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Updated August 2020
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More than 154 million treasures fill the Smithsonian’s vaults. But where the public’s view ends, Sidedoor begins. With the help of biologists, artists, historians, archaeologists, zookeepers and astrophysicists, host Lizzie Peabody sneaks listeners through the Smithsonian’s side door, telling stories that can’t be heard anywhere else. Check out si.edu/sidedoor and follow @SidedoorPod for more info.
 
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With Austin Independent School District not starting class until Sept. 8, some families might have worries about not getting kids’ meals through school for another three weeks. Central Texas Food Bank is extending its summer kids’ meal distribution through August at two YMCA locations: East Communities and North Austin. Each Thursday families can g…
 
Starting Sunday, most of Capital Metro’s bus routes and services will return to pre-pandemic service. However, Cap Metro will have many of its busier routes operating beyond usual capacity to allow for social distancing, according to a news release from the transit authority. Those routes include Route 1 North Lamar/South Congress, Route 7 Duval/Do…
 
STORY: The Austin Parks and Recreation Department will reopen limited park amenities and outdoor facilities starting today. Boat docks and launches will be available, as will tennis centers, golf courses, boating, clay shooting, food concessions and the Umlauf Sculpture Garden. The outdoor facilities will operate under reduced capacity and COVID-19…
 
Despite concerns expressed by some teachers about the quick implementation of online learning platforms, the Round Rock school district is moving ahead with its Aug. 20 start date. In-person classes will begin on Sept. 10 for students who have elected to return to campuses. The school district on Thursday night also authorized spending $1.2 million…
 
Virtual classes in the Pflugerville district were disrupted Thursday, the first day of school, as intruders gained access and used racial slurs and foul language, several parents reported in social media posts. Parents said students shared on social media the links and passwords to their courses, giving access to anyone who saw the posts. The viola…
 
Bastrop County deputies on Sunday busted a cockfighting ring in a heavily wooded area east of Elgin and arrested the owner of the property where the fights were held, according to a police report. 49-year-old Jerry Bradshaw, who is facing a Class A misdemeanor cockfighting charge, told deputies he and his friends were “just barbecuing and showing c…
 
Texas A&M Forest Service officials believe an accidental spark on the road started a large brush fire that led to dozens of residents in Horseshoe Bay having to evacuate their homes Thursday. Officials said no one was injured in the fire, which swept across an estimated 400 acres and was about 75% contained Friday afternoon. The fire led to evacuat…
 
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. Normally, citizens would have a chance during the March primary elections to choose who would represent each party. This time, however, precinct chairs for…
 
Not one but two transportation election items will be on the November’s ballot for Austin voters. 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. Despite nearing half a billion dollars, the bond ele…
 
The U.S. Postal Service has warned Texas election officials that some ballots cast by mail for the November election might not arrive in time to be counted, citing state deadlines for mail-in ballots that conflict with delivery standards. In Texas, mail-in voting is limited to those 65 and older, disabled, out of the county on the day of the electi…
 
Meanwhile, Austin Mayor Steve Adler said immediate cuts of about $21.5 million to the Austin police budget and a commitment to change that could see another $129 million redirected from police over the next year will make Austin a safer city. Austin City Council members on Thursday unanimously approved a $4.2 billion budget that eliminated vacant p…
 
Republican state leaders vowed Friday to take action to address the Austin City Council’s decision the day before to remove $150 million from the Police Department’s budget, The council on Thursday voted to reallocate police funding to various social programs, including mental health response and violence prevention. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who presi…
 
Sweetgreen, the popular fast-casual salad chain, is making its debut in Austin this week at 1007 South Congress Avenue as part of the Music Lane mixed-use development. A second location is scheduled to open this fall on the Drag by the University of Texas campus. The national chain will also celebrate its opening week with several Austin-centric gi…
 
Central Texas children’s clothing line June & January and Texas restaurant chain Hat Creek Burger Company are working together to raise money for Foster Village. June & January has created a line of clothing with a hamburger and french fry illustration that comes in a bandana bib, a tank top, a T-shirt and a dress. For each item purchased, June & J…
 
Maskless and with a bullhorn in hand, Austin-based conspiracy theorist Alex Jones stood outside a Barton Creek greenbelt entrance and yelled at trail goers and park employees over the city’s reservation system, which he called an “illegal power grab of the people’s greenbelt.” In a widely circulated video of Jones posted Monday, the host of the web…
 
The resurgence of the coronavirus -- and a resulting drop in demand from drivers -- is keeping gasoline prices fairly stable in the Austin metro area, according to new industry data. Austin-area gas prices have fallen 2.7 cents per gallon in the past week and currently average $1.80 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline, according to GasBuddy.co…
 
