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4:09 PM Jul 29, 2022 CDT

Texas records nation's largest job gains in June; state unemployment rate continues to fall

As more people move to Texas and return to “normal” activities, Texas’ labor force is also growing, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.


Confederate Ave. changed to Maggie Mayes St. in Austin

The Clarkesville educator will be honored with a street near the historic district.


Austin Community College fashion incubator funding extended three years

Austin City Council voted to extend an interlocal agreement with the school at a July 28 meeting.



Austin City Hall notebook: Housing bond proposal advances; new downtown shelter operator approved

The July 28 Austin City Council meeting's extensive agenda featured a slate of city contracts, rezoning cases, and other items ranging from real estate to public safety issues.


Austin job market continues to grow with the city

In May of this year, Austin made up all the jobs it lost during the pandemic and is the eighth-best performing metro in terms of job growth.


Texas sales tax holiday on school supplies planned for Aug. 5-7

Items can be purchased in person, online or through mail order to qualify.


Austin Housing Finance Corp. approves affordable housing proposal for East Austin site

The National Housing Partnership Foundation, Capital A Housing and Integral Care will build a 262-unit development with income-restricted housing and permanent supportive housing.



West Nile virus identified in Travis County

According to the CDC, most people who are infected with the West Nile Virus do not get sick.


USDA invests over $36M for high-speed internet in rural Texas

Telecommunications companies in Central Texas and the West Plains region will receive funding to help rural Texans gain access to high-speed internet.


Purrfecto Cat Lounge now open in Austin

The cat lounge has cold beverages, coffee service and cats available for adoption.


Over 40 dogs surrendered amid Austin Animal Center’s capacity problem

With large numbers of dogs recently dropped off at the Austin Animal Center, the shelter's environment is becoming overwhelming for staff and animals.



Council ratifies emergency water distribution contract from Feb. boil-water incident; Austin Water audit moving forward

The city ratified an emergency contract for a $248,000 water purchase made in February.


4ATX Foundation and Academy Sports + Outdoors to host equipment drive

The equipment will be handed out to players at a giveback event also at Q2 in September.


Austin-area office rental rates increasing as vacancies decrease

Throughout the Austin metro, office spaces are seeing an increase in demand for large office spaces, but according to a report from AQUILA, demand does not always mean signed leases.


Capital Metro approves changes to fare card, lowers rates for low-income residents

The two new resolutions will cap fares for all passengers and reduce overall fees for low-income riders.



No relief in rental rate for greater Austin

Low inventory to blame for soaring prices


Travis County commissioners approve performance audit on Central Health

On July 26, Travis County commissioners voted to conduct a performance audit on Central Health after members from the Austin Taxpayers Union, the NAACP and the League of United Latin American Citizens alleged Central Health has lacked financial transparency.


Toxic algae detected at Barking Springs in Austin following dog death

The Austin Watershed Protection Department detected potent neurotoxin dihydroanatoxin A, the same toxin that killed five dogs after swimming in Lady Bird Lake in 2019.


Council weighs 'calculated risk' with new management of downtown Austin homeless shelter

California-based Urban Alchemy has been tapped to manage the ARCH as its longtime operator is stepping away.



2 Austin restaurants to visit before they close this summer

Sala and Betty is slated to close at the end of July, and Plow Bao will close Aug. 20.


UT Austin responds to first confirmed monkeypox case on campus

Students say they still feel safe on campus after the first campus monkeypox case was reported a little over a week ago, although some say not much information has been made available to students.


Texas receives over 14,000 monkeypox vaccines as cases rise

Over 5,000 doses have been sent to Dallas County, and others will be distributed to local health departments.