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Questions loom after shooting death

Questions loom following officer involved shooting

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Crews work overnight to contain fire

Crews work through night to contain wildfire

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Highlights From Pope Francis' Quote From Monday
Pope Francis Spoke with CBS News and members of the press aboard the papal plane earlier today in route to Rome.
 
Headlines out of this briefing:
 
The Pope said that It is not a crime to be gay, 'who am I to judge a gay person who follows God?'
 
The Pope also talked about the role of women in the church should be more prominent.
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Aggie QB Tossed Out of UT Fraternity Party
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Austin-Football Hero, Retires
Former Westlake and Texas A&M Football standout Ryan Swope has been put on the Injured / Retired list by the Arizona Cardinals.  

See full story, here: http://bit.ly/174o598

Ryan released this statement through his agent:

“As a result of a concussion I suffered during OTAs, I was advised by doctors that there were serious risks in returning to play football at this point. It has been a lifelong dream to play in the NFL but my long-term health interests outweigh my current goals for football. Because of that, I am electing to retire from the game for now and and then reassess my future after this season. In the meantime, I plan to return to Texas A&M to pursue my degree.

"I want to thank the Arizona Cardinals organization for the opportunity and their support. I wish the team much success this season"
 

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Man charged with murder in 360 Condo death

Man charged with murder in 360 Condo death

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Fire engulfs townhome in NW Austin

Fire engulfs townhome in NW Austin

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Video of SMPD Officer Controversial Arrest

Police assault victim speaks out

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SWAT situation ends with suspect in custody
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New Charges for 25-Year Old
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High-end housing moves into West Campus

High-end housing moves into West Campus

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Woman Dies in Front of Dozens At Six Flags
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APD: Information on 12th Homicide of 2013
Case:          2013-2000075
Date:           July 19, 2013
Time:           12:40 a.m.
Location:    3521 Gonzales St.                                                                                                       
Deceased:  Roberto Reyna, Hispanic male, (D.O.B. 07-19-1977)
Narrative:
On Friday, July 19, 2013, at approximately 12:40 a.m., patrol units responded to a shooting call at 3521 Gonzales Street.
The victim, Roberto Reyna, Hispanic male, (D. O. B. 07-19-1977), was transported to the University Medical Center at Brackenridge where he was pronounced deceased at 1:28 a.m. 
Homicide Unit detectives responded to the scene to investigate.  Initially a person of interest was stopped near the area but it was determined that person was not involved. 
A suspect is described as:
  • Hispanic male
  • Medium build
  • Approximately 5’7” in height
  • Bald head
  • He was last seen wearing dark clothing (possibly a black shirt)
The investigation into this case continues. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588 or Crimestoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES. You may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 if your tip leads to an arrest or charges being filed.

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Texas struggles to meet water demands

Texas struggles to meet water demands

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X-Games Falls On UT Graduation Weekend
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APD release video of murder suspect
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Shareholders voting on $24.4 billion Dell buyout

Shareholders voting on $24.4 billion Dell buyout

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ESPN Selects Austin, Texas, to Host X Games i
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- From ESPN Communications
                                                                                                                                                               
ESPN Selects Austin, Texas, to Host X Games in North America
Circuit of The Americas and ESPN to Collaborate on Event for Four Years, beginning May 2014; Bid edges out Chicago, Detroit and Charlotte
 
ESPN, the leading action sports content provider and creator of the X Games, has chosen Austin, Texas, as the next North American host city for the X Games. The Texas capital will host an X Games summer event for four years beginning in May 2014 at the new 1,500-acre Circuit of The Americas sports and entertainment complex in southeast Austin. The selection follows a highly competitive eight month long process in which Austin ultimately edged out Chicago, Detroit and Charlotte, N.C.
 
“We are incredibly excited to partner with the Circuit of the Americas to bring the X Games to Austin in May,” said Scott Guglielmino, senior vice president, ESPN programming and X Games. “We believe that Bobby Epstein, his team and the fantastic Circuit of The Americas facility provide a unique opportunity to grow the X Games in a new region of the country and in a city that has a proven track record of embracing big events.  Throughout the site selection process we were very fortunate to have great interest from Chicago, Charlotte and Detroit.  Ultimately, the combination of resources, support and fit brought us to Austin and we couldn't be happier."  

“We’re ecstatic to be selected and thrilled to help bring ESPN’s X Games to Austin,” Circuit Founding Partner Bobby Epstein said.  “The X Games is a remarkably cool event that perfectly fits Austin’s culture and our world-class sports and entertainment venue. We want to thank the Central Texas community and its leadership, the Austin Sports Commission and the local action sports community for getting behind us, as well as project lead Paul Thornton and the entire Circuit of The Americas team for the hard work that went into preparing and securing this bid. It’s been a wonderfully collaborative effort and a big win for Texas that will pay off for years to come in terms of the X Games economic benefit to our region.”
 
