• The governor ordered three state agencies to come up with a plan to test all nursing home residents and staff in Texas for COVID-19—no timeline was included, KXAN notes.
  • APD Chief Brian Manley spent 40 minutes yesterday answering questions about an earlier report on racial profiling, CBS Austin reports, just before announcing that the man killed by police last month was unarmed.
  • The early voting period for the runoff elections postponed until July 14 has been doubled, KUT says, though runoff elections usually only have a week anyway.
  • The person hit by a plane and killed at ABIA has been identified as a 22-year-old named Junin Ko, according to KXAN.
  • Clothing line Supreme announced a product line featuring the work of Daniel Johnston, the Texas artist who created the "Hi, How Are You" frog mural, among other works, writes Texas Monthly—Johnston died last year.
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Several Austin City Council members either called for Austin Police Chief Brian Manley to step down or suggested that he should during a special City Council meeting today.

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Austin residents who have been participating in protests and other gatherings, or have been unable to socially distance during the pandemic, will be allowed to sign up for a free COVID-19 test starting Friday at the city's drive-thru testing site, according to a notice by Austin Public Health.

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As local activists groups see a chance to gain support for defunding the Austin Police Department, we wanted to know where Austonia readers stood on the issue. Yesterday, we asked, "What should the City Council do about the APD budget?" and the results show 53% voted to add funding to APD.

Results of APD budget survey


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"We have been listening and learning," reads a message on the Cedar Park Police Department's Facebook page.

It would be easy for Cedar Park Mayor Corbin Van Arsdale, whose community is more than 80% white, to look at the unrest happening in larger metro areas like Austin and decide it's not his problem.

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Yesterday's protests in Austin brought out University of Texas football players. Players marched arm-in-arm with others from Royal-Memorial Stadium to the State Capitol to demonstrate against police brutality in the seventh day of Austin protests.

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Protesters shut down I-35 in Austin.

The Austin Police Department will no longer use the lead-filled fabric pillows known as bean bag rounds—a form of "less lethal" ammunition that was used against protesters last weekend and seriously injured several—in crowd situations, Chief Brian Manley told the City Council yesterday.

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