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Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Abbott’s trip shows shifting politics of U.S.-Cuba relations

Gov. Greg Abbott's upcoming trip to Cuba comes as the politics surrounding the United States' relationship with the country appears to be shifting, even within Abbott's own party.

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, November 19th, 2015

Man charged with arsons at San Marcos fast food restaurants

James David Burleigh, 28, is charged with three counts of arson, second-degree felonies punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fines of up to $10,000 per offense. He is being held at the Hays...

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

San Antonio council hikes water rates in anticipation of Vista Ridge pipeline

The San Antonio City Council on Wednesday unanimously — albeit cautiously — approved plans for a sizable water rate increase that will pay, in part, for a controversial, $3.4 billion water pipeline.

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Hays County jury seems stuck so far on key question in murder sentencing

UPDATED 8:41 a.m. OCT. 28 | Seven days into Louis Antonio Ramos Jr.’s murder trial, a Hays County jury was unable on Tuesday to agree on a prison sentence for the Driftwood man who witnesses on...

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

State judge moves ‘Bernie’ sentencing to neighboring county

Convicted murderer Bernie Tiede's new sentencing trial will be moved from Carthage — where he killed 81-year-old Marjorie Nugent nearly two decades ago — to Henderson, in a neighboring East Texas county.

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Four months after flood, homes still sought for displaced pets

In Wimberley, shelters are still struggling to house lost pets resulting from the Memorial Day weekend flood along the Blanco River.

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

‘Bernie’ back in court today for infamous 1996 murder

As the 19th anniversary of Marjorie Nugent's murder looms, her killer, Bernhardt "Bernie" Tiede II, returns to an East Texas courtroom Tuesday where attorneys will spar in advance of a new sentencing hearing that will determine whether...

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Jury convicts man of killing landlord during Driftwood tirade

Louis Antonio Ramos Jr. faces up to to life in prison after his being convicted on Monday of one count of murder, a first-degree felony, and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree...

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Electro Purification seeks permits to pump far less than feared from Trinity Aquifer

Electro Purification LLC, the Houston-based company whose groundwater pumping plans have roiled Hay County politics, has applied for a permit to pump 100 acre-feet annually from the Trinity Aquifer — far less than feared by the project’s...

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