• Head of Austin's civil rights office on leave amid investigation into alleged employee mistreatment

    Head of Austin's civil rights office on leave amid investigation into alleged employee mistreatment
    AUSTIN (KXAN) -- The head of Austin's Office of Civil Rights has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into complaints made against her.Carol Johnson is director of the OCR. She began her tenure with the city in February 2021.KXAN reported back in April that a third party city-funded investigation into Johnson was underway amid allegations of mistreatment and retaliation against office employees.“To establish the next steps and ensure OCR has a successful path forwar
  • New UT data shows possibility of more COVID-19 hospitalizations

    New UT data shows possibility of more COVID-19 hospitalizations
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — COVID-19 cases are on the rise nationwide, and local experts are warning people to stay vigilant as holiday and summer travel begins.Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County health authority, says Travis County is averaging 500 to 600 new cases per day, but those numbers could be much larger."We know there are more than that occurring, and we are not getting those reports because people are doing home testing," said Walkes.Nick Hays recently tested positive and had mild symp
  • Proposal to call slavery 'involuntary relocation' rejected by State Board of Education

    Proposal to call slavery 'involuntary relocation' rejected by State Board of Education
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas State Board of Education has rejected a proposal by a group of educators to describe the slave trade as 'involuntary relocation' in second grade classes.The proposal, first reported by our partners at Texas Tribune, was discussed at the board's June 15 meeting. It came from a work committee of nine educators tasked with reviewing second grade social studies standards. The group is one of several offering guidance to the state education board as it works to develop
  • Meet the Texas-designed app targeting low literacy rates in adults

    Meet the Texas-designed app targeting low literacy rates in adults
    DALLAS (Nexstar) — A long-term study showed students who aren’t reading proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of school, an event likely to impact one's life in the years to come. It's why nonprofits like the Barbara Bush Foundation are working to improve literacy skills in students and turning to technlogy for solutions in closing that gap for struggling adult readers.BBF partnered with Southern Methodist University and the Dollar General Foundation
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  • Uber reveals data on rape, sexual assault incidents in 2019-2020 safety report

    Uber reveals data on rape, sexual assault incidents in 2019-2020 safety report
    SAN FRANCISCO (KXAN) — On Thursday, Uber published its 2019-2020 US Safety Report. A section of the report highlighted rapes and sexual assaults.From 2019 to 2020, a total of 388 rape incidents were reported — 247 in 2019 and 141 in 2020. This showed a 6% decrease from Uber’s 2017-2018 report. In total, there were 3,824 incidents reported.According to the report, the overall rate of sexual assault reported on the Uber app decreased by 38% between the first safety report coverin
  • New heatwave building as holiday weekend begins

    New heatwave building as holiday weekend begins
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A few spotty showers to close out the work week, but focus turns to heat and humidity for the holiday weekend.A handful of isolated showers are possible this afternoon courtesy of a coastal low scooting east of the area. The forecast calls for a 10% chance of showers in the Hill Country (courtesy of naturally-induced lift via elevation changes) and the far eastern counties (due to proximity to the coastal low)... but likely leaving the Austin-metro sandwiched in between und
  • Woman at center of CLEAR Alert found dead, police say

    Woman at center of CLEAR Alert found dead, police say
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The woman at the center of a CLEAR Alert has been found dead, and her husband has been charged in connection with the case, Austin police say.Yolanda Jaimes, 40, was reported missing in the 7000 block of Craybrough Circle around 11:30 p.m. June 24.Police suspected foul play in her disappearance, and a CLEAR Alert was issued. Police say detectives and crime scene specialists found evidence that a "significant amount" of blood had been cleaned up at her home.Detecti
  • Crews doing rescue training save teen from drowning in Lake Pflugerville

    Crews doing rescue training save teen from drowning in Lake Pflugerville
    TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) -- Members of Travis County Emergency Services District No. 2 saved a teenager at Lake Pflugerville Wednesday.
    According to the agency, crews were conducting training drills on the lake when they heard a group of people yelling for help.A team of firefighters, EMTs and paramedics rushed over and helped a bystander pull an unconscious teen from the water.Crews performed CPR on the teen and took them to the hospital.The agency says the training drills it was conducting
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  • Search intensifies for Austin man who escaped state mental hospital