A waste management company with designs to build a controversial waste transfer station in Cedar Creek has backed out of its proposal after receiving backlash from neighbors and the county. It’s the second time the company, Waste Management, has scrapped its plans for a waste transfer station in Cedar Creek after community opposition. Nearby reside…
 
The Pflugerville City Council on Tuesday night voted to put three bond propositions before voters in November, and moved ahead on a COVID-19 relief grant program for small businesses. The propositions on Nov. 3 will be $101.7 million in transportation projects, $42.3 million in parks and recreation projects and $47.3 million for a recreation and se…
 
Via 313, which started as a humble trailer in front of a dive bar and now includes three restaurants and two trailers, has been one of the great local success stories of the past 10 years. And the operation has not gone unnoticed nationally. Pizza Today, the influential industry publication that covers all things pizza, has named the Austin busines…
 
The Blanton Museum of Art follows in the footsteps of the Contemporary Austin and several local art galleries by carefully reopening under strict safety guidelines. Currently, only museum members and University of Texas ID holders may gain admission through timed tickets reserved online. The familiar rules about masks, social distancing and limited…
 
The city of Austin has announced a new grant for those who work in music, film, fashion and museums and have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The application period will be open from Aug. 17 through Aug. 28. To learn more, visit ATX Recovers dot com. (atxrecovers.com)By Austin American Statesman
 
The Smithville City Council is proposing a 55-cent property tax rate for fiscal year 2020-21, almost two cents lower than the existing rate. The proposed lower rate, however, would still raise the average homeowner’s annual tax bill by $3 because property valuations increased this year. The state is forcing the city to lower its property tax rate b…
 
A Smithville woman was arrested Sunday and charged with aggravated kidnapping for attempting to kidnap her daughter at gunpoint near a Smithville school, according to a police report. When questioned by police, 71-year-old Rosalie Carter confessed to the kidnapping and said that the incident was spurred by anger over several real estate transaction…
 
Horseshoe Bay city officials on Thursday said a “major brush fire” led to evacuations of The Trails and Blue Lake subdivisions. Texas A&M Forest Service tweeted shortly after 9 p.m. that the evacuations have been lifted in the area that residents could return to their homes. Officials said the fire, which covered about 400 acres, was 40% contained …
 
Kyle police on Thursday said a middle school assistant band director in the Hays district is being accused of possessing child pornography and invasive visual recordings. Police said 30-year-old Tyler Townsend of Buda was arrested Thursday and is facing 10 felony charges. Police said they took multiple electronic devices from Townsend’s home and ar…
 
The number of Texans filing first-time claims for unemployment benefits has declined for a fifth straight week, coming in at about 51,500 for the lowest total since the coronavirus pandemic first slammed the state’s economy in March. But the figure for the week ending Aug. 8 remains about four times higher than typical by pre-pandemic standards.…
 
Voters will get to have their say on a proposed multibillion-dollar public transit system after Austin City Council members on Thursday approved the addition of a tax rate increase on the November ballot to pay for it. The proposal calls for a tax rate increase of 8.75 cents per $100 of property value to fund Project Connect, the light rail system …
 
Gov. Greg Abbott said state health officials are investigating why the percentage of Texans testing positive for COVID-19 has increased so much in recent weeks. In a Lubbock news conference Thursday, Abbott noted that COVID-19 testing has decreased in the state while the positivity rate of the virus has increased. The seven-day average positivity r…
 
It was the first day of school Wednesday for two of the largest Central Texas school districts, Leander and Pflugerville, but it looked nothing like it has in years past. The hallways and classrooms were empty as the districts begin teaching remotely. In-person instruction is scheduled to begin Sept. 8 in the districts for those students who want i…
 
Austin City Council members on Thursday unanimously approved a $4.2 billion budget that includes about $150 million in planned cuts to Austin police, but only $20 million or so will be immediately removed from the department’s funding. The final approval of the budget comes after the council heard months of outcry from community members demanding f…
 
One week after Austin school district officials questioned the validity of a school board candidate’s residency listed on his application, they now say the candidate’s name will appear on November ballots. The school district’s election administrator last week notified at-large District 8 candidate Jared Breckenridge that to be placed on the ballot…
 
The city of Austin is preparing to double down on an effort to circumvent a state law that prohibits local governments from funding abortions. Last year, City Council members tried to work around the law by carving out $150,000 for abortion-related services — like lodging, transportation and child care for women getting an abortion — but not for th…
 
