Amanda O'Donnell, Austin American-Statesman

Amanda O'Donnell

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Texans share photos of large hail, damage after Georgetown storm

You know the saying. April showers bring May... hail storms. The weather platitudes ring a little different in Texas, and a hail storm that hit Williamson → Read More

DELAYED: Thunderbirds flyover salute of coronavirus workers pushed to 3:40 p.m.

10:50 a.m. Wednesday update: The U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds flyover salute of essential workers serving in the coronavirus pandemic has been pushed back to 3:40 p.m. because of weather.Due to forecasted inclement weather, the Texas flyover start times have been delayed 1 hour! Updated times below:San Antonio - 2:20 P.M. (CDT) and last approximately 30 minutes.Austin - 3:40 P.M. (CDT) and last… → Read More

Texas parks to resume overnight camping starting May 18

Later this month Texas parks will again offer overnight camping to visitors after a temporary ban was instituted to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.According to a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department press release, state parks will begin offering limited overnight camping starting May 18. The number of overnight visitors allowed will vary depending on park capacity and will “align with… → Read More

Pizza joint near UT campus closes after 20 years

After 20 years at its location just north of the University of Texas at Austin campus, the Varsity Pizza and Pints has closed permanently, according to an → Read More

’You’re amazing’: Mark Wahlberg thanks H-E-B workers during coronavirus pandemic

H-E-B employees who continue to work through the coronavirus pandemic got a celebrity message of thanks Thursday.Actor and Texas burger joint owner Mark → Read More

These Texas counties, cities have issued stay-at-home orders amid coronavirus

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Sunday that, amid the coronavirus pandemic, he would refrain from issuing a statewide shelter-in-place order and instead → Read More

Here are the Austin events currently under review by Austin Public Health

After Austin city officials issued conditions for events over 2,500 people earlier this week amid concern over coronavirus COVID-19, the Austin American- → Read More

UT to put $10 million donation toward Blanton upgrade, more outdoor art

With the help of a recent $10 million donation, a few more of the University of Texas at Austin’s Forty Acres could soon be adorned with outdoor art. → Read More

Hard to brie-lieve: Cheeselandia won’t return to SXSW this year

Sadder things have happened, sure. But, the saddest news out of the pre-South by Southwest 2020 fanfare so far is that there will be significantly less → Read More

Brené Brown joins UT faculty as visiting professor, will teach ‘Dare to Lead’ program

She’ll deliver the keynote address to the University of Texas at Austin’s graduating class of 2020 this spring -- but then she’ll stick → Read More

Brené Brown joins UT faculty as visiting professor, will teach ‘Dare to Lead’ program

She’ll deliver the keynote address to the University of Texas at Austin’s graduating class of 2020 this spring -- but then she’ll stick around.READ: Brené Brown to deliver UT commencement address this springAcclaimed researcher, author and speaker Brené Brown will join the McCombs School of Business faculty as a visiting professor of management to teach her training program "Dare to Lead," a… → Read More

Possible case of coronavirus being investigated in Texas

A possible case of coronavirus is being investigated east of Austin in Brazos County, the Brazos County Health District tweeted Thursday afternoon. News → Read More

5 places to get a bagel in Austin

Let’s just get it out of the way -- this isn’t about tacos. It has nothing to do with tacos, what’s inside of tacos, where you can get them, which ones are the best, which ones are scammin’, and, just to be entirely transparent, this also has nothing to do with tortillas. It can be hard being the other breakfast option in Austin, a city lauded for its tacos. A city so into its own taco scene… → Read More

New pay-as-you-pick tulip field coming to Texas roadside in February

Especially with today’s chillier temps, spring still feels a ways away. But come February, a new Texas tulip field, where patrons can pick their own bouquet, should help speed along the seasonal change. Texas-Tulips already has one field that opens for business annually in Dallas. But this year it’s adding a second field in the San Antonio-area. Visitors to the La Vernia field can wander through… → Read More

Austin's tallest building to light up topper in 'full spectrum of colors' soon

The topper on Austin's tallest building will soon add to the array of light displays illuminating the city’s skyline.Developers are in the process of ironing out the final touches, but "in the coming weeks" residents can expect to see the crown of the "Jenga tower" like they’ve never seen it before, CultureMap Austin reports.At 58 stories and 685 feet, the Independent, also called the "Jenga… → Read More

Garth Brooks is too big for Gruene Hall — and that's just how he likes it

It's always Christmas in Gruene, Texas, where shops keep the trees up year-round, and the Gristmill's dangling lights give the riverside restaurant a holiday twinkle. But Monday night felt more like a holiday than usual.Late in August, country megastar Garth Brooks announced he'd be adding a Texas stop to his national tour of dive bars, which coincides with new single "Dive Bar" with Blake… → Read More

Glossier is coming to Austin: Millennial makeup brand bringing pop-up to city

You look good, Austin. And the skin-focused, pink-bagged, beauty brand loved by millennials far and wide, Glossier, is coming to town to tell you just that. Founded and based in New York City, the makeup brand is bringing its beauty goods to Austin for a limited time. The brand took to Instagram to share the news with a sign sure to catch any Austinite's eye: I-35. [gh:blockquote… → Read More

Jimmy Fallon to bring 'The Tonight Show' to UT Austin

Jimmy Fallon will be bringing his laughing and clapping to the University of Texas at Austin campus this November, the host announced during a taping of → Read More

'Talk about abortion!': Twitter reacts to issue's absence from Democratic debate

Democratic presidential hopefuls discussed issues like health insurance, gun control, taxes and immigration during the three-hour debate held in Houston → Read More

No, not that Austin: Minnesota councilman says angry residents are sending 'blistering emails' to the wrong guy

Austin residents are so eager to share their thoughts on local issues that it seems a few have neglected to check just which state the councilman they're → Read More