Here are the top stories in Northwest Austin that you missed over the holidays

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As the new year begins, take a look at our list of stories that rounded out the end of 2017 that you may have missed during the holiday break.

Changes coming to Austin ISD

Two upcoming updates to Austin ISD will affect some Northwest Austin-area schools. One is a $4.5 million grant from the state for mental health services aimed at helping victims of crimes and their families. Cook, Guerrero-Thompson, McBee, Wooldridge and Wooten elementary schools are Northwest Austin AISD campuses that will each have two staff members to deliver therapeutic services. The other update addresses AISD’s overcrowding concerns. Doss Elementary School, Hill Elementary School and Murchison Middle School, all part of Northwest Austin’s AISD feeder pattern, will be frozen to transfers in the 2018-19 school year due to overenrollment.

Increases reported in Travis County area health care enrollment

As the health insurance open enrollment period came to an end Dec. 15, an Austin-area nonprofit that works with Central Health reported a 97 percent increase in individuals seeking assistance with signing up for health care plans when compared to the same time period in 2016.

Round Rock ISD sees leadership changes and assesses areas in need of improvement

Round Rock ISD underwent two changes in leadership in separate positions as Chief Operating Officer Bob Cervi stepped down and new trustee Steve Math was officially sworn in. The school district also continued discussing what could be included in a potential May 2018 bond election at its meeting in late December. Trustees have called this potential referendum as a “critical needs bond,” which would be smaller in scale than what was included on the failed May 2017 bond.

Changes in federal tax code set to affect Texas taxpayers

An overhaul of the federal tax code was signed into law by President Donald Trump. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is a 1,101 page piece of legislation with implications that will be sure to be felt in 2018. Here is what you should know about how the law will affect Texan taxpayers.

Toll road prices increase in 2018

Austin-area toll roads are seeing an increase in prices starting in 2018. The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority board approved increases in mid-December based on the Consumer Price Index increase of 2.23 percent. Increases amount to 1-3 cents per toll plaza and went into effect Jan. 1.

A new high speed internet option comes to Austin

Charter Communications announced the launch of Spectrum Internet Gig, a high-speed fiber network in Austin, on Dec. 20.

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Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Northwest Austin reporter. She is also responsible for citywide health care and entertainment coverage. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism in May 2017.
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