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"It's like putting out a fire," Gov. Greg Abbott told the president yesterday at the White House, speaking about his COVID-19 strike teams.

Three big Austin parks will limit capacity and require day passes in an effort to avoid overcrowding (and the closures of the last two weekends), the Statesman reports.

CBS Austin has a photo showing the damaged engine of a Southwest plane that hit and killed someone at the Austin airport last night.

An employee was shot and seriously injured during a robbery on Burnet Road last night.

Austin City Council is putting together an effort to create more space for pedestrians and bicycles on city streets, writes the Austin Monitor, at least for the duration of the pandemic. ($)

Neiman Marcus has declared bankruptcy, the New York Times reports, which if you read Texas Monthly's recent piece on the department store, is not a big surprise.

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Austin's Delta 8 industry has been turned on its head after Texas health officials clarified that the cannabinoid is on the state list of illegal substances, though it was previously believed to be legal by most retailers, consumers and manufacturers.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz Tito's Handmade Vodka
  • 2 oz orange juice
  • 2 oz lemonade
  • 1 orange wheel
Directions: Add all ingredients to a glass with ice. Garnish with a sunken orange wheel. Enjoy!

Austin Public Health and local CVS and Walgreens locations will begin distributing all of the approved COVID booster shots as soon as Friday.

Austin Public Health and other clinics around Austin are now providing booster shots for all three vaccines, including Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, to fully vaccinated individuals after both Pfizer and J & J were approved by the CDC on Wednesday.

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