Drivers wait in line to get tested for COVID-19 at CommUnityCare Hancock Clinic on July 2.
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Watch Live: Austin City Council Holds Special Session To Consider Additional COVID-19 Response

The Austin City Council is holding a special meeting Thursday to discuss the city's response to the COVID-19 pandemic after a surge in local coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.

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People wearing face coverings walk along Congress Avenue in Austin on July 1.
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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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Updated at 1:10 p.m.

In a pair of historic rulings on Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected President Trump's claim of absolute immunity under the law. The vote was 7 to 2 in cases involving grand jury and congressional subpoenas for Trump's pre-presidential financial records.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the court's opinion, declaring, "In our system, the public has a right to every man's evidence."

An employee at Slapbox Pizzicheria in Round Rock posts a sign saying face coverings are required.
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This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Thursday, July 9. If you have a news tip or question, email us at

Pedestrians on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail in Austin on June 24.
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Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday signaled his encouragement to Austin city leaders to move forward on "additional enforcement mechanisms" related to a recent order Abbott issued requiring Texans to wear masks in most public spaces.

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After weeks of political posturing between state Republicans and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, the mayor on Wednesday said he’s canceling the Texas Republican Party’s in-person convention, an event that was scheduled to be held at downtown Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center beginning on July 16.

Dawson Elementary School closes on Friday, March 13, following the first confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Austin.
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Lee esta historia en español. 

The union for Austin Independent School District employees is asking the district and the state not to send employees back to school buildings in August. Union members say it is unsafe for employees and children to be in classes together.

A few weeks ago, 18-year-old Izcan Ordaz joined his high school classmates for his first protest. They called for racial justice as part of a national wave of Black Lives Matter activism. A few days later, he marched again in Keller, an affluent suburb of Fort Worth not usually known for protests.

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From Texas Standard:

Less than three weeks ago, Texas was set to unveil its public-school reopening plan for the fall. That announcement was stalled after coronavirus cases and hospitalizations started to soar in the state.

But on Tuesday, the Texas Education Agency finally released its back-to-school guidelines, which included recommendations for preventing the spread of the coronavirus on campuses.

Cars in line for drive-thru testing at the CommUnityCare Hancock Clinic on July 2.
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Lee esta historia en español. 

What questions do you have about health care disparities during the coronavirus pandemic? Dr. Jewel Mullen joined us for a live conversation Wednesday afternoon to answer those questions.

Cars line up for CommUnityCare's drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Hancock Center.
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This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Wednesday, July 8. If you have a news tip or question, email us at

Updated at 12:32 p.m. ET

The U.S. Supreme Court has made it more difficult for women to get access to birth control as part of their health plans if their employer has religious or moral objections to contraceptives.

The opinion upheld a Trump administration rule that significantly cut back on the Affordable Care Act requirement that insurers provide free birth control coverage as part of almost all health care plans.


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