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What to do Memorial Day weekend in Austin

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What to do Memorial Day weekend in Austin

- The Rock. The Rock’s pecs. Zac Efron. Zac Efron’s pecs. Drinks and waterpark fun. Need we say more? Complimentary bites and poptails (popsicle cocktails) at the hotel’s onsite restaurant, The Water Trough. Come decked out in your best cocktail garb. No icebergs allowed. . Private cabanas, wave pools, lazy rivers and a brand-new ride. You can even stay at Splashway’s campgrounds if you’d like more than one day of fun

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Austin man guilty of stabbing girlfriend 27 times with screwdriver

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Austin man guilty of stabbing girlfriend 27 times with screwdriver

- An Austin man who stabbed his girlfriend 27 times with a screwdriver when she was recovering from surgery pleaded guilty Tuesday on the opening day of his aggravated assault trial. Willie Lee Brady Jr., 40, accepted a 25-year prison sentence — the low end of his punishment range — rather than continuing with the trial and risking up to a life sentence from a Travis County judge

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Pediatricians recommend that kids not drink juice

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Pediatricians recommend that kids not drink juice

- Whole fruit provides nutritional advantage, doctors say By Karen Kaplan Los Angeles Times. Updated 6:51 pm, Tuesday, May 23, 2017 The American Academy of Pediatrics has some new advice about juice: Kids should resist the urge to drink it. If you’re craving something fruity and refreshing, try eating a piece of fruit instead. If you’re thirsty, you can wash it down with some water

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Texas Tech, TCU haul in Big 12 baseball top awards | Statesman U

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Texas Tech, TCU haul in Big 12 baseball top awards | Statesman U

- Texas Tech and TCU shared the Big 12 baseball championship this season, so it’s no surprise they also split the major awards in the conference. Red Raiders first baseman Hunter Hargrove and Horned Frogs catcher Evan Skoug were voted Co-Players of the Year by the league’s head coaches. Tech’s Steven Gingery was selected Pitcher of the Year, and Red Raiders infielder Josh Jung is the Freshman of the Year

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Former White House photographer continues Trump mockery with hand-holding photo of Obamas

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Former White House photographer continues Trump mockery with hand-holding photo of Obamas

- Published 2:33 pm, Tuesday, May 23, 2017 Pete Souza, it seems, has a photo for every occasion. The former White House photographer, who captured all eight years of the Obama administration, has cultivated post-Obama fame for his frequent Instagram posts subtly mocking President Donald Trump. The latest burn comes in the form of a photograph of Michelle and Barack Obama holding hands at an event in Alabama

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Some Waco families get 'prescription vegetables' for health

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Some Waco families get 'prescription vegetables' for health

- WACO, Texas (AP) — "Eat your vegetables," many parents tell their children. Now, doctors are taking a similar approach with their patients. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports that through a partnership between the Family Health Center and World Hunger Relief Inc., doctors are supplying patients with fresh, "prescription vegetables" in an effort to prevent diseases caused by poor diet. "For years we've been instructing patients to eat healthier in order to help prevent disease or to treat existing disease, but haven't had the option to immediately gain access to that healthy food," said Dr

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Lakewood Church's Joel Osteen irks clueless social media followers after "Hook 'Em" gesture

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Lakewood Church's Joel Osteen irks clueless social media followers after "Hook 'Em" gesture

- Published 2:17 pm, Tuesday, May 23, 2017 This past weekend Pastor Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church joined countless other proud fathers at colleges across the country celebrating the graduations of their children. Osteen and wife Victoria were in Austin to attend the graduation of son Jonathan from the University of Texas. The pastor and best-selling author posted a photo (as did Mrs

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Sam Travis adds right-handed potential to Red Sox lineup

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Sam Travis adds right-handed potential to Red Sox lineup

- Sam Travis was just about to fall asleep Monday night when his phone rang. Get some rest, kid. When you wake up, you’ll be a big leaguer. “I was up for a few more hours,” Travis said. The Red Sox' most advanced hitting prospect has been called up from Triple-A Pawtucket. While he’s on the bench for tonight’s series opener against Texas, Travis will likely make his first big league start tomorrow against lefty Martin Perez

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Iconic Stevie Wonder joins USGP F1 race at COTA in Austin | Formula Austin

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Iconic Stevie Wonder joins USGP F1 race at COTA in Austin | Formula Austin

- They have delivered again, announcing Tuesday that iconic music star Stevie Wonder will perform on COTA’s super stage Sunday, Oct. 22, following the United States Grand Prix. Previously announced headliner Justin Timberlake will perform Saturday night, Oct. 21, at the Austin race track after F1 qualifying and support races. Taylor Swift’s concert last year, attended by 80,000 according to officials, was instrumental in turning around declining F1 attendance at the Austin race track

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Texas Senate approves bill aimed at identifying postpartum depression

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Texas Senate approves bill aimed at identifying postpartum depression

- The Texas Senate on Tuesday approved a bill aimed at increasing identification of postpartum depression among mothers participating in federally backed health care programs for low-income families. Under House Bill 2466 by Rep. Sarah Davis, R-West University Place, mothers who bring their kids in for checkups can get screened for postpartum depression by their children’s pediatricians. The measure applies to mothers of children enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program or Medicaid

