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Austin voters banned homeless people from camping in public spaces. The city is creating housing for them but not fast enough.
Sergio Flores for The Texas Tribune

By Lucy Tompkins, The Texas Tribune and The New York Times

Early one morning in mid-August, police officers and cleanup crews met at Roy G. Guerrero Park in East Austin, where dozens of people have lived in tents and under tarps among the trees for months. Police and public health workers maneuvered ATVs along dirt trails, reminding people living there that they would have to leave soon.

Greg McCormack, a program manager for a city initiative that has moved dozens of people from the park and other encampments into shelter and eventually into housing, made the rounds. He knew there were not enough shelter beds for everyone there.

“We’re clearing this area soon,” McCormack said, approaching a man who was sitting outside his tent in a small clearing. The man was a recent arrival to the encampment. He asked McCormack where he was supposed to go.

“I don’t know,” McCormack told him. “If you’re new here, we won’t be able to help you with housing.”

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New Texas law increasing penalties for abortion providers goes into effect Aug. 25

(Jason Garza/The Texas Tribune)

By Eleanor Klibanoff

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued its official judgment in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, clearing the way for Texas’ “trigger law” banning almost all abortions to go into effect Aug. 25.

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How to know the difference between a local power outage and rolling blackouts

(Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune)

Last week, Texans were asked twice to voluntarily conserve energy at home as record demand put stress on the power grid.

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