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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.

 

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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A record of 30 new COVID-19 hospital admissions was reported in the Austin area Sunday evening. The seven-day moving average of new admissions increased to 20.6. 

Black Lives Matter and other signs at a rally against police violence at Huston-Tillotson University on Sundy.
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The reality cable show "Live PD," which filmed the death of a black Pflugerville man in custody of Williamson County deputies, has been canceled, A&E Network announced Wednesday.

 

UT Austin's fall semester begins Aug. 26. People will be required to wear face coverings in campus buildings.
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UT Austin will require students, faculty, staff and visitors to wear face coverings in campus buildings this fall, interim President Jay Hartzell announced Monday.

Austin police officers block protesters from getting onto the highway during demonstrations against police violence Sunday.
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Austin police will not fire bags filled with lead pellets into crowds going forward, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said Thursday.

People sit outside Lazarus Brewing Co. on May 22.
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Businesses in Texas previously operating at 25% capacity, such as bars and gyms, can now operate at 50% capacity, and restaurants will be able to offer dine-in service at 75% capacity starting June 12.

A mobile coronavirus testing site off I-35 in North Austin.
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Salud Pública de Austin (APH, en inglés) dijo que lanzará sitios móviles de prueba de COVID-19 en el condado de Austin-Travis para alcanzar a las poblaciones desproporcionadamente afectadas por el virus. 

Protesters gather in downtown Austin on Sunday demanding justice for black people killed by police.
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El gobernador Greg Abbott dijo este martes que Texas no pedirá a los militares estadounidenses que entren en el estado para responder a las protestas.

"Sabemos que los tejanos pueden cuidar de los tejanos", dijo en una conferencia de prensa en Dallas. "Tenemos tremendas fuerzas policiales en Dallas, en Fort Worth, en los suburbios de los alrededores, en todo el estado".

A mobile coronavirus testing site off I-35 in North Austin.
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Austin Public Health says it’s going to launch mobile COVID-19 testing sites in Austin and Travis County to target populations that are disproportionately impacted by the virus. 

Protesters gather in downtown Austin on Sunday demanding justice for black people killed by police.
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Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday that Texas won’t be asking U.S. military to come into the state in response to protests.

“We know that Texans can take care of Texans,” he said at a news conference in Dallas. “We have tremendous police forces in Dallas, in Fort Worth, in the surrounding suburbs, across the entire state.”

People gathered at the Capitol on Sunday to protest police killings of unarmed black people.
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Chas Moore, executive director of the Austin Justice Coalition, says he doesn’t condone or criticize protesters’ actions in Austin over the weekend. 

Law enforcement use tear gas and smoke to get protesters off I-35.
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Protesters demanding justice for Mike Ramos, George Floyd and other black people killed by police moved onto I-35 for the second day in a row after marching through downtown Austin. 

Barton Creek Mall in Austin reopened May 1 after being forced to close due to the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Greg Abbott said mall food courts can reopen today.
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Water parks, recreational sports programs for adults, driver education programs and food-court dining areas in malls can reopen this month with certain occupancy restrictions and health protocols, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday.

Ashlene Etkie, a senior at the Texas School for the Deaf, throws her graduation cap up in the air.
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High school senior Rey Garza knows a lot about adapting to “new normals.” He was 9 when he lost vision in his right eye, and when he entered his freshman year, he started losing it in his left eye, too. 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks at the Texas State Republican Convention in 2018.
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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sent a letter to Austin Mayor Steve Adler and outgoing Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt on Tuesday saying some of the requirements in their local public health orders are unlawful and “likely to confuse residents.”

The state Capitol building in downtown Austin during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Salones de belleza, barberías, salones de uñas y de bronceado pueden reabrir a partir del viernes, anunció el gobernador Greg Abbott. Gimnasios, fabricantes no esenciales y negocios que trabajan en edificios de oficinas podrán reabrir el 18 de mayo, con ciertas restricciones.
 

Del Valle Community Coalition members Vanessa Fuentes, Susanna Woody and Tina Byram (left to right) distribute food at Del Valle High School on April 30. The coalition is aiding residents during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Patricia King, de 72 años, quiere ver una tienda de alimentos en su comunidad antes de morir.

King ha vivido en Del Valle, un área no incorporada en el sudeste del condado de Travis, desde la década de 1980. Aunque ha crecido a lo largo de los años, y el supermercado H-E-B compró un terreno allí en 2016, todavía no ha visto a una tienda de alimentos abrirse camino en esta zona.

The state Capitol building in downtown Austin during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons and tanning salons can reopen starting Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced. Gyms, nonessential manufacturers and businesses that work out of office buildings will be allowed to reopen May 18, with certain restrictions. 

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