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Friday, November 20th, 2015

Commentary: It’s time for an Austin-San Antonio regional airport

San Antonio City Council member JOE KRIER writes that Interstate 35 corridor leaders should ‘seriously discuss the creation of a regional airport — a DFW for Central Texas.’

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Gov. Abbott declares state of disaster in six Central Texas counties

Six Central Texas counties — Hays, Caldwell, Guadalupe, Comal, Travis and Bastrop — are among 15 counties formally declared disaster areas today by Gov. Greg Abbott following flooding and a tornado between Oct. 22 and Oct. 31.

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Driven by economics and lifestyle, tiny houses find takers in Central Texas

The average cost of an owner-built tiny house is $23,000, a tiny fraction of the average home price in the Austin area.

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Behold: More stunning Texas Hill Country photos that resist description

The Hill Country Alliance’s annual photo contest attempts to bridge the disconnect between abstract ideals of environmental conservation and the very real consequences of failing to achieve those goals.

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Key legislators cut deal to fund Texas Racing Commission for 90 days

Racetracks in Texas are able to resume operations Wednesday after state officials agreed to temporarily fund the Texas Racing Commission. But discussions continue over a long-term resolution for the commission.

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

State to extend no-interest loans to veterans rebuilding from Blanco flood

Military veterans whose homes were damaged by the Memorial Day weekend flood and other natural disasters this summer will be eligible to apply for no-interest home improvement loans under a relief program being developed by the Texas...

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Retama Park, other Texas race tracks reopen after legislators okay stopgap

UPDATE 11:52: a.m. SEPT 2 | The state’s racetracks, including Retama Park in Selma, were shuttered on Tuesday but reopened Wednesday morning after key legislators agreed to temporary administrative funding for the Texas Racing Commission.

Monday, August 31st, 2015

After brief delay, UT-Austin removes Confederate statue

The Jefferson Davis statue will no longer cast a shadow on the University Texas main mall after its removal Sunday morning.

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Blue Bell on its way back to San Marcos area stores

H-E-B in San Marcos expects to restock a limited selection of Blue Bell ice cream early next week — before they are available in New Braunfels or San Antonio. The creamery recalled all of its products April...

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Austin sues Texas over ‘imbalance’ in property appraisal system

The city of Austin filed a lawsuit Monday against the state of Texas charging that the current property appraisal system is unconstitutional and creates “an imbalance in the tax burdens between residential and commercial property owners.”

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