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Austin is the capital of Texas and the seat of Travis County. Located in Central Texas and the American Southwest, it is the 11th-largest city in the United States of America and the fourth-largest city in state of Texas. It was the third-fastest-growing large city in the nation from 2000 to 2006. Austin is also the second largest state capital in the United States. Austin has a population of 842,592 (2012 estimate). The city is the cultural and economic center of the five-county Austin–Round Rock metropolitan area, which had an estimated population 1,834,303 (2012 U.S. Census).

In the 1830s, pioneers began to settle the area in central Austin along the Colorado River. After Republic of Texas Vice President Mirabeau B. Lamar visited the area during a buffalo-hunting expedition between 1837 and 1838, he proposed that the republic's capital then located in Houston, Texas, be relocated to the area situated on the north bank of the Colorado River near the present-day Congress Avenue Bridge. In 1839, the site was officially chosen as the republic's new capital (the republic's seventh and final location) and was incorporated under the name Waterloo. Shortly thereafter, the name was changed to Austin in honor of Stephen F. Austin, the "Father of Texas" and the republic's first secretary of state.

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Kingsland woman sentenced to 45 years for murdering husband

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:51:34 +0000

A jury found Kathryn Preston guilty of killing her husband and trying to set him on fire.

Woman vows to fight South Texas ‘Whites Only’ cemetery

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:35:34 +0000

"I told her that he wasn't supposed to be buried there because he was a Mexican," said the cemetery's director. "That's as plain as I can sa…

Hays County looks to send inmates to Burnet

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:10:26 +0000

County Commissioners approved the agreement Tuesday morning to transfer overflow inmates to the Burnet County Jail.

Cowboys DE facing longer suspension

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:45:22 GMT

The Dallas Cowboys may be without one of their key pieces along the defensive line for a significant part of the 2016 season.

       

The Pride of Pflugerville, Samaje Perine

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 21:52:10 GMT

I asked Samaje about sharing the face of the OU football program with another fellow Austin area product, quarterback, Baker Mayfield. Perine said, "It's very strange. I never in a million years would've thought of that, but it's fun and he's (Baker Mayfield) is a great guy. You just want to be around him all day".

       

Minor league teams get into...

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 18:14:56 GMT

The Corpus Christi Hooks lost to the Frisco RoughRiders 7-6 Sunday, but it wasn’t the game that made news as much as it was the Texas-sized brawl that took place in the bottom of the second inning.

       

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