Amanda O'Donnell, Austin American-Statesman

Amanda O'Donnell

Austin American-Statesman

Austin, TX, United States

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Past articles by Amanda:

Gov. Greg Abbott wants to eliminate rape. More than 90% of sexual assault cases in Texas are never reported.

"Texas will work tirelessly to make sure that we eliminate all rapists from the streets of Texas," Abbott said. → Read More

Hundreds of new laws go into effect Sept. 1 in Texas. Here's what you need to know.

More than 600 new laws take effect today in Texas: permitless carry, abortion restrictions and limits on "critical race theory." → Read More

Stevie Nicks out of ACL Fest lineup, 2021 'additions coming soon'

Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks will no longer perform at the Austin City Limits Music Festival. ACL fest says additions to the 2021 lineup are incoming. → Read More

We've got your summer guide to dining out and drinking in Austin

As restaurants fully reopen, there are a lot of new faces on the dining scene, and many of our old favorites survived and are ready to welcome you back. → Read More

Will you continue to wear a mask in public spaces? We want to hear from you.

We are polling our readers to determine whether or not they will continue to wear a mask in public spaces despite Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's recent lifting of a statewide mask mandate. → Read More

Did you witness an act of kindness or service during last week's Texas freeze? We want to hear from you

As we continue to report on the fallout and recovery out of last week's Texas winter storm, we want to hear from you. Please share your stories of kindness with us. → Read More

Kacey Musgraves selling "Cruzin' for Bruizin'" T-shirts to benefit Texans hit by storm

Singer Kacey Musgraves donated to Texas causes amid the state's power and water crisis. But then she had another idea... → Read More

Help us track Austin power outages

Help Austin American-Statesman track ongoing power outages by filling out this form with your address and power status. → Read More

H-E-B closes Austin stores amid severe winter weather

All H-E-B Austin stores will be closed Monday amid a historic freeze affecting the entire state of Texas. → Read More

How to help, and what to do if you need it, during Texas' historic freeze

If you're looking for ways to help during Texas' severe winter weather consider donating to one of these causes. If you're looking for food or shelter check out these resources. → Read More

Texas Twitter hit with a flurry of snow tweets, memes during #TexasFreeze

The cold weather memes are at least the second-coldest thing about Texas' bout of severe winter weather. Here's what people are saying on Twitter. → Read More

Easy Tiger to close original downtown location

This news might be a little harder to swallow than, say, a warm pretzel with mustard and a craft beer.Austin bakery and taproom Easy Tiger is set to permanently close its downtown location after eight years at the East Sixth Street spot.The business announced the closure in a Facebook post Friday, saying the "scrappy little bake shop and beer garden" had served as the spot "where we baked our… → Read More

Austin venue Barracuda announces permanent closure

The unassuming facade of popular Austin venue Barracuda won’t be seeing another winding line abuzz with preshow chatter.After five years at its East Seventh Street location, the venue announced its closure on social media— Barracuda (@barracudaaustin) June 10, 2020Thanking “everyone who’s walked through our doors,” the club said all remaining shows will be… → Read More

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