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City Hall Reporter

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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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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.

A protester holds a sign that says "We demand police reform."
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Los miembros del Consejo Municipal  de Austin votaron unánimemente este jueves sobre cuatro temas relacionados con la política y el presupuesto del Departamento de Policía de Austin, incluyendo la transferencia de parte de los fondos policiales a los servicios sociales y la prohibición de algunas armas y prácticas potencialmente mortales por parte de la policía.

A protester holds a sign that says "We demand police reform."
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Austin City Council members voted unanimously Thursday on four items related to the Austin Police Department’s policy and budget, including transferring some money from police to social services and banning police use of some potentially deadly weapons and practices.

Austin police move to clear protesters from I-35 during protests against systemic racism on Sunday.
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A fractured skull. A severe chest wound. A broken jaw from where a lead-pellet bag lodged inside the person's mouth. The injuries to protesters over the weekend could have been fatal, the Austin-Travis County EMS chief told City Council members Friday morning. The physical and psychological recovery could take years.

And all the injuries were caused by police.

Demonstrators facing police hold signs saying "Honor your rage" and "End police brutality" at a protest in downtown Austin on Sunday.
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The Austin City Council heard from hundreds of people during an emergency meeting Thursday that addressed police violence at weekend protests against the killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Mike Ramos in Austin. 

Protesters demonstrate against police brutality, in Austin on Sunday.
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More than 300 people have signed up to talk about what transpired during weekend protests against systemic racism and police killings, at an emergency Austin City Council session Thursday.

Council members will reconvene the following morning to hear from Austin Police Chief Brian Manley. No immediate action is expected to be taken.

People gather at Austin Police Department's headquarters on Sunday to protest police violence against black people.
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Gov. Greg Abbott warned during a press conference Tuesday that people are coming from outside Texas to protest violently.

North Lamar Mobile Home Park residents celebrate on Saturday a deal they made to purchase the land their homes sit on.
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Drivers honked their horns in celebration as they paraded through a mobile home park in North Austin on Saturday evening. The drivers, the majority of whom live in the neighborhood, had written Spanish words and phrases on their windows: “Felicidades,” “Sí se pudo” and “Es tu comunidad.”

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A 42-year-old black and Hispanic man died from multiple gunshot wounds in a police shooting in April, according to a report the Austin Police Department filed Wednesday with the Texas Attorney General's Office. 

A notice to vacate is posted on an Austin home in 2018.
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La Corte Suprema de Texas ha dado luz verde para que la prohibición de procedimientos de desalojo expire el lunes 18 de mayo, lo que significa que a partir del martes ya no existe un impedimento estatal para que un propietario pueda desalojar a un inquilino.

A notice to vacate is posted on an Austin home in 2018.
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The Texas Supreme Court is letting its ban on eviction proceedings expire today, meaning that starting tomorrow there is no longer a state ban on a landlord’s ability to evict a tenant.

UT student Sean Saldana in his North Austin apartment
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Sean Saldaña decided earlier this year that at 23 he was too old to be sharing an apartment with his dad. So, the UT Austin senior began hunting for a new place to live.

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La ciudad de Austin y la autoridad local de vivienda pública recibieron 10,738 solicitudes para una parte de los $1.2 millones que la ciudad reservó para ayudar a las personas afectadas por la pandemia del COVID-19 para pagar su alquiler. Pero sólo unas 1,000 familias recibirán esa ayuda.

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With a legal objection now withdrawn, the Austin Police Department says it will go ahead with its plan to release dashboard and body camera recordings of an officer shooting that ended in the death of a 42-year-old black and Hispanic man.

Austin Police Department cars
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La policía de Austin no halló un arma en o cerca del auto de Michael Ramos, el hombre negro  hispano que murió después de recibir disparos de la policía el mes pasado, dijo el lunes el jefe de la policía, Brian Manley.

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The City of Austin and the local public housing authority received 10,738 applications for a slice of $1.2 million the city put aside to help people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic pay their rent. But only about 1,000 families will get help.

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