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Overhead image of a hurricane, taken from a satellite.

Tropical Storm Bertha and the Harsh Hurricane Season Ahead

May 29, 2020

The six- month 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season, beginning on Monday, is expected to be more severe than previous years, especially due to the backdrop of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. The second named trop...

As Texas businesses open back up, retail and restaurant workers are on the frontlines.

Frontline Stories: A Look at High School Workers During the Pandemic

May 15, 2020

Although teenagers aren’t as susceptible to COVID-19, they are being affected by the pandemic in many ways. These effects range from being furloughed, putting themselves in harm’s way at work, or hav...

Alexandria Villaseñor (center) talks to the crowd at a climate strike. Since late 2018, she has become one of the principal faces of the movement in the US.
Photo courtesy of @alexandriav2005

Alexandria Villaseñor and Her Fight Against Climate Change

May 14, 2020

As the climate crisis morphed from the protests of a few determined teens to thousands of young and spirited protesters on the streets in a massive movement, the intentions for a brighter and more sustain...

A photo of soup cans on cardboard. Many in the community are struggling to get essential supplies such as food in the current COVID-19 crisis. The local food bank has been working to ease this struggle.

Central Texas Food Bank Aids Poor During The Pandemic

May 10, 2020

The Central Texas Food Bank in Austin has always been an essential part of the community, providing food to those who need it. With rising unemployment numbers, more and more people have become depende...

Nonessential retailers include those that exclusively sell clothing, jewelry, toys, books, etc.
Photo courtesy of Mike Mozart

Texas Retailers Reopen

April 30, 2020

In the past week, Governor Greg Abbott announced that retailers would be able to reopen.  Stores that chose to reopen are limited to curbside pickup or delivery and must follow strict sanitation guidel...

Gina Hinojosa smiles at the LBJ Presidential Library’s Future of Texas discussion. This annual discussion is held  for state legislators reviewing the issues facing the Texas Legislature’s current session.

Gina Hinojosa: A Look at Her Policies

April 23, 2020

In the upcoming election, Texas House incumbent Gina Hinojosa (D) of District 49 is up for her third term. She has served as a representative for four years and is running against Charles Meyer (R) in No...

An offshore oil rig pumping crude oil near the coast of Scotland. Photo courtesy of flickr.

Crude Oil Prices Take Historic Plunge As Pandemic Continues

April 22, 2020

Americans have become all too familiar with shortages of products ranging from toilet paper to eggs as the effects of COVID-19 continue. However, the pandemic and its repercussions on the economy created the oppo...

Walgreens and many other stores have temporarily closed or run out of basic needs.

Where Austin Stands With COVID-19

April 19, 2020

Round Rock transitioned to online learning after spring break as COVID-19 began to appear in Austin. So far, Texas confirmed there are at least 13,484 cases and 977 of them are in Travis County. RRISD has...

Austin Youth Council members recognize

Austin Youth Council Recognizes ‘Be Kind Day’

April 18, 2020

The Austin Youth Council (AYC) recognized Be Kind Day on Friday, April 17. The main purpose of this day is to celebrate kindness throughout Austin and serve the community in different ways. While this c...

There were more than 90 reported twisters from Texas to the Carolinas. An EF4 was on the ground for more than 60 miles in Mississippi.

Tornadoes Strike Texas on Easter Sunday

April 17, 2020

More than 95 million people in 20 different states around the country were in a state of emergency due to the tornadoes on April 12. There were 60 reports of tornadoes and at least 33 people were killed ...

A woman in a lab coat analyzes samples in a laboratory.

US Officials Suggest COVID-19 Originated in Chinese Lab

April 16, 2020

There is growing confidence among top US officials at the White House and at the Department of Defense that COVID-19 originated from a lab in the city of Wuhan. The government has been very clear that there ...

Big Bend National Park, located in southwest Texas, is one of the many parks that are closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Big Bend is offering a webcam that will provide a virtual park experience to viewers. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.

Parks Across the Country Close Due to the Pandemic

April 14, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many parks across the US have closed. Concerns regarding social distancing are the main reason behind this, as parks could potentially become hot spots for the restle...