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The second round of Democratic presidential primary debates are coming up. But instead of watching the next one home alone, why not make it a party?

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The percentage of public high schools helping their students register to vote is up slightly, according to a new report by the Texas Civil Rights Project. 

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This may be a difficult summer for Texas marine life. Experts predict a near-record dead zone, which is caused by heavy rainfall and agricultural activity along the Mississippi River that trickles down to Texas’ upper Gulf Coast.

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Spectators lined the streets in East Austin on Saturday for the annual Juneteenth parade, which celebrates the end of slavery in Texas.

Properties along Lake Austin are exempt from city taxes.
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Housing affordability is one of Austin's biggest challenges during this period of economic growth. Even after someone buys a home or rents property, as the value of that property goes up, so does the annual tax bill. But some of the most desirable homes in Austin – a few hundred right on Lake Austin – are not subject to any city property taxes.

That might be about to change.

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The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Travis, Bastrop, Hays, Williamson and Lee counties until 10 p.m.

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H-E-B says it will close its South Austin store on Oltorf Street and Congress Avenue next year, and build a brand new one on the same site. The store will close sometime later next year, the grocer says.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced this morning that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will make a statement today on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. A livestream of Mueller's announcement, courtesy of PBS Newshour, will begin at 10 a.m. CST.

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Several streets in downtown Austin are closed today for the annual Capital of Texas Triathlon. The Memorial Day event has shut down traffic on North Congress from the Capitol to Lady Bird Lake, and along Cesar Chavez between Congress and MoPac.

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Do you love your local library? Well, the Austin Library Foundation and KUT are looking for personal stories of how local libraries impact Austinites and their families – and we'd like to hear your story.

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President Trump is unveiling an immigration plan that would vastly change who's allowed into the United States. The administration's proposal focuses on reducing family-based immigration to the U.S. in favor of employment skill-based immigration.

Watch his remarks from the White House Rose Garden live.

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The strong storms moving through Central Texas have knocked our FM transmitter off the air. Our engineers are working to get us broadcasting again as soon as possible.

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Heavy rain is moving through the Austin area — some areas could see up to 3 inches or more this evening.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Travis and southwestern Williamson County through 10:45 p.m. The rainfall is likely to cause flooding in low-lying areas.

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Residents in some cities and towns in Central Texas will be voting on city council members, bond propositions and school board races today. 

Here's a roundup of items on the ballots.

Rep. Lloyd Doggett speaks with the organizers of Austin's March For Our Lives at a town hall at Travis High School on April 8, 2018.
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Attorney General William Barr on Thursday released a redacted report of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The National Weather Service placed Austin in the "enhanced risk" area for tonight's storms.
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Storms are moving out of the area Thursday morning, after power was knocked out for more than a thousand homes in Austin. Austin Energy says the power is back on for almost all of its customers.

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Two Austin politicians endorsed a Democratic presidential candidate over the weekend – but it wasn't either of the candidates from Texas.

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Longtime Austin publisher and civil rights activist Akwasi Evans has died. He was 71.

"Akwasi had a wonderful spirit. He was a fighter," said Travis County Commissioner Jeff Travillion, adding that Evans had been dealing with health issues. "He worked really hard to make sure that the East Austin African American community was represented and that it had a significant role in the development of Austin. He was one-of-a-kind and will be sorely missed."

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"The first thing we need to do is remember and give a prayer" for the victims of the serial bombings last year, Austin Mayor Steve Adler told community leaders and others gathered at City Hall on Thursday for a memorial service on the anniversary of the bombings.

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Former UT Austin President William Powers Jr. died Sunday from complications after a fall in September. According to a press release from the university, Powers had oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy, a rare adult-onset muscle disorder. He was 72.

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Army Spc. Hugh Gary Bryan was buried Wednesday with full military honors at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.

Michael Cohen swears to tell the truth before the House Oversight Committee Wednesday morning.
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Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, is testifying on Capitol Hill today. 

Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison, to begin in May, after pleading guilty to charges related to payments he made to two women who allege they had sexual encounters with Trump.

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From Texas Standard:

A year ago Thursday, a shooter killed 17 students and staff members at a high school in Parkland, Fla. Three months later, it happened again: A gunman killed eight students and two teachers at Santa Fe High School, south of Houston.

In Texas, there's been skepticism over the years about the intentions of those who call for gun control. But one year after Parkland, and almost nine months after Santa Fe, there are small signs of a shift.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will detail his legislative priorities for this session this morning in his State of the State speech.

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Monkeys losing parts of their tails to frostbite. Alligators living for months with no sunlight. Lions and tigers lying in their own waste for weeks.

These are just a few of the allegations of animal mistreatment Austin American-Statesman reporter Elizabeth Findell detailed in a piece last week about the Austin Zoo.

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A crowd gathered on the UT Austin campus Monday to honor the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Among the speakers – many of them leaders, elected and otherwise – was fourth-grader Bradon Owens, who won the 14th annual MLK Oratory Competition.

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