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Past articles by Amanda:

Pfizer looking for approval for COVID-19 vaccine in children under 5

Pfizer vaccines for kids under 5 could be available by the end of February. As we know, children under 5 are the only group that remains ineligible for vaccination. → Read More

What you and your family need to know about medical malpractice in Texas

Studies estimate 250,000 people in the US die each year due to medical errors. → Read More

Experts says labor shortage could last well into 2022

“It’s hard for new businesses to start if they can’t hire. It is hard for growing businesses to expand if they can’t hire. All of these things mean our growth and our local businesses and our local economies has a little bit of a limiter on it right now,” he said. “And that’s true in Austin as well.” → Read More

Another semiconductor facility may move to Central Texas

KXAN’s media partners at the Austin Business Journal took a closer look at how much of an investment the Micron facility would be, the potential job numbers it bring with it and which other Austin area was scoped out. → Read More

How COVID-19 could change higher education

The University of Texas at Austin, Huston-Tillotson and Texas State announced this week plans to go remote for the first two weeks of the spring semester as the omicron variant continues to rage on. → Read More

How to save on heating costs during winter

Many Central Texans are wondering what they can do to save money. Last year, the federal government announced some Americans can expect to pay more for natural gas this winter. → Read More

What parents should know as COVID-19 cases rise

Dr. Sunaina Suhag, a pediatrician for Austin Regional Clinic, explains what her office is seeing and what parents need to know. → Read More

New program assists first-time homebuyers with down payment

Saving up for a down payment is typically the highest hurdle to homeownership, but assistance can offer a huge helping hand. → Read More

One of the hottest strips of road for development in the US is in Williamson County

“The first real big development that took place around there was Dell Diamond about 20 years ago. But since then, you’ve seen a lot of different things pop up, from mixed use sites, to retail and restaurants,” said Justin Sayers with the Austin Business Journal. → Read More

Alzheimer’s Awareness: Important questions to ask and common misconceptions

According to the World Health Organization, around 55 million people have dementia worldwide, and as the proportion of older people in the population is increasing in nearly every developed country, this number is expected to rise to 78 million in 2030 and 139 million in 2050. → Read More

What is the future of shopping malls?

Gone are the days where most people are going to the mall to buy clothes. Experts say the next step for the mall industry is to not so heavily rely on those big-name department stores like Macy’s, Nordstrom and JCPenney. Now, it’s about making the the mall a place where you can shop but also get a unique in-person experience, like attending an event or concert. → Read More

What’s Velodyne Lidar? It’s being used to monitor road safety in Austin

The pilot program is set up at East Seventh Street and Springdale Road. Both roadways are part of Austin’s High-Injury Network, or roads that makeup just 8% of the city’s streets but account for nearly 70% of the city’s serious injury or deadly crashes. → Read More

From accidents to flat tires, HERO helps Central Texans in need

If you ever find yourself stranded on the side of the road in Texas, you may need to call HERO, the Highway Emergency Response Operator. → Read More

Heading to Hamilton Pool? You may notice some construction on the way

One of the most beautiful roads in the Austin area, Hamilton Pool Road is undergoing some changes. The narrow winding road has had several deadly accidents in the past few years. To help prevent future tragedies, the Texas Department of Transportation is taking steps to make this road safer. → Read More

Ride a bike or like to walk? How the city is trying to make you safer

AUSITN (KXAN) — Austin has a reputation for its traffic. One way you can help reduce that problem is by biking and walking more. The city is trying to make those activities safer with the ATX Walk Bike Roll program. Over the next few years, they’re planning to build urban trains, sidewalks, crosswalks and bike […] → Read More

Wanna go fast?!? Central Texas has the highway for you

Located just east of Austin, running between Georgetown and Seguin, drivers can hit an astonishing 85mph. → Read More

Austin drivers have a speeding problem; the city is trying to fix it

KXAN News Today traffic reporter Amanda Dugan spoke with Robert Spillar, director of the Austin Transportation Department, about Vision Zero, how they're hoping to reduce speeds and some of the projects the department is working on to protect pedestrians. → Read More

Do you know where the school zones are located on your daily commute?

It's a new challenge this year with the temporary suspension of the motorcycle enforcement unit. Austin Police say they are using this as an opportunity to assist local school district police department partners on monitoring school zones. → Read More

Here’s what to do when driving near a school bus

It is illegal to pass a school bus actively loading or unloading passengers. Passing on either side of the school bus can lead to a fine anywhere from $500 to more than $1,200 in Texas. Texas law says drivers must stop when a school bus extends its stop sign or turns on its flashing red lights. → Read More

Lesson: Why do we drive on asphalt?

AUSTIN (KXAN) — You drive on it every day but probably pay it no mind: asphalt. What is this strange, black rock and why do we drive on it? Traffic reporter Amanda Dugan explains how asphalt is made and why it is used around the world in this Traffic University lesson. What you will learn […] → Read More