Erin Cargile, KXAN News

Erin Cargile


Austin, TX, United States

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Past articles by Erin:

The story behind Dan McDonald: A homeless man in jail for the 18th time in 16 years

A criminal background check online reveals McDonald has been arrested 18 times in the last 16 years, with nearly half of the arrests in the last year and a half. → Read More

Decision is final: Austin ISD will no longer allow PTAs to fund staff positions due to equity concerns

For 13 campuses in the Austin Independent School District, certain staff positions depend on PTA fundraising efforts. For several years, schools that tend to be in wealthier parts of town with hefty PTA budgets and high parent involvement, have been able to foot the bill for additional staff members not covered by the AISD budget. → Read More

Some Central Texas schools cancel sex education during pandemic, others ask parents to cover it

KXAN has found Central Texas school districts are handling the situation in a variety of ways with children in kindergarten through eighth grade, since some students are still learning remotely. → Read More

Absent while in class: Austin ISD mom shocked after her child receives 47 absences during in-person learning

Tristin Sullivan said the majority of 'missed classes' happened when her son was back on campus, including the day he was at Small Middle School taking the STAAR test. → Read More

Freestanding ER’s back bill to stop insurance companies from denying claims based on diagnosis

Prieto says past visits have resulted in letters from her insurance company asking for clarification about the visit, including the time her son was in a lot of pain. → Read More

No objections from lawmakers during hearing on health equity office bill

The office would be dedicated to reducing disparities and improve health outcomes for minorities across the state based on a number of factors including race, gender and socioeconomic status. → Read More

Tech problems cancel STAAR end-of-course testing on day one

"The portal kids use to access the test crashed. It’s a statewide outage. Kids are just sitting in rooms waiting for TEA to provide instruction to districts." → Read More

Blanco County woman still recovering from reaction, swelling one month after COVID vaccination

BLANCO COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Jane Copeland felt blessed to be one of the first in Blanco County to get her COVID-19 vaccine. The Moderna shot in her right arm on Feb. 22 gave the 68-year-old a huge sense of relief and hope that she would finally be able to fly to England to visit […] → Read More

Are Austin internet providers keeping up with increased need for speed during the pandemic?

One of the biggest necessities for families trying to survive the last 10 months is access to reliable technology. → Read More

Suicides and suicide-related calls not showing spike in Travis County during pandemic

While more people are seeking help, suicides and suicide-related 911 calls are not showing a spike in Travis County. → Read More

State of Texas: Working to help communities hit hardest by COVID-19

AUSTIN (Nexstar) – It’s a rare, quiet moment in the middle of a jam-packed November morning of seeing patients. Dr. Guadalupe “Pete” Zamora took off his face shield and mask and escaped to his office at his medical practice in east Austin – an area of the city that’s been a COVID-19 hot spot. Still dressed […] → Read More

5 Central Texas superintendents have resigned in two years, experts predict more to come

In the last two years, at least five Central Texas school districts have had a change at the top: Austin, Dripping Springs, Manor, Del Valle and Leander. → Read More

Failure rates rising for Round Rock ISD students during pandemic

KXAN has been reporting on a dip in grades across multiple school districts in Central Texas during the pandemic, as students and teachers have had to navigate a combination of virtual and in-person learning. → Read More

Austin ISD places Casis Elementary principal on leave during pandemic

A letter sent to parents on Friday, Oct. 23 by the Austin Independent School District said Principal Samuel Tinnon was placed on leave Friday, but did not include additional information. → Read More

How Olympic advertisers are regrouping for 2021 summer games in Tokyo

Under the current climate of a worldwide pandemic and racial unrest, we can expect to see Olympians taking on these heavy hitting topics as well — which means a total shift by sponsors and advertisers who had a different plan of attack leading into the 2020 summer games in Tokyo. → Read More

State of Texas: The impact of record turnout for early voting

AUSTIN (Nexstar) – A record surge of voters brought long lines at polling locations across the state of Texas during the first week of early voting. Experts say that despite the long wait times, voters turned out in historic numbers. “People came out to vote on the first day, in all likelihood knowing that there […] → Read More

AISD principal says to give ‘grace’ and a 70 to students if teachers haven’t exhausted all measures

In the letter sent to KXAN, Principal Dr. Cathryn Mitchell said she felt it was important to talk about the "elephant in the room: grades," and goes on to explain what she calls a "campus-wide dilemma." → Read More

Austin-area residents report inaccurate early voting wait times given on Travis County website

Starting early Tuesday, KXAN viewers began emailing their stories of standing in lines for over two hours at some polling sites. → Read More

Why the cost of a presidential election rose from $2.2M to $6.9M in Travis County

Travis County has transformed 37 sites into early voting locations, including gyms, meeting rooms and event centers, where social distancing can be achieved. Sanitation stations have also been set up at each voting center for poll workers and voters. → Read More

Former Rodeo Austin accountant pleads guilty to theft, sentenced to probation

A former Rodeo Austin financial manager, who was accused of stealing over $1 million from the nonprofit charity and faced up to 99 years in prison for first-degree felony theft, pleaded guilty and received a sentence of 10 years of probation Thursday in Travis County District Court. → Read More