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Update: The man killed during Saturday night's deadly shooting has been identified as Garrett Foster. His mother Sheila Foster told Good Morning America that her son had been attending the protests with his fiancé Whitney Mitchell. 

Police are investigating a homicide after a person was shot dead during a protest Saturday night in Austin. 

With public life paralyzed by the coronavirus shutdown, a sad announcement came last week from a beloved cafe and music venue in Austin, Texas. Threadgill's, the Depression-era beer joint where Janis Joplin got her start — and later a place that fed Austin's appetite for good food and good music — is closing for good.

From Texas Standard:

Texas cities often make it onto those "Best Places to Live" lists. But with that popularity comes population growth, and no two cities handle it the same way. That's especially true when it comes to Austin and Houston.

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The long-running, contentious debate over sex education in Texas schools will rage on in 2020 as the State Board of Education revisits standards for the first time since 1994.


Austin is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. Tech giants like Google and Amazon continue to expand there.  It’s hard to say what’s rising faster the rents or the commute times.

However one could say Austin is a victim of its own success.  But other cities would love to have some of that Austin success come their way.

How Austin Got Weird

Mar 15, 2019

Austin is a lot more than just the annual stampede of South By Southwest currently enveloping it, which the event has done with ever-increasing intensity since 1987. But how did this city, one that has such an ineffable but palpable personality and spirit, become what it is — for better and worse?

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This Canadian band is both wildly popular, and yet somewhat under the radar. The band is called Walk Off The Earth, and its music business journey has been executed by taking an atypical path towards stardom.


From Texas Standard:

One question Amazon's Alexa won't be able to answer – at least not yet – is where Amazon will build its next headquarters.

It's been a year since the tech company announced it has outgrown its Seattle home base and needs to expand elsewhere. But the $1 trillion company has been tight-lipped about where that might be.

Since that announcement, 238 U.S. cities ingratiated themselves to the company, trying to win its favor. Amazon whittled that list of bids to 20 finalists, and among them are Austin and Dallas.

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Updated Sept. 6.

The Air Force has been battling a manpower crisis for several years as it continues to lose pilots to the lucrative airline industry. The total force faces a shortfall of about 2,000 pilots — the bulk of them fighters. It’s now exploring ways of modernizing its training pipeline, with the goal of making it faster and less expensive.


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A package exploded at a FedEx Ground distribution facility in Schertz, near San Antonio, on Tuesday. Officials said the device was headed to Austin, the site of four other explosions this past month.

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