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PEC offering $100,000 in scholarships

Eligible high school and home-schooled seniors will have a shot at applying for various financial aid scholarships from Pedernales Electric Cooperative this month. more

Leander ISD trustees approve LED scoreboards

When the Friday night lights beam up for the 2018 high school football season in the Leander school district, new LED video scoreboards will be toting game scores and showing game replays in high resolution images at the A.C. Bible, John W. Gupton and Ed W. Monroe stadiums. more

Analysis: On Texas’ high property taxes, there’s plenty of blame to go around

Texas state senators are touchy, touchy, touchy when it comes time to hand out blame for rising property taxes. They’ve spent a decade hacking away at the state’s share of public … more

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton warns three school districts to cease "unlawful electioneering"

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last week issued cease and desist letters to three Texas school districts he says are conducting "unlawful electioneering," adding one more chapter to an ongoing … more

LISD Trustees approve Aug. 16 start date for 2018-19 calendar

Leander ISD Board of Trustees chose an alternative 2018-19 school calendar at its Thursday, Feb. 15 meeting that will have classes starting Aug. 16 and summer break starting May 31.  more

Texas Republicans getting almost 90 percent of money flowing into state elections

Political money follows political power, and in Texas that means it’s mostly going to Republicans, who scooped up almost 90 cents of every dollar that’s gone into state campaign coffers so far in … more

Trump tells Cornyn he's open to tweaking gun background check system

President Donald Trump told U.S. Sen. John Cornyn last Friday that he backs efforts by Texas' senior senator to revamp the nation's background check system for purchasing firearms, the White House … more

After Florida shooting, Texas Sen. John Cornyn plans to talk gun policy with a leading Democrat

Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said on Thursday that he wanted to sit down with one of the leading Senate Democrats to talk gun policy in the wake of Wednesday's mass shooting at a South Florida high school. more

Cruz braces Texas GOP for volatile election season amid Democratic enthusiasm

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is preparing Texas Republicans for a turbulent election year amid super-charged Democratic enthusiasm — including in his own re-election campaign.  more

Leander mayor’s race to include three candidates

Cedar Park and Leander residents have until 5 p.m. Friday to step forward to run for election to city council seats this year. Election day is May 5 and early voting is April 23-May 1. more

26 students join forces with Dell

Twenty-six high school seniors from all over Leander ISD gained the experience of a lifetime to work with Dell on building computer hardware, data this week. This is the most students at one job site than any other in the program.

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Students gain experience teaching in American Sign Language

Leander ISD students fluent in American sign language helped teach history and work through homework problems with a group of deaf students at Deer Park Middle School in Round Rock ISD, last week during COOL week.

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COOL Week interns gain museum curation insights

Vista Ridge Seniors Ricki Castanieto and Matthew Glattfelder took part in COOL week, an internship program for LISD high schools, which allows students to shadow an employee with a career in their targeted field.

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The flowers man: Lakeline Oaks resident surprises ladies with flowers every week

Since July of last year, 84-year-old Andy Carver has made it his mission to buy a bouquet of flowers each week and give them to a widowed woman resident at Lakeline Oaks as a surprise. No one knows who it will be, they just know “Andy is the flower man.” 

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Cedar Park City Council rejects Vietnam War veteran statue over diversity concerns

The Cedar Park City Council rejected a plan for a new Veteran’s Memorial Park statue at its Feb. 8 meeting. Two female council members said it’s time for more women to be represented in the city’s military service memorials. more

Here's how Texans can get involved in their party conventions

Texas primary season is quickly approaching, which means some Texans are wondering how they can engage with state politics beyond just casting votes. by Regina Mack and Sierra Juarez, The Texas Tribune Feb. 7, 2018 Today’s Texplainer … more

"Bathroom bill" fizzles as Republican primary issue

The "bathroom bill," once touted as a surefire issue for the 2018 Republican primaries, is barely registering in them with less than a month until Election Day. Last year, state lawmakers waded … more

Abbott announces sweeping plan to combat sexual misconduct, human trafficking

Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday announced a sweeping proposal aimed at better protecting people from human trafficking as well as tackling sexual misconduct allegations at the Texas Capitol and … more

Analysis: A cloudy day for sunshine laws in Texas

It might deflate your confidence in the state of Texas to find that the people protecting your access to government information have their thumbs on the scale. That they’re playing favorites. … more

National Weather Service, AccuWeather trade blame for false tsunami warning that alarmed Texans

Around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, residents of Texas' Gulf Coast — as well as many on the East Coast and in the Caribbean — woke to a tsunami warning. Thirty minutes later, the National Weather … more
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