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A crowd marches through Austin streets on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Marchers walked through Austin on Monday to honor the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The civil rights leader fought against racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. He was assassinated in 1968.

Pedestrians cross the street in downtown Austin.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Texas had the biggest increase in population of any state in the country in the last year, according to estimates released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The end of the year is here. With that in mind, we're taking a look back at some of our favorite photos from KUT's multimedia team.

Marsdan Harp was abducted from a southwest Travis County home Thursday afternoon. Anyone with information on his location should call 911.
via Travis County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE: The Travis County Sheriff's Office says 4-year-old Marsdan Harp has been found safe and returned to his father.

ORIGINAL STORY: A regional Amber Alert has been issued for 4-year-old Marsdan Ellis Harp, who was abducted from a southwest Travis County home by his mother, the sheriff's office said.

Join us for a holiday-themed trivia night at the Cactus Cafe on Tuesday, Dec. 10. 

Host Jimmy Maas will put your skills to the test with categories that may include “current events,” “history,” “office parties,” “uncomfortable dinners” and “questions KUTX staffers might know.”

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Trivia starts at 7 p.m. Tickets at cactuscafe.org.

A feral hog
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Feral hogs attacked and killed a woman outside a Texas home about 40 miles east of Houston, authorities said Monday.

A crowd holds signs protesting the proposed closure of AISD schools
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

The Austin Independent School District's Board of Trustees approved a plan to close Pease, Metz, Sims and Brooke elementary schools as part of the first phase of the district's "school changes" process.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Texans voted on 10 constitutional amendments this Election Day. The propositions ranged from prohibiting an income tax from ever being collected in the state to allowing law enforcement animals to stay with their handlers when they retire.

A vote sign outside the George Washington Carver Branch Library on Tuesday.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Texans are voting  on 10 amendments to the state constitution. Closer to home, Austinites are deciding the fate of two city propositions.

Here’s what you need to know before you head to the polls.

You can go to VoteTravis.com to check if you are indeed registered properly in Travis County. Check out this site to verify your registration anywhere in the state.

A woman fans a friend during the ACL festival in Zilker Park in 2018.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Weekend one of the Austin City Limits Music Festival starts Friday, and while it might not be the only game in town, "it's just mostly the only game in town," says KUTX's Matt Reilly.

Reilly talks with All Things Considered host Nathan Bernier about acts that might have flown under folks' radar.

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Car2go is pulling out of Austin.

The business, owned by the German luxury-car maker Daimler, allows people to rent cars by the minute. In a message posted on the car2go website Friday, the company said it "underestimated the investment and resources that are truly necessary to make our service successful in these complex transportation markets amid a quickly-changing mobility landscape."

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We're discontinuing the alerts you may have been getting through Facebook Messenger. You can keep getting the same alerts through the KUT News app — with a lot more features.

Parkside students Levi King, Savvy Horne-Lalande and Gabriel Guerrero hold signs demanding action on climate change.
Julia Reihs / KUT

Austin students rallied at the state Capitol today to raise awareness of the climate crisis as part of an international youth climate strike. Organizers said they expect millions of people to take part in rallies around the world, ahead of the United Nations Climate Action Summit in December.

Bertha Sadler Means Young Women's Leadership Academy is among the 12 schools AISD has proposed closing.
Julia Reihs / KUT

KUT hosted a live, one-hour conversation during Morning Edition about the Austin Independent School District's plan to consolidate schools. You can watch the conversation on Facebook or on this page below.

Tonight's Democratic presidential debate has been narrowed to one night only, as more candidates have called it quits altogether and others didn't meet the qualifications.

Ten candidates are on stage for three-hour event in Hosuton hosted by ABC News and Univision, beginning at 7 p.m. CT.

It's the third debate of the campaign and the first time that former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are all together.

Follow NPR Politics reporters for live analysis and fact checks.

Join KUT and Good Politics at Austin Motel on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the courtyard and poolside as we share Lone Stars and hear local leaders unpack what is actually going on in Texas politics — from new laws passed at the state Capitol this year to the possibility of Texas being a swing state in 2020.

But what does all of that actually mean for us?

Join in for a wide-ranging conversation with KUT’s Ashley Lopez, along with elected officials and others to talk about:

NPR Music

An Austin musician known for his intimate, homemade recordings died this morning at his home outside Houston, according to a statement from his family. Daniel Johnston was 58.

Stella M Chávez / KERA News

From Texas Standard:

Over the past two years, four mass shootings in Texas have resulted in 65 deaths. Now, some lawmakers are proposing changes to existing gun-related laws, and even new ones, to try to curb the violence.

Angela Hsieh / NPR

The third round of the Democratic presidential primary debates are down to only one night and just 10 candidates. But there’s still plenty to learn about each one’s platform and policy arguments.

Julia Reihs / KUT

A state appeals court ruled Austin's ballot language for a referendum on redeveloping the convention center is misleading.

Rooftop air conditioning units
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Update at 5:11 p.m.: ERCOT says operations have returned to normal, but it is still encouraging conservation. 

Our original post follows: 

For the second time in a week, Texas' electric grid-operator has asked folks to conserve energy as it faces record demand during the current heatwave.

Luis Perales for KUT

Drivers on the MoPac express lanes may get where they’re going a little faster with new speed limits. The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority board voted yesterday to raise the top speed from 65 to 70 mph on its express lanes. The board also raised minimum speed limits on the variable toll lanes to 55 mph.

An illlustration of two people facing each other with microphones
Angela Hsieh / NPR

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?

Salvador Castro for KUT

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. 

NASA Earth Observatory/Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

From Texas Standard:

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.

Riders on the Miss Juneteenth float wave
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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.

National Weather Service

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

H-E-B

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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