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  • More than just a toll roads agency: CTRMA touts transit, bike and walking infrastructure

    06/01/2019 5:59:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Austin Monitor ^ | May 15, 2019 | Jack Craver
    The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority’s ability to build new toll roads may be temporarily stymied by opposition from state leaders, but the agency is keeping busy with major ongoing projects. While the great majority of its spending is on expanding roadway capacity for cars, CTRMA Executive Director Mike Heiligenstein emphasized the millions the agency is investing in bike and pedestrian infrastructure in a Tuesday presentation to the Travis County Commissioners Court. The $108 million construction of State Highway 45 SW, linking MoPac Expressway with FM 1626, will be accompanied by a 4.5-mile shared-use path, along with pedestrian and bicycle...
  • Roky Erickson, Legendary Psychedelic Musician, Dies at 71

    06/01/2019 11:05:18 AM PDT · by bassmaner · 52 replies
    Variety ^ | 5/31/2019 | Chris Morris
    Had the pleasure to see Roky perform on several occasions: he was a unique talent and extremely underrated.
  • The Clown Show Continues (Pro Abortion protest)

    05/24/2019 6:55:35 PM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    The Clown Show Continues ^ | May 24, 2019 | The Clown Show Continues
    The Clown Show Continues More from Kaitlin Bennett's visit to the circus in Austin, Texas. ***VIDEO IS 7 MINUTES LONG*** In this one protesters says it's okay to kill a child UP TO THREE YEARS!!
  • The Circus Comes to Austin (pro abortion rally)

    05/23/2019 8:25:42 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    Liberty Hangout ^ | May 22, 2019 | Liberty Hangout
    The Circus Comes to Austin Kaitlin Bennett visits the circus in Austin, Texas. **VIDEO IS 15 MINUTES LONG, WARNING THE USUALLY CLASSINESS FROM THE LEFT***
  • Man kicked off Southwest flight for vodka joke: 'You can’t say anything to anyone'

    05/15/2019 3:07:42 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 74 replies
    Yahoo Lifestyle ^ | May 14, 2019 | Elise Solé
    A man was thrown off of a Southwest Airlines flight for a joke about vodka, which was allegedly directed at a surly crew member. As first reported by Fox 40, the unnamed passenger was escorted off the Wednesday flight from Sacramento, Calif., to Austin, Texas, for making a joke after a long delay that made the cabin and crew annoyed and restless.
  • Texas Cracks Down On 'Wild, Wild West' Of Motorized Scooters

    05/05/2019 4:29:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies ^ | May 5, 2019 | Timothy Meads
    If you've been to any major city recently, you've probably noticed people whirring by on motorized scooters to get from point a to be point b. At first what seemed like a convenient and affordable way to venture across a city has now become hazardous and annoying for pedestrians as more and more scooter rental companies pop up, leaving their riders all the more brazed in their travel on their rental transportation.The Texas Senate just passed a bill "that would crack down on increasingly popular motorized scooters, including setting speed limits and banning the use of rented scooters on sidewalks." “We...
  • conservative activist speaks out after false accusation from illegal immigrant

    04/19/2019 10:52:11 AM PDT · by bitt · 17 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/19/2019 | Jason Hopkins
    Codias Brown was arrested for allegedly stalking a woman, but his phone location data later showed he was nowhere near the area of the alleged crime. Brown’s legal team believes the woman’s attempts to obtain a U-visa are related to her making the now-dismissed accusation against him. Brown, a longtime political activist and operative, is calling on the Trump administration to reform its visa laws to prevent the incentive for U-visa fraud. A longtime conservative operative is calling on the Trump administration to reform the country’s visa laws after he was falsely accused of a crime he said an illegal...
  • Whooping cough at the Capitol (Austin, TX): Letter urges lawmakers to see a doctor

    04/06/2019 5:10:18 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 19 replies
    KVUE News in Austin, TX ^ | 25 March 2019 | Molly Oak
    AUSTIN, Texas — A lawmaker said a child on the Capitol floor on Thursday was diagnosed with whooping cough. "I had my daughter with me on Thursday on the floor as I do on many days. On Friday in the afternoon my phone started blowing up.” Erin Zwiener, a state representative, said she immediately reached out to her pediatrician. "It was particularly worrisome because whooping cough can be deadly to infants," said Zwiener. "It’s a disease that, for most adults, is a really bad cold, but many young children don’t survive it." Dr. Maria Monge is a pediatrician who said...
  • Lib Dark Money Group to Receive Private Briefing by House Dem. Nadler.....(follow the money)

