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Marisa Charpentier joined KUT as a digital producer in January 2020. After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin with degrees in journalism and Plan II Honors in 2018, she worked as a reporter for Community Impact Newspaper, covering the Central Texas communities of Cedar Park and Leander.

 

She is originally from St. Louis but grew up in Flower Mound, Texas.

 

Austin Public Health says it will need an ever-increasing supply of masks and gloves at its COVID-19 testing site in North Austin.
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Salud Pública de Austin (APH, en inglés) administrará unas 800 vacunas gratis contra la gripe en dos eventos en las próximas semanas.

Travis County residents wear masks while waiting in line to vote on Oct. 13.
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El médico principal de Austin dijo este miércoles que hay un 96% de probabilidades de que la epidemia del COVID-19 aumente en la zona, frente a un 90% del día anterior.

Travis County residents wear masks while waiting in line to vote on Oct. 13.
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Austin’s top doctor said Wednesday there’s a 96% chance the COVID-19 epidemic is growing in the area, up from about 90% the day before.

Austin Public Health operates a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site off I-35 in North Austin.
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Austin Public Health will be administering about 800 free flu shots at two events in the coming weeks.

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La votación anticipada comienza oficialmente en Texas el martes 13 y dura hasta el 30 de octubre. Además de la elección presidencial, los votantes del Condado de Travis tienen la oportunidad de participar en varias elecciones locales y estatales. Los de Austin también tienen que decidir algunas medidas de transporte.

Pedestrians cross the street near bars on East Sixth Street in May.
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Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe said he’s not going to allow bars to reopen at 50% capacity Wednesday, citing a memo from the county's top doctor saying COVID-19 "continues to be a threat."

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Early voting officially begins in Texas on Tuesday and runs through Oct. 30. In addition to the presidential election, Travis County voters have the chance to weigh in on a number of local and state races. Those in Austin have some transportation measures to decide as well.

A crowd of people at the Blind Pig on Sixth Street in May.
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Texas bars can reopen at 50% capacity starting next Wednesday if the county judge where they are located approves, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday.

People wear face masks on the UT Austin campus in October.
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Austin Public Health officials are encouraging residents to understand that if the president and first lady of the United States can contract COVID-19, anyone can.

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing takes place at the CommUnityCare in Hancock Center in March.
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Los comisionados del Condado de Travis aprobaron este martes que el próximo presupuesto de Central Health incluya un aumento de $20 millones para financiar los servicios de atención médica para los residentes de bajos ingresos.

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing takes place at the CommUnityCare in Hancock Center in March.
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Travis County commissioners voted Tuesday to approve Central Health’s next budget, which includes a $20 million increase in funding for health care services for low-income residents.   

Signs for SXSW 2020 in downtown Austin. The festival was canceled in March because of COVID-19 concerns.
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South by Southwest will host an online event next year, but plans for a physical one are still in the works, the organization announced Tuesday.

Customers line up to enter Jeni's Ice Creams on South Congress.
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Las tiendas minoristas, restaurantes, gimnasios, edificios de oficinas, museos y bibliotecas en las regiones donde las hospitalizaciones por COVID-19 están bajo control pueden abrir al 75% de su capacidad a partir del lunes. Así lo anunció el gobernador Greg Abbott en una conferencia de prensa este jueves. Los hospitales en estas áreas pueden reanudar las cirugías electivas inmediatamente, dijo.

Customers line up to enter Jeni's Ice Creams on South Congress.
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Retail stores, restaurants, gyms, office buildings, museums and libraries in regions where COVID-19 hospitalizations are under control can open at 75% capacity starting Monday, Gov. Greg Abbott said at a news conference Thursday. Hospitals in these areas can resume elective surgeries immediately, he said.

Teams put red crosses on gear to indicate they are volunteer medics at a demonstration against police brutality and systemic racism, in Austin on May 31.
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A woman filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Wednesday against the City of Austin and an unidentified Austin police officer, claiming the officer used excessive force as she was helping an injured person during a Black Lives Matter protest on May 31.

