After reopening this week, Pilates South Austin reconnects with clients under new guidelines

The South Austin fitness facility reopened May 18 after being shut down for two monhts due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Census data shows Austin added more than 177,000 residents over the last decade, fifth most in the nation

Between 2010 and 2019, Austin grew from the 14th largest city in the U.S. to the 11th largest.



Travis County sees new coronavirus death May 20 after two highest days of testing

In total, there have been 24,727 tests conducted in Travis County and 2,644 confirmed coronavirus cases.


UT’s football stadium could be empty this fall, but its campus will be full through Thanksgiving

Health authorities said large events like UT football and Austin City Limits appear unlikely through the end of 2020.


Two food bank distribution events set for South Austin, starting May 21

Central Texas Food Bank drive-thru food distribution events will be held May 21 and May 28 in South Austin.


State, federal officials offer resources, advice for Texas small business owners

“Small businesses are having to pivot, and we are seeing that. We are having businesses that had one business model that had to change," said Adriana Cruz, executive director for economic development and tourism in the Office of the Texas Governor.



Updated: Appeals court blocks vote-by-mail expansion; Texas Supreme Court hears separate case

The ruling is the latest in the ongoing debate over whether access to mail ballots should be expanded in Texas during the coronavirus pandemic.


H-E-B opening new South Austin store near Slaughter Lane June 10

True Texas BBQ will also offer food with indoor and outdoor seating and a drive-thru.


MAY 20 ROUNDUP: Latest real estate news from Central Texas

Read the latest data on area home sales in Central Texas.


Dripping Springs negotiating to keep Waste Connections for city trash collection

The city issued a request for proposals for solid waste services and received four bids.



Update: Tiger debut delayed as Austin Zoo pushes back reopening to May 29

Due to new state orders announced by Gov. Greg Abbott on May 18, the Austin Zoo will delay its reopening until May 29, pushing back the debut of its newest resident: a 10-month old white tiger named Zulema.


Travis County health authority says plans are in the works for targeted, asymptomatic testing in county jail

The expanded testing policy would be the latest in a number of changes within the jail to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Sunset Valley purchases banners to promote local business district

The city will be using Hotel Occupancy Tax fund to pay for the banner project.


More coronavirus clusters being tracked as cases increase by 58 in Travis County on May 19

Austin is monitoring 25 other possible clusters at local businesses or construction sites.



Furloughs, layoffs likely coming at University of Texas

In addition, UT will stop offering emergency leave pay to employees who are out of work.


Austin breweries split on choice to open taprooms to customers

For the first time in two months, breweries across Austin will have the chance to open their taprooms to the general public.


Austin ISD soliciting superintendent applications beginning May 19

The district will begin accepting applications from educational leaders interested in serving as the district's next superintendent.


Texas has doled out $6.4B in unemployment benefits, projects state fund to run out by end of May

Officials anticipate drawing from federal funds to ensure no delays in benefit payments.



Pier 1 Imports to close South Austin store and others after liquidation sales

Stores that have been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, including in Sunset Valley, will begin to reopen temporarily.


Austin's unsheltered homeless population surges by 45%, overall homelessness up 11%, conservative estimates show

Austin's homeless population has been steadily rising since 2014.


Dripping Springs ISD examines campus health needs for possible in-person 2020-21 classes

A district nurse said some adjustments would need to be made to ramp up health standards for the upcoming school year.


Future Southwest Austin campus officially named Bear Creek Elementary School

The $36.3 million school is currently scheduled to open for classes in August.