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Welcome to The Austin Common news feed. This is where you’ll find all the latest, up-to-date info about what’s happening around town. Explore by topic, type, or just scroll through it all by looking at the “latest posts” section at the bottom of the page. 

Our news philosophy is simple. With all of our coverage, we try and do the following:

  • Keep it local

  • Keep it brief

  • Actually explain the news

  • Give you clear steps for action

  • Keep it positive

  • Keep it nonpartisan

You can learn about how we actually do this by clicking on each of our story types below. 

 

As a community-based news source, we’re here to serve you. That’s why we promise:

  • To follow journalistic principles of accuracy, fact-checking, multiple sources, and dedication to the truth

  • To immediately fix mistakes if they’re made and to be honest about how they happened

  • To approach our news coverage from a place of respect, civility, and kindness for our fellow Austinities

  • To honor the value of lived experiences (especially within marginalized communities) as well as expert testimony/ opinion 

  • To allow for open, two-way communication between our staff and readers, ensuring that our content is relevant and useful to you

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News Archives

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Can’t quite decide which type of news post you want to read? You can scroll through all of our latest posts below. 

Balcones
Community News + Partner Posts
Ridwell

A Note From A Zero Waste Block Leader

About The Author This post is sponsored by Ridwell and written by Madison Madden. Ridwell is a local subscription pickup service that makes it easy to waste less. Action Box Click the badge above to sign up for Ridwell (and get one month free!). This

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Water Forward - 1
Community News + Partner Posts
The Austin Common

Help Shape Austin’s Water Future

About Austin Water This post is sponsored by our community partner, Austin Water, our city’s publicly-owned water utility. Action Box Click the badge above to fill out the Water Forward survey. This post is sponsored by Austin Water. All Austin Common sponsors are screened by

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2022 Budget - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Here’s What The City’s New Budget Could Mean For You

Summary Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk just released a draft version of the city’s $5 billion budget for next year. Council will now take public testimony & make changes before approving the final version in August. Action Box Tell City Council what you think of

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Frances
Community News + Partner Posts
Office_Of_Sustainability

Net-Zero Hero: Frances Acuña

About The Author This post is sponsored & written by The Office of Sustainability, the city department that is working toward net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, a healthy & just local food system, and climate resiliency. Action Box Click the badge above for more info about

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Water Quality - 1
Community News + Partner Posts
Austin_Water

Keeping Austin’s Drinking Water Safe

About Austin Water This post is sponsored by our community partner, Austin Water, our city’s publicly-owned water utility. Action Box Click the badge above to look through the latest Water Quality Report for Austin. This post is sponsored by Austin Water. All Austin Common sponsors

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Leatha Floyd
Community News + Partner Posts
Office_Of_Sustainability

Net-Zero Hero: Leatha Floyd

About The Author This post is sponsored & written by The Office of Sustainability, the city department that is working toward net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, a healthy & just local food system, and climate resiliency. Action Box If you have ideas to support a more

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Black Lives Veggies - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Meet Larry Franklin & Black Lives Veggies

Summary Black Lives Veggies is a local organization that addresses food insecurity by providing disenfranchised communities with gardening education & resources. Action Box Become a Black Lives Veggies volunteer by sending an email to blvcapacitybuild@gmail.com Often times, when we talk about issues like food justice,

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Make Every Day Earth Day
Community News + Partner Posts
Ridwell

10 small actions you can take to make every day Earth Day

About The Author This post is sponsored by Ridwell and written by Kelly Shaffer. Ridwell is a local subscription pickup service that makes it easy to waste less. Action Box Click the badge above to sign up for Ridwell (and get one month free!). This

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Sidewalks - 1
Community News + Partner Posts
Amy Stansbury

Help Make Austin A More Accessible City

About the City of Austin Public Works Dept. This post is sponsored by our community partner, the City of Austin Public Works Department, which designs, manages, and inspects major capital improvement projects and maintains Austin’s network of trails. Action Box Make Austin a more accessible

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Episode 29
Essays
Amy Stansbury

Should Austin Decriminalize Marijuana? (Episode 29)

We’re back with another election episode! In this week’s episode, Austin Common Radio Hour host Amy Stansbury talks with Julie Oliver (of Ground Game Texas) about Prop A, which if passed, would effectively decriminalize marijuana in Austin and ban no-knock warrants by police. Don’t forget

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