Philip Jankowski, Austin American-Statesman

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Past articles by Philip:

Monday is last day to register to vote in November election. Here's what you need to know

In Austin, the ballot includes amendments to the Texas Constitution and a proposition related on Austin police staffing. → Read More

Project Connect plan calls for rail tunnel under Lady Bird Lake, remake of Fourth Street

Initial designs for the Orange Line light rail in Austin indicate that the mass transit line will go under, not over, Lady Bird Lake. → Read More

As ERCOT braces for record power demand, utility chief vows 'lights are going to stay on'

However, ERCOT says Texans could again be called on to conserve electricity during height of summer. → Read More

One dead near Manor after fall from construction site

Austin-Travis County EMS said the victim fell three stories and died at the scene. → Read More

Amid COVID-19, Austin's traffic plummeted. As roads fill back up, will patterns change?

Nearly every metric measuring traffic congestion was down sharply in 2020 as the pandemic created an unintentional traffic experiment. → Read More

How to get in and out of Austin FC's new soccer stadium: First big test looms

Officials said they’ll continue reviewing the transportation plan after the stadium sees its first major events. → Read More

How will Texas' 'defund the police' bill affect Austin? Leaders aren't sure

Gov. Greg Abbott will likely sign the bill to punish cities that "defund" the police. In Austin, that could mean cutting off tax revenue and more. → Read More

Here's how different areas in Austin voted on reinstating the city's homeless camping ban

Precinct results showed an east-west divide, but Prop B made enough inroads with Democrats to be approved by a healthy margin. → Read More

With Prop F, Austin voters weigh giving more power to mayor's office

If approved, Proposition F would fundamentally change Austin's form of government. → Read More

Please stand by: After technical hiccup, SXSW kicks off with Stacey Abrams' keynote

As a politician and novelist, Stacey Abrams said she has used storytelling as a tool throughout her life. → Read More

Bill raises possibility of toll lanes on Interstate 35 in Austin

A new bill hopes to soften the tax burden of Interstate 35's expansion by encourage private investment through tolls. → Read More

Power's out but not powerless: What you can do to stay safe, warm during an outage

Austin Energy reports demand on the statewide electrical grid is making it harder than expected to restore power. → Read More

Austin council moves ahead on ballot language for camping ban, strong mayor proposals

Amendments to the city's charter, including giving the mayor unprecedented power and reinstating the controversial camping ban, will be on the ballot. → Read More

Should cities' funds be used to pay lobbyists? Texas bill bids to put a stop to it

Two identical bills would prevent cities, counties and school districts from hiring lobbyists to advocate for a legislative agenda at the Capitol. → Read More

Austin City Council to buy hotel for $6.7 million to house the homeless

The City Council voted to buy one hotel and put off the purchase of a second for one week. → Read More

Kyle police charge 15-year-old with murder in drug-related homicide

Kyle charged a 15-year-old with murder in drug-related homicide Saturday. → Read More

Deputies: 4 abducted children located safe in North Austin hotel

The Travis County Sheriff's found four children safe Sunday that the agency issued an Amber Alert about their possible abduction early Sunday morning. → Read More

TxDOT’s new $300 million HQ starts to take shape

Construction is underway on the Texas Department of Transportation’s new $300 million headquarters in southeast Austin.The facility, which is expected to be completed in February 2022, will be home to about 2,000 agency employees.Eventually, it will consolidate TxDOT’s presence in Austin. The agency’s workers are currently spread over three sites across the city.Those sites are buildings that… → Read More

TxDOT looks for input on Austin I-35 rebuild

The Texas Department of Transportation is now taking comment on how the agency should reconstruct Interstate 35 — or if it should do it at all — throughout central Austin.The state transportation agency is giving the public until Dec. 12 to provide input and has made its current plans available online. TxDOT has three options for the highway’s revamp as well as a "no build" option, which would… → Read More

Austin’s Prop A campaign turns ugly in final days

In the waning days of this election cycle, the campaigns for and against Austin’s mass transit referendum Proposition A have turned decidedly ugly. → Read More