• Night club owner Mike Yassine to face new charges

    Night club owner Mike Yassine will reappear in court Friday morning to face three new charges.

    6th street club operators Mike Yassine and brother Hadi Yassine who were convicted for money laundering Oct. 12 are now facing charges for three counts of income tax fraudulence.

    Steve Yassine, found not guilty of money laundering, will not face the additional tax fraud charges but will continue to serve time in prison for his year-long sentence for drug charges.

  • Parking meter procedures change for credit card users

    Austin parking meters will require a minimum payment for one hour beginning Nov. 1.

    Drivers who pay by debit or credit at pay to park meters will be required to submit payment for a full hour rather than the previous required time of 15 minutes. Drivers will be permitted to park in various locations using the same parking receipt within the printed time.

    This amendment to parking charges was made in response to the Durbin Amendment, a bill that adjusted credit and debit swipe fees for the city.

    The modified parking guidelines will not apply to drivers who pay to park by with coins.

  • Big Tex, State Fair icon, bursts into flame

    Big Tex caught fire this morning at the State Fair, which had marked his 60-year anniversary as part of the Texas fair.

    Onlookers quickly posted photos as the 52-foot icon’s clothes erupted into flames. Though fire crews arrived on the scene, Tex’s clothes had already been incinerated, and only his metal framework, sleeves, and belt buckle remained.

    Sally Wamre, an official at the state fair, said that the electrical components that make Tex move and say “Howdy” most likely failed, causing an electrical short in his right boot. Her statement has not yet been confirmed by the fire marshal. The fire caused by the short quickly spread over his 65 pound jeans as well as his shirt, eventually reaching his head and 75 gallon hat.

    No one was injured in the fire and the fair will remain open till Sunday, when it was already set to end.

    Big Tex has been removed from the circle he is normally erected in by the large crane that sets him up each year and placed in an area at the rear of the fair. Tex’s face, clothes, pants, boots and hat will need replacing, but Wamre says he will be restored for next year’s fair.

    Officials say that Tex was very old, and they may take the chance to construct a bigger, more modern version.

  • Texas A&M Receives Bomb Threat, Evacuates Campus

    Update: "Maroon Alert" issued by Texas A&M University at 12:30 p.m. said classes are cancelled for the day, and activities are cancelled until further notice

    Texas A&M University spokesperson Layne Stephenson said the university received a bomb threat call at 11:30 a.m. Friday morning targeting the campus. Efforts to evacuate the campus were “immediately” begun, and the campus was still in the process of being evacuated at 12:22 p.m.

    Texas State University received a false bomb threat on Thursday and UT received a false bomb threat on Sept. 14.