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Digital Producer

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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.

 

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.

UT Austin is offering in-person and hybrid classes this fall and welcoming students back to dorms.
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UT Austin is asking students to self-quarantine for 14 days before they arrive on campus this fall.

The request is the latest effort in the university’s attempts to prevent COVID-19 infections in the UT community. Since March, 456 people on campus – including students, faculty and staff – have tested positive for the coronavirus. UT topped a New York Times survey published Wednesday of American universities with the most reported cases of COVID-19.

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Las dos personas que abrieron fuego durante un incidente que llevó a la muerte de un hombre en una protesta de Black Lives Matter en el centro de Austin el sábado por la noche fueron liberadas después de ser interrogadas. Ambos tiradores se presentaron voluntariamente ante las autoridades, según el jefe de la Policía de Austin, Brian Manley. 

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Both people who opened fire during an incident that led to the death of a man at a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Austin on Saturday night have been released after questioning. The shooters reported themselves to police, according to Austin Police Chief Brian Manley. 

Algae in the water at Red Bud Isle on Aug. 9, 2019.
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Toxins from blue-green algae that led to the death of several dogs last year have been detected in two spots on Lady Bird Lake — Red Bud Isle and Festival Beach.

Austin Public Health says a pool of mosquitoes in Central Austin has tested postive for West Nile Virus.
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A pool of mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus has been detected in Central Austin, health officials announced Thursday. 

People line up for drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Austin.
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Austin surpassed a crucial threshold for COVID-19 hospitalizations Tuesday, which could signal possible restrictions on businesses and nonessential travel.

Cars line up at CommUnityCare's drive-thru testing site in Hancock Center on Thursday morning.
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Eran poco más de las 8 a.m. del lunes cuando la residente de Austin, Emma VanDelinder, llegó a un sitio de pruebas de COVID-19 de CommUnityCare. Pero cuando llegó, vio un cartel escrito a mano y se dio cuenta de que no tenía suerte. Las pruebas ya se habían terminado.

People wear face coverings on South Congress Avenue on Wednesday
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Las personas en los condados de Texas con más de 20 casos de COVID-19 tendrán que llevar sus rostros cubiertos cuando estén en público a partir del viernes, y quienes no lo hagan podrían ser multados.

People wear face coverings on South Congress Avenue on Wednesday
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People in Texas counties with more than 20 COVID-19 cases will be required to wear face coverings when in public starting Friday — and those who don’t could be fined.

Cars line up at CommUnityCare's drive-thru testing site in Hancock Center on Thursday morning.
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It was a little after 8 a.m. on Monday when Austin resident Emma VanDelinder arrived at a CommUnityCare COVID-19 testing site. But when she drove up, she saw a handwritten sign and realized she was out of luck. Testing was over.

All city parks, including Zilker Park (pictured), will be closed over the Fourth of July weekend.
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La Ciudad de Austin ha decretado el cierre de todos los parques y centros recreacionales durante el fin de semana del Cuatro de Julio para tratar de prevenir el contagio de COVID-19. 

All city parks, including Zilker Park (pictured), will be closed over the Fourth of July weekend.
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The City of Austin is closing all parks and recreational facilities over the Fourth of July weekend to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

A crowd sits on the lawn during Rock the Park by Mueller Lake.
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Outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people are prohibited in Travis County starting Friday through July 10. 

County Judge Sam Biscoe issued an order Thursday that states violating the new restriction could result in a fine of up to $1,000.

People wear masks while waiting in line to enter a business on South Congress.
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Los negocios en Austin deben exigir a sus empleados, clientes y visitantes que se cubran el rostro a partir de este martes, de lo contrario podrían enfrentarse a una multa de hasta $1,000.

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A medida que las hospitalizaciones y los casos de coronavirus continúan aumentando en Texas, el gobernador Greg Abbott sigue instando a las personas a usar mascarillas y a seguir otros protocolos de salud para frenar la propagación de la enfermedad. 

"El COVID-19 se está propagando ahora a un ritmo inaceptable en Texas, y debe ser acorralado", dijo durante una conferencia de prensa este lunes.

Graffiti references the police killings of George Floyd and Mike Ramos on the side of Austin Police Department headquarters.
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La publicación de las imágenes de la cámara corporal que grabó el asesinato de Mike Ramos a manos de un policía ha sido retrasada, informó la ciudad el domingo. El Departamento de Policía de Austin (APD, en inglés) había planeado publicar el video el lunes, pero no siguió el procedimiento adecuado, según el gerente de la ciudad Spencer Cronk.

People wear masks while waiting in line to enter a business on South Congress.
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Businesses in Austin must require their employees, customers and visitors to wear face coverings starting Tuesday, otherwise they could face a fine of up to $1,000.

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As coronavirus hospitalizations and cases continue to rise in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott is urging people to wear masks and follow other health protocols to slow the spread of the disease. 

“COVID-19 is now spreading at an unacceptable rate in Texas, and it must be corralled,” he said during a news conference Monday.

Graffiti references the police killings of George Floyd and Mike Ramos on the side of Austin Police Department headquarters.
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The release of body camera footage in the police killing of Mike Ramos is being delayed, the city said Sunday. The Austin Police Department had planned to release the video Monday, but failed to follow proper procedure, according to City Manager Spencer Cronk.

UT Austin grad Kevin Robles is a DACA recipient
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Cuando Kevin Robles, recién graduado de la Universidad de Austin, se despertó el jueves por la mañana y revisó su teléfono, vio la notificación de noticias de última hora y sintió que algunos de los temores que ha tenido durante los últimos años se disiparon. 

A face mask hangs from the rearview mirror of a parked car during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Los condados de Hays y Travis están siguiendo los pasos de otros gobiernos locales de Texas y ordenando a las empresas crear políticas de seguridad que requieran que los empleados y los clientes usen protectores faciales o cubrebocas. 

A face mask hangs from the rearview mirror of a parked car during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Travis and Hays counties are following the footsteps of other local governments in Texas and directing businesses to develop safety policies that require employees and customers wear masks. 

UT Austin grad Kevin Robles is a DACA recipient
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When recent UT Austin graduate Kevin Robles woke up Thursday morning, he checked his phone, saw the breaking news notification and felt some of the fears he’s been holding the last few years dissipate. 

A sign at an Austin restaurant on East Sixth Street tells customers to wear masks.
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While the governor has said Texans can’t face penalties for not wearing face coverings, cities and counties can apparently mandate that businesses require their customers to wear masks. 

Austin Mayor Steve Adler issued an order Wednesday that requires businesses to start doing so by next week.

A mobile coronavirus testing site off I-35.
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Las personas sin acceso a Internet ahora pueden llamar a una línea directa para registrarse para realizarse una prueba gratuita de COVID-19. Los que no tienen transporte podrán pronto ser examinados en su casa.

A mobile coronavirus testing site off I-35.
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People without internet access can now call a hotline to sign up for a free COVID-19 test. Those without transportation can soon get tested at home.

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El condado de Austin-Travis está renovando sus órdenes de quedarse en casa, ya que el área experimenta una tendencia al alza en los casos de COVID-19 y las hospitalizaciones.

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Austin and Travis County are renewing their stay-at-home orders as the area sees an upward trend in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

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