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Thursday, April 30:

  • About 9.6% of people tested for COVID-19 in Travis County were positive, the Statesman reports, but Mark Escott says that number needs to be more like 5% before we can believe "we are testing enough people to effectively identify new cases, do the contact tracing and isolate those individuals."
  • Six people under the age of 30 are suing the state for the right to vote by mail during—and because of—a pandemic.
  • The $144 million raised by Austin-based venture capital firm Silverton Partners "appears to make it the largest early-stage fund in the state," Austin Inno says.
  • In booze-related news, the governor said to-go cocktails may remain a permanent fixture, according to KXAN, while KVUE reports that the state will let taprooms and tasting rooms at breweries and wineries reopen tomorrow.
  • KUT interviews an ornithologist who said birds might really actually be louder right now "because they've returned to some sort of pre-industrial sort of amplitude."

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