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Audrey McGlinchy is the City Hall reporter at KUT, covering the Austin City Council and the policies they discuss. She comes to Texas from Brooklyn, where she tried her hand at publishing, public relations and nannying. Audrey holds English and journalism degrees from Wesleyan University and the City University of New York. She got her start in journalism as an intern at KUT Radio during a summer break from graduate school. While completing her master's degree in New York City, she interned at the New York Times Magazine and Guernica Magazine.

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People sit spaced apart with masks on watching a screen showing Austin City Council members.
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Austin City Council members have a chance Thursday to vote on a new budget and decide how much to cut from the $400 million the city gives to the Austin Police Department.

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Por primera vez desde que abrió hace 60 años, la funeraria Mission en East Austin mantiene sus puertas cerradas durante las horas de trabajo. Necesitas una cita para entrar.

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Los miembros del Concejo de la Ciudad de Austin han propuesto recortes en el presupuesto del Departamento de Policía de Austin (APD, en inglés) por un total de unos $149 millones, o el 34% del presupuesto actual del departamento.

Protesters outside Austin City Hall on July 11 call for defunding the police department.
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Austin City Council members are proposing cuts to the Austin Police Department budget totaling roughly $149 million, or 34% of the department’s current budget.

Council members are scheduled to vote on the city's budget for the upcoming fiscal year as early as Wednesday and no later than Friday.  

A portrait of Lois Villasenor sits on a table next to her casket during her funeral.
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For the first time since it opened 60 years ago, Mission Funeral Home in East Austin is keeping its doors locked during business hours. You need an appointment to come in.

The intention is not to keep the grief out; that employees will face up close. It’s to protect against any potential spread of the coronavirus.

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Dirigiéndose a una ciudad que se ha detenido en medio de la pandemia, salvo por los trabajadores de primera línea que no pueden quedarse en casa y los manifestantes en las calles que exigen recortes al presupuesto de la policía, el alcalde de Austin, Steve Adler, dijo que este momento de crisis es una oportunidad para reconstruir una ciudad más equitativa.

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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.

People gather in front of the Austin Police Department on May 30 to protest racism and police brutality.
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Mientras el COVID-19 lleva a los hospitales a latinos y negros en Austin a un ritmo desproporcionado, el Concejo de la ciudad de Austin consideró este miércoles al racismo como una crisis de salud pública.

People gather in front of the Austin Police Department on May 30 to protest racism and police brutality.
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As COVID-19 hospitalizes Latino and Black people in Austin at disproportionate rates, the Austin City Council on Wednesday deemed racism a public health crisis.

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Esta historia fue actualizada a las 6:00 p.m. del lunes 27 de julio.

Un video publicado este lunes sobre el tiroteo de Mike Ramos muestra al joven de 42 años suplicando a los policías de Austin que bajen sus armas, diciéndoles que no está armado y que lo están asustando.

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Video footage released Monday of the shooting of Mike Ramos shows the 42-year-old pleading with Austin police officers to put their guns down, telling them he doesn't have a weapon and that they are scaring him.

APD Officer Christopher Taylor shot and killed Ramos, who was Black and Hispanic, in late April.

Protesters call for the defunding of the Austin Police Department outside City Hall on July 11.
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Residentes de Austin aguardaron en sus teléfonos, algunos por más de una hora, para decirles a los miembros del concejo de la ciudad este jueves que los recortes propuestos para el presupuesto del departamento de policía (APD, en inglés) eran demasiado pequeños. Los vecinos que buscaban cambios más profundos llamaron a los recortes una "miseria", "insultantes" y una "bofetada en la cara".

Protesters call for the defunding of the Austin Police Department outside City Hall on July 11.
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Austinites waited with their phones on hold, some for over an hour, to tell city council members on Thursday that proposed cuts to the police department’s budget were too small. Residents seeking more profound changes called the cuts a “pittance,” “insulting” and a “slap in the face.”

