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Pre-pandemic, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport was in the midst of a meteoric rise.

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Mookie Patel, chief of business and finance for the Austin-Bergstrom International Airports, speaks about the Allegiant announcement at a press conference on Tuesday.

Economy airline Allegiant announced Tuesday that it will establish a new $75 million base at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport's South Terminal, creating 89 jobs and housing three airplanes. It is scheduled to open in mid-November.

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Austin's Tesla Gigafactory site on March 30. (Jeff Roberts/YouTube)

Everything's bigger in Texas, and that is doubly so at Tesla's forthcoming Austin Gigafactory.

CEO Elon Musk announced the $1.1 billion manufacturing plant, which is under construction in southeast Travis County and due to open late this year, will hire more than 10,000 people through 2022 in a tweet Wednesday afternoon.

Tesla promised to create at least 5,000 jobs, hire Travis County residents for at least half of them and pay a minimum hourly wage of $15 in exchange for tens of millions of dollars in property tax breaks.

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March 2021 traffic (Steven Joyner)

More than a year into the pandemic, some things are returning to normal. Increasing vaccine access means some families have been able to reunite safely after months apart. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott lifted the statewide mask mandate and business capacity restrictions. And traffic is making a comeback.

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