Andy Jechow

Social Media Coordinator

Andy Jechow is the social media coordinator for KUT News. After graduating from American University in Washington, D.C., with a bachelor's degree in international studies, he returned home to Texas — in need of greasy Tex-Mex — and became a TV news producer. Before joining KUT in November 2018, he worked as a digital content producer at Austin NBC affiliate KXAN News. When he's not at work, Andy enjoys attending book signings and watching classic movies.

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A packed crowd listens to Abhi The Nomad at 2019's ACL Fest.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUTX

Austin City Limits Music Festival has been officially canceled this year, with the festival saying it's "the only responsible solution" given the current COVID-19 situation in Texas.

The organizers of the two-weekend event hope to return to Zilker Park to celebrate the festival's 20th anniversary Oct. 1-3 and Oct. 8-10, 2021. 

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El Gobernador Greg Abbott ordenó el cierre de todos los bares en Texas ante el aumento de casos de coronavirus y hospitalizaciones en el estado.

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Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered all bars to close in Texas as the state sees a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.

All businesses that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcohol are required to close, though they may continue delivery and takeout, the governor said Friday.

Painters outline "Black Austin Matters" on Congress Avenue early Tuesday morning.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon

Parts of Congress Avenue were closed Tuesday as crews painted "Black Austin Matters" across several blocks of the downtown Austin street.

National Weather Service

A tornado watch is in effect until 5 p.m. for Travis and surrounding counties, as tornado warnings have been issued for Bastrop County and the surrounding area throughout Tuesday morning and into the afternoon. 

A van on I-35 has a sign on it that says "Rent Strike."
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La ciudad de Austin está proporcionando $1.2 millones en ayuda de emergencia por única vez para el alquiler de los residentes afectados por la pandemia del coronavirus.

A van on I-35 has a sign on it that says "Rent Strike."
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

The City of Austin is providing $1.2 million in one-time emergency rental assistance to residents affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants, or RENT, program will distribute the payments through a lottery system. Residents in need of assistance can apply on the Housing Authority of the City of Austin's website from May 4 at 9 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. May 6. 

A line of storms moves through the Austin area around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.
National Weather Service

A severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Travis and surrounding counties has expired, as a line of storms moves south at 40 mph.

National Weather Service

A tornado watch is no longer in effect for Travis and Williamson counties, but remains in place for Bastrop and Caldwell counties until 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Austin-Travis County will probably see a spike in COVID-19 cases two weeks after the Easter weekend, Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt said during a news conference Tuesday.

Students who live near the bus locations can access the free Wi-Fi on their school computers weekdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Nathan Bernier / KUT

The Austin Independent School District says it has deployed 110 buses with Wi-Fi to neighborhoods and apartments where home internet access is least likely. Last Friday, the school district announced its school buildings are closed indefinitely as classes move online to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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La autoridad sanitaria provisional del condado de Austin-Travis dice que espera que la recomendación para que los austineses utilicen protectores faciales de tela cuando salgan de casa se convierta en un requisito.

The Butler Hike and Bike Trail is included on the list of trail and park closures over the Easter weekend.
Julia Reihs / KUT

Starting at sunset on Thursday, all City of Austin parks and trails will close for the Easter weekend to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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The interim health authority for Austin-Travis County says he expects a recommendation for Austinites to wear fabric face coverings when they're outside the home to become a requirement.

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A new interactive map on the City of Austin's website is aimed at helping people experiencing homelessness identify locations to get aid during the coronavirus pandemic.

National Weather Service

Southern Travis County and all of Hays County remain under a flash flood warning until 7:30 p.m. as a line of storms moves out of the Austin area.

The Trail Foundation is closing outdoor gym equipment around Lady Bird Lake.
Julia Reihs / KUT

The Trail Foundation recommends people exercise as close to home as possible and stay off the Butler Hike and Bike Trail around Lady Bird Lake to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

A man carries groceries on the UT Austin campus during spring break on Tuesday.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

We'll keep this post updated on how people can help and get help in the Austin area during the coronavirus pandemic. Know of something missing from this list? Email Andy@KUT.org.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Three presumptive positive cases of the coronavirus disease COVID-19 were confirmed in Austin on Friday, city health officials said. The cases are the first confirmed in Central Texas.

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The Americas Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas has been postponed until November due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, MotoGP said.

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.
ATXN screenshot

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.

Democratic state Sen. Kirk Watson
Julia Reihs / KUT

State Sen. Kirk Watson, who has represented Austin in the Texas Senate since 2007, announced he's resigning this spring to become the founding dean of the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston.

Julián Castro speaks at a rally at Cheer Up Charlies in Austin on June 28, 2019.
Michael Minasi for KUT

Julián Castro, the former U.S. secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Obama and mayor of San Antonio, announced Thursday morning he is dropping out of the race for the presidency.

Auditorium Shores
KUT

Austin's New Year's Eve festivities kick off tonight at 7:30 on the south shores of Lady Bird Lake. With street closures downtown and free public transportation options, here's what you need to know to get around smoothly.

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Cedar Creek High School and Bluebonnet Elementary School will not have school today following a water line break, Bastrop ISD said in a Facebook post.

ATX Helps says it wants to provide at least one temporary shelter from Sprung Instant Structures to hold 150 bunk beds and comfortably sleep 300 people.
Sprung Instant Structures

A group of Austin businesses, nonprofits and faith-based organizations is trying to raise $14 million to build and operate a temporary shelter for Austinites experiencing homelessness.

South Congress is closed between West James Street and Academy Drive.
Andrew Weber / KUT

A man who climbed a construction crane on South Congress Avenue has climbed down and is in police custody. South Congress was closed for several hours Monday morning as crews tried to get the man down.

Val Bugh / via Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Go outside. Look up. If you're in Central Texas, you're in a hotspot for monarch butterfly watching.

At 97, Professor John Goodenough becomes the oldest-ever Nobel laureate, seen here in 2017.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

If you have a cellphone or a laptop or an electric car, you have UT Austin professor John Goodenough to thank for helping create the lightweight, rechargeable battery that makes it work.

Goodenough was awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for his part in the creation of the lithium-ion battery, almost 35 years after it became commercially viable.

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