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Judge Blocks Texas Abortion Ban
In a court order issued Thursday, U.S. Judge Lee Yeakel has placed a short-term halt on an upcoming Texas law that would have banned women from accessing dilation and evacuation, or D&E abortion, considered the safest and most common method during the second trimester (around 15 weeks of pregnancy) by health professionals.

5:30PM Thu. Aug. 31, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

Harvey Evacuees Not Going to Convention Center After All
Austin’s Convention Center will not serve as a “mega shelter” for Harvey evacuees after all. While crews prepared the Downtown building for the arrival of potentially 7,000 guests on Thursday morning, the state updated its request for Austin with numbers now anticipating only 1,500-2,000 incoming folks.

11:50AM Thu. Aug. 31, Sarah Marloff Read More | Comment »

Court Blocks Senate Bill 4
In a heavily anticipated ruling, U.S. Judge Orlando Garcia has blocked major portions of Senate Bill 4, the new "papers, please"-style state law that has already instilled fear and dread in immigrant communities.

8:40PM Wed. Aug. 30, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

How to Help After Harvey
The rain may have stopped, but Harvey continues to wreak havoc across Texas. Last weekend’s storm dumped more than 11 trillion gallons of water around the state, causing historic flooding in Houston and some of the state’s most beloved coastal respites.

11:30AM Wed. Aug. 30, Sarah Marloff Read More | Comment »

Attorneys Fight D&E Abortion Ban in Court
Attorneys with the Center for Reproductive Rights were in a federal court in Austin today to argue that a new anti-choice law, set to go into effect this Friday (Sept. 1), would unduly burden Texas women seeking abortion access and subject them to “medical experimentation.”

3:45PM Tue. Aug. 29, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

Austin Shelters Brace for Harvey's Second Flood
Tropical Storm Harvey continues to dump rain on Texas. On Monday, during a brief respite here in Austin, the storm curved up along the Gulf Coast toward Louisiana – though it’s likely to return to Central Texas by Wednesday.

10:30AM Mon. Aug. 28, Joseph Caterine Read More | Comment »

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Council: Downtown Puzzle or Rubik’s Cube?
With a divided Council and uncertain prospects, Mayor Steve Adler has dropped his AISD “tax swap” proposal. Now he’s hoping he can salvage funding for an ambitious “Downtown Puzzle” solution despite doubts from his colleagues.

8:00AM Mon. Aug. 28, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Hurricane Harvey Resources
As Hurricane Harvey intensifies along the coastline, many will be turning to Austin as a possible evacuation destination. Whether you’re coming to the city temporarily, or are bracing for the storm here, it’s important to keep up with local weather alerts as Harvey makes landfall. Below are services to keep you safe during the storm.

2:25PM Fri. Aug. 25, Katarina Brown Read More | Comment »

Texas' Big, Bad Week for Voter Suppression and Gerrymandering
First congressional redistricting; then, in short succession, voter ID and the state House maps. In less than two weeks, the Republican-dominated Texas Legislature has been dealt three critical blows to their legal fights to retain voter laws and districts that the courts have now found discriminate against the state‘s minority voters.

1:05PM Fri. Aug. 25, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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