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Stephanie Federico is a digital news editor at KUT.org. She came to Austin in January 2017 from NPR in Washington, D.C., where she was a homepage/audience engagement editor. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University and more than a dozen years of experience in newsrooms as a copy editor, wires editor, and digital and homepage editor. 

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The scene of a shooting in downtown Austin on July 25.
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An Army sergeant driving for a ride-hailing company shot Garrett Foster "to protect his own life," the law firm representing the man said in a press release.

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The H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th concert and fireworks event at Auditorium Shores has been canceled this year over COVID-19 concerns, the Austin Symphony Orchestra announced Friday.

A protester holds up a sign toward a row of Austin police officers in front of APD headquarters downtown.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

A crowd protested outside Austin Police Department headquarters in downtown Austin on Friday night, demanding justice for George Floyd, a black man who was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis on Monday, and Michael Ramos, who was killed by an Austin police officer last month.

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La ciudad de Austin ha emitido una orden para los residentes de quedarse en casa para ayudar a detener la propagación del coronavirus. La orden entrará en efecto a las 11:59 pm de este martes. 

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

The City of Austin has issued an order for residents to stay at home to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The order goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday and will last until at least April 13.

Save Pease signs
Julia Reihs / KUT

Parents of students at Pease Elementary, one of four schools the district voted in November to close, say they are dismayed the Austin Independent School District has revoked previously approved transfer requests.

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Update at 7:58 p.m.: Round Rock officials say police have cleared the scene and the public can return to the previously closed section of Main Street. 

Our original post continues: 

A section of East Main Street in Round Rock was evacuated ahead of a Christmas event Friday after police K9 units alerted on a mailbox.

Austin Fire Department

Update at 12:28 p.m. Sunday: The Austin Fire Department tweeted that the brush fire was 90% contained. Crews were continuing to monitor the scene.

The El Paso community attends a vigil for Javier Amir Rodriguez
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Updated on Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. CST

Community members gathered for a vigil in El Paso on Monday night to honor the youngest victim of the mass shooting at a Walmart store on Saturday.

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Texas is one of just three states that did not sign onto a letter sent Friday to Secretary Betsy DeVos asking the U.S. Department of Education to automatically forgive student loans for eligible disabled veterans. 

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A federal judge has temporarily blocked a Texas law that requires people contracting with the state to sign a pledge not to boycott Israel. 

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Austin Mayor Steve Adler opened the annual State of the City address Wednesday with a quote from Charles Dickens: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."

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"This is our moment of truth and we cannot be found wanting," Beto O'Rourke told a crowd of cheering supporters as he officially kicked off his presidential campaign in El Paso on Saturday.

He said El Paso represents America "at its very best."

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The embattled CEO of Austin-based Southwest Key Programs, the nation's largest provider of shelters for migrant children, is stepping down.

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A 15-year-old student is in custody and faces a felony charge following a report that a person had a gun on campus at Lanier High School, Austin ISD Police Chief Ashley Gonzalez said.

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Turnout was strong across Texas during early voting, far surpassing participation in the 2014 midterms. That momentum continued on Election Day. Nearly 100,000 people in Travis County cast ballots today. 

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The Llano River reached historic levels of flooding Tuesday, prompting officials in Marble Falls to order evacuations and open shelters for displaced residents. 

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The founder of an Austin-based company that makes 3D-printed guns has resigned following his arrest on charges of sexually assaulting a minor.

Back in February, a future Austinite named Dan wrote into our ATXplained project, asking for recommendations for books about Austin and Texas to help orient him to the city.

Julia Reihs / KUT

No officer will be indicted for the officer-involved shooting of a serial bomber in March, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said Thursday.

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The Austin City Council voted to move ahead in negotiations with Major League Soccer and Precourt Sports Ventures to build a 20,000-seat stadium near the Domain.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has asked a court to stop the federal government from issuing or renewing DACA permits while a lawsuit Texas filed yesterday with six other states is pending.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

A judge has dismissed a complaint against confessed Austin bomber Mark Conditt now that his body has been identified and released to his family, U.S. Attorney John Bash said today. The investigation into a motive is ongoing, he added.

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Stewart Vanderwilt, general manager and director of KUT and KUTX, announced today he is leaving Austin to become CEO of Colorado Public Radio.

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Over a three-week period this month, a series of bombings in Austin left two people dead and four others injured.

The ordeal had many Austinites on edge. It ended with the death of the serial bomber after a standoff with police in Round Rock in the early hours of March 21. 

We put together this timeline to lay out how it all unfolded.

Gabriel C. Pérez

Technicians have removed bomb components and homemade explosives from inside the Pflugerville home of an Austin bombing suspect who died early this morning, officials said. 

ATF Special Agent in Charge Fred Milanowski said the bombmaker had a "signature style" and that components in the house were similar to components found in the devices that exploded this month in Austin.

One of the rooms had a considerable amount of bomb-making material, he said.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Two package bombs found at two separate FedEx facilities in Texas today are connected to a string of bombings in Austin, local and federal officials say. 

One of the packages exploded early this morning at a FedEx distribution center in the San Antonio suburb of Schertz. The other package was found at a facility near the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. It is suspected that they may have been shipped from a FedEx Office store in Sunset Valley.

Claire McInerny / KUT

Authorities have increased the reward to $100,000 for information leading to an arrest in a string of package bombings in Austin.

That's in addition to the $15,000 reward offered by Gov. Greg Abbott's office, interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference today.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

The Austin Police Department says it has received 265 calls about suspicious packages after two package bombings in Austin yesterday. None has turned out to be dangerous, APD said.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

"We will leave no stone unturned," interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said today in response to three package explosions in Austin over the past 10 days. 

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