’s
  • Man drowns after proposing to girlfriend underwater

    TANZANIA (KETK) – An American man died while proposing to his girlfriend underwater at a resort, according to a report from NBC News.
    Steven Weber never resurfaced after asking Kenesha Antonie to marry him off the coast of Africa. Antonine posted to her Facebook page that he “never emerged from those depths.”
    There are no words adequate enough to honor the beautiful soul that is Steven Weber, Jr. You were a bright light to…Posted by Kenesha Antoine on Friday, Septem
  • Part of San Jacinto Boulevard closed until December for Capitol Complex construction

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Starting Monday, part of San Jacinto Boulevard in downtown Austin will be closed until December as crews work to expand the Capitol Complex.San Jacinto Boulevard is totally closed between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 18th Street and 18th Street is closed from San Jacinto Boulevard to Trinity Street until Dec. 1.
    Brazos Street will stay open to two-way traffic and the direction of San Jacinto from 17th to 18th Street will temporarily change so people can access Garag

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