Ryan Autullo, Austin American-Statesman

Ryan Autullo

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Recent articles by Ryan:

CORONAVIRUS IN AUSTIN: Homeless, unemployed renters benefit from wave of federal funding

The Austin City Council on Thursday accepted $7.2 million in federal funds to respond to the coronavirus crisis and separately allocated more than $7 million of local money to organizations assisting residents who are suffering financially as a result of the pandemic.The council meeting was held virtually and involved input from dozens of community members who logged onto a video conference to… → Read More

Travis County has ‘flattened the curve,’ but Hispanics still suffering in pandemic

Travis County has managed to stem the spread of new coronavirus cases in the area, but a Travis County health official said Tuesday that concerns remain → Read More

Jobless tenant behind on rent, but Austin landlord pays it forward

Moving boxes were packed and the out-of-work tenant who no longer could scrape together rent money was about to seek a room at an extended-stay hotel.Then, → Read More

Group to Austin leaders: Give $40 million cut from coronavirus funds to renters

Ahead of a decision next week on how to spend $170.8 million from the coronavirus federal relief fund, the city of Austin is getting pressure from a civil → Read More

With no coronavirus cases, Travis County Jail stands out — but some are skeptical

Travis County’s adult jail system has held roughly 1,600 inmates on any given day since the coronavirus crisis hit Central Texas two months ago.Yet, → Read More

Friends of Austinite detained in Venezuelan ’failed coup’ say he was misled

Friends of Luke Denman, the Austin native and former American soldier detained in Venezuela after what authorities in that country are describing as a → Read More

Earl Thomas' wife arrested in Austin after police says she pointed gun at NFL star husband's head

NFL star and former University of Texas standout Earl Thomas is listed as the victim in a domestic violence incident last month in Austin where his wife was arrested after she told police she pointed a loaded weapon at her husband’s head when she found him in bed with another woman. The incident, first reported … → Read More

Austin native arrested after failed attempt to capture Venezuelan president

A U.S. military veteran who was arrested Monday in what Venezuela officials have described as a failed plot to capture President Nicolás Maduro is an Austin native whose family members say they were stunned to see reports of his apprehension and are praying for his safe return.Venezuelan officials say Luke Denman, 34, was apprehended at gunpoint on a beach near the port city of La Guaira, where… → Read More

Judges to comply with Abbott’s jail-release order despite immunity

A group of Texas judges this week were turned back in their attempt to thwart an executive order by Gov. Greg Abbott to restrict no-cost jail releases → Read More

Supreme Court supports Abbott rule restricting jail release during pandemic

The Texas Supreme Court Thursday overturned a temporary injunction that barred enforcement of Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order against the no-cash release of inmates accused of violent offenses during the coronavirus pandemic.The ruling suggested the 16 Houston judges who had secured the injunction against the governor’s order this month did not have proper legal standing. The court’s decision… → Read More

Most abortions in Texas blocked during pandemic after latest appeals court ruling

The decision from a three-judge panel upholds the inclusion of abortions among the elective procedures banned in an emergency order from Gov. Abbott. → Read More

Travis County public defender starts Monday amid uncertain times

A new era in indigent criminal defense gets underway Monday in Travis County when the chief of the new adult public defender office begins her first day → Read More

Top Travis County official returns $5,000 after campaign ethics violation

Texas state Senate candidate Sarah Eckhardt, the acting county judge in Travis County, has acknowledged violating a campaign ethics law by accepting → Read More

Judge clears way for Texans to vote by mail amid pandemic; appeal expected

3 p.m. update: A Travis County district court judge has issued a temporary injunction that clears the way for Texans to vote by mail during the coronavirus pandemic to maintain social distance while voting.State District Judge Tim Sulak made the decision Wednesday afternoon, siding with the Texas Democratic Party and a voters rights group who had argued that these extraordinary times call for a… → Read More

TODAY: Texas Democrats in court arguing for mail-in ballots

Lawyers for the Texas Democratic Party and voters rights groups will present oral arguments Wednesday favoring the use of mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic as a means to maintain social distancing while voting.The plaintiffs filed a lawsuit last month requesting that a provision in the state’s election code that allows people with a disability to vote by mail can apply to all… → Read More

Arrests of celebrity mechanic’s son underscore domestic worries in coronavirus lockdown

Austin police recently arrested a man twice in a little more than a week after responding to a rental home in Hyde Park both times and finding his girlfriend with injuries consistent with an assault.Jesse Eli James, 23, was charged twice with assault family violence — for a misdemeanor on March 26 and for a felony on April 3. He is the son of a former TV personality with the same name who… → Read More

Coronavirus in Texas: Judge weighing merits of Abbott’s ban on personal bonds for violent suspects

A Travis County state judge will soon weigh in on the controversial executive order by Gov. Greg Abbott that barred anyone accused of a violent offense → Read More

Austin council measure could lead to help for indigent defendants

Austin City Council members passed a resolution Thursday that could lead to more indigent criminal defendants getting released from jail while they wait → Read More

Breaking up harder to do with coronavirus, divorce experts say

The coronavirus shutdown has led to more family time, which might be welcomed by couples who get along, but might feel like prison to those whose → Read More

Keep Austin wet: Why shelter-in-place orders deemed liquor stores 'essential'

The shelter-in-place orders that went into effect in Austin early Wednesday to slow down the spread of the coronavirus require most businesses to close → Read More