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Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Hurricane Harvey slams Texas coast

Hurricane Harvey, the most powerful storm to strike Texas since 1961, slammed the Texas coastline late Friday and early Saturday, leaving thousands without power, damaging buildings and pouring down rain that is expected to cause catastrophic flooding in coming days.

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

UT-Austin removes Confederate statues in the middle of the night

In a surprise move, workers at the University of Texas at Austin removed multiple Confederate statues from a prominent grass mall on campus late Sunday night.

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

In Central Texas, bats rule the roost as a tourist attraction

Texas is home to some of the largest bat colonies in the U.S., and 13 of them are located in Central Texas. Mexican free-tailed bats dominate the Texas skies in comparison to other species. More than 31...

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Williams dove for cover as gunman began firing

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams said he dove for the dugout as a gunman began shooting Wednesday morning during a GOP congressional baseball practice in Virginia. U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise and one of Williams' staffers were among those...

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Will Texas lawmakers ax tree ordinances in more than 50 cities?

Dozens of cities and towns in Texas, including San Marcos, have ordinances aimed at protecting trees. During the special legislative session, Gov. Greg Abbott wants to change that.

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

UT police on stabbing spree: ‘This was not a conspiracy’

Police said the student who stabbed four people on the University of Texas at Austin campus didn't appear to be targeting anyone in particular.

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Trump administration doesn’t view Austin as ‘sanctuary’ city, mayor says

Austin Mayor Steve Adler said he was reassured by United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday that neither his city nor Travis County are considered “sanctuary” jurisdictions.

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Feds: Travis County recently released more than 140 undocumented inmates wanted by feds

Travis County officials declined dozens of requests from federal immigration agents to hold inmates in the days leading up to the county's recent showdown with Gov. Greg Abbott over its new "sanctuary" policy.

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Texas poised to spend $2.5B on urban highway projects

As budget writers and lawmakers eye billions in voter-approved highway money for other matters, transportation officials are touting high-profile projects that will benefit from those funds.

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Abbott proposes removing any officeholder who ‘promotes sanctuary cities’

Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that he and state lawmakers will pursue legislation that would “remove from office any officeholder who promotes sanctuary cities.”

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