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(Note: Austonia's publisher chooses five of the week's "most read" stories)

1. All adults (16-and-up) are now eligible for COVID vaccines, according to new state guidelines. But priority should still be to vaccinate those 80 and older.

All Texas adults will be eligible for a vaccine next week



2. Austin City Council votes to restart the APD cadet academy, launches search for Chief Manley's replacement and appoints an interim chief after the year starts with a surge in murders.

Austin police: Violent crime uptick could be 'here to stay' after spate of murders


3. Bad news if you're looking for a home, good news if you're selling one, but either way Austin's residential real estate market continues to burn brightly, with not enough supply to match the number of interested buyers.

Austin homes are selling way above asking price—more than any other US metro


4. The week's best headline and a thought-provoking piece. Are you going to ease into your former life, or go right for the mosh pit?

Ready to put on pants and face the world again? Experts say it will take some easing into


5. SXSW has somehow survived the unlucky timing of two non-IRL-festival years, with 2020's cancelation and 2021's shortened virtual festival. Bring on 2022's extravaganza!

Wrapping up SXSW: The Austin artists you need to add to your playlist

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Local nonprofit Mobile Loaves & Fishes announced plans to vastly expand Community First! Village, a 51-acre master-planned development that is home to more than 220 formerly chronically homeless residents, on Wednesday.

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Austin FC's first season will officially be underway, but their inaugural match will be nearly 1,500 miles away from their home city.

The match, which will see No. 21 ATXFC face No. 2 LAFC, will be broadcast nationally on FOX and FOX Deportes at 5 p.m. on Saturday, but for some, simply watching from home isn't quite enough.

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As Austin navigates its homelessness crisis, city voters will decide starting Monday whether to reinstate a ban on sitting, lying and camping in certain areas of the city. Proposition B has drawn impassioned support and opposition and is perhaps the most contentious item on the May 1 ballot.

Austonia sought out clear and brief editorials from either side of the debate. Arguing in favor of Prop B is Cleo Petricek, a Democrat and co-founder, along with Travis County GOP Chairperson Matt Mackowiak, of the Save Austin Now political action committee, which has led the charge to reinstate the camping ban. Opponent Emily Seales is a licensed clinical social worker and advocate with over 20 years of experience working and volunteering in homeless services in Austin and around the country. She is currently on staff at the Sunrise Homeless Navigation Center and is board co-chair of Open Door.

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