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Austin announces new pandemic rules, effective Aug. 16 atxne.ws/3apJaEy
Horseshoe Bay brush fire may have started with spark on the road, officials say atxne.ws/3fYwDsX
Travis County reports 4 more coronavirus deaths, 152 new cases atxne.ws/342yhYa
Horseshoe Bay brush fire may have started with spark on the road, officials sayhttps://www.statesman.com/news/20200814/horseshoe-bay-brush-fire-may-have-started-with-spark-on-road-officials-say?nocache=1
182 more coronavirus cases reported in Williamson County; total at 7,330 atxne.ws/2XYhBNC
Hays County reports 3 more coronavirus deaths, 8 new cases atxne.ws/2Y3aG5R
On the first day of virtual instruction in the Pflugerville district, classes were disrupted when intruders gained access and harassed students and teachers with racial slurs and profanity atxne.ws/340aU1f
UPDATE: Evacuation order lifted; brush fire grows to 25 acres atxne.ws/3kLtOPt
The number of Texans filing first-time claims for unemployment benefits is the lowest its been since the coronavirus first hit in March, but it remains about four times higher than typical pre-pandemic standards atxne.ws/3iLMsFf
Texas also reported: -7,018 new coronavirus cases -around 6,600 people being treated for the disease in hospitals across the state -a 16.1% positivity rate 2/2 atxne.ws/2PTUQpD
A middle school assistant band director in the Hays district is being accused of possessing child pornography and invasive visual recordings atxne.ws/2DT7Jhn
With 313 additional deaths reported Friday, 9,602 Texans have now died from the coronavirus 1/ atxne.ws/2PTUQpD
A week after Austin district officials questioned the validity of a school board candidate’s residency on his application, they now say his name will appear on November ballots atxne.ws/3aol4dg
RT @sarahradinasch: My internship at the @statesman ends today (🥺) and while I am very sad to say goodbye, I am also proud of the work I di…
NOW: Residents are being forced to evacuate their homes due to a large brush fire in Bastrop County atxne.ws/3kLtOPt
Columnist @kherman reflects on one more thing the coronavirus pandemic has delayed: the official debut of three new elementary schools totaling $129 million atxne.ws/3aoOdFg
JUST IN: The U.S. Postal Service warned Texas election officials that some ballots cast by mail in the November election may not arrive in time to be counted atxne.ws/3g1mR9k
In part because of its tourism industry and a vulnerable working class population, San Marcos has seen the most dramatic increase in coronavirus cases in Central Texas atxne.ws/2E5Uidy
Boat docks, tennis centers, golf courses and food concessions at Austin parks, and the Umlauf Sculpture Garden are all set to reopen this weekend atxne.ws/3fZtetZ
Texas Republican lawmakers said they would address Austin's recent decision to reinvest funding from the city's police department to various social programs when they reconvene at the Capitol next year atxne.ws/3iJXdaO
WTF? Bet this is news to @johnlegend and @chrissyteigen both. Maybe The @statesman might want to reconsider how headlines get truncated? https://t.co/EMtS3FVVc8
@GeneforTexas said in Texas the “average age of the Republican voter is like 20 years older than the average Democrat.” That's not true, @madlinbmek reports atxne.ws/2DSDJ5g
RT @raisingaustin: Looking for something free to do next weekend @tpapresents @austin360 @statesman austin360.com/entertainmentl…
No appointments are necessary for this walk-up site offering free cheek-swab coronavirus tests in Taylor this weekend atxne.ws/340bI6w
ICE renewed a contract with the private prison corporation that operates the controversial detention center in Taylor atxne.ws/2FpWs8J
Comal County reported 59 new coronavirus cases Friday. The county has a total of 467 active cases and 74 hospitalizations atxne.ws/2DM7O6C
Despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, Austin's Chuy’s successfully pivoted to a takeout model and was able to rehire a majority of its furloughed staff. @LoriCHawkins takes a look at what the restaurant has done right atxne.ws/3fYLfbA
After months without answers, investigators have now linked a Killeen couple to the May slaying of Pfc. Brandon Rosecrans. atxne.ws/3kE8qvs
Late Thursday, the Austin City Council ordered an election on a $460 million bond proposition intended to fund alternative transportation methods — mainly sidewalks, bike lanes and improvements to the Longhorn Dam. atxne.ws/2DRsU3m
In Austin, the gaming hub of Texas, increased gaming time during stay-at-home orders has translated to strong growth for some companies despite the virus. atxne.ws/2YhNOQn
Thursday was the first day of school for two of the largest Central Texas school districts, Leander and Pflugerville, but it looked nothing like it has in years past. atxne.ws/3fYlyIq
RT @jasondjarrett: What does @statesman sports have cooking? @CedGolden on Power 5 bit.ly/3iFt2BH @kbohls 9 Things https://t.co/I6…
It’s finally Friday! And, of no surprise, temperatures are again expected to climb into the 100s for the 13th day in a row. atxne.ws/3arDN7G
