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Past articles by Jennifer:

204 killed in domestic violence incidents in Texas in 2021, report shows

A staggering report released Thursday by the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) details the “third worst year on record” for domestic violence fatalities. The report revealed 204 women and men in Texas who were killed by their intimate partner in 2021. → Read More

New census launches to gain understanding of Austin’s music community

The 2022 Greater Austin Area Music Census launched Friday. A release said the census and assessment study aims to capture the voices and understand the current needs of Austin’s music community. → Read More

Supreme Court’s opinion impacts Texas abortion providers

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The state’s trigger law automatically bans almost all abortions in the state. The ban takes effect 30 days after the U.S. Supreme Court issues its official judgment. Confusion over exactly when that is, forced clinics to halt their services Friday. Whole Woman’s Health and Planned Parenthood clinics in Texas have also paused […] → Read More

Texas mobile and tiny homes hit by housing crisis

The affordable housing crisis is extending to mobile and tiny homes. The demand and costs are going up, but there is not always enough supply to fulfil the need. → Read More

Texas districts see shortages of school resource officers

Texas school districts will soon have to answer to a new Chief of School Safety and Security. Governor Greg Abbott called on the Texas Education Agency to create that position Thursday. The chief will be tasked with collaborating with state agencies to provide a safe environment for Texas students and educators. While that’s a solution, some local teachers and school leaders want more. → Read More

Downtown Austin surpasses pre-pandemic levels for development, growth

Some of the issues that are most important to Austinites to be addressed over the next two years are homelessness, traffic congestion, public safety, affordability and parking. → Read More

Summer safety at Lake Georgetown amid teen’s death

Crisis counselors are available all week for students at Stony Point High School in Round Rock. The district confirms one of its teenaged students died after jumping from the cliffs on Lake Georgetown on Sunday. Police say the 16-year-old did not surface and was rescued by first responders before being pronounced dead. → Read More

New recommendations to address TX teacher shortage

You’ve heard KXAN report multiple times about the severe teacher shortage facing so many Texas school districts. On Wednesday, possible real-life fixes were announced in the form of policy recommendations from hundreds of educators around the state. → Read More

Del Valle ISD board approves teacher and staff raises

The Del Valle Independent School District Board of Trustees has approved a raise for teachers and staff members. According to the district, all teachers, librarians, nurses, and paraprofessionals will receive an average seven percent salary increase. → Read More

Progress report: Tackling homelessness in Austin

A year after the vote to reinstate the camping ban, Austin’s Homeless Strategy Division is updating the community on its progress in tackling homelessness. → Read More

Ukrainian families come to Central Texas amid uncertainty

Ukrainian families in Austin are helping people from their homeland settle in Central Texas as the war with Russia continues. → Read More

Cameras with license plate readers set for installation around Pflugerville

The Pflugerville Police Department is trying something new to fight crime in places officers can’t be. Over the next six weeks, 28 Flock safety cameras that have license plate readers will be placed across the city in high traffic areas and large retail areas. → Read More

State of Texas: Border orders add pressure to businesses facing supply chain strain

AUSTIN (Nexstar) – Gov. Greg Abbott announced Texas will start organizing charter buses to transport migrants — who have crossed the border and agree to it — all the way to the steps of the U.S. Capitol. “As opposed to busing these people to San Antonio. Let’s continue the ride all the way to Washington, […] → Read More

California tech firm submits application to Hutto ISD that could lead to potential $2.4B investment

The Hutto Independent School Board of Trustees has accepted an application from Applied Materials for a Chapter 313 Agreement, a type of tax incentive offered by the state and local communities for businesses expanding in or relocating to Texas. Applied Materials is a global company that focuses on semiconductor research and development to improve chip-making technology. → Read More

FEMA in Williamson County to assess tornado damage

Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will join Williamson County leaders Wednesday to discuss the preliminary damage assessment process for those affected by last week’s tornado. → Read More

NAACP, LULAC want independent, performance audit of Central Health

On Wednesday, members of NAACP-Austin and Texas LULAC District VII held a press conference calling Travis County Commissioners to order an independent, third party, performance audit of Central Health. → Read More

‘It’s a nightmare’: Ukrainians in Central Texas fear for families abroad

Dmytro Chornopyshchuk’s parents and grandparents were enjoying a peaceful dinner mere hours before missile strikes and explosions echoed throughout their homeland of Ukraine. → Read More

Here’s how Austin ISD students can earn up to $1K this summer

The Austin Independent School District is gearing up for the Summer Youth Employment Program Training. → Read More

Workers at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s South Lamar location branch unionize

That’s why he, along with other employees at that location, have formally unionized. Their key requests include increases in wages and benefits, a resolution to long-standing building maintenance requests and transparent COVID-19 protocols. → Read More

Pflugerville’s support key to Samaje Perine’s Super Bowl journey, mom says

Cincinnati Bengals running back Samaje Perine, a Hendrickson High School graduate, has reached the mountaintop of football success with a soon-to-be appearance in Super Bowl LVI. → Read More