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Andrew Weber is a digital reporter for KUT News. A graduate of St. Edward's University with a degree in English, Andrew has previously interned with The Texas Tribune, The Austin American-Statesman and KOOP Radio.

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Los locales de música de Austin fueron de los primeros negocios en cerrar debido al COVID-19, y debido a que su modelo de negocio se basa en reuniones masivas de personas, probablemente serán los últimos en reabrir.

Julia Reihs / KUT

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Austin's music venues were among the first businesses to close because of COVID-19, and because their business model relies on mass gatherings, they'll likely be the last to reopen.

Andrew Noble and other music industry workers rally outside of City Hall on Wednesday in support of a measure to provide financial relief to venues suffering during the pandemic.
Julia Reihs / KUT

Austin's music community rallied at City Hall on Wednesday to support a measure to bolster the ecosystem around live music in light of the pandemic.

A floor marker at UT Austin's Student Union reminds students to stay 6 feet apart.
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Los estudiantes de secundaria y universitarios dan positivo en COVID-19 a una tasa mucho más alta que la población general del área, dice el principal experto en salud pública de Austin.

A floor marker at UT Austin's Student Union reminds students to stay 6 feet apart.
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High school and college-aged students are testing positive for COVID-19 at a much higher rate than the area's overall population, Austin's top public health expert says.

A view of UT Austin's West Campus.
Julia Reihs / KUT

Three clusters of COVID-19, with a total of more than 100 cases, have been identified in West Campus, UT Austin said Wednesday night.

The individuals are currently isolated and receiving medical attention, the university said. Public health officials at UT and with Austin Public Health are conducting contact tracing to determine who was in close contact with them.

Protesters hold a sign saying "Defund Police" in front of Austin Police headquarters in May.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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Hace 20 años, los trombones resonaron en los oídos de Courtney Santana, trombones como los de los dibujos animados de Charlie Brown.

Allí estaba ella, derrumbada, en el asfalto de un estacionamiento. La policía de Austin sostenía a sus dos hijos, incluyendo a su hijo de 8 meses, que casi había recibido un disparo en la cabeza después de que la pistola de su pareja cayera de su abrigo y se descargara.

Protesters hold a sign saying "Defund Police" in front of Austin Police headquarters in May.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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Twenty years ago, trombones were echoing in Courtney Santana's ears – trombones like the ones in Charlie Brown cartoons.

There she was, crumpled on parking lot asphalt. Austin police officers were holding her two kids, including her 8-month-old son, who had nearly been shot in the head after her partner's pistol fell out of a coat and discharged.

A sign tells Spanish speakers to dial 211 for information about the coronavirus.
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Un informe de Salud Pública de Austin (APH, en inglés) publicado este viernes examina la respuesta de la ciudad y del condado al COVID-19 entre los latinos, una población que ha sido, por mucho, la más afectada por la pandemia.

Los últimos números de APH lo confirman: los latinos representan el 52% de las hospitalizaciones relacionadas con el coronavirus.

A sign tells Spanish speakers to dial 211 for information about the coronavirus.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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A report from Austin Public Health out Friday examines the city and county response to COVID-19 among Latinos – a population that's been, by far, the hardest hit by the pandemic.

The latest numbers from Austin Public Health bear that out: Latinos represent 52% of hospitalizations linked to the coronavirus.

A sign in the lobby of UT Austin's Belo Center for New Media tells students and others not to rearrange chairs.
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El área de Austin está relajando las guías para el COVID-19 a medida que los nuevos casos se estabilizan.

A sign in the lobby of UT Austin's Belo Center for New Media tells students and others not to rearrange chairs.
Michael Minasi / KUT

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The Austin area is loosening COVID-19 guidelines as new cases level off.

Dr. Mark Escott, the interim medical authority for Austin Public Health, told the Austin City Council on Tuesday that cases have plateaued in the last few weeks and that he's "confident" in suggesting a transition from stage 4 of the health authority's risk-based guidelines to stage 3.

The hallway is empty at Galindo Elementary School in South Austin in July.
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Padres, maestros y activistas están preocupados por los planes para las clases en línea que podrían ampliar la brecha digital y exacerbar los problemas de equidad educativa en el Distrito Escolar Independiente (ISD, en inglés) de Austin. Para tratar de evitarlo, el distrito, que tiene aproximadamente 81,000 estudiantes, está distribuyendo computadoras portátiles, tabletas e instalando puntos de conexión Wi-Fi.

The hallway is empty at Galindo Elementary School in South Austin in July.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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Parents, teachers and advocates worry online-only lesson plans could widen the digital divide and exacerbate educational equity issues in Austin Independent School District. To try to prevent that, the district, which has roughly 81,000 students, is distributing Wi-Fi hotspots, laptops and tablets.

