CI NATION ROUNDUP: Gov. Abbott signs order banning COVID-19 vaccine mandates; Frisco businesses seek to solve area workforce shortage, and more top news

Gov. Greg Abbott on Oct. 11 signed an executive order banning all COVID-19 vaccine mandates (Courtesy Office of the Governor)
Gov. Greg Abbott on Oct. 11 signed an executive order banning all COVID-19 vaccine mandates (Courtesy Office of the Governor)

Gov. Greg Abbott on Oct. 11 signed an executive order banning all COVID-19 vaccine mandates (Courtesy Office of the Governor)

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 12.

Note: The following stories were published between Oct. 8-11.

Statewide

Gov. Abbott signs executive order banning all COVID-19 vaccine mandates


The governor also sent a letter to the Texas Legislature, which would add a ban on COVID-19 vaccine mandates to the third special session agenda.


Greater Houston

Cassandra’s Louisiana Kitchen opens off FM 1960 in North Houston


Owned by Quinn and Cassandra Johnson, the restaurant serves Louisiana-style dishes, such as boudin, gator bites and po' boys, as well as southern classics, such as fried okra and fried catfish.

ROUNDUP: Willis ISD celebrates 115 years; a new Mexican restaurant is coming to Montgomery, and more business news in the Conroe and Montgomery area

The Willis ISD Education Foundation hosted a fundraiser celebrating Willis ISD’s 115th anniversary Sept. 18.

Dallas-Fort Worth

Businesses in Frisco seek to solve area workforce shortage


Grace Zhao said she struggled for months to find employees for her Chinese restaurant in west Frisco.

In the spring, the Zhao Star China Bistro restaurant co-owner brought in a robot that delivers food from the kitchen to its diners. Zhao is sometimes the only person waiting tables, and the robot helps take some tasks off her plate, she said.

Central Texas

Austin Proposition A: Where the policing measure stands weeks from Election Day


Austinites will have the opportunity to vote on two local ballot measures and eight statewide propositions Nov. 2.

The first citywide ballot measure, Proposition A, concerns public safety and made it on the ballot following a petition drive by political action committee Save Austin Now. The language of the proposition—subject to a brief legal dispute between SAN and the city—asks whether the Austin Police Department must be staffed to a level of at least two officers per 1,000 city residents.

Jishnu Nair, Emily Lincke, Chandler France, Anna Lotz, Miranda Jaimes and Ben Thompson contributed to this report.


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The plan calls for traffic control methods to make streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists. (Courtesy Living Streets)
Austin City Council paves way for more play, exercise on neighborhood streets

The program aims to make it safer to use neighborhood streets for community events.

Photo of the Komé storefront
Komé Sushi Kitchen celebrates 10 years, and more Austin business milestones

The locally-owned business serves family-style Japanese comfort food.

New statewide maps will go into effect Jan. 18, 2022. (Community Impact Newspaper Staff)
Gov. Abbott approves new voting maps for state legislature, Congress, school districts for next decade

The maps will go into effect Jan. 18, 2022, after the state legislature passed them during a 30-day special session.

The committee will provide input on Capital Metro's expanded public safety department to the transit agency's board of directors.  (Courtesy Capital Metro)
Capital Metro board approves charter for public safety advisory committee

The approval comes after the establishment of a transit police force met resistance during the August meeting.

Through Project Connect, Capital Metro will add three new MetroRapid bus lines and an extension to the existing 803 route. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)
Capital Metro moves forward with $50 million in funding for MetroRapid bus infrastructure projects

The vote to approve the funding raised questions around how authority is divided between the city of Austin, Capital Metro and the Austin Transit Partnership.

Teso Life currently has a location in Carrollton near another 99 Ranch Market and other Asian businesses and restaurants. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Japanese department store Teso Life coming to Frisco; New Braunfels’ Gruene Hall set as backdrop for Scotty McCreery music video and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 25.

The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter is set to begin renovations Oct. 25. (Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper)
San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter to begin renovations

City Council approved $240,000 for renovations to the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter.

Child on a computer.
Texas Education Agency accepting applications for $1,500 grants for students in special education

To be eligible for the grant, students must be enrolled in pre-K through 12th grade in a Texas public school and served by a special education program.

Fitness studio Body20 is coming soon to Bee Cave's Hill Country Galleria. (Courtesy Giant Noise Public Relations)
New fitness studio, candy pop-up shop coming to Hill Country Galleria

A new candy pop-up shop and fitness studio are coming to Bee Cave's Hill Country Galleria.

VIA 313 opened its first food truck in 2010 and closed it in 2018. The chain now has six brick-and-mortar locations. (Courtesy VIA 313)
Food trucks remain viable entry to Austin's food scene despite pandemic, rising costs

Austin is rated the 7th friendliest city for food trucks nationally, and many restaurateurs credit their success to their food truck beginnings.