• WATCH LIVE: UT students mark milestone with virtual graduation

    WATCH LIVE: UT students mark milestone with virtual graduation
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Students at the University of Texas at Austin are getting ready for a very different kind of commencement address.UT’s virtual graduation is set to start at 9 p.m. Saturday. The university-wide ceremony will be shown live on UT’s website.Austinite and Longhorns icon, Matthew McConaughey, already joined in on the celebration as part of the commencement video for UT Moody College of Communications graduates Saturday afternoon.McConaughey, a 1993 Texas graduate fro
  • LIVE UPDATES: NASA astronauts inside SpaceX capsule, preparing for historic launch

    LIVE UPDATES: NASA astronauts inside SpaceX capsule, preparing for historic launch
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (WFLA) – NASA is moving forward with its plan to make a second attempt at a historic launch of the crewed SpaceX Demo-2 mission on Saturday afternoon, despite some iffy weather.The first commercial crewed mission was initially scheduled to take place Wednesday but had to be scrubbed less than 20 minutes before liftoff due to unfavorable weather. Weather is once again a concern for Saturday’s targeted launch of 3:22 p.m. ET.
    As of 12 p.m. ET, NASA gives about a 50
  • Protesters to gather outside APD HQ after nine arrested during overnight demonstration

    Protesters to gather outside APD HQ after nine arrested during overnight demonstration
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Protesters are set to gather outside Austin Police Department’s headquarters on Saturday following a night of anger across the US.Tensions have flared after George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis, sparking riots in some cities across the country.In a video taken moments before Floyd died, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin can be seen kneeling on his neck. Chauvin has been charged with murder and manslaughter.The protest in Austin, which begin
  • Protesters gather outside APD HQ after nine arrested during overnight demonstration

    Protesters gather outside APD HQ after nine arrested during overnight demonstration
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Protesters have gathered outside Austin Police Department’s headquarters on Saturday following a night of anger across the US.Tensions have flared after George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis, sparking riots in some cities across the country.In a video taken moments before Floyd died, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin can be seen kneeling on his neck. Chauvin has been charged with murder and manslaughter.The protest in Austin, which begins at
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  • LIVE: Protesters gather outside APD HQ after nine arrested during overnight demonstration

    LIVE: Protesters gather outside APD HQ after nine arrested during overnight demonstration
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Protesters have gathered outside Austin Police Department’s headquarters on Saturday following a night of anger across the US.Tensions have flared after George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis, sparking riots in some cities across the country.In a video taken moments before Floyd died, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin can be seen kneeling on his neck. Chauvin has been charged with murder and manslaughter.
    RIGHT NOW- Protestors are staged outs
  • UT study shows Austin-area water and wastewater pipes feeding into Bull Creek

    UT study shows Austin-area water and wastewater pipes feeding into Bull Creek
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A new study from the University of Texas at Austin discovered that urbanized areas are seeing the water that flows through Bull Creek can be traced back to municipal sources such as wastewater pipes.
    “That means if you turned off all the leakage and the irrigation, then some urbanized regions of Bull Creek and its tributary channels would lose a large amount of stream flow, more than 50% during non-rainstorm conditions,” said lead a
  • Austin musicians and creative spaces struggling during COVID-19 pandemic to receive City grants

    Austin musicians and creative spaces struggling during COVID-19 pandemic to receive City grants
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two grant programs were announced by Austin’s Economic Development Department that aim to support local creatives, artists and organizations facing financial troubles due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.The two programs are:Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund, a $1.5 million fund that provides $1,000 grants to Austin’s most vulnerable musicians.Austin Creative Space Disaster Relief Fund, a $1 million fund providing grants up to $50,000
  • One person in custody after Alamo Cenotaph vandalized, San Antonio police say

    One person in custody after Alamo Cenotaph vandalized, San Antonio police say
    SAN ANTONIO, Texas (KXAN) — A person is in custody after the Alamo Cenotaph was vandalized Friday night.
    The San Antonio Police Department says that racist remarks were spray painted on the cenotaph, a standing monument to the defenders of the Alamo.
    Texas land commissioner George P. Bush denounced it, calling for the perpetrator’s prosecution.
    Arrows pointing downward, apparently representing the word “down,” were sprayed onto the monument next to the phrases “whit
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  • Photo Gallery: Protests over George Floyd’s death break out across nation

    Photo Gallery: Protests over George Floyd’s death break out across nation
    ATLANTA (AP) — Protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody spread around the United States on Friday, as his case renewed anger over others involving African Americans, police, and race relations.Protests were largely peaceful as demonstrators marched in the streets from Los Angeles to New York, but in Atlanta, demonstrators set a police car ablaze and broke windows at CNN’s headquarters.Protesters used barricades to break police vehicle windshields and jump
  • LIVE: Press conference after protests over George Floyd’s death break out across nation

    LIVE: Press conference after protests over George Floyd’s death break out across nation
    ATLANTA (AP) — Protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody spread around the United States on Friday, as his case renewed anger over others involving African Americans, police, and race relations.Protests were largely peaceful as demonstrators marched in the streets from Los Angeles to New York, but in Atlanta, demonstrators set a police car ablaze and broke windows at CNN’s headquarters.Protesters used barricades to break police vehicle windshields and jump
  • GALLERY: Protests over George Floyd’s death break out across nation