    Search intensifies for Austin man who escaped state mental hospital
    VERNON, Texas (KXAN) — The search has intensified for an Austin man who escaped from a state mental hospital Sunday night. ‘Terrified’: Mother of escapee is worried he might hurt someoneAlexander Ervin had been at the North Texas State Hospital, in Vernon, since a jury acquitted him in 2014 of his father's murder by reason of insanity.Ervin was seen climbing over an eight foot fence at the state hospital before running off.The police chief there, Randy Agan, said since then, th
  • Three dogs killed in north Austin house fire

    Three dogs killed in north Austin house fire
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Fire Department is investigating after a fire ripped through a home in north Austin Friday afternoon.Crews were called to the 10300 block of Quail Ridge Drive shortly after 12:30 p.m. When they arrived, they found a home "heavily involved" in fire.Three dogs were killed in the fire. There were no other injuries.AFD says three adults will be displaced. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
  • San Marcos police chief requests Texas Rangers investigate former officer

    San Marcos police chief requests Texas Rangers investigate former officer
    SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) – On June 24, the San Marcos police chief requested the Texas Rangers conduct an investigation into ex-Sgt. Ryan Hartman and his use of a stun gun on a resident in January 2021.“To my knowledge, the citizen who was tazed never filed a complaint with the Department, nor with the District Attorney’s Office. I have since learned that the DA dropped the criminal charge(s) against the citizen. At question is whether Ryan Hartman committed an offense when he
  • Texas safety officials will begin 'random intruder detection audits' of schools in September

    Texas safety officials will begin 'random intruder detection audits' of schools in September
    AUSTIN (Texas Tribune) -- This fall, Texas public schools will be subjected to random inspections to detect weak access points in the wake of the Uvalde school shooting — but a state school safety leader says these reviews will not resemble potentially traumatizing intruder simulations.Texas School Safety Center plans to start randomly checking school buildings this September, its leaders say, with a goal of inspecting 100% of school districts and 75% of campuses across the state by the en
  • Texans who will receive a Medal of Freedom from President Biden

    Texans who will receive a Medal of Freedom from President Biden
    WASHINGTON (KXAN) — At least three Texans will receive what's considered the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
    President Joe Biden released the list of 17 honorees to the Associated Press Friday, which includes names like actor Denzel Washington and the late politician John McCain.Olympic gymnast Simone Biles is set to receive the honor. She grew up in Spring, Texas, which is north of Houston, after being adopted. In August 2021, she was welcomed hom
  • Williamson, Hays Counties reveal top 10 list of delinquent taxpayers

    Williamson, Hays Counties reveal top 10 list of delinquent taxpayers
    AUSTIN (KXAN) – Williamson and Hays Counties revealed $11.2 million and nearly $8.1, million, respectively, in unpaid taxes are still owed to both counties for the 2021 financial year. Travis County reveals top 10 list of delinquent taxpayersEach tax office sent KXAN its top 10 list of delinquent taxpayers who still owe the most of anyone in the county.Drug developer tops Williamson County listWilliamson County's Top 10 Delinquent taxpayers (KXAN Graphic)In Williamson County, there are 7,3
  • TxDOT launches anti-drunk driving campaign: 'Faces of Drunk Driving'

    TxDOT launches anti-drunk driving campaign: 'Faces of Drunk Driving'
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Officials with the Texas Department of Transportation said they're putting a face on drunk driving statistics.
    It's part of Faces of Drunk Driving, a new statewide anti-drunk driving campaign. During an interactive public exhibit on Sixth Street in downtown Austin Thursday, the transportation agency debuted the campaign.
    Officials on site had a drunk driving simulator, which allowed those who were out and about to experience drunk goggles. Those who participated were also a
  • Fredericksburg Police arrests 2 after human smuggling traffic stop

    Fredericksburg Police arrests 2 after human smuggling traffic stop
    FREDERICKSBURG, Texas (KXAN) – Fredericksburg police arrested two men they say were trying to smuggle five people — including a 10-year-old girl.On Thursday afternoon, the Fredericksburg Police Department said it received a tip about a vehicle heading toward the city limits of Fredericksburg that was involved in the smuggling of immigrants in the country illegally.Police found the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop.According to FPD, officers saw five Hispanic men and women lying on
  • Austin sees biggest growth in active home listings in June out of 50 large metros

