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9:45 PM May 11, 2022 CDT

Drug overdose was No. 1 cause of accidental death in Travis County in 2021, report shows

The report shows 308 people died from overdosing in Travis County in 2021, up more than 50 deaths from 2020. Of those deaths, 118 were related to fentanyl, a 237% increase from 2020 to 2021.


St. David's HealthCare hospitals earn 'A' safety rating for spring 2022

Austin-area St. David's HealthCare facilities are being nationally recognized for receiving "A" ratings for the Spring 2022 Leapfrog Safety Ratings.


Groovy Dental opens on West Parmer Lane

Groovy Dental is owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Trenton and Alyssa Dawson, who are both doctors of dental surgery.



Coordination challenges, staff burnout, hundreds of tons of trash: Austin still wrestling with homeless camp strategy

Officials said public encampments continue to stretch city resources while much-needed housing and shelter additions are in the works.


Austin ISD explores agreement with NXP Semiconductors to benefit students, keep nearly $67 million out of recapture

The tax incentive agreement, known as a 313 agreement, would allow NXP to expand its Austin facilities in exchange for a 10-year limitation on AISD’s taxable property value.


Travis County reinstates burn ban

The ban will be in effect until June 8.


Austin ISD identifies areas for improvement in special education program

The district has not met minimum academic standards for students with disabilities in the last four years.



Austin ISD bus drivers oppose proposed holiday pay cut

The district plans to invest $1 million to raise bus drivers’ hourly wage to $21 an hour, but drivers’ paid holidays would be taken away as a result.


Report shows ACL contributed record high $369.16 million to Austin economy, 2022 lineup announced

Austin's public park system will also receive nearly $7 million for improvements as a result of the 2021 festival.


Capital Metro President/CEO Randy Clarke to leave for new position in Washington, D.C.

Capital Metro President and CEO Randy Clarke announced May 10 that he accepted a position as general manager and CEO of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in Washington, D.C.


SBA disaster loans available to Williamson County residents, businesses following March 21 tornadoes

The deadline to apply for the low-interest, economic injury loans is Feb. 6, 2023.



Over 85% of Austin voters back Proposition A, ending low-level marijuana enforcement and no-knock warrants

If the measure is passed, Austin police would no longer ticket or arrest for Class A and B misdemeanors related to marijuana possession.


Round Rock ISD board amends 2022-23 compensation plan to include additional pay raises

The Round Rock ISD board of trustees approved additional pay raises for district staff in the 2022-23 school year during its May 5 meeting, two weeks after approving a compensation increase April 21. 





Retention rates for Title I teachers, nonteaching staff down in Austin ISD

Fewer teachers at Title I schools and nonteaching staff employed by Austin ISD in 2020-21 remained with the district in 2021-22.


Texas Selfie Museum in downtown Austin embraces self-portraits, raise funds for Ukraine

At the Texas Selfie Museum, customers may take photos with colorful and creative backdrops in downtown Austin.


Travis County commissioners receive presentation on ballooning jail population

The jail population has jumped from a pandemic low of roughly 1,400 in May 2021 to 2,095 as of early May of this year, according to Valerie Hollier, a planning project manager with the county's justice and public safety division. 


Specialized Austin begins serving bicycle-enthusiast clientele at Domain Northside

The store began serving customers on April 22 and has a grand opening planned for late May.



Council approves guaranteed income trial that will send monthly checks to Austin families

The one-year, $1.18 million pilot program would provide $1,000 checks to 85 local families each month.


CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: Investment firm buys The Shops at Willow Bend in Plano; Missouri City City Council fires city manager with cause and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of May 5.


Round Rock ISD board to discuss $72.5M recapture projections, budget May 5

Round Rock ISD staff will present the proposed 2022-23 budget to trustees during a May 5 meeting, including projections for recapture payments made to the state.