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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.

RELATED | Political Reporting Needs Work. Help Us Set The Agenda For Our Reporting On the 2020 Election.

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.

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 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.

KUT

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.

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