    Austin sees biggest growth in active home listings in June out of 50 large metros
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Out of 50 of the largest metro areas in the country, Austin saw the greatest increase in active home listings when compared to last year, a June report from Realtor.com shows.
    Austin's active listings inventory grew 144.5% in June compared to this time last year, Realtor.com said, leading ahead of metros like Phoenix (113.2%) and Raleigh (111.7%).
    This reflects the major growth in inventory seen nationwide in June. Realtor.com said nationally, active home listing inventory
  • Biden to award Medal of Freedom to Biles, McCain, Giffords

    Biden to award Medal of Freedom to Biles, McCain, Giffords
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will present the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to 17 people, including actor Denzel Washington, gymnast Simone Biles and the late John McCain, the Arizona Republican with whom Biden served in the U.S. Senate.Biden will also recognize Sandra Lindsay, the New York City nurse who rolled up her sleeve on live television in December 2020 to receive the first COVID-19 vaccine dose that was pumped into an arm in the
  • Texas students are doing better on STAAR exams, but still hurting from pandemic loss

    Texas students are doing better on STAAR exams, but still hurting from pandemic loss
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — After two years of virtual and hybrid schooling, the goal – set out by lawmakers and leadership at the Texas Education Agency and by school districts – was to make up for years of academic losses during the pandemic.Just before the school year began, Texas lawmakers passed HB 4545, a law mandating districts to make a list of every student who did not pass the STAAR or did not take it and give them more tutoring in smaller groups.Sounds simple enough, but Texas t
  • With Austin's record heat, EMS tries new methods to cool patients down

    With Austin's record heat, EMS tries new methods to cool patients down
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — This June was the hottest on record in Austin’s history.Austin-Travis County EMS continues to use what it calls "aggressive cooling" measures during heat-related emergency calls.“In the past, we put ice packs around their neck and groin. Places that lose body heat quickly but can also change somebody’s temperature quickly,” said Captain Christa Stedman with ATCEMS. FORECAST: Uncomfortable heat and humidity 4th of July weekendStedman said during a hea
  • Central Texas man puts life savings into buying virtual property

    Central Texas man puts life savings into buying virtual property
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Buying property is a big investment, but some people are investing in virtual properties."I put in $18,000," said Justin Reed.That's what he paid for the Khorum Coast, a piece of virtual land in the Entropia Universe, an online virtual reality game."I know it sounds like a lot, and it's a crazy thing to tell someone that, you know, I'm a virtual landowner, and I put my life savings into it. But I believe in Entropia," said Reed, whose avatar name is David Jok
  • Things To Do: Austin area unique activities, hidden gems

    Things To Do: Austin area unique activities, hidden gems
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Looking for something different to do in town this weekend? Here's a list of hidden gem attractions in the Austin area.
    Most of these things to do are within an hour's drive of the city.
    Go on a drive-thru safariHere are six safari tours or walkable zoos in the Central Texas area. Some require advance reservations.
    Austin Zoo: 10808 Rawhide Trail, AustinCapital of Texas Zoo: 376 Jenkins Road, Cedar CreekExotic Resort Zoo: 5 Zoo Trail, Johnson CityNatural Bridge Wildlife Ran
  • Driver dies after crashing into concrete column on MoPac in north Austin

    Driver dies after crashing into concrete column on MoPac in north Austin
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man died Wednesday evening after crashing into a concrete column on MoPac in north Austin, the Austin Police Department said.
    APD said the driver was Jackson Coulter, 21.
    The crash took place around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday in the 13500 block of N. MoPac northbound just south of Howard Lane.
    APD said Coulter crashed into the column at a toll booth. He died on while being taken to the hospital.
    Anyone with information about this crash can call the Highway Investigation Tip Line
  • Crash shuts down SH 195 near Florence

    Crash shuts down SH 195 near Florence
    FLORENCE, Texas (KXAN) — The Texas Department of Public Safety shut down State Highway 195 southeast of Florence Friday morning while it investigated a crash.
    According to DPS, the crash involved two vehicles and happened near the intersection of County Road 240, which is three miles southeast of Florence.
    DPS was told about the crash at 2:40 a.m.
    It said SH 195 should reopen by 6 a.m. Friday.
  • Uncomfortable heat and humidity 4th of July weekend

    Uncomfortable heat and humidity 4th of July weekend
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A few spotty showers to close out the work week, but focus turns to heat and humidity for the holiday weekend.A handful of isolated showers are possible this afternoon courtesy of a coastal low scooting east of the area. The forecast calls for a 20% chance of showers in the Hill Country (courtesy of naturally-induced lift via elevation changes) and the far eastern counties (due to proximity to the coastal low)... but likely leaving the Austin-metro sandwiched in between und
  • APD: Person shot, wounded on 6th Street

