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DATA: April sales tax numbers show 20% drop in Austin

Sales across Austin were some of the most sluggish in the state in April, new data from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts shows.


Listings: Clinics, urgent care facilities and free standing emergency rooms around Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs

Learn about these 27 health care facilities in the Southwest Austin area.


Austin lawmakers commit to reimagining policing and public safety with set of unanimous votes

Austin City Council committed to cutting the police budgets and significantly curtailing use of force and aggressive police tactics.



Texas COVID Relief Fund application opens

Eligible nonprofits and government entities may apply for funding.


Austin officials say community spread, not increased testing, causing record-high daily coronavirus numbers

Record-high days of coronavirus cases in Austin and Travis County have come as test results came back following Memorial Day weekend and an expansion of the reopening of Texas' economy.


Vi Collina, new affordable housing complex, coming to East Oltorf in 2021

The 170 units in the development will be offered to families making between 30% and 80% of the median family income.


WATCH LIVE: Hundreds of Austinites to weigh in as City Council prepares initial police reforms

Local lawmakers will vote on commitments to police reform, from the budget to use of force.




Travis County adds 412 new cases in 3 days as coronavirus hospitalizations in Austin area spike to 104

Overall there have been 4,109 total coronavirus cases in Travis County, while 99 individuals have died.


Recent openings and more: 21 business and community news updates from Central Texas

Read the latest business and community event coverage in Central Texas.


Austin's public transportation plan goes from vision to action with milestone vote

The Capital Metro board of directors approved Project Connect, the plan to add rail lines and remake public transportation in the area.



County elections officials in Texas taking extra steps to ensure smoother, safer outcomes in July, November

Increases in personal protective equipment, more polling locations and extra staff members—all are examples what Texas’s county officials are doing to help ensure smooth processes as July and November elections throughout Texas draw near.


Hopdoddy Burger Bar joins Guy Fieri in nationwide effort to support restaurant workers

After feeding thousands of front-line health care workers through May, Hopdoddy Burger Bar has shifted its charitable efforts to serve restaurant workers suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Q&A: Central Texas journalism educators speak on covering protests, remaining neutral in 2020

The University of Texas' Kathleen McElroy and Texas State University's Kym Fox gave their thoughts on journalism today.


Update: Austin ISD responds to advocacy groups asking for divestment from district police department

According to the letter, divesting in police would both better protect students and save monetary resources.



Photos: Check out the new South Congress H-E-B, which opened June 10

The store is located in South Austin at 8801 S. Congress Ave., Austin.


Dripping Springs working toward annual fireworks show

The Dripping Springs event event could be moved to Dripping Springs Sports & Recreation Park this July 4 to better accommodate social distancing.


Travis County census officials offer progress report, including “grassroots deep dive” on Southeast Travis County

Travis County's Census Program Manager says targeted efforts have boosted the response rate in a hard-to-reach area of the county.


Initial public safety reforms gain unanimous Austin City Council support ahead of vote

The first step of public reforms aims to answer calls for police accountability in Austin and across the nation.



Nomadic Dining ATX private chef service launches in South Austin

The company is available for brunches, barbecue, seafood boils and more.


Gov. Abbott announces expanded coronavirus testing in underserved communities

As coronavirus cases continue to increase, Gov. Greg Abbott announced on June 8 there will be additional testing sites coming to underserved communities across the state.


Texas Children’s Hospital still eyeing South Austin for additional expansion

The health care organization purchased property in South Austin for a potential future facility this past winter.


University of Texas will require face masks on campus this fall

Classrooms will only be filled at 40% capacity during the fall, which means there will be some schedule changes made to spread out class times.