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

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Texas Legislature 101
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Texas Legislature 101

Summary The Texas Legislature only meets for 140 days every other year… but a lot of important stuff happens during that time. Learn all about it with our latest guide! Action Box Figure out who represents you in the Texas Legislature & follow them on

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Episode 8
Essays
Amy Stansbury

How To Get Involved In Our Local Democracy (Episode 8)

In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury shares the importance of city boards & commissions and explains how you can apply to serve on one. Guests include current board/commission members Pooja Sethi & Rocky Lane, as well as Austin City

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Haze Pollution
Community News + Partner Posts
NPCA

Here’s How You Can Help Clean The Air In Texas Parks

About The Organization This post is from the National Parks Conservation Association, a nonprofit organization that works to protect and preserve our country’s national parks for present & future generations. Action Box Submit your comments on the Regional Haze Plan to the Texas Commission on

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Racial Disparity
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

A Look Into APD’s Record of Racial Disparities In Policing

Summary Over the course of this past year, the City of Austin has released 3 major studies, investigating racial disparities & racism within the Austin Police Department. Action Box You can help shape Austin’s reimagining public safety efforts by filling out an online survey here.

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Episode 7
Essays
Amy Stansbury

Your Guide To The AISD Runoff Election (Episode 7)

In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury sits down with public education advocate Laura Yeager to give you a little civics lesson on the importance of local school boards. After that, we interview several of the candidates running in Austin’s

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Gifts
Community News + Partner Posts
Austin Resource Recovery

Give a great story for a safe and waste-free holiday

About The Author This post was written by the team at Austin Resource Recovery. Austin Resource Recovery is the city department responsible for trash, recycling, & composting services in Austin. Action Box Celebrate the holidays this year in a way that is eco-friendly and COVID-safe.

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Police Budget Recap
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

Big Changes Were Made To APD’s Budget… What Comes Next?

Summary A lot has been done since City Council voted to make $150 million in historic cuts & potential changes to APD over the summer. Keep reading for an update on the latest! Action Box Participate in our city’s effort to reimagine public safety by

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TDM Award
Community News + Partner Posts
COA Transportation Department

City of Austin Wins Air Central Texas Award

About The Author This post was written by the City of Austin Transportation Department, which is committed to providing the most safe, efficient, cost-effective and sustainable roadway, bikeway, walkway and transit system for our community. Action Box Try making your commute more sustainable by finding

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