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Meet Your New City Council, Austin!

Although not everyone's ready to concede just yet, it appears as though the new City Council is finally here, and it looks almost nothing like the old one. Also newly arrived: three trustees on the AISD board, as well as one on the ACC board. Read More | Comment »

Local 8:00AM Wed. Dec. 17, the News Staff

The Run-Off: Live Election Coverage

A long and contentious election season comes to a close. As run-off results come in for the mayoral and Districts 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 10 races, we’ll update here and @ACNewsdesk. For more stories from the 2014 campaign trail, see our Elections home page. Read More | Comment »

Local 11:01PM Tue. Dec. 16, the News Staff

Freedom to Marry Comes to Town

Today, marriage equality exists in 35 states, while 15 – including Texas – are still assembling roadblocks against legalization. Read More | Comment »

Local 9:30AM Mon. Dec. 15, Sarah Marloff

News Roundup: Endings and Beginnings

In this week's news roundup, City Council has its final meeting before becoming 10-1, Judge Garcia tells couples they'll have to wait a little longer to get married, another protest takes place Downtown, and more. Read More | Comment »

Local 5:37AM Mon. Dec. 15, the News Staff

Cruz Sole Finalist for AISD Superintendent

In a far from surprising step, the two remaining external candidates for the role of permanent superintendent of Austin ISD have withdrawn their applications, leaving Interim Superintendent Paul Cruz as the sole finalist. Read More | Comment »

Local 2:23PM Wed. Dec. 10, Richard Whittaker

Voting Turnout Bad, But How Bad?

Comparing election turnout, year on year, is part statistics, part voodoo. It's basically entrail-reading, but if anyone was expecting some divine forces to boost voter participation in Austin's run-off elections, they better sacrifice some more goats. After nine days of early voting, turnout has inched up to a dismal 6.11%. Read More | Comment »

Local 12:00PM Wed. Dec. 10, Richard Whittaker

Cruz Officially in for AISD Chief Race

"You didn't do what you said you were going to do." Last night, Austin ISD trustee Jayme Mathias preempted criticism of the board's decision to add Interim Superintendent Paul Cruz to the short list of candidates to become permanent district CEO. Read More | Comment »

Local 2:17PM Tue. Dec. 9, Richard Whittaker

News Roundup: 10-1, Lawsuits, and Strange Fruit

In this week's roundup, Attorney General Greg Abbott leads the charge against President Obama, a PR firm faces a PR crisis of its own, Austin protesters #ShutItDown, City Council gets ready for its very last seven-member meeting, and more. Read More | Comment »

Local 7:00AM Mon. Dec. 8, the News Staff

Green Thoughts in a Green Shade

The Austin EcoNetwork debate at Threadgill’s South showcasing the two mayoral candidates – Steve Adler and Mike Martinez – on environmental matters, featured no grand revelations, but distinctions in nuance and strategy. Read More | Comment »

Point Austin 12:30PM Fri. Dec. 5, Michael King

Breaking: Jackson Shooter Arraigned

After months of delays, former detective Charles Kleinert appeared in Travis County court today to enter a formal plea of not guilty to a charge of manslaughter. Kleinert is charged in connection with the July 2013 death of Larry Jackson Jr. Read More | Comment »

Local 9:56AM Fri. Dec. 5, Amy Kamp

Cruz in Contention for AISD Superintendency

It's a big day for Austin ISD's Interim Superintendent Paul Cruz. He has been cast as Mother Ginger in Ballet Austin's production of The Nutcracker. That, and he is now officially in the running to become AISD's next permanent superintendent. Read More | Comment »

Local 12:25PM Wed. Dec. 3, Richard Whittaker

Google Fiber Rolls Out in South Austin

Less than a week after unveiling its Downtown “Fiber Space” and payment plan options, Google Fiber representatives said they’re officially rolling out the sign-up process for high-speed Internet service to South and Southeast Austin residents today. Read More | Comment »

Local 12:05PM Mon. Dec. 1, Mary Tuma

News Roundup: No Justice, No Peace

Although the Chronicle staff was on Thanksgiving break, plenty happened last week, from a shooting that could well be described as domestic terrorism, to some of the largest-scale protests since Occupy Wall Street. Read More | Comment »

Local 7:00AM Mon. Dec. 1, the News Staff

Renaissance Man

Shortly after the bars closed Friday morning – between 2 and 2:30am – Steve McQuilliams began firing at the federal courthouse, then the Mexican Consulate (which he also attempted to set afire), then the Austin Police Department headquarters, where he was shot and killed, either by himself or a police officer. Read More | Comment »

Point Austin 2:29PM Sat. Nov. 29, Michael King

Protesting the Police

The last time members of this city gathered on such an occasion, in August, just days after news of Michael Brown’s death, there was an air of solemnity outside of the Capitol. The news was still in processing; the shock still reactionary. Read More | Comment »

Local 9:50PM Tue. Nov. 25, Chase Hoffberger

Judge Rules Against DNA Testing in Reed Case

A last-ditch effort to introduce new DNA testing into the case of Rodney Reed was denied Tuesday evening shortly after 5pm in a Bastrop County courtroom. Visiting Judge Doug Shaver ruled against the Bastrop native, on death row since 1998. Supporters for Reed said that Shaver’s reasoning was not clear. Read More | Comment »

State 6:11PM Tue. Nov. 25, Chase Hoffberger

Private Prisons Seek Broader Markets

A new report finds that prison corporations, stymied by prison reform, are seeking new markets for human product lines – if you can't jail ’em, find another way to make ’em pay. Read More | Comment »

Point Austin 8:00AM Mon. Nov. 24, Michael King

News Roundup: Immigration, Coyotes, and Convictions

In this week's news roundup – Ted Cruz continues his quest to be as oppositional as possible; no charges for an officer who fired at an oncoming car; Council finally resolves its "coyote conflict management strategy"; and more. Read More | Comment »

Local 7:16AM Mon. Nov. 24, the News Staff

Cruelty-Free Produce?

Visit any Austin supermarket, you’ll find produce labeled organic; eggs, free range. However, amid the profusion of claims, guarantees of good labor practices are few and far between. It’s true that it’s possible to buy Fair Trade coffee and chocolate. But when it comes to U.S.-grown produce, there are few certainties. Read More | Comment »

Local 5:26PM Fri. Nov. 21, Amy Kamp

Despite "Flawed" Process, SBOE Votes for Social Studies Textbooks

Instead of taking the time to review hundreds of pages of textbook revisions and public comments flooding the Texas Education Agency, a majority of the State Board of Education voted to approve contentious social studies textbooks Friday. Read More | Comment »

State 2:00PM Fri. Nov. 21, Mary Tuma

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