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A man in protective gear takes down information from a driver at a drive-thru coronavirus testing site.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

We'll be updating this story throughout the day Wednesday with the latest local news on the coronavirus. If you'd like to go through a roundup of Tuesday’s news on COVID-19, read it here. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

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From Texas Standard:

The future of the school year in Texas is uncertain, but what kids and parents are experiencing now isn't just one long spring break. For some little ones who are used to play dates and fun, uncertainty about the future, changes in routine and missing their friends can all take a toll. So how do you talk to your kids about coronavirus without alarming them?

A lone person carries toilet paper and a bag of items.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

We'll be updating this story throughout the day Tuesday with the latest local news on the coronavirus. If you'd like to go through a roundup of Monday’s news on COVID-19, read it here. If you have a news tip or question, email it to us at news@KUT.org

Dawson Elementary School closes on Friday, March 13 following the first confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Austin.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

We'll be updating this story throughout the day Monday with the latest local news on the coronavirus. If you'd like to go through a roundup of Sunday's news on COVID-19, read it here. If you have a news tip or question, email it to us at news@KUT.org. 

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

We'll share live updates on how the coronavirus is affecting Austin and Central Texas throughout the weekend. Have a news tip? Email us at news@kut.org.

A sign on Guadalupe tells drivers to stay home if they are feeling sick.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

We'll share live updates on how the coronavirus is affecting Austin and Central Texas throughout the day. Have a news tip? Email us at news@kut.org.

City and health officials gather at City Hall on March 6 to announce South by Southwest's closure.
Julia Reihs / KUT

The city is sharing additional details on the first confirmed coronavirus cases in Central Texas, Friday morning. 

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

KUT hosted a special hour of Morning Edition to answer your questions about the coronavirus. For the past week, we've been taking listener and reader questions and have assembled a panel of experts to answer some of those questions.

Julia Reihs / KUT

We'll share live updates on how the coronavirus is affecting Austin and Central Texas throughout the day. Have a news tip? Email us at news@kut.org.

Julia Reihs / KUT

This is an archived post for March 10, 2020. Find live updates for March 11 here. Have a news tip? Email us at news@kut.org.

The current downtown Red Line metro station for Capital Metro in downtown Austin.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

From new rail line discussions to a public hearing on gun control, here's what's going on in Austin this week. 

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South by Southwest brings in a huge amount of money for local businesses and the community, and the festival could be just the first of several big events called off amid fears of the coronavirus.

Small businesses, gig workers and others who depend on these events for income will struggle, and the ripple effects could be felt for a long time.

Gov. Greg Abbott speaking to officials at the State Operations Center on Feb. 27, 2020.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Six labs in Texas, including a state lab in Austin, can now test for the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday.

Ilana Panich-Linsman for KUT

A number of seats in Hays County are up for election this year, including district judges, county commissioners and county sheriff. 

Downtown Round Rock
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

A number of seats in Williamson County are up for election this year, including district judges, county commissioners and county sheriff.

The Texas State Capitol
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Several seats in the Texas Legislature are up for election this year.

Texas Senate Districts 21 and 24— which include parts of Central Texas — are up for election, though the incumbent in each district is running unopposed in the primary.

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The Texas State Capitol dome reflects on the Texas Supreme Court building.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

These are the statewide races we're watching as primary election results roll in Tuesday.

Texas Supreme Court | Railroad Commission | State Board of Education | Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

MJ Hegar speaks to supporters at the Riveter during an election watch party Tuesday. Unofficial results showed her leading the Democratic primary.
Michael Minasi / KUT

The U.S. Senate race in Texas is being closely watched after Democrat Beto O’Rourke’s near victory over Ted Cruz in 2018. The close race led many to believe the state, which hasn’t had a Democratic U.S. senator since 1993, could actually elect one.

Voters gather outside of a Travis County Tax Office before sunrise to vote on the first day of early voting for the 2018 midterm election.
Julia Reihs / KUT

There are a lot of opportunities for civic engagement this week. Early voting begins Tuesday, and you can tune in that night on air and online to a debate between candidates for U.S. Senate. We’re also hosting a Civic Farmer's Market on Thursday, where people can meet local candidates running in the March primaries.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Texans will go to the polls today to vote in the state's primary elections. With 95% of eligible voters registered to vote in Travis County — a record number — it’s likely more people will be heading to the polls this year than in the last election.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

If you live in Travis County, here are all the races that might appear on your ballot for either the Democratic or Republican primary. Put your address into the tool below to find out which Congressional, state legislative and State Board of Education districts you're in, then scroll down to find the candidates in those races.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

If you live in Williamson County, here are all the races that might appear on your ballot for either the Democratic or Republican primary. Put your address into the tool below to find out which congressional, state legislative and state Board of Education districts you're in, then scroll down to find the candidates in those races.

If you don't find your districts listed below, that means they're not up for election in 2020. 

U.S. Senate 

Martin Do Nascimento / KUT

If you live in Bastrop County, here are all the races that might appear on your ballot for either the Democratic or Republican primary. Put your address into the tool below to find out which Congressional, state legislative and State Board of Education districts you're in, then scroll down to find the candidates in those races.

If you don't find your districts listed below, that means they're not up for election in 2020. 

U.S. Senate

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

If you live in Burnet County, here are all the races that might appear on your ballot for either the Democratic or Republican primary. Put your address into the tool below to find out which Congressional, state legislative and State Board of Education districts you're in, then scroll down to find the candidates in those races.

If you don't find your districts listed below, that means they're not up for election in 2020. 

U.S. Senate

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

If you live in Lee County, here are all the races that might appear on your ballot for either the Democratic or Republican primary. Put your address into the tool below to find out which Congressional, state legislative and State Board of Education districts you're in, then scroll down to find the candidates in those races.

If you don't find your districts listed below, that means they're not up for election in 2020. 

U.S. Senate

Ilana Panich Linsman for KUT

If you live in Caldwell County, here are all the races that might appear on your ballot for either the Democratic or Republican primary. Put your address into the tool below to find out which Congressional, state legislative and State Board of Education districts you're in, then scroll down to find the candidates in those races.

If you don't find your districts listed below, that means they're not up for election in 2020. 

U.S. Senate

Salvador Castro for KUT

If you live in Hays County, here are all the races that might appear on your ballot for either the Democratic or Republican primary. Put your address into the tool below to find out which Congressional, state legislative and State Board of Education districts you're in, then scroll down to find the candidates in those races.

If you don't find your districts listed below, that means they're not up for election in 2020. Incumbents are marked with an asterisk. 

Austin City Council held a public hearing on the land development code revision at City Hall on Dec. 7.
Julia Reihs / KUT

From the land development code to bail reform, here’s a look at what our KUT reporters are keeping their eyes on this week. We also have a couple events in the works, including the first Views and Brews of 2020.

Rainey Street is being closed to vehicle traffic Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights during a pilot program.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

The City of Austin has been closing Rainey Street to vehicle traffic on weekend nights for the last two months as part of a pilot program to gauge the impact closures would have on safety and mobility.

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