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City Council Gets Some Breathing Room on the Budget
Austin bounced back from COVID with what City Manager Spencer Cronk called “spectacular economic growth.” How spectacular?
"...City of Austin employees took center stage July 15 at the..."

July 22, 2022 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

No Bottle Rockets on a Too-Dry July 4 Weekend
Voluntary agreement stops sales of "rockets and missiles"
"...23, Travis County Fire Marshal Tony Callaway and members of the fireworks industry announced that two types of products..."

July 1, 2022 News Feature by Lina Fisher

No Bottle Rockets on a Drought-Stricken July Fourth Weekend
Fire marshal, retailers agree to voluntary restrictions
"...23, Travis County Fire Marshal Tony Callaway and members of the fireworks industry announced that two types of products..."

June 27, 2022 News Post by Lina Fisher

Be It Flood or Fire, Austin Is Preparing for Disasters to Come
Austin residents must be prepared for hell or high water
"...As you read this, half of Travis County is classified under high wildfire risk. Despite..."

May 27, 2022 News Feature by Lina Fisher

Progressive Responses to Evictions, Truancy Define Justice of the Peace Contests
Power to the People in the "People's Court"
"...Often described as the "people's court," the chambers of our..."

Feb. 18, 2022 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Grassroots Organizers Take on Erin Zwiener in Redrawn HD 45
Shades of blue, red, and brown
"...the redistricting process began last year, to create districts of roughly equal size meant GOP mapmakers had to move..."

Feb. 11, 2022 News Feature by Lina Fisher

We Got Gators in Austin. Now What?
Fearsome invaders or frightened longtime residents facing displacement?
"...in the Berdoll Farms subdivision in Del Valle, south of the high school, and was shocked to hear a..."

Dec. 31, 2021 News Feature by Morgan O’Hanlon

Texas' Rickety Health Care System Heads for a Fiscal Cliff
As D.C. dollars dry up, millions of uninsured Texans see no signs of improvement
"...Everything's bigger in Texas – except for the system that's supposed to provide..."

Nov. 19, 2021 News Feature by Beth Sullivan

From the Bloody Streets of Austin, it's a Dia de los Muertos Election-Night Dead-Blog
Spoiler alert: Good has triumphed over evil
"...keep the tallies current (scroll down to the end of this post) and share some statements, reactions, and insights..."

Nov. 2, 2021 News Post by Mike Clark-Madison

Top 25 Austin Breweries of 2021
Our annual list of Central Texas’ top beers returns
"...eat the nails. Then wash ’em down with one of Austin’s magnificent lagers being brewed right here in the..."

Oct. 12, 2021 Food Post by Eric Puga

Vaccine or Ventilator? You Decide
As COVID-19 surges, the unvaxxed overwhelm Austin hospitals – again
"...were available in hospitals in and around Austin as of Monday, Aug. 2, for more than 2.3 million Central..."

Aug. 6, 2021 News Feature by Beth Sullivan

Is APD Making Austin Less Safe?
D.A., C.A. claim they’re being scapegoated by anti-reform cops
"...Updated 8-4 5:15pm In an explosive pair of letters sent to City Manager Spencer Cronk, Travis County..."

Aug. 3, 2021 News Post by Austin Sanders

New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week
What we’re listening to
"...$30, benefits a worthy cause: Children's Advocacy Center, a nonprofit providing intervention and therapeutic services to child abuse victims..."

June 18, 2021 Music Feature by Kahron Spearman

"Strong-Mayor" Proposal Divides Austin's Progressives
Power to the people?
"...Austinites with an opportunity to fundamentally change the structure of city government. To some, these changes are revolutionary advances..."

March 5, 2021 News Feature by Lina Fisher

Red Team Comeback?
Races south, west of town too close for Democrats' comfort
"...The ultimate goal for Texas Democrats is to flip the Texas House in November..."

