• Suspect stole dog, scammed owner, Round Rock police say

    Suspect stole dog, scammed owner, Round Rock police say
    ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Round Rock police are searching for a missing dachshund named Strudel who they say was stolen and then used in a scam against the owner.Police say the 6 month-old, golden haired pup got away from its owner on Dec. 30 at the PetSmart near Interstate 35 and State Highway 45. It ended up with an "unknown suspect" who then used a fake phone number to contact the owner.The suspect persuaded Strudel's owner to Venmo them money, but never returned the dog, police said.A
  • Help wanted: AISD needs people to work in several areas, hosting job fair

    Help wanted: AISD needs people to work in several areas, hosting job fair
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — As the pandemic continues on, Austin Independent School District is still having trouble filling certain positions."Yes, we are still looking for subs," said Eddie Villa, AISD spokesperson. "I am filling in, our superintendent is filling in." Austin ISD communications team, superintendent filling in as substitute teachersSo what does it take to get new substitutes on board and ready to cover classes?"The process to actually start teaching and subbing and being in a classroo
  • Downtown Kyle bar destroyed by fire early Thursday

    Downtown Kyle bar destroyed by fire early Thursday
    KYLE, Texas (KXAN) — A downtown Kyle bar was destroyed by a fire early Thursday morning.KXAN's photographer at the scene spoke with people who live nearby and work at Papa Jack's, a bar on Center Street in Kyle."We got some tweets and snaps that Papa Jack's was on fire, and we didn't believe it," said Dana Davila. She works at Papa Jack's and said she closed the bar Wednesday night. "I hurried up and got dressed ... and we've been watching this monster of a fire destroy our jobs."Papa Jack
  • Potential new Austin project earns Willie Nelson's endorsement but not some neighbors'

    Potential new Austin project earns Willie Nelson's endorsement but not some neighbors'
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The stage is set for a possible comeback of an iconic Austin music venue, the Austin Opera House. But the possibility isn't receiving a standing ovation.
    New rules were placed on the property since it last operated as a music venue, so the new owners need city council members to change that zoning before moving forward."We are asking for the removal of a zoning overlay that was placed on the property in 1986 that doesn't allow for any additional development on this site," s
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  • Austin ISD taking ideas on how to reuse former Pease Elementary

    Austin ISD taking ideas on how to reuse former Pease Elementary
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Independent School District wants to hear from parents how the district can repurpose the former Pease Elementary School.
    AISD shut down the school in 2020. Now, the district is holding a few virtual feedback sessions through early March to discuss how to reuse the space with community members.
    The first session took place Wednesday night from 6 to 7 p.m.
    The next virtual meetings are Feb. 15 and March 3 — both starting at 6 p.m. You must register first usi
  • 38-year-old Texas woman missing, may be in danger

    38-year-old Texas woman missing, may be in danger
    TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — The Travis County Sheriff's Office is searching for a 38-year-old who's health and safety may be at risk.
    A CLEAR Alert has been issued for Camerina Trujilo Perez. Perez has black hair, brown eyes, stands 5-foot, 5-inches tall and weighs 130 lbs.She was last seen around 5 a.m. Tuesday in the 21400 block of Derby Day Avenue in Pflugerville in a blue 2014 Chevrolet Sonic with Texas license plat FZH-0400, TCSO says.Police are looking for Luis Montes in connection
  • Taylor ISD superintendent offers teaching scholarships from own salary

    Taylor ISD superintendent offers teaching scholarships from own salary
    TAYLOR, Texas (KXAN) — The Taylor ISD superintendent is paying it forward to his students after announcing he's received a contract extension from the Taylor school board.Superintendent Devin Padavil wrote on Twitter Tuesday he is offering scholarships, out of his own salary, of $1,000 and $500 to two seniors who pursue teaching or any field of service in college. Pflugerville ISD mulls consequences for teachers who resign mid-yearPadavil said the gesture was inspired by his senior English
  • Man wanted for deadly 6th Street stabbing arrested by US Marshals

