12:26 PM Jul 28, 2020 CDT

'Things are different this year': Amid COVID-19, Williamson County tees up fiscal year 2020-21 budget cycle

“I appreciate the fact that we have a lot of question marks in the future, and I think we need to be smart about that and we need to be prudent about that," Commissioner Valerie Covey said.



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.



Austin moves forward with phased-in Project Connect plan, including $300 million to prevent displacement

Austin City Council could officially call the election sometime between Aug. 12 and 14 to put Project Connect on the fall ballot.


OVER THE WEEKEND: Williamson County adds 163 coronavirus cases, 9 deaths

Of the total cases, 4,680 have recovered, and there are 587 active cases.


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.



Williamson County mosquito traps test positive for West Nile virus three weeks in a row

The samplings were taken near the Southwest Williamson County Regional Park.


Avoid voting-by-mail mishaps by submitting application, ballot early for November election

“The sooner we have applications, the sooner we can process them, the sooner we can have them on the list ready to be fulfilled as soon as that ballot it ready," Williamson County Elections Administrator Chris Davis said.


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.”


See how COVID-19 impacted Williamson County this past week

Between July 20-26, Williamson County reported 416 additional cases of the coronavirus and 22 deaths.


Sarah Eckhardt wins state Senate District 14 race after Eddie Rodriguez concedes

Rodriguez announced July 27 he will focus his efforts on winning a Democratic majority in the Texas House.


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.




New takeout, delivery options added at Kitchen United Mix facility on Burnet Road

There are now 12 total restaurants in the shared kitchen space, including new arrivals, such as Ramen512, Bad Mutha Clucka and Bad Ass Breakfast Burritos.



Reported daily coronavirus cases continue to drop in Williamson County

The county also reported one additional death, bringing the death toll to 90.



Riata community in Northwest Austin to undergo major renovations

For the first time since construction started at Riata Austin two decades ago, the apartment community will see major renovations.


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.