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Matt Largey is the Projects Editor at KUT. He previously worked at WBUR in Boston. His work has appeared on many national radio shows. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including a national Edward R. Murrow award in 2013. He’s originally from Maine, but has lived in Austin since 2006. While it might sound hard to believe, he thinks Maine and Texas are remarkably similar.

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A U.S. Postal Service worker delivers mail in Austin in March.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Texas is among the states the U.S. Postal Service has warned about potential problems with delivering mail-in ballots this fall.

A pregnant woman in a navy blue dress stands in front of a picket fence, with one hand on her belly.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

There's something about working hard alongside someone else that brings us closer together. That's what Danielle Patterson discovered when she spent a day sweating in the sun with an unexpected partner. 

Earlier this year, we put out a call for your stories about overcoming differences — true stories about finding common ground.

A voter enters a polling place at the North Austin YMCA on March 3, 2020.
Julia Reihs / KUT

Oct. 5 is the last day to register to vote before the Nov. 3 election in Texas. Here’s what you need to know to register.

Zenobia Orimoloye outside her home.
Michael Minasi / KUT

Doing a small kindness for someone in need might seem like a simple thing, but it can leave an impression that lasts decades.

That's what happened for Zenobia Orimoloye in the early 1990s, shortly after she moved to Austin. 

Earlier this year, we put out a call for your stories about overcoming differences — true stories about finding common ground.

Residential mailboxes
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that "lack of immunity" to the coronavirus is not a disability under state law that would qualify someone for a mail-in ballot. In the same ruling, the court acknowledged that county election clerks have no duty to question or investigate the disability of voters who claim it.

But if you’re curious about how you would even go about voting by mail (or if you’re eligible), here’s how it works.

A woman in a red top and glasses smiles in front of a flower garden.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Earlier this year, we put out a call for your stories about overcoming differences — true stories about finding common ground.

Working with the Austin Public Library and The Library Foundation, we collected the submissions and helped writers shape their stories into pieces to read for the radio.

Some people wear face coverings while exercising along the Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail in Austin.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Nearly a month after face masks were mandated and bars closed, Austin’s COVID-19 situation appears to be plateauing. New cases are down over the past week or so. Hospital admissions have leveled off.

A woman in glasses and a blue shirt stands in front of the front door to a home.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Earlier this year, before all of this began, we put out a call for your stories about overcoming differences — true stories about finding common ground.

Working with the Austin Public Library and The Library Foundation, we collected the submissions and helped writers shape their stories into pieces to read for the radio.

Voters wait in line at the Ben Hur Shrine Temple in Austin on March 3.
Julia Reihs / KUT

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Hoy es la última oportunidad que tienen los votantes de participar en las elecciones primarias del 14 de julio. Se suponía que esta segunda vuelta se realizara en mayo, pero se pospuso debido a la pandemia. 

Voters wait in line at the Ben Hur Shrine Temple in Austin on March 3.
Julia Reihs / KUT

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It's Election Day for the primary runoffs and the special election to replace state Sen. Kirk Watson, who announced in February that he was not seeking re-election. The runoffs were supposed to be in May, but were postponed because of the pandemic. 

The CDC has some simple guidelines to follow to protect yourself from the coronavirus if you plan to vote in person.

Incumbent Judge Dimple Malhotra (left) is competing against Margaret Chen Kercher for the Democratic nomination for County Court Law No. 4.
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If you’re voting in the Democratic primary runoff in Travis County on Tuesday, you’ll see a race somewhere in the middle of the ballot for a judgeship for something called County Court at Law No. 4.

There are two candidates in the runoff: Dimple Malhotra and Margaret Chen Kercher.

A sign tells Spanish speakers the city number to call for information on COVID-19.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Our Now What? discussion series, exploring what we need to know about COVID-19 moving forward, continues Wednesday, July 8, with Dr. Jewel Mullen, the associate dean for health equity at the Dell Medical School, and an associate professor in the school’s population health and internal medicine departments.

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La votación anticipada en Texas para las elecciones primarias del 14 de julio comenzó este lunes. Se suponía que la segunda vuelta fuera en mayo, pero se pospuso debido a la pandemia. 

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Lee esta historia en español. 

Early voting in Texas ends Friday for the July 14 primary runoff elections. The runoffs were supposed to be in May, but were postponed because of the pandemic. 

The CDC has some simple guidelines to follow to protect yourself from the coronavirus if you plan to vote in person.

People are tested for COVID-19 at a drive-thru testing site in South Austin.
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Texas reportó más de 5,000 casos nuevos de coronavirus este martes, ya que los hospitales en algunas partes del estado empiezan a mostrar signos de tensión para mantenerse al día con la nueva propagación del virus.

El total de 5,489 casos del martes es un nuevo récord en un mes de cifras récord. Y por duodécimo día consecutivo, el estado ha reportado un número récord de hospitalizaciones por coronavirus: 4,092.

