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AUSTIN
Austin sales tax revenues down again
When the State of Texas cuts the City of Austin a check this month for its share of sales tax revenue, and it will once again be smaller than the one before.
FULL STORY >> 5/6/2009 10:09 PM
AUSTIN
2 qualified candidates race to replace Lee Leffingwell
Two highly-qualified candidates want your vote to finish out the two years left in mayoral candidate Lee Leffingwell's term.
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SAN MARCOS
San Marcos tube rental shop fire intentionally set
The San Marcos fire marshal says the fire that destroyed the Lions Club Tube Rental shop in San Marcos was intentionally started. Now the group is scrambling to find a ways to open in time for the busy summer season.
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San Marcos tube rental shop fire intentionally set
AUSTIN
Austin mayoral election politics steam up in final days
Mayoral candidate Lee Leffingwell says Brewster McCracken violated the city's campaign finance laws. A group backing McCracken says Leffingwell wants to start charging for free parking.
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AUSTIN
Perry campaign poll shows gubernatorial race narrowing
A new poll done by Gov. Rick Perry's campaign is stirring up the Republican primary race for Texas governor.
FULL STORY >> 5/6/2009 10:05 PM
Child deaths due to abuse, neglect up in Bell County
BELTON
Child deaths due to abuse, neglect up in Bell County
Numbers relating to child abuse and neglect in Bell County are higher than the state average. Organizations in Central Texas are trying to combat it.
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AUSTIN
Officials say apartment fire started accidentally
A massive apartment complex fire that affected about 300 people has been declared accidental. Officials also released damage estimates.
FULL STORY >> Updated: 5/6/2009 1:24 PM
BUDA
New stretch of SH 45 to open to drivers Thursday
Last week, a ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the completion of a 7.5-mile stretch of State Highway 45.
FULL STORY >> 5/6/2009 10:16 PM
AUSTIN
Willie Nelson's long-time friend, stage manager dies
Poodie Locke, owner of Poodie's Hilltop Bar and Grill in Spicewood, has died.
FULL STORY >> 5/6/2009 6:50 PM
Willie Nelson's long-time friend, stage manager dies
BURNET
Train strikes 75-year-old woman in pickup truck
A 75-year old Burnet woman was killed just before noon Wednesday on US Highway 281 near County Road 1855.
FULL STORY >> 5/6/2009 10:20 PM

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SAN MARCOS
Hays County Jail fails inspection
The Hays County Jail has failed an inspection and the county has been told to take action, or face the possibility of the state closing the facility.
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Hays County Jail fails inspection
Church, radio station help fire victims
AUSTIN
Church, radio station help fire victims
Iglesias Familiar Ebenezer Church and nonprofit 1440 AM Radio Vida help Monday's apartment fire victims get the things they need.
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WACO
Waco courthouse needs some TLC to keep history alive
From a leaky roof to termites, one Central Texas courthouse has had its fair share of problems, but people in the community say it's worth the upkeep to preserve the 107 year old landmark.
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Waco courthouse needs some TLC to keep history alive
AUSTIN
Driver in rollover accident charged with manslaughter
The wreck happened at the Grelle Recreation Center near Lake Travis Monday, Jan. 19. Investigators said five children were in the bed of a truck that rolled over. 
FULL STORY >> 5/6/2009 9:42 PM
HARKER HEIGHTS
Harker Heights home built on wrong piece of land
Future plans for a Harker Heights family of nine have been put on hold. They built a house on property they believe is rightfully theirs. Now all parties are in litigation.
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ROUND ROCK
Round Rock needs public input on growth, development
The City of Round Rock wants to know how you feel about everything from transportation to the environment and other factors affecting quality of life.
FULL STORY >> 5/6/2009 1:12 PM
AUSTIN
Soaring Medicaid enrollment pinches state budget
Projections obtained from the Legislative Budget Board indicate the recession has caused Medicaid enrollment to rise dramatically. Based on these projections, state leaders will need to add about $1 billion to the budget to cover these increases.
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AUSTIN
Displaced fire victims assess damages, destruction
The Red Cross of Central Texas is assisting with the recovery process for about 100 people displaced by a massive Monday apartment complex fire.
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AUSTIN
Lady Bird Lake Paddling Trail opens
It's 11 miles of designated waterway with maps, signs and trail information for water enthusiasts of all levels to enjoy.
FULL STORY >> 5/6/2009 10:09 AM Watch Video...Add to Video Cart...
TRAVIS COUNTY
2nd H1N1 case confirmed in Travis County, 1 UT student probable
After the Texas Department of State Health Services confirms a Cameron County woman with the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, died, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the second case of H1N1 in Travis County.
FULL STORY >> Updated: 5/5/2009 6:14 PM

 

Austin sales tax revenues down again
5/6/2009 10:09 PM
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The City of Austin learned Wednesday that sales tax revenue was down a just a bit more than 9 percent for the month of May.