    GALLERY: Protests over George Floyd’s death break out across nation
    ATLANTA (AP) — Protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody spread around the United States on Friday, as his case renewed anger over others involving African Americans, police, and race relations.Protests were largely peaceful as demonstrators marched in the streets from Los Angeles to New York, but in Atlanta, demonstrators set a police car ablaze and broke windows at CNN’s headquarters.Protesters used barricades to break police vehicle windshields and jump
  • Demonstrators arrested overnight at Austin Police headquarters

    Demonstrators gather outside APD headquarters late Friday night (KXAN/Todd Bynam)AUSTIN (KXAN) – Several demonstrators were taken into police custody overnight outside Austin Police headquarters. The demonstration coincides with many others in cities across the country following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Floyd died in police custody on May 25.Dozens showed up in downtown Austin late Friday night. They remained until early Saturday morning. Demonstrators held signs and chant
  • 2 children killed in crash on SH 71 in eastern Travis County

    2 children killed in crash on SH 71 in eastern Travis County
    TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Two children were pronounced dead at the scene of a crash in the 3800 block of State Highway 71 near the 130 toll road in eastern Travis County late Friday night.According to Austin-Travis County EMS, there were six patients involved in the crash: two children, two adults who were taken to the hospital and two patients who refused treatment.The two adults who were transported were declared trauma alerts and had potentially serious, life-threatening serious inj
  • Why aren’t police officers who use lethal force charged sooner? Local law enforcement weigh in

    Why aren’t police officers who use lethal force charged sooner? Local law enforcement weigh in
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Minneapolis police officer was charged just four days after the death of George Floyd.
    Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said the department’s policies and protocols are the reasons why investigations into an officer’s use of lethal force take more time.
    Charges haven’t been filed in the Austin Police Department officer-involved shooting death of Mike Ramos more than a month ago.“We’re all getting that question of why doesn’t it happen t
  • Family fights with HOA over water slide built for immunocompromised son

    Family fights with HOA over water slide built for immunocompromised son
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A family in Round Rock is in a dispute with their homeowner’s association over a pool and water-slide built for their immunocompromised son.Six-year-old Jonah Greene was born with a failing kidney and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and several other health conditions beginning when he was one. Due to his ongoing medical concerns, he is unable to swim in public pools.
    But that doesn’t keep him from jumping in his family’s personal waterpark.“They s
  • Mexico gives US-run factories green light for partial reopening on Monday

    Mexico gives US-run factories green light for partial reopening on Monday
    JUAREZ, Mexico (Border Report) — Mexico begins a gradual economic reopening on Monday, but the state of Chihuahua is observing its own timetable.Chihuahua Gov. Javier Corral addresses the reopening of Mexico’s economy. (photo courtesy State of Chihuahua)On Friday, Chihuahua officials say the state will remain under a “red light” on June 1, meaning people should stay at home except for essential activities.Social distancing and use of facemasks are still required and buse
  • Pool partier tests positive for COVID-19; hundreds potentially exposed

    Pool partier tests positive for COVID-19; hundreds potentially exposed
    CAMDEN COUNTY, Mo. (WDAF) — A positive COVID-19 case has been confirmed after a crowded pool party in the Lake of the Ozarks last weekend.Photos of the pool party at Backwater Jacks went viral, drawing intense backlash from the public, health officials and government leaders.Friday afternoon, the Camden County Health Department was notified that a Boone County, Missouri resident who attended the party tested positive for COVID-19.“The case arrived here on Saturday and developed illne
  • $2.4 million worth of meth hidden in saw machine, CBP says

    $2.4 million worth of meth hidden in saw machine, CBP says
    EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) — Border officers intercepted a load of methamphetamine worth an estimated $2.4 million on Monday at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas.
    Officers were conducting a secondary inspection on a 1999 Ford F-550 carrying a saw machine when a drug-sniffing dog then alerted officers to the presence of narcotics, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release.
    The machine and drugs had a combined weight of 172 pounds, though an exact weight t
  • Parents get relief after Austin-area attractions open Friday

    Parents get relief after Austin-area attractions open Friday
    PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — After months of being cooped up, parents are finally getting a chance to kick-off summer with their children.
    Friday, several more Austin-area family attractions open for business.
    On May 18, the Governor announced that the state had officially entered Phase 2 of reopening, which allowed several businesses to open immediately, including child care facilities and massage parlors. The announcement also allowed bars, bowling alleys and aquariums to reopen at
  • George Strait’s message for Texans: ‘Wear a face mask and stay six feet apart from others’

    George Strait’s message for Texans: ‘Wear a face mask and stay six feet apart from others’
    AUSTIN (KXAN) —Gov. Greg Abbott’s Office and country music superstar George Strait have released a new public service announcement to encourage Texans to practice good COVID-19 pandemic hygiene.FULL COVERAGE: The latest coronavirus news in Austin, Texas, the United States and the world
    The “Write This Down, Take A Little Note” PSA — named after one of Strait’s biggest hits — asks Texans to make sure to wear face masks and stay six feet apart from others
  • Live updates: George Floyd protests grow in cities across the U.S.