People are tested for COVID-19 at a drive-thru testing site in South Austin.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Lee esta historia en español. 

Texas reported more than 5,000 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, as hospitals in some parts of the state begin to show signs of straining to keep up with the renewed spread of the virus.

Jeff Levine places a face mask over the statue of Steve Ray Vaughn at Auditorium Shores during the coronavirus pandemic.
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On our next edition of Now What?, KUT's weekly livestreamed discussion series in partnership with UT Austin and the Dell Medical School, we'll talk with Darlene Bhavnani, an epidemiologist at Dell Med.

This week on Now What?, KUT's weekly livestreamed discussion series in partnership with UT Austin and the Dell Medical School, we'll talk with Dr. Parker Hudson, who leads the contact tracing team at UT Health Austin.

Contact tracing is the work of idenifying and isolating possible cases of a disease like COVID-19. Austin has hundreds of people working to find out who people with confirmed cases have come into contact with and warning those folks to stay isolated and get tested. 

Demonstrators face off with law enforcement in downtown Austin in solidarity with nationwide demonstrations and protests in honor of George Floyd of Minneapolis and, locally, Mike Ramos.
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Funcionarios de Salud Pública de Austin dicen que las personas que participaron en grandes aglomeraciones de gente recientemente -como las protestas contra la violencia policial- deben anotarse para hacerse la prueba del COVID-19, incluso si no tienen síntomas.
 

Thousands rallied at Huston-Tillotson University in East Austin to protest police violence on June 7, 2020.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Thousands gathered at Huston-Tillotson University in East Austin on Sunday to rally against police violence against black people and systemic racism. It was at least the 10th day of protests in Austin over the death of George Floyd, who was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis on May 25, the latest in many police killings of unarmed black people nationwide. Protesters are also demanding justice in the killing of Mike Ramos, a Hispanic and black man, by Austin police April 24.  

Demonstrators face off with law enforcement in downtown Austin in solidarity with nationwide demonstrations and protests in honor of George Floyd of Minneapolis and, locally, Mike Ramos.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Lee esta historia en español. 

Austin Public Health officials say people who participated in recent large gatherings — like protests against police violence — should sign up to get tested for COVID-19, even if they don’t have symptoms.

The city is expanding eligibility for people without symptoms to get tested for free at drive-thru sites.

People venture out on South Congress as the state relaxes rules on bars and restaurants.
Michael Minasi / KUT

What can data tell us about where the pandemic is headed next?

Join us for the next episode of our weekly livestreamed interview series, Now What?, at noon on June 3 when we’ll talk with Lauren Ancel Meyers, a mathematical epidemiologist at UT Austin.

Residential mailboxes
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Existe una pelea en las cortes estatales y federales sobre quién es elegible para votar por correo en Texas. Los demócratas y los defensores del derecho al voto dicen que la pandemia - y el peligro de contraer el coronavirus al votar en persona - significa que todo votante de Texas puede hacerlo.

A sign says "testing entrance."
Michael Minasi / KUT

Texas is changing the way it publishes its accounting of coronavirus tests after the practice of conflating two types of tests was disclosed last week.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Today is the last day to register to vote before the July 14 primary runoff elections in Texas. Here’s what you need to know to register.

A traffic signs tells drivers to call 211 with coronavirus questions.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

What do you want to know about the search for a COVID-19 vaccine?

Join KUT’s Jennifer Stayton for a discussion with Jason McLellan, an associate professor of molecular bioscience at UT Austin, about how vaccines are developed and learn more about the search for one for the new coronavirus.

An empty bar in the Domain.
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Hace tiempo que nadie entra en un bar en Texas, así que las cosas se sentirán raras cuando se les permita reabrir este viernes. El gobernador Greg Abbott anunció este lunes que se les permitirá abrir siempre y cuando sigan una serie de pautas mínimas de seguridad para prevenir una mayor propagación del coronavirus.

Así que si vas a ir, y no te estamos animando a ello, deberías ser consciente de cómo funcionarán las cosas.

An empty bar in the Domain.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

It’s been a while since anyone’s been into a bar in Texas, so things are bound to feel weird when they’re allowed to reopen this Friday. Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday they'd be allowed to open as long as they follow a set of minimum safety guidelines aimed at preventing further spread of the coronavirus.

So, if you’re going to go – and we're not encouraging you to – you should be aware of how things will work.

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

Texas has seen a noticeable increase in the number of coronavirus tests being reported by the Department of State Health Services over the past week. The state saw its largest one-day total for reported tests to date Wednesday – at more than 49,000 tests, about four times as many tests reported the day before.

National Weather Service

Severe weather is expected overnight in Central Texas. Storms moving in from the west could bring up to 3 inches of rain to the Austin area over a short period of time, which could cause flash flooding in some spots. The National Weather Service says pockets of up to 5 inches of rain are possible.

A severe thunderstorm watch has been posted for most of the Austin area until 4 a.m. The NWS warned of dangerous lightning, heavy rain and strong winds. 

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