    Man wanted for deadly 6th Street stabbing arrested by US Marshals
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man was arrested by the U.S. Marshals following the deadly stabbing of a 33-year-old man in downtown Austin.
    The U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force said it arrested Donald Carrillo, 24, in the 2200 block of W. William Cannon Drive on Tuesday. He was wanted for the Jan. 23 murder of Michael O'Brien.Previous coverage: APD identifies man killed in downtown stabbing SaturdayAccording to Austin Police, witnesses said that Carrillo and O'Brien were fighting in an alley
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  • Wanted man accused of sexually assaulting child arrested in San Marcos

    Wanted man accused of sexually assaulting child arrested in San Marcos
    SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — One of Hays County’s most wanted suspects was arrested at a home in San Marcos on Tuesday evening.The Hays County Sheriff’s Office says Robert Bernal, 58, has been taken into custody at the Hays County Jail.Bernal was wanted on a warrant for aggravated sexual assault of a child, and the sheriff’s office said he was on their most wanted list.The alleged assault happened in March 2020, according to the jail’s website.Bernal is being held in
  • Austin brewery launches special beer to help stop anti-Asian hate crime

    Austin brewery launches special beer to help stop anti-Asian hate crime
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — When a man shot and killed eight people in an anti-Asian attack in Georgia last year, Chris Gomez was shaken up.“The first thing I thought of was my older Asian mother,” he said. “She could be susceptible to hate crime.”The murders were the most shocking example of a disturbing trend amid the COVID-19 pandemic – a spike in hate crimes against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in the U.S.Fortunately, Gomez’ mother ha
  • Texas Congressman Tony Gonzales calls for cyber actions against Russia

    Texas Congressman Tony Gonzales calls for cyber actions against Russia
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nexstar) — Texas Congressman Tony Gonzales suggested the United States should take cyber actions against Russia, in an interview with Washington Post Live on Wednesday.
    Gonzales, a former Navy cryptologist, told Washington Post reporter Marianna Sotomayor such action against Russia would be "a small taste of what could happen if you go into Ukraine.”“One thing in particular that I think we haven’t used is cyber. This is an instrument in our toolbox that
  • Taylor has annexed 1,200-plus acres for Samsung site

    Taylor has annexed 1,200-plus acres for Samsung site
    TAYLOR, Texas (Austin Business Journal) — The massive plot of land in Taylor that is set to become Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s $17 billion chipmaking plant is now officially inside city limits, potentially adding more than $50 million to the city's general fund over the next three decades.The city of Taylor in mid-January annexed 1,268 acres that will be home to the Samsung computer chip plant. Municipal officials have estimated it will add $52 million to the city's general fu
  • Tesla Model Ys already being built at Austin factory, Cybertruck model still in the works

    Tesla Model Ys already being built at Austin factory, Cybertruck model still in the works
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Cybertrucks could be roaming Central Texas roads soon, and one is already being tested at Tesla's new Travis County gigafactory.
    CEO Elon Musk wrote on Twitter Tuesday: "Been driving latest Cybertruck prototype around Giga Texas. It’s awesome!"New name, same problem: Road to Tesla still needs improving as area boomsAccording to a Wednesday update on its quarter four earnings, the Cybertruck is in the development phase and is planned to be made in Travis County along w
  • 'It's awesome!" Elon Musk says he's been testing a Cybertruck prototype at Austin's factory

    'It's awesome!" Elon Musk says he's been testing a Cybertruck prototype at Austin's factory
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Cybertrucks could be roaming Central Texas roads soon, and one is already being tested at Tesla's new Travis County gigafactory.
    CEO Elon Musk wrote on Twitter Tuesday: "Been driving latest Cybertruck prototype around Giga Texas. It’s awesome!"New name, same problem: Road to Tesla still needs improving as area boomsAccording to a Wednesday update on its quarter four earnings, the Cybertruck is in the development phase and is planned to be made in Travis County along w
  • Austin launches film guide of all places movies, TV shows have shot in region

