- Texas Children's Hospital will open a new location in North Austin in 2023, the Statesman reports..
- A second round of budget cuts at UT, which The Texas Tribune notes were announced via an email to community members, will likely require layoffs and furloughs.
- Tech-assisted contract tracing turns out to be "more complicated than it first appeared," the AP says.
- What a meat shortage might mean for Central Texas barbecue, according to Austin Monthly.
- Eater is keeping track of every bar opening Friday.
The City of Austin law department has more than 100 attorneys and staff. Yet when time came to litigate a new land use proposal last year, the city turned to an outside firm. That decision has so far cost the city $119,583 in a hitherto fruitless lawsuit.
Financial records reviewed by The Austin Bulldog show that the city paid that amount to the firm Scott Douglass & McConnico LLP, mostly for attorney Jane Webre, who charged $480 an hour.
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The Austin Police Department reports no known threats to the Austin area ahead of Inauguration Day on Wednesday, but remains on tactical alert following the deadly, pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month.
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Joining a star-studded list of performers, Austin's own Grammy-nominated Black Pumas are taking a spot on the national stage for president-elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris' historical inauguration.