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6:53 PM Jul 14, 2022 CDT

Austin Public Health advises residents to take precautions as monkeypox cases rise

While the disease is not often deadly, health authorities are warning Travis County residents to avoid contact with individual infected or exposed to the disease.


TxDOT adds $150M in funding for rural, urban public transportation

The funding is meant to make public transportation safer and more reliable.


Fogo de Chão moving to new location half a mile from downtown Austin spot

The restaurant will move into the bottom floor of the Austonia, replacing Second Bar and Kitchen.



East Austin Comedy Club to open weekend of July 23

The Tiger Den will transform into Austin's new comedy spot.


Dog dies after swimming in Barton Creek; city investigates

A dog died around an hour after swimming at Barton Creek on July 10. Now, the city of Austin is investigating, looking at toxic algae as a possible cause of death.


Austin asks residents to put trash out earlier so sanitation workers can avoid midday heat

The change in bin times is one of several ways the city is helping workers during record-high heat.


Investigation backs up Austin civil rights office staff allegations of 'hostile' workplace; director placed on leave

Office employees first filed a complaint against Johnson and her management practices late last year.



ERCOT asks Texans to conserve energy for second time in 3 days

Texans successfully reduced their energy use by nearly 500 megawatts at the beginning of ERCOT's previous conservation appeal, which was issued July 11.


Capital Metro rail service suspended July 15-23

The service will be paused for routine maintenance; however, alternatives will be available.


Monkeypox considered community spread by Austin Public Health

Travis County now has six confirmed cases and seven presumptive cases.


West Sixth Street block could be transformed under mixed-use Clarksvillage development plans

New homes, shops, offices and a hotel could be coming to a stretch of West Sixth now home to businesses such as Clark's and Swedish Hill.



Austin ISD weighs two bond proposals for the November election

AISD proposed two bonds that would improve schools in the district that would be voted on by the public in the November election. The final proposal will be taken to the board at their meeting later this month.


Travis County officials to host expo July 23 to clear records from 260 residents

Volunteers from the Travis County Law Library will help residents expunge their records.


Service-minded Texans to be honored with 2023 Governor’s Volunteer Awards

The 39th annual awards will highlight Texans who have given back to their communities. Nominations are due August 10.


Austin nonprofits, housing groups push to add $300M-plus housing bond to November ballot

Austin voters last considered a housing bond in 2018, when a $250 million package passed with nearly 73% support.



Austin-Bergstrom International Airport now offers walkup TSA PreCheck enrollment

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport now offers walkup TSA PreCheck Enrollment.


STAAR results show statewide recovery after COVID-19 undermines education

Texas students improved from 2021 in all STAAR subjects but are still regaining ground lost due to the pandemic in math.


Solar energy specialist answers common questions about solar panels

Gage Mueller, a solar energy specialist at ADT Solar, has experience in the solar industry as both a customer and a service provider.


Sandwich Emi truck now open in North Austin

New sandwich truck has everything from bahn mis to Philly cheesesteaks



Austin, Travis County cooling centers open amid excessive heat warning

Resources are available for residents in need, while the state grid manager is asking for reduced power usage amid dangerously high temperatures.


ERCOT asks Texans to conserve energy July 11 amid extreme heat

No statewide power outages are expected, but ERCOT has asked Texans to voluntarily conserve energy from 2-8 p.m. on July 11.


Austin Community College distributes over $1 million in aid to students for summer classes

Around $1 million has been distributed to help students pay for summer classes, with an additional $75,000 allocated for student debt relief.


Report: Austin remains area hub, but Williamson County sees significant growth

The northern edge of the region is seeing its population and workforce expand, in part thanks to Austin's growth and the arrival of new semiconductor facilities.