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."
A local road project more than two decades in the making won't save drivers as much time as many had hoped.
The University of Texas Board of Regents adjourned Thursday without taking action on the job status of embattled UT President Bill Powers.
Longhorns coach Mack Brown talked with reporters Thursday for the first time since reports surfaced this week that he could be stepping down.
Two men were arrested and a third was being sought by police for the shooting death of 47-year-old Russell Martens.
Parking arrangements are a bit different this year at Austin's Trail of Lights, but there are options to suit just about anybody.
After two hours of discussion regarding the final design for Auditorium Shores, the Austin City Council decided to approve the design on a vote of 7-0 with amendments.