Rodeo coming to Round Rock and more Austin-area news

Rodeo Austin and the Round Rock Express will host a bull riding event, Bulls in the Ballpark, at Dell Diamond on Nov. 13-14. (Courtesy Rodeo Austin)
Rodeo Austin and the Round Rock Express will host a bull riding event, Bulls in the Ballpark, at Dell Diamond on Nov. 13-14. (Courtesy Rodeo Austin)

Rodeo Austin and the Round Rock Express will host a bull riding event, Bulls in the Ballpark, at Dell Diamond on Nov. 13-14. (Courtesy Rodeo Austin)

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Rodeo Austin, Round Rock Express to host Bulls in the Ballpark at Dell Diamond in November


Rodeo Austin and the Round Rock Express announced Oct. 8 they will host a two-night event, Bulls in the Ballpark, at Dell Diamond on Nov. 13-14.

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San Marcos reduces speed limits on third street near downtown


San Marcos City Council voted unanimously Oct. 7 to reduce the speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph on Burleson Street between Moore Street and Prospect Street.

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Leander duo creates innovative Japanese dishes for customers at Kai Sushi


Kai Sushi aims to be “the Cheers of sushi.”

Referencing the Boston bar and popular TV show, owners Judy Yoon and Mike Kim want their customers to eat quality sushi and Japanese dishes without the formalities or prices of high-end sushi bars. Their goal is “good sushi, good food and good vibes.”

Central Austin

New coffee and taco spot from Veracruz and Medici Roasting opens, plus more business news from downtown Austin

Here are five new business and development updates in and around Austin's downtown.

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Lake Travis SpringFest tentatively set for December


The Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce announced a new tentative date and location for its 13th annual SpringFest event, which was initially scheduled for April 25.

Paz Veterinary opens Rollingwood location

Paz Veterinary opened its new Rollingwood location, Paz West, on Sept. 29 at 2724 Bee Caves Road, Austin, across from Trader Joe's. The full-service veterinary clinic is now taking appointments and offers both traditional and holistic treatments for pets.

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Following Gov. Abbott announcement, Williamson County to open its bars, while Travis County holds off

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell said he intends to allow bars and similar establishments to operate following Gov. Greg Abbott's Oct. 7 announcement, while Travis County officials said they will hold off before a decision is made.

Olivia Aldridge, Taylor Jackson Buchanan, Ali Linan, Warren Brown, Taylor Girtman and Amy Rae Dadamo contributed to this report.



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Federal funding is set aside for public schools to address effects of the pandemic. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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The temporary waiver covering initial vehicle registration, vehicle registration renewal, vehicle titling, renewal of permanent disabled parking placards and 30-day temporary permits will end April 14. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Residents wait to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the Delco Activity Center in Northeast Austin on March 13. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Centers for Disease Control released new guidance on in-person instruction for K-12 grade schools on March 19. (Courtesy Pexels)
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Three weeks after the the state's power grid failed leaving millions of Texans without power amid freezing temperatures, the Public Utility Commission of Texas named Adrianne Brandt as the agency's new director of ERCOT accountability in a news release March 11. (Courtesy Public Utility Commission of Texas)
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Lawmakers have returned to the Capitol for the 87th Texas Legislature. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
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With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's emergency use authorization of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine developed by the Janssen Pharmaceutical Cos. of Johnson & Johnson in late February, U.S. residents who want to get inoculated against the coronavirus now have three vaccines to choose from—each with varying degrees of efficacy. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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Dr. Benjamin Neuman, a virologist with the Texas A&M University System, spoke about the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in Texas ahead of the March 10 rollback of mask and capacity rules. (Community Impact staff)
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