AUSTIN (KXAN) - One of the most successful annual anti-litter campaigns in Texas history kicked off Tuesday in Austin.
The "Don't Mess with Texas" statewide anti-littering campaign featured the band Esther's Follies, hidden in trashcans, on the South lawn of the Texas Capitol performing a dance.
TxDOT says they are revamping this year's campaign n to target who they say are the state's worst litterers, millennials between 16 and 34 years old.
The state agency says many from the millennial generation weren't even born when the world-famous campaign was first rolled out 27-years ago.
Stars of this year's campaign will be iconic red, white, and blue "Don't mess with Texas" trash barrels.
TxDot says over the next few months, hundreds of barrels will appear at the state's safety rest areas, popular tourist attractions, sports venues, and other high traffic locations to remind drivers to properly dispose of the millions of pieces of litter that are now being tossed from vehicles onto Texas highways.
TxDOT says many common items found piling up on our roads include fast food packaging, cigarette butts, candy wrappers, plastic bags, and other items.
TxDOT spends millions of taxpayer dollars each year to pick up trash along more than 80,000 miles of state-maintained roadways, according to TxDOT's most recent visible litter study.
Texas is home to more than 25 million people, and an estimated 1,000 people move into the state every day.
Litter violators can be fined up to $500 for the first offense. Repeat offenders can face fines of up to $2,000 and 180 days in jail.
An 8-year-old was killed while standing outside of a vehicle which lost control during the icy conditions, DPS said.
Leander ISD is one of the fastest growing school districts in the state. Their latest demographic report shows a shift in the type of families moving into the district.
University of Texas System regents say they're planning to discuss the employment of Austin campus President Bill Powers, who has sparred with lawmakers and critics over his job in recent years.
Two people were robbed at gunpoint at an East Austin apartment complex Monday evening.
Because of her position as Travis County District Attorney, the deputies who arrested, booked, and restrained Rosemary Lehmberg last April admit they were worried her threats were legitimate.
In a last-minute surprise late Monday, U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman filed paperwork to challenge fellow Texas Republican and powerful incumbent John Cornyn for the U.S. Senate next year.