Latest Headlines for Friday, April 10

Friday, April 10, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

‘A big deal’: Austin approves $15 million relief fund that includes cash assistance for residents

Austin City Council members have approved a $15 million relief fund to aid residents affected financially by the Covid-19 pandemic.“I think this is a big deal and I’m really proud of this council,” Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza said before…

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Friday, April 10, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

City declares broad equity goals for pretrial services

In the middle of a pandemic that has led to a sharp decrease in the Travis County Jail population, Austin City Council plans to leverage its influence to keep the jail population low by reserving use of pretrial detention for…

Friday, April 10, 2020 by Jo Clifton

City joins county with expanded sick leave pay

City employees will be eligible to receive 100 percent of their regular pay if they take emergency sick leave as a result of Covid-19, retroactive to March 15, under a resolution approved by City Council on Thursday.The resolution, similar to…

Friday, April 10, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

United Way announces ongoing volunteer opportunities

Each year, United Way for Greater Austin hosts a communitywide Spring Day of Action. This year, with the Covid-19 crisis, United Way decided a change-up was in order. The organization is now hosting a Spring Season of Caring and putting…

Thursday, April 9, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Music Commission backs Council proposal to unlock $4.5M to aid artists, venues

The Music Commission has asked the city to protect and replenish the recently created Live Music Fund if any of it is used to help musicians and music venues impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.At a special meeting called for Wednesday…

Thursday, April 9, 2020 by Ashley Lopez

Austin officials plan for backup facilities if hospitals become overwhelmed with Covid-19 cases

City officials are preparing to increase the number of hospital beds in the area in case there is a surge of Covid-19 patients overwhelming existing hospitals.Dr. Mark Escott, Austin’s interim medical director and health authority, said the city has created…