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Steve Adler is Austin's new mayor

Jennifer Curington

Steve Adler is Austin's new mayor

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

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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

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. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

The Thinkery, the new Austin Children's Museum, held a preview on Nov. 21. The museum opens to the public on Dec. 7 in the Mueller development.

Joe Olivieri

What to do in Austin this weekend: Dec. 18–21

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

Dec 18, 2014 12:00 PM Central 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

Trustee: Cruz final remaining candidate

Paul Cruz, who became interim superintendent of Austin ISD in April, could be dropping the “interim” from his title in 2015. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Dogs now allowed in ‘Barking Springs’ spillway

Dogs and their owners can now legally swim together in the Barton Springs spillway. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

New regulations set for Austin pedicab operators

Pedicabs will face new regulations and restrictions on permits based on City Council’s ruling Dec. 11. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

Officials to explore creaton of innovation zone

Through a resolution, City Council directed City Manager Marc Ott on Dec. 11 to explore the creation of an innovation zone. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

Council approves condos on Spicewood Springs

City Council approved a zoning change Dec. 11 that could allow condos to be built on Spicewood Springs Road near Mesa Drive. more »

Dec 17, 2014 7:00 AM Northwest 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

Once passengers have retrieved their checked luggage from baggage claim they will proceed through security checks.

Jennifer Curington

Austin airport unveils new customs facility

A new international customs facility at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport was revealed Dec. 15 and is anticipated to be used by passengers within the next week. more »

Dec 15, 2014 4:54 PM Central Austin

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

The 2014 Armadillo Christmas Bazaar takes place Dec. 16–24 at Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.

Courtesy Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

What to do in Austin this week: Dec. 15–18

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

Dec 15, 2014 2:10 PM Central Austin

Most voting precincts, including the Carver library branch location in East Austin, had lines out the door during the Nov. 4 election. So far, only 6.11 percent of registered voters have cast ballots for the Dec. 16 runoff election.

Joe Lanane

Turnout for Austin runoff election likely to be cut in half

​With three days left for early voting, only 6.11 percent of registered voters had cast their ballot. A total of 33,751 people had participated in early voting by Dec. 9 of the 552,192 people eligible in Travis County. more »

Dec 10, 2014 2:46 PM Central Austin

The 2011–12 Austin City Council (from left): Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole, Councilman Bill Spelman, Councilwoman Laura Morrison, Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Councilwoman Kathie Tovo, and Councilmen Chris Riley and Mike Martinez.

Courtesy City of Austin

City Council convenes for last time Dec. 11 before turnover

The current six members of Austin City Council will meet together for the final time Dec. 11. more »

Dec 9, 2014 4:56 PM Central Austin

Project Connect, I-35 projects approved for inclusion in CAMPO’s draft 2040 plan

The Central Texas region’s transportation planning organization approved including a list of public transit and road projects, including in Project Connect and on I-35, in the draft 2040 long-range plan. more »

Dec 9, 2014 11:48 AM Northwest Austin

The 2011–12 Austin City Council (from left): Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole, Councilman Bill Spelman, Councilwoman Laura Morrison, Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Councilwoman Kathie Tovo, and Councilmen Chris Riley and Mike Martinez.

Courtesy City of Austin

Improvements to Airport Boulevard corridor approved

Instead of putting $24 million into improvements on the Airport Boulevard corridor, City Council decided to invest $2 million. more »

Dec 11, 2014 3:13 PM Central Austin

Capital Metro and Whole Foods Market have partnered for the third annual Stuff the Bus food drive Dec. 12–14. It challenges Austin residents to donate enough nonperishable food items for 30,000 meals.

Amy Denney

Capital Metro, Whole Foods Market partner for third annual food drive Dec. 12–14

Capital Metro has raised the stakes for the third annual Stuff the Bus food drive Dec. 12–14 by challenging Austinites to donate enough items to fill two of its buses. more »

Dec 11, 2014 1:19 PM Northwest Austin

The 2011–12 Austin City Council (from left): Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole, Councilman Bill Spelman, Councilwoman Laura Morrison, Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Councilwoman Kathie Tovo, and Councilmen Chris Riley and Mike Martinez.

Courtesy City of Austin

City Council passes ban on housing discrimination based on income

Local Section 8 voucher holders have gained protection via an ordinance passed by Austin City Council that prevents landlords from refusing their method of rental payment. more »

Dec 11, 2014 11:48 AM Central Austin 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

Volunteer Guide

Learn about volunteer opportunities throughout Central Austin this coming year.

2014 Holiday Shopping Guide

These locally owned Central Austin retailers offer ideas for holiday gifts.

Working in #ATX

Each month, we will provide perspective from one of Austin's top industries or work sectors.

Austin dining

Photo by Joe Lanane

Porter Ale House & Pub prepares to celebrate its one-year anniversary with a busy 2015.

Austin business

Photo by Kelli Weldon

Co-owners Eric Burke (left) and Roy Carter opened Tribe Comics and Games in 2008.

Business briefs

Photo by Jennifer Curington

Learn more about two Central Austin businesses and how they connect.

Austin Arts

A new program called 'Mortified' asks participants to share parts of themselves long since forgotten.

Nonprofit Roundup

Learn about the philanthropic efforts of Austin's many nonprofit groups.

Higher Education Focus

Get updates on area colleges and universities. Also, learn information about Austin's trade school programs and the discounted services they offer area residents.

Education Focus—Austin ISD

Gain access to testing data and school feeder charts

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