News

Asher Price
13 hours ago - Sports

Scoop: University of Texas athletes banking on likenesses and images

Bijan Robinson of the University of Texas attempts to elude a would-be Oklahoma State tackler.
Bijan Robinson of the University of Texas attempts to elude a would-be Oklahoma State tackler. Photo: Tim Warner/Getty Images

University of Texas football players have capitalized on their names, images or likenesses at least 76 times since the summer, per disclosures made to the school's compliance department and obtained by Axios through an open records request.

Why it matters: The disclosure stats are a window into how a new raft of laws allows student-athletes to finally profit on their own names and images.

Asher Price
13 hours ago - News

Adler condemns hate after antisemitic incidents on Mopac, Anderson High

Screenshot: Austin Mayor Steve Adler retweets ADL

A small group of people reportedly hung an antisemitic banner over the Far West overpass on Mopac on Saturday while donning swastikas and giving Nazi salutes.

Context: Far West Boulevard is home to a large concentration of Austin's Jewish population, with the Shalom Austin Jewish Community Center and no fewer than four congregations nearby.

Asher Price
Oct 22, 2021 - Politics

Austin police staffing measure draws national attention

Dueling campaign signs outside a voting precinct in South Austin.
Dueling campaign signs outside a voting precinct in South Austin. Photo: Asher Price/Axios

The big kahuna on the ballot is Proposition A, which would put more cops on the street — at a cost.

Why it matters: If approved by voters, the city would be required to have at least two officers for every 1,000 people — it’s now at about 1.7.

  • City finance officials say the measure could cost as much as $600 million over five years.
Nicole Cobler
Oct 22, 2021 - Politics

What to know before heading to the polls in Austin

Illustration of a pattern of “I voted” stickers in Spanish and English.
Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Early voting for the Nov. 2 election is here, and Austin voters will weigh in on two local propositions, in addition to eight Texas constitutional amendments.

State of play: So far, turnout has been low. Just 2.25% of Travis County voters headed to polls or voted by mail during the first three days of early voting, according to the Travis County clerk's office.

Yes, but: That's not unusual for an election in which no major political offices are on the ballot.

Nicole Cobler
Oct 21, 2021 - Business

Austin tech salaries climb

Data: Hired.com; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

More good news for Austin's tech workers: Local salaries increased 5% in the last year and aren't far behind tech workers' pay in California, a new report found.

Local takeaways: Of the 12 cities examined by job marketplace Hired, Austin ranks No. 6 with an average tech salary of $144,000, coming close to California cities despite differences in cost of living.

  • San Diego trailed just behind Austin, and Los Angeles ranked No. with an average of $149,000, while San Francisco topped the list at $165,000.
  • Dallas ranked near the bottom, with an average tech salary of $124,000, declining 9.5% from the previous year.
Asher Price
Oct 21, 2021 - News

The traffic death of a promising Austin teen

Poster in memory of Aaliyah Marie Martinez at a Hutto football game.
Posters in memory of Aaliyah Martinez at a Hutto football game in early October. Photo courtesy of Hutto ISD/Rebekah Hawkins

One Monday evening earlier this month, Aaliyah Martinez, a 16-year-old from Hutto and beloved daughter, sister, friend, classmate and teammate on the high school soccer squad, was driving on a North Austin overpass when she lost control of her 2004 Honda CRV.

Details: Austin police have not said what led to the accident.

Axios interviews: Austin photographer Sarah Wilson

An East Austin mural by Sarah Wilson of an essential woman worker.
An East Austin mural by Sarah Wilson of an essential woman worker. Photo: Asher Price/Axios

Striking, 19-foot murals of essential women workers can be spotted around Austin nowadays, the work of photographer Sarah Wilson.

Nicole Cobler
Oct 20, 2021 - Business

Exclusive: Grassroots group raises concerns over Tesla hirings

A photo of construction at the site of Tesla's proposed gigafactory in Austin.
The Tesla Inc. factory under construction on Harold Green Road and State Highway 130 in Austin on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Photo: Bronte Wittpenn/Bloomberg via Getty Images

One grassroots group has raised concerns with Tesla leadership over hiring practices at the company's new Austin gigafactory, urging the car manufacturer to improve opportunities for residents who only speak Spanish.

The big picture: Tesla, which recently announced it will move its headquarters to Austin, will employ at least 5,000 workers at the new plant.

  • The hiring process has already begun, and many of the jobs at the plant require only a high school education. CEO Elon Musk said he doesn't care "if you even graduated high school" to get a job at Tesla.
  • The company listed 364 Austin-based jobs on its website Tuesday.
Austinpostcard

Get a free daily digest of the most important news in your backyard with Axios Austin.