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Hard-line conservatives lose big in Texas House runoffs

If most Texas House Republican primary runoffs split the party into two warring factions, voters on Tuesday clearly chose a side. Establishment Republicans backed by groups like the Associated … more

Voter turnout in a Texas Democratic gubernatorial runoff hasn’t been this low in nearly 100 years

A tiny fraction of Texas registered voters had an outsized impact on the May 22 runoffs. Here’s a look at what you need to know about Tuesday night’s election returns — and what … more

Lawsuit claims one of Texas' top Republican judges fired his secretary for supporting Democrats on social media

A former secretary to a judge on Texas’ highest criminal court, a nine-member panel of Republicans, claims in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday that she was fired for her Democratic-leaning … more

WilCo to step up seat belt enforcement May 22 - June 4

Deputies with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office will be stepping up enforcement randomly beginning Tuesday, May 22 to June 4 as part of the “Click it or Ticket” campaign. “Seat … more

5-vehicle rollover accident on RM 620 sends 10 to hospital

A five-vehicle accident involving a Lake Travis fire engine sent 10 to the hospital and backed up traffic on the already-congested RM 620 for hours last Wednesday. All four firefighters aboard … more

New fire station breaks ground in Santa Rita Ranch

The Santa Rita Ranch development off north Ronald Reagan Boulevard will be the site of Liberty Hill’s second fire station, anticipating an increased need for emergency services along the … more

Leander Old Town Festival

Families from around the area came out to Leander's Old Town Street Festival to enjoy rides and games while sampling food and handmade crafts as well as live music. more

LISD employees could see raises soon

The Leander ISD board of trustees reviewed a plan that would increase compensation for all district employees, approved the use of unassigned epinephrine on its campuses and considered programs … more

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus creates work group to combat sexual harassment in the Legislature

Months after reports detailed a pervasive culture of sexual harassment at the state Capitol, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus on Wednesday announced another measure to address the issue … more

Sworn In: Council members sworn in at Leander meeting

Three Leander City Council members took their oaths of office at last Thursday’s council meeting following an official canvassing of votes after the May 5 election.Incumbent Michelle Stephenson was … more

When Texas standardized tests have glitches, special education students can be deeply affected

When technical problems in 2016 affected more than 14,000 computerized State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness — or STAAR — tests, Sarah Martinez questioned whether online … more

Leander considers special permits for classic car shop, food truck bar

A Leander junkyard wants to change its image. Property owners in north Leander want to bring food trucks to town. The City of Leander will hear public comments on both proposals at their meeting … more

Alamo Drafthouse coming to Cedar Park

The top-rated movie theater in country will open a new location in Cedar Park as a part of the city’s first mixed-use development. The Cedar Park City Council last week unanimously approved an … more

Voters to decide congressional races in runoff Tuesday

Two Democrats will face off in next Tuesday’s primary runoff election seeking the nomination to challenge longtime incumbent Republican John Carter of District 31. Carter’s district encompasses … more

Leander Old Town Street Festival this weekend

Leander’s popular annual outdoor festival, the Old Town Street Festival, opens in downtown Leander on Friday, May 18. Local and national artisans will bring handmade crafts and country music stars … more

Leander public library receives grant

Leander public library receives grantStaff ReportsThe Leander Public Library will begin a new program aimed at creating a national discussion about reading, thanks to a $2,000 grant from the American … more

They failed to unseat Joe Straus and Byron Cook. Now, can they best the House leaders’ favored successors?

If the gavel-wielding silhouette of retiring Texas House Speaker Joe Straus will be the most conspicuous absence when the Legislature reconvenes in 2019, the empty chair of House State Affairs … more

In reversal, Texas agency says ex-FBI agent who called Islam "barbaric and evil" can't train law enforcement

After receiving complaints from advocacy groups about officers getting education credit for taking a class taught by an anti-Islamic speaker, the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement reversed an … more

How the "bathroom bill" helped push a Republican PAC to spend millions on moderates in Texas

In September, the Texas Capitol was finally starting to calm down. A couple of contentious legislative sessions had pitted the Legislature’s Republican centrists against hard-line … more

Cedar Park murder-suicide leaves father dead, daughter on life support

Two men were killed and the 23-year-old niece of the shooter was critically wounded in what police say was a murder-suicide in Cedar Park on Saturday. John Michael Garcia, 45, of San Antonio was … more
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