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Music industry members in the Red River Cultural District met on Saturday to discuss organizing to help people affected by the cancellation of South By Southwest.
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Organizers are coming together to help small-business owners, bartenders, hospitality workers, artists and others grappling with the cancellation of South by Southwest.

Julia Reihs / KUT

South by Southwest brings in a huge amount of money for local businesses and the community, and the festival could be just the first of several big events called off amid fears of the coronavirus.

Small businesses, gig workers and others who depend on these events for income will struggle, and the ripple effects could be felt for a long time.

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez/U.S. Air Force Academy (Public Domain)

From Texas Standard:

On Friday, President Donald Trump signed a $8.3 billion emergency funding bill to cope with the spread of the coronavirus. Closer to home, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott held a press conference Thursday in response to a "presumptive" case of COVID-19 in Fort Bend County outside Houston.

Julia Reihs / KUT

South by Southwest is canceled.

Mayor Steve Adler, Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt and public health officials said the concerns surrounding COVID-19 were too great.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Richard Cahan, author of Revolution in Black and White: Photographs of The Civil Rights Era by Ernest C. Withers. Withers was a self-made man. He was one of the most prominent African-American photographers during the civil rights years. During the course of his career, he took thousands photographs that document the Movement. 

An artist's rendering of a light-rail station platform.
Capital Metro

Capital Metro is going big when it comes to transit expansion in Austin. On Monday, its Project Connect team will not only recommend the construction of two light rail lines, but also a downtown tunnel to help them move along faster.

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Texas' first case of white-nose syndrome in bats has been confirmed.

The fungus that causes the disease was first detected in Texas bats in 2017, but the disease itself, which has killed millions of bats on the East Coast, hadn't been found by Texas Parks and Wildlife until Feb. 23 in Gillespie County.

Gov. Greg Abbott speaking to officials at the State Operations Center on Feb. 27, 2020.
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Six labs in Texas, including a state lab in Austin, can now test for the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday.

A coronavirus health alert sign
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Do you have questions about the coronavirus?

KUT is planning a live, one-hour program aimed at answering your questions about the virus, its potential effects on Austin and Central Texas and what we can all do to help stop the spread of the disease.

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The state's first coronavirus case identified outside of a Texas quarantine site is a man in his 70s who lives in the Houston area, Fort Bend County health officials said Wednesday.

The man recently traveled abroad, county officials said. He has been hospitalized and is in stable condition.

Austin ISD students walk up the stairs of Kealing Middle School.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

There are more Hispanic and black students attending Austin Independent School District’s magnet programs this school year than in past ones, according to data the school board reviewed this week. Getting more students of color into magnet programs, which are academically tougher and require students to apply to get in, has been a goal of the superintendent and the school board.

Robert Morrow has a history of sexist and racist rhetoric and is known for wearing a jester's hat.
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A man who has called President Donald Trump a “child rapist” is headed to a runoff in the race for a position that would help decide what millions of Texas public school children are taught.

Hervis Rogers waited about six hours in line at Texas Southern University and finally cast his vote around 1 a.m.
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He gained national attention through his tenacity at a local polling place, refusing to leave even after others might have: Hervis Rogers was the last man to vote at his Texas Southern University polling place early Wednesday morning, and possibly the last person to cast a ballot in the State of Texas when he did so around 1 a.m.

Dr. Mark Escott, interim director of Austin Public Health, gives an update on what public health officials are doing to protect the community from the new coronavirus.
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There is no evidence canceling South by Southwest will make the city safer from the spread of the new coronavirus, Austin public health officials said Wednesday, adding that they are reevaluating the situation on a daily basis.

A line of voters wraps through a hallway at ACC Highland mall.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Portending a long night awaiting definitive election returns in Texas, voters across the state still faced lengthy lines and wait times to cast their Super Tuesday ballots hours after polls closed.