    APD: Person shot, wounded on 6th Street
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Police are investigating how a person who was shot and wounded on Sixth Street Friday morning ended up in north Austin.
    Police said at 2:10 a.m. they responded to call of someone being shot on East Sixth Street between Sabine Street and the southbound Interstate 35 Frontage Road.
    APD said it later found the person on Parmer Lane in north Austin. Police do not know how the person got from East Sixth to Parmer. APD said the person was taken by ambulance to the hospital
  • Family, pets displaced after central Austin duplex fire

    Family, pets displaced after central Austin duplex fire
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Fire said a family and their pets are without a home after their central Austin duplex burned Thursday night.Fire crews said two parents, three kids, a dog and a lizard are safe and unharmed after the fire on Bullard Drive in the Allendale neighborhood.
    AFD was called out around 9:15 p.m. Crews were able to bring the fire under control by 10:15 p.m.
    AFD told KXAN it did not know where the fire started. It is investigating what caused the fire.
    The duplex is located a
  • 'Individuals have the right to seek asylum': Advocates celebrate Supreme Court ruling on Trump-era policy

    'Individuals have the right to seek asylum': Advocates celebrate Supreme Court ruling on Trump-era policy
    AUSTIN (NEXSTAR) — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday the Biden administration can end a Trump-era immigration policy that was at the center of efforts to deter asylum-seekers, forcing some to wait in Mexico. Two conservative justices joined their three liberal colleagues in siding with the White House.
    The justices’ decision came in a case involving former President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, formally known as Migrant Protection Protocol
  • AUS expecting thousands of travelers July 4th weekend, should you expect delays?

    AUS expecting thousands of travelers July 4th weekend, should you expect delays?
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Long lines at the airport are nothing new, but as more people take to the skies this summer, those lines could get even longer."People want to get out, people haven't traveled in a while, so we have seen a pint up demand for air travel," said Bailey Grimmett with AUS.With the Fourth of July weekend set to start, thousands of people will head to the Austin Airport. While it is a busy holiday weekend, airport officals said more people are traveling this summer.Over the last f
  • Officials ask people to be 'lake wise' this weekend

    Officials ask people to be 'lake wise' this weekend
    TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) – This weekend, members of the Travis County Sheriff's Office and the Lower Colorado River Authority are handing out informational materials about Lake Travis and the dangers underneath.With the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, county officials are putting forth new efforts to keep people safe in the water by trying to catch them before going in. This effort is a part of the new “Be Lake Wise” campaign.“Lake Travis is very unique, and because o
  • Texas rural areas severely lacking mental health practitioners, board says

    Texas rural areas severely lacking mental health practitioners, board says
    AUSTIN (Nexstar) — Texas needs more mental health practitioners — especially in more rural areas like Uvalde.According to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (TSBEP), about 170 counties have one or no psychologists. TSBEP is the licensing agency for mental health practitioners.
    At the State Capitol Thursday, TSBEP held a special meeting to look at whether changing some state rules could help -- updating rules are within the agency's purview.One idea is to allow school
  • City program helps save lives with pre-hospital blood transfusions

    City program helps save lives with pre-hospital blood transfusions
    AUSTIN (KXAN) – The City of Austin shared an update on a pilot program made to help save lives with pre-hospital blood transfusions. The program has been in place for six months.According to officials, the program enabled paramedics to provide blood transfusions to patients who were hemorrhaging blood before they reach the hospital.Austin-Travis County EMS, the Office of the Chief Medical Officer and We Are Blood, a local blood bank, launched the program in December 2021. According to the
  • Hottest June on record ends as we eye the hottest months of summer still to come

    Hottest June on record ends as we eye the hottest months of summer still to come
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The hottest June in Austin record-keeping history came to an end Thursday with near-record heat approaching 100 degrees. This hottest June in Austin history comes after our hottest May and hottest December, all within the last 12 months.Hottest June in Austin historyWe've been watching a tropical low for the last few days and unfortunately the newest forecast data continues to push this disturbance (and all the heavy rain associated with it) east of our area, resulting in l
  • 'The Fourth Grade Project': What's on the minds of young Texans

