Legislation making its way through the state Capitol would allow people to buy hard liquor at publicly traded companies, like Walmart. This could be an added convenience for folks who shop at big-box stores, but as our LeAnn Wallace reports, the mom-and-pop shops in the liquor business see things much differently. 06:27 PM
The House gives final approval to its budget plan, then Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick joins us to give his take on tthat and how the session has developed as we head into its final two months.
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We're well into spring, and that means rain. With the community's help, a group of University of Texas engineering students built a rain garden at an Austin elementary school. While the project is meant to help contain water, one student tells our Victoria Maranan it's also a way for people to see engineering in action.
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Health Care Attendants Rally for Better Pay
Health care attendants care for the elderly and disabled across Texas. A quarter-million of them make less than $8 an hour. This legislative session, they're fighting to get a raise to $10 an hour. Our Chris Cybulski shows us what they're up against. 06:16 PM
School Voucher Fight Avoided in House For Now
What could have been a contentious part of the budget debate was avoided Tuesday night after the author of an anti-voucher amendment took it down. Democratic Rep. Abel Herrero says he pulled it because of the House's support of public education, but as our Karina Kling reports, some are seeing it as an opening to finally address the controversial legislation. 07:11 PM
Texas Heritage Trails Could Lose Funding
The Texas Heritage Trails program could shut down as early as August. The program was previously funded through federal grants. Now those involved are asking state lawmakers for $4 million to cover the next two years. Supporters tell our Mitch Goulding if they don't find the money, they believe the state's economy could take a hit. 04:23 PM
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On the Agenda: House Budget, HHSC Update
The Quorum Report's Harvey Kronberg gives his take on the debate over the House budget, and a possible change in plan over consolidation at the Health and Human Services Commission. 07:37 PM
Headlines: Liquor Laws, CPS Bill
A Senate committee considers expanding liquor sales to private companies, while a CPS reform bill heads to the full Senate. Advocates rally for increasing the wage for healthcare attendants and the Heritage Trails Program deals with funding cuts. 07:37 PM
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Dive Crews Search Pond for Homicide Evidence
Dive crews searched a detention pond near the Alamo Drafthouse Wednesday for evidence connected to the murder of 24-year-old Katie Eager. Eager, who worked at the Drafthouse, was found shot to death in her apartment in February. Police have arrested her boyfriend, Adam Solis, for the murder. 05:30 PM
Meteorologists Learn at National Hurricane Conference
Ahead of hurricane season, meteorologists from across the country are meeting in Austin this week for a National Hurricane Conference. Our Adam Krueger tells us what they're learning and why it's important even to an inland area like Central Texas. 06:22 PM
House Approves $210B Budget in Early Morning Hours
After a long night, Texas House lawmakers approved a $210 billion budget early Wednesday morning. House members tried to tack on more than 350 different amendments to the two-year spending plan. 08:35 AM
Sports Night: Barnes Moves From One UT to the Other, Spurs Win Finals Rematch and UT Baseball Goes to Extra Innings
Rick Barnes will remain the head coach of a UT program, he’s just moved on from Texas to Tennessee. The Spurs-Heat rivalry has simmered this season but it was still a close game most of the way Tuesday. These headlines and more in this episode of "Sports Night." 11:49 AM
Program Launched to Help Inmates with Mental Illness
A new program headed by the Travis County sheriff's office aims to keep people with mental illness out of county jails. Sheriff Greg Hamilton introduced the Mental Health Justice Initiative Wednesday. Hamilton says the county jail is the largest mental health hospital in the county because there's no place to take people who are in crisis. 05:09 PM
Capital Area Food Bank Builds New Home
The Central Texas population is growing, which also means more people are going hungry. The Capital Area Food Bank is trying to change that with a bigger facility. Our Jess Mitchell shows us where it will be. 01:20 PM
Community Weighs MoPac South Toll Road
If you commute from North Austin on MoPac, you’ve probably grown used to the construction over the past year--but that's just the first leg of a major project for the road. As our Jeff Stensland explains, the sticking point for some opponents is how the south portion of the toll road crosses the river. 11:02 AM
Urban Forestry Crews Preview Forklift Danceworks Performance
Urban forestry crews swung through the trees of Govalle Park Wednesday for a preview of their performance set for April 11-12. Organizers say the idea is to pay homage to the often overlooked tree crews. 04:01 PM
P. Terry's Co-Owner Gives Back at Austin Children’s Services
P. Terry's co-owner Kathy Terry says she didn't grow up in a family that volunteered much, but, upon realizing how fortunate she was, decided to give what she could to Austin Children’s Services. Our Jess Mitchell has more with Terry in this "Giving Back." 12:54 PM
Under the Hood Eats: Car Engine Tacos
In this edition of “Driver’s Ed,” we're in the kitchen, not in the garage. Our Ed Keiner shows us how to make the perfect taco right on your diesel engine. 09:03 AM

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