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Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Georgetown, New Braunfels top nation’s fastest-growing cities list

Led by Georgetown, Texas has four of the nation's 10 fastest-growing cities, as inner-city housing woes and suburban economic growth create "outward pressure" in metro areas.

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Fire causing West plant explosion was intentionally set, officials say

Three years after a West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion killed 15 people, including 12 firefighters and first responders, state and federal officials said Wednesday that someone set that fire, committing a criminal act.

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

Austin voters reject proposition backed by Uber, Lyft

Austin's Proposition 1, a ride-hailing ordinance supported by Uber and Lyft was defeated Saturday. With all precincts reporting late Saturday night, 48,673 (about 56 percent) voted against the ordinance and 38,539 voted for it.

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Construction to close northbound I-35 in Austin

Construction crews will close the northbound lower deck main lanes of Interstate 35 from 12th Street to Airport Boulevard, as well as one northbound lane on the Interstate 35 upper deck in Austin, from 11 p.m. Wednesday,...

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Paying off toll roads could top $30 billion, TxDOT says

If Texas decided to pay off the construction debt for nearly all of its toll roads tomorrow, the price tag would be somewhere in the neighborhood of $30 billion – at least according to a preliminary report...

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Hays County again ranked fastest-growing among surging Texas suburbs

Two other central Interstate 35 corridor counties — Williamson and Comal — also make the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest top 10 list.

Friday, March 4th, 2016

Barton Springs conservation district drafts new Trinity Aquifer pumping rules

Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District officials have established guidelines for groundwater pumping in a previously unregulated portion of the Trinity Aquifer in Hays County.

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

MPOs holding public meetings on Austin, San Antonio infrastructure plans

Regional planning organizations based in Austin and San Antonio are holding public hearings on updates to their four-year plans for transportation infrastructure spending. The schedules include meetings in Lockhart, Kyle and Dripping Springs.

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Texas 130 toll road operator files for bankruptcy

A private company that operates part of the Texas toll road with the highest speed limit in the country filed for bankruptcy Wednesday, fewer than three years after the section of the road it oversees first opened.

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

San Marcos to reopen flood-damaged Lower Purgatory park this weekend

Trails in Lower Purgatory Creek Natural Area will reopen Saturday, March 5 but work continues as crews repair the extensive damage caused by last year’s historic flooding.

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