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APD: Man at center of SWAT incident in SW Austin dead after shooting with officer, house fire

APD: Man at center of SWAT incident in SW Austin dead after shooting with officer, house fire

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A visit from the City of Austin for lawn care resulted in gunfire, a large house fire and an officer-involved shooting Wednesday in southwest Austin. The man involved was later taken to an area hospital where he died, Austin police said.According to the Austin Police Department, the situation began around 9:16 a.m., when the Austin Code Department and APD officers visited a resident to serve a warrant in the 10600 block of Pinkney Lane. Code enforcement intended to conduct lawn maintenance after complaints of high weeds and grass.“They attempted to cut the lawn for him, and...

Oct 27
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Abbott vows to make Texas a ‘2nd Amendment Sanctuary State’ in response to Biden gun plan

Abbott vows to make Texas a ‘2nd Amendment Sanctuary State’ in response to Biden gun plan

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Gov. Greg Abbott is vowing to make Texas a “2nd Amendment Sanctuary State” after President Joe Biden announced new executive actions on ghost guns Thursday.Abbott sounded off on Twitter, saying “Biden is threatening our 2nd Amendment rights. He just announced a new liberal power grab to take away our guns. We will NOT allow this in TX. It’s time to get legislation making TX a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary State passed and to my desk for signing.”“The outcome for a bill like this would almost inevitably be a challenge in court,” said Jim Henson, Executive Director of The Texas...

April 8, 2021
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PHOTOS: Severe storms hit parts of Central Texas, bringing hail and causing damage

PHOTOS: Severe storms hit parts of Central Texas, bringing hail and causing damage

Top video courtesy of Brian PolkAUSTIN (KXAN) — Strong to severe storms left a trail of damage in parts of Central Texas and the Hill Country late Monday night.Bertram . KXAN viewers sent in the below photos of damage to older buildings in the town.Decent-sized hail, some measuring almost two inches in diameter, also fell in the Central Texas. This video taken by Jennifer Goehring shows the hail coming down and covering the ground like snow in Burnet.More viewer pictures from the Lake Buchanan area show hail bigger than quarters.We’ll continue to add this story as more viewer pictures and...

March 23, 2021
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Texas man arrested near VP Kamala Harris’ home, law enforcement was monitoring him for weeks

Texas man arrested near VP Kamala Harris’ home, law enforcement was monitoring him for weeks

WASHINGTON (KXAN/CNBC) — A San Antonio man was arrested by the U.S. Secret Service near Vice President Kamala Harris’ residence in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, . A rifle and ammo were found in his car, which was at a parking garage.CNBC said the man is identified as 31-year-old Paul Murray. He is charged with carrying a dangerous weapon, carrying a rifle or shotgun outside of a business, possession of unregistered ammunition and possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device.He was found outside the Naval Observatory, where Harris’ home is located. The home is undergoing...

March 18, 2021
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California variant of COVID-19 detected in University of Texas community

California variant of COVID-19 detected in University of Texas community

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The University of Texas at Austin said Monday the variant of COVID-19 discovered in California, or B.1.429, has been detected among the campus community.This is the second variant to be found by UT’s Genomic Sequencing and Analysis Facility — the first being the United Kingdom variant or B.1.1.7. in early February.“We are still learning about the B.1.429 variant. There is very little data available at this point regarding its transmissibility, whether it can lead to more severe illness, and the degree to which currently available vaccines protect against it,” the email...

March 15, 2021
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‘I will sue you’: Texas AG Ken Paxton gives City of Austin deadline to rescind mask mandate

‘I will sue you’: Texas AG Ken Paxton gives City of Austin deadline to rescind mask mandate

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is threatening to sue the City of Austin, after the city decided to keep its mask mandate and COVID-19 orders in place despite Gov. Greg Abbott’s order to lift those protocols Wednesday statewide.“You and local health authorities have until 6:00pm today to rescind any mask mandates or business-operating restrictions and come into full compliance with GA-34,” . “Otherwise, on behalf of the State of Texas, I will sue you.”He called out Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Judge Andy Brown in the tweet.In a letter to Adler and Brown,...

March 10, 2021
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Cell phone data tracks missing Texas State student Jason Landry’s route before his disappearance

Cell phone data tracks missing Texas State student Jason Landry’s route before his disappearance

LULING, Texas (KXAN) — More details have been released in the ongoing search for missing Texas State University student Jason Landry, including cell phone data tracking his travel before his car crashed.Landry, 21, disappeared in mid December on his way home to Missouri City, Texas, after he crashed his car off Salt Flat Road near Luling. The car was found abandoned and so were some personal belongings including clothing, his cell phone, wallet and a backpack.Investigators said Landry left his San Marcos apartment at 10:55 p.m. on Dec. 13 for his journey home. Here’s a timeline of where his...

January 30, 2021
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Local pharmacies can start vaccinating people in Phase 1B ‘immediately’

Local pharmacies can start vaccinating people in Phase 1B ‘immediately’

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas health officials are giving local pharmacies the go-ahead to start vaccinating those in Phase 1B for COVID-19 while Phase 1A is still underway.On Tuesday, Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner Dr. John Hellerstedt released the following statement to local providers with shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine:“All providers that have received COVID-19 vaccine must immediately vaccinate healthcare workers, Texans over the age of 65 and people with  that put them at a greater risk of severe disease or death from COVID-19. No vaccine should be kept in...

December 30, 2020
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Austin officer suspended for driving recklessly, pulling out gun after collision

Austin officer suspended for driving recklessly, pulling out gun after collision

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin Police Department officer was suspended for 60 days for reportedly driving erratically and pulling a gun on another driver who rear ended him when he was off duty.A Nov. 10 memo from Chief Brian Manley says on May 23, officers were called out to Red River Street and East Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard after a caller reported someone had pulled a gun on him after a collision they were in.When they got to the scene, the memo says police found the 911 caller and Officer Thomas Tuminelli with his personal car. It was found that “immediately after the collision...

November 21, 2020
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Order limiting Texas counties to one mail-in ballot drop-off location shut down by U.S. judge

Order limiting Texas counties to one mail-in ballot drop-off location shut down by U.S. judge

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A U.S. district judge granted an injunction Friday which bars enforcement of Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s order limiting counties to a single mail-in ballot drop-off location.Abbott , when voting was already underway, according to the judge.U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman said the order would create confusion among voters and place an unnecessary weight on some to travel far distances and wait in long lines.Pitman said these types of burdens “fall disproportionately on voters who are elderly, disabled, or live in larger counties.”The Texas Democratic Party said Abbott’s...

October 10, 2020
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