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Census Cuts All Counting Efforts Short By A Month

Census Cuts All Counting Efforts Short By A Month

ListenListening...The U.S. Census Bureau is ending all counting efforts for the 2020 census on Sept. 30, a month sooner than previously announced, the bureau's director confirmed Monday in . That includes critical door-knocking efforts and , and by mail. The latest updates to the bureau's plans are part of efforts to "accelerate the completion of data collection and apportionment counts by our statutory deadline of December 31, 2020, as required by law and directed by the Secretary of Commerce" who oversees the bureau, Director Steven Dillingham said in the . These last-minute changes to...

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In Texas, 2 Big Problems Collide: Uninsured People And An Uncontrolled Pandemic

In Texas, 2 Big Problems Collide: Uninsured People And An Uncontrolled Pandemic

Steve Alvarez started feeling sick in late June. His symptoms were mild at first, but then he developed a fever, chills and shortness of breath. He thought it was a bad cold he just couldn't shake. "Just when I started to get to feeling better and I would have a couple of good days," Alvarez says. "I felt like I'd backtrack and I was just really run down. This thing lingered and lingered." Alvarez, a Tejano musician who lives in the San Antonio area, eventually got a free COVID-19 test provided by the city of San Antonio. A week later, he found out he tested positive for the virus. Alvarez...

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So You Want To Vote By Mail In Texas? Here's How To Do It.

So You Want To Vote By Mail In Texas? Here's How To Do It.

The Texas Supreme Court has that "lack of immunity" to the coronavirus is not a disability under state law that would qualify someone for a mail-in ballot. In the same ruling, the court acknowledged that county election clerks have no duty to question or investigate the disability of voters who claim it. But if you’re curious about how you would even go about voting by mail (or if you’re eligible), here’s how it works. Am I eligible to vote by mail? The Texas Secretary of State says you must meet one of the following criteria to be eligible for a mail-in ballot:  If you meet one of these...

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School Administrators Want Flexibility When It Comes To School Reopening

School Administrators Want Flexibility When It Comes To School Reopening

From : Members of the Texas Association of School Administrators are worried that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's recent opinion about school reopenings amid the pandemic created more confusion than clarity. the association released Thursday, the group said Paxton "muddied the waters" when he said that local health authorities don't have the right to shut down schools to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Listen Listening... 5:58 Schools had been following guidance from local health officials, many of whom have asked schools to delay in-person instruction because of the pandemic....

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Far Fewer Texans Have Reported Surprise Medical Bills Since New Law Went Into Effect

Far Fewer Texans Have Reported Surprise Medical Bills Since New Law Went Into Effect

There has been a huge drop in the number of Texans calling state regulators over surprise medical bills in the past six months.  at the beginning of the year requiring medical providers and insurance companies to figure out payment disputes themselves – instead of sending bills to patients. Senate Bill 1264 applies to Texans with state-regulated health insurance plans and people who get coverage through the state employee or teacher retirement systems, which is about 20% of Texans. It prohibits providers from billing patients for the difference between what a medical service costs and what...

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Man Shot At Downtown Austin Protest Dies From His Injuries, Suspect In Custody

Man Shot At Downtown Austin Protest Dies From His Injuries, Suspect In Custody

A man shot during a protest in downtown Austin has died at an Austin hospital from his injuries, police say. A Facebook Live video showed protesters marching up Congress Avenue on Saturday night. A group bunched together at the corner of Fourth Street and Congress when several gunshots rang out. An Austin Police spokesperson said officers were monitoring the protest when the shooting happened around 9:52 p.m. According to initial reports, APD said, the victim approached the suspect's vehicle and may have been carrying a rifle. The suspect inside the vehicle then shot the victim, police...

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Man Shot In Downtown Austin Protest Dies From His Injuries, Suspect In Custody

Man Shot In Downtown Austin Protest Dies From His Injuries, Suspect In Custody

A man shot during a protest in downtown Austin has died at an Austin hospital from his injuries, police say. A Facebook Live video showed protesters marching up Congress Avenue Saturday night. A group bunched together at the corner of Fourth Street and Congress when several gunshots rang out. An Austin Police spokesperson said officers were monitoring the protest when the shooting happened around 9:52 p.m. APD says, according to initial reports, the victim approached the suspect's vehicle and may have been carrying a rifle. The suspect inside the vehicle then shot the victim, police said....

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Austin, Travis County Extend Stay-At-Home Orders, Require Public To Wear Face Coverings

Austin, Travis County Extend Stay-At-Home Orders, Require Public To Wear Face Coverings

Austin and Travis County are extending their stay-at-home orders until May 8, officials announced Monday.  The new orders will go into effect when the original ones expire at 11:59 p.m. Under the extended orders, people are required to wear fabric face coverings when conducting essential work or activities. “Everyone over the age of ten must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when in a public building, using public transportation or ride shares, pumping gas and while outside when six feet of physical distancing cannot be consistently maintained,” the city said in a statement....

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Apr 17
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Central Texans Who Have Recovered From COVID-19 Begin Donating Plasma To Treat Others

Central Texans Who Have Recovered From COVID-19 Begin Donating Plasma To Treat Others

collected plasma Wednesday from a third person who has recovered after testing positive for COVID-19. The plasma – the part of blood without red blood cells – could contain antibodies to help current patients with the coronavirus disease. In addition to the standard blood donation criteria, donors need to be symptom-free for at least 29 days – or 14 days if they’ve had a subsequent negative test result. So far, the Central Texas blood bank has collected six units of plasma from three people. The organization is checking the qualifications of more than 80 others who have .  “This has been...

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Apr 17
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Austin ISD Is Rolling Out 110 Buses Equipped With Wi-Fi For Neighborhoods With Limited Online Access

Austin ISD Is Rolling Out 110 Buses Equipped With Wi-Fi For Neighborhoods With Limited Online Access

The Austin Independent School District says it has deployed 110 buses with Wi-Fi to neighborhoods and apartments where home internet access is least likely. Last Friday, the school district announced its as classes move online to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The Wi-Fi-equipped buses are funded through a grant from wireless provider Kajeet worth more than $600,000, Austin ISD said. Students who live near the bus locations (listed below) can access the free Wi-Fi on their school computers — not personal devices — weekdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the district said. In its for...

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Apr 17
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Construction In Texas Is 'Essential' During The Pandemic. Workers Worry Their Health Is Not.

Construction In Texas Is 'Essential' During The Pandemic. Workers Worry Their Health Is Not.

Kara says she's been having regular panic attacks over the past couple weeks knowing her husband, a commercial plumber in Austin, is going to work. “I feel helpless and out of control of the situation, just knowing he’s going out there,” she said. (We are withholding Kara’s last name and her husband’s name because they fear retaliation.) “We're doing everything we can at home to keep our [three] kids safe. We're not going anywhere," she said. "But that only helps so much when you still have somebody leaving the house and coming back.” Listen Listening... 6:06 KUT's Audrey McGlinchy reports...

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Apr 17
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