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For the first time, restaurant Emmer & Rye is selling dried versions of three of these pastas in Whole Foods Markets in Austin, San Antonio and Dallas. Emmer & Rye is not an Italian restaurant, but it’s been known for its house-made pasta since opening in 2015. The restaurant, helmed by chef Kevin Fink, specializes in using heirloom ingredients in …
 
Dan Zangrilli previews the big doubleheader against the Texas Longhorns for the men's and women's basketball team. The Longhorns are flying high under coach Shaka Smart. Texas also has a new football coach. All of the happenings discussed on this week's Insider with Kirk Bohls, veteran columnist from the Austin-American Statesman…
 
Jo’s Coffee, the iconic coffee shop that helped change the face of South Congress, is bringing some more local flavor to the Hancock Center. the coffee shop will be in the center at 41st and Red River streets, across from the Hancock Golf Course and Commodore Perry Estate, but construction looks mostly complete. The shop takes over the site previou…
 
Austin promoter RealMusic Events is gambling on a brighter situation with the pandemic by late spring. Earlier this month, the company announced plans for a three-day dance music event to take place from May 21 to 24 in Southeast Austin. The festival website describes the location as more than 7 acres of land and attendance will be capped at 2,500.…
 
Austin-based software maker Quali says it plans to expand its employee team and its product offerings after raising $54 million. Founded in 2004, Quali makes software designed to make cloud technology more accessible and secure for application development and deployment. Quali said it plans to use the funding to expand its customer base, add new pa…
 
Austin-based Loop, a usage-based insurance technology startup, has raised $3.25 million and says it is close to launching its platform in Texas. The startup says it’s focused on offering more equitable insurance options by basing rates on what it considers more fair metrics than traditional insurance providers. The company uses artificial intellige…
 
Despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Central Texas economy, 2020 was a banner year for the Austin-area housing market. For the 10th straight year, annual home sales in Central Texas and the median price of those sales surpassed the year-before totals, with 2020's records coming despite the global coronavirus pandemic. Housing exper…
 
The city of Austin Parks and Recreation Department is beginning Phase 2 implementation of the Emma S. Barrientos (ba-REE-EN-tohs) Mexican American Cultural Center facility expansion plan. Community members can provide input on the MACC’s (MAC) SpeakUp Austin page in English or Spanish at speakupaustin.org/mas-macc. Feedback for the building program…
 
Hays County Sheriff Gary Cutler has announced that the Public Safety Building, the Allen Bridges Training Academy, and the fleet maintenance building have all been mostly completed. The Public Safety Building, at 810 South Stagecoach Trail, houses most of the sheriff’s office law enforcement bureaus, the office of emergency management, and the 911 …
 
The Williamson County Commissioners Court last week approved more CARES Act money for coronavirus testing and vaccines, and for rent and utility assistance. The commissioners approved $365,000 of the CARES Act money to pay for COVID-19 testing and COVID-19 vaccine-related programs. They also approved $200,000 to help local emergency services distri…
 
Businesses in the Austin area added about 8,000 workers to payrolls last month, helping the regional unemployment rate finish 2020 near a pandemic-era low despite rising cases of coronavirus infections during the fall. The local unemployment rate registered 5.1% in December, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. The number is almost double i…
 
The Texas Supreme Court on Friday rejected, without comment, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' attempt to toss out four defamation lawsuits by parents of children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012. The lawsuits were filed in Travis County, where Jones and his InfoWars website are based. The parents argued that they were defamed and suffered emo…
 
A Travis County grand jury has indicted two Austin police officers on felony assault charges in connection with the violent arrest of a Black man nearly two years ago that had been cleared in a department investigation with no findings of wrongdoing against the officers. The indictments of officers Chance Bretches and Gregory Gentry on aggravated a…
 
Just a couple days after photos that show Dave Chappelle hanging out in Austin with other celebrities went viral, the legendary comedian has tested positive for COVID-19, leading to the cancellation of his upcoming comedy shows at Stubb's this week. A spokeswoman for Chappelle confirmed the positive coronavirus test results to the Associated Press,…
 
