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When Austin Police Chief Brian Manley announced last week that state auditors had found problems with how police classify rape cases, some people were not shocked by the news.

Richard Overton at his 111th birthday party on May 11, 2017.
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A public viewing for Richard Overton, who was the nation's oldest man and World War II veteran, will be held Friday.

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Road deaths in Austin dropped slightly in the city’s second full year of a campaign for traffic safety.

Seventy-four people died on city streets in 2018, according to numbers from the Austin Police Department. That's two fewer deaths than the year before.

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State auditors have found that the Austin Police Department inaccurately classified more than two dozen rape cases from three months in 2017, according to Police Chief Brian Manley.

The results are preliminary. At a news conference Monday, Manley said a full report from the Texas Department of Public Safety would be released later this month.

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When street artist and muralist Luis Angulo first sprayed paint on the concrete walls of the HOPE Outdoor Gallery six years ago, he thought he was doing something illegal. He couldn’t believe there was a space like Graffiti Park where people could come and paint whatever they wanted.

There is a chance of light freezing rain in the Austin area Wednesday. The National Weather Service notes this forecast may significantly change as Wednesday gets closer.
National Weather Service

A mix of rain and freezing rain is possible in Austin late Tuesday night into Wednesday. Crews started pretreating Austin highways at 9 a.m. Monday for potential ice, the Texas Department of Transporation said.

The Top 10 ATXplained Stories Of 2018

Dec 28, 2018
The downtown Austin skyline and fall foliage colors.
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In the last year, more than 1,100 questions and responses were submitted to KUT's ATXplained project. The idea behind ATXplained? You ask, we answer.

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Funeral services will be held Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. for Richard Overton, the oldest man in America and the oldest military veteran, who died Thursday.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Richard Overton, the oldest known American World War II veteran, has died. Overton, who turned 112 in May, was the oldest man in the United States. He was hospitalized recently for pneumonia but was released from the hospital earlier this week.

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From the serial bombings in Austin to historic flooding in the Hill Country to the midterm elections, here are some of the best images from KUT in 2018.

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Severe weather is headed to Central Texas. To keep you up-to-date, we've collated a list of resources to turn to during weather events.

National Weather Service

Severe storms with the potential for large hail, damaging winds and even isolated tornadoes are possible in the Austin area Wednesday night. A Tornado Watch has been issued for Travis County and the surrounding areas until 2 a.m. 

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A couple weeks ago, we asked you to help us answer a question for ATXplained.

Sarah Edens moved to Austin about six months ago. She wanted to know: "When can you call yourself a 'real' Austinite?"

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An investigation by the University of Texas into allegations that Georgetown state Sen. Charles Schwertner sent inappropriate texts to a grad student has found the senator did not violate university policy or Title IX.

The student alleged the Republican senator, who won re-election in November, initially engaged with her over LinkedIn after meeting at an event on UT campus. Schwertner, the accuser said, then solicited sex over text and sent an unwanted sexual image, what the sender called "proof of life."

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Gustavo "Gus" Garcia, a former Austin school board trustee, City Council member and the first elected Hispanic mayor of Austin, died early Monday surrounded by his family. He was 84.

A portable public restroom in the parking lot under Interstate 35 in downtown Austin on Sept. 28, 2017.
Martin do Nascimento / KUT

"Pit stops for pedestrians" in the form of prefabricated restrooms will be making their way to Austin streets, City Council decided Thursday.

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A lawsuit challenging the City of Austin's decision to rename Manchaca Road will go to trial. 

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It’s a beautiful Sunday morning in Austin and I’m struggling with a recorder in one hand and a mic in the other. The rest of me is riding a mule. That’s right: a mule.

The scene gets weirder. The man riding another mule next to me is dressed as Santa Claus. His name is Sam Grey Horse.

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Just this week, C40 renewed the City of Austin's membership for three more years. C40 describes itself as "a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change."  So, how is Austin doing in reaching its goals to address climate change and manage the impacts that are already here?

Audrey McGlinchy / KUT

On the ballot this Election Day is an Austin ISD Board of Trustees race and a runoff for the Austin Community College board. None of the candidates in those races got 50 percent of the vote last month, so the top two finishers are facing off.

Austin Water delivered an “after action” report to City Council today on the weeklong boil-water order enacted during severe flooding in October. During its presentation, the utility shed more light on what happened to bring about the emergency and what the city might do to avoid future water-boil mandates.

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Austin voters picked their final three City Council members­ – for District 1, 3 and 8 ­– in runoff elections today.

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While many University of Texas students were busy studying for final exams, senior Allie Runas was thinking about cracks in the sidewalk.

After years of stepping over them in West Campus, she decided to do something and founded the West Campus Neighborhood Association.

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The bureaucratic stars over City Hall may just align in 2019.

Next year, the city will weigh four ambitious plans that aim to achieve the long-sought goal of making Austin more affordable.

Jorge Sanhueza Lyon / KUT

Last year, the statues of three Confederate figures were brought down from their pedestals on the South Mall of the University of Texas at Austin campus.

A fourth statue, memorializing Texas Gov. James "Jim" Hogg, was also taken down, with plans to possibly reinstall it on campus. 

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for much of Central Texas that goes into effect Friday at noon and last through Saturday morning. A flood warning was also issued for Onion Creek and the Colorado and Pedernales rivers.

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The Austin-based nonprofit that houses more migrant children than any other organization in the country plans to hire an independent attorney who will conduct a "comprehensive internal review" of issues outlined in an investigative story by The New York Times.

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A Travis County district judge has paused the city's attempt to change Manchaca Road to Menchaca – again.

Business owners from a group called Leave Manchaca Alone sued to block the Austin City Council's October decision to change the name of the 8-mile South Austin road earlier this month on grounds that the city failed to give public notice and that the name-change would be cost prohibitive for businesses along the road who would have to alter signs and other branding.

A voter at Austin Community College casts his ballot on the first day of early voting for the 2018 midterm elections on Oct. 22, 2018
Julia Reihs / KUT

We're not done voting yet. There are several Austin City Council races, an Austin ISD board race and a runoff for the Austin Community College board. None of the candidates in those races got 50 percent of the vote on Nov. 6, so the top two finishers are in a runoff. 

Gabriel C. Pérez/KUT

Austin is known for a lot of things, but fall foliage is not one of them. That is, until this year. 

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