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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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Summertime sure does fly by, doesn't it? It's time to jam-pack as many summer activities as you can while there is still about a month left before school starts up again and the grind gets going. Luckily, Austin is full of places to visit that will fill your season full of memories.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/12 oz sweet pepper-infused Tito's Handmade Vodka
  • 3 oz soda water
  • 1 oz grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup
Directions: Add all ingredients, except soda water, to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a glass over fresh ice. Top with soda water and garnish with a mint sprig.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Thursday that reaffirms his commitment not to implement new statewide mandates amid rising COVID case counts. (Pexels)

The Biden administration is asking cities and states to use pandemic relief funds to pay residents $100 to get vaccinated. Meanwhile, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott reaffirmed prohibitions on pandemic protocols in a new executive order issued on Thursday.

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