Chainsaws and dry socks: Austinites step up for neighbors during ice storm
Friends in North Austin removed downed trees from neighbors’ roofs, while closer to the city core, volunteers rushed to meet the immediate needs of people without homes — those most severely impacted by the freezing temperatures.
Austin doesn’t know when it’ll fully restore power as hundreds of thousands of Texans remain in the cold
Hundreds of thousands of businesses and households across Central and East Texas remained without power Thursday as utility crews continued scrambling to fix power lines downed by freezing rain and fa[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Texas woman accused of killing friend, taking baby sentenced
A Texas woman accused of killing a close friend in 2019 who had just given birth and abducting the baby as part of an elaborate scheme to pass the infant off as her own pleaded guilty to murder charges Thursday, prosecutors said. Magen Fieramusca, 37, was sentenced to 55 years in prison for the death of Heidi Broussard, 33, Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza announced in a statement. The conviction follows a crime in Austin, Texas, that began with the disappearance of a 3-week-old baby girl and was followed with widening interest as the investigation unfolded and police zeroed in on Fieramusca.news.yahoo.com
US, Philippines agree to larger American military presence
The United States and the Philippines have announced plans to expand America's military presence in the Southeast Asian nation, with access to four more bases as they seek to deter China’s increasingly aggressive actions toward Taiwan and in the disputed South China Sea.
Austin in Philippines to discuss larger US military presence
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is in the Philippines on Wednesday for talks about deploying U.S. forces and weapons in more Philippine military camps to ramp up deterrence against China’s increasingly aggressive actions toward Taiwan and in the disputed South China Sea. Austin flew Tuesday night to Manila from South Korea, where he met his counterpart and said the U.S. would increase its deployment of advanced weapons such as fighter jets and bombers to the Korean Peninsula to bolster joint training with South Korean forces in response to North Korea’s growing nuclear threat.news.yahoo.com
Winter weather leads to death in Austin, cancels school and flights across Texas
Winter weather has brought ice to a wide swath of the United States, causing the cancellation of more than 1,700 flights nationwide, snarling highway traffic in Arkansas and seriously injuring two law officers in Texas.
City of Buda makes 2 new hires
The City of Buda recently hired a new director for its Parks and Recreation Department and a new development project manager.The city selected Anthony “Tony” Host as its new Parks and Recreation direc[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Federal judge again threatens contempt-of-court fines for Texas’ slow progress on foster care reforms
The judge warned the state could be held in contempt of court for not following through with three mandates: youths not knowing their rights, not adequately responding to abuse allegations and still having too many children without placement.
A Billionaire’s Luxury Development Fuels Fight Over Texas Hill Country
(Bloomberg) -- A billionaire seeking to build a resort with luxury homes in the Texas Hill Country is facing off against neighbors opposed to development on environmental grounds, highlighting the growing tensions as the region’s economic surge fuels a boom outside Austin.Most Read from BloombergPension Funds in Historic Surplus Eye $1 Trillion of Bond-BuyingAdani’s Detailed Hindenburg Reply Now Said to Be Post-Share SaleAdani Rout Crosses $51 Billion as Stocks Plunge by Daily LimitsPutin Plansnews.yahoo.com
Gas prices continue to rise in San Marcos area
Gas prices in the San Marcos/Austin area rose 15 cents over the last week, according to AAA Texas.Drivers in the San Marcos/Austin area are paying an average of $3.15 per gallon of regular unleaded fu[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Gas prices continue to fluctuate, San Marcos drivers see marginal decrease
After gas prices in the San Marcos area rose nearly 30 cent increase over two weeks, fuel costs declined slightly over the past week.Drivers in the San Marcos/Austin area saw a $0.28 rise in the avera[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
State agency that oversees Texas power grid needs more money to do its job, Sunset Commission finds
The Public Utility Commission has about 200 employees but needs more to handle shoring up the state power grid and tackling an expanded list of regulatory duties, according to the state Sunset Advisory Commission.
Texas executes Robert Fratta after high courts reject challenges to expired lethal injection drugs
Fratta was convicted in the 1994 murder-for-hire of his wife. Lawyers unsuccessfully challenged Texas’ routine of extending the expiration dates of its lethal drugs, a practice begun when many pharmacies began refusing to provide doses for executions.
Family of Poteet officer killed in suspected DWI crash files lawsuit against driver and bar
The family of Poteet police officer, Jeffrey Richardson, who was killed by a suspected drunk driver while working a contract job in Austin has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver that hit him and the bar that served the driver — and they’re seeking more than one million dollars in damages.