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Natural gas is the next resource to go during the brisk winter storm. Texas Gas Service responded to a natural gas outage on E. 12th Street Wednesday night and is warning of other potential outages.

The outage affected over 300 homes that include the neighborhood between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 12th Street. There is currently not a clear reason on what caused the leak.

Texas Gas Service will be going to each home and business in the area and turning off meters, without notifying residents to expedite the process. The service said that it will likely take a couple of days to restore service. Updates will be posted to the Texas Gas Service's Twitter and Facebook page.

Texas Gas Service serves about 250,000 customers in Austin.


As Texas gets ready to lift the mandatory mask mandate on March 10, food and bar workers gathered at the Texas Capitol to express their frustration with the lack of COVID-19 precautions without adequate access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

The event, which began at 1 p.m. on Monday, was hosted by the Austin chapter of Democratic Socialists of America, Restaurant Organizing Project and The Amplified Sound Coalition.
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Stacey Abrams spoke during the 2019 SXSW festival. This year, she's a keynote speaker in the festival's virtual event. (Danny Matson/Getty Images for SXSW)

The world has changed drastically over the past year, and South by Southwest, one of Austin's most beloved institutions, has, too.

After being abruptly canceled by the city last year, one week before it was set to kick-off due to the increasing understanding of the potential impact of COVID-19, it returns this year in a virtual format March 16-20.

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Austin Public Health will release first dose COVID-19 vaccine appointments on a weekly basis starting Monday evening. The specific days and number of appointments made available will depend on the weekly allocation from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Previously, APH released first dose appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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