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Here are the local elections that are taking place this March, May and November in Northwest Austin

Northwest Austin residents will be heading to the polls in March, May and November in 2020.


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Austin to start issuing tickets to drivers who park in bike-only lanes in effort to improve safety

Drivers who illegal park in a bicycle lane could receive a $300 fine and have their vehicles towed.



Central Health will explore minimum wage bumps for its employees

The health care district is considering increasing its minimum wage to $15 per hour.



Travis Central Appraisal District board will host in-person meetings for informal protests in 2020

The Travis Central Appraisal District board of trustees voted to bring back in-person meetings for informal protests this year.


Austin-Travis County officials establish nonprofit to raise funds to support complete census count

Officials in Austin and Travis County have formed a complete count committee to support the 2020 census effort.



Concordia University esports teams to begin conference play

Concordia University of Texas’ esports teams will compete in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference this spring.


North Austin Chinese restaurant celebrates 5 years at Chinatown Center

New Fortune Chinese Seafood Restaurant offers a dim sum menu.


Capital Metro starts electrifying its transit fleet; first 2 electric buses go into service Jan. 26

Capital Metro will roll out the first two electric buses in late January.




North Austin location of Taco Cabana on Burnet Rd. now closed

The national chain closed 19 locations in Texas.


Demographer projects explosive growth in Pflugerville ISD's eastern edges

PfISD is experiencing near-record growth in student enrollment in the current school year, a demographer told trustees Jan. 16.


DATA: Round Rock ISD annual report highlights increasing student diversity, low dropout rates

Among the findings: State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, test scores that outpace the region and the state.


Support grows among Austin City Council members who want to end local penalties for low-level marijuana possession

If successful, the Austin Police Department would no longer hand out arrests or citations for possession of marijuana with no intent to distribute.



DATA: Northwest Austin ends 2019 with lowest inventory in region's housing market

Housing inventory has remained low over the past year in Northwest Austin, resulting in the area having the lowest inventory of single-family homes for sale, according to the latest housing market report from the Austin Board of Realtors.


Ascension Texas names new regional hospital president

Ascension Texas announced Jan. 16 that Timothy Brierty has assumed the role of regional hospital president, effective immediately.


Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy on Avery Ranch now under new ownership

Spouses Mark and Heather Magarian have purchased the Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy at 15111 Avery Ranch Blvd., Austin.


Travis County commissioners pursue easement to bring water to Las Lomitas subdivision

Travis County commissioners are working to address colonias—unincorporated areas in the county that lack basic utilities.



Austin Public Health confirms city’s first rubella case since 1999

Austin Public Health is investigating a confirmed rubella case, the first case of the contagious viral infection in Travis County since 1999.


Travis County commissioners consider revisions to peace office pay

Travis County commissioners are considering options that will revise the pay scale for peace officers, including law enforcement, corrections and park rangers.


Northwest Austin location of East Side King to open Jan. 29

The Asian-fusion eatery has three other locations planned to open this spring.


Another hotel is under construction near The Domain in North Austin

The Hilton Garden Inn will have about 150 rooms.



Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams now open in Domain Northside

Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams opened its location in Domain Northside.


Texas oil and gas industry could see a major slowdown in 2020

The oil and natural gas industry paid a record-setting $16.3 billion in taxes and royalties to local governments and the state in 2019, the Texas Oil and Gas Association announced Tuesday.