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Austin FC, the soccer team that will be the city's first major league sports franchise, announced an update to the design of its $260 million stadium that includes a beer hall and expanded merchandise area. From a release sent by the team:


"The North Building design has been updated to prominently feature a new Beer Hall available to all ticketed guests before, during, and after stadium events. The newly created interior-space will feature 18 taps, 20 TV screens, a large video wall, and air-conditioning in the 400-person capacity space. The Beer Hall will be located on the second floor of the building and will also feature a limited set of food options accompanying the wide selection of beers and other drink options."

Austin FC just signed its first player. The stadium is scheduled to open next spring.

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David Frost, 22, filmed Austin protester Justin Howell (left) being carried to medics after being shot in the head by an Austin police officer. Other officers then shot at the protesters as they approached, causing them to duck (right).

David Frost, 22, had never attended a protest before the Black Lives Matter demonstrations in May. Then the cell phone-wielding Austinite became a key player in a series of events that touched off major change in the Austin Police Department.

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The petition, if validated and approved by voters this November, would have reinstated a city ban on public camping.

The group behind a petition to put a citywide public-camping ban on the November ballot in Austin said Thursday that they were "engaging a highly respected local Democratic litigator" in their efforts to fight a city ruling earlier in the week that their petition did not enough valid signatures.

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Last week the City Council voted to consider the renaming of streets, parks and other locations in Austin that are reminiscent of slavery or racism. So this week, we asked you, "Do you think the city of Austin should change its name?" The name originates from Stephen F. Austin, known slavery supporter. A vast majority of readers voted the name should stay.

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Austin physicians and staff lined the halls of Ascension Seton Medical Center to celebrate the recovery and release of a COVID-19 patient in a "Code Sunshine" video posted this week on the hospital's Facebook page, bringing light to a tough time when hospitals are overrun with COVID-19 cases.

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CEO of The 19th* Emily Ramshaw (left) will be interviewed by the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle (right) next week.

The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle is taking her turn at being the interviewer, putting Austinite Emily Ramshaw—a longtime local journalism trailblazer and co-founder and CEO of The 19th* news organization—in the hot seat at the organization's virtual summit event next week.

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HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines are bringing back "Fixer Upper" but on their new network soon to launch.

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