San Antonio, Austin economic development groups formalize partnership
San Antonio workforce development organization greater:SATX is officially partnering with Austin economic development group Opportunity Austin to promote legislative priorities designed to further bolster commercial growth and job creation in their areas and across Texas.communityimpact.com
NASA Webb telescope captures star on cusp of death
The Webb Space Telescope has captured the rare and fleeting phase of a star on the cusp of death. NASA released the picture Tuesday at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas. The observation was among the first made by Webb following its launch in late 2021.news.yahoo.com
For Asian Americans, Yeoh, Quan's Oscar wins are theirs too
Ke Huy Quan’s comeback story from childhood star of ’80s flicks to win a best supporting actor Oscar, coupled with Michelle Yeoh’s historic win as the first Asian best actress winner ever had viewers of Asian descent shedding happy tears — and grinning.
2023 Innovation Lab to showcase student-led research during SXSW
Texas State University will host the 2023 Innovation Lab, an interactive event showcasing student- and faculty-run technology projects, on Sunday, March 12, during the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Tickets on sale now for ‘Hairspray’ at Bass Concert Hall June 13-18
Tickets for Broadway in Austin’s performances of “Hairspray” are on sale now through Texas Performing Arts. The new North American tour will play at Bass Concert Hall June 13 - 18 as part of the Broadway in Austin 2022-2023 season.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] Features San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Street takeovers could cost more than jail time, says top law enforcement in Harris Co.
Four top law-enforcement officials in the Harris County region warned Thursday of severe consequences for those plotting illegal “street takeovers” to promote street racing or reckless driving like recent events in Austin and Houston.
Abbott creates state task force to address 'street takeovers' in Austin
Street takeover spurs governor’s action Gov. Greg Abbott has created a statewide task force after several “street takeovers” recently took place in Austin in which motorists obstructed intersections, shot off fireworks and drove recklessly.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] Opinions San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
City of Alamo staff, officials attend RGV Day at state capitol
City of Alamo staff and officials made a trip to Austin last week to meet with state legislators. According to a news release, Alamo City Manager Bobby Salinas, Assistant City Manager Alexandra Rangel, Commissioner Okie Salinas and Commissioner JR Garza joined a delegation of over 100 Rio Grande Valley local officials for RGV Day at the state capitol. “Infrastructure was also top of mind for city officials,” the release stated. “As the City of Alamo has grown, so has the need for improvements to several key roadways within the city. 196 recognizing February 22, 2023, as Rio Grande Valley Day at the State Capitol.myrgv.com
Severely understaffed, defunded Austin PD on verge of retirement wave after city council 'pulls rug out' again
Police in Austin, Texas, told Fox News Digital that the city's already slim police force is set lose at least 40 more officers in response to the city's handling of a new contract.foxnews.com
Pence urges Ukraine support as GOP hopefuls split on US aid
Former Vice President Mike Pence says the U.S. should step up support for Ukraine, marking the one-year anniversary of the Russian invasion with calls for faster military aid that put him out of step with some of his likely 2024 presidential rivals.
Gov. Greg Abbott starts state task force on street takeovers
During a recent street racing incident, Austin residents faced long 911 wait times. City officials say they need to increase staffing for 911 call takers, but state license and background check requirements make it difficult to fill positions.
Infrastructure, transportation top goals for Weslaco in Austin
For Weslaco, drainage, infrastructure and transportation top those needs. By Wednesday, Weslaco had already had sit-downs with the Texas Water Development Board, the Department of Transportation and the General Land Office, Suarez said. Weslaco is funding the project via a 70/30 split of loans and grants from the agency, the mayor explained. TWDB funding is key to accomplishing the project, Suarez said. Ultimately, the city of Weslaco’s legislative goals dovetail with more regional priorities — something which makes an event like RGV Days so important.myrgv.com
Texas Gov. Abbott launches task force to crack down on street takeovers after Austin chaos, police crisis
The Lone Star State's governor announced a new effort to crack down on organized street race takeovers such as the one that recently threw intersections in the state capital into chaos.foxnews.com
Tesla engineering HQ leaving Texas to return to California, Musk announces
Elon Musk announced during a joint press conference with California Gov. Gavin Newsom that Tesla would be returning its global engineering headquarters to California, two years after a dramatic exit that saw the electric car company leave the Golden State for a facility in Austin, Texas.news.yahoo.com
Philippines eyes South China Sea patrols with US, Australia
The Philippines is in talks with the United States as well as Australia on future joint patrols in the South China Sea, where China's increasingly aggressive actions in the disputed waters are causing concern, top defense officials in the three nations said Wednesday. U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin called his Philippine counterpart, Carlito Galvez Jr., to reiterate Washington’s support and commitment to help defend its oldest treaty ally in Asia after a Chinese coast guard aimed a military-grade laser at a Philippine patrol vessel near a disputed shoal.news.yahoo.com
New family and child welfare commissioner foreshadows change as agency plans to outsource case management
Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner Stephanie Muth told lawmakers Friday the agency will require a different set of skills from its employees as it changes how foster children’s cases are managed.
A new winter storm and old problems raise questions about Austin leaders’ response to crises
As newly elected Austin Mayor Kirk Watson and a City Council with an array of fresh faces review their first major crisis, the city’s top officials once again find themselves trying to figure out why the city botched its response to a significant weather event.
Generators, spoiled food: Slow power repairs anger Austin
The future of Austin’s top city executive plunged into jeopardy Monday as outrage boiled over power outages that have left thousands of people without electricity in the Texas capital for nearly a week and are likely to drag on for days longer.
Chainsaws and dry socks: Austinites step up for neighbors during ice storm
Friends in North Austin removed downed trees from neighbors’ roofs, while closer to the city core, volunteers rushed to meet the immediate needs of people without homes — those most severely impacted by the freezing temperatures.
US, Philippines agree to larger American military presence
The United States and the Philippines have announced plans to expand America's military presence in the Southeast Asian nation, with access to four more bases as they seek to deter China’s increasingly aggressive actions toward Taiwan and in the disputed South China Sea.