5 Things To Watch In The Final Week Of The 2020 Presidential Campaign

The home stretch of a presidential campaign can be warping. "In this final phase, the feedback loop inside a campaign can become really distorted," said Brian Jones, a Republican strategist and veteran of the Mitt Romney, John McCain and George W. Bush campaigns. "Campaigns destined for defeat find ways to believe there's still a chance and campaigns headed for victory can be overly nervous." Campaigns, candidates and, most importantly, voters are all in a holding pattern and looking for...

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Valerie Merriam-DeBill helps register people to vote outside the Palmer Events Center on Aug. 12.
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PHOTOS: Life In Austin During The Coronavirus Pandemic

KUT's photographers are documenting the changes to daily life that a pandemic has brought to the Austin area — from a safe distance.

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Three years after the #MeToo movement went viral, the military is having its own version of the movement: #IAmVanessaGuillen.

People are using the hashtag to share their accounts of being raped, sexually assaulted, and sexually harassed in the military. They say there often were few or no consequences for their attackers.

Penfold Theatre is launching its 13th season this month with the interactive theatrical experience The Control Group: A Mission in Time. Producing artistic director Ryan Crowder says they took inspiration from a Canadian troupe that was producing improvised theater over the phone.

Updated at 7:45 a.m. ET Monday

With eight days until Election Day, the White House again faces the coronavirus in its ranks and controversy over its national strategy for the pandemic, after President Trump's chief of staff said the administration would not control the spread of the disease.

Two top advisers to Vice President Pence have tested positive for the virus in recent days, as Pence — who tested negative on Saturday and Sunday — crisscrosses the country for rallies in swing states.

Country music singer Jerry Jeff Walker, the man behind "Mr. Bojangles," died Friday after a battle with throat cancer. He was 78.

"He was at home until an hour before his passing," his wife of 46 years, Susan Walker, told the Austin American-Statesman. "He went very peacefully, which we were extremely grateful for."

The United States hit a record high number of confirmed daily coronavirus cases Friday, recording more than 83,000 new cases, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The number surpasses the previous record of more than 77,000 cases in mid-July.

A collection of pecans
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When the wind picks up you can hear it. Whether it’s the cracking of shells hitting a sidewalk or the sharper smack of nuts bouncing off a tin roof, it’s a sound that says pecan season is here.

And this year, it’s a good one in Central Texas – though it’s not easy to say why.

Demonstrators gather outside Austin Police Department headquarters on June 4 to protest the police killing of George Floyd.
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A South Texas man charged with participating in a riot in Minneapolis after George Floyd's death was stopped by Austin police days later, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Friday.

Jereka Thomas-Hockaday is a co-founder of the Central Texas Allied Health Institute.
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As a health care educator, practitioner and co-founder of the Central Texas Allied Health Institute, Jereka Thomas-Hockaday has had a vested interest in the public health of East Austin’s underserved communities of color during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Two rows of Austin police cadets.
Julia Reihs / KUT

Forty-two new police officers graduated Friday at a ceremony at a church in North Austin. It was the last graduating class of new officers for the foreseeable future, as the city put the department’s academy on hold as it audits training materials.

Drivers line up for COVID-19 testing at the CommUnityCare parking lot in Hancock Center.
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Austin Public Health is gearing up for when a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available.


A seismic shift could take place in Texas this election