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Jerry Quijano is a producer and host. A native south Texan, he joined the KUT staff after graduating from Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Jerry was part of NPR’s Next Generation initiative at KUT in 2017. When he’s not in the studio, Jerry enjoys collecting vinyl records.

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KUT Weekend brings you some of our favorite stories from the KUT newsroom. Updated Fridays.

Independence Brewings sells beers to-go during the coronavirus pandemic.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

The stay-at-home order that’s kept Austinites spending most of their time at home for the last couple weeks has also increased demand on the “essential” businesses left to supply them with goods. That includes grocery stores and restaurants, but also breweries.

Tower Girl is perched next to her nest, which holds three eggs.
UT Falcon Cam screengrab

Tower Girl, the peregrine falcon who’s made the UT tower home for a few years, has laid three eggs in her nest as of Sunday.

KUT Weekend brings you some of our favorite stories from the KUT newsroom. Updated Fridays.

A Cap Metro rider removes a bicycle from the front of the bus.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Some Capital Metro bus drivers wore black makeup or a black sticker under their eyes Wednesday in a symbolic "Black Eye" protest of drawn-out labor negotiations between their union and a Cap Metro contractor.

Martin do Nascimento / KUT

Low-level drug possession arrests are ineffective and harmful to people who need community-based help, rather than jail time, a new report concludes.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

The City of Austin is preparing for the first census to be conducted, at least partially, online. The every-10-year-count is used to allocate federal funds to states and determines how many seats a state gets in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The electronic book drop at the Austin Central Library.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

The Austin Library Commission is looking into eliminating overdue fees for all materials in the city’s public library system.

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / KUT

Residents with unwanted firearms and ammunition can turn them over to the Austin Police Department on Tuesday during the first of a series of no-questions-asked gun surrender programs.

“First and foremost, marijuana was not decriminalized,” Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference Friday, a day after the City Council voted not to spend money on testing suspected marijuana except in high-priority felonies.

Julia Reihs / KUT

The Austin City Council wants to get the word out that it’s illegal to dump scooters in bodies of water around town. In a resolution passed Thursday, members also directed staff to look into conducting a study on the effects of scooters polluting the city’s waterways.

Jeremiah the Innocent and Friends in Zilker Park at the Austin Central Library.
Julia Reihs / KUT

Today is Hi, How Are You Day in Austin. The day was inspired by the late artist and musician Daniel Johnston to raise awareness of mental health issues. Johnston painted the iconic "Hi, How Are You" mural on 21st Street and Guadalupe. Today would have been his 59th birthday.

KUT Weekend brings you some of our favorite stories from the KUT newsroom. Updated Fridays.

Christmas lights and a disco ball display on 37th Street.
Michael Minasi / KUT

The Christmas light displays on a small strip of 37th Street just off Guadalupe are anything but normal. If you’re heading out this year, you’ll likely find a volcano exploding with electric light in one front yard. You’ll also run into Baby Yoda, a pole-dancing Santa and at least a few aliens.

Dockless electric scooters on Rainey Street
Emree Weaver for KUT

The Austin Transportation Department is recommending a 15-cent per-trip fee for every ride on a shared dockless scooter, bicycle or moped to help pay for staff to regulate and monitor them.

A sign noting that public consumption of alcohol is forbidden.
Austin Price for KUT

Austin City Council wants the city manager to dig into the rules that determine where people can and cannot walk down the street with an open container of beer.

A homeless encampment near the ARCH shelter in downtown Austin.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

ECHO, the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition, says the addition of 200-300 short-term motel units would substantially impact the community of Austinites living without shelter. In a memo sent Tuesday to the mayor and City Council, city staff said they agree.

Gary Clark Jr. performs at ACL Fest last month.
Julia Reihs / KUTX

Gary Clark Jr. is at the forefront of a group of Texas artists nominated for the 2020 Grammy Awards. Clark Jr. released his latest album, This Land, in February and earned four nominations, including three for the album's titular track.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

The cost of parking in a metered, on-street space in Austin is going up. Beginning Monday, Oct. 14, the standard meter rate around Austin will be $2 per hour.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Williamson County voters will decide next month whether to invest $447 million into one of Texas’ fastest growing counties.

Whataburger
Carlo Nasisse for KUT

Whataburger announced today that it is selling a majority interest in the company to BDT Capital Partners, LLC, a Chicago-based bank.

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Nine bills concerning marijuana and hemp are set for public hearing in the Texas House on Monday.