The U.S. ordered China to close its Houston consulate—the only one in the state—The Texas Tribune reports:
"The State Department did not elaborate on the alleged infractions, but [State Department spokeswoman Morgan] Ortagus suggested that China had violated the Vienna Convention, which governs diplomatic relations between states. Under the convention, diplomats must 'respect the laws and regulations of the receiving State' and 'have a duty not to interfere in the internal affairs of that State.'"
The Houston consulate processes visas for travelers going to China from states between Florida and Texas, according to The New York Times, which also reports that the short-term consequences of the closure will be limited because travel between the two countries is already restricted due to the pandemic.
But the long-term consequences may be wider, according to the Tribune:
"Analysts on both sides say that bilateral relations are at their worst since before 1979, when the United States formally recognized the People's Republic of China."
South by Southwest announced Tuesday it will include online programming as part of its 2021 festival, but has not eliminated the possibility of an in-person portion of the event.
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After 21 years in downtown, Buffalo Billiards will join the growing list of memorable Austin businesses to close due to the coronavirus pandemic.
After a recent uptick in new confirmed COVID-19 cases, it appears the trend line is plateauing again and the local positivity rate is holding steady, at around 6%, Austin-Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott told county commissioners on Tuesday.
"We've had this increase since the beginning of September that's leveling off a bit," he said.
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Kendra Scott, the Austin entrepreneur who owns a billion-dollar jewelry empire, will be the next guest judge on ABC's "Shark Tank" in its newest Las Vegas season.
Tropical Storm Beta is continuing to line the Texas coast after making landfall late Monday and will bring rain to Central Texas for the next two days.
Like Tupac at Coachella, one professor at the McCombs School of Business is beamed as a hologram before his audience.
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Austinites will decide the fate of $7.1 billion transit overhaul Project Connect—and two PACs are competing for your vote
Austin voters will decide Nov. 3 whether to increase their tax rate to pay for a $7.1 billion, 15-year overhaul of the city's transit system.
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