Oct. 2, 2020 News Feature by Lina Fisher

For Texas Prisoners, COVID-19 Shouldn’t Be a Death Sentence
Criminal justice advocates warn of outbreaks behind bars
"...warned for weeks that it was only a matter of time before the coronavirus pandemic became a crisis in..."

May 15, 2020 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

Health Care Needs Your Help to Slow COVID-19’s Spread
Keep your distance
"...Against the backdrop of the widely criticized federal mishandling of the coronavirus crisis,..."

March 20, 2020 News Feature by Margaret Nicklas

Local, State Health Leaders Try to Keep Up with COVID-19
Six known cases in Travis County but actual number likely higher
"...federal leadership still halting at best, state and local officials have doubled down in the last few days to..."

March 16, 2020 News Post by Margaret Nicklas

Right Wing Texas State Board of Education Braces Looks to the Left
Central Texas voters can help transform deep-red education panel
"...The Texas State Board of Education, a perennial hotbed of right-wing..."

Feb. 21, 2020 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Right Wing Texas State Board of Education Looks to the Left
Central Texas voters can help transform deep-red education panel
"...The Texas State Board of Education, a perennial hotbed of right-wing..."

Feb. 18, 2020 News Post by Mary Tuma

Balancing the Scales of Justice on Texas’ Most Important Courts
Dems run en masse for statewide judicial seats
"...A strange sensation – hope – pervades the Texas Democratic Party this year and has resulted in something..."

Feb. 14, 2020 News Post by Brant Bingamon

Chronicle Endorsements for the March 3 Primary Election
From local judges and representatives to the presidential candidate, here are our recommendations
"...The Chronicle Editorial Board offers the following endorsements to registered Democrats in advance of..."

Feb. 14, 2020 News Feature

2019's Big Stories Shaping Austin's Path Into a New Decade
Never a slow news day
"...Our Top 10 News stories of 2019 included some unexpected shockers and some long-anticipated milestones,..."

Dec. 20, 2019 News Feature by the News Staff

City Staff Reports on Risks of Natural Gas Pipeline Through Edwards Aquifer
Council hears from Environmental Officer on Permian Highway Pipeline
"...On Aug. 28, the city’s Environmental Officer Christopher Herrington provided a memorandum to City Council regarding..."

Sept. 6, 2019 News Post by Michael King

Don’t Book ’em, Danno: DPS Backs Off on Pot Busts
State troopers take cite-and-release stance amid continued hemp-law fallout
"...Texas marijuana users who are caught with under a quarter..."

Aug. 9, 2019 News Feature by Kevin Curtin

To Expand the Convention Center or Not?
Despite unanimous support from City Council, voters will decide the answer
"...Convention Center, along with additional investment in and redesign of the surrounding southeast quarter of Downtown, now dubbed the..."

July 19, 2019 News Feature by Michael King

As Tax Protests Begin, Travis Central Appraisal District Catches Heat
The causes and effects of the ongoing TCAD controversy
"...throughout the state, the Travis Central Appraisal Dis­trict's handling of local taxpayers' assessments is consumed with controversy. Already facing..."

June 7, 2019 News Feature by Lindsay Stafford Mader

County Pushes Public Defender Plan Forward
Commissioners Court votes to proceed with indigent defense office – but not everybody's happy about it
"...approve a working proposal to establish a public defender's office (with Commissioner Gerald Daugherty dissenting). If approved, the grant..."

May 10, 2019 News Feature by Michael King

Envisioning the Future of Austin State Hospital
What will it take to turn the former Texas State Lunatic Asylum into a world-class center of brain health?
"...a lake, with boats, and lily ponds, and lots of trees, and of course roses, and gravel paths to..."

March 22, 2019 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

With Little Enthusiasm, City OKs Opting Into Oak Hill Parkway Project
Plus more items from City Council's first substantive meeting of the year
"...In its first substantive meeting of the year last Thursday, Jan. 31, City Council ordered..."

Feb. 8, 2019 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

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