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Congress battles Highway Trust Fund deficit

Congress battles Highway Trust Fund deficit

Although Texas voters approved Proposition 1 on Nov. 4, Texas and the rest of the country have an even more significant long-term transportation funding problem on the horizon: the Highway Trust Fund.

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Construction is underway on Research Park V, the newest building at the Research Park Plaza office park.

Photo by Lyndsey Taylor

Commercial real estate market heats up

As Northwest Austin becomes an increasingly desirable market in which to live and work, commercial landlords of both newer and older office buildings are working to produce more updated and progressive properties to meet tenants’ needs. more »

Feb 25, 2015 7:00 AM Northwest Austin

Texas DMV to transition to single sticker

Advocates of Texas’ new single-sticker system are hoping it results in a more efficient process for inspecting vehicles and renewing their registration as well as safer cars on the road and fewer fraudulent stickers. more »

Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cedar Park | Leander

The proposed Overlook at Spicewood Springs would be located at 4920 Spicewood Springs Road east of Loop 360.

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Austin City Council gives first approval to Overlook at Spicewood Springs project

A highly debated office development on Spicewood Springs Road received first approval from Austin City Council on Feb. 12 with several conditions added by neighboring residents. more »

Feb 17, 2015 4:37 PM Northwest Austin

Capital Metro plans to expand capacity at Park & Ride lots

With a $50 million grant from the Texas Department of Transportation, Capital Metro is moving forward with plans to double the capacity and frequency of its MetroRail commuter line. more »

Feb 25, 2015 7:00 AM Northwest Austin

Council paves way for low-income housing units

City Council approved loans Feb. 12 that would be used to develop several proposed low-income housing units, of which four projects would be located in the Northwest Austin area. more »

Feb 25, 2015 7:00 AM Northwest Austin

Courthouse project to appear on Nov. ballot

Travis County will ask voters to approve $291.6 million in bond funds to build a new civil and family courthouse in downtown Austin. more »

Feb 25, 2015 7:00 AM Northwest Austin

Parent group calls for investigation of Austin ISD superintendent search

Parent group Coalition Strengthen Austin Urban Schools, or SAUS, filed a request with the Travis County Special Prosecution Division this week to investigate “unethical actions” by the Austin ISD board of trustees during its superintendent search. more »

Feb 24, 2015 12:00 AM Austin Metro 3 Comments

Tesla has charging stations located throughout Texas, including this one at the San Marcos Outlets. New legislation in the Texas House and Senate would allow the company to sell its cars directly to Texas consumers.

Brett Thorne

Texas legislators file bill opening door for Tesla sales in Texas

If a group of state representatives and senators get their way, Texans may soon be able to buy Tesla vehicles and other new automobiles directly from manufacturers. more »

Feb 20, 2015 3:05 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Texas Legislature to consider allowing Travis Co. to raise vehicle fees for road projects

Two bills filed by Austin lawmakers could give Travis County the authority to increase vehicle registration fees by $10 to fund transportation projects. more »

Feb 19, 2015 4:55 PM Northwest Austin

The expansion of the Texas Advanced Computing Center will be a three-story, 38,000-square-foot building adjacent to the existing facility. O'Connell Robertson designed the facility, and Flintco is the general contractor.

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Expansion breaks ground for supercomputing center at Pickle Research Campus

Texas Advanced Computing Center, or TACC, has announced its third expansion in 13 years to accommodate the center's growth and demand for computing systems. more »

Feb 19, 2015 12:33 PM Northwest Austin

B'nai Abraham Brenham Historic Synagogue was relocated Feb. 13 to the Dell Jewish Community Campus in Northwest Austin from Brenham. The synagogue was built in 1893.

Amy Denney

Shalom Austin relocates 122-year-old synagogue from Brenham to Austin campus

Shalom Austin is restoring an Orthodox Jewish synagogue it relocated Feb. 13 to its Austin campus from Brenham. more »

Feb 18, 2015 10:43 AM Northwest Austin

Mayor Steve Adler and the rest of Austin City Council have approved many changes to how the city government will operate, but those changes will not be implemented until April.

