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Austin and Travis County have extended their emergency COVID-19 orders until Dec. 15.
The U.S. Postal Service has warned that Texas' election law creates a risk that ballots requested near the deadline will not be returned by mail in time to be counted. | @mattlargey
Travis County is extending its face covering rule until Dec. 15. Limits on gatherings of more than 10 people are also being extended, County Judge Sam Biscoe ordered Friday.
RT @s_m_i: And if you're eligible to vote in Texas and not sure if you can vote by mail, @mattlargey has a helpful explainer over @KUT http…
"There's concern that we were taking just $150 million out of the police department budget, and that's not what we did," @MayorAdler told @KUTnathan. The mayor says the changes to the budget will better enable officers to focus on crime.
RT @AshLopezRadio: Travis County election officials are asking property owners and managers in Austin to consider offering their facilities…
RT @KUTX: Austin hometown heroes @TrailOfDead have one final livestream benefit concert lined up tonight at 8pm CT! Proceeds from tickets &…
Free, walk-up COVID-19 testing will be available in Taylor on Saturday and Sunday. Tests will be offered at Main Street Intermediate School starting at 9 a.m. and continuing until supplies last.
RT @AKMcGlinchy: Hey there! So, yesterday the Austin City Council made some cuts to the @Austin_Police budget. We can all agree on that. Bu…
@CTXFoodBank is extending its take-home meal program for schoolchildren through the end of the month. The program was slated to end Friday, but the food bank partnered with @AustinYMCA to provide two additional weeks’ worth of breakfasts and lunches.
#atxcouncil voted to place two transportation-related measures on the ballot during the Nov. 3 election: a new property tax to help pay for transit expansion and a bond issue that would fund more active transportation projects. | @SamuelKingNews
Black lawmakers at the #TxLege unveiled the George Floyd Act, a sweeping police reform proposal that would ban chokeholds across the state and require law enforcement officers to intervene if another officer is using excessive force. | via @TexasTribune
@AusPublicHealth reported 15 new coronavirus-related deaths on Thursday – a record for a single day. A total of 328 people in Travis County have now died from complications related to the virus.
RT @SamuelKingNews: After hours of debate, the Council also voted to put the bond issue on the ballot.
President Trump admitted he opposes Democrats' proposed boost in funding for the U.S. Postal Service because he wants to make it harder to expand voting by mail. | via @NPR
Gov. Abbott said state health officials were “investigating” the high proportion of COVID-19 tests coming back positive. The percentage of tests yielding positive results has climbed to alarming highs, up to 25% on average. | via @TexasTribune
RT @AKMcGlinchy: When asked if he has any plans to resign after Austin City Council passes big cuts to the police budget today, @Chief_Manl…
RT @AKMcGlinchy: TX Attorney General @KenPaxtonTX weighs in on the Austin City Council's police budget cuts today, calling it a decision "d…
Hemp farms around Texas are preparing for the first legal harvest since the plant was banned statewide in 1931. But cannabis regulations remain complicated. | via @TPRNews
Despite opposition from the oil and gas industry it aims to help, the Trump administration is expected to roll back an Obama-era rule designed to reduce climate-warming methane emissions. | via @NPR
Outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people will be allowed in unincorporated areas of Williamson County starting Thursday at 5 p.m. People within city limits in the county will still have to abide by their city’s regulations.
This makes perfect sense, with COVID basically being cured and all
@LeanderISD canceled today's scheduled start of the school year for high school students because of a problem impacting the internet connection on laptops from the district. The district plans to start high school online learning on Monday.
RT @SamuelKingNews: The Austin City Council has voted to put a new property tax on the November ballot to help pay for Project Connect, the…
Breaking: Austin City Council is immediately cutting roughly $20 million from the police department's budget. #atxcouncil members are vowing to make bigger reductions — roughly $150 million total — in the coming year. | @AKMcGlinchy
RT @AKMcGlinchy: With everything tallied, the city council flagged roughly $150 million, which amounts to about a third of funding for poli…
#atxcouncil members have a chance Thursday to vote on a new budget and decide how much to cut from the $400 million the city gives to the Austin Police Department. Watch live:
RT @jenstayton: "If you’re a teacher, why is it so hard to say that your Black students’ lives matter?" Austin teacher @josephfrilot says a…
Travis County is the only county in Texas using this text voter registration program, according to Gretchen Nagy, the county's director of voter registration.
