Construction workers are emerging as a group likely to test positive for COVID-19, the Statesman reports.

The ABJ says Ryan Companies is moving forward with its 41-story, 545,000-square-foot downtown office tower. ($)

There are privacy tradeoffs with COVID-19 contract tracing apps for mobile phones, reporters at the AP write.

The state waived some fees and regulations for oil and gas, according to KUT, but once again chose not to cut production.

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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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"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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Austin City Council reconvenes this morning to continue its discussion on the Austin Police Department's use of force during recent protests.

The virtual meeting will stream live here.

Hundreds of people spoke at a virtual meeting yesterday, including the brother of the 16-year-old who was shot in the head with a bean bag round—a fabric pouch of lead pellets—during the protests. He was among several protesters injured.

APD Chief Brian Manley said yesterday during the meeting that the department would no longer use that type of "less lethal" ammunition in crowd situations.