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Morning Edition Producer/Host

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Dani Matias is a producer and host for KUT's Morning Edition. Before moving to Austin, she wrote breaking news posts for NPR and witnessed the Jonas Brothers’ Tiny Desk Concert in Washington, D.C.

In addition to interning at KUT, the Texas Standard, KERA and WAMU, Dani took part in NPR’s Next Generation Radio Project.

A Fort Worth native, she graduated from The University of Texas at Austin and is bilingual in Spanish. Dani’s two favorite things are her cat, Flacko, and her mother’s cooking.

Sosa is a 3-year-old German pointer/hound mix, who was fostered and later adopted from Austin Pets Alive!
Sophia Ding

The coronavirus pandemic has put a lot of people’s plans on hold, leaving extra room in otherwise-busy schedules. Austin resident Sophia Ding is spending her newfound free time volunteering for a cause she's passionate about: helping animals get adopted.  

A mural of Wonder Woman painted by Sandra Chevrier and Shepard Fairey.
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Two new murals were created in Austin this week as part of the Downtown Austin Alliance Foundation's "Writing on the Walls" series. The weeklong art event was dedicated to empowering women in the community. 

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Health officials are testing "one or more" individuals for COVID-19 in the Austin-Travis County area, Austin Public Health's interim health director said.  

UT Austin students attend a town hall meeting on faculty sexual misconduct, in January.
Julia Reihs / KUT

UT Austin is updating its sexual misconduct policies after months of campus protests.

Downtown Round Rock
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The Round Rock Independent School District's Board of Trustees approved boundary changes Thursday for six schools. The changes will affect students at Caraway, Elsa England, Herrington, Joe Lee Johnson and Teravista elementary schools and at C.D. Fulkes Middle School. 

A northbound view of the Capitol from Congress Avenue.
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Thousands of runners will gather for the Austin Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K races this Sunday, beginning at 7 a.m. The starting line is on Congress Avenue just north of the river. Drivers should plan to take alternate routes around parts of downtown due to road closures. 

Ellsworth Kelly's "Austin," a stone building with colored glass windows
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

An Austin-based foundation is giving UT Austin $10 million to bring new pieces of art to outdoor spaces on campus. 

The money from the Still Water Foundation will be split between the Blanton Museum of Art and the university’s College of Fine Arts program, Landmarks.

The shadow of a Martin Luther King Jr. statue posted on the University of Texas campus.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT News / UT

Communities across Central Texas will celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. starting this weekend. Here’s a list of local events honoring the civil rights icon.