Stories by Sangita Menon

Thursday, April 1, 2021 by Sangita Menon

Austin Public Health leaders ask community to consider virtual Easter celebrations

Austin Public Health leaders are asking the community to consider celebrating Easter week differently than normal to avoid a third surge of Covid-19 cases. During a news conference Wednesday, interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott encouraged people to take part…

Thursday, March 18, 2021 by Sangita Menon

Austin Public Health to launch pilot drive-thru vaccine site

Austin Public Health is planning to launch a drive-thru vaccination site at Toney Burger Activity Center in South Austin on Saturday. Plans for the pilot program aren’t finalized, but the health department expects to administer 1,200 doses of the Moderna…

Thursday, July 23, 2020 by Sangita Menon

Black leaders in Austin want to build a racial justice movement that sustains itself for years to come

Black leaders in Central Texas are forming a new coalition called the Black Leaders Collective to address systemic racism. The group has about 40 members, including activists, educators, artists and policymakers who say they want to create meaningful and transformative…

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by Sangita Menon

Austin officials advise keeping pets out of Lady Bird Lake following death of two dogs

The city of Austin is warning people to keep their pets out of Lady Bird Lake while authorities test the water for the presence of harmful algae. Two dogs died recently after swimming in the lake, though officials cannot confirm…

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by Sangita Menon

Activists demand action after Andrews principal is accused of bias against immigrant parents

A dozen community activists assembled outside Andrews Elementary School in East Austin Monday to demand the school district do more about Andrews’ principal, who is accused of discriminating against immigrant parents. The Austin Independent School District is investigating Gabbie Soto…

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