    'The Fourth Grade Project': What's on the minds of young Texans
    This story is part of a KXAN series of reports called "Stop Mass Shootings," providing context and exploring solutions surrounding gun violence in the wake of the deadly Uvalde school shooting. We want our reports to be a resource for Texans, as well as for lawmakers who are convening a month after the events in Uvalde to discuss how the state should move forward. Explore all "Stop Mass Shootings" stories by clicking here.AUSTIN (KXAN) -- It is summer, but school is still in session fo
  • Austin's Best Places to Work in 2022

    Austin's Best Places to Work in 2022
    AUSTIN (ABJ) -- Austin's Best Places to Work in 2022 have been ranked and revealed at the annual celebration luncheon — this time with a space theme at the new Moody Center.More than 600 employees across 70 winning companies dressed up in space-age suits and came to celebrate their status — which can be a big feather in the cap of any executive trying to hire and retain top talent during the Great Resignation.The winners were categorized by size.Check out the list and read the full s
  • Austin-area senior care facility sued after March sexual assault incident

    Austin-area senior care facility sued after March sexual assault incident
    TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) – A lawsuit was filed against an Austin-area senior living and memory care facility Tuesday after an employee was seen on a Ring security camera video in March sexually assaulting an elderly patient with Alzheimer's and related dementia.The Auberge at Bee Cave is being sued by the husband of the woman assaulted -- both individually and on behalf of his wife, according to the lawsuit. PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Police: Ring camera catches sex assault at Austin-area senio
  • Detectives investigating suspicious death near Jonestown

    Detectives investigating suspicious death near Jonestown
    TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Travis County sheriff deputies are investigating a suspicious death after a man was found unresponsive on Tuesday.Deputies responded to the 11200 block of Beach Road, near Jonestown, around 3:30 p.m. after a 911 caller reported a man was overdosing.When they arrived, deputies found Kevin Clevish, 39, unresponsive. Despite efforts by deputies and medics with Austin-Travis County EMS, Clevish was unable to be resuscitated, and he was pronounced dead at 4:10 p.m.
  • Police looking for two suspects after Home Depot robbery

    Police looking for two suspects after Home Depot robbery
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police are searching for two suspects they say robbed a Home Depot in southeast Austin earlier this month.Police say the robbery happened around 7:50 a.m. June 21, at the intersection of I-35 and Slaughter Lane.According to police, one of the suspects approached a female store employee at the self-checkout to distract her by handing her money. The suspects approached the exit door where she was standing and hit her with items they had allegedly stolen from the store.
  • ACC fashion, computer programing & anthropology students unite to study Austin flooding

    ACC fashion, computer programing & anthropology students unite to study Austin flooding
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Community College turned to some unique citizen scientists in a recent project examining flooding in Central Texas: fashion, UX design and anthropology majors. The project is part of the school's Citizen Science Undergraduate Research Experience and is funded by National Science Foundation.As part of the project, the students discovered some startling facts about who's prepared for flooding, who is most impacted and how flooding impacts Barton Creek and Barton Spring
  • State of Texas: Searching for solutions after Uvalde mass shooting

    State of Texas: Searching for solutions after Uvalde mass shooting
    This story is part of a series of reports called “Stop Mass Shootings,” providing context and exploring solutions surrounding gun violence in the wake of the deadly Uvalde school shooting. We want our reports to be a resource for Texans, as well as for lawmakers who are holding hearings after the events in Uvalde to discuss how the state should move forward. Explore all “Stop Mass Shootings” stories by clicking here.
    AUSTIN (Nexstar) - After a gunman murdered 19
  • LIVE State of Texas: Searching for solutions after Uvalde mass shooting

    LIVE State of Texas: Searching for solutions after Uvalde mass shooting
    This story is part of a series of reports called “Stop Mass Shootings,” providing context and exploring solutions surrounding gun violence in the wake of the deadly Uvalde school shooting. We want our reports to be a resource for Texans, as well as for lawmakers who are holding hearings after the events in Uvalde to discuss how the state should move forward. Explore all “Stop Mass Shootings” stories by clicking here.
    AUSTIN (Nexstar) - After a gunman murdered 19
  • Hamilton Pool could reopen to swimmers soon, pending test results

    Hamilton Pool could reopen to swimmers soon, pending test results
    TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Hamilton Pool could reopen for swimming as soon as this weekend, as results for recent bacteria testing are expected to come back Thursday or Friday, according to Travis County.A county spokesperson said the pool portion of the preserve had reopened in May but closed again due to high bacteria levels.
    Last summer, the pool also closed to swimmers, because the February 2021 winter storm caused rocks to fall from the cliffs into the pool. The stretch of the trai
  • Post-Roe, what other 14th Amendment cases could be revisited?

