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I-35 prioritized for first round of Prop. 1 transportation funding

I-35 prioritized for first round of Prop. 1 transportation funding

About $120 million in Proposition 1 funding will be pumped into Central Texas road projects in 2015 with the majority of funding going toward I-35 projects in Hays, Travis and Williamson counties.

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Committee discusses changes to Major Events Trust Fund

A name change and new eligible events could be coming to the Major Events Trust Fund, which uses state and local tax revenue to help pay for the costs of hosting eligible events. more »

Mar 27, 2015 9:55 AM Austin Metro

Marc Ott, Austin City Manager, announces efforts to improve traffic congestion with Mayor Steve Adler and District 5 Councilwoman Ann Kitchen. Kitchen chairs the council's committee on mobility.

Jennifer Curington

Austin to implement new approaches to ease traffic congestion in April

Austin drivers will notice new approaches to reducing traffic congestion in the next two to three weeks. more »

Mar 27, 2015 10:08 AM Austin Metro 1 Comments

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

Photo courtesy City of Austin

COUNCIL ROUNDUP: March 26, 2015

Highlights from Austin City Council's March 26, 2015 meeting. more »

Mar 26, 2015 3:05 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

Photo courtesy City of Austin

Proposed toll reduction for truckers to be considered at March 26 Austin City Council meeting

With almost three months of experience on the dais under Austin City Council members’ belts, how the city could be affected by bills at the legislative level is becoming a concern for council. more »

Mar 24, 2015 1:15 PM Central Austin

Eateries spring onto scene, expand local dining options

Several restaurants have come to call Southwest Austin home in the past few months, bringing with them variety and a few new types of cuisine to the area. more »

Mar 25, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

From left: Bondell Zeugin and Iola Canady play rummikub, a version of the card game rummy.

Photo by Joe Olivieri

Austin area prepares for ‘silver tsunami’

Austin has a reputation as a young city, but statistics about the city’s aging population have caught civic leaders’ attention. more »

Mar 25, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

The Home Depot operates more than a dozen stores in the Austin area.

Courtesy The Home Depot/Built From Scratch

Home Depot to hire 600 in Austin area for spring selling season

The Home Depot plans to hire nearly 600 people in the Austin area this spring to meet demand during its busy selling season. more »

Mar 25, 2015 9:14 AM Southwest Austin

The Barn, located at 6218 Brodie Lane, is home to three food trailers and a hair salon.

Photo by Joe Olivieri

City sues food truck park for permits

The city of Sunset Valley has accused the owners of food trailer park The Barn of operating without watershed and sign permits. more »

Mar 25, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin 2 Comments

Zilker Park is home to several special events throughout the year.

Photo by Peter McCrady

Task force created to examine parkland uses

The creation of the city’s Parkland Events Task Force was approved during the March 5 Austin City Council meeting. more »

Mar 25, 2015 7:00 AM Northwest Austin

As part of its June service changes, Capital Metro will implement a high-frequency network on five bus routes—7, 20, 300, 325 and 331—that connect to its MetroRapid bus service.

Courtesy Capital Metro

Capital Metro to increase frequency on five high-ridership bus routes

As part of its June service changes, Capital Metro will implement a high-frequency network on five bus routes that connect to its MetroRapid bus service. more »

Mar 24, 2015 2:12 PM Austin Metro 1 Comments

Dripping Springs ISD debuted a mobile app in March, featuring links to calendar events, campus news and more information.

Courtesy Dripping Springs ISD

Dripping Springs ISD debuts mobile app

Parents of Dripping Springs ISD students can now easily access pertinent details about campus news and events on their smartphones. more »

Mar 23, 2015 4:40 PM Southwest Austin

In-N-Out Burger opened Dec. 12 in Austin.

Joe Lanane

In-N-Out Burger coming to South Lamar Boulevard

In-N-Out Burger will open a second city of Austin location on South Lamar Boulevard, a company spokesman confirmed March 19. more »

Mar 19, 2015 12:23 PM Central Austin

Independence Brewing Co. opened a new tasting room at its 3913 Todd Lane location.

Courtesy Independence Brewing Co.

IMPACT ROUNDUP: World of Beer, South Grove sales office come to Southwest Austin

World of Beer South Lamar held a grand opening, Independence Brewing Co. debuted its tasting room and a sales office will open soon for Meritage Homes South Grove. more »

Mar 17, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Public education bills stack up as filing deadline approaches

The deadline to file bills for the 84th Legislature is approaching, and legislators have been filing bills with focus areas including school funding, safety, pre-kindergarten plans and school performance ratings. more »

Mar 11, 2015 5:08 PM At the Capitol

Austin city officials detail safety precautions for SXSW

Nearly one year after a rogue vehicle drove into a crowd of South by Southwest attendees, Austin city officials have announced new safety precautions in place during this year's Music and Media Conference. more »

Mar 11, 2015 11:37 AM Central Austin

The Austin ISD board of trustees discussed the south high school March 9 during a work session in the board auditorium of the Carruth Administration Center on West Sixth Street.

Kelli Weldon

Austin ISD to establish south high school planning timeline, set land purchase vote for 2016

Austin ISD’s long discussion about the land purchase for a potential new high school in south Austin got a little longer March 9 as the school district’s board of trustees spent an hour and a half on the subject at a work session meeting. more »

Mar 10, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Courtesy Brio Photography

SXSW Roundup: Transportation groups plan for SXSW service

Several transportation organizations are rolling out new or extended services in time for the South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals on March 13–22. more »

Mar 9, 2015 7:01 AM Austin Metro

Austin Community College's newest campus at the former Highland Mall will open this fall.

Courtesy Austin Community College

ACC board sorts through bond construction projects

The wheels are already turning on multiple Austin Community College construction projects funded by a successful bond election last November. more »

Mar 6, 2015 10:42 AM Central Austin

Marigold—Gateway to India

Photo by Kelli Weldon

Retailer offers saris, glimpse of Indian culture

Kesos Taco House

Photo by Joe Olivieri

South Austin eatery to add a downtown site this summer

Guantanamera

Photo by Joe Olivieri

Couple opens Cuban restaurant March 3

Transportation Updates

March 2015 transportation updates for Southwest Austin

Filing property tax exemptions

Appraisal districts deadline approaching

At the Capitol

Patrick, Straus name committees in Senate, House for 84th session

SXSW 2015 Education and Interactive coverage

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Stargazing Guide

Exploring the night sky

Volunteer Guide 2015

Local charities are accepting volunteers.

2014 Public Education Guide

Data on Austin ISD and Dripping Springs ISD

2014–15 Healthcare Directory

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

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