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Friday, Aug 19

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La propagación del COVID-19 en los condados de Travis y Williamson desciende a un nivel "bajo"

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Los CDC utilizan una métrica llamada Niveles Comunitarios de COVID-19 para ayudar a la gente a entender cómo se está propagando la enfermedad en su condado.

Los costos del cuidado de niños pueden poner a la educación superior fuera del alcance de los padres que estudian en Texas

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In Texas, where the hourly minimum wage is $7.25, a student who has children would need to work as much as 64 hours per week to afford college and child care expenses, according to a new report.

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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Texas public schools required to display 'In God We Trust' posters if they are donated

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The law passed last year says schools must display the national motto in a “conspicuous place” but only if the poster is “donated” or “purchased by private donations.”

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.

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Austin ISD is trying to fill more than 150 teacher vacancies days into the new school year

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Austin ISD officials updated school board members Thursday on teacher vacancies, enrollment and school safety efforts.

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COVID-19 spread in Travis and Williamson counties drops to 'low' level

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The CDC uses a metric called COVID-19 Community Levels to help people understand how the disease is spreading in their county. Hays County is at the “medium” spread level.

'The worst political environment for public schools': Teachers go back to school amid rising tensions

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Texas teachers are dealing with the ongoing pandemic, staff shortages, and now, more prominently, the political forces pushing them on social topics such as race and LGBTQ issues.

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City of Taylor hopes cemetery's historic designation will draw visitors

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The Taylor City Cemetery, which dates back more than 130 years, was designated historical this week by the Texas State Historical Commission.

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'I didn't know': The new podcast 'Partition' tells the unknown human story of the 1947 partition of India

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'Partition,' the new podcast from writer Neha Aziz, aims to tell the story of the 1947 partition of India from a human perspective.

Thursday, Aug 18

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Parts of Texas in ‘extreme heat belt’ will experience temperatures of 125 degrees by 2053

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A new study from the First Street Foundation says the extreme heat belt will stretch from East Texas to Wisconsin.

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Los funcionarios de Austin deciden cómo serán las facturas de los impuestos sobre la propiedad. Estos son algunos términos que hay que conocer.

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A medida que las ciudades, los condados y los distritos escolares establecen sus tasas impositivas, los propietarios pueden esperar ver pronto sus nuevas facturas de impuestos.

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Child care costs can put higher education out of reach for student parents in Texas

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In Texas, where the hourly minimum wage is $7.25, a student who has children would need to work as much as 64 hours per week to afford college and child care expenses, according to a new report.

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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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Parents call for action as Lake Travis ISD faces ongoing bus driver shortage

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Lake Travis ISD is facing a significant bus driver shortage that prompted the district to reduce transportation services for now. During a school board meeting, several parents called on LTISD to find solutions to the staffing shortage.

This Texan was born in Pakistan but never heard stories about partition. She’s trying to change that.

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Neha Aziz’s new podcast was released on the 75th anniversary of the split between India and Pakistan.

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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 man who rioted at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 pleads guilty to a felony

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Authorities say Geoffrey Shough was one of the first rioters to breach a line of police at the U.S. Capitol.

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Los votantes de San Marcos decidirán sobre la despenalización de la marihuana en noviembre

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De ser aprobada por los votantes de San Marcos, la ordenanza pondría fin a las citaciones y detenciones por posesión de marihuana como delito menor.

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.

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Millions of dollars have been sent to Uvalde. Why are shooting survivors struggling financially?

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Millions in private donations won’t be distributed until November, says state Sen. Roland Gutierrez, whose district includes Uvalde.

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San Marcos voters to decide on decriminalization of marijuana this November

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San Marcos City Council members unanimously decided to send the measure to the ballot. If approved, the ordinance would end citations and arrests for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Tuesday, Aug 16

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Una instalación artística de San Marcos rinde homenaje a la cultura indígena y a la historia de la creación

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Una nueva instalación artística realizada por estudiantes en San Marcos representa la historia de la creación coahuilteca y los cinco guardianes del río San Marcos.

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A second helping of “Tacos of Texas” podcast explores Texas taco culture

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Taco journalist, food explorer and podcast host Mando Rayo has traveled across the U.S. to uncover the tastiest tacos. In season dos of the “Tacos of Texas” podcast, the James Beard nominee talks to Texas taqueros, tortilleras and makers,…

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Pablo Vegas, a utility executive in Ohio, named ERCOT’s new CEO

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The state power grid operator has been run by an interim chief since the previous CEO was fired following the deadly 2021 winter storm that crashed much of the grid.

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San Marcos art installation honors Indigenous culture and creation story

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A new student-made art installation in San Marcos depicts the Coahuiltecan creation story and the five guardians of the San Marcos River.

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An Austin school and state-of-the-art clinic unite to meet the needs of medically fragile children

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Dell Children’s Medical Center has built a comprehensive clinic on Rosedale School’s campus. This means most of the more than 100 students who attend can see practitioners without missing a lot of school.

Austin ISD earns a 'B' rating from Texas Education Agency

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TEA released school accountability ratings on Monday for the first time since 2019. Austin ISD earned a B, which is the same grade the district earned before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Monday, Aug 15

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A medida que se acerca el año escolar, los administradores se apresuran a ayudar a los planteles de Texas que carecen de personal

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Según datos de la Agencia de Educación de Texas, los profesores abandonan la profesión a un ritmo mayor que antes. Esto se debe a varios factores, como la preocupación por la seguridad, las malas condiciones de trabajo y el agotamiento.