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More Than 20 Workers Hurt in Crane Accident In Austin, Texas

AUSTIN, Texas — Two cranes collided Wednesday at a construction site in Austin, Texas, causing one of them to partially collapse and injuring at least 22 workers who were sent scrambling for safety, authorities said. The cranes collided and got …

Use of Hand-Held Cell Phones While Driving Banned in Austin

The Austin, Texas, City Council has approved a law banning the use of hand-held cellphones and many other portable electronic devices while driving. The Austin American-Statesman reports the City Council approved the law on Aug. 28. It takes effect Jan. …

Call Leads to Arrest, Arson Charge for Austin Woman

An anonymous phone call to the Texas Arson Hotline has led to the arrest of an Austin woman who intentionally set fire to her apartment in order to receive an insurance payment. Ashlee King, 23, was jailed on charges of …

Handheld Cellphone Ban Considered in Austin

Austin, Texas, officials have proposed banning nearly all handheld cellphone use while driving. The Austin Public Safety Commission approved a recommendation Monday night to stiffen the city’s No Driving or Texting ordinance. The commissioners recommended to the city council that …

Austin Ambulance Breakdowns Rising

Ambulances responding to emergencies in Austin, Texas, regularly encounter mechanical failures that prevent them from reaching patients or even from departing an EMS station on a call. In an industry in which speed and reliability are crucial barometers of emergency …

Austin Auto Damage Adjuster Job Fair Hosted by Geico

GEICO is hosting job fair for auto damage adjusters on Friday, December 20 and Saturday, December 21between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Embassy Suites- Arboretum, located at 9505 Stonelake Blvd, in Austin. Attendees should apply for positions before …

March 25 is a Rough Weather Day for Austin, Texas

Three of the most damaging and costliest hailstorms in Austin’s history have all occurred on March 25. While Texas usually waits for the months of April and May to experience its worst thunderstorm activity, March 25 stands out as the …

Safety Device for Texas Crosswalk Where 2 Teens Died

A Central Texas city will install a flashing-lights traffic safety device at a crosswalk where two teens died after being hit by a truck. The Austin American-Statesman reported Monday that a police investigation concluded the victims were looking at a …

Progressive Plans to Fill 101 Positions in Texas by Fall

Progressive Insurance announced it is looking to fill 101 new positions in sales, service, and claims at its Austin contact center by the end of September. In May, Progressive announced it was hiring 65 phone representatives in Austin. New hires …