    Austin launches film guide of all places movies, TV shows have shot in region
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — With hundreds of films, television shows and advertisements under Austin's belt, city officials are working to highlight the cinematic magic that's called Austin home for more than 50 years — one pit stop at a time.The city's tourism department and the Austin Film Commission have collaborated on the launch of the Austin Film Tourism Guide, an interactive resource to highlight which locations throughout Central Texas have been featured on TV and silver screens.Currentl
  • State hospital staffing ‘emergency’ looms as record 2,100 wait in jail for treatment

    State hospital staffing ‘emergency’ looms as record 2,100 wait in jail for treatment
    AUSTIN (KXAN) – State mental hospitals are struggling with low staffing, causing hundreds of beds to sit unused and backlogging over 2,100 mentally ill people – a record high – in county jails across Texas for months as they wait for competency restoration treatment, according to records and discussion at a Wednesday meeting of the Joint Committee on Access and Forensic Services.“We need an emergency action plan to address this,” said committee member Jim Allison, g
  • Kobe Bryant crash: Where do lawsuits stand?

    Kobe Bryant crash: Where do lawsuits stand?
    CALABASAS, Calif. (NewsNation Now) — It’s been two years since NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others died in a fiery crash when their helicopter plunged into a Southern California hillside.On Jan. 26, 2020, the group of nine was traveling to a youth basketball tournament when their helicopter crashed into the steep hillside in the dense morning fog just outside Los Angeles, prompting an outpouring of shock and grief from around the world.
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  • Omicron subvariant detected in Texas — what is BA.2?

    Omicron subvariant detected in Texas — what is BA.2?
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Just as COVID-19 case numbers in Austin-Travis County finally seem to have hit their peak, both local and national health leaders are pointing to another possible threat — BA.2, an omicron subvariant that is being called the "stealth variant."
    Austin Public Health confirmed to KXAN at least three cases of the subvariant have been identified by Houston Methodist Hospital. The Texas Department of Health and Human Services has not updated its dashboard since the middle o
  • LIVE: AFD says fire under control at west Austin condo

    LIVE: AFD says fire under control at west Austin condo
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Crews have put out a fire at a condo in west Austin, the fire department said.
    The Austin Fire Department said crews were working to put out a fire at a unit at 6000 Shepherd Mountain Cove Wednesday afternoon.
    Officials tweeted the fire went to a second alarm. A third-floor balcony fire extended into the attic, AFD said.A condo unit at 6000 Shepherd Mountain Cove in west Austin caught fire on Jan. 26, 2022, according to Austin Fire. (KXAN Photo/Andrew Choat)This is a develo
  • Crews work to put out fire at west Austin condo

    Crews work to put out fire at west Austin condo
    AUSTIN (KXAN) -- Crews are working to put out a fire at a condo in west Austin, the fire department said.
    AFD said crews were working to put out a fire at a unit in the 6000 Shepherd Mountain Cove Wednesday afternoon.
    Officials tweeted that the fire went to a second alarm. A third-floor balcony fire extended into the attic, AFD said.This is a developing story, check back for updates.
  • AFD says fire under control at west Austin condo

    AFD says fire under control at west Austin condo
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Crews have put out a fire at a condo in west Austin, the fire department said.
    Assistant Chief Andre De La Reza with the Austin Fire Department said the fire started Wednesday afternoon in a third-floor unit at 6000 Shepherd Mountain Cove. He said crews could see the heavy plume of smoke coming from the condo building well before they arrived on scene.
    De Le Reza said firefighters saw the condo's balcony fully engulfed in flames, which then extended into the attic. They att
  • 19-year-old charged with 2 counts of murder from deadly parking lot shooting

    19-year-old charged with 2 counts of murder from deadly parking lot shooting
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man has been arrested and charged with two counts of murder after a shooting where two died people near an Austin restaurant Sunday, the Austin Police Department said.Police responded to 7522 N. I-35 Service Road southbound near Ojos Locos Sports Cantina on Jan. 23 after a caller said he had been shot. Emergency personnel found two men lying in the parking lot, police said. Second victim dies in overnight deadly shooting in AustinJuan Carlos Villatoro, 26, was pronounced
  • Man charged after selling gun to Texas synagogue hostage-taker

