AUSTIN (KXAN) - Should disabled veterans have to pay to use toll roads in Texas? As part of a law in the state, toll authorities can choose whether to give those veterans a "free pass."
That's not the case in the Austin area.
Bam Rubenstein says that has really hurt him in the wallet. Rubenstein spends about $90 a month traveling on the Loop 1 and State Highway 45 toll roads. He was injured serving as an US Air Force firefighter pulling a pilot out of a fire.
"I don't know what else to do," Rubenstein said. "It is frustrating really. You think someone says we can do this and then you go ahhh, who cares about them? That's what I feel like TxDOT has decided."
Rubenstein says some areas, including Houston don't charge drivers with D-V or Medal of Honor license plates.
The Austin Humane Society reopened to the public Friday after closing its doors for six weeks.
The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
A man is charged with murder in the shooting death Wednesday of a woman at a North Austin auto repair shop, police said Friday.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
It's the first criminal charge following a yearlong criminal investigation into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
With freezing temperatures pushing through the region, heating systems will likely be working overtime, which can bring rising energy bills.