Travis County voters can text “register” to 48683 and get a link to fill out a voter registration form online. The county then mails voters the filled-out form, which they then only have to sign, date and put in the mail using a postage-paid envelope.
Bruce Elfant, Travis County’s voter registrar, said his office didn't receive a single application in April, which prompted him to think of ways to make it safer and easier for people to register to vote in the county.
Travis County officials have launched a program aimed at making it easier for people to register to vote during the pandemic in a way that doesn’t violate Texas’ online voter registration ban. | @AshLopezRadio
“Nobody has told us that it is poorly advised to go forward and do what we are doing,” said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, adding the caveat that things can — and probably will — change at any time.
RT @AKMcGlinchy: The Austin City Council has decided to stop before voting on the budget tonight. Seems like we were gonna get there, but s…
On her first day, @AustinISD's new superintendent Stephanie Elizalde shared some of her initial thoughts with @ClaireMcInerny on leading the district through this unprecedented school year.
UT Austin expects more than 75% of classes will be fully online for the fall semester as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Nearly half of undergraduate students have said they prefer all virtual classes.
The Big 12 is planning to move forward with football, volleyball and soccer seasons in the fall. “Nobody has told us that it is poorly advised to go forward and do what we are doing,” said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. | @maasdinero
RT @jenstayton: "If you're being silent and complicit, then for me you're just as dangerous as someone who is actually racist." Austin teac…
RT @AKMcGlinchy: Pretty dystopian photos of people waiting to testify today in front of Austin city council members, who've been meeting vi…
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his newly named running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, are about to make their first joint appearance. Watch live via @NPR:
@JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris' first joint event is now starting. Watch live:
RT @ClaireMcInerny: Today is Stephanie Elizalde's first day as superintendent for @AustinISD. I talked to her this morning about her initia…
The city has created a $3.5 million grant program for creative workers in Austin hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Eligible applicants can receive up to $2,000 to help cover immediate needs like rent, groceries and bills. Applications open Monday.
Hear Claire's chat with @AustinISD's new superintendent today at 3:44 pm and 5:44 pm on @KUT!…
RT @AshLopezRadio: Travis County's voter registrar, Bruce Elfant, has launched a contact-less voter registration effort in the Austin area…
#atxcouncil members have a chance today to vote on a new budget and decide how much to cut from the $400 million the city gives to the Austin Police Department. Council members are now hearing community feedback. Watch live:
RT @AKMcGlinchy: Council now discussing how late they want to go tonight. "I am not willing to go to midnight," says @D5Kitchen. Re-uppin…
RT @AKMcGlinchy: Austin council members could take a vote on a new budget today, including cuts to police funding. I wrote about what the…
Austin social studies teacher Joseph Frilot considers himself an introvert. He couldn’t imagine himself leading a march for justice when the idea first came up. Then, he thought of his students and the example he wanted to set for them. | @jenstayton
TSA officers are finding guns in carry on bags at security checkpoints at a rate three times higher than they did last summer. And 80% of those guns are loaded. | via @NPR
RT @ClaireMcInerny: The @AustinISD Board of Trustees voted to hire Stephanie Elizalde as the new superintendent for the district. Listen…
How bad could three months with the in-laws be? It turned out to be a bridge for Danielle Patterson. | @mattlargey
Many counties in Central Texas are at risk of a poll worker shortage during the presidential election this fall, @ProtectTheVote report finds.
