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Everything You Need to Know to Vote Today
Normally a run-off election in the dead of summer wouldn’t rouse a ton of voter interest, but what is normal these days anyway?

6:00AM Tue. Jul. 14, 2020, Kimberley Jones Read More | Comment »

Proposed City Budget Cuts Police Funding by $8.1 Million
The Austin Police Department’s budget will decrease by $8.1 million, or about 1.9% of the $434 million Council allocated to the department last year, according to the city’s budget proposal.

2:00PM Mon. Jul. 13, 2020, Mike Clark-Madison and Austin Sanders Read More | Comment »

High (Relative) Turnout in Early Voting as Election Day Approaches
Through Monday, more than 50,000 people had voted in Travis County – 6.08% of registered voters. From those early returns, Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir estimates a final turnout of about 15% – not overwhelming, but high for an interim election.

2:30PM Tue. Jul. 7, 2020, Michael King Read More | Comment »

How to Enjoy the Fourth of July Safely, Responsibly, and Lawfully in Austin
Going into the Fourth of July weekend, city officials would like to remind you of pre-existing local orders on COVID-19 safety that have been additionally “bolstered” by the governor’s executive order and proclamation yesterday. (Bolstered. We see your delicate shade, COA press release writers, and we dig it.)

1:05PM Fri. Jul. 3, 2020, Kimberley Jones Read More | Comment »

Gov. Abbott Issues Executive Order Requiring Face Masks in Public
Welp, it’s not every day the governor issues an executive order mandating the wearing of face coverings in public places.

5:15PM Thu. Jul. 2, 2020, Kimberley Jones Read More | Comment »

APD (Finally) Ends Low-Level Marijuana Enforcement
Austin Police Department officers will no longer issue citations or make arrests in most low-level Possession of Marijuana cases, according to a memo from Police Chief Brian Manley.

3:39PM Thu. Jul. 2, 2020, Austin Sanders Read More | Comment »

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Police Association Accuses Protesters of Giving Cops COVID-19
The Austin Police Association is blaming protesters for a perceived uptick in APD officers contracting COVID-19.

1:10PM Wed. Jul. 1, 2020, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Can’t Vote by Mail Now? Perhaps November.
It may be cold comfort to Texans voting in person early or on July 14, but there remains a chance that the U.S. Supreme Court will act soon enough to allow more generous mail ballot rules and better planning for the November general election.

2:20PM Tue. Jun. 30, 2020, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Amid COVID Surge, City of Austin to Close City Parks, Barton Springs Pool
The City of Austin announced today it would scale back park and pool access due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, including closing Barton Springs Pool and Deep Eddy Pool.

6:46PM Mon. Jun. 29, 2020, Kimberley Jones Read More | Comment »

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