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Some fireworks banned in Travis County

The Travis County Commissioners Court approved an order declaring a local disaster based on drought conditions, banning the use and sale of some fireworks. more »

Dec 14, 2012 Southwest Austin

Sunset Valley City Council nixes Uplands tract fire station

The Sunset Valley city council voted unanimously Dec. 11 to eliminate the option of using the local Uplands tract as the site for a proposed new fire station. more »

Dec 12, 2012 Southwest Austin (1 Comments)

Travis County extends burn ban, considers fireworks restrictions

On Dec. 11 the Travis County Commissioners Court approved an order extending the countywide burn ban to Jan. 9 and plans to consider restricting fireworks sales at its Dec. 14 meeting. more »

Dec 11, 2012 Southwest Austin

Mayor Lee Leffingwell (center) cuts the ribbon at a ceremony to celebrate the completion of the MoPac/290 flyovers with local officials.

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Mayor: New MoPac/290 flyover will help traffic congestion

A flyover bridge connecting MoPac Boulevard and U.S. Hwy 290 opened Dec. 5 as part of a series of improvements to the Ben White Boulevard corridor. more »

Dec 5, 2012 Southwest Austin

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Jesse Carpenter (left) and his father, Kenny, run The Omelettry with a menu and business model that have changed little since the 1970s.

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The Omelettry

The Omelettry offers Austin a taste of ’70s American breakfast and Tex-Mex fare. Owner Kenny Carpenter describes it as “a plain old hippie diner that serves good food.” more »

Sep 27, 2012 Central Austin

Scott Ward, president of Strange Brew Austin Coffee, plans to expand the business this fall.

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Strange Brew Austin Coffee

Laptop screens light the faces of customers at Strange Brew Austin Coffee, a 24-hour coffee shop where customers come for the free Wi-Fi and stay for the paninis and organic, fair trade coffee. more »

Sep 27, 2012 Southwest Austin