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Friday, Aug 19

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CapMetro will now offer free rides to Austin's cooling centers through the end of September

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Austin's bus operator is letting folks experiencing homelessness get a free ride to cool off — no questions asked.

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Record $5B budget includes pay increase for Austin workers — and for City Council members

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The pay raise is funded by an unexpected increase in sales tax revenue, leaving the city with an extra $20 million as it hashes out the budget. The raise will cost an estimated $7 million per year.

Thursday, Aug 18

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Remembering John Aielli

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Inspired by John's eclecticism, we present to you a collage of songs, sounds and remembrances of an Austin legend from longtime colleagues, friends, Austin musicians and listeners all over the world.

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An Afghan family slowly adapts to life in Austin a year after the Taliban takeover

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Matiullah Noori and his 29 family members are living in a South Austin apartment complex after fleeing Afghanistan last year. The refugee works night shifts so he can take his siblings to school, attend remote classes at Austin Community…

Wednesday, Aug 17

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Austin officials are deciding what property tax bills will look like. Here are some terms to know.

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As cities, counties and school districts set their tax rates, property owners can soon expect to see their new tax bills. But this whole process is mired in jargon. We tried to break it down for you.

Friday, Aug 12

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Get tickets now for our next ATXplained Live show, coming to the Paramount on Sept. 28

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Join us for a night of all-new stories based on your questions, told live on stage.

Wednesday, Aug 10

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A bookshop and a boutique grocery store are headed to Hyde Park's former post office space

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When it was announced early last year that the long-running post office on Speedway would be closing, concerns — and gossip — began swirling through the neighborhood. Now, new details are coming out about the building's future.

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CapMetro expands free rides to cooling centers. Advocates for homeless Austinites push for more.

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The transit agency lowered its threshold to offer free rides by about 2 degrees — to 103. As a heat wave drags on, advocates have been calling for free rides throughout August and September.

Tuesday, Aug 9

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Austin-Travis County officials issue emergency order in response to monkeypox outbreak

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Health Authority Dr. Desmar Walkes said the order was issued in part because of the limited amount of vaccines available.

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Austin ISD administration outlines its vision for potential 2022 bond package

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The Austin ISD school board is voting this week on what to include in an upcoming bond package that could go before voters in November. Voters overwhelmingly approved the district's last bond in 2017.

Wednesday, Aug 3

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How should Austin address homelessness? The city wants your input.

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Austin has struggled to house and shelter people living outdoors over the last few years. While the city's made some progress, it's not been without missteps.

Monday, Aug 1

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ACC employees are struggling with the cost of living. The college says it's doing what it can.

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The board of trustees is meeting to vote on the 2022-2023 budget. It includes a compensation package that seeks to give employees significant raises, but some say the proposal does not go far enough.

Sunday, Jul 31

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Eklektikos host John Aielli, who flew by the seat of his pants, dies at 76

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Aielli’s stream-of-consciousness style of presenting could feel improvised, chaotic. But that chaos was integral to the magic he created.

Thursday, Jul 28

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Austin City Council votes to put $350 million affordable housing bond on November ballot

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If the measure passes, the bond money will go toward building affordable housing, repairing homes for low-income people and acquiring more land.

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Service providers raise concerns about the new manager of Austin’s homeless shelter

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The city approved a contract with a California-based nonprofit that faces a handful of lawsuits back home. Service providers say the city moved too quickly.

Tuesday, Jul 26

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Red River Cultural District looks to book its next leader and expand business

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Executive Director Cody Cowan announced this week he's leaving to become chief operating officer for the National Independent Venue Association, a lobbying and trade group.

Monday, Jul 25

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Where should I-35 be covered? Neighbors fight for relief from planned highway expansion

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Communities seeking to mitigate the effects of the I-35 widening find most of the city's resources are targeted at downtown Austin.

Thursday, Jul 21

Mobile home park residents challenge developer after receiving 60-day notice to vacate

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Homelessness is a real possibility for tenants of the Congress Mobile Home and RV Park after the land was purchased by a developer.

Tuesday, Jul 19

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Austin calls on musicians to identify issues in the city's famed music scene

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Working in the music industry? Learn how to share your concerns and ideas in the latest music census.

Friday, Jul 15

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Proposed $5B city budget leans on fees, less on property taxes, amid a boom in sales tax revenue

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Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk said the average household would see a $10 monthly increase in taxes if the proposal gets the OK from City Council in August.

Wednesday, Jul 13

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Experts say extreme temperatures in Austin will require innovative solutions

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The city is in the early stages of implementing green infrastructure to help combat climate change and rising temperatures.

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Health officials say there is now 'community spread' of monkeypox in Austin

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Monkeypox is now spreading through the Austin and Travis County community at such a rate that the source cannot be traced back to a single person or group, Austin Public Health says.

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Austin builders are starting a lot of new homes. Finishing them is not so simple.

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If you think of the number of new home groundbreakings and the number of new homes finished and sold as trains traveling on two parallel tracks, historically they've kept pace. That's no longer the case.

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Austin ISD is proposing two different bond packages and is inviting the community to weigh in

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The AISD board of trustees will decide whether to include a bond on the November ballot. Members will also finalize which projects are included in the bond package. Voters overwhelmingly approved Austin ISD’s last bond in 2017.

Thursday, Jul 7

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Black Austinites are six times more likely to experience homelessness than white Austinites, report finds

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The report found service providers are making strides to get Black and Brown Austinites into housing.

Tuesday, Jul 5

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A limited supply of monkeypox vaccines and tests is heading to Travis County after case confirmed

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Austin Public Health officials said five more people are presumed positive based on symptoms, but they're waiting for test results.

Friday, Jul 1

What is eminent domain?

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A lot more private property will be seized for public transportation projects in Austin through the use of government authority.

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Affordable housing program in Travis County opens waitlist for the first time in eight years

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Housing choice vouchers allow households to pay no more than 40% of their income toward rent; the federal government pays the landlord the rest.

Don't call it a comeback (yet): New music venues could open up on East Sixth Street

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A developer that owns multiple properties on East Sixth Street wants to revitalize the area and turn a handful of spots into music venues, including the former Easy Tiger restaurant and Buffalo Billiards.

Thursday, Jun 30

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Environmental advocates say Fayette coal plant is 'poisoning' residents, push city to test water

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Austin partially owns a coal-powered plant in Fayette County. Advocates say coal ash there is not properly stored, potentially getting into the water and land.