Texas House Democrats broke quorum twice to delay the passage of what they call a voter suppression bill, but on Tuesday, Gov. Greg Abbott made Senate Bill 1 law. "It does make it easier than ever before for anybody to go cast a ballot," said Abbott. "It does also, however, make sure that it is harder for people to cheat at the ballot box in Texas." Before Abbott could put his pen down, several groups filed lawsuits challenging the bill, including the Texas NAACP. Read more here.
Local community leaders are asking for more than traffic improvement to come from a plan to upgrade Interstate 35 through downtown Austin. They also want it to improve the quality of life and perhaps even race relations in the city. Read more here.
On August 19, the Austin Police Department say they found a 51-year-old man in the middle of the highway, who officers say was aggressive when they approached. APD has released video footage of this officer-involved shooting, which can be seen here.
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More Black Texans are getting vaccinated this month. “We're trending in the right direction,” said Austin NAACP President Nelson Linder. Data from the Kaiser Family Foundation backs him up. In fact, nationwide, the number of Black and brown, and Asian people getting vaccinated is rising. Read more here.
The Round Rock ISD Police Department has been selected to give a presentation on redefining school policing, a transformative policing model at the National School Safety Conference. Read more here.
It looks like Austin may be restarting its revision of its community land development code, which started with the CodeNEXT initiative and continued with the city's controversial "transition zone" plan. Read more here.
President Nelson Linder says Austin's lack of growth control is responsible for the homelessness and displacement of minority groups. Hear him speak here:
Close family friends of those arrested in a local prostitution sting say their loved ones were targeted because of race. Read more here.
Thursday was a historic day at the U.S. Capitol as President Joe Biden signed an act proclaiming Juneteenth as a national holiday - the first new federal holiday signed into law since MLK Day in 1983. Read more here.
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