3:44 PM Jul 29, 2020 CDT

Texas' freestanding emergency centers ask state for flexibility during coronavirus pandemic

The requested changes would help freestanding emergency centers relieve overcrowding at hospitals and reduce the cost of coronavirus testing at their facilities, according to the Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers.


Bee Cave City Council calls special election to fill seat formerly held by Bill Goodwin

Bee Cave City Council on July 28 approved an ordinance calling for a special election to fill a vacancy on the council.


Timeline for transformational policing changes will extend beyond Austin’s Aug. 12 budget adoption

Officials said the radical changes to policing demanded by the community will take time.



After serving over 190K meals, Leander ISD drive-thru program ends July 31

Leander ISD’s free meal drive-thru program—quickly created to address student nutrition with minimal contact after the coronavirus suddenly closed schools in March—will conclude July 31.


Travis County announces preliminary tax rate, setting stage for 2020-21 budget talks

County commissioners will hold budget discussions throughout August and September.


Austin Public Health confirms 232 new coronavirus cases July 28

Travis County's top health authority said recent progress was encouraging, but cautioned against premature celebration.




American Federation of Teachers releases resolution supporting 'safety strikes' as 2020-21 school year approaches

According to AFT President Randi Weingarten, the ability for schools to reopen safely hinges on the federal government as state budgets continue to get slashed amid the pandemic-induced economic downturn.


Some breweries may qualify to operate as restaurants under new TABC guidelines

Some breweries across the state may now reopen as restaurants after the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission released new guidelines on how restaurants may calculate their alcohol sales receipts.


Attorney General Ken Paxton: Decision to close schools lies with school districts, not health officials

The Texas Education Agency said July 28 it will follow the guidance laid out by Attorney General Ken Paxton and will not allow schools to close in-person instruction based solely on a blanket order from a local health authority.


Deadline extended for program providing grocery help for Texas families

Families have until Aug. 21 to apply for the program that provides a one-time payment of $285 per child to help those who lost access to free and reduced-priced meals when schools closed.



Boston-influenced Italian restaurant and beer garden coming soon to Bee Cave

Inspired by Boston Public Gardens, the eatery will offer Boston-style Italian cuisine crafted by Executive Chef Tim Lane.



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.


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.”



CBD American Shaman opens in Lakeway

The homeopathic pharmacy offers a variety of CBD wellness products, including oils, beauty products and pet treats.


Leander ISD registration for virtual, online or hybrid instruction opens; deadline is Aug. 6

Leander ISD has opened online registration for district families to decide what form of learning their students will receive starting Sept. 8.