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 2020-10-25 23:37 

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Javier Ambler II's family sues with help of Ben Crump, lawyer in George Floyd case...

The family of Javier Ambler II, a Black man who died last year in the custody of Williamson County sheriff's deputies, filed a federal lawsuit against the county Sunday as nationally known civil rights attorney Ben Crump joined the case.The 28-page su...

 2020-10-25 23:32 

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Officials report 140 new COVID-19 cases in Travis County over the weekend...

COVID-19 cases in Austin are holding steady, but the seven-day rolling average number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations are still above 20, a level not seen since late August.Health officials reported 82 new cases of the disease caused by the corona...

 2020-10-25 19:57 

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Kamala Harris to make campaign stop in Texas on Friday...

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's running mate, will head to Texas on Friday as recent polls show the former vice president in a close race with President Donald Trump in the Lone Star state.Biden's campaign se...

 2020-10-25 19:16 

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7 UT dorm rooms burglarized...

Seven dorm rooms at the University of Texas' San Jacinto Residence Hall were burglarized on Saturday, according to the UT Police Department.The first burglary was reported on Saturday, but on Sunday morning, six other students living at the residence ...

 2020-10-25 18:44 

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Report: Kamala Harris to make campaign stop in Texas on Friday...

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's running mate, will head to Texas on Friday, the Texas Tribune reported Sunday.Biden's campaign sent an email to Democratic lawmakers saying the travel plans "will be public...

 2020-10-25 17:01 

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Enjoy Sunday's warm(ish) weather before winter-like cold front arrives Monday...

If you thought this weekend was chilly, just wait.A Canadian cold front arriving late Monday afternoon will drop temperatures to the coldest of the season, inching toward a freeze in the Hill Country later in the week.Sunday afternoon, temperatures are ex...

 2020-10-25 16:28 

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East Austin shooting leaves one dead overnight...

Austin Police responded to an incident early Sunday that left one man dead and another person in the hospital.Just after 2 a.m., officers responded to 911 calls from 1100 block of East 11th Street, where "a large social gathering had been reported and...

 2020-10-25 16:13 

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Tax assessor-collector race brings promises of financial transparency, oversight...

After a money fraud debacle in 2018 in which three people, including two tax office employees, were indicted, all three candidates running for Travis County tax assessor-collector have plans for financial transparency and oversight.Bruce Elfant, who was t...

 2020-10-24 22:40 

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Around Town: Pflugerville events...

Note: In response to concerns about the coronavirus, area events may be subject to cancellation, postponement or attendance limits. Please contact organizers to confirm event details.Through Nov. 1Pfrightening Pfall Costume Contest: Participants can take ...

 2020-10-24 21:05 

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As appeal proceeds, Texas Supreme Court blocks multiple ballot drop sites...

Acting soon after receiving an emergency appeal on Gov. Greg Abbott's behalf, the Texas Supreme Court issued an order Saturday that temporarily bars counties from opening more than one drop-off site for mail-in ballots.The court order keeps in place A...

 2020-10-24 19:15 

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Texas Supreme Court stays order blocking Gov. Abbott's mail ballot drop off limits...

The Texas Supreme Court on Saturday stayed a lower court's order that blocked Gov. Greg Abbott's order limiting counties to one mail ballot drop-off site.The decision followed a ruling on Friday by the Austin-based Third Court of Appeals that uphe...

 2020-10-24 17:23 

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Forecast: Sun on its way, warming tomorrow...

It was an overcast morning in Austin Saturday, the weather befitting the doleful news that Jerry Jeff Walker, one of warmest voices and most influential writers and interpreters of the kind of country music that made Austin famous, had died Friday night i...

 2020-10-24 02:33 

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Hathaway: Bee Cave Library still offering virtual programming for all ages...

Greetings from everyone at the Bee Cave Public Library. We miss getting to see all of our patrons in person but are working hard to bring you materials, services, and programs to meet your educational and entertainment needs during the year of the pandemi...

 2020-10-24 01:25 

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Barton Springs University Day takes place Tuesday...

AUSTINBarton Springscelebrated TuesdayBarton Springs University Day will run from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday with a live-streamed broadcast.The curriculum will feature a keynote address from Robert Mace, the executive director and chief water policy officer a...

 2020-10-24 00:42 

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Two meetings set to discuss Hancock Golf Course...

CENTRAL AUSTINHancock Golf Coursemeetings scheduledThe Austin Parks and Recreation Department will host online engagement meetings at 7 p.m. Monday and 5 p.m. Thursday to discuss feedback on the Hancock Golf Course operations gathered from the Feb. 29 mee...

 2020-10-24 00:11 

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Asleep At The Wheel celebrates 50 years with PBS special...

For Sam and Aaron Seifert, creating a TV special to honor the 50th anniversary of Asleep At The Wheel means honoring the legacy of Austin City Limits and indeed the city of Austin itself.As the sons of the band's lead guitarist and vocalist Ray Benson...

 2020-10-23 23:23 

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Downtown code amendments advance in Pflugerville...

The Pflugervile City Council on Oct. 13 took a step toward updating its codes for the city's downtown district.If approved, city officials said, the changes would apply to the geographic area referred to as the downtown district overlay, which stretch...

