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Input sought for MoPac intersection proposal

Input sought for MoPac intersection proposal

Southwest Austin residents could see construction and a few changes at MoPac’s intersections with Slaughter Lane and La Crosse Avenue as a result of an environmental study, slated to end in spring 2015.

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Drought conditions persist

If Central Texas hopes to escape its ongoing drought, the area will need more significant rainfall than what recent storms have produced, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Southwest 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 1 Comments

Court OKs plan for roads, land, water

Travis County Commissioners Court approved its Land, Water and Transportation Plan during its Dec. 2 meeting. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

City changes land uses to allow multifamily, mixed-use developments on Oak Hill tracts

City Council on Dec. 11 approved two motions to change the Oak Hill Combined Neighborhood Plan to allow multifamily and mixed-use developments in Southwest Austin. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Council hires firm to develop police facility

Sunset Valley City Council approved hiring an architecture firm Dec. 2 to create a development plan for a new police and public works facility. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

NASA astronaut Dr. Karen Nyberg talks with students at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders on Dec. 3.

Photo by Kelli Weldon

NASA astronaut talks with Ann Richards students

NASA astronaut Dr. Karen Nyberg, who has spent more than 180 days in space, talked with Austin ISD students at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders on Dec. 3. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Students and teachers help sort donations as part of A Legacy of Giving’s annual food and coat drive.

Photo courtesy Capital Area Food

Nonprofit holds annual Day of Service

Students from 33 local schools, including Austin and Bowie high schools, unloaded thousands of pounds of food and clothing Nov. 25 as part of A Legacy of Giving’s annual Day of Service drive. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

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

Five terms expired on the Austin ISD board of trustees in November 2014, including At-Large Position 9.

Kelli Weldon

Voters decide three Austin ISD board runoff elections

Voters are choosing their representatives for three contested seats on the Austin ISD board of trustees in Dec. 16 runoff elections. more »

Dec 16, 2014 7:12 PM Vote Central Texas

Renteria to represent District 3 on Austin City Council

According to unofficial results, Sabino "Pio" Renteria will represent District 3 on Austin City Council. more »

Dec 16, 2014 7:06 PM Vote Central Texas

Troxclair to represent Austin City Council District 8

Ellen Troxclair will represent District 8 on the Austin City Council. more »

Dec 16, 2014 7:08 PM Vote Central Texas

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

Seton offers free workshops for cancer patients and caregivers

In January Seton Healthcare Family is offering free workshops for cancer patients and survivors and their caregivers. more »

Dec 22, 2014 8:00 AM 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

At a news conference Dec. 3, Austin ISD Interim Superintendent Paul Cruz says he is honored to have the opportunity to be considered as a candidate for superintendent.

Kelli Weldon

Two Austin ISD superintendent candidates withdraw from consideration

Two Austin ISD superintendent candidates have withdrawn from consideration, making interim Superintendent Paul Cruz the only candidate, Austin ISD announced Dec. 10. more »

Dec 10, 2014 12:00 AM Austin Metro 2 Comments

Austin ISD Interim Superintendent Paul Cruz speaks to local media following the April 15 AISD board of trustees meeting at which he was appointed.

Kelli Weldon

Austin ISD board plans new forum with superintendent candidates, invites interim to participate

Austinites could have the opportunity to question three Austin ISD superintendent candidates, including Interim Superintendent Paul Cruz, at a public forum Dec. 13 at Lanier High School as a result of votes at an Austin ISD board of trustees meeting. more »

Dec 9, 2014 12:53 AM Austin Metro

Economic development senior VP leaves Austin chamber

Dave Porter is no longer senior vice president of economic development at The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, the chamber announced Dec. 5. more »

Dec 5, 2014 5:28 PM Central Austin

Clay Johnston, The University of Texas Dell Medical School inaugural dean, spoke Dec. 4 at The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce's Economic Outlook event.

Joe Lanane

Experts forecast future of Austin’s innovation economy

Austin’s economic future rests on how much the city is willing to innovate, various experts revealed Dec. 4 during the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce’s annual Economic Outlook event. more »

Dec 4, 2014 3:37 PM Central Austin

Transportation Updates

The latest on local road projects

Magic's Theater & Museum

Photo by Joe Olivieri

Performer brings illusions to Fitzhugh Road

PureSpoon

Photo by David Weaver

Baby food maker finds recipe for success

Porter Ale House & Gastropub

Photo by Joe Lanane

South Austin neighborhood spot debuts strong

Volunteer Guide 2015

Local charities are accepting volunteers.

2014 Holiday Retail Guide

Locally owned shops and service providers in Southwest Austin

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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