Voters in City Council Districts 3, 5 and 9 can now decide who represents them for the next four years.
Driving the news: Early voting started Thursday and runs through Dec. 9 in the runoff election for Austin mayor and three city council seats.
While the coronavirus pandemic often feels like it's in the rearview mirror, Texas hospitals are still grappling with its aftermath.
Driving the news: Nearly twice as many Texas hospitals, or almost 1 in 10, are at risk of closure since before the pandemic, a new report from the Texas Hospital Association reveals.
Austin voters get a second chance, starting Thursday, to decide who leads our city.
Driving the news: Early voting runs through Dec. 9 in the runoff election for Austin mayor and several City Council seats.
The Austin City Council could give final approval Thursday for the massive redevelopment of the old American-Statesman site.
Why it matters: Positioned against Lady Bird Lake and the Ann Richards Bridge, the 19-acre tract is possibly the most valuable underdeveloped site in the city.
On a recent rainy night I grabbed dinner with friends at KG BBQ, the mouth-watering, newly opened fusion brainchild of Egyptian emigre Kareem El-Ghayesh.
- El-Ghayesh told me he moved to Austin in 2016 to learn the ways of the city's great pitmasters, putting in time at Lamberts, Interstellar, Kerlin and Valentina's before striking out on his own.
The scene: The food trailer is stationed at Oddwood Brewing, a pizzeria-brewpub with at least a half-dozen shaded, outdoor picnic tables and plenty of cozy indoor seating.
Just a taste: We tried the grilled chicken kebab, marinated in sumac, garlic, thyme and honey — and tender to the teeth; the pink buttermilk potato salad, a Texas classic dressed up in a roasted beet puree, with fresh dill and jalapeños — y'know, the kind your grandmother use to make; a golden, aromatic rice cooked with turmeric, bay leaf and cinnamon, tossed with candied nuts; and classic smoked brisket served, in a typical twist, with a pomegranate-infused barbecue sauce.
Excellent move: Serving smoked meat with a chimichurri sauce of mint, parsley and Serrano chilies, with garlic, onion and cumin.
Three-word review: Smorgasbord of yumminess.
What we're still thinking about: The cardamom and pistachio rice pudding.
- Do not leave KG BBQ without buying this rich dessert, finished off with pistachio butter and topped with whipped mascarpone and halvah.
If you go: KG, located at 3108 Manor Road, by the intersection with Airport Boulevard, is open Thursday through Sunday, 11am to 8pm — or until sold out.
Conservation-minded retirees Dale and Pat Bulla do everything they can to keep their bills down — they paid a mere $10.83 per month for electricity last year in their Northwest Austin home — but a key Austin City Council decision on Thursday could ballon that utility charge.
The big picture: Austin Energy has proposed a service hike driven chiefly by the higher costs of natural gas.
Llano County has paid an outside attorney more than $25,000 to represent it in a case in which it's accused of banning books, per information obtained by Axios through an open records request.
Why it matters: The legal fees are a window into how taxpayer dollars are spent to defend a practice that has, to put it lightly, divided the community.
A cutting-edge Austin construction firm is partnering with NASA to figure out ways to build on the moon.
Why it matters: Astronauts aiming to live on the moon or, one day, Mars, will need to call some place home.
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