• Many Americans flying for holiday despite CDC pleas

    Many Americans flying for holiday despite CDC pleas
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Millions of Americans bought tickets to fly somewhere for Thanksgiving before the nation's top public health agency pleaded with them not to travel for the holiday.So what are they doing now? In many cases, they're still crowding airports and boarding planes. That's despite relatively lenient cancellation policies that major airlines have implemented since the coronavirus pandemic emerged earlier this year.“Consumers should feel comfortable changing their plan
  • Stimulus checks? Here's a breakdown of what's in the $908 billion bipartisan economic plan

    Stimulus checks? Here's a breakdown of what's in the $908 billion bipartisan economic plan
    WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — President-elect Joe Biden has joined other top Democrats to back the $908 billion bipartisan COVID-19 relief effort announced this week.
    The plan introduced by "The Problem Solvers Caucus," a group of 25 Democrats and 25 Republicans in both the U.S. Senate and House, splits the more than $900 billion to 15 different areas.
    A majority goes to three areas:
    $288 billion for small businesses, including more fund for the Paycheck Protection Program$180 billion for
  • Friends of Wilco teen who died 2 years ago Thursday want everyone to #LoveLikeMyles

    Friends of Wilco teen who died 2 years ago Thursday want everyone to #LoveLikeMyles
    WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Friends of a 17-year-old Williamson County boy who died tragically in a car crash two years ago are carrying on his spirit by asking people Thursday to #LoveLikeMyles.It's a social media based campaign similar to the "Ice Bucket Challenge," which raised money and awareness for ALS, but in its second year, this challenge asks people to show kindness, like how Myles Hutcheson did to everyone he met before his untimely death.KXAN first reported on the challen
  • Animal bites, seriously injures person at Carole Baskin's Big Cat Rescue in Tampa

    Animal bites, seriously injures person at Carole Baskin's Big Cat Rescue in Tampa
    TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) - One person was bitten by an animal during an incident at Tampa's Big Cat Rescue Thursday morning, Hillsborough fire officials said.
    The incident happened around 8:30 a.m. at the park located at 12802 Easy Street in Tampa, according to fire officials.Hillsborough County Fire Rescue officials have not released any specific information about the bite victim, citing HIPAA regulations."We treated the injury on scene and transported them to a local hospital. We would classify the
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  • Man's wife sells his PlayStation 5 after she discovers he lied and said it was an air purifier

    Man's wife sells his PlayStation 5 after she discovers he lied and said it was an air purifier
    (NewsNation Now) — A Taiwanese man was lucky enough to score the newest Playstation 5, but his time with the device was short-lived because his wife sold the console when she found out it wasn't an air purifier like he'd told her.The buyer, Jin Wu, shared the experience on Facebook. Wu said he arranged to meet up with the seller in person and even called to verify the purchase, but was met by a female voice, who he said didn't sound like she was much of a gamer. Pennsylvania
  • Obama, Bush, Clinton volunteer to receive coronavirus vaccine on camera

    Obama, Bush, Clinton volunteer to receive coronavirus vaccine on camera
    TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) -- Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have all volunteered to get their COVID-19 vaccines on camera in an effort to boost public confidence in the vaccine's safety, CNN reported Wednesday.In an interview with SiriusXM that's set to air Thursday, Obama said that he would have no worries about taking the vaccine if it's approved and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, deems it safe.
    "People like Anthony Fauci, who I k
  • COVID-19 vaccine virtual town hall featuring APH officials at 12 p.m.

