Asher Price
15 hours ago - News

Netflix doc looks back at Waco

The scene inside The Book Burrow. Photo courtesy Kelsey Black

David Koresh now has his own Netflix special.

Driving the news: The online streaming service launches "Waco: American Apocalypse" Wednesday, a three-part series about the terrible events that transpired north of Austin three decades ago.

Texas poised to eliminate tampon tax

Data: Alliance for Period Supplies; Note: Includes legislation that went into effect in January 2023; Map: Madison Dong/Axios Visuals

An unusual alignment of political interests means Texas is closer than ever before to exempting tampons and pads from sales tax.

Driving the news: State Rep. Donna Howard, an Austin Democrat, laid out a bill this week before the House Ways and Means Committee that would exempt from sales tax menstrual products — as well as diapers, wipes, baby bottles, pregnancy clothes and breast-milk pumping products.

Asher Price
Mar 2, 2023 - News

Shake-up at Austin City Hall leads to return of old hands

Illustration of Austin City Hall with lines radiating from it.

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Austin interim city manager Jesús Garza, appointed after last month's winter storm outages, is shaking up leadership at City Hall.

Driving the news: Garza announced yesterday that Austin-Bergstrom International Airport executive director Jacqueline Yaft, hired in 2019 by recently fired city manager Spencer Cronk to oversee an ambitious airport expansion, had resigned.

Asher Price
Mar 1, 2023 - News

University of Texas diversity tactic in jeopardy

Illustration of a cracked mortar board.

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

A key component of how the University of Texas aims to attract a diverse student body could soon be undone.

  • Many applicants to the state's flagship university in Austin receive a so-called holistic review that takes race and ethnicity into account — along with grades, essays, language spoken at home, leadership qualities and standardized-test scores.
Nicole Cobler
Feb 17, 2023 - News

Gov. Abbott makes "education freedom" a priority

Photo illustration of Texas Governor Greg Abbott with lines radiating from him.

Photo illustration: Allie Carl/Axios; Photo: Brandon Bell /Getty Images

Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday evening outlined seven priorities for the Texas Legislature — an agenda focused on school vouchers, property tax relief, ending COVID-19 restrictions and other red meat items.

Why it matters: The governor designated the issues as emergency items, allowing lawmakers to fast-track bills addressing the priorities during the 140-day legislative session.

Asher Price
Feb 9, 2023 - News

Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk on thin ice

Spencer Cronk

Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk. Photo courtesy City of Austin

As they begin to apportion blame for the handling of last week's winter storm response, Austin City Council members today will scrutinize the actions of the city's top staffer.

Driving the news: Mayor Kirk Watson put an emergency item on today's agenda to evaluate the employment of City Manager Spencer Cronk after city officials, to growing frustration, fumbled basic questions about power outages.

Asher Price
Jan 19, 2023 - News

Fight continues over Texas' Confederate holiday

Jefferson Davis stands atop a memorial to the Confederate dead on the Capitol grounds.

Jefferson Davis stands atop a memorial to the Confederate dead on the Capitol grounds. Photo: Asher Price/Axios

Thursday is Confederate Heroes Day in Texas.

Why it matters: The past is very much present here.

Asher Price
Jan 17, 2023 - News

Concerns grow as Austin-area fentanyl deaths rise

Illustration of an hourglass full of pills that have almost run out.

Illustration: Victoria Ellis/Axios

Janel Rodriguez, whose son Noah, a 15 year-old student at Johnson High School in Buda, died last year from a fentanyl overdose, tells Axios. Mounting Central Texas fentanyl overdose deaths have left parents, school administrators and public officials desperate to raise alarms.

Driving the news: At least four Hays CISD students have died from fentanyl poisoning since last summer — and there was a suspected fifth student overdose this month.


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