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Austin Public Library said it will "not give in to the vocal few," who stand for banning books. (Jon Cutrer/CC)

About 80 miles northwest of Austin, the Llano County Library shut down for three days last week to conduct a “thorough review” of the children’s materials in the facility after certain Texas lawmakers began to question whether books about race, equality and sexuality should be available in school libraries.

The Austin Public Library responded today “in defense of the freedom to speak and the freedom to read,” saying the local library system is “opposed to censorship of any library materials.”

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Austin ISD will strongly encourage masking when the school year starts on Aug. 17, but the district is prohibited from mandating it. (Bob Daemmrich)

With Austin-Travis County in Stage 4 and local COVID case counts rising, parents of young children are weighing the question: Is it safe to send kids back to the classroom?

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Del Valle graduates could help fill the employee parking lot at Giga Texas, shown above, with the new program that aims at getting them a job at the electric vehicle maker. (@peterdog15/Tesla Owners of Austin)

Located only three miles from the $1.1 billion Tesla Gigafactory now under construction in southeast Travis County, Del Valle High School graduates are the logical choice to fill the 5,000 jobs to be created by the endeavor.

A recent partnership between the Del Valle school district and Tesla has sparked an untraditional path for students to find employment while meeting the needs of the electric car maker.

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