    COVID-19 vaccine virtual town hall featuring APH officials at 12 p.m.
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A virtual town hall featuring Austin Public Health officials is set for 12 p.m. Thursday.The town hall on the new COVID-19 vaccines will feature APH Director Stephanie Hayden and Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott. It's sponsored by the Travis County Medical Society and University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School.Hayden and Escott will discuss "preparation for the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in Austin and Travis County, including coordination among health care
  • TxDOT proposes elevated HOV lanes along south I-35 near SH 71

    TxDOT proposes elevated HOV lanes along south I-35 near SH 71
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — TxDOT is looking to improve a busy section of Interstate 35 to make more room for drivers.
    Officials are proposing changes to the south Austin section of the congested highway from State Highway 71 and Ben White Boulevard to State Highway 45 Southeast near Buda.It's part of the transportation agency's I-35 Capital Express Program. Wednesday, transportation officials will launch a virtual presentation to hear from the public.TxDOT officials are proposing high-occupancy vehic
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  • Leander ISD hopes company specializing in recruiting, hiring subs can help fill void

    Leander ISD hopes company specializing in recruiting, hiring subs can help fill void
    LEANDER, Texas (KXAN) —Substitute teachers are needed more than ever across Central Texas, but many districts are struggling to fill those positions."You don't ever have enough substitute teachers," said John West with Leander ISD's HR Supports Services. "Ideally we would like to be at 1,000 subs throughout the year."West says because of the pandemic those numbers are not where they need to be. Right now, they have about 700 substitute teachers in their sub pool, but only about 375 of thos
  • Programs for struggling businesses, homeless case management changes on tap at Austin City Council

    Programs for struggling businesses, homeless case management changes on tap at Austin City Council
    AUSTIN (KXAN) - Here are some items to note ahead of the Austin City Council meeting Thursday:More on programs for struggling businesses:Council is expected to adopt enhanced guidelines for grant programs that benefit live music venues and legacy businesses. The Austin Legacy Business Relief Grant is a $5 million program to help support Austin-based live music venues impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Austin Live Music Venue Preservation Fund offers $5 million to help support impacted Austin
  • NASA: Mystery object is 54-year-old rocket, not asteroid

    NASA: Mystery object is 54-year-old rocket, not asteroid
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A mysterious object temporarily orbiting Earth is a 54-year-old rocket, not an asteroid after all, astronomers confirmed Wednesday.Observations by a telescope in Hawaii clinched its identity, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.The object was classified as an asteroid after its discovery in September. But NASA’s top asteroid expert, Paul Chodas, quickly suspected it was the Centaur upper rocket stage from Surveyor 2, a fai
  • TxTag customers hope upgrade eliminates billing issues

    TxTag customers hope upgrade eliminates billing issues
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — It isn’t a new story: TxTag customers claiming to get another driver’s bill.“It’s been painful,” said Derek LaFitte, who moved from Austin to Colorado two years ago.LaFitte says he continues to get another driver’s toll charges after a car dealer mixed up his and another driver’s license plates before he moved. He says the plates he was supposed to get are now registered as lost or stolen.Meanwhile, LaFitte says he has been trying t
  • If you received a PPP loan, you may be hit with an unexpected tax bill

    If you received a PPP loan, you may be hit with an unexpected tax bill
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — There's mounting concern that a federal loan meant to be a lifeline for small businesses during the pandemic will end up becoming a tax problem for those it was supposed to help.In late November, the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service issued a release, saying because proceeds from a forgiven PPP loan are not taxed, the expenses are not deductible.
    That means things like payroll and rent, says Austin tax accountant George Dimov, owner of Dimov Tax Speciali
  • 'Christmas Star' to light up December sky for first time in 800 years

    'Christmas Star' to light up December sky for first time in 800 years
    (WJW) — On Dec. 21, humans can witness something not seen in nearly 800 years.
    That's right, during the upcoming winter solstice, Jupiter and Saturn will line up to create what is known as the "Christmas Star" or "Star of Bethlehem."NASA discovers water on the sunlit surface of MoonThese two planets haven't appeared this (relatively) close together from Earth's vantage point since the Middle Ages.“Alignments between these two planets are rather rare, occurring once every 20 years or
  • Oreo releases new Lady Gaga-themed cookies

