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New distracted driving ordinance starts Jan. 1

New distracted driving ordinance starts Jan. 1

Drivers in Austin will have to ring in the new year by putting down their cell phones and keeping their hands on the steering wheel.

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By Dec. 31 the city of Leander plans to complete the purchase of 43 acres of future park property northeast of the San Gabriel River and US 183. The park will host part of a new trail system and future sports complex.

Photo by David Weaver

Parks, trails plans emerge in Leander

To meet the demand of Leander’s growing population and residents’ desire for a high quality of life, city leaders have appropriated funds to purchase and plan new parks as well as build additions to existing parks and trails. more »

Dec 17, 2014 1:00 AM Cedar Park | Leander 3 Comments

Input sought for MoPac intersection proposal

Southwest Austin residents could see construction and a few changes at MoPac’s intersections with Slaughter Lane and La Crosse Avenue as a result of an environmental study, slated to end in spring 2015. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

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Photo by Joe Olivieri

Drought conditions persist

If Central Texas hopes to escape its ongoing drought, the area will need more significant rainfall than what recent storms have produced, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Changing driver behavior could help better Austin’s congestion

With more than 200 students and 25 employees, Brandon Martin, founder of North Austin beauty and wellness school Avenue Five, wanted to reduce the school’s traffic footprint and encourage students to ride public transit. more »

Dec 17, 2014 7:00 AM Northwest Austin

Steve Adler stands on stage with supporters after telling the crowd that Councilman Mike Martinez conceded, making Adler Austin's next mayor.

Jennifer Curington

Steve Adler is Austin's new mayor

Councilman Mike Martinez has conceded making Steve Adler the next mayor of Austin. more »

Dec 16, 2014 7:09 PM Vote Central Texas

Environmental advocates and advocacy groups, such as the Lonestar chapter of Sierra Club, came out in support of the updates to Austin Energy's future plans on Dec. 11, but voiced opposition and concern to the possibility of creating a new natural gas plant.

Jennifer Curington

Austin Energy changes future plans for power plants, solar energy

After reaching a compromise with a local environmental group, Austin Energy has changed its long-term plan for future energy use. more »

Dec 17, 2014 10:55 AM Central Austin

Austin ISD interim superintendent Paul Cruz, seen here at a community forum Saturday, Dec. 13, could be named the school district's permanent superintendent. The AISD board of trustees is slated to take a formal vote on hiring a new superintendent sometime in January.

Kelli Weldon

Austin ISD board names Cruz sole finalist in superintendent search

In a unanimous vote Dec. 15, the Austin ISD board of trustees named interim Superintendent Paul Cruz the sole finalist in the district’s search for a new superintendent. more »

Dec 16, 2014 12:00 AM Austin Metro

Daron K. Roberts (right), a UT lecturer and television analyst on the Longhorn Network, has been tapped as the center’s founding director.

Joe Lanane

New UT center seeks to improve student-athlete success

The University of Texas at Austin is launching what the school calls a one-of-a-kind effort to shape the on- and off-field lives of high school, college and professional athletes. more »

Dec 15, 2014 12:56 PM Central Austin

Changes sought for property appraisal statute

The Williamson Central Appraisal District and other members of the Texas Association of Appraisal Districts aim to lobby for reforms to the commercial property value protest. more »

Dec 10, 2014 5:05 AM Georgetown 11 Comments

Capital of Texas Hwy. office space snagged

Recent commercial property construction along Capital of Texas Hwy. is one indication West Austin is no longer just a collection of wooded Hill Country neighborhoods. more »

Dec 10, 2014 12:00 AM Lake Travis | Westlake

Leslee Bassman

West TravCo to receive RR 620 roadway projects—no toll road for now

If all goes according to plan, western Travis County is slated to receive urban transit and roadway transportation projects that planners hope will help alleviate traffic issues anticipated to plague the area in the year 2040. more »

Dec 9, 2014 12:01 PM Lake Travis | Westlake

Although many cities in Williamson County typically rely on surface water sources such as Lake Georgetown, county leaders are also looking underground to help meet water demands.

Photo by David Weaver

Water demands spur county action

As the population booms around the Austin area, water continues to be a concern for both cities and counties. more »

Dec 10, 2014 5:05 AM Georgetown 1 Comments

Courtesy Texas Department of Transportation

TxDOT wrapping up I-35 study to add two new lanes

The Texas Department of Transportation will finish a yearlong study in January to analyze the best use of adding two lanes to I-35 in Travis County. more »

Dec 10, 2014 2:02 PM Northwest Austin 2 Comments

Economic development senior VP leaves Austin chamber

Dave Porter is no longer senior vice president of economic development at The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, the chamber announced Dec. 5. more »

Dec 5, 2014 5:28 PM Central Austin

A stage and big screen are intended for future special events at Google Fiber's new downtown space on Colorado Street.

Joe Olivieri

Google Fiber opens downtown showroom

Google Inc. opened a downtown showroom for its gigabit-speed Internet service, Google Fiber, and began signing up South Austin residents Dec. 1. more »

Dec 4, 2014 9:31 AM Central Austin

Clay Johnston, The University of Texas Dell Medical School inaugural dean, spoke Dec. 4 at The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce's Economic Outlook event.

Joe Lanane

Experts forecast future of Austin’s innovation economy

Austin’s economic future rests on how much the city is willing to innovate, various experts revealed Dec. 4 during the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce’s annual Economic Outlook event. more »

Dec 4, 2014 3:37 PM Central Austin

A welder at Hagbros Precision LLC works with metal in the manufacturer’s Round Rock location.

Photo by David Weaver

Round Rock attracting new high-end manufacturers

Inside a long industrial building off Sam Bass Road one can hear the whir, clank and bang of metal on metal as high-end tools craft products to be shipped throughout the state. more »

Dec 3, 2014 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Pflugerville bond passage targets better roads

Pflugerville voters soundly approved the largest bond package in city history Nov. 4. more »

Dec 3, 2014 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

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