Jennifer Curington

Major changes to Austin City Council to be implemented by April

Austin City Council has approved multiple changes to how its meetings will operate, but the new methods will not be implemented until April. more »

Feb 17, 2015 2:18 PM Central Austin

Members of the Texas House of Representatives present John and Jennifer Garrett, Community Impact Newspaper publishers and founders, with a resolution declaring Feb. 11 as Community Impact Newspaper Day at the Capitol.

Photo by Joe Olivieri

Texas legislators recognize Feb. 11 as Community Impact Newspaper Day at the Capitol

The Texas House and Senate approved resolutions Feb. 11 declaring it Community Impact Newspaper Day at the state Capitol. more »

Feb 11, 2015 3:29 PM Austin Metro 1 Comments

In addition to toll rebates, Carma is offering 30 days’ use of its Tesla Model S for one Carma member who tags #LoveMyCommute on Twitter or Facebook.

Photo by Emilie Lutostanski

Toll reimbursement program expands to all Central Texas roads

Carma, a transportation technology company that promotes carpooling, announced Feb. 10 that it will expand its toll reimbursement program to toll fares on all major Ausitn-area tollways through June 30. more »

Feb 11, 2015 3:32 PM Austin Metro

A 3-D breast imaging center opened Nov. 25 in Northwest Austin, offering patients a spa-like atmosphere to reduce the fear associated with mammograms.

Lyndsey Taylor

IMPACT ROUNDUP: Spa-inspired 3-D breast imaging center opens

New businesses Austin Breast Imaging, Rock N Roll Rentals and Pacific Rim Sushi open in Northwest Austin. Construction is underway on Windy Ridge Apartments on RM 620 south of Anderson Mill Road. more »

Feb 6, 2015 4:56 PM , Northwest Austin

Complaint filed against Austin City Council member for alleged state law violation

A former Travis County judge has filed a complaint against District 6 Councilman Don Zimmerman for how campaign funds were allocated. more »

Feb 6, 2015 5:03 PM Central Austin

State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, helps announce a $4.9 million grant to help fund the development of a biotechnology research lab.

Photo by Beth Wade

ACC to build $4.9 million biotech lab on Highland campus

Austin Community College will become the first community college in Texas to host an industry-approved, state-of-the-art biotechnology lab, the school announced Feb. 6. more »

Feb 6, 2015 11:45 AM 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

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Austin City Council seeks to ensure racial diversity in Austin Fire Department

Changes to the Austin Fire Department’s hiring and salary increase are under consideration by Austin City Council in order to ensure no racial discrimination is occurring in the department. more »

Feb 4, 2015 11:00 AM Central Austin 2 Comments

Austin Community College is proposing a new four-year nursing program in which the school's past graduates can upgrade their associate's degrees to earn a bachelor of science in nursing. If approved by the state, the new program could begin by 2017.

Joe Lanane

ACC board selects nine of 13 Bond Oversight Advisory Committee members

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 »

Feb 3, 2015 7:53 AM 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

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Committee created to examine Austin affordability issues

The group is tasked with reviewing best practices from other cities to help create and maintain policies that promote affordability in Austin. The new committee is expected to tackle various topics such as education, child care, food, housing, transp more »

Jan 30, 2015 8:09 AM Central Austin

Ashley’s Playhouse

Photo by Lyndsey Taylor

Drop-in day care owner considers adding field trips, summer camp pickup services in 2015

Cedro Ristorante Pizzeria

Photo by Lyndsey Taylor

Italian menu melds classic dishes with contemporary style

The Roost

Courtesy Milton Otto

Cotton brothers bring live music to North Austin

At the Capitol

First look at the 2015 legislative session and elected officials in Northwest Austin

SXSW 2015

2015 South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals

Transportation Updates

Local and regional toll, transit, road and airport projects

Real estate

Market data for Northwest Austin

Volunteer Guide 2015

Discover ways to get involved in local nonprofits and give back to your community

The January Issue

Updates on 2014 and a look ahead to 2015

Education Focus

STAAR results, feeder charts and updates for Austin, Pflugerville and Round Rock ISDs

2014–15 Healthcare Directory

Stories, news briefs, and local doctor and hospital listings in Northwest Austin

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