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Cookie Rich opens new storefront trailer on N. Lamar Blvd.

Cookie Rich, a local woman-owned cookie shop, expanded its menu and opened a new trailer June 25 on North Lamar Boulevard.


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Fourth of July celebrations, helping bunnies and yoga: Your summer to-do list in Southwest Austin

Find plenty to do outdoors this summer with a roundup of area activities and events.


Be safe this holiday weekend: COVID-19 cases steadily increasing in Travis County; first presumptive monkeypox case reported

Austin health authorities warned residents need to take precautions following an uptick in COVID-19 cases and detection of the first presumed case of monkeypox.



Judge blocks Texas’ pre-Roe abortion law, temporarily resuming abortions for 2 weeks

A temporary restraining order will allow some abortion clinics across Texas to resume abortion care for at least two weeks. A secondary hearing is set for July 12.


Dripping Springs ISD to raise teacher pay, up hourly wages

District officials said the raise is aimed at retaining teachers.


Officials urge Texans to attend local fireworks shows for July Fourth amid widespread drought

As Texas experiences a dry summer, burn bans and fireworks restrictions are in place in various counties. Fireworks are always prohibited on U.S. Forest Service land.


‘The state's highest environmental honor’: Texas Environmental Excellence Awards return for 30th year

For the 30th year, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will honor people and groups for their achievements in environmental protection and preservation.



First presumptive case of monkeypox detected in Travis County

First presumptive case of monkeypox has been detected in Travis County.


U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade: What’s next for Texas?

Texas is one of 13 states with a "trigger law" that is set to take effect within 30 days and will effectively criminalize all abortions in Texas, unless someone's life is threatened if they remain pregnant.


Texas Supreme Court ends legal push to force all Austin City Council seats on November election ballot

Elections for mayor and five council seats will be held this November as planned.


Austin ISD school board approves $1.9B budget, raises teacher pay next year

The school district hopes increases will retain teachers.



After Roe rollback, Austin City Council seeks to limit effects of Texas abortion law

Austin City Council could soon vote on a proposal to deprioritize local enforcement of Texas' six-week abortion ban.


State agency weighs penalty for Samsung wastewater spill; Austin officials call for improved monitoring

The city has worked with Samsung Austin Semiconductor on facility and environmental fixes in the wake of several wastewater spills.


Austin Art Garage spotlights affordable, local works

South Austin gallery includes three showrooms with many works for sale under $500.


Project Connect planners detail designs for Austin rail network's future subway stations

Project Connect's Orange and Blue lines will be accessible through several subway stations around downtown and south of Lady Bird Lake.



Austin Public Works to begin annual street repair season

Austin Public Works aims to repair 10% of Austin's streets this year.


100 latest commercial projects filed for new construction, renovation in the Austin metro

From Round Rock to San Marcos, see the latest plans for new construction and renovations filed for restaurants, bars, residential communities and businesses.


Public safety director: Law enforcement response to Uvalde shooting was ‘abject failure'

During a public Senate hearing regarding the shooting in Uvalde, Texas DPS Director Steven McCraw said law enforcement waited 74 minutes to neutralize the gunman while they "waited for a key that was never needed."


Austin's oldest grocery store reopens after pandemic closure

Established in 1909, Avenue B is the oldest grocery store and deli in Austin and has been owned and operated by Ross Mason for the past 35 years.



Austin City Hall notebook: Disaster guide and tool kit, the redevelopment of a property in east Austin and future St. John development

The City Council's June 16 meeting agenda addressed issues, including speed limits, disaster preparedness for Austinites and the redevelopment of properties all over the city.


Q&A: NAMI Central Texas program director speaks on pandemic and mental health

Rebecca Farrell sat down with Community Impact Newspaper to discuss the effects the pandemic had on mental illness across the country.


Austin Public Health expands COVID-19 vaccine offerings to children under 5

Children under 5 years old are now able to receive both Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines based on federal health agency recommendations.


More than $47M dedicated to affordable housing near transit routes across Austin

The funding will go toward preserving affordable apartments at four apartment complexes around town.



City pushes ahead on takeover of Austin airport's South Terminal

Officials voted to begin eminent domain proceedings for the South Terminal property needed for the airport's expansion.