Central Austin

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12:27 PM Jul 7, 2022 CDT

Gov. Abbott orders authorities to return undocumented migrants to U.S.-Mexico border

Texas has recently seen a record number of illegal border crossings, Gov. Greg Abbott said. The new executive order allows state authorities to return immigrants to the border if they are in the U.S. illegally.


Texas launches recovery grant program for tourism businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19

Tourism, travel and hospitality businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a $20,000 grant through the new Texas Travel Industry Recovery Grant Program.


Austin's development fees continue to outpace other Texas cities

The cost of homebuilding in Austin can be several times higher than in other municipalities both regionally and statewide.




Restore Hyper Wellness to open ninth Austin location at the Triangle this summer

Restore Hyper Wellness offers cryotherapy, red-light therapy, facials and other wellness treatments.


Asahi Imports highlights Japanese culture and community in Austin

As an exclusively Japanese grocery store in the Austin, Asahi Imports brings a piece of Japan to the city.


Health care guide: EMS meeting its response time goals amid staffing ‘crisis’

ATCEMS is hitting its city response times goals even as is suffers from "staffing crisis"



Embody Fitness opens second location in Austin

The local and woman-owned gym offers a free first consultation.


Spread & Co owners turns love of cheese into restaurant

The restaurant and cheese shop specializes in charcuterie items, but also offer breakfast and lunch items.


Health care guide: Central Health pushes to increase access to care ahead of review

Amid concern from the community and Travis County Commissioners Court, Central Health is increasing its reach in the community.


Capital Metro appoints new member to board of directors

William M. "Matt" Harriss will serve as one of the CAMPO appointees, he has experience in finance and accounting and previously served as assistant dean for business at The University of Texas School of Law



Austin City Council signs off on continued services, advocacy downtown

Work related to new development, mobility projects, public parks and homelessness are included in the ongoing service plan.


Pflour Shop to open a second location in Austin this weekend

Pflugerville natives April and Sam Saldana open a second location for their bakery, Pflour Shop, on July 2.


First monkeypox case in Travis County confirmed; health department investigates 5 others

On June 30, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first monkeypox case in Travis County.


5 animal shelters collaborate for Keep Austin’s Dogs Weird adoption event

Five Austin-area shelters are joining together to host an adoption event called Keep Austin’s Dogs Weird on July 2.



State health officials: 12 monkeypox cases identified in Texas

Three Texans who contracted monkeypox said they did not travel outside the state before getting sick, meaning the virus has spread within the state.


Texas adds vehicle checkpoints, increases officers at Mexico border in wake of migrant smuggling deaths

Days after over 50 migrants died in a sweltering truck near San Antonio, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced new border security methods, including 20-person strike teams and increased checkpoints for semi-trucks .


Central Texas counties push for fireworks safety measures amid drought

Certain aerial fireworks, including stick rockets and missiles with fins, have been banned by Hays County, while Travis and Williamson counties have partnered with distributors to stop the products from being sold.


Health care guide: More than two years in, Austin's COVID-19 spending and services continue

Austin has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on COVID-19 support since February 2020, and officials are still spending millions more to address lingering public health needs and general community services.



Roundup: Five Austin businesses closed recently after more than 104 years combined

Texas French Bread, Sweet Ritual and several other long-standing Austin businesses closed this year.


City of Austin makes plans for future heat advisories as temperatures remain high

Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison spearheads an initiative for the city to create an interdepartmental plan for Austinites to take care of themselves during the summer months


Texas leaders allocate $100.5M for school safety, mental health ahead of 2023 legislative session

Up to $5 million will be used to evaluate mental health services in Uvalde in the wake of the May 24 school shooting. The Hill Country Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Center was asked to provide lawmakers with an assessment of the community's needs.