6:55 PM Jul 27, 2020 CDT

Austin area's COVID-19 hospital admissions hit lowest levels since June

An average of 47 coronavirus patients have been admitted daily to Austin-area hospitals in the past week.


Austin moves forward with phased-in Project Connect plan, including $300 million to prevent displacement

Austin City Council could officially call the election sometime between Aug. 12 and 14 to put Project Connect on the fall ballot.


Gov. Greg Abbott waives grade promotion requirement for STAAR testing for middle school students

While students will still receive an A-F rating, the test will no longer determine whether they can graduate.



Texas Health and Human Services Commission to post COVID-19 cases, deaths from nursing homes, assisted living centers

The data will be from state-supported living centers, state hospitals, and state-licensed nursing and assisted living facilities.


Austin PD releases long-awaited body camera footage of fatal Michael Ramos shooting

The Michael Ramos case has fueled protests in the community since late-May.


Gov. Greg Abbott extends early voting period for November election

Early voting will now be held between Oct. 13-30.


Sen. John Cornyn's Smithsonian museum for American Latinos bill passes House vote

“Close to 40 percent of all Texans identify as Hispanic, and their history is an integral part of Texas history that must be recognized and remembered,” Cornyn said. “By creating a new museum in the Smithsonian Institution, we can honor American Latino contributions and highlight their stories for future generations.”



Business closings: Nancy's Sky Garden, Skull Mechanix Brewing, Cluck-N-Burger will not reopen Austin locations

COVID-19's economic effects continue to hit the local hospitality and service industries.


Sarah Eckhardt wins state Senate District 14 race after Eddie Rodriguez concedes

Rodriguez announced July 27 he will focus his efforts on winning a Democratic majority in the Texas House.



New takeout, delivery options added at Kitchen United Mix facility on Burnet Road

There are now 12 total restaurants in the shared kitchen space, including new arrivals, such as Ramen512, Bad Mutha Clucka and Bad Ass Breakfast Burritos.




Q&A: Medical expert discusses what parents, teachers should consider when schools reopen in 2020-21

As the new school year approaches, districts are tasked with protecting students and staff from further COVID-19 spread while parents face tough decisions.


Some Ann Taylor, Loft locations close as parent company files for bankruptcy

As a result of the bankruptcy, the business will close all Catherines locations; many Justice stores; and a few Ann Taylor, Loft, Lane Bryant and Lou & Grey stores nationwide.


Circuit of The Americas cancels 2020 F1 U.S. Grand Prix

The internationally attended event was scheduled for Oct. 23-25.



Bipartisan bill introduced by Texas, Minnesota senators to provide relief to independent music venues

The Save Our Stages Act would provide grants worth six months of financial support for independent live music and entertainment venues.


Bennu Coffee opens third Austin location

The Austin coffee shop opened in East Austin in 2009 and expanded to South Congress Avenue in 2017.


Federal regulatory change could affect environmental reviews, infrastructure projects in Texas

The Trump administration said a new update to the National Environmental Policy Act is aimed at streamlining reviews for a variety of federal projects.


Hundreds pressure Austin City Council to go further in police budget cuts

City Council listened to more than 12 hours of testimony during the public's first chance to weigh in on City Manager Spencer Cronk's fiscal year 2020-21 budget proposal.




Austin Public Health confirms 243 new COVID-19 cases in Travis County on July 23

Travis County remains at Stage 4 risk as hospitalizations and case counts slightly decline.


Army Futures Command announces new software factory, plus more news updates from Austin

The new Austin-based company Swift Fit Events launched July 14, and Sherry Matthews Group announced that it will sell its riverfront office building.


Tesla begins contracting process for Gigafactory Texas manufacturing plant

The electric carmaker is seeking local contractors to aid with design and construction of the facility in Travis County.