Mark D. Wilson, Austin American-Statesman

Mark D. Wilson

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Recent articles by Mark:

Austin City Council sets emergency hearing to review police tactics during protests

Austin City Council members said Monday that they will hold an emergency hearing this week to address concerns with officers’ response to racial injustice protests over the weekend and to address what they see as little cooperation from Austin police leadership to transform policing policies.Council members scheduled the hearing for Thursday afternoon, following the regular council meeting.The… → Read More

CORONAVIRUS IN AUSTIN: Council finds consensus in coronavirus spending plan, but finer points remain unclear

Austin City Council members have reached a loose consensus on a broad framework for how roughly $270 million in coronavirus relief funding will be → Read More

CORONAVIRUS IN AUSTIN: Health officials aim to reach 60,000 tests per month

Austin health officials say they want to increase the capacity for coronavirus testing by 500% by July, which would mean running 60,000 tests each month → Read More

Austin health officials to discuss coronavirus response as Travis County cases near 3,000

Austin health officials on Wednesday will discuss the latest updates in the fight against COVID-19 as cases in Travis County approach 3,000.By Tuesday → Read More

Coronavirus testing nearly complete at Austin nursing homes

Austin has nearly completed testing of all residents and staff at nursing homes and assisted living facilities ahead of a Wednesday deadline imposed by → Read More

CORONAVIRUS IN AUSTIN: City moves to help music, creative venues

Music venues were among the first businesses hit when the coronavirus threat emerged in Austin in March. Uncertainty over the cancellation of South by → Read More

Austin to increase monitoring, require day passes to walk-in visitors, cyclists at some parks

Austin Parks and Recreation officials say they will increase monitoring at three popular city parks to ensure social distancing guidelines are met and → Read More

CORONAVIRUS IN AUSTIN: First batch of ‘Healthy Streets’ closures to begin Thursday

The first batch of streets to be closed to vehicular traffic in as part of Austin’s new Healthy Streets initiative will be blocked off beginning → Read More

TODAY: Austin City Council to discuss coronavirus spending, homeless count

Austin City Council members on Tuesday will continue discussions on a spending framework for hundreds of millions of dollars aimed at lessening the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, and hear an update on the annual point-in-time count of the city's homeless population.The council already has pumped more than $30 million into relief efforts targeting individuals, businesses, nonprofit… → Read More

Coronavirus in Austin: 3 parks to limit capacity, require day passes

Three major Austin parks will issue new restrictions on visitors beginning Friday in response to increased activity amid the coronavirus pandemic.Austin → Read More

Many construction workers testing positive for coronavirus, Austin health officials say

Construction workers in Travis County have emerged as a top group among people infected by the coronavirus, along with health care and grocery store employees who have worked throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.Though precise numbers were not available Tuesday for how many people in those industries have been infected, interim Austin-Travis County Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott told Austin City… → Read More

FORECAST: More dry, hot conditions Monday with a high around 93

Forecasters are calling for another dry, hot day in Austin on Monday with afternoon highs reaching 93 degrees.National Weather Service meteorologists say → Read More

Austin launches $1.2 million rent assistance lottery

More than $1 million in rental assistance will be up for grabs beginning next week through a new lottery program launched by Austin’s Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department.City officials said the Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants program, or RENT, will divvy up $1.2 million among 1,000 families in the form of one-time rental-assistance payments. The funds will be… → Read More

As businesses eye opening, Austin still lags in testing

As Austin and Travis County businesses begin plans to reopen, boosting testing capabilities will be a crucial element to monitor the spread of the disease → Read More

Austin council considers future with thousands of coronavirus deaths

Austin Mayor Steve Adler said Tuesday he wished the state had given cities and counties more time to get to a better place with testing, tracking and personal protective supplies before rolling back stay-at-home mandates meant to curb the coronavirus pandemic.But with Gov. Greg Abbot’s action Monday, Adler said local leaders must look to the future and prepare for the worst."No one knows what is… → Read More

Coronavirus in Austin: Cap Metro extends free fares through May

Capital Metro will continue offering free fares to all customers through the month of May to protect riders and employees as the coronavirus pandemic continues.Cap Metro began offering free rides April 1 as a means of limiting contact between bus operators and customers. As of Friday, transit officials reported a total of 10 confirmed cases of the virus among its employees, four of whom have… → Read More

Austin online tool creates path for coronavirus testing without doctor referral

Austin Public Health officials on Thursday launched an online tool that will allow people to be screened for coronavirus symptoms and possibly referred → Read More

TODAY: Austin City Council poised to move millions more toward coronavirus testing, tracing and relief

Austin City Council members on Thursday will consider millions of dollars in grants and city funding to bolster coronavirus testing, contract tracing and → Read More

Austin City Council to hear update on coronavirus efforts

Austin City Council members on Tuesday will hear an update from local health officials on the spread of the coronavirus throughout Travis County.On Monday → Read More

Council members say Austin police racism probe shows need for radical change

Austin City Council members on Monday said findings of an investigation into allegations of racism, sexism and bigotry among Austin police show a need for → Read More