    Post-Roe, what other 14th Amendment cases could be revisited?
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Less than a week after the Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling protecting federal abortion access, attention has turned to which potential rulings could be revisited next.While Roe focused specifically on federally protected abortion access, one Supreme Court justice voiced his support of reanalyzing other landmark rulings. In a concurring opinion written by Justice Clarence Thomas, he invited future revisits to Griswold v. Connecticut, Lawrence v. Texa
  • University of Texas System approves $16.5M for student mental health services

    University of Texas System approves $16.5M for student mental health services
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The University of Texas System on Tuesday dedicated $16.5 million over the next five years for student mental health support and alcohol education.
    Programs for mental health and student safety and alcohol-related initiatives have been overseen by the University of Texas at Austin. During the board vote Tuesday, Chancellor James B. Milliken said the university has "tremendous capacity" in this area, and the programs have grown to benefit students across the University of Te
  • Headed to Bull Creek? Car break-ins are on the rise this year

    Headed to Bull Creek? Car break-ins are on the rise this year
    AUSTIN (KXAN) -- A popular Austin waterhole is also becoming popular with criminals.
    There have been more burglary and theft calls at Bull Creek this year than in all of 2019, 2020, or 2021, according to 311 data.Theft is unlawfully taking someone's property. Burglary is when someone enters a private habitation with the intention of committing a felony, theft, or assault, according to Texas law.
    Kristy Jenkins experienced it first-hand about a week ago.
    "Not 10 minutes after we parked, put some
  • APD searching for vehicle involved in deadly hit and run

    APD searching for vehicle involved in deadly hit and run
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police are asking for the public's help in locating a vehicle and driver involved in a deadly hit and run crash.The crash happened shortly before midnight June 25 on the northbound Interstate 35 service road, just north of Slaughter Lane. MAP: Where have Austin’s fatal crashes occurred in 2022?Police say a pedestrian was hit and killed. The pedestrian, described as a white male, has not been identified by police.Police believe the vehicle involved was a 2017-20
  • What you need to know about 4th of July travel as COVID-19 cases trend upward

    What you need to know about 4th of July travel as COVID-19 cases trend upward
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — COVID-19 metrics, including hospitalizations, are starting to trend upward again in Austin-Travis County. The local health authority attributed the uptick to the BA.4 and BA.5 offshoots of the omicron variant in a Travis County commissioners court meeting Tuesday.The increase in cases comes as many prepare to travel over the Fourth of July holiday. Health leaders warn against traveling if you're sick or have been around someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
    The
  • Kaitlin Armstrong captured in Costa Rica, officials say she used a phony passport

    Kaitlin Armstrong captured in Costa Rica, officials say she used a phony passport
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Kaitlin Armstrong, the woman accused of killing cyclist Moriah Wilson, was captured at a Costa Rica hostel Wednesday, over a month after the murder.
    U.S. Marshals said it worked with Homeland Security and authorities in Costa Rica to find her at the hostel on Santa Teresa Beach, which borders to Pacific Ocean. She will be deported and returned to the U.S.
    Investigators found Armstrong, 34, used a phony passport on May 18 to board a United Airlines flight from Newark, New Je
  • Monkeypox in Texas: State health officials say 12 cases found

    Monkeypox in Texas: State health officials say 12 cases found
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — After testing, state health officials said at least 12 monkeypox cases were found in Texas so far. Some of those patients haven't traveled outside of the state recently.The Texas Department of State Health Services said Thursday while the first cases were patients who traveled internationally, at least three patients reported they didn't travel in the three weeks before getting sick. That means they were likely exposed to the virus in the state.On Tuesday, Austin Public Hea
  • TxDMV fights paper tag fraud with fingerprinting

    TxDMV fights paper tag fraud with fingerprinting
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — All Texas car dealers, or those hoping to become one, will have to be fingerprinted, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles decided Thursday.In an 8-1 vote, the TxDMV approved the fingerprint requirement. The measure comes in response to widespread fraud tied to temporary paper license plates, which KXAN has investigated.Existing car dealers will have to submit fingerprints when their licenses are renewed, which is every two years. New applicants will be required to pay the

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