Latest Headlines for Wednesday, October 21

Thursday, October 8, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

Abbott allows Texas bars to open again

Texas bars will soon be allowed to open at 50 percent capacity indoors at the discretion of the presiding county judge, according to a new order from Gov. Greg Abbott.Abbott’s newest executive order applies to areas with “low Covid-19 hospitalizations,”…

Thursday, October 8, 2020 by Savana Dunning

City looks to support waste collection workers amid pandemic stresses

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to keep many people at home more often, Austin Resource Recovery finds itself steadily losing the staff needed to manage the increased volume of household garbage.City Council passed a resolution Oct. 1 to mitigate what…

Thursday, October 8, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Bike Austin fights for Healthy Streets

The Austin Transportation Department removed two segments of Healthy Streets last week, and barring another wave of cases of Covid-19, will continue winding down the initiative by removing one or two street projects every couple of weeks until all eight…

Thursday, October 8, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin’s DNA lab has had issues for years. A new report outlines how it could be run in the future.

Poor supervision and untrained staff have long plagued the Austin Police Department’s DNA crime lab, forcing it to close briefly in 2016 and then be overseen by the state.So, what will a future lab look like?Consultants hired by the city…

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Group begins collecting signatures to put state law limiting police oversight to a vote

A new political action committee is trying to put a state law governing police oversight on the ballot next May.“I think it’s really unique and kind of amazing that (this petition could) allow the voters in Austin to decide if…

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Money flows into quiet races for Council

All Austin City Council candidates are required to file a campaign finance report 30 days before the election. Most of the candidates for the Nov. 3 election filed their reports Monday or a few days before. Despite the pandemic, there…