Brandon Mulder, Austin American-Statesman

Brandon Mulder

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Austin, TX, United States

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UPDATE: Sunday rally canceled;19 arrested after downtown protests

A march planned for the grounds of the Texas Capitol Sunday has been canceled, event organizers said.The Austin Justice Coalition planned a march to stand → Read More

19 arrested after downtown protests; another rally planned Sunday

At least 14 people were arrested Saturday and five more early Sunday as protests against police and racism spawned fires and looting in downtown Austin. → Read More

’Sorry, no masks allowed:’ Elgin bar resists coronavirus guidance

"No masks allowed."That’s the new rule an Elgin bar is asking its patrons to follow, defying the COVID-19 guidance set by county, state and federal leaders.This week, a sign was posted outside the Liberty Tree Tavern in downtown Elgin as the bar navigates reopening after the coronavirus pandemic."Due to our concern for our customers, if they FEEL (not think) that they need to wear a mask, they… → Read More

UPDATE: Flood warning until 10:45 p.m. for parts of Travis County

7:30 p.m. update: A flood warning for parts of south-central Travis County is in effect until 10:45 p.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service said.The → Read More

UPDATE: Storm warning in effect until 7 p.m., watch for damaging hail

6:15 p.m. update: A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 7 p.m. for central Travis County, the National Weather Service said.Hail at least the → Read More

WEATHER UPDATE: Thunderstorms drop hail on eastern Travis County

The National Weather Service has issued a weather advisory for the northeast portion of Travis County after a thunderstorm produced hail in the area.Forecasters reported that hail the size of a quarter fell on Manor after 3 p.m. on Sunday. More hail, some as large as a nickel, is expected along with lightning and wind gusts of up to 50 mph, the weather service said. → Read More

Wimberley school board ends legal dispute over district logo

The Wimberley school district board of trustees sought to lay to rest the controversy surrounding the unauthorized alteration of its logo using the colors → Read More

Texas 71 in Bastrop County shut down after crash near Cedar Creek

The westbound lanes of Texas 71 in Bastrop County were shut down Tuesday afternoon due to a “serious accident” near Cedar Creek, county officials said.The crash occurred near the intersection of Texas 71 and Tucker Hill Lane in western Bastrop County. Drivers are asked to find alternate routes or look out for emergency vehicles in the area. → Read More

Two Taylor teens killed in ATV accident Saturday

Two teenagers were killed in an ATV accident Saturday afternoon east of Taylor, according to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.A spokesperson said that deputies were called to the scene, located CR 482, at 4:30 p.m. Three juveniles had been on board the ATV during the crash. Two of them, aged 14 and 15, were killed.The third sustained minor injuries, the sheriff’s office said. → Read More

Dixie Chicks help Bastrop County girls refuge center fight cabin fever amid coronavirus

An Olympian, an actor, a biologist and the Dixie Chicks — all have been hanging out, virtually, with several sex trafficking survivors sheltering at a residential treatment facility in Bastrop County.Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Refuge Ranch ‒ a 48-bed long-term treatment center for sex-trafficked girls ‒ has been hosting a series of Zoom chats between the girls and successful women from… → Read More

1 nursing home staffer, no residents test positive in Bastrop County coronavirus survey

A coronavirus survey of all nursing home facilities in Bastrop County yielded one positive case after 94 tests were administered, officials announced Monday.The single positive case is linked to a staff member. No nursing home residents returned positive results, according to the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management. Officials have not disclosed in which nursing home the staff member… → Read More

Texas counts another 1,009 COVID-19 cases Sunday

State health officials counted another 1,009 new confirmed coronavirus cases Sunday, creating a new streak of three consecutive days with at least 1,000 → Read More

ACC to hold virtual graduation ceremony

Austin Community College will host a virtual graduation ceremony for its graduating class of more than 2,900 students this spring, the school said Sunday. → Read More

Travis County closes two parks due to overcrowding

The Travis County Parks Department closed two parks Sunday due to a large number of visitors that increases the threat of spreading the coronavirus, the → Read More

Hays County reports no new coronavirus cases; total remains at 149

Hays County reported no new confirmed coronavirus cases Sunday, leaving the county’s total at 149.The county reports that 71 people have already recovered, while 77 actively have the illness. Of those, Hays County officials said 14 people are in hospitals with the virus.One person in the county — a Buda woman in her 80s — died from the virus. Her death was reported April 13.About 25% of the… → Read More

Two Travis County parks closed due to too many visitors

The Travis County Parks department has closed two parks due a large number of visitors that increases the threat of spreading the coronavirus, the parks → Read More

Elgin man is first COVID-19 death in Bastrop County

Bastrop County officials announced Monday morning the county’s first death related to COVID-19 — a 58-year-old man from Elgin.“This → Read More

HEB employee tests positive for COVID-19

An HEB employee at the grocery store’s East Riverside location has tested positive for COVID-19, the company said Sunday afternoon.The employee was last in the East Austin HEB Plus! store on March 28, the company said. All other employees at that location have been notified and the store has undergone several deep cleans and sanitizations since that date. Employees at affected stores are also… → Read More

Bastrop County records second positive coronavirus case

A 33-year-old Bastrop County female on Wednesday became the second in the county to test positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, → Read More

Dallas mayor, healthcare leaders urge statewide shelter-in-place mandate

The city of Dallas and other Dallas-area healthcare, business and education leaders are urging Gov. Greg Abbott to issue a state-wide, mandatory shelter- → Read More