An encampment for people experiencing homelessness under State Highway 71 in South Austin.
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La secretaria de la ciudad de Austin dice que un grupo que busca restablecer las prohibiciones de sentarse, acampar o acostarse en público no ha logrado reunir las 20,000 firmas necesarias para forzar un referéndum el día de las elecciones.

An encampment for people experiencing homelessness under State Highway 71 in South Austin.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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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.

Vandalization of the Robert E. Lee Road sign in early 2018 sparked a conversation over whether the street should be renamed. The Austin City Council voted to change the name of the street honoring the Confederate general later that year.
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Austin volverá a examinar -y podría hacer cambios en última instancia- los nombres de sus calles, edificios, parques y arroyos que veneran al racismo histórico y a la Confederación.

Vandalization of the Robert E. Lee Road sign in early 2018 sparked a conversation over whether the street should be renamed. The Austin City Council voted to change the name of the street honoring the Confederate general later that year.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

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Austin will re-examine – and could ultimately change – the names of its streets, buildings, parks and creeks that venerate historical racism and the Confederacy.

The decision Wednesday from the Austin City Council follows up on a 2018 report from the city's Equity Office, which suggested changing the name of the city itself, as Stephen F. Austin was a staunch defender of slavery.

A mural on La Mexicana in South Austin commemorates Mike Ramos, who was shot and killed by an Austin police officer in April.
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As a kid, Mike Ramos used to walk to get pastries for his grandmother every week from La Mexicana, the panaderia that's been a mainstay on South First Street for 30 years. Just a block away from where he and his mother Brenda Ramos lived on Annie Street, the bakery's south wall now bears two murals commemorating Mike, who was shot and killed by Austin Police Officer Christopher Taylor in April.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

It's hard to maintain morale in a Texas summer, let alone this summer in the face of an unprecedented pandemic.

It's harder when, on top of all that, you're working outside in 110-degree heat indices, wearing two protective gowns, three facial coverings, carrying heavy gear and transporting patients to a hospital packed with COVID-19 patients.

A 2015 file photo of a citation for a city law that banned sitting or lying down in certain parts of Austin. Save Austin Now submitted signatures for a petition that would, among other things, reinstate the law in the downtown and UT Austin campus areas.
Pu Ying Huang / KUT

A GOP-backed group says it's collected enough signatures to put a reversal of the city's homeless ordinances on the ballot in November.

Lisa Davis, via the Austin History Center, AR-2010-022-01-52-017

Julia Reihs / KUT

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La alcaldesa interina de Austin Delia Garza será la próxima abogada del condado de Travis después de que su oponente en la segunda vuelta, Laurie Eiserloh, concediera la victoria en la noche de las elecciones.

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La actual fiscal del distrito Margaret Moore ha concedido la victoria luego de que su contrincante, José Garza, obtuviera una ventaja en la votación anticipada y en los votos por correo.

La segunda vuelta de las primarias demócratas para el cargo enfrentó a la asediada titular con un autodenominado progresista que dice que espera renovar la justicia criminal desde ese puesto. 

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

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Incumbent District Attorney Margaret Moore has conceded after a commanding lead in early voting and mail-in votes in support of challenger José Garza.

The Democratic primary runoff for the office pitted the embattled incumbent against a self-described progressive who says he hopes to revamp criminal justice at the office.

Julia Reihs / KUT

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Austin Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza will be the next Travis County Attorney after her runoff opponent, Laurie Eiserloh, conceded the race on election night.

With early voting totals in, Garza led Eiserloh by a margin of a little over 8,300 votes – 55% to 45% of early votes and mail-in ballots. By 1 a.m. Wednesday, unofficial county results put that lead at more than 16,000 votes. Eiserloh's concession came shortly after 11:30 p.m on Tuesday.

Drivers wait in line to get tested for COVID-19 at CommUnityCare Hancock Clinic on July 2.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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Austin will now enforce laws that require people to wear facial coverings in public and penalize businesses for not following measures that aim to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

People who violate the mask rules could face a fine of up to $2,000 and could be taken to civil court by the city.

People line up for drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Austin.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Austin surpassed a crucial threshold for COVID-19 hospitalizations Tuesday, which could signal possible restrictions on businesses and nonessential travel.

(Left) Julia Reihs | KUT; (Right) Photo courtesy of Laurie Eiserloh

The Travis County attorney does thankless work. That's a bleak descriptor, but it's not wrong.

Both Laurie Eiserloh, a career attorney and longtime staffer at the county attorney's office, and Austin Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza want to take on that thankless work and are competing in the Democratic runoff for the position that has no Republican challenger.

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