10:34 AM Jul 24, 2020 CDT

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.


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.



Work begins on affordable housing complex in Northwest Austin

An affordable housing complex partially funded by the city of Austin’s 2018 Affordable Housing Bond is now under construction.


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.



The Backspace opens new West Anderson Lane location

The original location of the pizza spot opened downtown in the back space of Parkside, chef Shawn Cirkiel's flagship restaurant.


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.


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


Lake Travis resort reopens, Hays County issues burn ban: News from Central Texas

Read the latest Central Texas business and community updates.


$118M in emergency relief funding allocated to support Texas higher education initiatives

The funds will come from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief, made available through the federal coronavirus relief bill.



90 additional cases of coronavirus, 2 deaths reported in Williamson County on July 22

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Williamson County has topped 5,000, with an additional 90 cases reported July 22.


Austin to consider lower initial property tax impact for $10B Project Connect plan

Project Connect, if approved, is set to be built in phases, which means Capital Metro and the city do not have to ask voters to fund the entire plan all at once.


Tesla will officially build its next gigafactory in Travis County

The electric automaker announced its official choice to build a manufacturing plant in the Del Valle area of Travis County on July 22.


Q&A: Constitutional law expert discusses COVID-19 orders, enforcement

Seth Chandler, a professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center, spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about local and state governments' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic this year.



As coronavirus cases trend downward, Austin's top doc warns: ‘It’s not time to dance’

July has been a turbulent month for Travis County's battle against the coronavirus.


In the background of coronavirus, upcoming flu season has area medical experts on high alert

“The CDC says Texas is [experiencing] minimal or sporadic [spread of the flu], and I would say that that reflects what's going on locally," said Dr. Jim Donovan, chief medical officer at St. David's Georgetown Hospital.


Extended moratorium will buy Travis County renters more time; direct assistance on the way in Austin

Evictions in Travis County likely will not resume until at least this fall. However, tenant advocates have said that unless more direct help is offered—such as via Austin's RENT program—the moratorium only delays the crisis.


Austin ISD names Dallas ISD's Stephanie Elizalde as lone superintendent finalist

Stephanie Elizalde will replace Superintendent Paul Cruz at Austin ISD at the end of August.