    Man charged after selling gun to Texas synagogue hostage-taker
    Texas (KXAN) -- The man who allegedly sold Malik Faisal Akram the gun used in a hostage situation at a Colleyville, Texas synagogue has been federally charged, the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas announced in a release.
    Henry "Michael" Williams, 32, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Williams has previously been convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and attempted possession of a controlled substance, according to court documents.
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  • Georgetown fire chief's ideas to prevent another pet boarding tragedy

    Georgetown fire chief's ideas to prevent another pet boarding tragedy
    GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — It's been nearly four months since 75 dogs were killed in a fire at the Ponderosa Pet Resort in Georgetown, leaving dozens of grieving families behind. Investigators say there was no staffing at the pet resort overnight at the time, and the facility didn't have a fire suppression system.On Tuesday, Georgetown Fire Department Chief John Sullivan presented recommendations to city council to prevent a situation like this from happening again. PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Cent
  • Leander voters to decide this May on future of CapMetro services within city

    Leander voters to decide this May on future of CapMetro services within city
    LEANDER, Texas (KXAN) — In a 5-2 vote Tuesday night, Leander City Council opted in favor of including an item on the May ballot centered around the future of Capital Metro services within the city. On May 7, voters will decide whether to keep CapMetro as a city partner or withdraw from its contract with the transit provider.Tuesday's vote wasn't the first time the proposed ballot item has been floated by city council. In 2019, the city floated the idea of withdrawing from the transit autho
  • Austin leaders looking to spend up to $46M at the airport — On what?

    Austin leaders looking to spend up to $46M at the airport — On what?
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin's city council on Thursday will consider whether to authorize up to $46 million for improvements to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
    According to city documents, the money would go toward preconstruction and construction services for the Barbara Jordan Terminal project, which would add new aircraft gates to the west end of the terminal, and new gates for travelers arriving to their plane by tarmac bus.Austin airport saw record number of new flights in ’2
  • Are itchy eyes an omicron symptom?

    Are itchy eyes an omicron symptom?
    (NEXSTAR) - Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we've repeatedly been warned about the symptoms of the virus. Having a cough, sore throat, fever, or loss of taste or smell were among the most common.
    But there is a new symptom being reported by those with the omicron variant: itchy eyes.UT models: Austin passed COVID-19 case, hospitalization peaksSome Twitter users have shared their experience with the irritating symptom. One says they experienced "watery itchy eyes" as well as other aller
  • Prescribed burns temporarily halted at Bastrop State Park after Rolling Pines Fire

    Prescribed burns temporarily halted at Bastrop State Park after Rolling Pines Fire
    BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) — For the time being, the state is pressing pause on carrying out any more prescribed burns at the Bastrop State Park after one got out of control there last week, burned more than 800 acres and threatened homes.
    The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TWPD) announced Wednesday that the temporary suspension on prescribed burns also applies to Buescher State Park in Smithville, as the agency shared who will be part of an independent panel to review what happened durin
  • Breyer to retire from Supreme Court: reports

    Breyer to retire from Supreme Court: reports
    (The Hill) – Justice Stephen Breyer is planning to retire from the Supreme Court, according to multiple reports, ending a nearly three-decade career on the bench and clearing the way for Democrats to seat the liberal jurist’s replacement on the 6-3 conservative majority court.The move caps off months of will-he-or-won’t-he speculation and growing calls from the left for the 83-year-old Clinton nominee to make way for a rejuvenated liberal wing and more diver
  • Breyer announces retirement from Supreme Court

    Breyer announces retirement from Supreme Court
    (The Hill) – Justice Stephen Breyer is planning to retire from the Supreme Court, according to multiple reports, ending a nearly three-decade career on the bench and clearing the way for Democrats to seat the liberal jurist’s replacement on the 6-3 conservative majority court.The move caps off months of will-he-or-won’t-he speculation and growing calls from the left for the 83-year-old Clinton nominee to make way for a rejuvenated liberal wing and more diver

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