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Past articles by Jala:

‘Deeply heartbreaking’: Intentional fire started at historic Black church

A little over 24 hours after a Sunday service, Senior Pastor Kelvin Austin of Goodwill Baptist Church got a late call that the building was on fire. → Read More

‘Cultural erasure’: Austin Conjunto music festival denied city funding — what changed?

The spring festival has relied heavily on funding from the City’s Cultural Arts Division. When the organization’s 2023 application for funding was denied, they thought it had to be a mistake. → Read More

‘A thrill to it’: Getting inside a street racer’s mind, more details on ATX ‘street takeover’ arrests

According to this street racer— who said he was not involved in the chaotic street takeover, over the weekend—car meet ups and racing used to be rebellious fun. → Read More

Remembering founder of ‘La Cocina de Consuelo’: A Texas housekeeper from Mexico achieved her American dream

The long-time owner and founder of an Austin staple has died. Consuelo “Connie” Rodriguez passed away on Valentine’s Day Eve, after a battle with cancer, her family said. For more than a decade, the restaurant, “La Cocina de Consuelo,” on Burnet has been a community favorite. → Read More

How an Austin woman grew black-owned business, ‘Soul Popped,’ with $53 to her name

AUSTIN (KXAN)—”There’s power in not having anything to lose,” said De Juana Lozada, founder of Soul Popped Gourmet Popcorn. Everyone calls her De J. She built the soul-food-flavored popcorn brand when she had little to nothing about seven years ago. Now, the demand for her popcorn is growing. She runs her business out of a […] → Read More

‘A direct attack on me’: HOA says it mistakenly asked Austin man to take pride flag down

“It was a direct attack on me as someone who’s in the LGBTQ+ community, so I felt afraid,” Grant said. “It was an immediate fear reaction.” Grant said he’s been … → Read More

State of Texas: DPS director expects ‘Just the two’ to face discipline after Uvalde investigation

In September, the department announced seven DPS officials were under investigation for the response that day. → Read More

Keeping roots in East Austin: Meet the couple behind Black-owned business ‘Ink Empire’

The DJ inside the shop, sets the tone. And it’s hard to miss the tall regal chair sitting in the middle of the back wall, underneath the business’ bold letters, ‘Ink Empire.&#8217… → Read More

Portrait of Opal Lee, ‘Grandmother of Juneteenth,’ unveiled in Texas Senate

Lee’s portrait will be just the second to honor an African-American Texan, according to the Texas Legislative Black Caucus. → Read More

Some religious freedoms allowed in Texas over others? State representative wants equality

On Tuesday, Euless Texas Rep. Salman Bhojani announced he re-filed the religious freedom agenda. → Read More

The Fred Kerley Story: City of Taylor unveils mural honoring its hometown Olympian

Fred Kerley returned to his hometown of Taylor on Saturday morning, wearing a shirt that read, “To all the teachers who told me I wouldn’t amount to anything.” Kerley made this bo… → Read More

Guide Dogs for the Blind chooses Austin to raise puppies, but volunteers needed

AUSTIN (KXAN) — You might start seeing more little puppies out and about around Austin. That’s because the city was chosen by Guide Dogs for the Blind to help raise and train guide dogs that will eventually be given away to a handler. On a rainy, Saturday morning, you’d find nearly a dozen young puppies […] → Read More

Trial delayed for Martindale neighbor who fatally shot Austin man through car more than a year ago

A Central Texas family is frustrated, waiting for closure. Adil Dghoughi’s brother said they just found on Tuesday the trial for the person accused of killing him has been pushed back months. → Read More

‘Part of your legacy’: City of Elgin unveils mural honoring its black leaders

It stands 20 feet high and is 50 feet long. You can’t miss Elgin’s new black and white creation, with powerful images that capture the attention of everyone who walks by. It stands 20 feet high and is 50 feet long. You can’t miss Elgin’s new black and white creation, with powerful images that capture the attention of everyone who walks by. → Read More

2 Texas Muslims make history, sworn into office as State Representatives

Pure adrenaline, joy and immense gratitude swirled through Texas’ Capitol on Tuesday, as two Texas Muslims made history. → Read More

‘They said they have up to two months’: Southwest travelers go days without luggage after cancellation fiasco

Southwest Airlines canceled another nearly 5,000 flights on Wednesday and Thursday combined, according to FlightAware. → Read More

Tamale trouble? How inflation, staffing is impacting a holiday tradition

Is there trouble this Tamale season? Not quite. But there may be a greater demand with less hands on deck to get them made. → Read More

First-of-its-kind 'Gift Guide': What to get for your disabled family members, friends

As you finish your holiday shopping within the next couple weeks, Have you ever stopped to think about the types of gifts you’re buying for disabled family members or close friends? For the first time, there’s a gift giving guide with dozens of items that come most recommended by people who are living with disabilities. → Read More

South Austin toy shop to close on Christmas Eve after more than 30 years

Anna Barr has lived in the Austin area her entire life. She opened her first toy shop on South Lamar across from Matt’s El Rancho in the early 2000s. Anna Barr has lived in the Austin area he… → Read More

‘Keep Austin Cultural’: Here’s why one man decided to organize the city’s first Asian Culture Fair

In the somewhat secluded Oskar Blues Brewery in North Austin, an aroma of Asian Fusion lingered throughout the venue, with unique works of art canvassing every inch on Sunday afternoon. More than 3… → Read More