    04/04/2019 11:24:27 PM PDT · by caww · 27 replies
    freebeacon ^ | 4/4/2019 | Brent Scher and Joe Schoffstall
    The largest donors on the left will be given a 'private briefing on investigations' into President Donald Trump by House Jud. Committee chairman 'Jerrold Nadler' during a 'secretive' Texas gathering this week, according to documents obtained exclusively by the Washington Free Beacon. 'The Democracy Alliance', a group of millionaire and billionaire funders of the liberal movement,is holding its Spring Partner Retreat and Strategy Conference at the Four Seasons hotel in Austin, where security has been patrolling the meeting areas since Wednesday. As always at the group's secretive meetings, all programming is off the record and closed to members of the...
  • UT tennis coach Michael Center arrested for allegedly accepting nearly $100K in bribes

    03/12/2019 12:26:08 PM PDT · by bgill · 47 replies
    kvue ^ | Mar. 12, 2019 | Andrew Wilson
    Center is the head coach of the men’s tennis team at the University of Texas at Austin. According to court documents, a witness told investigators that in 2015, Center agreed to accept approximately $100,000 from the witness as a bribe, in exchange for Center to designate a student as a UT tennis team recruit, thereby facilitating his admission to UT. The documents said the student was a California resident who did not play competitive tennis... clients paid anywhere from $100,000 to $6.5 million... The University of Texas gave the following response to KVUE: “Federal authorities notified us this morning that...
  • In Her First Town Hall, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Came Off As A Leftist, Not a Centrist

    03/11/2019 11:03:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 03/11/2019 | David Marcus
    Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, complete with lei, took the stage at SXSW in Austin to do her first town hall as a presidential candidate Sunday night on CNN. The 37-year-old Iraq War veteran is running for president and would be the youngest, first woman, and first Hindu president in our nation’s history. Many pundits have placed Gabbard in the center or even right of the Democratic Party. If so, the center or right of the Democratic Party is pretty leftist. Her first question was about American intervention in the rest of the world, and how she could be against American...
  • A Vote For Illegals? Pelosi Says New Immigrants Must Not Have Their Votes Suppressed

    03/09/2019 6:49:41 PM PST · by MNDude · 37 replies
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi at a press conference in Austin, Texas, focused on “new immigrants” and their right to vote. When we talk about newcomers, we have to recognize the constant reinvigoration of America that they are, that we all have been – our families. And that, unless you’re blessed to be Native American – which is a blessing in itself that we respect – but that constant reinvigoration of hope, determination, optimism, courage, to make the future better for the next generation, those are American traits. And these newcomers make America more American. And we want them, when they come...
  • Lawsuit Launched Challenging Texas Highway Project's Threat to Endangered Salamanders

    03/03/2019 11:12:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Center for Biological Diversity ^ | February 28, 2019 | Jenny Loda and Kelly Davis
    AUSTIN, Texas— The Center for Biological Diversity and Save Our Springs Alliance today filed a notice of intent to sue the Texas Department of Transportation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over an Austin highway construction project’s threats to the federally endangered Austin blind and Barton Springs salamanders. The conservation groups recently learned that the MoPac Intersections Project has exposed at least 21 underground caves, sink holes and other karst features that provide habitat for the endangered salamanders. There is a high risk that construction will pollute the two species’ habitat by introducing silt and pollutants to the subsurface. The...
  • Texas DPS says Tango Blast is one of the fastest growing gangs in Texas [tr]

    03/01/2019 9:47:47 AM PST · by bgill · 22 replies
    kvue ^ | Feb. 26, 2019 | Erica Proffer
    The Texas Department of Public Safety's "Gang Threat Assessment" from 2018 shows Tangos in Austin had “the highest number of arrests for homicide and sexual assault” and “continue growing at a fast rate and maintain the highest membership numbers among all Texas-based gangs.” The FBI warns Tango Blast works with cartels and ranks in the top three gangs for cross-border crimes, including child sex trafficking. “They are associated sometimes with the cartels that are pushing narcotics through the I-35 corridor, and into the city itself. They are associated with them, but we don’t see random acts of violence with [other]...
  • Mayor Adler sends coveted queso recipe to the moon