“It’s an honor to be selected by ESPN to host this prestigious international competition, and the City of Austin welcomes the thousands of competitors, fans and media representatives that will join us for the summer edition of the X Games next year,” Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell said.  “The X Games celebrate fitness, courage and individuality—traits greatly valued by our community—and we look forward to showing the world all of the wonderful things Austin has to offer.  We also want to commend the three other cities in contention, Charlotte, Chicago and Detroit, for their excellent campaigns and a hard-fought competition.”
 
Red McCombs, another of the Circuit of the America’s founding partners, added, “This is a great day for the State of Texas, and we’re proud that Circuit of The Americas could help lure an event of this magnitude to its capital city of Austin. We created Circuit of The Americas to be a year-round destination for the best sports and entertainment properties in the world, and this shows the natural evolution of our business.  The ESPN X Games will benefit the regional tourism industry and add to Circuit’s growing reputation as a significant economic engine and jobs generator for Central Texas.”

X Games Austin will be held May 15-18, 2014.  The full schedule of X Games 2014 events will be announced in the near future.  It is anticipated that X Games Austin will see the majority of the competition hosted at the Circuit of The Americas, though some of the event will be hosted in downtown Austin as well. More details about the venue and sports disciplines will be shared in the weeks ahead.  Like other events on the X Games schedule, X Games Austin will be distinct and reflect the vibe and culture of the city, tapping into its rich music and cultural scene to surround the competition with a festival that highlights the intersection of sports and lifestyle that exists in action sports. To sign up for Austin X Games event updates and ticket information, visitwww.xgamesaustin.com.
 
Fans can get further updates and information by liking X Games and X Games Austin on Facebook, and get complete action sports coverage all year long at XGames.com.  Press can find information, press releases and more at ESPNMediaZone.com.
 
ESPN began its RFP (Request for Proposal) process for the new host of North America in 2012 as the existing agreement between Los Angeles partner AEG concludes in 2013.  In January, ESPN announced 13 qualified cities interested in hosting the X Games in North America.  ESPN engaged in discussions with the various cities as they assembled their proposals.  All official proposals from cities interested in hosting an X Games were due on April 2 and the four finalist cities were officially announced later in the month.
 
X Games is nearing the end of its first year of global expansion and transformation, with events already held in Aspen, Colo.; Tignes, France; Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil; Barcelona, Spain and Munich, Germany.  The six event schedule will conclude in Los Angeles Aug. 1-4, where it will celebrate the role of Los Angeles in the growth of X Games during its 11-year run as host city.  So far this year, more than half a million fans have attended X Games events.
 
X Games is also in the midst of an RFP process to host its North American winter event, following the final year of its current agreement with Aspen Skiing Company. Proposals from qualified cities in North America to host the winter version of the X Games were due in June, with a decision regarding the future winter event to be made this fall.
 
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CONTACTS 
 
ESPN Communications
Danny Chi        310-642-1509; danny.c.chi@espn.com
Paul Melvin       +44 (0)7500 766 300; paul.melvin@espn.com                           
 
Circuit of The Americas
Julie Loignon    512-655-6251; Julie.Loignon@circuitoftheamericas.com
 
 
About Circuit of The Americas
Circuit of The Americas is a world-class destination for premium sports and entertainment, which was designed to host all classes of racing, from motor power to human power. The Circuit is home to the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX, which was just named the 2012 “Sports Event of the Year” by SportsBusiness Journal/Daily. The inaugural F1 USGP recorded a three-day attendance of more than 265,000 fans with 117,429 attending the race on Nov. 17, making the Circuit’s first Grand Prix the second-most attended Formula 1® race of the season.
 
Since its grand opening in the fall of 2012, Circuit of The Americas has also hosted the world’s premier motorcycle racing series, MotoGP™; V8 Supercars™, the most popular motorsport in Australia; and the historic U.S. series GRAND-AM Road Racing™. This fall, the Circuit will host two of the most popular endurance racing series in the world, the American Le Mans series and the FIA World Endurance Championships, as well as the U.S. Vintage National Championships and the first leg of the Tour of Austin, a popular bicycle race. Circuit of The Americas is the only U.S. racetrack to host three World Championship auto racing series (Formula 1, MotoGP and World Endurance Championships) within one year’s time.

