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A woman and two children were shot and taken to the hospital on Wednesday night, according to Austin police.
The shooting took place in northwest Austin in the 4100 block of Balboa Lane near Dorsett Road. APD responded to the scene after receiving multiple calls around 8:50 p.m. from witnesses who reported hearing shots.`
When officers arrived at the scene three people—one woman and two children—were found with gunshot wounds and were transported to Dell Seton and Dell Children's Medical Center. All three victims, who APD say are related, have non-life threatening injuries.
The suspect, who is known to the victims and police, fled the scene in a vehicle, although no further details have been released. Police suspect it was a targeted incident.
Austin Police Department asks you report any tips on the investigation to Crime Stoppers at (512) 472-8477.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday that Texas will opt out of further federal unemployment benefits related to the pandemic effective June 26, citing the number of current job openings and concern about potentially fraudulent unemployment claims. The benefits include a $300 weekly supplement.
"The Texas economy is booming and employers are hiring communities across the state," Abbott said in a statement. "According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the number of job openings in Texas is almost identical to the number of Texans who are receiving unemployment jobs."
TWC listed 837,273 job openings as of Monday afternoon compared to 226,849 unemployment insurance claims filed statewide between March 31 and May 1. An estimated 1 million Texans were unemployed as of March, according to latest estimates released by the state agency.
Some local business owners, including Doc's Backyard Grill owner Charles Milligan, suspect unemployment benefits are deterring Austinites from returning to work. But others agree with economists who say multiple factors are at play, including health concerns and child care availability.
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Abbott also cited fraudulent unemployment claims. Between March 2020 and April 2021, TWC received 4.48 million unemployment benefit applications, 611,000 or around 14% of which were tagged as suspicious. Most of those tagged were blocked before any benefits were paid out, according to an April 29 press release.
Federal law requires the effective date of such benefits change to be at least 30 days after the U.S. Department of Labor is notified.
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