Austin está preparando otro programa de asistencia de alquiler para ayudar a las personas afectadas por la pandemia del COVID-19.
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La ciudad de Austin está preparando una segunda ronda de asistencia para el pago del alquiler de las personas afectadas por la pandemia de COVID-19, esta vez con unos $13 millones en fondos federales y locales, que espera repartir durante al menos cinco meses.

Austin está preparando otro programa de asistencia de alquiler para ayudar a las personas afectadas por la pandemia del COVID-19.
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The City of Austin is preparing a second round of rental assistance for people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, this time from a pot of roughly $13 million in federal and local funds, which it expects to give out over at least five months.

El Jefe de la Policía de Austin Brian Manley ha estado bajo fuego por las duras tácticas policiales en las protestas y las acusaciones de racismo dentro del departamento.
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Antes del amanecer del 21 de marzo de 2018, el jefe interino de la policía de Austin, Brian Manley, se paró al costado de la I-35 en Round Rock, flanqueado por oficiales federales, y anunció que el sospechoso de una serie de atentados con bomba había muerto.

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley
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Before dawn on March 21, 2018, interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley stood on the side of I-35 in Round Rock, flanked by federal officers, and announced that the suspect in a series of bombings was dead.

Austin Police officers stand outside APD headquarters during protests against police killings and systemic racism.
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The Austin Police Department says it will delay the release of body camera footage from officers who caused serious injuries to demonstrators during the first weekend of protests against police killings and systemic racism in Austin.

Student protesters hold a sign outside Austin City Hall on Saturday calling for the city to defund police and invest more in the community.
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The City of Austin is proposing to reduce the Austin Police Department’s planned budget by $8.1 million, despite calls for much bigger cuts to the department. 

Signs on Spencer Cronk's lawn call for defunding the Austin Police Department.
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El jardín delantero del empleado mejor pagado de la ciudad de Austin recibió nuevos adornos para el césped el jueves pasado.

Signs on Spencer Cronk's lawn call for defunding the Austin Police Department.
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The front lawn of the City of Austin's highest-paid employee got some new lawn ornaments Thursday.

Organizations urging radical change to how the city spends money erected more than two dozen lawn signs outside Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk’s house. One sign read, “Increase funding for Austin Public Health to survive the pandemic and beyond,” another “Protect and create more low-income housing.”

An Austin police officer walks by a line of police cars.
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The Austin Police Department announced Thursday it will stop ticketing and arresting people for low-level and nonviolent marijuana offenses – six months after the City Council asked the chief to adopt the policy and he refused.

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Republicans Jennifer Fleck and Justin Berry are facing off in a runoff July 14 to compete in the November general election to represent District 47 in the state House of Representatives.

An officer points a shotgun at a protester.
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The Austin Police Department has named five officers it says may be responsible for seriously injuring people demonstrating during the first weekend of protests against systemic racism and police violence.

A health care worker at Austin Regional Clinic in South Austin during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Profesionales médicos y las autoridades sanitarias del área de Austin advirtieron que los hospitales locales podrían verse abrumados por pacientes de COVID-19 en las próximas semanas, ya que el número de casos en el centro de Texas se ha disparado.

A health care worker at Austin Regional Clinic in South Austin during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Austin-area medical professionals and health authorities warned that local hospitals could be overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients in the next several weeks as the number of cases in Central Texas has surged.

Austin Public Health says it will need an ever-increasing supply of masks and gloves at its COVID-19 testing site in North Austin.
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In an effort to secure N95 masks for first responders and public health workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Austin has had to cancel deals with vendors that couldn’t deliver and return thousands of lesser-quality masks.

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley, with City Manager Spencer Cronk and Austin Mayor Steve Adler behind him.
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Austin Police Chief Brian Manley will stay in his position, a city spokesperson confirmed in an email Thursday.

An Austin police officer next to some police cruisers
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Of the dozen times in 2018 when an Austin police officer shot at someone, nearly half took place in District 2 in Southeast Austin, according to a new report from the city's Office of Police Oversight.

Three of those shootings in District 2 were fatal.

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