The number puts Austin down 9.9 percent since the start of the fiscal year.

Overall Austin saw the biggest drop of all major Texas cities. Houston was the only one to see an increase.

May's revenue drop was not unexpected at Austin City Hall.

The city manager has cut the city's budget, based on a 10-percent decline. For there to be no more budget cuts this year, the city will need to see some positive sales tax numbers.

 

News 8 Austin taped a series of candidate forums for the upcoming Austin City Council and mayoral election. View each of the forums in its entirety:
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Place 1 candidate Perla Cavazos


Place 1 candidate Chris Riley

2 qualified candidates race to replace Lee Leffingwell
5/6/2009 7:17 PM
By: Reagan Hackleman

Both are highly qualified and neither is a stranger to City Hall, but only one can have the Austin City Council seat being vacated by mayoral candidate Lee Leffingwell.
Perla Cavazos served on the City of Austin Planning Commission for more than two years, according to her Web site. She also served as vice chair of the City of Austin Commission for Women, and was president of the Austin Women's Political Caucus.

"At the state level, I've worked on education. I've worked on business and commerce. I've worked on property tax issues," Place 1 candidate Cavazos said.

Chris Riley chaired the Downtown Commission and the Planning Commission, and co-founded the Alliance for Public Transit and Austin CarShare, according to his Web site. In 1997, he founded the Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association.

"I've been involved in a wide range of issues affecting our city," Place 1 candidate Riley said.

When asked what three issues qualify as the highest priority for the City of Austin, Riley said the economy, transportation and keeping Austin's character.

"There are an awful lot of folks out there who think the city could be doing better, and I think that's right," Riley said.

He plans to tackle those issues with the help of the people who call Austin home.

"If we just work together and find ways to integrate citizens in our city's decision making, then our city can really rise to our expectations of what we should be," Riley said.

Cavazos said her top three issues include the economy, keeping Austin affordable and planning for the future.

"We need leadership that is a relationship builder and a coalition builder, and I have experience doing that at both the local and state level," Cavazos said.

If elected, Cavazos would become the first Hispanic woman elected to city council.

"There are lots of neighborhoods and individuals and groups that are feeling disconnected from what's happening at City Hall," Cavazos said. "So I hope to broaden the range of interest and participation to City Hall."

Both want to tackle similar issues and both want your help finding solutions for those issues. Now it's up to you to decide who gets an office at City Hall.

 

 


The Lions Club Tube Rental shop was set a blaze on April 27.
 San Marcos tube rental shop fire intentionally set
5/6/2009 5:34 PM
By: Russell Wilde
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San Marcos Lions ClubPresident Mike Rhoades said one file cabinet and a couple of signs were all that could be salvaged from a fire that destroyed almost all their supplies.

"We had it all. We were ready to go. We were planning on opening last Saturday," Rhoades said.

Fire Marshal Ken Bell said all the supplies at the Lions Club Tube Rental shop made the fire worse.

"They had just about everything they could possibly store on site," he said.

Tens of thousands of dollars in tubes and other supplies were destroyed by a fire that was intentionally set. The fire marshal said they have "substantial leads" in the case, but so far no charges have been filed.

The incident has made it harder for the Lions to give to the more than 100 charities the tube rental business helps support.

"Whenever you go and jump in the river, you're not only enjoying a relaxing time on our great river but you're paying money into a good cause," San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz said.

Now after decades of giving, the Lions are finding themselves receiving donations of money and services from the community.

 

"We've given and given and given and that's what we do, we serve. Our motto is, 'We serve.' And now the public is coming back and serving us, in a sense," Rhoades said.

The tube rental will open in a temporary building near the burned site. New tubes have been ordered and soon their trademark river taxis will be back on the streets, carrying a full load.

"It's really gratifying to know that the people really care and appreciate what we're doing," Rhoades said.

The tube rental will be open May 16 and 17 and then seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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