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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:

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

 

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  • 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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Future of Light Rail - 1
Community News + Partner Posts
Amy Stansbury

Future Of Light Rail In Austin

About the Austin Transit Partnership This post is sponsored by our community partner, the Austin Transit Partnership, the independent government organization responsible for the financing, design, construction, and overall implementation of Project Connect. Action Box Participate in the Light Rail Virtual Open House before May

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Episode 46
Essays
Amy Stansbury

Mental Health & Our Criminal Justice System

On, March 21st, the Travis County Commissioners Court voted to take the first steps toward creating a mental health diversion center right here in Travis County.   And what is a mental health diversion center? We discuss it all with Travis County Judge Andy Brown.

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Light Rail Open House - 1
Community News + Partner Posts
Amy Stansbury

Save The Date For The Light Rail Open House

About the Austin Transit Partnership This post is sponsored by our community partner, the Austin Transit Partnership, the independent government organization responsible for the financing, design, construction, and overall implementation of Project Connect. Action Box Attend the Light Rail Open House on March 21st from

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City Manager - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

What Does A City Manager Do?

Summary Last month, Austin City Council voted to fire City Manager Spencer Cronk in a 10-1 vote. Action Box Keep an eye out for upcoming public engagement opportunities on the selection of Austin’s next city manager. Today, we’ve got a little civics lessons for ya!

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I-35 - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

What’s The Latest With I-35?

Summary TxDOT has plans to expand I-35 through downtown Austin. Action Box Click the badge above to participate in the virtual public hearing. Been seeing a lot of headlines about I-35? Not sure what exactly is going on? We go over all the basics with

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Future of I-35
Essays
Amy Stansbury

The Future of I-35

By now, you’ve probably heard there are plans to expand I-35 through downtown Austin… but what does that mean exactly? And what will the impact be for our community? And the climate?   We cover it all in this episode of The Austin Common Radio

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Your Guide To Giving Local
Community News + Partner Posts
Amy Stansbury

Your Guide To Giving Local

About I Live Here I Give Here This post is sponsored by our community partner, I Live Here I Give Here, the organizer of Amplify Austin Day & a local nonprofit on a mission to amplify giving in Central Texas. Action Box Make a donation

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Police Contract - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

What’s Going On With The Police Contract?

Summary City Council held a special-called meeting this week to vote on what comes next for our city’s police contract. Action Box Don’t forget to vote! Props A & B will be on the ballot in May. Update – This story was originally published on

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Power Outages - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Answering Your Questions About Power Outages In Austin

Summary City Council held a work session this week to learn more about the power outages … and how the city can better respond to future emergencies. Action Box Need help with storm recovery? Click the badge above to access the city’s virtual resource center.

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Brandi Clark Burton
Essays
Amy Stansbury

Remembering The Austin EcoNetwork, 20 Years Later

Summary January 2023 marks 20 years since the founding of the Austin EcoNetwork by Brandi Clark Burton. Action Box Interested in getting involved in Brandi’s climate action work? Send her an email at ecobrandi@gmail.com. This month marks 20 years since the founding of the Austin

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88th Lege - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

The Legislature Is In Session. Here’s What You Need to Know

Summary The 88th Texas Legislative session officially began on January 10th. Action Box Click the badge above to figure out who represents you in the Texas Legislature. The 2023 Texas Legislative session officially began last week. Here what you need to know…  Republican state senators

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