AUSTIN (KXAN) - Presidential talk is swirling as U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz continues his whirlwind tour across the state.
On Thursday, Cruz was in Austin, speaking to a business group at National Instruments about the importance of technology in the economy.
“High tech does what Americans are best at, which is invent, innovate and change the world,” Cruz told a crowd of workers at the company.
Lately, the Texas Republican has been pushing Congress to defund the new federal health care law, which some have predicted could force a government shutdown. The current budget measure will expire on Sept. 30.
However, he shied away from questions about a possible GOP matchup with Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, on the presidential stage.
"I think it is way premature to be worrying about 2016,” he said. “What I can tell you is that I'm a big fan of Gov. Perry's. 100 percent of what I'm doing is in the U.S. Senate. The Senate is where the fight is ongoing right now to restore economic growth."
The Republican also appeared with other lawmakers at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a new veteran's clinic in Austin on Thursday.
More than 100 trees covered in lights now shine bright throughout Zilker Park. The Trail of Lights is open for another season.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside of a vehicle which lost control during the icy conditions, DPS said.
Travis County non-profit Center for Child Protection will benefit next March from an all day fundraiser at the Circuit of the Americas that will see plenty of donors racing on the track.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
Santa visited Austin early on Sunday, joining hundreds of motorcyclists for their annual Toy Run.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.