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Austin shooting: Police still searching for fugitive with 3 dead, shelter in place lifted

Austin shooting: Police still searching for fugitive with 3 dead, shelter in place lifted

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police are still searching for the suspect after three people were killed in a shooting near an apartment complex in the Arboretum area of northwest Austin.The scene was previously reported as a possible active shooter situation, however, Austin Police Department now says it appears it was an isolated domestic event.After more than five hours of shelter in place requirements, Austin police lifted that order for the northwest Austin area near the search around 4:40 p.m. SWAT units and helicopters that were searching a heavily wooded area, three adults (two women and...

April 18, 2021
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More Texans would support Matthew McConaughey for governor over Greg Abbott, poll shows

More Texans would support Matthew McConaughey for governor over Greg Abbott, poll shows

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Oscar-winning Texan Matthew McConaughey could give incumbent Governor Greg Abbott a race of cinematic proportions in the 2022 election.That’s according to a from and University of Texas Tyler, which surveyed 1,126 registered adult voters — a group composed of 30% Democrats, 37% Republicans and 33% who don’t identify as either.Results showed 45% of voters would support McConaughey over Abbott if the actor decided to run for governor. Thirty-three percent said they’d support Abbott over McConaughey and 22% said they’d vote for someone else.McConaughey’s teased a political run...

April 18, 2021
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MASKS STILL REQUIRED: Austin will keep rules, despite Texas mandate lift

MASKS STILL REQUIRED: Austin will keep rules, despite Texas mandate lift

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin City Council has announced that residents will still be required to wear face masks, despite beginning Wednesday.The order operates as a public health mandate — under the recommendations of Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott.“In Austin, we’re committed to saving lives. Period. If state officials don’t want to do their jobs protecting people from the virus, then we will,” said Austin City Council member Greg Casar. “This action is both legal and the right thing to do. If state officials choose to sue, they’ll be going out of their way to harm the health of...

March 9, 2021
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Do Facebook and Twitter silence conservatives? Data shows they actually dominate

Do Facebook and Twitter silence conservatives? Data shows they actually dominate

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Republican lawmakers say conservative voices are being silenced on social media — but what do the metrics say?On Friday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced he was joining Sen. Bryan Hughes’ , which they say will prohibit platforms f rom censoring conservative — and/or free — speech., social media sites with over 100 million users would be prohibited from censoring posts based on a person’s viewpoint — and users who say they’ve been censored would be able to sue a site for it.“Conservative speech will not be cancelled in the state of Texas,” Abbott said. “[This bill] would...

March 6, 2021
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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton left for Utah during winter storm, power outages

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton left for Utah during winter storm, power outages

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Following a firestorm of criticism over Texas Senator during the state’s winter storm, it now appears Cruz wasn’t the only Texan lawmaker to leave the state.According to a Monday report from , Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton traveled to Utah to meet with his counterpart, Sean Reyes, and participate in a police training program demonstration, a representative for Paxton told the Dallas outlet.Meanwhile, the Utah Attorney General’s Office commented that Paxton and Reyes met last Wednesday to go over a current antitrust lawsuit against Google.While a Paxton representative...

February 22, 2021
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‘Where’s John Cornyn?’: Twitter users theorize Texas senator’s location in wake of winter storms

‘Where’s John Cornyn?’: Twitter users theorize Texas senator’s location in wake of winter storms

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As several state, local and national politicians move to help Texans receive , many in the Lone Star State are noting the “” of Republican Senator John Cornyn — especially in the wake of the state’s other senator, Ted Cruz, sparking outrage with a flight to Cancun last week.On Sunday, “WheresCornyn?” and “WheresJohnCornyn” both appeared on Twitter’s trending page, with many knocking the senator’s response to the devastating storms and lack of visibility in their wake.Increased pressure for the senator to have a more vigorous response also come in the wake of notable...

February 21, 2021
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Beto O’Rourke blames ‘ineptitude’ of Gov. Abbott, Texas Republicans for mass power outages

Beto O’Rourke blames ‘ineptitude’ of Gov. Abbott, Texas Republicans for mass power outages

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Former Texas Rep. and U.S. presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is calling out Texas Republicans, including Gov. Greg Abbott, for what he says is “inept” leadership responsible for the current mass power outages for Texans during record-breaking cold weather.As of Wednesday morning, there are about 2.7 million homes in Texas who still do not have power, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which manages the flow of electric power in the state.Throughout Monday and Tuesday, even more millions had been without power for days as scheduled “rolling...

February 17, 2021
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declares investigation into ERCOT after mass power outages during freeze

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declares investigation into ERCOT after mass power outages during freeze

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas Governor Greg Abbott is calling on the state legislature to investigate the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) after millions of Texans were left with no power for days during record-breaking cold temperatures.The move comes as Abbott declared reform of the council, which manages power flow in the state, an emergency item for the current legislative session. Later Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, the leader of the Senate, said the Senate Business & Commerce committee will hold hearings on the winter weather power outages in Texas.As of Tuesday morning, at...

February 16, 2021
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Has J.J. Watt played his last game with the Houston Texans? Here’s the big football rumor

Has J.J. Watt played his last game with the Houston Texans? Here’s the big football rumor

HOUSTON (KXAN) — As rumors fly that Houston Texans’ star quarterback , the team now faces the possible loss of another big name: its celebrity defensive end J.J. Watt.and NFL Network commentator Mike Garafolo, Watt wants “clarity” on his future with the franchise — and the team is aware that they have a decision to make.“Is he going to be in Houston next year? A very open question, so much goes into it,” said NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport on Saturday. “He’s in the last year of his deal. It just makes me wonder: is this the end for J.J. Watt in Houston?”Watt, 31, has been one of the teams...

January 30, 2021
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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...

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