Coaches and student athletes in the Big 12 and SEC have indicated they want to move forward with the season as scheduled, despite early COVID-19 outbreaks across the nation — including at UT Austin — that have already infected players. | via @TexasTribune
Breaking: Former Vice President Joe Biden has picked California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate. | via @NPR
The selection will make @KamalaHarris just the third woman — and first African American — to be nominated for vice president by a major political party, @scottdetrow reports.
At least 97,000 children tested positive for COVID-19 during the last two weeks of July, according to a new review of state-level data by @AmerAcadPeds and @hospitals4kids. | via @NPR
Texas’ growing Latino population is poised to be significantly undercounted in this year’s census. Advocates say that means Latinos could face a decade of diminished political power and underfunding for essential government services. | @AshLopezRadio
Abbott is speaking as data shows coronavirus hospitalizations declining in Texas, but the count remains well above Texas’ levels in the spring, @TexasTribune reports.
Gov. Abbott is giving an update on the state's coronavirus response. Watch live:
8/ Whatever City Council votes on later this week, some have cautioned promising big change to the police budget immediately. #atxcouncil members pointed to their budget timeline as a challenge.
7/ At a budget meeting last week, Police @Chief_Manley said putting a hold on training new officers for an entire year would further cripple an understaffed department. He said doing so could bring the number of APD officers down to 2012 staffing levels.
6/ The aspect of the proposal that would result in the biggest cut to APD's budget is canceling the next three cadet classes. Council members have said they don’t want to train new officers while the department’s training materials are being reviewed.
5/ The $149 million in suggested cuts diverges greatly from the budget City Manager Spencer Cronk proposed to City Council members last month, which included a roughly $150,000 reduction in funding for police.
4/ Another $47 million would go into a holdover pot of money, which #atxcouncil would decide over the next year how to spend. This chunk of funding covers several other divisions currently under police, such as the traffic enforcement and mounted patrol.
3/ #atxcouncil has recommended that nine divisions of @Austin_Police, including 911 operations and victim services, be moved to other city departments or be made into their own offices. Doing that would amount to a $79.5 million reduction in APD funding.
2/ About a fifth of the money – just over $22 million – would be immediately transferred to other city departments, including @AusPublicHealth and @ATCEMS.
1/ #atxcouncil members are proposing cuts to the Austin Police Department budget totaling roughly $149 million, or 34% of the department’s current budget. The budget vote could come as early as Wednesday but no later than Friday. | @AKMcGlinchy
RT @AshLopezRadio: Census response rates among Texas Latinos remain low as census efforts rush to a close. Groups say this is setting up t…
The nation’s first virtual criminal jury trial – a misdemeanor traffic case – is about to start in Travis County. Everything, including the jury selection, testimony and verdict, will be done online, streamed on YouTube.
Elya Franciscus, an epidemiologist with Harris County Public Health in Houston, estimates that about half of those contacted by her department's contact tracers are not fully cooperative. | via @NPR
@ZachNeumannCO, founder of the COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project, estimates that of the 110 million Americans who live in rental housing, at least 30 million are at risk of eviction by the end of September. | via @NPR
Hundreds of Texas bars and restaurants are scrambling to change how they operate, so they can reopen after being closed by Gov. Greg Abbott’s latest shutdown targeting bars. | via @TexasTribune
RT @tamarakeithNPR: President Trump is back in the briefing room. He says "there was a shooting outside of the White House. And it seems ve…
Support groups on Facebook include thousands of people who say they have been wrestling with serious COVID-19 symptoms for at least a month, if not two or three. The groups have coined a name for themselves: "long-haulers." | via @NPR
Attorneys representing eight sexual assault survivors are appealing a federal court's decision to dismiss a class-action lawsuit alleging Austin and Travis County officials mishandled the survivors' cases. | @nadzhamz
In Texas — a state that fought expanding mail-in ballot access all the way up to the Supreme Court — COVID-19 positive voters can be put in the position of choosing between their right to vote and the public's health. | via @TPRNews
Mission Funeral Home in East Austin is helping families grieve COVID-19 deaths — even after losing its founder to the virus. | @AKMcGlinchy
RT @AKMcGlinchy: On Friday, @GregCasar posted a breakdown of proposed cuts to @Austin_Police and how that $$ would be reallocated. Accordin…
Oct. 5 is the last day to register to vote before the Nov. 3 election in Texas. Here’s what you need to know to register. | @mattlargey #tx2020
RT @AKMcGlinchy: Austin's Mission Funeral Home has served primarily Hispanic families since it opened in 1959. So, as Hispanic people in Ce…
The $1.5 million Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund will provide $1,000 grants to Austin musicians in need. Applications open at 10 a.m. and will stay open until funding runs out, the city says.