M.J. Hegar talks to supporters at an election watch party at the Riveter in Austin on Tuesday.
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Air Force veteran Mary “MJ” Hegar, who led a crowded Democratic field to challenge U.S. Sen. John Cornyn for his seat in November, is heading to a runoff election with Dallas state Sen. Royce West.

Julia Reihs / KUT

We followed four key Travis County races on election night: district attorney, county attorney, county sheriff and county commissioner for Precinct 3. Of the four, only one avoided a runoff on May 26: the Travis County sheriff's race.

MJ Hegar speaks to supporters at the Riveter during an election watch party Tuesday. Unofficial results showed her leading the Democratic primary.
Michael Minasi / KUT

The U.S. Senate race in Texas is being closely watched after Democrat Beto O’Rourke’s near victory over Ted Cruz in 2018. The close race led many to believe the state, which hasn’t had a Democratic U.S. senator since 1993, could actually elect one.

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From Texas Standard:

It might seem obvious to some that factors like housing quality, community safety and clean air matter to a person's health. A new survey from the Episcopal Health Foundation validates that idea. It shows that a majority of Texans think so-called social determinants of health are at least as important, if not more so, to their well-being than actual medical care.

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As the coronavirus spreads around the globe, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your family.

"I told my children that while I didn't think that they were at risk right now, we, as a family, need to be preparing for significant disruption of our lives," says Dr. Nancy Messonnier of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Voters look at sample ballots while waiting to vote at Randalls on Braker Lane on Tuesday.
Julia Reihs / KUT

Citing fears of the new coronavirus, election workers in Travis County didn't show up to some polls Tuesday, hobbling or delaying the opening of some voting locations on Election Day.

Texans line up to vote at the Flawn Academic Center on the UT Austin campus on Election Day in 2018.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

If you're reading these words on an electronic device while in a voting location, it’s likely a poll worker will come up to you soon and tell you to cut it out.

 A crowd of people walks down Rainey Street during South by Southwest last year.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

One of Austin’s biggest months for visitors has begun, just as concerns grow around the new coronavirus COVID-19. While most events are proceeding as planned, the scenario in which a large event would be shut down over the virus is a little murky.

Cassie Davis helps register voters on the steps of the Capitol in 2018.
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Texas’ growing Latino vote remains relatively untapped ahead of the state's Democratic presidential primary.

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From Texas Standard:

Though the last NFL football game of the season was played just a month ago, the league still makes news in the off-season.

Daron Roberts is founding director of the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation at the University of Texas at Austin, and a former NFL and college football coach. He says the NFL combine held each February is no longer just an opportunity for teams to audition the best players. The workouts and drills during the event have also become a fan-facing event, broadcast live by the NFL.

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From Texas Standard:

What might cause a voter to wait until the last possible day to cast a ballot? One factor appears to be that some of those planning to vote in the Democratic primary still consider themselves "undecided."

Texas Standard host David Brown spoke with three undecided voters  about why they're still weighing their options, one day before Super Tuesday.

UT Austin students attend a town hall meeting on faculty sexual misconduct, in January.
Julia Reihs / KUT

UT Austin is updating its sexual misconduct policies after months of campus protests.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a Texas-led challenge to the Affordable Care Act, the justices said Monday, marking the third major case in which former President Barack Obama's landmark health law has earned the scrutiny of the country’s highest court.

The new voting machines in Travis County produce a marked paper ballot. Voters scan and drop the ballot into the ballot box before they leave the voting center.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

From Texas Independence Day to Super Tuesday, here's what's going on in Central Texas this week.

Lisa Thurau, CEO of Strategies for Youth, leads a game called Juvenile Justice Jeopardy at the Boys and Girls Club in North Austin.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

At what age can you be charged with a crime in Texas? 

The question appears on a screen in front of a group of teenagers at the Boys and Girls Club in Northeast Austin on a recent Tuesday. Half the room is deliberating as a timer slowly ticks down.

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