Austin Becomes 'Everytown'

Call it morning presser syndrome. Although Texas open carry advocates came out in force in response to a recent South by Southwest gun control panel, only a handful congregated outside City Hall for today's Austin launch of Everytown for Gun Safety. Their only visible firearm was printed on a "Come and Take It" flag. Read More | Comment »

Local 3:45PM Wed. Apr. 16, Brandon Watson

Carstarphen Out, Cruz In

There was no white smoke sighted over the Carruth Administration Center last night, but there's a new boss in town. Sort of. After trustees accepted departing Superintendent Meria Carstarphen’s resignation, the board voted to appoint Chief Schools Officer Paul Cruz as her interim replacement. Read More | Comment »

Local 12:47PM Wed. Apr. 16, Richard Whittaker

We’re Our Own Grandpaws

Having postponed much of last week’s agenda – when the president requests your presence, something’s gotta giveCity Council members left themselves plenty to do this week, including the return of “vested development rights” (i.e., grandfathering) and the proposed historic zoning of the Baylor House (“Then There’s This,” April 11). Oh, and beerRead More | Comment »

Local 2:30PM Tue. Apr. 15, Michael King

Austinist Shuts Down

Damn near every young writer in Austin saw some semblance of their reportorial upbringing end Monday as the Austinist, an arm of the extensive, locally focused Gothamist network, announced shortly at 4pm that it was shutting its interactive doors. Read More | Comment »

Media Watch 6:29PM Mon. Apr. 14, Chase Hoffberger

Carstarphen Out

One of the final components of Superintendent Meria Carstarphen's exit from Austin ISD is in place. Today, the board of education of Atlanta Public Schools formally voted to hire the current Austin ISD CEO. Read More | Comment »

Local 4:39PM Mon. Apr. 14, Richard Whittaker

UT Faculty Respond to 'Shared Services'

In an April 8 letter addressed to UT-Austin President Bill Powers, three distinguished faculty members – joined by at least 108 others – asked Powers to withdraw support for the "Shared Services" plan to eliminate as many as 500 staff positions in order to improve "business productivity" on campus. Powers had endorsed the plan in a memo the previous week. Read More | Comment »

Local 12:15PM Mon. Apr. 14, Michael King

Abbott Turns Open Records into Campaign Stunt

"Are you or have you ever been in the company of President Obama?" That's the gist of the latest oddball step from gubernatorial hopeful Attorney General Greg Abbott as his campaign attempts to paint his Democratic opponent Sen. Wendy Davis as … a Democrat. Read More | Comment »

On the Lege 11:15AM Mon. Apr. 14, Richard Whittaker

City Issues Post-Flood Report

On Friday, April 11, City Manager Marc Ott released the Austin and Travis County “After Action Report” on the Oct. 13, 2013 Halloween flood. The review involved 31 city and 10 county agencies, and four regional “stakeholders." In his transmittal memo, Ott noted 171 actions items needing improvement, which he said would be completed within six months. Read More | Comment »

Local 4:53PM Sun. Apr. 13, Michael King

SBOE Votes a Little Ethnicity

In a 12-2 vote today, the State Board of Education approved a proposal that will allow local school districts to develop courses in Mexican-American, African-American, Asian-American and Native American studies. The move was a compromise; advocates had asked for the addition of a Mexican-American elective to the official curriculum. Read More | Comment »

State 12:34PM Fri. Apr. 11, Michael King

Bill McKibben Visits UT

In a week abuzz with appearances from political and civil rights leaders, UT will also be hosting a bonafide rock star. Graham Nash and Mavis Staples may be bringing down the house at the LBJ Library's Civil Rights Summit, but there is only one ticket in town for environmentalists – Bill McKibben. Read More | Comment »

Local 11:00AM Wed. Apr. 9, Lizzie Jespersen

Saldaña Considering AISD Trustee Race

Talk about poacher turning game keeper: Paul Saldaña, a regular figure in Austin education politics as a campaign consultant and activist, is considering running for the Austin ISD board of trustees this November. Read More | Comment »

Local 8:25AM Wed. Apr. 9, Richard Whittaker

Goodman Out, Garza In

Later this afternoon, City Council candidate Delia Garza is filing her campaign treasurer designation for District 2 - and her treasurer will be former Mayor Pro Tem Jackie Goodman, who is stepping aside and "enthusiastically" endorsing Garza. Read More | Comment »

Local 1:00PM Tue. Apr. 8, Michael King

November Calling: PACs Form on Rail Vote

As November’s expected vote on a transportation bond nears, Austinites are beginning to form groups and taking positions on mass transit. Two groups have formed in expectation of support for the fall bond; a third, unhappy with the initial Project Connect plans, expects to oppose the bond. Read More | Comment »

Local 9:00AM Tue. Apr. 8, Mac McCann and Michael King

Riley and Tovo Join the Mix

The new 10-district City Council will feature at least nine new council members, as all but two incumbents are term-limited from running again. CM Mike Martinez has announced for mayor. And the two eligible to run – Chris Riley and Kathie Tovo – were both drawn into the new District 9, and have just confirmed they’ll be running against each other. Read More | Comment »

Local 9:30AM Mon. Apr. 7, Michael King

‘Martinez for Austin’ Kicks Off Campaign

Arriving by bicycle to join a crowd of supporters on the hillside across from Barton Springs, incumbent City Council Member Mike Martinez formally kicked off his “Mike Martinez for Austin” mayoral campaign this morning by emphasizing his working-class roots and his family inspiration, saying he would “fight for every single person in Austin.” Read More | Comment »

Local 1:30PM Sat. Apr. 5, Michael King

Death Watch: Expert Opinion

It was just after 10 pm on October 14, 1997. Lera Lich was reading the newspaper when she looked up to see Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas on the porch outside the bedroom she shared with her husband, Glen, in their home on rural property in Kerr County. Read More | Comment »

State 10:48AM Fri. Apr. 4, Jordan Smith

New HB 2 Suit Challenges Regulations That Could Shutter All But Six Texas Clinics

Just less than a week after an appeals court upheld two provisions of the controversial House Bill 2, abortion providers on Wednesday filed a second lawsuit attacking the bill's hospital admitting privileges provision, and challenging the legality of a requirement that all clinics comply with standards devised for surgical centers. Read More | Comment »

State 8:08AM Thu. Apr. 3, Jordan Smith

Breaking: Active Shooter Reported at Fort Hood (UPDATED)

According to multiple sources, Fort Hood is on lockdown due to an active shooting incident. Read More | Comment »

State 5:21PM Wed. Apr. 2, Brandon Watson

Abortion Providers to File Second Suit Against HB 2

Days after an appeals court upheld two provisions of the controversial House Bill 2, abortion providers today said they will file a second lawsuit, again attacking the hospital admitting privileges provision, and lodging a new attack against the legality of a requirement that clinics comply with standards devised for surgical centers. Read More | Comment »

State 1:34PM Wed. Apr. 2, Jordan Smith

UPDATED: Death Watch: Most Notorious

UPDATE: A federal district judge in Houston has stayed the execution of serial killer Tommy Lynn Sells and that of another condemned inmate, until the Texas Department of Criminal Justice makes available to them, via a protective order, information about the drugs it intends to use to execute them. Read More | Comment »

State 12:44PM Wed. Apr. 2, Jordan Smith

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