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Friday, August 7, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Austin joins national pilot program exploring how to safely reopen music venues

Austin has signed up as a pilot city for a national effort to establish guidelines for music venues looking to reopen safely once the public health threats from the Covid-19 pandemic are lessened.Today the city will announce its partnership with…

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Friday, August 7, 2020 by Claire McInerny

Austin ISD’s school year delayed until Sept. 8, first eight weeks could be online-only

The Austin Independent School District’s Board of Trustees voted to delay the start of classes for the school year until Sept. 8. Virtual classes were supposed to begin Aug. 18, but the board wanted to give teachers more time to…

Friday, August 7, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Public Safety Commission considers how to restructure its partnership with Council

The Public Safety Commission is working with City Council Member Jimmy Flannigan to offload some of its oversight duties in favor of becoming more of an advisory body.“We are particularly ill-suited for oversight,” Commissioner Rebecca Webber said at the commission’s…

Friday, August 7, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

UT incubator takes the lead in health care consortium targeting Covid-19 and future pandemics

The University of Texas’ Austin Technology Incubator is leading a new consortium of more than 50 health care organizations from around the state working to combat the Covid-19 pandemic and prepare for future widespread disease outbreaks.The Texas Global Health Security…

Thursday, August 6, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Mayor touts justice agenda, Project Connect in State of the City speech

Although “the current state of our city is anxious, troubled and hurting,” Mayor Steve Adler said during Wednesday’s State of the City address, the city has “a once-in-a-century opportunity to no longer be bound by who we were a year…

Thursday, August 6, 2020 by Andrew Weber

Austin says group doesn’t have signatures to put homelessness ordinances on the ballot in November

Austin’s city clerk says a group seeking to reinstate the city’s bans on sitting, camping or lying down in public doesn’t have the requisite 20,000 signatures to force a referendum on Election Day.Save Austin Now, led by Travis County GOP…