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TxDOT to pay $8.9 million for Southeast Austin site to combine offices

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TxDOT to pay $8.9 million for Southeast Austin site to combine offices

- The Texas Department of Transportation, looking to consolidate several of its Austin facilities, will pay $8.9 million for 49 acres of vacant land in Southeast Austin, assuming that the Texas Transportation Commission approves the sale this week. The wooded land, near East Stassney Lane and Burleson Road, would become the home of about 2,200 TxDOT workers now housed in three leased buildings on East Riverside Drive, at the agency’s venerable Camp Hubbard site along North MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) at West 35th Street, and at a warehouse on Centimeter Circle, a short street in a complex of commercial buildings in North Austin

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STORMS APPROACHING: Weather Service issues severe thunderstorm watch

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STORMS APPROACHING: Weather Service issues severe thunderstorm watch

- The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch -- one step below a full warning -- for much of Central Texas, including Hays, Travis and Williamson counties. The watch is set to last until 11 p.m. Threats include “scattered large hail and isolated very large hail events to 2 inches in diameter” -- about the size of a hen egg -- and “scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph possible

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Texas gangs and cartels: A visual timeline of organized crime in Texas

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Texas gangs and cartels: A visual timeline of organized crime in Texas

- Updated 2:31 pm, Tuesday, May 23, 2017 From the horse-riding outlaws of yesteryear's Wild Bunch to today's street gangs like MS-14 and Tango Blast, Texas has a long history of notorious gangs. But whether they identified themselves by race, era or agenda, there is one thing they almost all have in common: the wave of crime and fear they imposed on Texas residents

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Midtown property where Beyonce's career was launched sold to BMW dealer

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Midtown property where Beyonce's career was launched sold to BMW dealer

- The Houston property where Beyonce's career went from Destiny's Child frontwoman to solo superstar has been sold to a car dealer. Late last year, Group 1 Automotive purchased a city block in Midtown from Music World Properties, part of Music World Entertainment, public records show. The property includes the historic Rice Mansion, a three-story antebellum estate that once housed descendants of Rice University's founder

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Two years later: The 2015 Memorial Day weekend floods

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Two years later: The 2015 Memorial Day weekend floods

- Tuesday marks two years to the day of the beginning of the Memorial Day weekend 2015 floods across Central Texas. Hardest hit was Hays County. Here are five things to know about the event: • Fourteen people were killed in Central Texas, including 12 people along the Blanco River. Among them were members of three families from Corpus Christi vacationing together in a house in Wimberley that was swept away

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This Day in Texas History: The Death of Bonnie and Clyde

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This Day in Texas History: The Death of Bonnie and Clyde

- 83 — Years ago today (May 23, 1934) that Texas outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were gunned down on a rural road in Louisiana. 130 — Number of rounds fired into car. At least. Some accounts say it was more. Officers emptied their automatic rifles into the car, then their shotguns, then picked up their pistols … $200.23 — What each lawman earned for stopping the outlaw duo … after most of the offers of reward money was withdrawn

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Sessions opts to enforce drug laws Congress fails to address

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Sessions opts to enforce drug laws Congress fails to address

- Faced with a multi-billion dollar prison construction bill in 2007, the Texas legislature decided to spend $241 million on programs designed to reduce incarceration of and provide treatment for nonviolent drug offenders. From 2007 to 2015, the incarceration rate in Texas fell by 17 percent as the crime rate dropped by 27 percent. While it's true that Sessions successfully opposed bipartisan legislation last year that would have relaxed mandatory minimum sentences and attempted to reduce recidivism, he isn't a legislator anymore

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  • These celebrity moms are super happy with their kids
    These celebrity moms are super happy with their kids

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    Gushy social media posts from celebrity moms are so sweet Carolina Gonzales. Published 11:33 am, Friday, May 12, 2017 Mother's Day is almost here and we're loving all things Mom at the moment. Social media platforms like Instagram, have become a perfect place for moms to express their love for their big and small bundles of joy. Similar to making a scrapbook, moms and celebrity moms are using their Instagrams to lament on their children's lives, tell funny stories about their kids, or just to savor the simple and tender moments

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  • School funding bill fate uncertain because of school choice
    School funding bill fate uncertain because of school choice

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    The Texas Senate early Monday approved a bill, 21-10, that would inject about $530 million into the public education system while creating a so-called school choice system that would redirect state money to help special education students pay for private school tuition. The bill, however, faces an uncertain fate — the Senate has made it clear that House Bill 21 dies if school choice isn’t included in the bill, while the House has said the bill dies if school ch oice is included

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  • Sessions opts to enforce drug laws Congress fails to address
    Sessions opts to enforce drug laws Congress fails to address

    , al.com

    Faced with a multi-billion dollar prison construction bill in 2007, the Texas legislature decided to spend $241 million on programs designed to reduce incarceration of and provide treatment for nonviolent drug offenders. From 2007 to 2015, the incarceration rate in Texas fell by 17 percent as the crime rate dropped by 27 percent. While it's true that Sessions successfully opposed bipartisan legislation last year that would have relaxed mandatory minimum sentences and attempted to reduce recidivism, he isn't a legislator anymore

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