• UT incident meteorologist warns against inclement weather

    The Austin, Travis County, and south-central Texas areas will experience potentially severe thunderstorms from midnight tonight to the early hours of tomorrow morning, according to a weather warning issued by UT Incident Metorologist Troy Kimmel earlier this evening.

    Kimmel said the storm will pass through the area at a steady rate, and Austin can expect up to two inches of rainfall over the next several hours as the system passes through the area. 

    As a result of the surface cold front that moved through the Austin area at 9 p.m. Sunday night, there is also a considerable risk for hail up to one inch in diameter in west and southwest Austin through tonight and tomorrow morning, according to the weather warning report.

    Additionally, cloud-to-ground lightning and gusty winds are also expected as the weather system moves through the area. A severe thunderstorm watch was expected to occur as early as 7 p.m. yesterday evening. Storms are expected to intensify throughout the night but the threat of severe thunderstorms should end late tomorrow morning.

    Urban street flooding affecting low-water crossing areas is also expected.

    The chance of rain is expected to diminish or partially clear by late afternoon tomorrow.

  • President Obama to visit Austin on March 11

    President Barack Obama will visit Austin on March 11, the first day of the South by Southwest festival, according to a page on the Democratic National Committee’s website.

    Obama will be attending an event and reception sponsored by the DNC that hopes to fundraise for the Democratic National Party.

    The exact time has yet to be released, but tickets are available for the event online.

    Ticket prices range from $250 to $33,400. Those wishing to just attend can purchase a general guest ticket for $250. Other ticket options include a $500 preferred guest ticket, a $10,000 ticket that includes a photo opportunity, and then a grand ticket price of $33,400, which allows the buyers to be co-hosts of the reception.

    Click here for more information regarding the event.

  • Teenager shot to death by APD officer

    A local teen was shot and killed Monday morning during a confrontation with an Austin Police Department officer.

    According to police reports, the fatal shooting occurred Monday morning at about 10:30 a.m on the 12000 block of Natures Bend in Northeast Austin.

    Brian Manley, Austin police chief of staff, confirmed the incident and identified the victim as David Joseph, and the officer as Geoffrey Freeman during a Tuesday afternoon press conference.

    Manley said Freeman was originally responding to a disturbance call from the 300 block of East Yager Lane involving a man chasing others near an apartment complex. When Freeman found Joseph about 30 minutes later at another location, he began to fire shots after Joseph did not comply with the officer’s commands for him to stop.

    Joseph did not have a gun or weapon when the incident occurred, according to police.

    According to a press release, only some of the footage from the incident was captured on camera. There is also an audio recording of Freeman telling Joseph to stop repeatedly at the scene.

    Manley said Freeman has been with the police department for more than 10 years. Investigations to determine if the shooting was in accordance with APD policies are currently underway. 

    “Anytime we have an officer-involved shooting — this is a tragic event,” Manley said during the press conference. “No matter what the circumstances are behind that shooting, someone has lost a loved one.”

  • APD officers respond to disturbance incident at Castillian

    After responding to a reported disturbance, police cars and ambulances occupied San Antonio Street in front of The Castilian Tuesday night.

    Austin Police Department Cpl. Michael Chancellor said officers immediately responded to a drug-related incident inside the large student residence building.

    “We responded to a disturbance call of two intoxicated individuals,” Chancellor said. 

    Both individuals were taken to a local hospital and that no charges were filed as of last night, Chancellor said.

    Benjamin Acosta, nursing freshman and Castilian resident, said he arrived at the scene shortly after the incident occurred.

    “I was just walking back from Starbucks and I saw all the cars here,” Acosta said. “Then, I saw when they brought both of the guys out into the ambulance.”

    Chancellor said he cannot confirm if the two individuals were UT students or not at this time.

  • Voter registration ends at midnight today

    Students line up to vote outside the Flawn Academic Center on Nov. 4, 2014.
    Students line up to vote outside the Flawn Academic Center on Nov. 4, 2014.

    In order to participate and vote in the Texas primary elections, people need to register by 11:59 p.m. today.

    During election voting periods there are booths on campus where anyone can cast a vote, but voters must be registered to vote in Austin.

    For those who have not already registered to vote there are a couple of options to get registered today.

    Students can participate in the “Super Last Minute Voter Registration Extravaganza.” The event is being held on the West Mall throughout the day and then will move to Gregory Plaza in the evening, where they will remain until midnight.

    In order to register, people will need a state-approved photo identification card. Different types include a driver’s license, passport or concealed handgun license. Student ID cards are not accepted for voter registration.

    Once there, a deputy voter registrar will help people fill out the form. Anyone who has changed addresses since they last registered must register again with their new address.