Due to uncommon circumstances, voters will not have a say in picking the two candidates — Democrat and Republican — who will run to replace former Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt in November. atxne.ws/2Ffaqdl
One person injured after falling down cliff in Lago Vista atxne.ws/2PXurXT
Abbott, Paxton respond to $150M cut from Austin police budget atxne.ws/31ShRii
Hutto Council voids 15 severance agreements with employees atxne.ws/2PT0d8t
UPDATED: Round Rock City Council moves May election to November, accepts bid for University Blvd. project atxne.ws/3aoCXJd
UPDATE: The Texas A&M Forest Service says evacuations have been lifted in the area and that residents can now return to their homes. statesman.com/news/20200813/… twitter.com/statesman/stat…
UPDATE: Texas Forest Service officials tweeted around 8:25 p.m. that the fire in Llano County is now about 400 acres, and is 30% contained. statesman.com/news/20200813/… twitter.com/statesman/stat…
Anthony Fauci gives Matthew McConaughey true directives in coronavirus chat atxne.ws/2PU96i0
UPDATED: The fire near Horseshoe Bay is estimated to be about 300 acres, the Texas A&M Forest Service said, adding that about 10% has been contained. statesman.com/news/20200813/… twitter.com/statesman/stat…
Travis County reports 15 more coronavirus deaths, 297 new cases atxne.ws/2DZ06FN
Hays County reports 1 more coronavirus death, 20 new cases atxne.ws/2PN1PAG
Horseshoe Bay fire leads to evacuations atxne.ws/31TNTug
A Georgetown mosquito trap collected Tuesday tested positive for West Nile virus atxne.ws/3fV6Wth
Teachers launch recall petition against Cedar Park council member atxne.ws/30UIyUs
Texas health officials are investigating why the percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 has increased so much in recent weeks, despite an overall decrease in testing atxne.ws/3alT7mx
RT @MDWilsonSA: NOW: @Austin_Police @Chief_Manley is about to hold a press conference after the #ATXCouncil voted to immediately cut $21.5…
Austin police arrested a man who, after being asked to wear a mask at the Fresh Plus Grocer in Hyde Park, threw glass bottles through the store's windows, breaking many of them atxne.ws/3aoQCzQ
Hill Country pipeline to be re-routed around Blanco River, CEO says atxne.ws/33YfcGo
After filing for bankruptcy protection earlier this year, Austin Tex-Mex restaurant chain Trudy’s is poised to get new ownership atxne.ws/2DP0tTG
Former employees say Williamson County @SheriffChody at times treated deputies' application process as a “Live PD” casting call rather than an assessment of their temperament for sound law enforcement atxne.ws/2Y0eiFD
RT @nicolecobler: Asked about the state's rising positivity rate, Abbott says @TexasDSHS is "investigating" why that is the case. He note…
RT @nicolecobler: .@GovAbbott in Lubbock warns that Texans shouldn't let up on social distancing measures during Labor Day: "It’s so import…
Posts circulating Facebook claim Kamala Harris “cannot by constitutional law become president" if Joe Biden can't serve his full term. That's not true atxne.ws/2CnSoob
"Austin Council OKs budget with $150M in police cuts Austin City Council members on Thursday unanimously approved a $4.2 billion budget that includes about $150 million in cuts to Austin police." -@statesman
BREAKING: Austin City Council unanimously approved a $4.2 billion budget that includes about $150 million in cuts to Austin police atxne.ws/2XXYZxi
For months, on top of their state benefit, the unemployed had also been receiving the $600 a week in federal jobless aid. But the federal payment has expired, and negotiations in Congress to extend that benefit have collapsed in rancor. atxne.ws/2FmgCjX
Austin City Council members will vote today on a budget that is expected to greatly reduce the Austin Police Department’s funding, by perhaps as much as $150 million. atxne.ws/3kEyHK9
Texas state Sen. Kel Seliger tested positive for the coronavirus, he confirmed in a tweet Wednesday evening. atxne.ws/2DHfmaN
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FORECAST: Sunny with high near 105, heat index of 110 atxne.ws/30TQPaU
While the coronavirus pandemic has triggered an increase in racial aggressions against people of East Asian descent across the country, many in those communities are working daily to help stem the impact of the crisis. atxne.ws/30Sq5ru
ICYMI: High school students in the Leander school district will not be starting virtual classes today because of technical difficulties. atxne.ws/31HXTqu
JUST IN: Leander district to push back virtual classes for high school students due to ‘technology issue’ atxne.ws/31HXTqu
Austin-Travis County health officials on Wednesday said six more people in the area have died from coronavirus-related causes. atxne.ws/2XVCAkc
The total number of COVID-19 fatalities in Hays County is now 37. atxne.ws/3iBsqgx
Williamson County’s daily known coronavirus cases rise by 64 for total of 7,075 atxne.ws/33UYlnS
Texas reports 324 new coronavirus deaths atxne.ws/2PPvkly
