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As COVID cases and hospitalizations climb, officials are asking all residents—vaccinated or not—to wear a mask. But with Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order banning local mask mandates, the decision is up to residents.

Some businesses, such as Waterloo Records and BookPeople, have started requiring masks; however, they are in the minority and most businesses have not reinstated masking policies. We want to hear from you:

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The Electric Reliability Council of Texas asked Texans to conserve energy this week by putting thermostats at 78 degrees, among other recommended measures.

Reminiscent of when ERCOT asked Texans to conserve energy during the winter freeze, many residents haven't been happy with an electric grid that can't keep up with demand.

Austin's favorite award-winning actor and Minister of Culture Matthew McConaughey is fueling the fire of an idea that he may run for Texas governor.

For years rumors have come and gone of a potential shift to politics for the actor, but he most recently—for the second time in just a few months—commented it could really happen. On a Houston podcast The Balanced Voice, McConaughey told host Rania Mankarious that a run for governor is "a true consideration" for him.

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