 2020-10-23 23:11 

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Trump said Texas coronavirus spike 'is gone,' but Texas health experts say otherwise...

President Donald Trump said during the second presidential debate Thursday night that the summer spike of coronavirus cases in Texas "is gone," as evidence that the nation is "rounding the corner" on handling the disease.But Texas health o...

 2020-10-23 22:56 

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Man accused of second sexual assault in Round Rock...

A man for the second time is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Round Rock he had met online, according to an arrest affidavit.Tamer Saad, 30, of Round Rock, was charged with sexual assault, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in pr...

 2020-10-23 22:53 

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Early voting turnout hits 45% in Williamson County on 11th day...

Voting turnout reached 45% in Williamson County at 6 p.m. Friday. By Friday evening, there were 169,680 ballots cast since early voting began on Oct. 13. The county has 376,931 registered voters.Early voters cast 11,208 ballots on Friday alone as of 6 p.m...

 2020-10-23 22:52 

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Travis County: No new coronavirus deaths, but hospital case average still troubling...

The seven-day rolling average number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations ticked downward Friday, but still remained above 20, a level not seen since late August.Health officials are using the average number of new hospitalizations in the county over s...

 2020-10-23 22:40 

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Williamson County reports no new coronavirus deaths, 47 more cases...

Williamson County reported no new coronavirus deaths and an increase of 47 known coronavirus cases on Friday. The total number of confirmed cases in the county is now 9,335.The total number of cases include 150 deaths and an estimated 8,993 recoveries as ...

 2020-10-23 22:30 

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Pedestrian killed in Kyle after hit by train, police say...

A person was struck and killed after being struck by a train in Kyle on Friday, authorities said.Kyle police closed the railroad intersection on Opal Lane while they investigated the incident Friday afternoon.Drivers and the public were asked to avoid the...

 2020-10-23 22:29 

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Appeals court upholds order against Abbott's limit on ballot drop sites...

Ruling against Gov. Greg Abbott, a state appeals court on Friday upheld a lower-court judge who said counties should be allowed to open multiple sites where voters can drop off completed mail-in ballots.The fight will next shift to the Texas Supreme Court...

 2020-10-23 22:22 

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Travis County surpasses 2016 early votes with more than 394,000 total ballots cast...

Surpassing 2016's total of early votes in Travis County, more than 394,000 people have cast an early ballot so far for the 2020 general election, Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir said Friday.Early voting in Texas kicked off this year with an extra ...

 2020-10-23 22:22 

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Hays County coronavirus deaths jump to 86 under new reporting system...

A new reporting system being used by the Texas Department of State Health Services has pushed the coronavirus death toll in Hays County to 86, county health officials said Friday.The additional 22 deaths are being recorded as a result of "enhanced rep...

 2020-10-23 22:18 

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Weekly wrap up: Three new cases in Lake Travis school district; total up to 15...

The Lake Travis school district dashboard showed three new cases this week: one at Serene Hills Elementary School, one at Hudson Bend Middle School and one at Lake Travis High School.The dashboard, which was last updated on Oct. 22, shows three active sta...

 2020-10-23 21:50 

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Judge: Paxton criminal case should return to Collin County...

The long-running criminal case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton should return to Collin County, where he was charged with securities law violations more than five years ago, a judge ruled Friday.Paxton's case had been moved to Harris County i...

 2020-10-23 21:50 

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Travis County surpasses 2016 early votes with more than 394,000 total ballots cast so far...

Surpassing 2016's total of early votes in Travis County, more than 394,000 people have cast an early ballot so far for the 2020 general election, Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir said Friday.Early voting in Texas kicked off this year with an extra ...

 2020-10-23 21:37 

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Deputies say Williamson County's failure to approve grant will result in equipment loss...

The Williamson County Commissioners Court next week will reconsider a grant for the sheriff's office it rejected in July after some deputies said they are missing out on much-needed free equipment from the federal government that will cost more than $...

 2020-10-23 21:16 

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Free flu shots offered in Round Rock on Saturday for uninsured...

A free drive-thru flu shot clinic will run from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, or until supplies run out, at the Sacred Heart Community Clinic, at 620 Round Rock West Drive, Building 8.Children ages 4 and older who are uninsured, medically underinsured or on Me...

 2020-10-23 21:13 

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Former Travis County Sheriff Raymond Frank remembered for early progressive stances...

Hunter Pearsall said he still doesn't know how his grandfather, former Travis County Sheriff Raymond Frank who died Oct. 10 at the age of 95, always seemed to have Texas mountain laurel seeds in his pocket.Also known as mescal bean, the evergreen shru...

 2020-10-23 21:13 

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Weekly Eanes wrap up: 9 new coronavirus cases; football suspended for a week...

The Eanes school district announced nine new positive COVID-19 cases this week as of Friday, bringing the total cases in the district to 43 since data collection began on Aug 19, according to the district dashboard.Of the two new staff cases this week, on...

 2020-10-23 21:07 

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Fires prohibited in city of Austin parks...