Eanes will implement a phased-in program allowing most teachers and about 25% of students to return to school Sept. 8 atxne.ws/2XUMdj4
Officials ask for help solving 2011 homicide near LaBare atxne.ws/2XX8zQX
Texas, which has spent no money on census outreach efforts and did not create a census count committee, so far ranks 39th among states in the rate of responses to the census atxne.ws/3gRPFCz
RT @MDWilsonSA: The budget includes a proposal that combined several plans from all council members to redirect @Austin_Police funding to o…
RT @MDWilsonSA: #ATXCouncil listened to several hours of public testimony on the city's proposed budget today, the vast majority of which c…
Austin’s Upland Software plans $119M stock offering atxne.ws/3gUX57W
After another drop in demand due to a resurgence of the coronavirus, Austin gasoline prices remain fairly stable atxne.ws/33SX9S5
OPINION: "Now it is time we once again find ways to get things done for America. One of these would be passing the CORPS Act and increasing funding for an entity that could help both its members and the thousands of people they serve." atxne.ws/2FkfZr9
Authorities over the weekend arrested a 14th person accused of rioting during a May protest opposing police brutality atxne.ws/30PTdj1
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones stood outside a Barton Creek greenbelt entrance and yelled at trail goers and park employees about the city’s reservation system atxne.ws/3akYSAT
Interim University of Texas President Jay Hartzell was voted the sole finalist in the search for a permanent leader for the school atxne.ws/33S0eSo
“You see sharks everywhere. You see them next to surfers, under surfers, around surfers. Last week I put my drone up and I caught 10 sharks in one frame.” atxne.ws/31JQcjE
RT @bevobeat: Texas will open the Big 12 portion of the season at Texas Tech on Sept. 26, the Big 12 announced. But that could still chan…
Authorities are asking for the public’s help to find a driver who fatally struck a pedestrian during a hit-and-run crash in North Austin last month. atxne.ws/3kzjAln
Of class registrations for UT's fall semester, only about 5.3% will be in-person, while 18% will be hybrid and about 77% will be online atxne.ws/33WAO67
The latest proposals from council members could see as much as $150 million being taken from the $434 million police budget atxne.ws/3afQGlq
Two people received potentially serious injuries following a crash in South Austin on Wednesday morning, at the intersection of West William Cannon Drive and Menchaca Road. atxne.ws/31N9Db5
FORECAST: Sunny with high near 104; heat advisory in afternoon atxne.ws/3gRIFFR
For decades, Lois Villaseñor had helped Latino families coping with the death of loved ones. In late July, Villaseñor herself died of COVID-related complications, one of scores of coronavirus deaths last month in Travis County. atxne.ws/3afCybU
Austin school board members Tuesday night officially hired the district’s newest superintendent Stephanie Elizalde, offering her a three-year contract. atxne.ws/3fQkCWj
Tax rate hearings, which are required by state law, must be held in a “publicly owned building,” meaning even during a global health crisis that has killed more than 160,000 Americans, the city must open doors to anyone wanting to share their viewpoint. atxne.ws/3am5SO2
BREAKING: Austin school district inks deal with new superintendent Stephanie Elizalde atxne.ws/3fORkHJ
The center detains immigrant women seeking asylum and has faced controversy in recent years with accusations of sexual abuse and medical neglect. atxne.ws/3iuYSB9
Texas Democrats exult in Biden’s pick of Harris atxne.ws/3aeBAg3
Austin-Travis County health officials on Tuesday said four more people in the county have died from coronavirus-related causes. atxne.ws/3kLt6BY
Williamson County’s daily known coronavirus cases increase by 118 for total of 7,011 atxne.ws/2DHa7Yk
Hays County health officials on Tuesday reported 16 new cases of the coronavirus. atxne.ws/31KZ88a
The Pac-12 has decided to not play its football season this fall over concerns that the sport carries too much risk for athletes, the conference said atxne.ws/33QYnx6
Williamson County will form a committee to gather public opinion about whether a Confederate statue in front of the county's courthouse should be moved atxne.ws/3ae9otJ
BREAKING: Biden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate atxne.ws/2XRtzZA
BREAKING: The Big Ten became the first of college sports’ power conferences to formally cancel it's 2020 football season due to the coronavirus pandemic, Tuesday atxne.ws/2XS3b1x
Comal County reported nine new coronavirus deaths for a total of 71, and 88 new confirmed cases Tuesday atxne.ws/3gNiXSV
A wildfire that torched 27 acres in Bastrop State Park and was 75% contained as of Monday night, officials say atxne.ws/3fNaSwe
Aerospace and defense technology giant BAE Systems is planning a major expansion in Austin atxne.ws/2PIMe59
Daughters of Confederacy claims ownership of Bastrop County monuments atxne.ws/33QUnNo
 
 
 
 
 
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