The 1,500-acre complex features a variety of permanent structures designed for business, education, entertainment and race use, with only 350 acres fully developed. The 3.4-mile undulating racetrack was designed by the world-famous architectural and engineering firm, Hermann Tilke GmbH & Co., and features dramatic, natural elevation changes, including a 133-foot climb into its signature Turn 1. The 20-turn circuit incorporates some of the best-loved and most challenging turns from other iconic Formula 1 tracks around the world.
 
Circuit of The Americas is also home to the Austin360 Amphitheater, an expansive outdoor live music space, featuring a 14,000-person capacity and the largest permanent stage in Central Texas. Just half way through its freshman season, the amphitheater has already hosted some of the biggest names in country and popular music, including Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Dave Matthews Band, Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers and Zac Brown Band.  At the base of the Austin360 Amphitheater is the Circuit’s 25-story Observation Tower, the venue’s most noted architectural element.  The Tower features a large observation deck with 360-degree views of the racing circuit, downtown Austin and Texas Hill Country.
 
Circuit of The Americas’ paddock area is home to a 270,000-square foot Pit/Paddock Building with 34 garage bays and two upper levels of hospitality space.  Additionally, the 44,000-square foot Event Center hosts business and social functions and serves as the venue’s Media Center during major sports and entertainment events.  Also among the facility’s offerings is a massive grandstand with corporate suites, a chic, multi-purpose lounge space and permanent seating for more than 9,000 guests.  A state-of-the-art medical facility provides emergency medical care for competitors and spectators alike. The venue has on-site parking capabilities for approximately 25,000 vehicles, permanent depots for shuttle buses and taxis, permanent RV hookups, ample room for dry camping and a heli-stop.
 
For more information and downloadable video, audio and photos, visit:www.CircuitofTheAmericas.comwww.Austin360Amphitheater.com or the Circuit’s dedicated FTP site, media.circuitoftheamericas.com.
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Kickoff Time for 2013 Opener vs. Rice set
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. —Texas A&M will open the 2013 collegiate football season on ESPN against Rice as the Southeastern Conference Office announced the television selections for the first three weeks of the 2013 football regular season.

The Aggies and the Owls will kick off at noon central on Saturday, Aug. 31 from Kyle Field.

Read the rest of the story at Aggie Athletics!

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Austin sees increase in crashes involving pedicabs
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Drive-By Shooting Nearly Kills 5 Year-Old
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SMPD officer injures woman during arrest

SMPD officer injures woman during arrest

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APD looking for possible suspect in 360 Condos death

APD looking for possible suspect in 360 Condos death

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Dad finally reunited with kidnapped sons

Dad finally reunited with kidnapped sons

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2 Round Rock-area Fires, No Injuries
No injuries have been reported in a pair of fires in Round Rock over the past 14 hours, a residential blaze Thursday night and an apartment fire late Friday morning.
 
At 11:39 a.m. Friday, Round Rock Fire Department crews responded to a report of a fire at the Westwind Apartments, 1221 Chisholm Valley Drive. The fire was contained within about 30 minutes. The Fire Department is working with the apartment management company to find temporary housing for the approximately 28 displaced residents. There is no damage estimate or suspected cause of the fire at this time, as crews are still on the scene.
 
At 10:09 p.m. Thursday, July 11, Round Rock Fire Department units responded to a report of a residential structure fire at 607 Saunders Drive.
 
The first fire department units arrived at 10:15 p.m. and saw light smoke coming from the eaves of the residence. All occupants evacuated the residence and the fire was quickly brought under control. Damage is estimated at $20,000 for the structure and contents. The cause of the fire was related to unattended smoking materials.
 
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Will Hampton
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City of Round Rock, Texas
O: 512.218.5409
M: 512.801.4418
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APD investigating suspicious death
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No verdict yet in 6th Street punching death

No verdict yet in 6th Street punching death

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Austin driver 'traumatized' after police search

Austin driver 'traumatized' after police search

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A new Auditorium Shores dog park
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Texas Tire blowouts increase with heat

Tire blowouts increase with heat

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Boy, 8, dies in Granite Shoals fire

Boy, 8, dies in Granite Shoals fire

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Police looking for armed robbery suspects

Police looking for armed robbery suspects

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Austin Water cites more violators

Austin Water cites more violators

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Travis County Continues Burn Ban In July
Burn Ban remains in place for Travis County. Fire Marshal Hershel Lee reports that small amounts of recent rain have not helped the drought situation. Approximately 27 outdoor fires were reported over the July 4th holiday and were attributed to fireworksactivity.
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Security Doubled Up In Austin At Capitol
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Texas senator says security at the state Capitol has "at least doubled" to handle crowds since a June 25 outburst in the Senate chamber.