Texas health officials this past weekend reported a seven-day average testing positivity rate of nearly 19.5% — the state's highest since the pandemic started. | via @NPR
RT @England_Weber: A couple dozen folks are out in front of APD for a Blue Lives Matter demonstration; others with Mike Ramos Brigade are h…
Health experts warn about the coronavirus spreading in multigenerational households. The living arrangement has become more popular over the past decade, due to economic factors, including the cost of housing. | via @NPR
The U.S. has hit 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases — just 17 days after crossing the 4 million mark. | via @NPR
Hispanic and Black children are much more likely to require hospitalization for COVID-19, with Hispanic children about eight times as likely as white children to be hospitalized, while Black children were five times as likely, the CDC found. | via @NPR
Austin Country Flea Market is on the verge of becoming the latest local landmark forced to close amid the pandemic. “It really made an impression on me. It really made me fall in love with my culture,” said Alan Garcia, who grew up going to the market.
President Trump promised that economic relief funds would be "rapidly distributed" to Americans in need, although it remains unclear whether the president has the authority to do this without congressional approval. | via @NPR
Texas is one of a few states that has not expanded absentee or mail-in voting during COVID-19, which means in-person voting will be the main way voters cast ballots. Election officials are scrambling to find enough polling sites willing to host voters.
President Trump signed four executive actions to provide economic relief amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Since COVID-19 first surfaced in China late last year, reports of racist verbal threats and harassment targeting Asians in the United States have been on the rise, and both public health officials and police are starting to track it. | via @TexasStandard
Next week, #atxcouncil will formally decide whether to put a property tax increase on the ballot. The tax rate of 8.75 cents per $100 of property valuation would fund the transit expansion, as well as efforts to prevent people from being displaced.
Chef Pascal Simon has been teaching baking classes for kids out of her home kitchen in Austin for a decade. Up until a few months ago her classes were mostly focused on "cute stuff" like cookies. Then came the pandemic. | via @NPR
Democrats in Texas are urging Joe Biden to mount a full-fledged campaign here, and polls have him running neck and neck in the state with President Trump. | via @keranews
To put the 300,000 projected death toll in context, it is more than four times the number of people who typically die from drug overdoses in the U.S. each year — and more than five times the number killed by the flu in a very bad year. | via @NPR
Custom Botanical Dispensary, a downtown Austin shop that carries hemp products and oils, is one of four plaintiffs suing the state for banning the sale of "smokable" hemp products. | @jerryquijano
RT @jerryquijano: I remember going to the pulga with my family. the sound of gravel under the tires when you pull in. i LOVED looking at th…
Texas Tech fired the head coach and assistant coach of its women's basketball team, after a scathing report chronicling claims of physical, mental and verbal abuse against players was published on Wednesday. | via @NPR
Photos: Austin’s musical, cultural and some culinary history can be had Saturday in what is being billed as the last auction from the personal collection of former Threadgill’s and Armadillo World Headquarters owner Eddie Wilson. | @maasdinero
RT @SamuelKingNews: Meeting has resumed, with a presentation on the Austin Transit Partnership proposal. A governing board would be made up…
#atxcouncil and @CapMetroATX are listening to public comments before voting on the creation of a new entity to guide the massive Project Connect transit plan. Watch live:
Texas nursing homes and long-term care facilities will have to meet certain requirements before they can have visitors, @TexasHHSC said. They must have zero active cases among residents and go at least 14 days with no cases among staff.
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