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RRISD and Westwood Open COVID-19 Testing Stations for Students, Staff

By Zoejane Ostebo, Extras Editor February 10, 2021

Since Feb. 2, Round Rock ISD has begun to give free drive-through COVID-19 testing to all staff and students. Testing is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and all appointments...

The City Council will be voting on Feb. 4 on whether the Austin Police Department forensics labs will begin operating independently of the force. Under the APD, the lab suffers from a backlog of evidence, which holds up cases that oftentimes involve violent crimes.

In Wake of Poor Evidence Handling, City Splits Forensics Lab From APD

By Sarah Wollney, Reporter February 5, 2021

The City Council voted on Feb. 4 that the Austin Police Department forensics labs will begin operating independently of the force. Now that the measure has been passed, the lab’s $11.9 million dollar...

Texas will soon begin a Trump-led Environmental Protection Agency program to test drinking water in thousands of elementary schools and child care facilities across the state due to recent exposure to lead and copper. Photo courtesy of Steven Depolo.

Texas Introduces Lead, Copper Testing Program for Public Schools and Childcare Centers

By Amy Simon, Opinions Editor February 4, 2021

Texas will soon begin a program to test drinking water in thousands of elementary schools and child care facilities across the state due to recent exposure to lead and copper. This is one of the last actions...

Samsung is considering establishing a $10 billion advanced chipmaking plant in Austin. Photo courtesy of pakfones

Samsung Pursues $10 Billion Computer Chip Manufacturing Plant in Austin

By Amy Simon, Opinions Editor February 2, 2021

Samsung Electronics Company, also known as Samsung, is considering establishing a $10 billion advanced chip-making plant in Austin. By doing so, they hope to attract more American clients and catch up...

The U.S. has surpassed 400,000 deaths from COVID-19 in the past few weeks, and is slowly edging towards 500,000, despite the current vaccine rollout. Photo courtesy of Jason Hanna.

COVID-19 Death Toll Soars Past 400,000, Nears Half-Million Victims

By Amoli Agarwal, Campus News Editor February 1, 2021

Though less than a year has passed since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S., the death toll has risen at an exponential rate, passing the number of American casualties to World War II. On Tuesday, Jan....

11 out of the 22 workers trapped inside a Chinese gold mine located in Qixia were brought to safety on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Boris Ngounou.

Chinese Miners Rescued From Collapsed Mine, 10 Still Missing

By Amy Simon, Opinions Editor January 29, 2021

After being trapped inside a Chinese gold mine located in Qixia for two weeks, 11 workers were brought to safety on Sunday. The workers were seen with black blindfolds shielding their eyes to protect themselves...

The NRA's CEO and executive vice president Wayne LaPierre speaking at the 2017 American Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

Hoping to Avoid NY Finance Investigation, National Rifle Association Reincorporates in Texas

By Amelie Puga, Reporter January 28, 2021

Just a few months after facing a lawsuit from New York Attorney General Letitia James (D), the National Rifle Association (NRA) declared bankruptcy on Friday, Jan. 15, and announced its plans to reincorporate...

Two people were found dead inside a medical center on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Photo courtesy of kali9

Austin Doctor Takes Five Hostages in Clinic Before Killing One Hostage and Himself

By Amy Simon, Opinions Editor January 27, 2021

Two people were found dead inside a medical center located at 1912 West 35th Street on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Mr. Bharat Narumanchi, a 43-year-old man who was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer, was armed...

President Donald Trump has been impeached for the second time for inciting the attack on the capitol. Photo courtesy of Ted Eytan.

Donald Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial Commences for ‘Insurrection’

By Zoejane Ostebo, Extras Editor January 27, 2021

Following the Capitol Riots on Wednesday, Jan. 6, the United States government has finished the process of impeaching former President Donald Trump (R) on counts of insurrection. Regardless of Mr. Trump’s...

President-elect Joe Biden (D) and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have elected a diverse, all-female communications team. Photo courtesy of Eric Haynes.

Biden Installs Highly Diverse Cabinet and White House Team

By Amy Simon, Opinions Editor January 22, 2021

President Joe Biden (D) and Vice President Kamala Harris (D) have expressed their desires to build a more diverse cabinet. Mr. Biden appealed to his voters by assuring them that he would choose people...

District officials held a virtual town hall on Tuesday, Jan. 19 covering the most recent developments on health and safety protocols to be implemented on campuses. Panelists led a brief presentation and responded to community questions. Photo courtesy of RRISD.

District Addresses Latest Health and Safety Protocols in Town Hall

By Catharine Li, Arts & Entertainment Editor January 21, 2021

  RRISD officials hosted a virtual town hall on Tuesday, Jan. 19 addressing the latest developments in ongoing COVID-19 health and safety procedural protocols. In the first installment in the second...

Round Rock ISD partnered with Partners in Education to create social worker positions to help students. Graphic by Amy Simon.

RRISD Joins With Partners in Education to Create New Social Worker Positions

By Amy Simon, Opinions Editor January 21, 2021

As a way to provide resources to families, the Round Rock Independent School District (RRISD) partnered with Partners in Education (PIE) to create new social workers positions. Their job is to ensure students...

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