For the second year in a row, Rodeo Austin has been forced to cancel its March public events because of the coronavirus crisis. The multi-week Austin fandango that traces its roots back 80 years has taken place mostly at the Travis County Expo Center in East Austin since the early 1980s. Parts of that center, including the main arena, are currently…
 
Optimism for the COVID-19 vaccine and hopes for the beginning of an economic recovery have helped push up gasoline prices in Austin and nationwide. Austin gas prices have risen 5 cents per gallon in the past week and currently average $2.04 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline, according to industry website GasBuddy.com, which tracks fuel price…
 
The Williamson County Animal Shelter is offering free adoptions on all pets this weekend. A family wishing to honor their dog Django, who recently died, has paid the adoption fees, according to a news from the shelter. Appointments are required for adoptions. People interested in adopting a pet can view all available pets at pets.wilco.org, See omn…
 
The Bastrop City Council on Jan. 12 approved two construction contracts totaling $30 million for a new wastewater treatment plant and wastewater collection system. The council awarded a $26.37 million contract to BAR Contracting of Lancaster to build the city’s new wastewater treatment plant. It also awarded a $3.93 million contract to Austin-based…
 
Williamson County’s vaccine provider Family Hospital Systems received 8,000 new doses of coronavirus vaccine on Friday. Information was not immediately available about where or when the new doses would be administered. Texas residents eligible to receive the vaccine can register on the Family Hospital wait list at familyhospitalsystems.com/services…
 
The registration list to receive COVID-19 vaccines quickly filled up after its launch Friday, prompting Hays County officials to close the online and phone portals for appointments less than 30 minutes after they had opened. Health authorities continued their calls for residents to be patient with the vaccine sign-up, registration and rollout proce…
 
Samsung could build a $10 billion advanced logic chipmaking plant in Austin, according to media reports, potentially adding to the company's existing multibillion-dollar facilities in Central Texas. If it happens, the Samsung expansion would add to a series of recent stunning wins for Austin's technology sector. In just the past six months, Austin …
 
The Department of Defense has identified a soldier killed in Kuwait on Wednesday as 34-year-old Staff Sgt. Timothy Luke Manchester from Austin. The department said Manchester died while supporting Operation Spartan Shield in Camp Arifjan in Kuwait in what it described only as a non-combat incident. The incident is being investigated. See omnystudio…
 
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday asked a federal judge to block a new Biden administration policy that pauses most deportations for the next 100 days. The policy is part of a comprehensive review of immigration enforcement, particularly amid the challenges posed by COVID-19. But Paxton said the pause violates federal law and an agreement…
 
Echoing Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick's letter this week urging state officials to simplify the coronavirus vaccine rollout plan, Austin-Travis County health leaders on Friday said local residents will continue to be confused and frustrated with the process unless the state intervenes. Dr. Mark Escott, interim Austin-Travis County health authorit…
 
After weeks of urging Austin school district families to keep their children at home to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Superintendent Dr. Stephanie S. Elizalde (eh-lee-ZAL-day) on Thursday said recent data shows a decrease in COVID-19 cases and invited students who have recently opted for remote learning options to return to campus starting Mo…
 
Seltzerland is a nationally touring, socially distanced celebration of boozy bubbles, and it's coming March 13 to Austin's Onion Creek Club, 2510 Onion Creek Parkway. The event starts at 11 a.m. and will include samples from more than 50 hard seltzer brands, such as White Claw, Bud Light Seltzer, Natural Light Seltzer and Bravazzi. Attendees sign u…
 
These days, there seem to be new stars among us. Podcast host and comedian Joe Rogan, Tesla founder Elon Musk, comedian Dave Chappelle and musician Grimes have been hanging out in Austin, according to several social media posts. This isn't really a surprise. Rogan, after confirming a move to Texas on his show, reportedly built his new studio here i…
 
Austin High School’s basketball team won 52 to 44 over Westlake on Jan. 20 at Westlake High School. In a meeting of the lone undefeated teams in District 26-6A, the Maroons grabbed the early upper-hand in the title race. It’s the first Austin High win at Westlake in 10 years and the first win for Austin High in the long series in four years. See om…
 
