LAGO VISTA, Texas (KXAN) - As the federal government shutdown continues into its second day, President Obama met with republicans Wednesday to talk about a potential resolution.
The shutdown is affecting everything from parks to customer service lines and putting lawmakers in a difficult situation with frustrated voters.
Several people have been turned away from national parks, but others are worried about more critical issues like preventing problems on the 630 million acres of land owned by the federal government.
The Balcones Canyonland National Wildlife Refuge near Lago Vista is one such property where plans to tackle wildfires before they spark are on hold.
Shirley Murphy lives just down the road from the wildlife refuge comprised of 300 acres of land and dozens of animals. The thought of not having the manpower to fight a brush fire terrifies her.
"Anything could go in a matter of minutes and there's not anyone available to help,” Murphy said.
Employees showed up to work Tuesday and were told to go home…including the firefighters. They don’t just respond to Balcones; they're also additional resources for nearby North Lake Travis Fire and Rescue.
"I provide them with a radio system," said Fire Chief Raymond Tennison. "They're self asylum when we have brush fires so we've lost that for right now."
Neighbors like Murphy question response time and how that's affected. While firefighters will respond to an emergency from home, some live as far as 45 minutes away.
"We’re going to be out completely," Murphy said. "There’s not going to be any help or available fire departments to make it here in time. It's just real important to keep this beauty going and if something ever happens we're at a loss."
Mack Brown's attorney and the university's new athletics director say the Texas coach has not resigned, denying a report that Brown was ready to step down after 16 seasons with the Longhorns.
A large majority of the crowd that poured into Austin City Hall on Tuesday night was disappointed with the Parks and Recreation Department's decision to approve a smaller off leash area at Auditorium Shores.
The top prosecutor in Travis County found herself on the witness stand Tuesday to answer questions about her professional and personal history along with her history of alcohol.
A proposal to build a highway in south Austin is getting mixed reviews from neighbors.
An Austin man has been convicted in a human smuggling case in which a teen says she was forced to wear revealing clothes and sexually assaulted while bound for New Jersey.
An historic early December cold spell is slowly waning, but temperatures will remain well below average for a couple more days.