3:24 PM Jul 27, 2020 CDT

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.





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.


Leander ISD forms committee to study dress code

Leander ISD trustees delayed a vote on proposed amendments to the 2020-21 student dress code in order to further examine the document that mandates what students can and cannot wear.



Lakeway mayor: Cases flattening for now, but masks are still essential

The Lake Travis area has begun to see a slight slowdown in new coronavirus cases just two weeks after the region experienced the largest spike in cases since the pandemic began in March.


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.


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.


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.


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.


State Rep. Vikki Goodwin forms anti-racism advisory group in western Travis County

Though much work is on the horizon, Goodwin said the group’s conversations have already proven to be enlightening, as members continue to shed a light on discrimination within their own neighborhoods.


Lake Travis-area fire departments ramp up service to communities

From adding more resources directly to Lake Travis, to opening stations for 24-hour response, acquiring higher trained medical staff and purchasing new fire engines for better highway responses, O’Baugh said the two ESDs have helped the Pedernales Fire Department step up operations and community public safety efforts in recent months.


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