    Oreo releases new Lady Gaga-themed cookies
    (NewsNation Now) — If you are one of Lady Gaga's "Little Monsters" you'll love the new bright-colored Oreos dropping soon.
    Oreo has teamed up with the Grammy Award-winning music artist and actress to create cookies inspired by her latest album, "Chromatica."Oreo debuts rainbow cookies in support of LGBTQ+ community
    The new cookie features a golden Oreo with a pink-orange hue and is stuffed with green creme. Topping it off is etched designs influenced by "Chromatica."Lady Gaga posted a vide
  • Man reaches through open window, grabs sleeping 14-year-old

    Man reaches through open window, grabs sleeping 14-year-old
    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WGHP) -- A Winston-Salem family no longer feels safe after a man reached through an open window and grabbed a sleeping 14-year-old in the middle of the night."He’s still out here and he could be doing that to somebody else and next time it could be a smaller child,” said Tanisha Washington, the teen's mother. “It takes away your feeling of safety in your own home."It happened around 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 28. According to Winston-Salem police, the suspect used a
  • Kinder Morgan sends City of Kyle $1.3M for first payment in settlement

    Kinder Morgan sends City of Kyle $1.3M for first payment in settlement
    KYLE, Texas (KXAN) — Kinder Morgan, the company involved with the Permian Highway Pipeline Project, made its first of two settlement payments to the City of Kyle Tuesday.
    The city announced in a press release that Kyle City Council accepted the first payment of $1.375 million from the company for the 2019 settlement agreement between the city and pipeline project.
    In October 2019, city council worked with Kinder to create guidelines to provide protections to the city that would not otherwi
  • Austin police search for man accused of slicing victim's face with machete

    Austin police search for man accused of slicing victim's face with machete
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department is asking for help in finding a man accused of slicing someone's face with a machete in November.
    Police said it happened on Nov. 14 around 3 p.m. at a gas station in the 7200 block of North Interstate 35. That's in north Austin.
    Officers said the man was involved in a verbal fight with the victim outside the gas station. Around 30 minutes after the encounter, the man returned with a machete and reportedly sliced the victim's face, according to
  • Naked stranger, feces-covered walls found inside Nashville home

    Naked stranger, feces-covered walls found inside Nashville home
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A man living at a home in Hillsboro-West End returned after several days to find a naked man inside, the walls covered in feces and rotting food all over the floor, a police report states.Metro police were called to a reported burglary Tuesday afternoon at a residence on Essex Place, which is off Interstate 440 just south of Vanderbilt University.Officers arrived and found the back door of the home open. Once inside, they said they located a naked man, identified
  • Towns near Big Bend notice spike in tourists, then COVID-19; warn future visitors about strained resources

    Towns near Big Bend notice spike in tourists, then COVID-19; warn future visitors about strained resources
    AUSTIN (Nexstar) — Out in West Texas, tourism destinations are becoming COVID-19 infection hotspots.
    The counties surrounding Big Bend National Park have nearly 700 active cases, which may not sound significant, until you look at the population.
    Per capita, the rate of active cases in Brewster and Presidio Counties are comparable to the COVID-19 active case rate in El Paso, the worst hot spot in the state right now.Locals are pointing to an influx in tourists in recent weeks, which busines
  • Cyberattacks surging as COVID-19 pandemic continues

    Cyberattacks surging as COVID-19 pandemic continues
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nexstar) — Recent reports show cyberattacks have surged since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cybercriminals target the average household 104 times per month, according to Comcast.On Wednesday, senators took a look at how they can help communities fend off these attacks. Brandon Wales with the Department of Homeland Security says no one is safe.“We have seen malicious cyber actors targeting vaccine research and development, exploiting the dramatic expansion
  • Woman dies nearly a week after being hit by car in east Austin

    Woman dies nearly a week after being hit by car in east Austin
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A woman died six days after being hit by a car on Airport Boulevard in mid-November, according to the Austin Police Department.
    APD said the accident happened Nov. 13 at around 10:05 p.m. near 1100 Airport Boulevard. That's at the intersection with Springdale Road in east Austin.
    Initial findings show a black, 2014 Chevy Impala was going southbound toward Goodwin Avenue when the car hit the woman in a part of the road that wasn't designated for pedestrians, APD said. The Im
  • State report finds regulation of Texas law enforcement is 'toothless'

