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Travis County approves 20-year incentives deal with Tesla for potential gigafactory

Travis County County commissioners voted July 14 to approve millions of dollars in possible tax rebates for the electric carmaker.


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UPDATE: Margaret Moore concedes race to José Garza in Democrat primary runoff contest for Travis County district attorney

Read here to see the returns on the 2020 Democratic primary runoff contest for Travis County district attorney.


Travis County primary runoff election results: Delia Garza, José Garza, Ann Howard and Dimple Malhotra headed to victory

José Garza will advance to November's general election after his victory over incumbent Margaret Moore. As of 10:45 p.m. on July 14, Garza had more than 68% of the vote.



RESULTS: Siegel declares victory, poised to face Republican incumbent Michael McCaul in November

Candidate Mike Siegel declared victory over opponent Pritesh Gandhi during a Zoom call with media July 14.


Travis County cases are plateauing around 500 daily, Austin's top doctor says

Stage 5 risk is still likely to come, Dr. Mark Escott said, due to strained ICU capacity.


Senate District 14 election results: Sarah Eckhardt in the lead; runoff with Eddie Rodriguez possible

The winner of the special election for Texas Senate District 14 will serve out the term of former state Sen. Kirk Watson through 2022.


Ann Howard apparent victor in Travis County Precinct 3 Democratic primary race

Early voting results for the July 14 Democratic runoff election for Travis County Commissioner Precinct 3 have Ann Howard in the lead against Valinda Bolton at 15,131 votes to 7,739.



Travis County attorney election results: Delia Garza on her way to victory over Laurie Eiserloh

Laurie Eiserloh and Delia Garza are running to replace retiring Travis County Attorney David Escamilla, who has held the position for the previous 17 years.



All Austin ISD classes to be held online during first 3 weeks of school year

Travis County health officials said earlier July 14 that districts should delay the start of in-person instruction until at least Sept. 8 due to the ongoing pandemic.


Federal unemployment payments of $600 per week end July 25

While the added $600 federal unemployment benefits will end, Texans are still eligible for other forms of relief.



Metz Recreation Center could be renamed in honor of Rodolfo 'Rudy' Mendez

After gathering feedback from the public this spring, the parks and recreation department will go to Austin City Council with a proposal to rename the East Austin recreation center.


Disease expert discusses ongoing pandemic and nearing school year

Dr. Steven H. Kelder recently answered several questions for Community Impact Newspaper regarding COVID-19; trends in cases statewide; and important considerations for parents, students and educators as the 2020-21 school year approaches.


Austin FC releases details on some stadium amenities

Austin FC revealed plans for the North Building—a section of its stadium that will house a beer hall, the team’s merchandise store and a hospitality lounge.


Travis County coronavirus indicators still hovering at upper end of Stage 4 risk

Travis County saw 657 new cases and 68 new hospitalizions July 13.



Georgetown faces watering restrictions, SW Austin private school closes: News from Central Texas

Read the latest business and community news from Central Texas here.


Department of Defense task forces deployed to help Texas combat COVID-19

Gov. Greg Abbott announced July 13 the U.S. Department of Defense would provide more resources to Texas to combat the rise of COVID-19.


Austin's $4.2 billion proposed budget includes 2.5% reduction to police department funding

Community groups and some Austin City Council members have called for a police department budget reduction of at least $100 million.


Where Austin's mayor, 9 City Council members stand on police reform, funding, leadership

With decisions coming soon on the city's fiscal year 2020-21 budget, all but one City Council member sat down for interviews on where they stand on various policing issues in Austin.



Thunderbird Coffee on Koenig will turn into a second Bird Bird Biscuit location by next year

When the new fried chicken and biscuit spot opens in 2021, Thunderbird will operate a coffee trailer on-site.


Travis County adds 3,069 new coronavirus cases over past week

Travis County has added 3,069 new confirmed cases over the past week from July 6-12.


Origin Hotel breaks ground in Mueller development

The five-story, 120-room hotel will be located at the corner of McBee and Aldrich streets.


Austin Eastciders prepares to open new taproom and restaurant on Barton Springs Road

The cidery has not given an opening date for its new location yet, but it has painted the space and put up new signs.




South Lamar donut spot Gourdough's files for bankruptcy

Court documents show that the owners of Gourdough's poured $1.79 million into a San Antonio location that opened in 2019.