A temporary CommUnityCare Health Center in a modular home in Hornsby Bend in Eastern Travis County.
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Central Health announced it was buying land for a new health and wellness center in Southeast Travis County at the end of August, marking another step in the health care district’s efforts to improve access to care in the underserved area.

Boats with flags showing support for President Trump are docked in the marina at Emerald Point on Lake Travis on Saturday.
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Five boats sank during a parade on Lake Travis in support of President Trump on Saturday, according to the Travis County Sheriff's Office. Austin-Travis County EMS tweeted that "no injuries or medical emergencies" occurred as a result.

Nearly 2,000 books line the shelves of a makeshift library in East Travis County.
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Cuando no ha estado conectada a Internet para enseñar a leer y escribir a su clase de tercer grado, Jennifer Martin ha estado trabajando como bibliotecaria local, ofreciendo unos 2,000 libros a los niños y adolescentes del vecindario, todos en el garage de su casa en el este del condado de Travis.

Nearly 2,000 books line the shelves of a makeshift library in East Travis County.
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When she’s not logging online to teach her class of third-graders reading and writing, Jennifer Martin has been doubling as a local librarian, offering some 2,000 books to neighborhood kids and teens — all from the garage of her East Travis County home.

Part of the Austin Convention Center is being used to shelter Hurricane Laura evacuees.
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Algunos evacuados por el huracán Laura que llegaron a la zona de Austin pueden volver a casa, dijeron funcionarios del centro de Texas justo después de las 4 p.m. de este jueves.

Muchos de los evacuados en el área vinieron de Galveston, que ya no está bajo orden de evacuación obligatoria. Los mandatos de evacuación también se han levantado en otros condados cerca de la costa del Golfo incluyendo Hardin, Chambers y Jasper.

Part of the Austin Convention Center is being used to shelter Hurricane Laura evacuees.
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Some Hurricane Laura evacuees who came to the Austin area can return home, Central Texas officials said just after 4 p.m. Thursday.

Officials say 135 shelter spaces will be set up at the Austin Convention Center for Hurricane Laura evacuees.
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La ciudad de Austin está trabajando para abrir una parte del centro de convenciones que sirva de refugio para los evacuados del huracán Laura.

Officials say 135 shelter spaces will be set up at the Austin Convention Center for Hurricane Laura evacuees.
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The City of Austin is working to open a portion of the convention center to serve as a shelter for Hurricane Laura evacuees.

Bartenders Miles Mayfield and Glen Kurth at Dive Bar & Lounge in May.
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La Comisión de Bebidas Alcohólicas de Texas (TABC, en inglés) aprobó este martes reglas para facilitar la reapertura de los bares durante la pandemia del COVID-19.

Bartenders Miles Mayfield and Glen Kurth at Dive Bar & Lounge in May.
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The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission passed rules Tuesday aimed at making it easier for bars to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

At least two people in Travis County likely have been infected by West Nile Virus this summer.
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Austin ha encontrado 14 charcos de mosquitos portadores del virus del Nilo Occidental en el condado de Travis y dos probables casos de la enfermedad entre los residentes este verano, dijo este martes el Departamento de Salud Pública de la ciudad.

La enfermedad más común transmitida por mosquitos en EEUU, el virus del Nilo Occidental, se propaga a través de la picadura de un mosquito infectado.

At least two people in Travis County likely have been infected by West Nile Virus this summer.
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Austin has found 14 pools of mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus in Travis County and two probable cases of the disease among residents this summer, the city’s public health department said Tuesday.

Sunday's incident took place in Cedar Park's Heritage Park subdivision.
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The Cedar Park Police Department has identified the man who allegedly shot three officers and held family members hostage overnight as 26-year-old Joseph DeSean Taylor.

NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley, left, and Robert Behnken returned to Earth on Sunday after blasting off to the International Space Station in the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft in May.
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After spending two months at the International Space Station, astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley returned to Earth on Sunday afternoon.

UT Austin is offering in-person and hybrid classes this fall and welcoming students back to dorms.
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La Universidad de Austin le ha pedido a sus estudiantes que se pongan en cuarentena durante 14 días antes de llegar al campus este otoño.

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