Johann Moonesinhe created Austin-based inKind as a different kind of restaurant funding company. Founded in 2017, the idea was to create a funding service that helps restaurants grow without incurring costs that can become insurmountable later. InKind provides funding by purchasing a restaurant's food and beverage credit up front. The company then …
 
For many in the Austin school district, the image of a long braid tied by a pink bow brings memories of Sarah Beth Lively, who spent almost 50 years as a local teacher and volunteer. Lively, who died Jan. 4 at the age of 88, is the namesake of the middle school in South Austin where she taught. The campus was renamed in her honor in 2018. Lively ta…
 
Teenagers; veterans; gay and lesbian residents; Black, Indigenous people of color; and Spanish speakers will soon have book clubs focused on works featuring characters and situations based on similar life experiences as part of the Smithville Public Library’s virtual Hope and Healing initiative. The initiative is being funded through a $15,000 gran…
 
Bastrop County is hoping to inoculate all residents against COVID-19 within 90 days as the county has been designated a vaccine distribution hub. County Judge Paul Pape's (as in “poppy”) office on Tuesday announced a pre-registration process for local residents and those in adjoining rural counties to sign up to receive the vaccine. That website fo…
 
Hays County public health officials are asking for more patience as residents anxiously await the availability of coronavirus vaccinations. Hays County, like many smaller Texas counties surrounding metropolitan hubs, is seeing a slow rollout of vaccines. Local officials remain positive and optimistic that everyone who needs a vaccination will get o…
 
Lawyers for Texas and abortion providers appeared before a federal appeals court Thursday to argue over the fate of a 2017 state law that bans the most common type of second-trimester abortion unless doctors first use an extra procedure to ensure fetal demise. Thursday's oral arguments boded well for supporters of a law that has been struck down tw…
 
Gov. Greg Abbott continued his ongoing fight with Austin on Thursday, taking aim at changes the city has made to police funding and public camping that the governor described as reckless. Speaking during a news conference in Austin to unveil his priorities for the state legislative session, Abbott said he will support a bill that denies tax revenue…
 
Facing the possibility Austin voters could reinstate the city's homeless camping ban in May, Mayor Steve Adler said the city's existing plan of action has failed. In a conversation with the American-Statesman, Adler acknowledged that the 2019 repeal of the city's camping ban "is not working." He suggested City Council members should get together wi…
 
Austin's Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In, which has locations in East Austin, downtown and Round Rock, has seen the benefit of the world's changed moviegoing habits. And for the new year, it's gotten a little glow-up. The drive-in has added a chef-curated concession restaurant at its Mueller location, according to a news release. Blue Starlite al…
 
The Austin Food & Wine Alliance recently announced the recipients of more than $30,000 in grants for local professionals working in ways to promote culinary innovation. Some of the projects that received the financial backing highlight a commitment to diversity and social justice. Chef Damien Brockway, for instance, will now be able to more quickly…
 
Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra has formed the Council for the Indigenous and Tejano Community to facilitate the community’s desire to address undertold and untold indigenous and Tejano stories. The council's mission is to preserve the history, traditions and rich culture of indigenous and Tejano people of Hays County. Hays County residents who wou…
 
Westlake High School history teacher Cathy Cluck, who taught classes in the fall traveling from one historic site to another while the school was doing virtual learning, took part in President Joe Biden's virtual inaugural parade on Wednesday. Cluck was featured among other local heroes across country, according to the Inaugural Committee. See omny…
 
Austin police on Wednesday identified a driver who was killed in a head-on collision last week in Northwest Austin as 28-year-old Jasmine Symon Campos. Police said she was driving west in the 3900 block of West Howard Lane just before 11:40 p.m. on Jan. 13. Campos’ Nissan Sentra crashed into a Mercury Grand Marquis that was heading east, according …
 
Round Rock police have arrested 28-year-old Gage Johnston and charged him with capital murder in the shooting death of 27-year-old Jerrionn Burleson on Peachtree Valley Drive on Jan. 9. Police said the two men are both from Austin and knew each other. Johnston's bail is set at $1 million. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
A new report blasts the instructional videos shown at the Austin Police Department training academy, saying they tend to show officers interacting violently with people of color and gently with white people, reinforcing racial stereotypes and biases. In the training videos, 44% of the people shown interacting with police were Black, although Austin…
 
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