Tag Archives: Austin

Texas AG Sues City Of Austin To Stop Mask Mandate

Fox News reports: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the state capital and its county for not lifting their mask mandates after Governor Greg Abbott rolled back the measure statewide, Fox News has learned. The lawsuit against the City of Austin and Travis County — where the capital city resides — came after Paxton threatened …

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TX Food Supply Chain Disrupted, Some Stores Empty

The Texas Tribune reports: Texans are running out of food. From farm to table, freezing temperatures and power outages are disrupting the food supply chain that people rely on every day. Across the state, people are using up supplies they had stockpiled and losing more as items start to spoil in dark refrigerators. Some are storing their remaining rations in …

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TX Man Smashes Grocer’s Windows In Mask Dispute

The Austin Statesman reports: Austin police have arrested a man who a North Austin grocery store says broke all of the business’ windows after an employee asked him to wear a mask. Police on Thursday told the American-Statesman that they had arrested 31-year-old Wayne Ayres in connection to the vandalism at Fresh Plus Grocer in Hyde Park. The store manager …

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Large Events Unlikely In Texas Capital For Rest Of 2020

The Austin Statesman reports: Large events like the Austin City Limits Music Festival or Texas Longhorns football games are not likely through the end of the year as the coronavirus pandemic continues, Austin Public Health officials said Wednesday. “The large events are the first thing that we turned off and are going to be the last thing we’re going to …

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TEXAS: Apple To Build Billion Dollar Austin Campus

NPR reports: Apple plans to build a 133-acre campus in Austin, Texas, that will cost $1 billion and employ 5,000 new workers, the company announced Thursday. The company says the move is expected to make it the largest private employer in Austin. Apple already employs more people in Austin, some 6,200 workers, than it does in any other city outside …

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AUSTIN: GOP Rep’s Home Is City’s #1 Water User

Well, this is a curious story. The Austin Statesman reports: The sprawling West Austin home of Congressman Mike McCaul used more city-supplied water than any other single-family residence in 2017, according to the Austin water utility. McCaul’s hillside home near Lake Austin was one of 22 residences calculated to have used more than one million gallons of city water in …

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Austin Police Chief Reverses: Bomber Was A Terrorist

The Washington Post reports: In the days since police cornered the suspected Austin bomber last week, authorities faced intense criticism from some quarters for the way they described the man who paralyzed their city with fear. Interim Austin Police Chief ­Brian Manley called the 23-year-old suspect, Mark Anthony Conditt, a “challenged young man” frustrated about troubles in his personal life.  …

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Austin Bomber Belonged To Christian Survivalist Group

The Independent reports: The Austin bomber was involved in a teenage Christian “survivalist” group that discussed weapons and dangerous chemicals, according to a childhood friend. Mark Anthony Conditt reportedly took part in a conservative outdoors club called Righteous Invasion of Truth (RIOT), in which home-schooled young people studied the Bible and were taught gun skills. Conditt attended RIOT events with …

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Austin Bomber Left 25-Minute Video Confession, Motive Still Unknown, Debate Rages Over “Terrorist” Label

The Austin Statesman reports: Austin bombing suspect Mark Anthony Conditt left behind a 25-minute video confession recorded on his phone, which authorities found with him after he killed himself with an explosive device early Wednesday, interim Police Chief Brian Manley said in a news conference Wednesday evening. Manley said the recording – which officials believe was made between 9 and …

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Feds Name Austin Bomber: Mark Anthony Conditt

Heavy.com reports: The suspect in five bombings that left two people dead and five others injured in Austin, Texas, has died after a confrontation with police in Round Rock, authorities said Wednesday morning. He has been identified as Mark Anthony Conditt, NBC News reports, citing two federal law enforcement sources. Conditt, a 24-year-old white male, was identified as the serial …

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Austin Bomber Kills Himself As SWAT Team Closes In

NBC News report: The suspect in a spate of bombings that terrorized residents of Austin, Texas, died early Wednesday after detonating an explosive inside his vehicle as a SWAT team tried to apprehend him on the side of a highway, officials said. Authorities had tracked the suspect — a 24-year-old white man — to a hotel in Round Rock, a …

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Austin-Bound Package Explodes At FedEx Facility

CBS News reports: The San Antonio Texas Fire Department says a package bomb bound for Austin has exploded at a FedEx distribution center in Schertz, Texas, hurting 1 person, a FedEx employee who apparently suffered a non-life-threatening “percussion-type” injury from the blast. The FBI and ATF are at the scene. An FBI agent told CBS “it’s more than possible” that …

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AUSTIN: Fourth Package Bomb In A Month Injures Two

NBC News reports: Police told residents of a neighborhood in southwest Austin to stay at home until 10 a.m. (11 a.m. ET) Monday after the fourth explosion in less than a month hit Texas’ capital, injuring two men. In a late-night news conference on Sunday, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley raised the possibility that a tripwire triggered the device in …

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TEXAS: Austin On Alert After Fatal Package Bombings

CBS News reports: Police in Austin say “similarities” between three package explosions in Texas’ capital city this month, two fatal, lead them to believe the incidents are related. The latest fatal incident, reported Monday morning, killed a 17-year-old boy and wounded a woman, Austin police chief Brian Manley said. The boy died at the scene and the woman in her …

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TEXAS: Gun Nuts To Stage Mock Mass Shooting

Unbelievable. Via the Austin Statesman: Gun rights groups say they will conduct a mock mass shooting this weekend at the University of Texas campus as they try to end gun-free zones. The Open Carry Walk and Crisis Performance Event will involve actors “shot” by perpetrators armed with cardboard weapons, said Matthew Short, a spokesman for the gun rights groups Come …

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TEXAS: Austin United Methodist Church Congregation Gives Standing Ovation After Same-Sex Marriage Proposal [VIDEO]

From the clip recap: We were asked to share our faith story in front of our congregation at First United Methodist Church of Austin. This is a church that has welcomed us and changed our lives. All are welcome, no exceptions. As members of this incredible church family we have grown as Christians, individuals, and as a couple. After 9 …

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TEXAS: County Judge Rules Same-Sex Marriage Ban To Be Unconstitutional

Via the Austin Statesman: Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman ruled Tuesday that the Texas ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, but the county will not issue marriage licenses to gay couples, at least for now. Herman ruled as part of an estate fight in which Austin resident Sonemaly Phrasavath sought to have her eight-year relationship to Stella Powell deemed …

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TEXAS: Christian Activist Christine Weick Hijacks Podium At Muslim Event

You’ll remember Christine Weick for her conclusive proof that Monster Energy drinks were invented by Satan and from her disruption of a Muslim prayer event at Washington DC’s National Cathedral. Today the allegedly homeless Weick found her way to Austin, Texas, where she rushed the microphone during Texas Muslim Capitol Day to scream about Jesus. Via the Austin Statesman: What …

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TEXAS: Exorcism At Starbucks

Via Raw Story: An exorcism performed outside a Starbucks coffee shop in Austin, Texas, was caught on video, mySA reported on Wednesday. In the video, a group of men can be seen with their hands placed another man, who is spewing saliva into a red plastic cup. “All your legions of poison. All your legions out! Out! All your legions …

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AUSTIN: Drunk Driver Plows Into SXSW Crowd, Two Killed, Dozens Injured

CNN reports: An intoxicated driver fleeing police plowed his car into a crowd at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, killing two people, authorities said early Thursday. The man and woman killed were riding their light motorcycles, said Art Acevedo, chief of the Austin Police Department. At least 23 others were hospitalized, some with multiple internal injuries. A suspect …

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