2:41 PM May 14, 2020 CDT

Nonmedical vaccine exemptions for K-12 students increase statewide

The number of K-12 students in Texas receiving nonmedical, or conscientious, exemptions for required vaccinations has increased statewide for at least the 10th straight year.


6 candidates file to appear on state Senate District 14 ballot

The election to replace former Sen. Kirk Watson will be held July 14.


Austin ISD parents fighting transfer denials to keep students at Maplewood Elementary

Parents claimed in a letter that communications with Austin ISD regarding transfer statuses this winter were misleading.



Q&A: Policy analyst weighs in on dynamic between state, local orders during the coronavirus

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sent letters May 12 to officials in Dallas, Bexar and Travis counties as well as the cities of Austin and San Antonio, alleging that their local public health orders amid the coronavirus were “unlawful" and "unenforceable.”


53 new cases May 13 brings Travis County coronavirus total to 2,288

Travis Count and Austin Public Health officials confirmed the county's 72nd coronavirus-related death May 13.


DATA: Here is what two months of COVID-19 looked like in Southwest Austin

Of all ZIP codes in Travis County, Southwest Austin has three of the six most infected when looking at total confirmed coronavirus cases.


Austin companies Remedy and Premier Family Physicians partner to offer telemedicine, home visits

The two local companies will offer at-home coronavirus testing, among other services.



Austin aims to boost coronavirus rent relief program after less than 10% of applicants receive help

Qualified Austinites requested $6.9 million in help. The city only had $1.2 million to offer.


Future bar and food truck court approved for Dripping Springs

The project includes a small indoor bar with seating, an outdoor patio, and space for about four food trucks or mobile vendors.


Texas National Guard activates disinfection teams in nursing homes to limit spread of coronavirus

The Texas National Guard has begun mobilizing disinfection teams in Texas nursing homes to help limit the spread of the coronavirus.


Dripping Springs High School announces June 19 graduation ceremony, other events to honor grads

Due to coronavirus safety protocols, the ceremony will involve social distancing measures and limited admission.



Compass Real Estate set to provide virtual tour of Austin real estate market

Austin Homes Live will take place May 19 and will feature interactive home tours throughout Austin’s real estate markets, including Central Austin, East Austin, West Austin, Lakeway and South Austin.


Bill Foulds confirmed as Dripping Springs mayor, as Todd Purcell holds on as interim council member

Former Mayor Todd Purcell was appointed to city council to finish Place 3 term, while April Harris Allison and Wade King are sworn into office.


Dripping Springs City Council pushes ahead 200-unit apartment complex with affordable housing component

Dripping Springs City Council approved a Planned Development District ordinance for a multifamily project May 12.


Travis County allocates $10M for rental assistance to low-income residents

At Travis County Judge Sara Eckhardt's last meeting presiding over the Commissioners Court, the body designated a portion of CARES Act funds for rent and mortgage assistance.



Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe sworn into office, replacing Sara Eckhardt in interim capacity

Eckhardt initially resigned in March to run for the Texas Senate.


Travis County has seen 2,235 coronavirus cases, 71 deaths in 2 months

As of May 12 there have been 2,235 local cases and 760 individuals who have reported recovering from COVID-19 in Travis County.


After attorney general challenges local stay-home orders, here is what is required in Austin

The attorney general says Austin and Travis County have overstepped, but local officials say their orders are in lockstep with the state's.


DATA: Average daily COVID-19 cases in Texas shown to be increasing

On average the state is experiencing 1,017 newly reported cases daily over the last 14 days, with the largest increase of 1,293 cases reported May 2.



Texas launches pilot to allow SNAP recipients to order groceries online starting May 13

In the pilot phase, Lone Star card purchases for curbside and delivery will be accepted at Walmart and Amazon.


Thunderbirds' Austin hospital flyover delayed to 3:40 p.m. May 13 due to weather

The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron—more commonly known as the Thunderbirds—released a map May 12 documenting the flight path of the flyover of Austin-area hospitals at 2:40 p.m. May 13.


South Austin agency launches online service offering property tax protest assistance in Travis County

ProtestingPropertyTaxes.com is offering free protest reports to low-income homeowners and providing instructions on how to file a protest.


Former Austin City Council Member Don Zimmerman announces run in state Senate District 14 special election

The filing deadline for the election to fill former Sen. Kirk Watson's seat in the Texas Senate is May 13.