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The eyes of South Austin are upon you

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The eyes of South Austin are upon you

Police say Southwest Austin does not have a major crime problem. Residents aim to keep it that way.

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Teacher salaries are a lesson in priorities

Teacher salaries are a big slice of the pie that is Austin ISD’s 2014–15 preliminary budget. more »

Apr 23, 2014 Southwest Austin

South Austin business group to host political candidates

Local group South Austin Business Association is entering its “political season" and will soon host political candidates running in upcoming Austin elections, President Ken Vargas said. more »

Apr 23, 2014 Southwest Austin

Austin ISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, seen here at a March 31 board of trustees meeting, formally accepted a position with Atlanta Public Schools in April.

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Austin ISD superintendent to leave district

Austin ISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen formally accepted a position April 14 as the leader of Atlanta Public Schools, leaving the AISD board of trustees with the task of finding a new permanent leader for the district. more »

Apr 23, 2014 Southwest Austin

The Dell Medical School campus will include a new teaching hospital called Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas, which will replace the current University Medical Center Brackenridge.

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Construction underway on Dell Medical School in Central Austin

The University of Texas hosted a ceremony April 21 to commemorate the beginning of construction on the southeastern portion of the Dell Medical School campus. more »

Apr 21, 2014 Central Austin

Austin chamber releases Education Progress Reports for local districts

Austin ISD graduation rates have increased from 74.3 percent in 2008 to an all-time high of 82.5 percent in 2012, according to the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce’s annual Education Progress Report for the school district. more »

Apr 23, 2014 Southwest Austin

Enrollment decrease not deterring ACC long-term planners

Short-term enrollment declines overshadow an otherwise high-growth decade for Austin Community College. more »

Apr 23, 2014 Central Austin

Austin seeks to assist its growing aging population

City officials and community leaders are looking for ways to stem the tide of possible effects of the “Silver Tsunami.” more »

Apr 23, 2014 Central Austin (1 Comments)

Tolls considered at Oak Hill Parkway workshop

Oak Hill Toll roads are among the options being discussed as part of the Oak Hill Parkway environmental study to address long-term congestion near the intersection of Hwy. 290 and Hwy. 71. more »

Apr 23, 2014 Southwest Austin

Stassney Crossing construction continues

Southwest Austin residents will soon see more movement at Stassney Crossing, a shopping center being built at the intersection of I-35 and Stassney Lane. more »

Apr 23, 2014 Southwest Austin

Dripping Springs school board calls $92M referendum

Dripping Springs ISD will ask voters in May to consider approving $92.41 million in bonds to build two schools, among other projects. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Southwest Austin

Patti Clark, director at Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary, said the zoo plans to auction off 12 decorated fiberglass animal sculptures at its upcoming gala.

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Austin Zoo to auction off art at gala

Local nonprofit Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary is gearing up for its first gala fundraiser, scheduled for May 10. more »

Apr 23, 2014 Southwest Austin

Students interact as part of a recent MicroSociety exercise at Cunningham Elementary School.

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Local students build model ‘society’

Students at Cunningham Elementary School recently established a government, held elections and are preparing to declare a name for their civilization. more »

Apr 23, 2014 Southwest Austin

The Austin ISD board of trustees named Paul Cruz as interim superintendent at an April 15 board meeting.

Kelli Weldon

Paul Cruz named interim superintendent of Austin ISD

At its April 15 meeting, the Austin ISD board of trustees named its Chief Schools Officer Paul Cruz interim superintendent and approved a request for proposals for a firm to help with a search for a permanent superintendent. more »

Apr 15, 2014 Austin Metro (1 Comments)

President Obama talks LBJ's legacy, civil rights

President Barack Obama delivered a half-hour keynote address on President Lyndon Johnson's contributions to civil rights and the country's responsibility to continue his work at the Civil Rights Summit on April 10. more »

Apr 11, 2014 Austin Metro (1 Comments)

Local restaurant Stanley's Farmhouse Pizza renovated by expanding its patio space in April.

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IMPACT ROUNDUP: Stanley's Farmhouse Pizza expands space

Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza is renovating and Radio Coffee & Beer is coming soon to the Southwest Austin area. more »

Apr 15, 2014 Southwest Austin

Barbecue, live music at Strange Brew raise funds for diabetes nonprofit

An event April 12 featuring barbecue, live music and prizes at local venue Strange Brew will benefit the Family Diabetes Resource Center of Texas. more »

Apr 9, 2014 Southwest Austin

Courtesy TxDOT

Retired Marine general chosen as new TxDOT chief

Retired Gen. Joe Weber, a vice president at Texas A&M University, was selected April 4 as the new executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation. more »

Apr 7, 2014 Austin Metro

Austin Chamber debuts 2013 Education Progress Reports

Each year, the Austin Chamber leads regional efforts to track K-12 school district performance. This year, the reports cover 12 school districts in Central Texas including Austin ISD, Round Rock ISD and Leander ISD. more »

Apr 3, 2014 Austin Metro

Parents talk about potential solutions for overcrowded schools with Austin ISD staff at a community engagement meeting April 1 at Akins High School.

Kelli Weldon

Overcrowding, boundary changes a focus at Austin ISD facility meeting

Solutions to alleviate overcrowding at schools throughout Austin ISD was a subject of concern for parents who attended a facility master plan, or FMP, community engagement meeting at Akins High School on April 1. more »

Apr 2, 2014 Southwest Austin

Local event distributes 40,000 books to area schools

About 40,000 books will be given away to help local students as part of an Education Austin and First Book event March 29. more »

Mar 28, 2014 Austin Metro

Capital Metro ridership during SXSW increased more than 50 percent

With extended hours and a new bus system, Capital Metro ridership increased between 50–70 percent during this year’s South by Southwest conferences and festivals. more »

Mar 25, 2014 Northwest Austin

Post-SXSW evaluation approved by council

The South By Southwest Music and Media Conference is going to get an extra look from the city of Austin after Austin City Council passed 7-0 a resolution for a post-event analysis. more »

Mar 28, 2014 Central Austin

Southwest Austin campuses including Akins High School are overcrowded in terms of permanent capacity.

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Development stalls on new south high school

Plans for a new high school in South Austin slowed to a halt in May 2013 when voters rejected an Austin ISD bond proposition that would have included funds for a land and feasibility study for the school. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Southwest Austin (1 Comments)

Course revenues will help pay back the cost of purchasing Grey Rock Golf Club.

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City purchases Grey Rock

The city of Austin will soon own Grey Rock Golf Club and Circle C Tennis Center. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Southwest Austin (3 Comments)

Coalition wins EPA award for area smog reduction

Mention the word “ozone” and many people think of the ozone layer, the part of the atmosphere that deflects ultraviolet rays. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Southwest Austin

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center invited local media to tour The Luci and Ian Family Garden prior to its May 3 opening.

Joe Olivieri

(SLIDESHOW) New garden set for May 3 opening

Contractors are finishing work on the new Luci and Ian Family Garden at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Southwest Austin

Austin benefits from multiple providers of gigabit-level Internet service

A competition to provide Austinites access to gigabit-level Internet speeds is creating options for many residents who previously had only one. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Central Austin (1 Comments)

The oak tree is called the "Taco Bell Tree" because there used to be a Taco Bell restaurant nearby.

Photo by Joe Olivieri

Group aims to move ‘Taco Bell Tree’

A local nonprofit group has raised enough funds to move a live oak tree away from road construction. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Southwest Austin

PhoNatic Vietnamese Cuisine

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Southeast Asian meets Southwest Austin

Corazon Latino Dance Studio

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Zumba classes aim to help locals get moving

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