The percentage of COVID-19 tests turning up positive has dropped from between 9% and 12% to more like 2.5% since the new public enrollment system launched, according to Community Impact Newspaper.

A draft plan for the city transportation department recommends paid parking on South Congress.

Texas has the 8th fewest pandemic restrictions among the states, one study found.

Mayor Pete is backing MJ Hegar in the Senate runoff election that was postponed to July, reports the Statesman.

Austin Chronicle: "While the national press is having a field day with the idea that Texas cinemas are reopening in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, the reality is very different."'

Texas Monthly has five cocktails to help you celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

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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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