Austonia daily newsletter—direct to your inbox 6 a.m.
×
becomeMemberIcon

become a member

(Bob Daemmrich)

DPS troops lined the Texas Capitol Jan. 7 after pro-Trump protesters infiltrated the U.S. Capitol.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is ramping up security measures at the Texas State Capitol in response to an FBI bulletin stating that more armed, pro-Trump protests are being planned at every state capitol from Jan. 16 up until "at least" Inauguration Day.


DPS issued the following statement: "The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is continuously monitoring events and their impact on public safety. As a result, the department has deployed additional personnel and resources to the Texas State Capitol."

The department does not issue operational specifics and it will adjust operations as needed, according to the statement.

The Texas Legislature will meet in-person at the Texas Capitol on Tuesday for its 2021 session.

The Texas State Capitol was stormed last Wednesday during a pro-Trump protest that coincided with the riot at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. Austin protesters continued to occupy 11th street until crowds started to disperse around 4 p.m.

DPS shut the building down after the attempted surge, keeping it closed the rest of the day, but reopened it on Thursday.

According to the FBI and National Parks Service, some people from the group that rioted in D.C. on Wednesday are still a threat to the Capitol. Since the riot, democrats have called for the immediate removal of Trump under a single charge, "Incitement of insurrection."

In preparation for riots, at least 10,000 troops will be deployed in D.C. by Saturday, with an available 5,000 by request from other states, according to the head of the National Guard.

Popular

Tinder use soared alongside other popular dating apps during the pandemic and is expected to continue to grow.

It may not come as a surprise that dating app use surged during the pandemic when many had to swap the benefits of in-person dating for on-screen connections. Bumble revenue swelled to $337.2 million in 2020 compared to $275.5 million, Hinge revenue tripled in the same period and Tinder users broke two records from January to March of 2021.

Keep Reading Show less

(Pexels)

With more research done on the COVID-19 Delta variant, Austin Public Health is upping its goal of 70% vaccinated to at least 80% due to the extreme virality of the strain.

Keep Reading Show less

A newly certified petition will put a new item on the November ballot to up police presence. (Shutterstock)

Save Austin Now is now 2-0 over Austin City Council after its petition to add more staffed police officers to the Austin Police Department was certified, garnering over the 20,000 votes needed to make it on an election ballot.

Keep Reading Show less