Caution tape hangs from the door of Crockett High School in South Austin last month.
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Austin ISD's School Year Delayed Until Sept. 8, First Eight Weeks Could Be Online-Only

The Austin Independent School District’s Board of Trustees voted to delay the start of classes for the school year until Sept. 8. Virtual classes were supposed to begin Aug. 18, but the board wanted to give teachers more time to prepare for online learning.

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A protester holds a sign that says, "Students bring home more than homework."
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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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As the school year starts in many districts across the country, a new national poll of teachers from NPR/Ipsos finds overwhelming trepidation about returning to the physical classroom.

President Trump is attacking Democrats on a new front: suburbia.

"They want to eliminate single-family zoning, bringing who knows into your suburbs," Trump said on a July campaign call.

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The attorney general of New York took action Thursday to dissolve the National Rifle Association following an 18-month investigation that found evidence the powerful gun rights group is "fraught with fraud and abuse."

Attorney General Letitia James claims in a lawsuit filed Thursday that she found financial misconduct in the millions of dollars and that it contributed to a loss of more than $64 million over a three-year period.

A sign at Galindo Elementary School in South Austin reminds people that face coverings are required.
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This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Thursday, Aug. 6. If you have a news tip or question, email us at

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Lee esta historia en español. 

Addressing a city that has ground to a halt amid a pandemic, save for frontline workers who can’t stay home and protestors in the streets demanding cuts to the police budget, Austin Mayor Steve Adler said this time of turmoil is a chance to rebuild a more equitable city.

An encampment for people experiencing homelessness under State Highway 71 in South Austin.
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Lee esta historia en español. 

The Austin City clerk says a group seeking to reinstate Austin's bans on sitting, camping or lying down in public doesn't have the requisite 20,000 signatures to force a referendum on Election Day.

Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a press conference regarding COVID-19 in February.
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Five of the Texas Legislature’s most conservative members are suing Gov. Greg Abbott and state health officials, claiming Texas leaders overstepped their bounds when they awarded a major contract for tracking Texas’ coronavirus outbreak to a little-known technology firm.

Most Americans support Trump administration efforts to stop immigrants from coming to the United States as long as it's done in the name of slowing the spread of the coronavirus, according to a new NPR/Ipsos poll.

But Trump's anti-immigration rhetoric during the pandemic has done little to budge public opinion on other immigration policies, the poll found. Most of Trump's policies, including his border wall, remain unpopular except among Republicans.

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The top doctor at Austin Public Health says he’s concerned there could be a rise in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.

During a media briefing Wednesday, Dr. Mark Escott stressed the importance of wearing masks and social distancing in all situations, not just public outings. He and APH Director Stephanie Hayden said they’ve seen an increase in cases among gatherings of family and friends. 

Austin Public Health has set up an alternate care Site at the Austin Convention Center to take in COVID-19 patients, if needed.
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This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Wednedsay, Aug. 5. If you have a news tip or question, email us at



Hundreds of John L. Hanson's interviews have been restored and digitized thanks to a grant from Recordings at Risk.