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It's difficult to imagine running any modern business without some sort of conferencing capability, whether it's video, web or audio-based. While video conferencing has become an integral part of daily operations for many businesses, many companies still don't have a go-to service for interacting with clients. As a result, participants have to navigate the less-than-ideal 'which service should we use' conversation before each meeting, adding further complexity and distracting from the purpose of the discussion.

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Tito's is joining in on the virtual festival fun with its first ever, Tito's Made to Order Music Festival—a four-part virtual music festival kicking off at 7 p.m. Thursday with artists Channel Tres, Kali Uchis and Portugal. The Man.

The series will take place bi-weekly, each time representing a region—the first being the West; then the South at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 with Bun B, Morgan Wallen and Dierks Bentley; the East 7 p.m. Sept. 24 with A-Trak, Young M.A and Summer Walker; and ending in the North at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 with Claude VonStroke, Louis the Child and ZHU.

Tito's will be donating $100,000 to World Central Kitchen, with funds benefitting Black-owned restaurants and healthcare workers. During each show, viewers will be encouraged to make a donation that will enter them in a contest to win a virtual meet-and-greet with a festival headliner.

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Austonia reporter Emma Freer reviews a story, pre-pandemic.

As a local reporter, I'm well versed in deciphering city council meeting agendas, press releases and COVID dashboards.

But even I'm overwhelmed by the current news cycle, which is crammed with critical stories—from pandemic trends and seemingly daily local policy changes to the upcoming 2020 election and post office updates.

So we at Austonia would like to offer readers a new way to get the news you want and need—at your fingertips.

By signing up for the free Austonia Text trial program, you'll receive one text, maybe two, with the day's top stories—straight from the reporters who wrote them.

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Austonia launched a new texting trial program that brings local news alerts straight to your phone.

There is a lot of news to keep up with right now: COVID-19 trends, protest coverage, near-daily City Council meetings, the upcoming 2020 election.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Tito's Handmade Vodka
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 lime slice, garnish

Director: Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lime slice.

(Tito's Handmade Vodka)

Sponsored by Tito's Handmade Vodka

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Tito's Handmade Vodka
  • 1/2 oz. orange liqueur
  • 1 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup

Directions: Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a glass over ice or into a martini glass. For a spicy kick, add three jalapeño slices to the shaker. Garnish with a lime slice.

Pro-Tip: If you like it salty, use a glass with a salt rim.

This Father's Day, give him the shirts called "The New Old School" and "The Perfect Polo" by The Wall Street Journal. Because even when his parenting style is questionable, his timeless style shouldn't be.

Use code: "austonia" for 20% off at criquetshirts.com or stop by the Criquet Clubhouse at 1603 S. 1st.