Read more: http://www.myfoxaustin.com/story/22794902/senator-says-capitol-security-has-doubled#ixzz2YdcTODkB
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Austin shelters fill up with runaway pets

Area shelters fill up with runaway pets

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Report: Crime on the RIse in Round Rock
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Dave Ramsey's Endorsement of Churchhill
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5-year-old run over by SUV in East Austin
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Discarded cigarette sparks 3-alarm apartment fire

Discarded cigarette sparks 3-alarm apartment fire

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APD officer shoots dog inside pet store
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NEW THURSDAY: 2-Alarm Fire in East Austin

AFD responds to 3-alarm apartment fire

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APD No Refusal Times Set for July 4th Weekend
The Austin Police Department will enforce a “No-Refusal” initiative starting at 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2013, and ending on Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 5 a.m.
The DWI initiative is an effort to enforce DWI laws, keep the public safe, and to conduct blood search warrants on suspects who refuse to give a breath or blood specimen as required by law.  A high number of DWI arrests are made in Austin each year.
The 82nd Legislature passed HB1199 which implemented a higher class of offense for those whose blood alcohol concentration is at or above .15. Those found to have a blood alcohol concentration of .15 or above will be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor which carries a maximum sentence of one year confinement in jail and a $4,000 fine for the first time offenders. This law went into effect on September 1, 2011.
APD is focused on saving lives on the streets and highways of Austin and making   Austin roadways safe for everyone through education and enforcement. 
 July 4th “No Refusal” Initiative
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APD Releases Details on 41st Traffic Fatality
Case:            13-1810380­­­
Date:             June 30, 2013
Time:            3:27 a.m.

Location:     6700 East U.S. Hwy. 290
Arrested:       Francisco Garcia-Buentello, Hispanic male, D.O.B. 6-28-1985                                                            
Deceased:      Ricardo Segura, Jr., D.O.B. 5-24-1995
Narrative:
A 2005 Ford F-150 crew cab truck was traveling from Hwy. 183 to Hwy. 290 west bound. Early reports indicated that another vehicle was involved and left the scene; however APD’s preliminary investigations indicate that the Ford F-150 was the only vehicle involved. After the truck entered the freeway, it began to slide. It slid across all lanes of westbound traffic and the median, then struck a light pole, knocking it down. The truck then slid across all lanes of east bound traffic and came to rest on the south curb line. Heavy rain was reported at the time of the crash.
The driver, Francisco Garcia-Buentello, was charged with intoxication manslaughter, a 2nd degree felony.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-5594. This is Austin’s 41st fatal traffic crash and the 42nd traffic fatality of 2013. At this time in 2012, there were 40 traffic fatalities.

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Manziel Named SEC Man of the Year

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Texas A&M football player Johnny Manziel and Georgia swimmer Allison Schmitt have been named the 2012-2013 Roy F. Kramer SEC Male and Female Athletes of the Year by a vote of the league's athletics directors, Commissioner Mike Slive announced today.

"The SEC is very proud to honor Johnny and Allison, as they are outstanding examples of what a student-athlete can accomplish through hard work and dedication.” said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.  “Their commitment to excellence have made them fine representatives of their universities and this conference.  We congratulate them and wish them the best in their future endeavors.”

Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, Davey O’Brien Award and the Manning Award after leading the Aggies to an 11-2 record in his debut season.

He is the first freshman in FBS history, and the fifth player ever, to have 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a season. Manziel closed his first collegiate campaign as the FBS freshman record-holder for rushing yards by a quarterback (1,343) and for total yards in a season (5,116) and became just the second freshman in FBS history to rush for 1,000 yards and pass for 2,000 yards.

He  also set three SEC records with his 5,116 yards of total offense, his 576 total yards in one game and by passing for 3,000 yards and rushing for 1,000 yards in the same season.

His honors for the season include: All-SEC 1st Team, SEC Offensive Player of the Year, SEC Freshman of the Year, AP All-America 1st Team, 1st Team All-America by the Football Writers Association of America, and Associated Press Player of the Year.

The 2013 Honda Sports Award winner as the country’s outstanding female in swimming & diving, Allison Scmitt helped secure Georgia’s fifth national team title with NCAA championship finishes in the 200-yard freestyle and 400 and 800-yard freestyle relays.

The 2012 NCAA individual runner-up is a three-time All-American, and is Alabama’s first two-time first team All-American. A four-year All-SEC selection, she led UA to its first SEC women’s golf title in 2010. She finished her career with a 73.08 scoring average, the second best in UA history.

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County votes to reduce size of Integrity Unit
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Drought could impact Fourth of July fun

Drought could impact Fourth of July fun

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APD searching for West Campus sex assault suspects
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Hundreds line up to testify on House Bill 2
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Capitol packed as abortion battle starts again

Capitol packed as abortion battle starts again

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