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New mayor: No more late-night meetings

New mayor: No more late-night meetings

The day before the Jan. 6 Austin City Council inauguration ceremony, Steve Adler appeared calm, but the newly elected mayor said he was anxiously awaiting his opportunity to announce plans to revamp the way the city conducts business.

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The 2015 Austin City Council from left: Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, Councilman Sabino Renteria, Councilman Don Zimmerman, Councilwoman Delia Garza, Councilwoman Ann Kitchen, Mayor Steve Adler, Councilwoman Leslie Pool, Councilwoman Ora Houston, Councilman Gregorio Casar, Councilwoman Sheri Gallo and Councilwoman Ellen Troxclair

Courtesy city of Austin

City Council approves new governing structure

Austin City Council approved a new governing structure during its Jan. 29 meeting. more »

Jan 29, 2015 4:30 PM Central Austin

Mobility Authority considers add-ons to MoPac project

The MoPac Improvement Project is still on track to open in the fall, but if the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority adds on any new work, that opening date could shift. more »

Jan 28, 2015 3:21 PM Northwest Austin

JW Marriott Austin General Manager Scott Blalock will help open the 1,012-room hotel Feb. 13. He previously led JW Marriott’s Indianapolis location.

Photo by Joe Lanane

Austin becoming hotel hotbed to accommodate high demand

The largest hotel in Austin history is nearly ready to open, marking the first of multiple large-scale hospitality projects expected to debut in 2015 and beyond. more »

Jan 28, 2015 12:00 AM Central Austin

Seton's teaching hospital will be located at 15th and Red River Streets. Dell Seton Medical Center will have 211 beds and is estimated to be complete in 2017.

Courtesy Katy Byther, Seton Healthcare Family

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation donate funding for Seton's teaching hospital

The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation announced Jan. 27 plans to provide up to $25 million in matching funds to help Seton Healthcare Family build its teaching hospital, which is estimated to open in 2017. more »

Jan 28, 2015 12:06 PM Central Austin

The 2015 Austin City Council from left: Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, Councilman Sabino Renteria, Councilman Don Zimmerman, Councilwoman Delia Garza, Councilwoman Ann Kitchen, Mayor Steve Adler, Councilwoman Leslie Pool, Councilwoman Ora Houston, Councilman Gregorio Casar, Councilwoman Sheri Gallo and Councilwoman Ellen Troxclair

Courtesy city of Austin

New Austin City Council readies for first scheduled meeting

The new Austin City Council will have their first meeting Jan. 29 after weeks of working together, with city staff, and hearing public input on a new governing structure. more »

Jan 28, 2015 10:45 AM Central Austin

The Texas Department of Transportation and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority celebrated the groundbreaking of the SH 71 express project that will add toll lanes from Presidential Boulevard near the airport to east of SH 130. It will also involve realigning FM 973, which is currently split into two traffic signals. The eastern light will be eliminated.

Amy Denney

SH 71 toll project designed to improve regional access to Austin airport

Collaboration was the buzzword at the Jan. 27 construction kickoff celebration of the SH 71 project that will add toll lanes from SH 130 to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. more »

Jan 27, 2015 3:58 PM Northwest Austin

County places courthouse on November ballot

Travis County voters will decide on a new civil and family courthouse during the November general election. more »

Jan 27, 2015 12:00 AM Austin Metro

These automated robots stopped playing soccer after hearing a "that's game" cue from Dickens He, University of Pennsylvania student.

Jennifer Curington

Austin hosts national artificial intelligence research conference

People from all over the world are in Austin this week for a conference on artificial intelligence that began Jan. 25 and ends Jan. 30. more »

Jan 27, 2015 3:31 PM Central Austin

Leah Newkirk Meunier will sit on a panel to discuss how women can balance work and motherhood.

Courtesy of Leah Newkirk Meunier

Five Austin women to talk career success during Jan. 30 'lean-in' panel

Five Austin women who have built successful careers while balancing marriage and motherhood will participate in a Jan. 30 "lean-in" panel discussion. more »

Jan 27, 2015 10:17 AM Central Austin

Austin ISD interim superintendent Paul Cruz speaks with community members and AISD staff at a Dec. 13 candidate forum held as part of the school district's superintendent search.

