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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, February 17th, 2016

TxDOT finishes new Interstate 35 ramps, overpass turnarounds in Buda, Kyle

The Texas Department of Transportation has completed an $11.6 million package of Interstate 35 construction intended to improve safety and ease congestion in Buda and Kyle.

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Federal lawsuit claims excessive force by Austin police

One week after an Austin police officer shot and killed an unarmed, black 17-year-old, two San Antonio tourists filed a federal excessive force lawsuit against several Austin Police Department officers.

Friday, February 12th, 2016

Derailed: Union Pacific puts brakes on Austin-San Antonio commuter rail

Union Pacific will no longer consider rerouting its Central Texas freight traffic to make way for commuter rail between Georgetown and San Antonio, quite possibly killing the decade-old effort to build a regional rail transit system.

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Hays, Caldwell impose burn ban as drought conditions ease upward

With high winds and low humidity in the forecast, the Hays County Commissioners Court this week reinstated a ban on outdoor burning in unincorporated areas of the county. Officials in Travis and Caldwell counties also imposed burn...

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

I-35 main lanes — all of them — to close for bridge demolition in San Marcos, Kyle

Interstate 35 — all main lanes in both directions — will be closed nightly starting this weekend for demolition of the old Yarrington Road overpass in northern San Marcos and southern Kyle.

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Travis County officials confirm first case of Zika virus

Travis County health officials on Thursday confirmed the first case of the Zika virus in the county.

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Nominations open for two Pedernales Electric board director seats

This in today from Pedernales Electric Cooperative spokesperson Kay Jarvis about a forthcoming election for two board of director seats: District 4, which encompasses Wimberley, Dripping Springs and much of western Hays County, and District 5, which...

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Petition may force vote on Austin regulations for Uber, Lyft

With less than two weeks to go before Austin’s stricter vehicle-for-hire ordinance goes into effect, a group backed by Uber and Lyft says it has collected enough signatures to overturn or force a public vote on the...

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Fantasy sports sites involve illegal gambling, Texas AG says

While placing bets in fantasy sports leagues may involve skill, there is still an element of chance that would equate such leagues with illegal gambling in Texas, Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a nonbinding opinion released...

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