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U.S Rep. Lloyd Doggett took a political risk by calling on Biden to step aside. It worked.

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In a Q&A, Doggett, 77, discusses his role in the recent chain of historic events and his feelings about where the party goes from here.

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Highland Lanes bowling alley will stay open through 2025

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The lease renewal also means Lebowski’s Grill, located inside Highland Lanes, will also stay open.

Why do all the new skyscrapers in Austin look blue?

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A KUT listener wrote into our ATXplained project to ask why the city's downtown buildings all look blue.(Michael Minasi / KUT News )

Wednesday, Jul 24

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Downtown Austin safety team increases patrol in response to APD staffing shortage

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The Downtown Austin Alliance tripled the size of its safety team due to the increased shortages the Austin Police Department is facing.

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The Austin area is seeing cooler temperatures this week. But it's not as crazy as you think.

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Normal high temperatures are in the 90s for the Austin area during this time of the summer.

Tuesday, Jul 23

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When is the right time to get a COVID-19 booster in Austin?

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An updated COVID vaccine will be available this fall, but some folks might want to re-up their vaccine protection sooner.

The life and legacy of Ron Simons

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John L. Hanson Jr. presents a tribute to the four-time Tony Award-winning producer, featuring interviews from 2020 and 2022 before Simons' passing in June 2024.

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President Biden reschedules Austin trip to Monday

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Biden will deliver a speech at the LBJ Library commemorating 60 years since the Civil Rights Act was signed by former President Lyndon B. Johnson. Actor Bryan Cranston and UN ambassador Andrew Young will also be there.

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Texas is once more flirting with expanding passenger rail

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The state’s booming population, congestion problems and billions of federal dollars on the table have officials eyeing ways to boost passenger rail.

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Bobcats are all around Austin, but you'd be lucky to spot one

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Every so often, someone spots a wild cat in their neighborhood that's almost certainly not a domestic stray. Who is roaming the city?

Monday, Jul 22

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"Number one, it's gotta be funny': Esther's Follies delivers laughs during volatile political times

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Esther's Follies have been doing live, topical political comedy in downtown Austin for 47 years. That job's just a little more complicated in 2024 than it was in 1977.

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La mejor lluvia de estrellas del año ha comenzado. ¿Podrán verla los habitantes de Austin?

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La NASA estima que se podrán ver entre 50 y 100 meteoros por hora cuando la Tierra atraviese la polvorienta estela dejada por el cometa Swift-Tuttle.

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Texas State has a new free speech policy. Some students have concerns over how it will be policed.

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Texas State's Palestine Solidarity Committee and Chabad at Texas State speak out on free speech policy that defines antisemitism.

The best meteor shower of the year has started. Can Austinites see it?

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NASA estimates about 50 to 100 meteors can be seen per hour as the Earth passes through the dusty trail left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle.

Sunday, Jul 21

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Austin Democrats applaud Biden for stepping out of the race for president

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U.S. Rep Lloyd Doggett of Austin called the President’s decision “courageous.”

Friday, Jul 19

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Williamson County resident tests positive for West Nile virus

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This is the first human case in the county in 2024.

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Una maestra jubilada de Lockhart regala mochilas para evitar un gasto a estudiantes necesitados

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Connie S. Amaya dijo que vio una necesidad y comenzó a distribuir las mochilas hace seis años. Su entrega anual es el sábado.

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Glitch from Austin-based company CrowdStrike delays flights at ABIA and worldwide

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As of Friday afternoon, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport says all airlines are now back to operating, but that some passengers should expect significant schedule changes.

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A rural school district used to serve 25 meals a day in the summer. Now, they've quadrupled that.

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A recent change in federal rules gives rural districts more options for providing summer meals. The change has allowed Smithville ISD to increase the number of kids getting healthy meals while school is out.

Retired Lockhart teacher gives away backpacks to eliminate one expense for students in need

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Connie S. Amaya said she saw a need and began distributing the backpacks six years ago. Her annual giveaway is Saturday.

Thursday, Jul 18

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Summer literacy program empowers Austin students to stand up for the right to read

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Students gathered at the Capitol this week to write letters to Texas lawmakers against book bans. One organizer said she hoped by being there the students would learn the statehouse was their house.

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Chuy's will be sold for $605 million to Darden Restaurants, owner of Eddie V's & Olive Garden

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The Austin-based Tex-Mex restaurant opened its original location on Barton Springs Road 32 years ago. Since then the company has expanded to more than 100 locations in 15 states.

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Allegiant reducirá sus vuelos desde Austin en enero

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La aerolínea de ultra bajo costp volará el año que viene sólo a ciudades que ya cuenten con una base de Allegiant, lo que reducirá en un tercio el número de vuelos desde Austin.

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The underrepresentation of African Americans in the tech industry with David Lee

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John L. Hanson Jr. and the president of On The Corner Media Group discuss what can be done to close the talent gap in the multi-trillion industry.

Wednesday, Jul 17

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El deporte local es mucho más que el Austin FC y los Longhorns. Esto es lo que te puedes estar perdiendo.

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Austin sólo consiguió su primer equipo deportivo de las grandes ligas en los últimos años, pero desde los deportes universitarios hasta las ligas menores no faltan equipos a los que apoyar.

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Off-leash dogs are everywhere in Austin. What are the rules?

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Austin is a dog-friendly city, and it's common to find off-leash pups in parks, trails and public areas. But not all of them are off-leash spaces. In fact, most aren't.

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We wanted to know how many Austin-area school districts have deficits. So we asked them.

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Central Texas schools are finding ways to cut down on spending in the face of budget deficits. Reshuffling staff and delaying the opening of a new school are just a few of the steps districts are taking.

Tuesday, Jul 16

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Fed up with California, Elon Musk says X will relocate headquarters to Austin

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Musk said he would also move his rocket company, SpaceX, to Texas.

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The two finalists in Austin's police chief search are from Cincinnati and Milwaukee

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Candidates will take part in a meet and greet with the community on July 23.

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Austin ISD students bring the swamp to the stage with 'Shrek the Musical'

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Opening night is July 18, but before that, the students shared their reflections on how the performing arts have helped them find community at school — and just like ogres and onions, they have layers.