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Williamson County Reporter

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Allyson Ortegon is the Williamson County reporter for KUT. Previously, Allyson covered Texas politics and policy, and broadly, the Austin community, during internships and fellowships with KUT, The Alcalde Magazine and The Texas Tribune. She also covered the Texas Legislature for the Texas Newsroom, with stories running on NPR member stations around the state. She is an alumna of the NPR Next-Generation Radio Project, hosted by NPR and KUT.

Allyson graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a secondary concentration in business. She reported across radio, television and print media for student publications including The Daily Texan and Texas Student Television. She is originally from Cibolo, Texas, where she wrote for the Schertz Magazine, a local magazine near her hometown. She speaks Spanish and is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. 

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Williamson County Sheriff's Office
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A former Williamson County sheriff’s deputy was indicted by a grand jury Thursday on assault and official oppression charges.

The Williamson County Courthouse in Georgetown
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Early voting began Tuesday in Texas and already 21% of Williamson County’s registered voters have cast a ballot.

Williamson County has 19 early voting locations and will have 57 locations on Election Day.
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La votación anticipada comienza en Texas el martes 13. En el Condado de Williamson, un número récord de residentes elegibles -más de 372,000- se registraron para votar. El condado espera que el 66% de ellos voten anticipadamente este año.

Pflugerville Independent School District's administrative building
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Forty percent of students in the Pflugerville Independent School District are returning to campuses Tuesday, as the district opens up to all students who opt for in-person instruction.

The district started the school year with buildings at 25% capacity, but under Texas Education Agency guidelines, all students who choose in-person learning can now return. Families made decisions at the end of September about whether to send students back.

Williamson County has 19 early voting locations and will have 57 locations on Election Day.
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Early voting kicks off in Texas on Tuesday. In Williamson County, a record number of eligible residents — more than 372,000 — registered to vote. The county expects to see 66% of them vote early this year.

Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody outside the sheriff's office in Georgetown.
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El sheriff del condado de Williamson, Robert Chody, fue arrestado este lunes por cargos de manipulación de pruebas en el caso de Javier Ambler, un hombre negro de 40 años que murió bajo custodia el año pasado.

Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody outside the sheriff's office in Georgetown.
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Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody was indicted Monday on charges of tampering evidence in the case of Javier Ambler, a 40-year-old Black man who died in custody last year.

The Leander Independent School District's administrative building.
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Los funcionarios del Distrito Escolar Independiente (ISD, en inglés) de Leander denunciaron públicamente las acciones de los estudiantes grabados en vídeo durante el verano en el que se los ve quitando los carteles de Black Lives Matter en el patio y gritando expresiones racistas.

The Leander Independent School District's administrative building.
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Leander ISD officials publicly denounced the actions of students caught on video over the summer removing Black Lives Matter yard signs and yelling a racist remark.

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Alex Bell sabía que el último año en la Universidad Southwestern no se iba a parecer a ningún otro, pero este estudiante de antropología, que prefiere usar pronombres en plural, quería volver al campus.

"Tener un espacio de trabajo y un espacio en casa separados para mí es realmente importante", dijeron. "Así que quería hacer en persona todo lo que fuera posible para mí”.

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Alex Bell knew senior year at Southwestern University was going to look like no other, but the anthropology major wanted to be back on campus.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has challenged Round Rock City Council’s decision to move its May 2020 elections to May 2021.

Clockwise from top left: Renee Swan, Rick Kennedy, Pete Sessions and David Jaramillo, make up the four hopefuls to represent the sprawling 17th District in Congress.
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When Republican Congressman Bill Flores announced he was retiring, a large group of hopefuls jumped at the chance to represent Texas’ sprawling 17th Congressional District. The district includes parts of 12 counties — stretching from Pflugerville to Waco and east to College Station. Twelve Republicans and three Democrats were on the ballot in the March primary.

Now, we’re down to two from each party.

Donna Imam (left) and Christine Mann (right) are competing for the Democratic nomination in Texas' 31st Congressional District election.
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In 2018, MJ Hegar challenged Republican incumbent John Carter, who has represented Texas’ 31st Congressional District since 2003. Although she lost, the narrow race opened the door to future Democrats competing for Carter’s seat. Two candidates, Christine Mann and Donna Imam, say their personal careers have prepared them to unseat the longtime U.S. Representative, but only one will make it beyond the runoff ballot. 

A homemade face mask
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Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Thursday requiring Texans to wear face coverings in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases. But individual jursidictions differ in how they're carrying out face mask requirements. Officials in cities across Williamson County have issued orders with slight variations.