    02/23/2019 8:45:36 AM PST · by bgill · 9 replies
    kxan ^ | Feb. 23, 2019 | Matthew Prendergast
    Mayor Steve Adler revealed the contents of a letter that'll be placed on the moon in about 40 days. It's part of the Arch Mission Foundation's goal to archive all human knowledge in space. The letter was on Space X's Falcon Rocket that launched from Cape Canaveral this week. Adler included Kerbey Lane's highly-coveted secret queso recipe. He said the challenge of eating queso in zero gravity is, "one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win." He also said maybe next time- they'll remember the chips. Also on the...
  • DNA results found in 900+ untested rape kits in Austin police backlog

    02/22/2019 5:52:57 AM PST · by bgill · 22 replies
    kxan ^ | Feb. 22, 2019 | Wes Wilson
    The Austin Police Department could potentially reopen dozens of rape investigations after getting the results from its backlog of 2,665 untested rape kits. About 35 percent of the rape kits tested brought back positive DNA findings, which could mean as many as 933 cases. Austin Police outsourced the DNA testing of the untested rape kits to labs in other states to help tackle the backlog. All the testing was completed in April 2018 and now that investigators have the results, they are "reopening and beginning to work cases that correspond with kits that yielded positive results," according to a City...
  • 'Statue of Liberty climber' detained after eight-hour protest atop Southwest Key

    02/21/2019 3:06:34 PM PST · by bgill · 40 replies
    kvue ^ | Feb. 20, 2019 | Drew Knight
    After approximately eight hours perched atop the Southwest Key building, a protester finally came back to ground level and into police custody Wednesday night. The woman, who garnered national attention in July 2018 by climbing the Statue of Liberty as part of an immigration protest, was spotted in Austin on Wednesday performing another protest. Therese "Patricia" Okoumou, 44, climbed Austin's Southwest Key building surrounded by police and EMS officials. Seventy officers were on the scene throughout the day, straining police resources in the area. Southwest Key is a local contractor that houses immigrant children who are detained at the border....
  • Man sentenced to 10 months in jail after filming women at an Austin Forever 21

    02/20/2019 6:08:43 AM PST · by bgill · 11 replies
    kxan ^ | Feb. 19, 2019 | Brittany Glas
    A man arrested and charged nearly two years ago on one count of invasive visual recording was sentenced by a judge Tuesday to 10 months in state jail. In March 2017, the man used his cell phone to record women changing their clothes in the dressing room at the Forever 21 store in Barton Creek Square Mall. According to the affidavit for his arrest, Martin Ammerman, 42, had more than 60 videos and 100 pictures of women in various stages of undress on his phone when Austin Police encountered him. He bonded out of the Travis County Jail shortly after...
  • The past, present and future of I-35

    02/14/2019 10:50:08 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    KVUE ^ | February 13, 2019 | Rebeca Trejo
    AUSTIN, Texas — Deep in the heart of Texas is an artery that's been clogged for decades. According to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, the portion of Interstate 35 that runs through downtown Austin is the third-most congested highway in Texas. About a quarter of a million cars in the Austin area use it daily. Gabrielle Guevara, a New Orleans native who works as a nurse at the Austin Cancer Center in Georgetown, drives on I-35 every day. She describes her commute home as "frustrating." "When I first moved here in August, I thought it was going to be about...
  • Woman exposed herself at two street patios in downtown Austin, police say

    02/01/2019 4:55:42 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 83 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | January 30, 2019 | Roberto Villalpando
    Austin police arrested a semi-nude woman who was pleasuring herself at two street-level patios Tuesday afternoon on Congress Avenue in downtown Austin, court documents said. The woman, 26-year-old Dovie Nickels, has been charged with indecent exposure and was in Travis County Jail on Wednesday with bail set at $3,000, court documents say. Two officers, responding to a complaint from the JW Marriott Austin hotel around 5:20 p.m., encountered Nickels across the street, sitting alone at a patio table at Second Bar + Kitchen in the 200 block of Congress Avenue, according to an arrest affidavit. When an officer approached, she...