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Update: The frontage road to the west of I-35 in Kyle will begin transitioning to one-way this morning and continue through Friday, April 12. 

The I-35 frontage road's repainting and repaving is expected to take only one day. and will be changed to handle only southbound traffic.

You might see and smell smoke near Kyle and Buda this afternoon.

Austin Water's Wildland Conservation Division is planning to conduct a prescribed burn at the Onion Creek Management Unit off FM 150 west of Kyle.

The burn will cover more than 500 acres and should go on between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Kevin Thuesen is the Environmental Conservation Program Manager for the City of Austin. He says people shouldn’t be concerned.

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The city of Kyle is lifting its water restrictions.

In a letter sent out today, the city says recent rains have "sufficiently recharged" supplies "to allow for the removal of water restrictions beginning immediately. However, even with the removal of mandatory twice a week watering and other restrictions, City officials continue to ask residents to do their part to conserve water." Tips include checking your home and property for leaky pipes and not using a lawn irrigation system that is damaged or is spraying water onto a road or parking lot.

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The City of Kyle is deploying its first ever bicycle unit. The seven police officers will “keep out the unwanted criminal element” from Kyle’s growing commercial district, the city said in a news release.

The Kyle Police Department was able to hire the officers, but it couldn’t afford to buy the bikes. So the local Target offered to pay $2,000 for bicycles and uniforms.

“Having officers on bicycles patrolling our commercial districts allows us to have greater mobility in the types of close quarters that we find in the parking lots,” Kyle police chief Jeff Barnett said in the news release.

After the holidays, the bike patrol will focus on policing community parks and residential neighborhoods. 

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City officials in Kyle were expecting they would have no choice but to ban their Fourth of July fireworks display, thanks to the ongoing drought. But after talking about it with firefighters and the county, the show is moving ahead after all.

“We thought for a long time it would be [canceled],” City of Kyle spokesman Jerry Hendrix told KUT News. “We have a very safe location. We have clearances from all the fire jurisdictions here in our area. We have contingency plans in place to prevent fires and address them quickly should they start.”

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With no fireworks in Austin this Independence Day, some patriots may have been planning the trek up to Williamson County to catch the rocket’s red glare. Those plans will have to be canceled. You can count Round Rock’s fireworks display as another victim of the Texas drought.

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Austin Community College is waiting for a ruling from the Third Court of Appeals of Texas before it will move forward with construction of a new campus in Kyle.  The lawsuit by a Kyle dentist challenging the outcome of a November referendum also caused ACC to miss out on $20 million in federal bonds.