Kelli Weldon

Cruz named Austin ISD superintendent

The Austin ISD board of trustees named Paul Cruz superintendent at its Jan. 26 meeting with formal votes to offer him the position and approve his contract. more »

Jan 26, 2015 12:00 AM Austin Metro

The first Google Fiber signup deadline occurs Jan. 29. So far, only one cluster within the Bluebonnet "neighborhood" is not qualified for service.

Joe Lanane

Google Fiber sign-up deadline nearing in Bluebonnet 'fiberhood'

Austin residents living in Google Fiber's Bluebonnet fiberhood have until Jan. 29 to sign up for service. more »

Jan 26, 2015 4:07 PM Central Austin 2 Comments

Courtesy Laura Gale

What to do in Austin this week: Jan. 26–Feb. 1

Learn what's happening in Central Austin this week. more »

Jan 26, 2015 10:54 AM Central Austin

Residents of Austin attended a Jan. 21 meeting where they provided input on what the future development at Bull Creek Road, spanning from 39th Street to 45th Street, should include.

Jennifer Curington

Bull Creek Road developer expresses optimism after first visioning workshop

MileStone Community Builders hosted its first visioning workshop to receive input from neighbors of the Bull Creek Road property Jan. 21 and the developer is optimistic about moving forward. more »

Jan 23, 2015 12:01 PM Central Austin

Darryl Frost, a veteran who transitioned out of Ft. Hood 12 years ago and found a job in Austin, explained how Operation Austin will help other soldiers transition from service to civilian life.

Jennifer Curington

Austin Chamber of Commerce encourages businesses to hire Ft. Hood vets

Austin Chamber of Commerce announced Jan. 22 a new program encouraging businesses to recruit veterans transitioning out of service from Ft. Hood. more »

Jan 22, 2015 4:49 PM Central Austin

The fourth annual Austin Startup Games take place at noon Jan. 24 in downtown Austin.

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Austin Startup Games seek to showcase tech company culture

Bragging rights are on the line Jan. 24 at the fourth annual Austin Startup Games, a 15-team contest featuring the city's fastest-growing technology companies. more »

Jan 22, 2015 2:51 PM Central Austin

Eldon Rude, principal at 360° Real Estate Analytics, delivers the 2015 housing forecast during the Jan. 20 housing forecast hosted by the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin at the Renaissance Austin hotel in the Arboretum.

Amy Denney

Experts: Austin-area home prices still rising but slowdown could be on horizon

Housing experts have said they expect Austin-area home prices to continue increasing in 2015. But one consulting firm predicted that increase could decelerate by 2018 during a housing market slowdown. more »

Jan 21, 2015 2:17 PM Northwest Austin

The third Fuzzy's Taco Shop for Austin opened recently at Midtown Commons on N. Lamar Boulevard.

Courtesy of Fuzzy's Taco Shop

IMPACT ROUNDUP: Taco shop opens new location to feed Austin’s 'addiction'

​Big red letters on the doors of newest location of Fuzzy’s Taco Shop read “Welcome to your new addiction” and Chuck Bush, president of the company, hopes that’s exactly what customers are walking into. more »

Jan 21, 2015 12:03 PM Central Austin

Austin Community College board of trustees on Jan. 20 held its first meeting of 2015. New trustee Gigi Edwards Bryant was sworn into office by state Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin.

Joe Lanane

ACC board sets parameters for bond oversight advisory committee

​A 13-member citizen committee will oversee how Austin Community College spends nearly $386 million in bond money approved by district voters last November. more »

Jan 21, 2015 8:56 AM Central Austin

Capital Metro CEO: Focus on MetroRail expansion after urban rail bond defeat

Capital Metro is proceeding in 2015 with upgrades to its MetroRail commuter line after voters defeated last November’s $1 billion urban rail and road bond by 57.2 percent. more »

Jan 20, 2015 8:00 AM Central Austin

Nine influenza deaths confirmed for Travis County

Travis County recorded its first pediatric death due to influenza, or the flu, this season. more »

Jan 19, 2015 1:03 PM Central Austin

2015 Fitness Guide

Renew those New Years resolutions using this guide.

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