    State report finds regulation of Texas law enforcement is 'toothless'
    AUSTIN (Nexstar) — A state report released during the review of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement found that the state's regulation of law enforcement is "by and large, toothless."The report, compiled as part of TCOLE's legislative review by the Sunset Advisory Commission, indicated the commission has limited authority to set or enforce anything except minimum license standards of professional conduct, which the review stated are outdated and insufficient."The Sunset review found the
  • Austin Mayor Steve Adler says he regrets traveling to Mexico while urging residents to stay home

    Austin Mayor Steve Adler says he regrets traveling to Mexico while urging residents to stay home
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Mayor Steve Adler told KXAN he regrets traveling to Mexico with his family earlier this month as he urged residents to stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19.Adler issued a statement in response to a report by the Austin American-Statesman that he attended an outdoor wedding for his daughter on Nov. 8 and then traveled by private plane to the family's timeshare in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with seven other family members."I regret this travel. I wouldn’t travel
  • San Marcos police searches for man who robbed gas station while wielding a lug wrench

    San Marcos police searches for man who robbed gas station while wielding a lug wrench
    SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — Police in San Marcos are asking for help identifying the suspect in an aggravated robbery at a gas station on Sunday morning.Surveillance footage of the suspect (SMPD)The San Marcos Police Department says around 12:29 a.m. Nov. 29, an unidentified man walked into the Sunoco located at 1200 Highway 80 wielding what appeared on surveillance footage as a stainless steel lug wrench.The man can be seen jumping the cashier's counter and ordering the clerk to open the r
  • Without deadline extension, Williamson County could lose $20M in CARES Act funds

    Without deadline extension, Williamson County could lose $20M in CARES Act funds
    WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — With a deadline looming just four weeks away, Williamson County officials say they could lose up to $20 million in coronavirus relief money that must be spent by the end of the year or returned, if they don’t receive an extension.Williamson County received $93,382,340 through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Aid, commonly called the CARES Act.
    "We're not going to spend money just to spend it. We're going to spend it on things that a
  • Without deadline extension, Williamson County could lose $20 million in CARES Act funds

    Without deadline extension, Williamson County could lose $20 million in CARES Act funds
    WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — With a deadline looming just four weeks away, Williamson County officials say they could lose up to $20 million in coronavirus relief money that must be spent by the end of the year or returned, if they don’t receive an extension.Williamson County received $93,382,340 through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Aid, commonly called the CARES Act.
    "We're not going to spend money just to spend it. We're going to spend it on things that a
  • COVID-19 vaccines to start arriving in Texas in less than 2 weeks, Gov. Abbott says

    COVID-19 vaccines to start arriving in Texas in less than 2 weeks, Gov. Abbott says
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — On Wednesday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Texas is expected to receive its first allotment of more than 1.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in less than two weeks.The vaccines should start arriving in the state the week of Dec. 14, according to Abbott's office. The doses will then be distributed to providers statewide, who will give the shots based on the state's vaccine distribution guidelines.
    More allotments may be made later on this month, Abbott's office said, and in
  • Man accused of randomly shooting 2 people in the head at north Austin gas station

    Man accused of randomly shooting 2 people in the head at north Austin gas station
    AUSTIN (KXAN) —A 27-year-old man has been charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault in connection to what police describe was a "random" shooting of two men at a north Austin gas station Monday night.According to police, an officer responded to the Mobil Gas Station located 700 block of East St. Johns Avenue near Interstate 35. Man arrested after shooting at gas station on St. Johns Avenue near Interstate 35The officer says he found both victims with gunshot wounds to the head.
  • Trump threatens to veto defense bill unless it ends protections for social media companies

    Trump threatens to veto defense bill unless it ends protections for social media companies
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is threatening to veto a defense policy bill unless it ends protections for internet companies that shield them from being held liable for material posted by their users.On Twitter Tuesday night, Trump took aim at Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which protects companies that can host trillions of messages from being sued into oblivion by anyone who feels wronged by something someone else has posted — whether their complaint

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