AUSTINFires prohibitedin city's parksThe Austin Parks and Recreation Department is temporarily prohibiting the building of fires and grilling in all city of Austin parks, greenbelts and preserves effective immediately and until further notice due to d...

 2020-10-23 20:57 

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Nate Paul companies alleged to have defaulted on $258M in debt...

Austin entrepreneur Nate Paul developed a reputation as a real estate wunderkind in recent years as he snapped up commercial properties here and elsewhere, growing his company into an industry force while still in his early 30s.But a quarter of a billion ...

 2020-10-23 20:49 

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With class canceled, can Austin police hold onto cadets?...

On Friday morning, the Austin Police Department introduced a new class of graduated cadets for what will probably be the final time in the next year or more.As the officers took an oath at a ceremony at a church in Northwest Austin, Ryan Hastings was on t...

 2020-10-23 20:45 

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Cold front combo to slap Central Texas with taste of fall, then winter...

After weeks of above-average temperatures and dry days in Central Texas, the area is getting a break with a blast of cold weather.A cold front was still looming over the northwest horizon for the Austin area Friday afternoon, but it was expected to bring ...

 2020-10-23 20:22 

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What to expect with the Texas vote count on election night...

Texas polls close at 7 p.m. on Nov. 3, but officials caution that Election Day results will take hours to compile — and extremely close races could take almost a week to resolve.Some of the uncertainty is the result of an unprecedented number of mai...

 2020-10-23 19:58 

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Travis County surpasses 2016 early votes with nearly 390,000 total ballots cast so far...

Surpassing 2016's total of early votes in Travis County, close to 390,000 people have cast an early ballot so far for the 2020 general election, Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir said Friday.Early voting in Texas kicked off this year with an extra w...

 2020-10-23 19:50 

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Lake Travis High School clubs adjust to the virtual world...

Lake Travis High School seniors Swetha Ayinala and Souptik De said the hardest part of being co-presidents of the DECA club this year is figuring out how to connect with their peers in a virtual setting.The local chapter of DECA, which is part of an inter...

 2020-10-23 19:28 

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18-year-old charged in deadly Oct. 1 shooting in North Austin...

Authorities have charged an 18-year-old in connection with a deadly shooting in North Austin earlier this month, police said Friday.Caylon Joseph Goins was arrested in Round Rock on Thursday by members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, a coalition of ...

 2020-10-23 18:58 

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Fact-check: Does Texas have 'lower taxes and less regulations' than any state in the U.S.?...

Roger Williams: Says Texas has "lower taxes and less regulations than anywhere else in the U.S."PolitiFact's ruling: FalseHere's why: For years, Texas Republicans have boasted about policies that they say have drawn out-of-state businesses...

 2020-10-23 18:35 

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As they brace for a scary Halloween, Austin businesses hope for a bounce...

For A Cut Above Costumes, the first coronavirus blow came in the spring, when school drama programs and local theater groups canceled their costume rentals.Demand for party and special event costumes quickly evaporated as well."From April to August th...

 2020-10-23 17:40 

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Fact-check: Did the boilermakers union endorse Joe Biden?...

Joe Biden: "The boilermakers union has endorsed me because I sat down with them and went into great detail with leadership [about] exactly what I would do."PolitiFact's ruling: FalseHere's why: When asked to prove his support for fracking ...

 2020-10-23 17:39 

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Tilove: In riposte to Trump, Biden might have done well to recall LBJ...

Of late, Luci Baines Johnson has been cycling the Hill Country with a Biden-Harris sticker affixed to her bike.I imagine after Thursday night's presidential debate, she might be back out there this weekend to release some frustration."Nobody has d...

 2020-10-23 17:20 

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Fact-check: Are coronavirus cases in U.S. 'rounding the corner'?...

Donald Trump: "We are rounding the turn (on coronavirus). We are rounding the corner."PolitiFact's ruling: FalseHere's why: In the final presidential debate of 2020, President Donald Trump repeated a characterization of the coronavirus pan...

 2020-10-23 16:58 

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Travis County surpasses 2016 early votes with more than 380,000 total votes...

Surpassing 2016's total early votes, more than 380,000 people have cast a ballot in Travis County, said Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir on Friday.Early voting in Texas kicked off a week early this year, in an attempt to spread out the amount of pe...

 2020-10-23 16:44 

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City seeking public input on Pflugerville 2040 Comprehensive Plan...

The City of Pflugerville is looking to residents for help with incorporating their thoughts and ideas about the Aspire Pflugerville 2040 Comprehensive Plan.The comprehensive plan is the city's guidebook for decision-making over the next 20 years and w...

 2020-10-23 16:09 

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Free bus rides available on Election Day in Round Rock...

Need a ride to the polls on Election Day? Captial Metro has you covered.CapMetro is providing free bus rides on all Round Rock routes on Tuesday, Nov. 3, as part of its "Ride to Vote" initiative.Round Rock's Star Shuttle paratransit buses will...

 2020-10-23 16:03 

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Biden says he 'would transition from the oil industry'...

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said in the closing minutes of Thursday night's debate with President Donald Trump that he "would transition from the oil industry."Biden couched his comment in the context of his climate plan that c...

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