    Live updates: George Floyd protests grow in cities across the U.S.
    Protests are forming in cities across the nation Friday in response to the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died while in the custody of four Minneapolis police officers. Earlier in the day, 44-year-old Derek Chauvin, the former officer seen in disturbing video kneeling on Floyd’s neck as he cried out in pain, was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. We will continue to update this story through the evening (all times ET).
    (Warning: Some social
  • Live updates: George Floyd protests grow across the U.S.

    Live updates: George Floyd protests grow across the U.S.
    Protests are forming in cities across the nation Friday in response to the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died while in the custody of four Minneapolis police officers. Earlier in the day, 44-year-old Derek Chauvin, the former officer seen in disturbing video kneeling on Floyd’s neck as he cried out in pain, was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. We will continue to update this story through the evening (all times ET).
    (Warning: Posts may c
  • George Floyd protests grow across the U.S.

    George Floyd protests grow across the U.S.
    ATLANTA (AP) — Demonstrators marched, stopped traffic and in some cases lashed out violently at police as protests erupted Friday in dozens of U.S. cities following the killing of George Floyd after a white officer pressed a knee into his neck while taking him into custody in Minnesota. In Phoenix, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and beyond, thousands of protesters carried signs that said: “He said I can’t breathe. Justice for George.” They chanted ”“No justice
  • Hunt underway for ‘The Gnome’ in wake of attacks on Juarez police

    Hunt underway for ‘The Gnome’ in wake of attacks on Juarez police
    JUAREZ, Mexico (Border Report) — The COVID-19 pandemic has barely slowed down the violence in this border city, where 195 people have been murdered in the past two months.The bloodshed has spiked the past few days with the arrest of leaders of a gang known as La Empresa. Two police officers and nine gang members died in gun battles following the arrests of Jose Dolores Villegas Soto, a.k.a. “El Iraki,” or “The Iraqi,” and other prominent members of the group only i
  • Manhunt: ICE seeks fugitive considered ‘armed and dangerous’

    Manhunt: ICE seeks fugitive considered ‘armed and dangerous’
    EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) — Authorities are asking the public to be on the lookout for an immigrant fugitive wanted in connection with a missing-persons case out of the Seattle area, and officials say the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) teamed up with local law enforcement Thursday in the search for Jorge Omar Alcantara-Gonzalez.Alcantara-Gonzalez is wanted in connection with the disappearance of Ian Eckles, 41, who has b
  • Texas mom left 3-month-old twins alone with two other children to get her hair done, authorities say

    Texas mom left 3-month-old twins alone with two other children to get her hair done, authorities say
    TOMBALL, Texas (NEXSTAR) – A Texas mother faces multiple charges after authorities in Harris County say she left 3-month-old twins and two other young children home alone so she could get her hair done.Gabrielle Symone Robertson, 28, of Tomball, faces four counts of child abandonment.Robertson left the twins and a 1-year-old under the care of her 7-year-old child with special needs, according to Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman.The Texas mom was gone for “several hours&
  • Criminal complaint against Williamson County judge now at TX Supreme Court

    Criminal complaint against Williamson County judge now at TX Supreme Court
    AUSTIN (KXAN) – A complaint against Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell has bounced around the county for nearly two months as elected officials have worked to decide what to do with the investigation. That complaint has now landed on the desk of the highest court in Texas.Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht will make the decision that could lead to the complaint finally being investigated. Hecht got the Gravell complaint after multiple judges recused themselves from involvemen
  • Some businesses push back against rollout of Healthy Streets program

    Some businesses push back against rollout of Healthy Streets program
    AUSTIN (KXAN) – Austin’s program to carve out street space for exercise and social distancing during the pandemic has been popular with pedestrians and bicyclists, as we observed many people outside Friday.“I like it, it’s nice to walk down the street without all the traffic,” said Jenny Primrose.But some business owners say the city’s “Healthy Streets” program hasn’t been so healthy for them.John Korioth owns Eastside Tavern and says Memoria
  • Protecting our protectors: TDEM deploys disinfectant and Texas-based tech to sanitize State Operations Center

    Protecting our protectors: TDEM deploys disinfectant and Texas-based tech to sanitize State Operations Center
    AUSTIN (Nexstar) — State emergency management leaders are turning to Texas-based companies to keep state emergency staff safe during the pandemic.The underground State Operations Center in Austin is not a spacious facility, so packing essential emergency management people into the bunker does not lend itself to proper social distancing.In addition to moving some core emergency operations to an alternate location in Austin to spread the staff out, the state bought two robots that emit ultra
  • How much will it cost to test every Texas nursing home for COVID-19?

    How much will it cost to test every Texas nursing home for COVID-19?
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — What would it cost to test every Texas nursing home resident and employee one time?
    According to data released American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), the total cost of administering just one round of testing to every nursing facility in the state would be approximately $29,001,150.
    Their calculation was built using census data, information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Employment from 2019, and an estimated cost of $15

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