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Host, All Things Considered

Nathan Bernier a KUT reporter and the local host during All Things Considered and Marketplace. He grew up in the small mountain town of Nelson, BC, Canada, and worked at commercial news radio stations in Ottawa, Montreal and Boston before starting at KUT in 2008. 

Nathan has won numerous journalism awards including a National Edward R. Murrow Award, Texas Associated Press Awards, Lonestar Awards from the Houston Press Club, and various other awards and recognitions.  

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Galveston residents fleeing the path of Hurricane Laura are being bused to Austin’s Circuit of the Americas. From there, they’ll be placed in local hotels until it’s safe to go back to the Gulf Coast.

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Los republicanos del condado de Travis intentarán ganar uno de los puestos más poderosos del gobierno local este otoño: juez del condado. El partido anunció este lunes que el abogado Michael Lovins se presentará bajo la bandera del Partido Republicano. 

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Republicans in Travis County will try to win one of the most powerful positions in local government this fall: county judge. The party announced Monday that local attorney Michael Lovins will run under the GOP banner. 

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El abogado y activista local Andy Brown será el candidato demócrata a juez del condado de Travis en las elecciones de noviembre. Brown ganó el 55.88% de los votos el domingo por la noche en una elección entre los jefes de distrito del partido. 

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Local attorney and activist Andy Brown will be the Democratic nominee for Travis County judge in the November election. Brown won 55.88% of the vote Sunday night in an election by party precinct chairs. 

The Austin City Council discusses the budget during a virtual meeting Wednesday that was projected on screen at the Palmer Events Center.
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The $4 billion budget Austin City Council adopted Thursday includes plans to reduce the police budget by about a third – $150 million. Twenty million dollars is being cut immediately, with $3.5 million going to Austin-Travis County EMS, and $6.5 million going to housing assistance for people living on the street.

People cross the Lady Bird Lake pedestrian bridge under MoPac Expressway on July 1.
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With average daily hospitalizations in the Austin metro area ticking above a key threshold of 70 per day Tuesday, public health officials are weighing whether to recommend the region move to stage 5 of their “risk-based guidelines.” The guidelines at that stage call for closing all but essential workplaces and having even low-risk individuals avoid gatherings outside the household.

Demonstrators protested outside the Capitol and governor's mansion Tuesday calling for the reopening of bars.
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With Travis County on the cusp of exceeding 10,000 total cases of coronavirus, local public health officials are pleading with Austinites to stay home for the Fourth of July holiday and help slow the growth of a disease that has hospitals on track to exceed capacity by mid-July.

The checkout lines at Costco 20 minutes after opening.
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People concerned about fallout from the coronavirus have been wiping out grocery store shelves across Austin and the U.S. as other countries restrict movement to contain the spread of COVID-19. 

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The cancellation of South by Southwest will have economic ripple effects for the rest of the year, according to a consulting firm that does an annual economic analysis of the festival and conference.

"It certainly is a shock, and it's going to be an economic shock," says Greyhill Advisors partner Ben Loftsgaarden. 

Photographs from The Villager Newspaper, like this 1992 image of UT Austin basketball players Joanna Benton and Tony Watson with Neighborhood Longhorns Program participants, are on display at the Austin History Center until April 19.
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Photographs from a local newspaper that has chronicled African American life in Austin for almost 50 years are on display at the Austin History Center for the next few months.

The exhibit, Our Community, Our Voice: Photographs from The Villager Newspaper, features images published in the weekly paper since it was founded by Tommy Wyatt in 1973.

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Live music this weekend in Austin includes South African choral music, a showcase featuring the next wave of Austin acts, a New York band that's been around since the 1990s, a celebration of a community radio station and several former KUTX Artists of the Month. Hear music from those artists and more in our chat with KUTX program director Matt Reilly!

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On the MSNBC News program "Morning Joe" last month, host Joe Scarborough drove the conversation about a poll he said showed former Vice President Joe Biden had fallen to fourth place in Iowa. 

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City of Austin workers began changing street signs Wednesday on the road commonly pronounced "MAN-chack." The new signs say "Menchaca" instead of "Manchaca." (The second letter is an E instead of an A.)

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The South Austin Museum of Popular Culture – a local institution that preserves visual aspects of the city's music scene – has relocated to a new home behind Threadgill’s Old No. 1 at 6416 North Lamar Blvd. The museum is also rebranding itself as the Austin Museum of Popular Culture.

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After 80 years in business, Hut's Hamburgers in downtown Austin will close forever at the end of this weekend.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Wednesday – 354 to 60 – to oppose the Trump administration’s withdrawal of American soldiers from northern Syria. Less than half of Austin’s Republican delegation stood with the president.

Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece explore the tacos of America and the stories of the people who make them in their new TV show.
Kurt Volk

Austin's "taco journalists" Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece are launching their most ambitious project yet to examine tacos and the culture that surrounds them. The duo has a TV series that premieres tonight on the El Rey Network, a TV station founded by Austin filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. 

United Tacos of America brings viewers to cities across the country to examine the flavors and influences of the traditional Mexican dish.

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Weekend two of the Austin City Limits Music Festival starts Friday, and this time organizers have a plan for the overwhelming demand to watch Lizzo, who was not booked to perform on a main stage. 

"ACL Fest plans to simulcast the performance on the Honda stage screens in an effort to give fans the opportunity to spread out and enjoy the show," a spokesperson said. 

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The local health care district Central Health is asking for input from the public on how to spend $290.8 million next year to help people with low incomes access health care in Travis County. The next opportunity to share your ideas with Central Health's Board of Mangers is Sept. 11.

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Austin is being sued over wording for a petition-driven referendum on the city's $1.2 billion expansion of the convention center and its use of hotel tax revenue.

Flags fly at Apple's North Austin campus
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Travis County is putting a moratorium on the practice of giving property tax breaks to companies that agree to expand here and meet minimum county requirements, including agreeing to invest at least $25 million and hire more than 100 people.

The incentives program was set up to lure business investment and expand the county’s tax base.

ICE raid
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Local immigration groups are preparing for the possibility of immigration raids targeting people with deportation orders starting as soon as Sunday.

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When art teacher Cristina Coro picks up doughnuts at the Krispy Kreme on Stassney Lane, her day is sweetened by an uplifting employee.

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Austin’s health department is taking precautionary steps in case the measles virus arrives in Travis County. So far, officials say, there are eight reported cases in Texas, the closest to Austin being in the Temple area.

At least 11 states have seen measles cases this winter.

Michael Cargill owns Central Texas Gun Works.
Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / KUT

The City of Austin violated state law by banning licensed handgun holders from entering City Hall with firearms, a Travis County District Court judge ruled Thursday.

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The Austin-based nonprofit that houses more migrant children than any other organization in the country plans to hire an independent attorney who will conduct a "comprehensive internal review" of issues outlined in an investigative story by The New York Times.

Robert Gomez for Tacos of Texas

A pair of Austin food writers travel Texas looking for the tacos defined by different cities and regions in a new online documentary series, "Tacos of Texas."