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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.

The Backspace opens new West Anderson Lane location

The original location of the pizza spot opened downtown in the back space of Parkside, chef Shawn Cirkiel's flagship restaurant.

Comptroller: Texas has lost 2 million jobs, is projected to lose $4.6B due to COVID-19

The state of Texas gained 50,000 new jobs in February, but since the coronavirus pandemic hit, more than 2 million jobs have been lost.

Here's how to participate in Texas' annual sales tax holiday Aug. 7-9

This year sales tax-exempt purchases can be made online, over the phone or by mail.

Travis County reports 302 new coronavirus cases July 22

Austin Public Health also reported 58 new admissions of coronavirus patients in the Austin Metropolitan Area

Lake Travis resort reopens, Hays County issues burn ban: News from Central Texas

Read the latest Central Texas business and community updates.

$118M in emergency relief funding allocated to support Texas higher education initiatives

The funds will come from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief, made available through the federal coronavirus relief bill.

Austin to consider lower initial property tax impact for $10B Project Connect plan

Project Connect, if approved, is set to be built in phases, which means Capital Metro and the city do not have to ask voters to fund the entire plan all at once.

Tesla will officially build its next gigafactory in Travis County

The electric automaker announced its official choice to build a manufacturing plant in the Del Valle area of Travis County on July 22.

Q&A: Constitutional law expert discusses COVID-19 orders, enforcement

Seth Chandler, a professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center, spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about local and state governments' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic this year.

As coronavirus cases trend downward, Austin's top doc warns: ‘It’s not time to dance’

July has been a turbulent month for Travis County's battle against the coronavirus.

Botticelli's announces permanent closure after 13 years

"We don’t have the words currently to tell you how much this community has meant to us," the owners wrote.

Extended moratorium will buy Travis County renters more time; direct assistance on the way in Austin

Evictions in Travis County likely will not resume until at least this fall. However, tenant advocates have said that unless more direct help is offered—such as via Austin's RENT program—the moratorium only delays the crisis.

Austin ISD names Dallas ISD's Stephanie Elizalde as lone superintendent finalist

Stephanie Elizalde will replace Superintendent Paul Cruz at Austin ISD at the end of August.

Travis County reports 603 new coronavirus cases July 21

Despite a recent dip in daily cases confirmed, Austin Public Health reported high daily case counts today.

Austin’s rent assistance program could be here to stay after pandemic subsides

The latest iteration of the city's unprecedented program aims to help 2,000 Austin households per month.

UPDATE: In clarified guidance, TABC now states customers may not drink on brewery patios

In a July 22 update, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission states that breweries may not have customers consume alcohol on patios.

UIL releases modified sports calendar for 2020-21 school year

The University Interscholastic League released July 21 modifications to the 2020-21 UIL calendar and updated COVID-19 risk mitigation guidelines that will take effect Aug. 1.

New restaurant in former Doc's Motorworks location off North Lamar now open

Oakmont Food Company served snacks, sandwiches and salads during its opening weekend and will soon expand its menu to include breakast, lunch and dinner.

Centralizing, expanding contact tracing in Texas hits roadblocks as cases rise

One easy way to help out contact tracers? Answer the phone if they call.