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As violent crime ticks up in Austin and the city experienced the latest mass shooting on Sixth Street Saturday morning, Austinites voiced their thoughts on social media.

The shooting sent 14 bystanders to the hospital—two in critical condition. One suspect has been caught, while another remains at large.

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The 2020 census was plagued by the pandemic and politics at the state and federal level. But Austin outperformed other cities across Texas in terms of its self-response rate. (Stock photo)

The census occurs every 10 years and determines how trillions of dollars of federal funds are allocated to state and local governments and where district lines are drawn at the local, state and federal levels. "This data is important," Travis County Intergovernmental Relations Officer Julie Wheeler told local elected officials on Tuesday. "It touches every area of our lives."

Although more granular census data won't be available until later this year, the 2020 census is already having an impact on Austinites, from how they will be represented in Congress to confirming its status as a perpetual boomtown.

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State lawmakers will reconvene later this year for the redistricting process. Some political strategists and redistricting experts think they will create a district that includes a majority of Austinites. (Pinellas Ex-offender Re-entry Coalition)

Austin is the largest U.S. city without a congressional district anchored in it. But this could change when the Texas Legislature reconvenes later this year for the decennial redistricting process.

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(The Austin Bulldog)

On May 12th the City's Ethics Review Commission spent nearly two hours discussing a complaint against Mayor Pro Tem Natasha Harper-Madison lodged by Olivia Overturf. Commission members tuned in remotely for the meeting.

The complaint was ultimately dismissed.

But the substance of the discussion was eclipsed, in hindsight, by the fact that Commission Member Debra Danburg made faces at her computer camera that could only be described as bizarre, as seen in the photo montage published here.

Read the full story at The Austin Bulldog.