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Investigators Find More Evidence After Bombs Are Discovered Near San Antonio

Mar 20, 2018
Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

A string of bombings in Austin this month have the city on edge. Two people have been killed and four others hurt. The most recent explosion in Austin - the fourth -- was Sunday. Two men were sent to the hospital.

The Austin Police Department, state, and federal agencies are racing to figure out who's behind the bombings.

Today , the radius of their investigation grew. Early this morning, a package exploded at a FedEx facility in Schertz, Texas...outside of San Antonio. And that was just the beginning. Texas Public Radio's Joey Palacios starts our story.

Heather Claborn

The state of Texas has confirmed more than 19,000 cases of the flu this season.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared this the worst flu season in a decade.  KACU’s Heather Claborn reports local health officials say flu activity is higher than normal, and and are hoping a vaccine clinic this weekend will help lessen the virus’s impact.

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Texas will host the first primary of the 2018 election season.  Texans have until Monday, February 5th to register to vote.  Freda Ragan, Taylor County Election Administrator, shares information on what people need in order to register and to vote.

  https://www.taylorcountytexas.org/212/Elections

Hendrick Home for Children

As Hendrick Home for Children lays out plans for a major renovation, Abilene's City Council is discussing whether it's time to reconsider the city's Historic Preservation Ordinance.  The ordinance, which was enacted in 1985, provides over $50,000 a year in property tax reductions to assist owners in the maintenance and rehabilitation of their historic properties.  But some City Council members are concerned that the ordinance gives Abilene too much power if a property owner does not want the designation.  KACU's Haley Remenar spoke with Assistant City Manager, Mindy Patterson.

Each January during the peak of duck and quail hunting season, dozens of falconers descend on central Texas to share hawking stories and meet other falconers from across Texas and other states as far as Oregon. The Texas Hawking Association annual field meet in Abilene is the third largest meeting of raptor owners in the country. KACU’s Haley Remenar has the story. 

Abilene is working on a plan to replace water meters in the city with smart meters that save money. On Thursday the city council approved a master plan for the city's water infrastructure. City manager Robert Hanna sat down with KACU's Haley Remenar to discuss the potential changes. 

Congressman Jodey Arrington On Obamacare, DACA

Sep 18, 2017
U.S. Rep. Jodey Arrington, R-Lubbock
KACU

As Congress continues to debate issues like Obamacare, DACA and how to handle national debt, people in Abilene may be wondering how they will be represented. Congressman Jodey Arrington, representative for the Abilene area and District 19, joined Haley Remenar in the studio to talk about some of these issues. 

Texting While Driving Is Now Illegal In Texas

Sep 6, 2017

 

It is now illegal to text while driving in the state of Texas.  A law banning texting while driving was one of hundreds of new state laws that went into effect on September first.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, one in five car crashes in Texas is caused by distracted driving. TxDot Executive Director James Bass said the new law sends a clear message to Texans to put down their phones and focus on the road.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, many people may be wondering how to be prepared for emergency situations. The Abilene Taylor County Public Health District is offering emergency preparedness kits with information about what to do in a crisis event. 

A constant stream of relief is making its way to south Texas from Abilene as individuals and organizations do what they can to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. A tractor trailer full of supplies was packed today at Global Samaritan Resources, it will be delivered in Corpus Christi this weekend. McMurry University students and faculty were volunteering to sort and pack goods inside the Global Samaritan warehouse.

Jeremy Leech wants to give back to the woman who saved his life.

“I got a kidney transplant on December 21 and my donor lives in Rockport,” Leech said. “Once the hurricane hit we knew we needed to help her in some way.”

He posted on social media about his efforts to collect donations and the response has been great. People have been dropping of donations at his business, J. Shea’s Jewelers in Abilene.

“We’ve got water, pet food, dog food, canned goods, blankets, cleaning supplies, peanut butter, gas cans and trolling motors,” Leech said.

Today kicks off the new school year for for Abilene ISD, it’s also meet the teacher day at Abilene’s early learning center. Abilene consolidated its Woodson, Reagan and Locust campuses, moving everyone to Long Early Learning Center where more than 800 students, all 3- and 4-years-old, will attend the renovated facility.

Teachers like Beverly Self are overjoyed to welcome students into brand new classrooms

“I have so much room, I have so much storage and we have a beautiful window in the back and I’m just really excited to see all we can do in this school,” Self said.

The Abilene city council has had a busy week with discussions ranging from sidewalks, to city boards to development at the airport. City manager Robert Hanna offered a analysis of the week's events. (Transcription of audio coming shortly)

The Abilene Police Department has been understaffed for several years because officers are retiring faster than new recruits join the force. Abilene City Manager Robert Hanna said the APD is authorized to have 216 officers, but has only about 189 officers. The city is working on a new plan that will give APD the funds to hire more officers for the academy than what was originally set in the budget. It takes 18 months to train new hires because the Abilene police academy is longer and more rigorous than many other departments.

Monday night the Abilene ISD board voted against changing the board election process to single-member districts. After months of public discussions, they voted against changing the election methodology, despite pressure from community members. Timothy Chipp, education reporter for the Abilene Reporter News, joins me to talk about what the vote means for the district.

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