Public Safety

Monday, June 22, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

City could see sharp decline in traffic fatalities after speed limit reductions

City Council recently made a decision to decrease speed limits to 25 mph on most residential streets. Now it’s up to the Transportation Department to implement the new limits, educate the public and partner with the Austin Police Department to…

Monday, June 22, 2020 by Savana Dunning

College Student Commission recommends reallocating $30M from APD budget to fund minority scholarships

The College Student Commission passed a recommendation Monday asking City Council to reallocate at least $30 million from the Austin Police Department budget to college scholarships for low-income and racial minority students in Austin.The recommendation calls for APD Chief Brian…

Friday, June 19, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley will keep his job, city says, despite calls for his removal

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley will stay in his position, a city spokesperson confirmed in an email Thursday.“I have had very pointed conversations with Chief Manley over the last several weeks,” City Manager Spencer Cronk said in the email. “He…

Thursday, June 18, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Downtown Commission to keep closer watch on downtown policing

Whatever actions City Council takes to address the Austin Police Department’s response to racial justice protests, the Downtown Commission has voted to keep closer tabs on downtown policing efforts going forward.The commission approved two proposals from Commissioner Meghan Skornia. The…

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by Ashley Lopez

Gov. Abbott says Texas has enough hospital beds to handle increase in Covid-19 cases

There’s no reason to panic over a recent uptick in hospitalizations due to Covid-19, Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday.Although Texas has had a record number of people being hospitalized for Covid-19 in the past several days, Abbott said during a…

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

As Covid-19 cases spike, local officials stress caution and personal choice in slowing its spread

Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Public Health Interim Medical Director Dr. Mark Escott and Assistant to the Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt extended stay-at-home orders Monday in response to a surge in Covid-19 cases, and asked residents to reinvest in precautions to…

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