Austin residents got their final chance to advocate for deep spending cuts to the Police Department on Wednesday, the culmination of a journey that began many years ago but intensified this summer. But despite a plan that would remove $150 million in funding from the police, many callers commenting at the city’s budget adoption meeting Wednesday we…
 
Efforts to count all Austinites for the 2020 census are in a crunch as on-the-ground census takers work with an abbreviated time frame to count everyone in the city. Census counters have just seven more weeks to go door-to-door to addresses where people have not responded to the once-in-a-decade count. The time frame is being cut short by a month a…
 
State health officials reported 324 additional COVID-19 deaths Wednesday, bringing the state coronavirus death toll to more than 9,000. And the percent of people testing positive among those tested, known as the positivity rate, has continued to climb. The Texas Department of State Health Services reported a rolling seven-day positivity rate of 24.…
 
The University of Texas System Board of Regents voted Wednesday to name interim UT-Austin President Jay Hartzell as the sole finalist in the search for a permanent leader of the flagship institution. Hartzell has served as interim president since June 1, following the departure of Gregory L. Fenves for Emory University in Atlanta. UT System Board o…
 
Coffee nerds, take note. Your favorite shop may not be open, but there are plenty of roasters who are finding new ways to send specialty beans directly to your house. Austin’s Superthing, a coffee company from the folks who run Patika, has launched a coffee subscription service that allows coffee lovers to try a rotating selection of single-origin …
 
Austin’s Matthew McConaughey has dipped his toes into an array of fields — acting, teaching, Major League Soccer ownership, memoir writing. Now, he’s taking on the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, McConaughey announced that he’ll talk to Dr. Anthony Fauci at 5:30 p.m. Thursday via Instagram Live. The “Dazed and Confused” star …
 
Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell said he will issue an executive order on Thursday that will allow outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people in unincorporated areas of the county. He said there have been situations in which people were allowed to visit a funeral home but then could not go to a graveside service because outdoor group gatherings …
 
Williamson County commissioners have approved forming a committee of 15 residents to gather public opinion about whether a Confederate soldier statue in front of the county courthouse since 1916 should be moved. The committee will be selected in December and the panel will present the results it gathers from the public in March to the court, along …
 
The United Daughters of the Confederacy has injected itself in Bastrop County’s Confederate monument relocation process to claim possession of the markers, asserting that it has full authority over monument relocation decisions. The Commissioners Court by a near-unanimous vote on July 27 approved removing the monuments from the courthouse lawn and …
 
The family of slain Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen will host a public memorial for her in Houston on Friday. The memorial will take place on the field where Guillen grew up playing soccer. On Saturday, Guillen’s family will bury the soldier during a private funeral service in Houston. Spc. Vanessa Guillen’s case gained international attention fo…
 
The city of Austin’s proposed budget initially included $11.3 million in cuts to Austin police, but multiple council members said more must be done to strip away police funding, responding to calls from hundreds of community members urged the council to cut $100 million or more. The latest proposals from council members have evolved into a package …
 
More than three-quarters of classroom seats at the University of Texas will be filled by online students this fall, according to preliminary numbers the university released this week. UT is returning to classes Aug. 26 and is offering many courses either entirely online or in a hybrid format, with some in-person and some remote aspects. Of the more…
 
Texas has the largest Black population of any state, and on Tuesday, Democrats in the state exulted in Joe Biden’s choice of California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate. Carroll Robinson, chairman of the Texas Coalition of Black Democrats, was over the moon with joy over the news, saying the Harris pick raised the already high stakes of the 2…
 
The amount of coronavirus testing in Texas has decreased substantially in recent weeks, just as the rate of positive cases has climbed, state data show, raising concerns about the accuracy of recent trends that show a declining number of new cases. As of Monday, the weekly average of molecular coronavirus tests conducted statewide had fallen to its…
 
Austin school board members Tuesday night officially hired the district’s newest superintendent Stephanie Elizalde, but they did not release the terms of the contract. Elizalde, who most recently has served as the chief of school leadership for the Dallas district, is the first Latina to be appointed to the position of superintendent. She replaces …
 
Sway has reopened one of its three locations for takeout and limited in-person dining, but the big news for home cooks is that it has released its first meal kits to help you re-create some of those big Thai flavors at home. The meal kits are variations on two menu favorites: Tiger Cry, marinated hanger steaks served with a pair of house-made sauce…
 
What if Whataburger had wheels? The iconic Texas fast food chain this week debuted its first food truck at an event in San Antonio, according to San Antonio Express-News. Whataburger says the burger-serving vehicle is part of its 70th anniversary celebration. According to the company, the food truck is 36 feet long with 24 feet of cooking space and…
 
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